Artists as Documentarians and Conservationists

Landscape and wildlife painters today and throughout history have been responsible for awareness and change as explorers, documentarians, and conservationists. For instance, the idea of our National Parks is largely credited to artists and ... Read More...

A pig, a sailboat, and Willie Nelson:How I find a painting

I often hear artists lament “I don’t know what to paint”. Of all the painting crises I face, I am relieved to say that that is one problem I don’t have. I have lists of title ideas, cupboards bursting with objects begging to be picked, and ... Read More...

OPA’s 2016 National Juried Exhibition

Meet the Gold Medal Winners from the 25th National Juried Exhibition Derek Penix is OPA's 2016 Salon Show Gold Award Winner for Associate/Signature Division. Derek Penix was born on December 29, 1980 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Penix grew up ... Read More...

Painting is like Swimming: It’s easy when done right

To float like a cloud, you have to go to the trouble of becoming one. -Robert Genn, Canadian painter “I’m in the zone!” “This painting practically painted itself!” “I found the sweet spot in this one!” “FINALLY—I didn’t over-work ... Read More...

“Are We There Yet?!”

I recently came across a familiar post saying “When I look at all this beautiful art, I just feel like throwing away my brushes!” I have heard this despair in workshops and on countless occasions from fellow accomplished artists. I would ... Read More...

Fearlessly Finding Yourself

I was a “closet artist” for about 15 years. I had a number of excuses why I couldn’t officially launch my painting career. Family obligations topped my list. But if I had been brutally honest, fear was also a factor. Following are five ... Read More...

The Twelve O’Clock – A Case for Representational Painting in the 21st Century

Painting, brushing oil paint onto canvas, is my profession and my passion. I spend my life creating paintings and displaying them in shows where patrons and artists alike pace in variable rhythms. My paintings are what the art world calls ... Read More...

Authenticity Driven by Curiosity

It was one of those last minute events, one you had no idea was coming and no clue what you were about to experience. As I’ve found often throughout my life, one thing leads to another and many times to the unknown. I received an email on ... Read More...

It Was My Understanding There Would Be No Math…

When I was in high school, I excelled at certain subjects except anything pertaining to math or numbers. To me, algebra class was a time for inner reflection (staring out the window for the duration of the class was very helpful in this ... Read More...

Drawing Anatomy in the Old Master Tradition

For many years I have been inspired by the dynamic and masterful draughtsmanship of the Old Masters. Artists such as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael have influenced the techniques of many artists, as their drawings have touched a very ... Read More...