Realism That is Deceptively Simple

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"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.

Spotlight on FACE Faculty: Max Ginsburg Tackles Social Realism and Modernism

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Max Ginsburg is a painter with a conscience, using traditional realism and exquisite technique to explore his feelings about the human condition. Unafraid to paint the provocative and controversial social issues of our times, Ginsburg is helping bring representational painting into the contemporary age — a venture that began some 70 years ago.
Contemporary portrait paintings

Artist to Watch: Portrait Painter Nick Gebhart

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At first glance, the portrait paintings of Nick Gebhart advertise the merits of strict adherence to tradition and a skill-based technique. Despite his highly detailed finish and faithful representation, however, the 31-year-old artist does not just replicate what is in front of him.
Portrait paintings - Steve Forster - FineArtConnoisseur.com

“Portrait Stories” by Realist Painter Steve Forster

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Regardless of what he paints or in what fashion, Forster’s primary interests are individuals’ stories and the relationships among people...
Contemporary Realism - David Bowers - FineArtConnoisseur.com

Narrative Art > A Life of Their Own

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Learning more about the creative process of this painter, one could get the sense he’s simply a conduit of pure inspiration. Focusing on technique, his pictures frequently result in beautiful works with unconventional narratives.
How to paint from a reference photo

How This Artist Gives Life to Cityscapes

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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.

How Process Feeds Inspiration

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Fine Art Today recently 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.
landscape oil paintings

3 New Paintings by Charlie Hunter

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"My goal is to paint beautifully that which is not traditionally considered beautiful." In this spotlight, landscape painter Charlie Hunter shares three of his recent works.
Mixed media painting of a woman

Fresh Faces: Figurative Art by Jon Sours

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Created in a diverse range of wet and dry media, Jon Sours’s subjects have a freshness that sets them apart from their abstract surroundings.
PleinAir Salon winner - Beth Moran-Handzlik - FineArtConnoisseur.com

Community Garden New Year’s Day: An Oil Painting

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“Community Garden New Year’s Day” by Bethann Moran-Handzlik a winner in the bi-monthly Plein Air Salon. Here, the artist tells about how the oil painting came to be.

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