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

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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...

October 29, 2019

The following article is found in the 3rd Quarter 2019 issue of The Art of the Portrait journal.

Anna Elizabeth Klumpke, a petit genre painter who portrayed everyday life and portraiture, was born in San Francisco on October 28, 1856. Anna was the oldest daughter of Ge...

September 17, 2019

If someone had told me that becoming an artist would make me organized, I would not have believed them.

I knew I wanted to go all-in as a painter shortly after settling into my first job out of college. Now, at 29, I’m grateful for the role that this work has had in all...

July 16, 2019

As artists we are acutely attuned to our surroundings. The world around us – including the space we choose to work in – can be as essential to our process as our concepts or materials. Our workspace can enhance or hinder creativity, influencing our work and affecting o...

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...