How to Prepare a Winning Portfolio


Interview notes by Elizabeth Robbins Panel of Three of Scottsdale’s Finest Gallery DirectorsArtists eagerly poured into the lecture room to hear what Scott Eubanks (Gallery Russia), Scott Jones (Legacy Gallery), and Beth Lauterback ... Read More...

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Moonrise Road by John Hulsey

We are currently reading two fascinating books about human development and the evolution of art: The Social Conquest of Earth by E. O. Wilson and The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from ... Read More...

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Bryce Cameron Liston Interview

An Aura of Fragrances by Bryce Cameron Liston OPA

“Being an artist and painting the human figure is what compels me. It wakes me up at night, it’s what I love and I drive myself to do it very well. Art is my lifelong obsession, pleasure, and torment.” One thing I have learned about Bryce ... Read More...

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The Artist and their environment

"Hanging With Albin" by Bill Farnsworth OPA

Artists have long been influenced by their surroundings. California artist’s paint mostly California scenes and so on. But that is just the surface layer in what makes us who we are. For me, family is first , and if all is well on the ... Read More...

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Classical (Classic) Realism- Part 1

David Hardy – Calla Lily Duo – 8″x 12″ – Oil

A three-part series that highlights the origins and resurgence of Classic Realism and its importance to the 21st century artist. It was in college that I decided to become an artist. How to achieve that goal, well, I assumed the college ... Read More...

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How Important is it to really Know your subject?

SoileauOPA-Hodges-Crashing Waves on Sweeping Rocks-12x24 oil on linen-exhibited 2012 Eastern Regional OPA exhibition

I am often asked the question, “Is it important to really know the subject you are painting inside and out.” First let me say that it certainly does not hurt to know the subject, but artists can paint subjects that interest them without ... Read More...

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Dianne Massey Dunbar Interview

Diane Massey Dunbar Headshot

"I paint ordinary objects and scenes from everyday life. While I have the highest respect for artists who paint vistas and exquisite nudes and the like, I believe that there is a great deal of beauty in the world that often goes unnoticed. ... Read More...

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Marc Hanson Interview

"Painting from life, plein air if outside, is critical and necessary to me for what I want out of myself and out of my Art". This Marc Hanson guy is a pretty interesting fellow. Not only is he a really good artist but he expresses his ... Read More...

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Stylistic Unity

Miller's Bend,  oil on canvas, 60 by 90inches,  © 2009 Laura Lewis

Two years ago I had my work critiqued through Oil Painters of America.  Todd Williams was the  Signature Member who looked at images of ten of my current paintings.  He gave me some very helpful insight into my work and useful  suggestions. ... Read More...

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