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. 

Phone Toll-Free: 1-877-772-4321  •  Fax: 1-850-222-7890  •  Email: info@portraitsociety.org

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

December 10, 2019

There is something so magical about capturing someone's essence on canvas. I'm fascinated and frustrated in equal measures as I try to learn to be a better portrait artist. I love the energy of painting from life, be it people or landscapes. Several years ago, I came a...

June 25, 2019

To those who say they can’t draw a stick figure, there’s a solution. Actually, there are many solutions, and one way to learn to draw, paint or sculpt realistically is through a classical atelier. The historical atelier’s system of learning has been around since the mi...

April 2, 2019

“I am still learning…” Michelangelo said this, at the age of 88, on his deathbed.

Regardless of whether we hold an MFA, claim to be self-taught, have newly retired to art, or were trained in an age of figurative art blight, as artists we are in a continual state of deve...

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...

August 23, 2018

 Anna Klumpke, "Portrait of Rosa Bonheur," 1898, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rosa Bohnheur was a revolutionary French artist of-the-outdoors. A painter, and sculptor born in Bordeaux, France, she became famous for her remarkable accuracy and deta...

July 31, 2018

The love of learning has always been a powerful motivator for artists. The methods we use to gather knowledge and hone our skills are as diverse and creative as the artwork we produce. For many, the primary drive to create comes from the learning process rather than th...