Mentor and Master: The Enduring Influence of Jean-Léon Gérôme

A shared passion for researching the life and art of Jean-Léon Gérôme, and the lessons that can be learned 150 years later.
David Marty with his paintings at the Coors Western Show in Denver, Colorado

Artist Spotlight: David Marty

David Marty went into commercial art and graphic design to be “practical,” but as his family grew and life got much busier, he continued to nurture his passion for painting.

Artist Spotlight: Brad Teare

Brad Teare finds the artist’s life is an adventure and despite the difficulties, he can’t imagine living any other life.
landscape oil paintings

Following the Vibrancy: Paintings by Paula Holtzclaw

Contemporary artist Paula Holtzclaw has spent a lifetime learning to embrace the vibrancy of inspiration, which has itself shaped the course of her life. Here's how.

Artist Spotlight: Karen Ann Hitt

With her solo exhibit at Hughes Gallery opening March 1 in Boca Grande, Florida, Karen Ann Hitt reflects on sewing her own clothes at the age of 12 and how that evolved into a fine art career.
Contemporary realism figurative art

Portrait of a Portraitist

How Yuqi Wang, a master of portraiture, discovered Western Art, defied authorities in school, and has answered the question, "Why am I here?"
Contemporary landscape paintings - Marcia Burtt, "Ruffled Water, High Tide" painting

Why I Use Acrylic For My Paintings of Land and Water

Starting college at the University of Chicago, Marcia Burtt graduated from UC Berkeley and earned an MA in art from the University of Montana. Fine Art Today had the opportunity to ask Burtt about her style of landscape paintings and her chosen medium, which is ...
Contemporary realism portrait painting

Influenced by Culture: Oil Portraits by Pavel Sokov

In his studio, Sokov is eager to express through paint the stories of the distinctive characters he encounters during his travels abroad.
Contemporary realism painting of a girl with rabbit

Tanya Atanasova: On Becoming a Portrait Painter

Bulgarian-born figurative painter Tanya Atanasova shares how extremely emotional, intense moments, and strained relationships have informed her art. "Back in the day, surviving was a real thing," she says. "Having the skill for 'guessing the person' and knowing who to trust was often your only weapon in life. So, there is no wonder I primarily paint people and portraits."
Nick Patten, “Floating,” oil on canvas, 30x40 inches, $12,000

How Process Feeds Inspiration: Paintings by Nick Patten

Fine Art Today had the luxury of sitting down with amazing painter Nick Patten, who offered some engaging thoughts about his process, inspiration, and more. So impactful were they that we’ve decided to quote him in full.

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