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2019 Contributing Artists

Adorn Me Bios

Elizabeth Barden is an Australian contemporary figurative artist and her work is held in private collections worldwide. Career highlights include representation in the permanent collection of the Australian National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, with her portrait of indigenous performer Christine Anu ‘Waiting for Zipporah’. She has been a five times finalist in the prestigious Portia Geach Memorial Art Prize, a finalist in several other major Australian art prizes and was awarded ‘People’s Choice’ in the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize. Barden is represented in several public collections. She has exhibited in group shows nationally and internationally, and has had two solo exhibitions in the Cairns Art Gallery.


Native Southern Californian, Donna Bates experience as a commercial illustrator and 3D Artist for over 20 years has evolved into a career in painting. She is a self-taught artist that is known for her own mash-up style of urban, tough-chic edgy strong independent women or “Badass Chicks”. Her women aren't pin-ups nor portraits, they are a different vision of power and sex flavored with leather, metal, graffiti and fantasy!


Michael Bergt (b.1956) is a figurative artist whose work has been in a deep dialogue with art history over the course of his more than thirty-year career. Working across drawing, sculpture, and primarily egg tempera painting, Bergt currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has had major exhibitions in New York, San Francisco and Santa Fe. Bergt has works in the permanent collection of : The Arnot Museum, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Crystal Bridges Museum, Currier Museum, Evansville, Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco—de Young Museum, Frye Art Museum, Kalamazoo, Museum, His works can be seen at www.mbergt.com


Alfonsina Betancourt is a realist painter born in Caracas, Venezuela (1976). She graduated with a B.A. in Visual Arts from Pine Manor College, and has studied with remarkable painters such as Antonio López Garcia, Steven Assael and Jeremy Lipking. Her work has been shown throughout New England and has gotten awards from the Connecticut Society of Portraits Artists and New Haven Paint and Clay Club among others. Her paintings are in collections in several countries. She lives in Connecticut where she also explores her love for writing.


Kelly Birkenruth grew up in Northeastern Pa and attended Penn State University. After graduating she moved to Southern California and attended Otis College of Art in Los Angeles. She then continued her studies through workshops and private study with renowned artists such as Daniel Sprick, Steven Assael and Jesus Emmanuel Villarreal. Kelly’s painting Guarding Her Heart was exhibited at the Annual National Juried Exhibition at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art in Wausau, Wisconsin. Her painting Homage to New York was exhibited at the American Women Artists 2018 show Perspectives of the American Experience at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, N.Y. Her painting Venus Contemplating Her Adolescence was exhibited at the PoetsArtists exhibition “Visions of Venus/Venus’s Vision curated by Dr. Elaine Melottis Schmidt in April, 2018 at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago.

Kelly’s painting The City Awaits received the Award of Excellence at the American Women Artists 2017 Exhibition at the Tucson Desert Art Museum. She was also awarded 2nd place at the Portrait Society of America’s 2015 Juried Exhibition in the Still Life Category and Honorable Mention at the Portrait Society of America’s 2012 Juried Exhibition. She won Best of Show Award in the CT+6 2012 Juried Exhibition at the West Hartford Art League. She was a Finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon in 2011, 2016 and 2018. Her painting Limes and Laughs has been selected as a finalist in the Still Life/Interior category of The Artist’s Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition. Artists Magazine named her as Artist of the month for February 2017 and featured a profile of her for their online publication. Her work has also been featured in American Art Collector and Art New England. Her paintings are in public and private collections throughout the U.S She currently lives and paints in Central CT.


Melinda Borysevicz, a New York native, received a BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA) magna cum laude. She was an active part of the Savannah art scene for nearly 20 years. In 2015, a chance encounter led her to her a small town near her ancestral home in Italy, where she now lives and paints, focusing primarily on narrative portraits and figures. Awards received for her work include a coveted Certificate of Excellence in the Portrait Society of America’s International Competition in 2013. Borysevicz has exhibited her work at Museo MEAM in Barcelona and Museo Pablo Serrano In Zaragoza Spain, at various venues in New York, Georgia, Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, Texas, and Italy. www.melindaborysevicz.com


Heather Brunetti is an emerging figurative artist best known for her dark moody oil portraits and depictions of small moments with big impact. She has been published in PoetsArtists and featured in online exclusives on Artsy via the Zhou B Art Center most recently Adorn Me curated by Carol Hodes.


Teresa Brutcher was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1955. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a BA in Studio Art and continued her studies at the University, San Fernando, in Madrid. While studying, she collaborated at “Grupo 15”, a well-known print studio and gallery in Madrid, where she learned etching and lithography from master printers, techniques which she employed during the early years of her career. She returned to the US in the early 80´s where she taught painting and drawing at Yavapai College in Northern Arizona. For the past three decades, she has lived and worked in the North of Spain showing her figurative oil paintings in museums and galleries including Spain, Portugal, Germany and the US. She is currently represented by the Ceferino Navarro Gallery (Granada), The Blueant Gallery, Madrid, and Espacio 36, Zamora.

Lupita Carrasco is a mother of six, caregiver to a mentally ill parent, and an artist living and creating in Colorado Springs. Born and raised in San Diego California, her tumultuous childhood and vibrant Mexican culture lend their voice to her individual artistic language. Lupita works primarily in oil. She has exhibited in the Pikes Peak region since 2005.

Jason Carr (b.1975) is a New Zealand born artist who has resided in the UK for the past 20 years with his practice based between London and Manchester. Jason has a degree in animation and has also worked as an illustrator but made the change to figurative oil painting. He has exhibited in Wanganui,Auckland, NZ as well as London, Manchester and Liverpool UK. Jason was chosen as a finalist for the Winsor and Newton Griffin Art Award, 2015 and won the GFest/Magnum Visual Artist Award 2017, the Lady Petchey runner up award for the Emerald Winter Pride Awards 2018 and was pre selected for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2018.

Born in West Virginia in 1979, Mary Chiaramonte is a figurative realist painter now living and working in Richmond, Virginia. Chiaramonte received her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and art history from Radford University, graduating in 2010 summa cum laude and being awarded the best graduate thesis. Her paintings have been shown and privately collected throughout the US and Europe. Chiaramonte has been awarded by the Portrait Society of America (2016, 2018) and the International ARC Salon competition (2018). Her paintings have been published by American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, American Artist magazine and PoetsArtists.


Born in Los Angeles, Lynn Christopher began her career working as a set designer and art director for film and television for 33 years. During that time she studied painting and drawing at Otis Parsons School of Art, Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and California Art Institute in classes taught by Neil Boyle, Andrew Burward-Hoy and Jeremy Lipking. She went on to study sculpture in the private studio of David Simon. Lynn is a member of the California Art Club, where she was honored with 2 gold medals for her outstanding achievement in sculpture. Lynn has shown widely in the United States, including a 2 person show curated by Michael Pearce. Her paintings and sculptures reside in collections in the US and abroad. Lynn now resides in the wine country of Temecula, California, where she works full time in her studio.

