Thursday, March 24, 2016

Nancie King Mertz

Adare Thatch © Nancie King Mertz
Name: Nancie King Mertz, PSA, MP.
Bio: Nancie King Mertz was born and raised in Central Illinois, where she began painting and selling her work in her early teens. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois, where she was a James Scholar, and also where she met her husband, Ron. They settled in Central Illinois and Nancie pursued a Masters Program in Painting at Eastern Illinois University where she taught for 3 years. She conducts destination workshops and local demos, and serves as a juror for shows in the Midwest.
In 2011 she was an Artist-In-Residence for the National Park System and in 2014 she was named a Master Pastellist in 3 international pastel organizations: Pastel Society of America, Chicago Pastel Society and International Association of Pastel Societies. Other memberships include the Degas Pastel Society, Salmagundi Club, Oil Painters of America, and the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.
The February 2015 issue of the Pastel Journal featured an article on her work, and put her on the cover. Several magazines have chosen her paintings as "best-of" over the years. She was twice named Artist of the Year by the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, and her work is featured on many Chicago-based television shows including The Good Wife and Chicago Fire.
While in graduate school, Nancie began a gallery/framing company which she has continued to operate after re-locating to Chicago in 1987. Her husband joined her in the business in 2000.
Medium: Pastel, oil
Subject: Nancie’s work varies in theme from urban to landscape, figurative to interior, much of it painted on-site.
Style: Nancie’s oils and pastels are Impressionistic in style, with 60% of her work created en plein air. She paints approximately 100 pieces annually and has traveled to over 20 countries.
Navigation: All links remain available at top of page.
Gallery: Nancie’s gallery is classified by geographic location in the main. I chose Ireland for obvious reasons.
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. Images are well labelled, and may be saved. Adare Thatch is 16 x 16 ins.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Karen Stombaugh

Birthday at the arboretum © Karen Stombaugh
Name: Karen Stombaugh, PSA
Bio: Karen Stombaugh grew up on a farm in South West Minnesota. Until 2006, when she retired from a career in critical care nursing, art was always on the periphery. She obtained a fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota by taking night classes, and now she has more time to focus on her work. During the past few years, she has taken workshops from many nationally known pastellists. 
A major milestone on her artist's journey was a move to her Deephaven property, complete with a separate carriage house studio that overlooks her gardens. Karen is currently membership chair for the regional Lake Country Pastel Society. She has been juried into the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit a number of times and recently received awards from Arts in Harmony International Exhibit in Elk River, the Pastel Society of America, and Lake Country Pastel Society. Her painting, Over the Dam; Pipestone Creek was juried into the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) 26th Juried Exhibition in Albuquerque, June 2015. She was juried into the Pastel Society of America's Annual Exhibit for the 3rd year in a row, qualifying her for a PSA Signature membership.
Medium: Pastel
Subject: Landscape (gardens)
Style: Colourful impressions of gardens and flowers – I haven’t seen anything quite like this since the pastels of Elsie Dinsmore Popkin.
Navigation: FineArtStudioOnline website in the style of a blog.
Gallery: Artworks; Pipestone National Monument Pastels; Archive
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. The enlarged images are not greatly magnified from the thumbnails. Images may be saved. Birthday at the arboretum is 18 x 24 ins.
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Monday, March 21, 2016

Jane Radstrom

Home © Jane Radstrom
Name: Jane Radstrom
Bio: Jane Radstrom first studied drawing and painting at Watts Atelier California. She then attended Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, emerging with a BFA in Illustration. Jane had a feature article Double Exposure in the Pastel Journal, Oct 2015, and an Honorable Mention in the Pastel 100 - Portrait and Figurative Category (she was a winner the previous year).
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subject: Figurative
Style: Contemporary realism
Technique: The artist states: "I am inspired by photographic effects, specifically the manipulation of exposure to create images that look 'real', but contain more than a single still image. In choosing poses, I focus on nuances of body language and expression. It is important to me that the people are presented realistically, showing unidealized beauty and what I think of as a modern sense of confidence in candid moments."
Gallery: Work
Image View: Large thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. Thumbnails remain accessible along bottom of page. Images may be saved.(Details are given in the thumbnail images on mouseover.) Home is 22 x 30 ins, 800 x 800, 143 KB
Demo/Blog: No
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