September 15, 2020

For many of us, galleries might appear as the ultimate gatekeeper: since they decide whose work to sell. Being accepted into the ‘right’ gallery is often seen as something that could make your career, while being passed over can be crushing. Just like galleries can hel...

August 13, 2020

Ed Jonas is someone I had known about in a roundabout way for years before finally meeting him. This is one of those Southern tales where it turns out everybody knows everybody, and we're all connected somehow. Ed and I didn't turn out to be distant relatives or anythi...

July 14, 2020

Curating a show isn’t something I have any experience with, so for this article, I reached out to Raleigh-based painter Alia El-Bermani. Nestled among Alia’s many titles, which include artist, teacher, and business owner, is that of a curator.

After completing her BFA,...

June 9, 2020

In retirement, after a rich and rewarding career in the natural sciences, I have taken up oil painting with a passion. I always hankered to express myself visually and felt cheated that I couldn’t do art at school because of timetable clashes with science subjects. I w...

May 13, 2020

Breaking the Comparison Habit

As artists, none of us are strangers to clichés that non-artists expect of us: from romantic dreamers to tortured creatives. But what about the stereotypes that we fit ourselves into? Perhaps we think that our artistic skills are governed b...

April 23, 2020

A painting starts in the mind. It must. From there, the complicated, elusive, grinding process of getting your vision onto a canvas begins. Gathering one’s visual data, be it from life, sketches, field work, collected props, or reference photos, you reference all these...

April 14, 2020

I recently interviewed Dan Thompson and Mary Qian about what it’s really like to take part in a Face-Off! Both artists did their first Face-Off in Atlanta, 2019. The Face-Off is a popular annual Portrait Society of America conference event which kicks off the main conf...

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