Thursday, November 23, 2017

Kathy Hildebrandt

First Loves © Kathy Hildebrandt
Name: Kathy Hildebrandt, ASA, SCA, PAC, MPAC, PSA, IAPS/MC
Bio: Kathy Hildebrandt is an international award winning artist whose primary medium is pastel. She is a self taught artist who also paints in several mediums. Her interest in art began in the mid 1980’s but was put on hold while she pursued her Certified Management Accountant designation and career. in 2001 Kathy started to seriously pursue art, focusing initially on landscape painting. While still working in oil, acrylic, and graphite, pastels are now her medium of choice. The immediacy of pastels, along with the luscious colors and textures captivated her and allows her to achieve her artistic visions. She has pursued her studies in pastel with Dianna Ponting, Gaye Adams, Roberta Combs.
Kathy is a full time professional artist and an instructor in all mediums at Green Palette Art Studio in Calgary. She is a signature member of the Alberta Society of Artists, the Society of Canadian Artists, Pastel Artists Canada, the International Guild of Realism, Federation of Canadian Artists, and the Pastel Society of America. Kathy has received Master Pastellist status with Pastel Artists Canada and has achieved Master Circle status with the International Association of Pastel Societies. Currently (2017) she is the on the Board of Directors of two Canadian art associations. She is the Secretary of the Society of Canadian Artists and the Vice President and Director of Pastel Artists, CA.
Medium: Pastel; oil; Acrylic; watercolour.
Subjects : Still life.
Style: While drawn to many painting styles, realism is where Kathy# heart lies. She strives to capture all the details and the likeness of her subjects as she sees them. She is intrigued by detail and excited by vibrant color.
Navigation: Main menu remains at top of page.
Gallery: Still Life; Old News Series; Games Pieces Series; Toys in the Attic Series; It’s all in the Title Series.
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. Details are provided on medium and dimension. Download is only possible as WebP files, which need a convertor to view. First Loves is 24 x 23 ins.
Blog: No
Facebook: Yes

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Dominique Houard

Bonbons © Dominique Houard
Name: Dominique Houard
Bio: French artist Dominique Houard was born October 1968, youngest of four girls. She studied art and literature at college(Lycée Jules Renard, Nevers), and pursued her artistic formation by studying the greats, and especially the techniques of realisim and trompe-l’oeil. Settled in central France, in La Charité-sur-Loire in the Nièvre. This is where she undertook her artistic studies and researches, supported also by Jacques Poirier, master of Trompe-l'oeil, with whom she discovered an affinity in 1996.
Dominique Houard has exhibited her work frequently, at the Taylor Foundation as well as at major Salons, and amongst a group of Realists, directed by Henri Cadiou, but always keeping to her personal style, made of passion for details, tricks and mystery. She gathers improbable things, from past and present, and arranges them around a riddle, of which the solution can only be found in playing the game, being guided through a universe at the same time familiar, strange and disturbing. Astonishingly precise, even in pastel, she creates a strange atmosphere without seeming to have touched anything. Even her signature is a creative placement.
She is a silver medal holder since 2013 of the society of Académique Arts/Sciences/Lettres. Dominique was awarded Master status by the French Pastel Society in 2015, with whom she first exhibited in Feytiat, 2002.
Medium: Pastel; oil;
Subjects : Still life. Her work is reminiscent of that of Kathy Hildebrandt and Kari Tirrell.
Style: Realistic, playful, trompe-l’oeil
Navigation: This website is in French. Main menu remains at top of page.
Gallery: The galleries are arranged chronologically, and by medium.
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and larger images may be scrolled. Details are provided on medium and dimension. Download is not possible. Bonbons is 43 x 80 cms.
Blog: No
Facebook: Yes

