Monday, February 29, 2016

Christina Schulte

Borzoi © Christina Schulte
Name: Christina Schulte
Bio: Christina Schulte is a professionally trained fine Artist from Germany, but has been painting since childhood. Owning and being around 
animals all her life has had a big influence on her art. While animals are her favourite subjects she also paints portraits and landscapes. She greatly admires Robert Bateman and Carl Brenders, and is captivated by the amount of detail in their work.
Christina was included among the 40 Maîtres de Pastel published in the book of that name by Pratique des Arts, 2016.
Medium: Pastel; watercolour; acrylic; oil
Subject: Dogs, especially Gazehounds. Christina keeps and breeds Borzois (Russian wolfhounds)
Style: Realism. Christina states that her process is relatively simple, starting with a contour drawing, adding colour and shadows before getting down to detail. A painting may take several weeks - even months - to complete.
Technique: According to the artist, are five elements essential to every painting: drawing, values, colour, composition,contours. Direct observation, and understanding of the laws of perspective play their part. The painting should possess a focal point, and one should pay attention to the transitions between areas of shadow and light.
Navigation: This website exists in both German and English versions. Liks remain available at top of page.
Gallery: Monochrome; Watercolour and pencil; Pastel; Acrylic; Oil
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. Images may not be saved. The images are named by means of a list on the thumbnail page but dimension is not stated.
Demo: Yes - Technique
Ebay: Yes
Blog: The whole website feels more like a blog than a standard webpage.
Facebook: Yes

Friday, February 26, 2016

Steve Morvell

On the move – Red kangaroo © Steve Morvell
Name: Steve Morvell
Bio: Steve Morvell is a wildlife artist and former park ranger with formal training in environmental management. His art has been widely featured through Television and radio in his native Australia. He has also featured in books including Fifty Australian Artists, Who's who of Australian Visual Artists; in many magazines including the February 2016 issue of International Artist;and on Australian Postage Stamps. Steve Morvell artwork can be seen in corporate, government and private collections worldwide. A large collection of his work is housed in the Horsham Regional Gallery in Victoria.
Steve's art has won multiple awards. Notable among these are more than 20 National Awards including three times winner of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia's highest honour of Best Exhibit and Gold Medal at their annual showing.
He has been chosen to represent Australia internationally on several occasions and was honoured to be called upon to create and sculpt a life sized bronze Husky Memorial for the Australian Antarctic Division on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Australia's Antarctic exploraton.
He is a signature member of Artists for Conservation.
Publications: Feather and Brush (300 years of Australian Bird Art) by Penny Olsen. CSIRO Publishing, 2001. ISBN 10: 0643065474 / ISBN 13: 9780643065475;
Collectors’ edition: ISBN: 9780643065482
Who's Who of Australian Visual Artists. Thorpe International, 1991; 1995.
ISBN 1875589821 (paperback)
Medium: pastel and charcoal paintings, pencil drawing, brushed carbon ink, pen, watercolour, acrylic and even enamels and bronze on large scale outdoor works.
Subjects: Wildlife and pets
Style: Realism
Navigation: Links remain available at side of page.
Gallery: Mammals; Birds; Pet Portraits; Other Creatures
Image View: Thumbnails open in a new page, where a great deal of information is provided, not only on medium and dimension, but extensive commentary on the animal, environment, history etc. Images may be saved. Sold images have a bold watermark indicating this status. On the move - Red kangaroo is 38 x 46 cms.
Blog: To read Steve’s blog is to feel you are on safari:

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Mike Barret Kolasinski

Bluelike Symptoms © Mike Barret Kolasinski
Name: Mike Barret Kolasinski, PSA
Bio : Mike Barret Kolasinski studied Illustration and Design at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, from 1974 through 1978. He graduated with a BA from Columbia College, Chicago, in 1979, but is largely self-taught in his current career of producing fine art paintings called WildScapes.
He is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, has achieved Master Circle status with the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), a Master Circle Member of the PaintAmerica Association, and a Master and co-founding Board Member of the Chicago Pastel Painters.
His work, included in many public and private collections, has won numerous awards, including the first Maggie Price Award of Excellence at the PastelWorld 2013, 22nd Juried Exhibition, International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS); an Honorable Mention in the 12th Annual 2010 Pastel 100; First Place in the Pastel Category of the American Artist’s 70th Anniversary Competition; having a feature article written about his work in the February, 2006 issue of American Artist; and appearing in the International Artist publication, How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Seascapes, Rivers and Lakes, Volume 1.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscapes
Style: Representional, painterly
Navigation: A classy website. Easy to navigate and read.
Gallery: Portfolio
Image View: Thumbnails open in a pop-up viewer, where title, medium and dimension are noted. The images may be saved. Bluelike Symptoms is 20 x 16 ins.
Facebook: Yes
Demo/Blog: No

