The Art of Teaching Art

I know I would not be the artist I am today without my teaching experience. Teaching art has enriched my life in many ways. Ironically, teaching is something I thought I’d be really dreadful at. As a teen I was a stubborn introvert. Public ... Read More...

Marketing your art with a Facebook page

A lot of people ask me how I gained tens of thousands of fans on my Facebook art page in such a short period of time. There are many different opinions about how to do this, and I spent time studying different people's approaches, ... Read More...

Melissa Hefferlin, Daud and Timur Akhriev interview–Part 2

I'm pleased to present the second part of this special interview withthe Akhriev (Ak-REE-ev) family: Melissa Hefferlin, husband Daud Akhriev, and son Timur. In Part 1 we learned how Melissa, as a young 20 year old American made her way ... Read More...

Melissa Hefferlin, Daud and Timur Akhriev interview–Part 1

It is said that everybody has a story, and every life is interesting. I totally agree with that, it's just that some people have lives that are more interesting than others, and in the process accomplish great things. That's the way I feel ... Read More...

Painting Vermont

Driving through the environs of Southern Vermont, a place I know so well, I am struck by the colors and the beauty of nature, especially in the Fall. Now that I’ve lived on the West Coast as much as the East Coast I have a perspective of ... Read More...

Interview with Qiang Huang

Describe your path as an artist? When I was in elementary school, I watched my uncle paint. I took art classes in high school. While I worked in engineering, I started painting and taking workshops around 1999. In 2005, I joined the OPA. I ... Read More...

Experimentation

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina nine years ago, my husband and I moved to The Woodlands, Texas. I found a walking path. It was like walking in a beautiful forested park with magical birdsong, colorful wildflowers, various species of ... Read More...

The Art of Perspective

Over the past few months, I worked hard at putting together 10-12 strong paintings for a two-person show at my gallery in Santa Fe. I did my best and felt proud of the work I presented all the while knowing that walking into a show right ... Read More...

Plein Air Painting is the New Golf

I grew up in a golfing family. After dinner, we’d all go out to a few holes before the sun went down. The sound of cleats on gravel brings memories of sunny days spent on the course, chasing a little white ball around. Recently I overheard ... Read More...