Although it’s been many thousands - if not millions – of years since ancient civilizations and some extinct animal species flourished, their legacies continue to fascinate and live on through the creative vision of artist James Gurney. Welcome to Dinotopia and other lost worlds.
Pastel artist Nancie King Mertz works from photo references and from life en plein air. Known for her cityscapes of Chicago, here she explains how she takes a dull reference photo and creates from it a lively scene.
Painters paint what they know, love, and understand, which for many means the infinite sources of inspiration found in nature. Deeply moved by his life experiences “running amok” in the rural Midwest, this artist has found his own creative way to answer the call of the wild.
"I find meaning in the play of light against time-worn materials and feel kinship with the gritty violence of shattered surfaces," says Wayne Dodson.
Part of what makes figurative art so magnetic is its expressive potential. This great sculptor shows us one way how.
Since he was a child, artist Morgan Weistling has constantly seen beauty and design in the world. Intensely studying art by 12 and painting movie posters for top agencies by 19, Weistling has been chasing beauty his entire career, and he continually captures it with luminous results.
A student of classical painter Frank Mason, Massih tells us what continues to inspire her own works.
Intent and methodical, this artist approaches the canvas — or panel — with purpose, imparting in paint his love for Montana and all things Western.
Discover the inspiring moment behind this award-winning painting, and see more works by the artist here.
While several of this artist's portraits convey a frank sense of despondency, discouragement, and despair, ultimately they are intended to offer hope through awareness and change.