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Svetlana Cameron

Henry and Toffee © Svetlana Cameron
Name: Svetlana Cameron
Bio Russian-born artist Svetlana Cameron is a classically trained figurative artist. She studied foreign languages and after gaining a MA in linguistics worked as a translator and interpreter in Moscow. Svetlana got interested in painting while working with foreign visitors at leading national museums, which included the Kremlin, the Tretyakov Art Gallery and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, which stimulated her interest in studying  Old Masters' techniques.She started drawing and painting, and, after moving to Malta in 2002, decided to use the change in circumstances to study to become a professional artist. The training she received in the following years included academic drawing and painting courses in two traditional ateliers - Jason Lu Studio in Malta and the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, followed by a portrait drawing course at thePrince's Drawing School in London. In 2005 the artist and her family moved to the Isle of Man where she now lives and works out of her studio in Braddan. She has specialised in commissioned  portraits, both in pastel and in oil, since 2004. 
For portrait drawings Svetlana has developed her own mixed-media technique which won accolades in many international competitions in Great Britain, USA and Russia.
Svetlana's portraits of Speakers of the Isle of Man Parliament are included in the UK National Collection of Oil Paintings and are featured on the BBC Your Paintings website.
In 2013 Svetlana Cameron became a member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art (UK), the British national drawing society with just over 100 members elected on merit.
In 2015, she was featured in 40 Maîtres du PASTEL published by Pratique des Arts magazine; in the same year she was a winner in the Strokes of Genius international drawing competition, and won 1st Place Award in the Portrait Drawing category, Russian Art Week in Great Britain.
In 2016 she was accepted in the Art Renewal Center Museum as an ARC Associate Living Master. You can visit her gallery on the ARC website where you can zoom in and view high resolution images of her works in oil.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Portraits
Style: Classical realism

Technique: For works on paper Svetlana uses the "3-colour technique": the combination of charcoal and red and white conte on toned paper, with occasional use of pastel for colour accents. The images are slowly and meticulously built up in layers of translucent veils of colour, resulting in delicate life-like skin tones particularly suited for portraying children.
Navigation: Links remain available on top of page at all times.
Gallery: Oil portraits; Pastel And Conté Portraits; Other Works
Image View: Thumbnails open in a new page, and may be viewed sequentially. The may not be downloaded. Information on medium and dimension is provided.
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Demo/Blog: No

Monday, February 15, 2016

Julie Silvester

Calm of Day Injidup © Julie Silvester
Name: Julie Silvester
Bio : Julie Silvester was born in Perth, Western Australia, in 1962. Julie has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember. She began painting in watercolours at the age of 30 and in 1999 changed to pastels due to their vibrancy, immediacy and the fact there was no drying time. Julie Silvester has received over 100 awards since she began exhibiting her work in 1992, and has exhibited successfully both in open and invitation only exhibitions. She has been a member of the Pastel Society of Western Australia since 1999. She conducts pastel workshops each year at the Victoria Park Arts Centre. Her work was featured in the French publication, 40 Maîtres du Pastel, published by Pratique des Arts in 2016.
Julie Silvester is represented by Yallingup Galleries, Gallery 360 Subiaco, Applecross Framing and Fine Art.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: "Water, in all its aspects, has fascinated me for years. I've enjoyed painting its reflection, its rapid movement and its overall incorporation with mankind and the coastal landscape…A great proportion of my work focussed on morning light…mornings are always stimulating, and filled with novelty."
Style: Representional. Combining her love of travelling and photographing the Western Australian coastline gives her the inspiration to paint. The photographs are an information source for details, the actual experience of being there is what helps her complete the work in her own interpretation.
Technique: As a support, Julie applies an primer for pastels to the back of an acid-free mount board. The robustness of the support allows her to work with a damp sponge without the risk of wear, allowing her freedom and spontaneity of approach, and avoiding the need for fixative. For the sand, she uses the width of the pastel baton, then brushes the application with her fingers. Water is constructed with super-imposed layers of pastel. She defines the man areas in flat colour – no more than three – before going into detail. She varies pressure of the stick - this approach allows a wide range of effects (imprints, or ripples of dunes or of water) and lets the underlying colour appear to unify the painting. The texture of the support also contributes to the interest of the foreground.
Navigation: Links remain available on top of page at all times.
Gallery: The works are grouped chronologically.
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled.Information on title and dimension is provided. Images may be saved. Calm of Day Injidup is 72 x 72 cms, 1024 x 1009, 301KB
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Willo Balfrey

