Reflections and Sky Holes

In choosing a subject to paint I often find I’m drawn to water. Of all the elements we find in the landscape it is the one that pulls at my creative heart. Perhaps it is because it is life-giving. Or maybe it’s the ever-changing ... Read More...

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...

Paintings That Speak

What makes you fall in love with a piece of art? At the 2017 Cowgirl Up! show in Arizona, I was smitten with a painting by Phoenix artist Jessica Garrett.  Jessica's rosy, lit-by-the-sunrise-mountains reminded me of watching the morning sun ... Read More...

No Matter What, Paint

I love to paint most everything but my passion is doing figurative work, especially portraits. Nothing is more satisfying than to first capture a person’s likeness and then catch at least a glimpse of what I think of as his or her spirit ... Read More...

Rooms

Attending my high school class’s fiftieth reunion this past June has me in a reflective mood. Home, back then, was South Florida, and I had not been ‘home’ for many years. It was a good school, Coral Gables High. A large and diverse ... Read More...

John Singer Sargent:
Nascent Modernist?

Most painters today think of Sargent as a realist; an artist who was capable of painting extraordinarily life-like portraits and beautiful landscapes with ease and fluidity. While both points are true, there is another aspect to Sargent ... Read More...

An Interview with
Kathy Anderson

This article is based on an interview that took place at this year’s National Exhibition and Convention in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. OPA Board member Stuart Fullerton, Esq. sat down for an exclusive interview with the delightful Kathy ... Read More...

Indulging in the
Creative Process​

It’s all about the process and not the end result. 2017 was an experimental year for me. I modified my palette and decided to work from plein air & studio studies. My plan was to go small before going big. My palette now includes only 4 ... Read More...

Marketing is Such a Dirty Word

Over the last 7 years of being an artist, I’ve heard and said many comments, concerns and judgments around the subject of marketing. Some of which include: “I just want to paint”, “if the work is good, it will speak for itself”, “I’m not a ... Read More...

So You Want To Create
A Plein Air Event

Plein Air Artists and Plein Air Associations are frequently approached by organizations and communities for advice on developing a plein air event… that is, until they understand the incredible amount of work, resources, and community ... Read More...