Anastasiya Chybireva Fender was born in Ukraine and immigrated with her parents to US when she was 14. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees in architecture from Cooper Union and University of Texas at Arlington. Over that last years she has recieved additional training studying with established realist painters she admires privatly and in workshops. Anastasiya's work is found in private collections across United States as well as Germany, Russia and Ukraine. She has been recognized by National Portrait Society, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and others; her work is present in PoetsArtists. Currently, Anastasiya teaches design and drawing studios at University of Texas in Arlington and paints fervantly in her studio in Dallas.


Therese Conte is a contemporary figurative artist and arts educator. She earned her MFA in painting from Laguna College of Art and Design, (2015) and an MA, (2010) and BA, (2008), in Studio Art, Painting/Drawing from California State University, Northridge, CA. She studied at the prestigious Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. and the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. Her work has been exhibited nationally at the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach; Hillel Gallery USC, Los Angeles; Bridge Gallery, Los Angeles City Hall; University of New England Gallery, Maine; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery among other venues. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. Her work is held in several private collections. She maintains a studio in Laguna Niguel, CA and continues to work with the figure and related subjects in her paintings.

Jess Cross is a contemporary realist painter and printmaker. Born in Freedom, Pennsylvania in 1981, Jess received her BFA in Painting from Salisbury University in 2004 and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2007. Since receiving her Master's Degree, she has been exhibiting her work nationally including solo shows in Philadelphia and has sold work internationally. Jess is currently the head of Printmaking at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.

Dagmar Evelyn Cyrulla is an Australian contemporary artist. Her work is about relationships, especially those from a woman’s perspective. In 2017, her painting, 'I Am' was 'Highly Commended' in the Doug Moran portrait prize. In 2017 her work 'The phone call IV' won the Manning regional gallery "Naked and Nude" art prize. Cyrulla's work revolves around human relatedness. In October 2018 she exhibited at Wagner Contemporary Gallery in Sydney. Cyrulla's works are held in numerous public collections including, Warrnambool, Bathurst, Horsham & Ballarat regional galleries. The Australian newspaper described her work as "Recognised for producing works of stirring psychological intensity, Cyrulla has brought a new dimension to contemporary Australian art".

Born in Athens, GA (1979) and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Otha Davis III also known as Vakseen is a self-taught, museum-exhibited artist and a multiplatinum music producer/songwriter. While working on hit records as a music executive/producer has played a driving force in his career, Vakseen has been an active realist painter since moving to Los Angeles in 2011. Known for his Vanity Pop, collage-influenced paintings, his artwork has been exhibited by the Ontario Museum of History & Art,Spectrum Miami/Art Basel, Adidas, Vans, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Zhou B Art Center, Julien's Auctions, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the University of California Los Angeles, Bombay Saaphire Gin, the city of Los Angeles, Gallery 825, Abend Gallery, Baton Rouge Gallery, and Soho House London. His artwork has also been published in various magazines in print and online including PoetsArtists, Buzzfeed, Complex Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, Hi-Fructose Magazine, Vibe Magazine, Professional Artist Magazine, High Times Magazine, Kolaj Magazine, Gay Times, BOOOOOOOM and Supersonic Art. His paintings can be seen on VakseenArt.com

Robin Damore works primarily as a commissioned portrait artist and teacher from Vancouver, Washington, USA. She studied portraiture under the tutelage of Russian master, Leonid Gervits - professor from the Repin Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her work has been shown at the Festival of Arts with the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, CA, Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine - Artistic Excellence Award, The University Club - Portland, Or (where she was chosen for a one year residency), SOD August show (2001-2012), and PoetsArtists.

Janine Dello is an emerging artist based in Adelaide, South Australia. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Art from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2016, she has participated in group exhibitions including being a finalist in several Australian art prize awards. Janine had her first solo exhibition in February 2019, at BMG Art Gallery. Titled “Notes to Self”, this body of work plays upon the ambivalence's between introspection and outward appearance, the internal dialogue beneath women’s façade of what fuels desires and insecurities in relation to self-image.

Stephanie Deshpande (b. 1975) is a representational painter living in northern New Jersey. Deshpande graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BFA in Painting and continued her studies at the New York Academy of Art earning her MFA. She was awarded the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to attend the Yale Summer School of Music and Art and has received recognition for her paintings by the Portrait Society of America, RayMar Art, Artist’s Magazine, the Art Renewal Center, Allied Artists of America, and Oil Painters of America. Her paintings have appeared in several issues of PoetsArtists and in the book 21st Century Figurative Art: The Resurrection of Art by Jan Esmann. In 2014, the New Britain Museum of American Art acquired her painting “Assembling the Pieces” for their Post Contemporary collection. She is represented by Haynes Galleries in the U.S. and by Arundel Contemporary in West Sussex, England.


Kimberly Dow has been gallery-represented and selling her work since she was 19. She has been published in PoetsArtists and shown in online exclusives through the Zhou B Art Center. The narrative figures, nudes, and portrait commissions she paints from her mountaintop studio in North Carolina hang in collections around the world.


Schooled in Franco’s Spain, college in London, early work in New York, lost in rural France, found in Pakistan, Belinda Eaton now lives and works between England and Andalucia. She is a British artist born in the sixties in Mombasa, Kenya. She has lived in London, New York, France, Karachi, Barcelona in which she has exhibited extensively as well as involved in Fashion and television projects. www.belindaeaton.com


Heidi Elbers (b. 1985, New Orleans, LA) earned her B.A. from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2008 and graduated summa cum laude and was a recipient of the President's Medals for Academic Excellence. While at SELU, she was a recipient of The Helen Entrikin Art Scholarship Award, the Holly and Smith, Architects, Inc. Excellence in Visual Arts and Music Scholarship, the Gail Hood Scholarship Award in Painting, and music performance scholarships, and she played flute professionally throughout the New Orleans area. She also studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. In 2008, she moved to New York City to attend graduate school at the New York Academy of Art. At the New York Academy of Art she was a recipient of the Academy Service Scholarship. After completing her MFA in 2010, she moved to Bushwick where she is an active member of the art community.

Elbers has shown her work at nationally at places such as Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, Sotheby's, Flowers Gallery, NY, The Lodge Gallery, Island Weiss Gallery, Storefront Ten Eyck, and Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery. She has been featured in publications including Gagosian Quarterly, The Huffington Post, T Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, PoetsArtists, ApartmentTherapy.com, Buzzfeed.com, The Brooklyn Rail, and Hyperallergic. Aside from her studio practice, she currently works as the Director of Exhibitions and Alumni Affairs at the New York Academy of Art.


