An Interview with Suzie Baker

I had the privilege of meeting Suzie Baker, briefly, at the Oil Painters of America (OPA) National Convention, held in Dallas, a few years ago. However, the first time I became acquainted with her work was when she won the Artist’s Choice ... Read More...

Outdoor Painting

I am fortunate to have been given, several years ago, some 50-70 year-old American Artist magazines. Browsing through one of them recently, I came across an article about direct painting...meaning, paintings created directly from life or ... Read More...

Nancy Boren interview

OPA is pleased to announce that Nancy Boren will be providing a painting demonstration at next year's 2018 National Convention in Steamboat Springs, CO. I don’t remember when I first met Nancy Boren, but it was many years ago. I actually ... Read More...

Elizabeth Pollie interview

For just a few moments, I had the good fortune of meeting Elizabeth Pollie at the Oil Painters of America National Show, held in Dallas earlier this year. She had just won the Dorothy Mellin Driehaus Fellowship Award for her wonderful ... 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...

John Pototschnik’s Interview

Three weeks ago, the award winners of the 25th Oil Painters of AmericaNational Juried Exhibition were announced. The best of the best had the honor of exhibiting in this important show, and only 10 percent of the 2000 entries juried were ... Read More...

The dual roles of concept and imagination

I don't think as artists that we give much thought to all the studies that have been done on the subject of "Creativity"...we just create. The people who supposedly study these things usually speak of creativity's five steps. The five ... Read More...

Cindy Baron Interview

In July of 2013, I asked a group of women artists if they noticed any significant differences in the way male and female artists are accepted within the American art scene. Cindy Baron, one of the women asked to comment, senses there is a ... Read More...

Debra Joy Groesser Interview

Debra Groesser is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, American Plains Artists, and Plein Air Artists Colorado. She's an associate member of the Oil Painters of America, and American Women Artists...and she's on the ... Read More...