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Silja Salmistu

Rowanberries © Silja Salmistu
Name: Silja Salmistu
Bio: Silja Salmistu is an Estonian living in Denmark. She graduated from Tartu Art School (Est) in 1986 as a designer-decorator, and from Tartu University in 1994 as a painter. She has participated in exhibitions since 1987, mostly in Estonia, but also in England, Finland and Denmark where she moved Denmark in 2002. She is a recent Pastel 100 Award winner.
Medium: Pastel; oil; watercolour
Subjects : Still life, flowers, landscape.
"Painting still life,  a silent existence of ordinary things, fruits and flowers, is a meditative process."
Style: Representational. But very loose and expressive.
"The Estonian artist Silja Salmistu has taken the simple composition and illustrates the still life genre as a living tradition, which also can accommodate changing opportunities. She uses traditional composition where there is both an awareness of tradition and of renewal to trace her pictures. Silja creates a visual and spatial expression, where she provides space for various familiar elements, such as flowers, vases, fruits, tables, chairs, books, pictures and other little things – things which make a kind of game of miming reality.
Silja has a great compositional ability, where she with a relatively simple and efficient installation creates dialogue between the different things and allows as much space and value as possible. She lets different contrasting objects play against each other's shape, color, texture and size. The light which is an important factor in Siljas images, capturing her in a very special way, so you get the feeling of light wrapping around the objects and give them life in a wonderful play of colours."

Commentary rephrased, from Kirsten-Marie Hedeland, Art Critic and writer at the Danish Art Magazine Kunstavisen
Navigation: Main menu remains at top of page.
Gallery: Pastel Paintings; Oil Paintings; Pencilwork; Watercolour. See also Archive
Image View: Vertical slice images intrigue you to explore further. Details are provided on medium and dimension. Download is possible. Rowanberries is 27 x 35 cms., 1280x960, 482 KB.
Blog: No
Facebook: Yes

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Catherine Creaney

Looking Back © Catherine Creaney
Name: Catherine Creaney
Bio: Catherine Creaney is an award winning Irish Artist from Dungannon in Co. Tyrone. Primarily self taught, her work has been exhibited in numerous selected group exhibitions throughout Ireland and the UK. Her work focuses on capturing the character and individuality of the human form through the use of pencil, pastel and oil. Her influences include artists from the renaissance period such as Durer and da Vinci, and later artists such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Vermeer. She has taken part in many public exhibitions in Ireland including the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition held in Belfast and the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition in Dublin.
Catherine has received several awards for her work including the ESB Keating Award and Silver Medal for an outstanding art work at the 185th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, First Place in the 2014 Artist’s Magazine All-Media Online Competition and twice winning The Drawing Prize and The Rowel Friers Perpetual Trophy at the Royal Ulster Academy’s Annual Exhibition. Most recently she was awarded the Henri Roché Award and the People’s Choice Award at the first Italian International Pastel exhibition in Rome (2017).
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects : Portraits
Technique: Catherine explains: "I take influence from all forms of art including film, where I find lighting effects and scene compositions inspiring. The work of Lucian Freud and his almost brutal honesty in capturing people has also been an influence and I am inspired in my own work by this honesty.The focus of my work lies mainly with portraiture. Lighting and expression being key areas that a lot of my compositions centre on. I use lighting to create a mood and enhance my compositions, being influenced by artists such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio and their use of chiaroscuro. I like the drama and three dimensional rendering that chiaroscuro offers and my aim is to explore fully various methods of capturing light within portraiture. I purposefully choose expressions in my portraits that can be open to interpretation and offer a glimpse into the internal world of the sitter. I have started incorporating backgrounds that also offer the viewer a possible insight into the subjects world."
Style: Representational.  "In my work my focus is on exploring the transient nature of human expressions and effects of light upon the human form. My major influences come from the art of the Renaissance period, being left awe struck by the work I viewed on a visit in my mid twenties to Florence. Studying the works of Leonardo da Vinci and the subtleties of expressions he achieved I have in my own work experimented with various techniques to capture human expressions in both the mediums of soft pastel and oil paint. I aim to create portraits that display the human expression in its most intangible form that animates the static work.
I intentionally create portraits that capture people as faithfully as possible. I find the character and perceived imperfections in a face show the unique identity and life of the subject."

Navigation: Main menu remains at top left of page.
Gallery: Oil Paintings; Pastel Paintings
Image View: Large images are simply viewed by scrollingdown the page. Details are provided on medium and dimension, and sometimes background information is also provided. Downloading is possible. Looking Back is 54 x 68 cms., 654 x 800, 85.7 KB.
Blog: No
Facebook: Yes