Jeff Faerber grew up in California and studied art at San José State University and School of Visual Arts (NYC). His art has appeared in magazines, books, CDs, and websites. He has shown extensively in New York, as well as many other major cities in the US and abroad. He currently lives in Brooklyn.


Shannon Fannin (b. Long Beach, California 1969) is a realist vehicle painter. She has exhibited in numerous group shows through PoetsArtists, Salmagundi Club, Hilton Head, Tuscon Desert Art Museum, Distinction Gallery, Castle Gallery, and L’Atelier Berkshires Gallery. She has had two solo exhibitions including Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. She won first place for the Texas State University BIG show, was a finalist of 13 international artists for the Georgia Fee Paris Residency, featured artist for the 40th annual Lubbock exhibition, and Runner up Finalist for Porsche Club of America Magazine Best Cover competition. Shannon’s paintings are featured in an online exclusive on Artsy through Zhou B Art Center. She is represented by national galleries throughout the United States. 


Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern received her BFA in surface design from Parsons the School of Design and MFA in painting from New Jersey City University. She served as an executive designer for Ralph Lauren, and her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and been featured in PoetsArtists, FreshPaint and Studio Visit Magazine. She has won numerous awards, including a 2016 Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF) residency at Mana Contemporary Fine Art, and a 2007 Geraldine Dodge Fellowship. www.lisaficarelli-halpern.com


Graduate of the prestigious Julian Ashton Art School and finalist in many prizes including the 2017 Portia Geach Memorial Art Award, Rosa Fedele has exhibited at NSW Parliament House and Parliament House Canberra, as well as numerous galleries and exhibitions in Australia and worldwide. Rosa has studied at the NSW Writers Centre and is a regular contributor to arts magazines where she prepares articles and comprehensive tutorials.


With two decades of professional experience, Nanette Fluhr has created portraits that hang in private and public collections worldwide. She has received honors and awards from The Artist’s Magazine, The Catherine Lorilland Wolfe Art Club, The Art Renewal Center, The Portrait Society of America, and the School of Visual Arts, where she studied the techniques of the Old Masters under John Frederick Murray. During this time, she painted museum-quality replicas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Her work has been displayed at The Salmagundi Club, The Butler Institute of American Art, The National Arts Club, and The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. She has also been featured in a special Workshop Issue of American Artists Magazine as well as in a six-museum exhibit on contemporary American realism in China. Nanette shares her knowledge through teaching at The Art League of Long Island and The Teaching Studios of Art.


Barbara Fox is a painter recognized for still life and floral subjects in watercolor and oil. Her paintings are exhibited and collected internationally, have received numerous awards, and have been selected for publication in fine art books and magazines as well as been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the US, including the Phillips Museum of Art in Lancaster, PA, The Neville Museum in Green Bay, WI, and the MEAM in Barcelona, Spain.

Barbara’s work has been published in three editions of the watercolor publication Splash: the Best of Watercolor Painting, and she has been a featured artist in the leading national art magazines American Artist and Watercolor Magic. She leads watercolor workshops around the country, teaching her method of layering washes and painting details. Barbara also works as an illustrator and currently is a designer for the United States Mint. Twenty-one of her designs have been minted as coins and medals.


Tanja Gant (b. 1972), a native of Bosnia and Herzegovina (former Yugoslavia) is a contemporary realist portrait artist who currently resides in Texas. Being self-taught she drew throughout her childhood and later on during the Bosnian war. Since becoming a full-time artist in 2010 she has won numerous awards in regional, national, and international competitions and has had her work exhibited in as many shows throughout the country. Her work has also been published in several books and magazines, most notably: PoetsArtists, Southwest Art Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist Magazine and a series of Strokes of Genius books. Tanja's work is in the permanent collection of the Art Renewal Center (ARC), as well as several private collections throughout the US.

Tina Garrett b. 1974 - In 2012, based on her self-taught pastel portraiture, the Scottsdale Artists’ School awarded Tina the first of two merit scholarships. In addition to various recognitions by the Portrait Society of AmericaOil Painters of America, and National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society, Tina is a two-time Purchase Award winner in the 11th and 12th International ARC Salons. Twice exhibiting at the Museum of Modern Art Europe (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain, and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, Tina’s works, “City Blues” and “String of Pearls” are now part of the Art Renewal Center's renowned permanent collection.   

In 2016, Tina earned a designation of ARC Associate Living Master from the Art Renewal Center and a Master Artist designation from the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society. Tina has intently studied the Selective Start Method described in Alla Prima by Living Master Artist and Author Richard Schmid, studied in workshops and private lessons with Romel de la Torre, and workshops with Casey BaughAaron WesterbergJeremy Lipking, Tim Deibler, Michelle Dunaway, Stanka Kordic, Dennis Perrin and Kathy Anderson. In the course of her serious pursuit of fine art mastery, Tina has created a growing family of private collectors and commissioned clients in the U.S. and the U.K. and the Netherlands and is invited to teach workshops across the U.S. at private studios and art centers including the Scottsdale Artists' School, Village Arts of Putney, The Art Students League of Denver,  Bountiful Davis Art Center and the Brush of Spring Hoosier Salon as well as internationally in Tuscany and Florence, Italy at The Florence Studio. Tina published her first instructional oil painting video in January 2019. 

Tina is a proud Missouri State Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America helping Missouri artists fully benefit from their PSoA membership. Tina is also proud to be a 2018 & 2019 Cecilia Beaux Forum Mentoring Program Mentor. 

Irene Georgopoulou was born in 1964. Since becoming a full-time artist in 2009 she has won several awards and her work has been published in art books and magazines, most notably: International Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Pastel Journal, and a series of Strokes of Genius books. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, of International Guild of Realism and has achieved Master Circle Status with International Association of Pastel Societies.  Her work has juried into art shows such as IGOR, IAPS and Pastel Journal's  Pastel 100 and she was among the finalists in many art competitions. Some of them are International Artist Magazine Competition, Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence, Artist Magazine Annual Art Competition and Richeson75. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in USA, Italy, France, China, Greece and Turkey and her art is in many private collections worldwide.

Jodi Gerbi is a representational painter depicting human resilience through her realistic portrayals of the garbage, trash cans and drain pipes found in her daily life. Jodi has earned an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a BFA from Syracuse University. Her work has been shown at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, Sotheby’s and the Flowers Gallery in New York as well as Fort Works Art in Texas. She currently paints at Reis Studios in Long Island City, New York.

Sullivan Giles (b. 1986, Seattle WA) is a painter from the Pacific Northwest currently living and working in New York. Sullivan received her MFA at the New York Academy of Art and previously attended the Kang-O'Higgins Atelier at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. While in school, she was awarded several scholarships and grants, including the Buddy Taub Scholarship and Northwest Watercolor Foundation's Gold Grant. She has studied extensively with Monica Cook and has been fortunate to have Alyssa Monks as a mentor. Her work has been shown at the Seattle Art Fair and in group exhibitions at Ghost Gallery, Virago Gallery and Plank Gallery, with multiple solo exhibitions at ArtCore Tattoo & Gallery in Seattle.

