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...

March 24, 2020

Judging by her representation at the Cincinnati Museum of Art, Elizabeth Nourse is the Queen Artist of The Queen City- Cincinnati, Ohio. On a recent museum visit, I was thrilled to find two gallery walls dominated by her work, not surprising considering the museum has...

March 10, 2020

I’d bet most of us would choose to stay buried in our art around the clock – endlessly brainstorming, building, sketching, sculpting, pouring, firing, drawing, painting, matting, framing – only to emerge from the studio for the occasional emergency snack.

Unfortunately,...

December 3, 2019

This article appeared in the 1st Quarter 2019 The Art of the Portrait Journal publication. 

Mary Sauer has carefully cultivated her talent through her work, and it shows. It was Mary’s exquisite use of color and confident, natural brushwork that immediately drew me...