The Portrait Society of America is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in February 1998

to further the traditions of fine art portraiture and figurative art. 

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 11272, Tallahassee, FL 32302 Shipping Address: 1109 S. Magnolia Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301

December 27, 2018

Most of us are familiar with great works of art housed at museums across the globe like the Girl with the Pearl Earring at the Hague, Venus de Milo at the Louvre, and the Creation of Adam at the Vatican. We also likely know of masterpieces across the United States: Mad...

December 4, 2018

I recently read that the prefix of Wikipedia, Wiki, comes from a Hawaiian word meaning ‘quick.’ This is an apt description for this online encyclopedia-type site that is often relied upon for fast answers on a variety of topics. Wikimedia, the parent company of Wikiped...

November 29, 2018

One of the first articles I wrote for the Portrait Society Journal featured Ellen Moore, a long-time member and artist who currently lives in Texas. In addition to commissioned work, she was volunteering her time and talent to create portraits of women that were living...

November 13, 2018

After years of submitting to the BP Portrait Award, Felicia Forte was finally heading to London in 2015 to see her work on display. The National Portrait Gallery selects portraits from the exhibit to advertise, and Felicia was thrilled to see her self-portrait Melting...

October 23, 2018

The main obstacle for artists collecting art is, as you can imagine, money.

Many artists have strategies, however. Alia El-Bermani and her husband add a piece to their collection each year as an anniversary present to each other.

George Kocar, who frequently sells at art...

October 3, 2018

When you sit down with a group of figurative artists, the conversation invariably turns to questions like, “Where are the collectors of figurative art?”

Often the answer is, “Right here!”

In researching statistics and stories for this article, I was tickled to find out h...