Amanda Greive graduated with a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2008 and has exhibited her work both locally and nationally. She has exhibited her work at RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY, Arcadia Contemporary in Los Angeles, Abend Gallery in Denver, Rehs Contemporary Gallery in New York City, and the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, IL. Most recently, she was a finalist in the 2017 FIgurativas exhibit in Barcelona, and a Rehs Contemporary Award winner in the 13th ARC International Salon. Her studio is located in Central Illinois, and she is represented by RJD Gallery.

Barbara Hack received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting after intensive study in Europe and additional training in New York. Since then, she has continued to harness her artistic talents to drive her professional career. Work in portraiture, fashion illustration, and as a courtroom artist have all allowed Barbara to challenge herself with alternative contexts for figurative artistry, and in a variety of mediums, including graphite, pan pastels, and oils.

Alexander Hayden was born in Texas in 1993. Hayden moved to New York City (where he now resides) in 2017 to pursue involvement in the thriving environment of figurative art. Hayden is self taught, preferring to approach education independently through books & the internet. His works have been featured in several print magazines & many shows across New York City including Dacia Gallery & the Salmagundi Club, and is held in the homes of private collectors in New York City, Mexico City, and Texas.


Heather Heitzenrater was born in 1992 and grew up in Punxsutawney, PA.  She now lives with her husband and their two cats in Pittsburgh. Heather received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Her work has been shown in the Erie Art Museum, Boxheart Gallery and other galleries across the country. She has been published in Poet Artist Magazine, and featured on Buzzfeed, Minus 37, and Booooooom.  Along with showing her work, Heather teaches art workshops around the city and does scenic painting at ScareHouse and Pittsburgh City Theater. Heather and her husband share a space at the Radiant Hall Susquehanna location.

Mary Kearney Hull was born in Illinois in 1962. She attended college at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Central Arkansas. Mary has been in numerous shows and publications around the nation and recently received "best of show" in an international show of social and political commentaries at the Reece Museum. Her work is a commentary on women's issues, sexual abuse towards young girls and peoples perceptions of each other. Mary owns the Hull Art Academy in Carrollton, Texas

John Hyland is a painter in New York City, specializing in portraits, figure studies, landscapes, seascapes, florals, interiors, exteriors and still-lifes in oil and pencil. His work has been shown at galleries and museums from Budapest to Paris, from New York City to Chicago to San Francisco, and from Connecticut to Wisconsin to Colorado. A native of Forestville, Conn., John is largely self-taught, inspired by the works of Sargent, Sorolla, Zorn, Mancini and Van Gogh, as well a host of others, from the Renaissance giants to the great Russian masters. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, John enjoyed a lengthy career in journalism, most recently as an editor and manager at The New York Times (1990-2017) and before that as a reporter and editor at The Hartford Courant in Connecticut (1978-90). After years of balancing the reporter’s notebook in one hand and the painter’s palette in the other, he recently joined PoetsArtists and can now concentrate solely on art. John welcomes commissions.


Margaret Ingles is a realism artist working primarily in oil. She studied art and photography at university in the late 70’s and completed a post-graduate degree in visual arts education in the early 90’s. She taught art in internationals schools, was a distance educator for her own children for several years, and worked as a freelance writer and editor. Margaret has been exhibiting her work for over 15 years, both nationally and internationally and her work can be found in private collections around the world. She currently lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and is represented by the Lethbridge Gallery.

Born in Los Angeles in 1951 and residing in Laguna Beach, CA., Regina Jacobson earned her BFA Drawing and Painting in 2003, and an MFA in Painting in 2013. Both degrees are from LCAD - Laguna College of Art + Design. As a Representational Figurative Artist, Regina’s oil paintings reflect a 30 year circuitous path to Fine Arts through the Fashion Industry as a Designer/Manufacturer of women’s and children’s clothing.

Jean Sbarra Jones lives in the North Shore of Massachusetts.  She is an award-winning artist, holding a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Boston University College of Art. She has exhibited widely, received grants for residencies and been published most recently in PoetsArtists, AcrylicWorks5 and Studio Visit Magazine. She teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work has been selected to be included in exhibitions by numerous leaders in the art world such as Alan Weinberg, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and Clifford Ackley, curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Jean's paintings have also been juried and chosen by well-known artists such as William Bailey, Judy Chicago, Faith Ringgold and Donald Sultan.

Her work is included in many private collections, including the estate of the late Kenneth Noland, a well-known 1960s color field painter. Jean speaks publicly about her work in relationship to her personal life experiences and faith, which illuminates more thoroughly the unique and powerful meaning embedded in her paintings.

Claudia Kaak was born in 1987 in Heppenheim, Germany where she lives and works. In 2015, she graduated from Goethe University Frankfurt (a.M.). Her first solo show was held at Galerie Pack of Patches in Jena (Germany), and her group exhibitions include shows for Art Innsbruck (Austria), Gallery Ewa Helena, Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen (both in Germany), and RJD Gallery in New York City. She has been a finalist for the 13th Annual ARC competition. Claudia’s work also has been featured in MilionArt Kaleidoscope, The Guide Artists, PoetsArtists and an online exclusive exhibition with Zhou B Art Center, Chicago.


Born in 1989 in Indiana, Rachel Linnemeier creates her figurative paintings in the medium of oil paint. In 2013 she completed her undergraduate BFA with an emphasis in Painting and a minor in Art History from Herron School of Art & Design in Indianapolis. She has studied in workshops with painters Alyssa Monks and David Kassan.

Rachel has participated in group exhibitions at RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY, Abend Gallery in Denver, CO, and The Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ. In 2019 she will show in “Painting Today, International Women’s Day,” an exhibition at the prestigious MEAM - European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain. Her work has been featured in American Art Collector and in several issues of PoetsArtists. Through PoetsArtists she has participated in online exclusive exhibitions on Artsy with the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago. Rachel currently lives and paints in Tucson, Arizona.

Junyi Liu is a New York City based visual artist. She was born in China and grew up in Guangdong. She started with studying the 19th Century Russian Academic drawing methods in workshops. In 2014 she came to the U.S. for college in University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) as a visual arts major. She received her BFA in painting at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2018.


Debra Livingston has been working as an arts educator and professional artist for over 25 years. In her early years graduating from Griffith University she worked as an illustrator and graphic designer until further study saw her graduate with a Doctorate of Creative arts from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Debra works predominately with mixed mediums, mainly photo-media, with solo and represented in collaborative exhibitions, including being a published artist achieving awards and represented in many collections.