Breath of Spring © Willo Balfrey
Name: Willo Balfrey, PSA
Bio : Willo Balfrey was born in 1939 in Durango, Colorado, a town surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, and is now living in Weed, Siskiyou County, California, surrounded by Mount Shasta and the areas of Northern California and Southern Oregon.
Willo has been a professional artist for nearly 20 years now, 16 of those under Master Pastelist Richard McKinley. Willo has trained extensively in fine art, and is now teaching. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of the West Coast, Sierra Pastel Society and Northwest Pastel Society.
Her work received an honorable mention in the 2012 Pastel 100, and featured in the February 2011 Pastel Journal feature, Pastel Landscapes Coast to Coast. Her work was also included in the International Artists publication, 100 Ways to paint Seascapes, Rivers & Lakes, Volume 1.
Medium: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Landscapes
Style: Impressionistic
Navigation: Another FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Works
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled.They may be further enlarged. Both the thumbnails and the enlarged images provide information on medium and dimension. Images may be saved. Breath of Spring is 16 x 20 ins, 550 x 445, 339KB
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Demo/Blog: No

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Marie Sheehy Walker

Goat at Work © Marie Sheehy Walker
Name: Marie Sheehy Walker, PSA
Bio : Marie Sheehy Walker is an artist from Long Island, N.Y., presently living in Huntington. After receiving her B.F.A. from Rosemont College, Pennsylvania, she studied at the Art Students’ League in New York City under Robert Brachman, Robert Beverly Hale and Gustav Rehberger.
Marie Sheehy Walker has been listed in Who`s Who in American Art since 1984 and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and a member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She has shown in many solo and group exhibitions and has won numerous awards. Her work is represented in the Main Street Gallery in Huntington, as well as in many private collections.
Marie teaches adults and children in her Huntington studio.
Medium: Pastel, watercolor and oil.
Subjects: Still life, Landscapes, Figurative
Style: Representional
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Portraits; Landscapes; Still Life.
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. Both the thumbnails and the enlarged images provide information on medium and dimension. Images may be saved. Goat at Work is 31 x 42 ins, 550 x 360, 190KB
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cathyann Burgess

French Broad Overflow © Cathyann Burgess
Name: Cathyann Burgess
Bio : A native of New York City, educated at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Cathyann Burgess has her home and studio in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She serves on the board of the Appalachian Pastel Society as Program Chair. She paints full time, after retiring from teaching art at Benedictine High School, Richmond VA, where she chaired the department of Fine Arts she created in 1998.
She recently became a member of the long standing cooperative gallery, Asheville Gallery of Art, Asheville North Carolina.
A lifelong learner, Cathyann’s most recent studies include workshops with Nelson Shanks, Daniel Greene, Matthew Mancini and Randall Sexton.
This is how it all started for Cathyann : “The gift of a pochade filled with oil paints for my 13th birthday was my first validation of being an artist”. She was captivated by the creativity of her father, a carpenter and tradesman and she credits her father for her love of drawing and music.
Cathyann has been influenced by the greats: Edgar Degas, John Singer Sargent, Robert Henri, Sorolla, and Caravaggio. 
Cassatt and Manet are clearly in evidenceContemporary artists too have all an influence but are too many to list!
Cathyann has taught art to adults and children for over 25 years. Her father's love of learning, coupled with patience as her first teacher, left a legacy of love and passion for sharing knowledge with others. She has found teaching art an enriching and satisfying career. Her teaching style reflects her belief that continued study, practice and attention to high standards of quality will result in excellence. She continues to be available for workshops. Her paintings are in private and corporate collections, including the Federal Reserve Bank, and Media General Corp.
Medium: Pastel; Oil
Subjects: See Gallery
Style: Cathyann states: "My style is painterly realistic leaning toward impressionism. Often I employ alla prima technique which is the direct method of painting as opposed to classically indirect painting. The intent is to give a fresh and exuberant feeling to my work, reflecting the joy I find in my subjects."
Navigation: All links remain available on top of page.
Gallery: Landscapes; Plein air; Landscape Abstractions; Portraits; Sold and in Collections; Still Life.
Image View: Large thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. The thumbnails give full information on the work when the cursor rests on the image. The clicked images may be saved. French Broad Overflow is 9 x 12 ins, 900 x 675, 246 KB.
Facebook: Yes
Blog: A very worthwhile blog, at

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Michele Mozzone

Release II © Michele Mozzone
Name: Michele Mozzone
Bio : Michele Mozzone graduated from Emmanuel College, Boston, Massachusetts in 1986 with a BFA (Cum Laude). Michele was the recipient of a four-year St. Vincent De Paul Art Scholarship. She has studied with, among others, pastellists Tony Allain, Aline Ordman, Alain Picard, Frank Federico, and Marla Baggetta.
Her list of awards and achievements is significant. Among the most recent are an award in the 2016 Pastel 100; and a Master Circle designation in the IAPS.
Michele lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and teaches young adult and adult painting and drawing classes in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Figurative; portraits.
Style: Realism interpreted in her unique style
Navigation: Straightforward.
Gallery: FIGURATIVE: Fractured Light; Child’s Play. PORTRAITURE
Image View: Large thumbnails open in transparent viewer. The thumbnails give full information on the work when the cursor rests on the image. The clicked images may be saved.
Facebook/Blog: Yes to both