Yanqing Low’s work explores identity and femininity as an amorphous and multi-faceted thing, guided by the heart, hand, and mind. She works with a wide range of media and counts figurative and abstract masters such as Jenny Saville, Francis Bacon, and Wu Guanzhong, among her primary influences. She earned her BFA at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore where she currently resides. Her art has been exhibited in Singapore and New York.


NY-based, Israeli-born, Hodaya Louis’ art skills were nurtured from the outset by her father, artist David Louis, and honed through her education and her extensive professional experience.


Hari Lualhati is an artist born in Philippines and now, permanently based in Cape Town, South Africa. Hari obtained a Degree in Fine Arts in University of the Philippines, Diliman year 2006 (Cum Laude). She has received numerous awards from different international competitions like the “Living Portrait Master” -Second Prize Winner 2017, “ARC Staff Awards from the 12th Art Renewal Centre’s International ARC Salon 2016 (USA), “Arte Dinamica” from Associazione Culturale Grifio Art Gallery 2016 (Rome), American Art Awards 2014- 1st Place (USA), The Palm Art Award Certificate of Excellence 2012 (Germany), to name a few. Hari has also been featured in International Magazines, Art Books/Catalogue and newspapers: Wall Street International 2018, The Philippine Star 2004, China Daily 2008, etc. Hari has also been on the cover of International Art Magazines like INSIGHT Magazine 2017, Art Manager 7 Magazine 2013, and Close to Art Magazine, an Art- Design-Architecture French Magazine 2014. Early this year 2018, Hari had an exhibition in the prestigious MEAM - European Museum of Modern Art where Hari’s artwork has been sold to a private collector in Europe. Her artworks have been exhibited in Philippines, HongKong, South Africa, Italy, Germany, Armenia, Ukraine, Barcelona and Zaragoza (Spain), Prague (Czech Republic).

Geoffrey Laurence (b.1949) studied at The Byam Shaw (LCAD) London College of Printing (Graphics) St.Martins (BA) New York Academy of Art (MFA). He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has been drawing and painting the figure since 1965. He works in pastel, charcoal and oil paint. He has exhibited in museums and galleries across the USA and in Europe, including Allan Stone gallery NYC, John Pence gallery San Francisco, LewAllen gallery Santa Fe and in Zhou B Art online exclusives including Adorn Me curated by Carol Hodes, Figurative Realism curated by Dirk Dzimirsky, The New Nude curated by Didi Menendez. His artwork won a prize at the ANJE 2018 at WMOCA curated by Frank Bernarducci.

His Holocaust Series work is on permanent display at The Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, TX. His work has been published in magazines and books including New American Paintings, American Art Collector, Smithsonian Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Art in America. His work can be viewed at www.GeoffreyLaurence.com.


Dáire Lynch is a Dublin-born artist who currently resides in County Mayo in the west of Ireland.Born in 1980, he studied drawing in BCFE, Dublin. He also is a qualified sound engineer and multi-instrumentalist. Dáire has featured in several online exclusive shows with the Zhou B Art Center such as 'Adorn Me' curated by Carol Holdes and 'Figurative Realism' curated by Dirk Dzimirsky. Additionally, he has been published in the associated issues of PoetsArtists as well as exhibiting in the group Show Visions of Venus, curated by Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt. He has exhibited paintings at RJD Gallery, New York, Rehs Contemporary in New York, and Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado.

Christina Grace Mastrangelo (b. 1983) grew up in Western Massachusetts. Immediately following graduation from James Madison University in 2006 (BA in Studio Art, Honors College) she moved to Florence, Italy to study at the Angel Academy of Art from 2006-2009. Christina has shown at The European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, the Villa Bardini in Florence, and has had two solo shows in Florence as well as one at the D'Amour Museum of Fine Art in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her most recent awards were from the Art Renewal Center, Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, and the Salmagundi Club. She is currently represented by the Guild of Boston Artists, Williams Fine Art Dealers, Zhou B Arts Center (The New Nude, Artsy), and PoetsArtists (Adorn Me). She lives in Jacksonville, Florida and Wilbraham, Massachusetts with her artist husband, Nicholas McNally. www.christinamastrangelo.com

Hilary McCarthy is a contemporary figurative painter who has been living and working in New York City for the past 17 years. She exhibits internationally and her studio is located on the Upper West Side. Her work hangs in collections throughout the United States and Europe. She earned a masters degree from New York Academy of Art and is working on a second degree in art history, from Columbia University. She has attended artist residencies in Puglia, Italy; Melbourne Australia; Leipzig, Germany and Johnston, VT. She will be teaching a workshop in Provence, France in August 2017.

Anne-Marie Kornachuk (Canadian, b 1969, Pin Court, Quebec), grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and completed her BFA at Concordia University (Montreal, QC) in 1993. Since graduation she has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the US and abroad. She is a realist painter, best known for her paintings of women surrounded by reams of fabric. She lives and works in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.

Mahua Mazumdar is an artist based in Alexandria, Va. She has received training at the Art League School of Alexandria, Va., the GW Corcoran School of Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. She has shown her works in several shows in the Washington, D.C., metro area, and her work can be seen in private collections in the United States and abroad.


Margret McDermott has recently been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine’s “Today’s Masters: Go Figure” section, and American Art Collector Magazine’s Emerging Artist, Editor’s Pick section. She lives and works in Clarkston, MI.

Victorious McLeod is an oil painter working in the traditional method. He has studied under world renowned painters such as Richard Thomas Scott and David Molesky through the tradition of the atelier, where one learns through creative production in a studio environment. He has been previously published in PoetsArtists.

Amsterdam-based painter Yvonne Melchers' focus is on figurative realism oil paintings. She studied for a year at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She has exhibited in Italy, the USA, and The Netherlands in several galleries, at art fairs and in the Museum Møhlmann , Summer Expo 2012, The Hague Gemeente (Municipal) Museum. Preselected at BP Portrait Award 2015 and 2018, Dutch Portrait Award 2017 and Figurativas Barcelona 2017. Published in magazines and numerous books on Figurative Realism and issues of PoetsArtists and several online exclusives on Artsy through the Zhou B Art Center including Adorn Me curated by Carol Hodes. She is one of the featured artists in Grandes Autores of website ArteLibre in 2018 and was invited with 160 international artists to participate in Exhibition 20x20 of Galería ArteLibre which will be held in Zaragoza, Museum MEAM Barcelona and two other venues in Spain in 2019. Her work is in numerous private collections around the world, in collection Academic Medical Center Amsterdam and in Museum Møhlmann in The Netherlands.

Dulce Menendez also known as Didi was born in Cuba (1960) and is an American publisher, curator, artist, and author. She has been active on the Internet since 1995 including setting up poetry forums, podcasts, and creating online websites for various projects including buying domain names with typos such as www.mipoesias.com. Her poetry has been exhibited in I AMerican, and her digital video self-portrait at the Zhou B Art Center. Her publications have been featured in various Best American Poetry anthologies and THE Pushcart Prize. Her poetry has been published in various journals in print and online including Gargoyle Magazine and No Tell Motel. Many of the works she has published or shown have been acquired by private and public collections. She currently is actively pursuing exhibitions, creating social media content, and writing articles while overseeing the tribe at PoetsArtists at www.poetsandartists.com.

Meredith Spencer Mullins is a figurative realist painter residing near Richmond VA. Mullins (b.1974) was raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Mary Washington and MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Mullins’ work has been exhibited throughout the United States, notably in New York NY, Los Angles CA, Nashville TN, Savannah GA and Cincinnati OH.

Ricky Mujica, born in NYC, is an award winning figurative painter and father. Among his awards are, 1rst place (the Cadmium Award) TRAC2019, 1rst place Lore Degenstein Ninth Annual Figure Competition, 1rst place April Round TRAC 2015, The Florence and Ernest Thompson Memorial Award, Finalist several times in the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, NOAPS, Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists, and an Honorable Mention in Figurativas Barcelona. His paintings have been exhibited and are in collections all over the world. He has a Signature Status with the Portrait Society of America, a member of PoetsArtists Collective, and proudly teaches painting at the Art Students League of New York.

GRAZIELLA MURA was born in Italy in 1962. She studied Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Sassari. Her work has been featured in various exhibitions in Italy, and the First International Art Biennial in Malta (Valletta). She lives and works in Sassari, Italy.

James Needham was born in Rugby, England in 1983 and currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia. He studied at the Oxfordshire College of Art in the UK, graduating with a Diploma in General Art & Design in 2002 and received his Bachelor of Fine Art from Sydney's National Art School in 2018. James' influences range from early realists Courbet and Manet, to contemporary artists such as Lucian Freud, Eric Fischl and Liu Xiaodong.

Christopher O’Connor (b.1974) grew up in the coastal town of Dingle on the South West of Ireland. As an artist he is self taught. His paintings have been exhibited in Europe and the U.S. and are in many private collections on both continents. His work has been published in PoetsArtists and Acrylic Works 6 by North Light Books. He lives and works in Maine.


Laurence O'Toole is a self taught artist from Ireland. He has had numerous solo shows both in Ireland and abroad and is constantly present in many group shows. After winning an award at the Royal Ulster Academy he went on to show at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin. His work has been collected by the OPW and features in publications and magazines along with being present in collections of Banks, film directors, actors, and state institutions. He has also completed many residencies, including Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Spain and France. He is currently working on a body of work in the Algarve, Portugal to be released later in the year. www.laurenceotoole.com


A conceptual realist, Matthew Quick worked as a writer, designer and lecturer. At 23, his first novel was short-listed for the Vogel Literature Award. Featured in BRW as one of Australia’s top 50 artists, Matthew has won, or been a finalist for, more than 80 major juried art awards. With 14 solo, more than 100 group shows and included in several museum collections, his paintings have been published in hundreds of articles around the world.

Ricardo Ramirez was born in Chile in 1979. He began his formal art studies at the age of 13 at the Experimental Lyceum de Artistic Education. He has a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Chile. He studied in Sydney Australia with Michael Valeri. He learned the techniques of the great masters from the 15th to the 18th centuries. He founded the Art Real Academy and is President of the Art Real Foundation. Since 1999 together with other art professionals, he headed a figurative movement of Contemporary Realism in Chile. He has been published in Claridad, MásDeco, El Mercurio, Arte and Libertad XIII, The Guide Artists, and PoetsArtists among others. He has exhibited in the Contact Gallery, DCB and Vitavecinos and two solo exhibitions, Art Room House of the Cisterna Culture "Tentaciones" and Hall of Art Casas de Lo Matta "Contemporary Realism".

Christina Ramos is a nationally recognized artist from Southern California specializing in figurative realism. Although she studied architecture and interior design during college, it was not until she was home raising her four children that she began focusing on painting. She refined her skills in figurative painting at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. Her innovative use of acrylic has made her a much sought after demonstrator and instructor. She is currently a Golden Working Artist representing Golden Artist Colors and a painting instructor at LAAFA. Her work has been shown at many museums and galleries throughout the US.


Born in Jamestown, NY, Luanne Redeye grew up on the Allegany Indian Reservation in Western New York. An enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and Hawk Clan, she studied at the University of New Mexico receiving her MFA in 2011. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the US and abroad, including Travois in Kansas City, MO, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, NY, the Rainmaker Gallery in Bristol, UK, and the MEAM in Barcelona, Spain. She has been featured in First American Art Magazine and has also been a participant of various residencies including most recently the Truth and Reconciliation Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Luanne currently lives in Albuquerque, NM, and teaches at the Central New Mexico Community College.

Astrid Ritmeester ( The Netherlands, 1964) is a realistic portrait painter. She studied at Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam. After her study she also worked as a designer for theatre costumes but for the last decade her focus lies on painting. To refine her technique she attended workshops of David Gray, Jeremy Lipking and Cesar Santos. Astrid took part of several solo and group exhibitions in Dutch museums and galleries including Woman as Warrior curated by Sergio Gomez and Didi Menendez and 33 Contemporary Chronicles of a Future Foretold curated by Dr. Samuel Peralta in Chicago. Her work was featured at PA online exclusives on Artsy via the Zhou B Art Center including Glorious Color curated by Lorena Kloosterboer and Adorn Me curated by Carol Hodes. She also has been published several times in PoetsArtists. Her paintings have been finalist at the Members Only Competition of the American Portrait Society. She has been commissioned portraits for theatre and private collections. Astrid lives and works in Bussum, The Netherlands.


Patrice Robinson (b.Queens, NY, 1995) is best know for her intense, realistic portrait paintings created by using oil on wood panels. She has exhibited at Sally Centigrade and Smack Mellon Galleries. Patrice’s work has been featured in both the Matador Review and PoetsArtists. She currently lives and works in NYC.

Viktoria Savenkova b.1979 based in Belarus graduated from art college with honors in 1998 (Painting) and Academy of Art (Design) in 2003, Minsk, Belarus. In 2014 she went back to figurative painting working primarily in large formats. She is a finalist of 11 Arte Laguna Prize 16.17, Modportrait 2016, Modportrait 2018, and 13th International ARC Salon 17.18.

Viktoria has participated in international group exhibitions at: Arsenal, Venice (Arte Laguna Prize 2017); Abend Gallery, Denver (Annual Holiday Show 2018); RGD Gallery, New York (Woman Painting Woman 2018); New York (Single Fare 4, 2017); Pablo Serano museum in Zaragoza and MEAM Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain (Modportrait 2016); ‘Zhou B’ Art Center, Chicago (Chronicles of a Future Foretold 2018 curated by Dr. Samuel Peralta). Recent exhibitions include ‘Painting Today/Pintando Hoy’ celebrating International Women’s Day, curated by Didi Menendez, at the Museum of Modern Art MEAM in Barcelona, Spain (2019).

Her work has been featured in PoetsArtists publications and online exclusives on Artsy and Artnet including Adorn Me, curated by Carol Hodes through the ‘Zhou B’ Art Center and Figurative Realism curated by Dirk Dzimirsky. Find out more at www.savenkovaviktoria.com


Born in India, Sarupa Sidaarth studied at Sir J.J. School of Art and received her MFA at Academy of Art in San Francisco, United States. Her awards and achievements include First Prize at Brea Gallery’s Made in Paint 2018, Frey Foundation Grant, Golden Foundation Residency and NordArt in Germany. Sarupa was recently selected for the NCWCA Mentorship Program. She won the K.K. Modi Fellowship and Pasca scholarship to France in 2011. She has participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions in India, Europe and United States. Sarupa lives and works in Marin County, California.

Suzy Smith is a Wyoming native, who has lived in Albuquerque, NM, for the past 20 years. She started her career learning to draw at the local community college in her hometown of Casper, WY, and then taught herself to paint. She has exhibited her work internationally, and her paintings are included in many private and public collections which include: The Museo Internacional de Arte, The Nicolaysen Art Museum, the Howard Tullman collection, the Dryer's Grand Ice Cream Corporate Art Collection, and the Kaiser Foundation Art Collection. Smith paints in oil and watercolor, painting female figurative work as well as still life and florals. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.

Born in Savanna, Illinois, Patricia Glee Smith studied fine arts (painting) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. In Italy she studied etching at the Scuola del Libro in Urbino. She is a fellow of the MacDowell Foundation for writers and artists and of the Ragdale Foundation in the USA. She has painted trompe l'oeil murals in Europe and the USA. She was a contributing artist to the New Yorker Magazine for many years. She has worked with the National Museum of Oriental Art of Rome since 1976 as art director and artist. She worked as expedition artist in Italy, Turkey, the Yemen and Tibet. She participated in exhibitions with etchings and paintings in institutions and galleries in Europe, the USA and Yemen.

Laura Spector began creating artwork in 1994 as a performance and video artist. Museum Anatomy, her internationally acclaimed project where she collaborates with museums around the world to find hidden, stolen, lost and destroyed paintings to use as inspiration for new artwork began in 1996. She works in performance, photography, body painting, oil painting and figurative sculpture cast directly from the human body.

Spector is a Fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts, an Individual Grant Recipient of the Houston Art Alliance, and an artist-in-residence at AtelierHaus Hilmsen (Germany). Her artwork has been exhibited internationally including Grand Rapids Art Museum for ArtPrize8, FotoFest2014 (Houston), Lawndale Center for the Art’s “Big Show” in 2017 and 2013, and MOP at RedLine Contemporary Art Center in (Denver) in 2017. “The Divide” at the Friedrich Danniell Museum in 2017 (Germany) In 2018, she exhibited Museum Anatomy: The German Works based on paintings stolen by Nazi’s during WW2. In 2004 and 2007, she was a finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Award as one of the top artists working in Asia, while living in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Currently, she is teaching painting and drawing classes at the Susanne M. Glasscock School for Continuing Studies at Rice University, Art League Houston, private classes at her Houston studio, and metalpoint at the Watercolor Art Society - Houston.


Ellen Starr Lyon, b. 1974 in Columbus, Indiana. Ellen is a figurative painter showing throughout the United States with a focus on the Midwest. She is a current member of PoetsArtists, Indiana Artists (IN/A) and Juniper Gallery. Ms. Lyon has shown at Abend Gallery in Denver, CO and several online exclusives on Artsy through the Zhou B Art Center. She has been published in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine highlighting artist self-portraits. Her paintings have been featured online on sites such as Bored Panda and Buzzfeed. Ellen has a BFA in Painting and BA in Art History from Indiana University. IU has aquired several of her paintings.


Shawn Sullivan is an artist based in Long Island, New York. Majoring in Painting in college, both undergraduate and graduate, he then went on to have a successful career as a magnet arts high school art educator and a professional artist. Now retired from teaching, Shawn is living the dream of being a full time professional artist. His imaginative and realistic still life paintings are shown in galleries around the country. He is a member of the prestigious Salmagundi club, where his work can be found in most of their juried exhibits. Shawn was recently chosen to be a Fine Art Studio Online’s BoldBrush Sponsored artist.

Vicki Sullivan is an Australian contemporary realist painter who lives on the Mornington Peninsula surrounded by the Southern Ocean on one side and Port Phillip Bay on the other. Vicki has been recognized as an Art Renewal Centre Associate Living Master and her work has been exhibited in many exhibitions both in Australia and internationally. She was invited to exhibit her work in the “Artelibre 20x20” exhibition at the European Museum of Modern Art {MEAM} museum in Barcelona, Spain in 2019 and was Selected for the “Painting Now” Exhibition at the MEAM in March 2019. Vicki’s work was also selected for the Women painting Women, Men painting Men, show at RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton New York.

Her work recently won an Art Renewal Center Publication Award in Collections Magazine, China and has also been published in online exclusive exhibitions with Poets Artists, including The New Nude, Anything but painting the figure, Adorn Me & Figurative Realism . Vicki’s Drawing has been selected for publication in Strokes of Genius Book 10, by Northlight books in the USA. She has won awards in Australia, the USA, and the UK. vickisullivan.com


Sybiline is a Canadian artist based in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in visual art, she continued her research, self-taught, on traditional techniques of ancient painting. Sybiline focuses mainly on her personal works and exhibits in several galleries. Her paintings have been exhibited in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, San Antonio, Reading, San Diego, Boston, Ivoryton, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, San Jose and Edmonton.

Born in New York City and working in Cleveland, Ohio, figurative realist Judy Takács is best known for her traveling portrait series, Chicks with Balls: Judy Takács paints unsung female heroes. Winner of eleven Best in Show awards since 2011, her work has been exhibited at the Butler Institute, Zanesville Museum of Art, Evansville Museum, ArtNEO, Haggin Museum, Salmagundi and National Arts Clubs in New York. Takács has also shown at the Zhou B Art Center, Abend Gallery and Principal Gallery, Charleston and at colleges and art centers from Massachusetts to Alaska. A recent grand-prize winner in the Artists Magazine All-Media Competition, her work has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, The Portrait Society Member Journal and multiple PoetsArtists publications. Takács serves on the board of Allied Artists of America as Social Media Chair. Her contributions to the figurative art world are noted on Wikipedia. A life-long painter of people, much of Takács’ work has a decided feminist focus. www.judytakacs.com

Laura Tan is a representational, figurative artist. She is a recipient of The Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Grant. Tan’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums, including the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL, The Center for the Arts in Vero Beach and The Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL.  Her work is part of several public collections, including MDC Museum of Art + Design (Miami), The Arthur and Matta Jaffee Collection of Books as Aesthetic Objects at Florida Atlantic University and The Florida Atlantic Digital Collection, Boca Raton, FL.  

In 2018, The Cornell Art Museum (Delray Beach, FL) featured Tan’s self-portraits in an exhibit entitled “VISAGE.”  Selected shows and publications (2017-19) include: The MAE Fine Art 2019 “Laura Tan” (Delray Beach, FL); “ADORN ME,” curated by Carol Hodes for PoetsArtists, Zhou B Art Center, (Online and Artsy); “GLORIOUS COLOR,” and “IDIOSYNCRATIC MONOCHROMES,” curated by Lorena Kloosterboer for PoetsArtists on Artsy via the Zhou B Art Center; “ARTFUL GRACE,” Armand Bolling Fine Art, Jupiter, FL; and “HOME,” in collaboration with author Edwidge Danticat at Laundromat Art Space in Little Haiti, Florida. 

Tan’s work has appeared online and in print, in publications such as VoyageMIA, “Check out Laura Tan’s Artwork,” (2018); PoetsArtists “Adorn Me,” (Carol Hodes, curator), “Glorious Color” and “Idiosyncratic Monochromes,” (Lorena Kloosterboer, curator); and Buzzfeed features: “50 Groovy Artist Selfies on Instagram,” “The Secret Use of Photography Revealed,” and “One Hundred Artists One Tribe,” by Didi Menendez. Laura Tan lives and works in Miami, Florida.

Feminist, expressionist painter Daena Title is best know for her colorful, figurative work that mirrors her obsession with modern female icons and the seductive force they wield. Raised on Long Island, Daena Title received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Theatre Studies from Wellesley College, and then lived in Manhattan until 1991 where she worked as an actress and a writer. Title then returned to painting as the best avenue with which to control her artistic message, mine her ongoing fascination/obsession with the relationship between women and society, and indulge her love of color and design. Title currently resides and works in Los Angeles. Her work has been shown in galleries, museums and art fairs since 1997, including a recent solo show at the Chelsea, NYC gallery Carter Burden, and group exhibitions at the Wausau Museum, the Carnegie Art Museum, the Long Beach Art Museum, The Oceanside Museum, the Riverside Museum, and the Torrance Art Museum. Title is proud that her work has been featured in several PoetsArtists shows and publications, is part of the Brooklyn Museum Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art Online Feminist Art base and the Tullman Collection of Chicago.


Alycia Thompson, born in 1985 in Indiana, USA, attended the University of Louisville for her BFA and the New York Academy of Art for her MFA. There she studied classical painting and Masters Workshops instruction by Jenny Saville and Will Cotton. She has shown her work in New York City, NY and other locations around the U.S and has received awards at various shows and at the Salmagundi Club including the Kennelly Family Scholarship award. She also helped curate the show “Ivory Alive” with Six Summit Gallery, which her work was also showcased. Ms. Thompson currently resides in New York City.


Alessandro Tomassetti (b. 1970, Toronto, Canada) is a figurative painter based in Barcelona, known for his intimate portraits of contemporary men. His work has been exhibited at the Architecture+Design Museum and Sotheby’s in Los Angeles, the MEAM in Barcelona, the Salmagundi Club in New York, the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago and the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. He has won awards through the Tom of Finland Foundation and the Art Renewal Center where his paintings have toured as part of their International Salon. His work has appeared in Architectural Digest (US, France & Spain editions) and he has been featured in several issues of PoetsArtists. Through PoetsArtists he has participated in online exclusive shows on Artsy as well as physical group shows with their partner galleries. He received a BFA from McMaster University and later specialized in Computer Animation and Fashion Design. He created special effects for Hollywood films and designed menswear before dedicating himself to painting.

Kerra Taylor (b. 1985, Overland Park, KS). She received her BFA and minor in art history from Missouri State University in 2012. She earned her MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2016. She has two current bodies of work which are representational, narrative-based paintings. She has exhibited her work in juried shows such as the “No Dead Artists” at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, where she has been awarded a solo show. Dr. Samuel Peralta curated her artwork into “Chronicles of a Future Foretold” exhibition at 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago. She has been published in New American Paintings MFA editions #117 and #129. She has also been featured in several the PoetsArtists publications and online exclusives on Artsy via the Zhou B Art Center. She currently teaches beginning and intermediate drawing courses at Missouri State University.

Born and raised in Berlin, Germany (b. 1962), and currently living near Los Angeles, CA, Daggi Wallace is a self-taught award winning painter specializing in contemporary figurative realism and portraiture. She has reached the level of Eminent Pastelist of the International Association of Pastel Societies and Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America. Her work has been shown at the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in NYC, the Butler Institute of American Art, OH, The Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago, and is in several permanent corporate collections as well as private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has won numerous awards in national and international exhibitions. Her work has been published in many magazines and books, including PoetsArtists, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Professional Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, The Pastel Journal and Pratique Des Arts in France. Besides creating work for exhibitions and teaching workshops Daggi accepts portrait commissions in her Camarillo, CA, studio throughout the year.

Sarah Warda is an American realist painter from Connecticut. She received her formal education from the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, as well as the Art Students league of New York with Harvey Dinnerstein and workshops with Aaron Shikler. Her work has been displayed in notable venues such as, the National Arts Club of New York, New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Zhou B Art Center. She has participated in numerous exhibitions including Connecticut Women Artists, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club, and PoetsArtists. She has been commissioned for illustrations, murals and portraits for public, private and corporate collections.

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, 1946, Doug Webb is an American, self taught surrealist painter. He honed much of his early technique from other artists while working alongside them in a factory producing multiple paintings for furniture store show rooms back in the early 1970’s. Shortly after that he worked free lance for architects and designers while beginning his career showing in galleries. He has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Yves Arman, Molly Barnes, Louis K. Meisel, Bernarducci Meisel, and the Carnegie Museum and has shown in galleries including The Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, for the Visions of Venus curated by art collector Dr. Elaine Schmidt, and museums throughout the US and abroad including Paris, Spain, Shanghai, and Tokyo, and will soon be participating in the exclusive online exhibition on Artsy titled “Adorn Me”, curated by Carol Hodes for PoetsArtists through the ZHou B Art Center, Chicago. His work has been published in PoetsArtists , New American Paintings, American Art Collector, Juxtapoz (Cover), Art and Freedom/Galerie Arte Libre, and Mad Magazine (Cover). His paintings are also in the collection of the White House, Smithsonian Institute, University Club of DC, Forbes, Weisman, and Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation. He has also received a 1st place gold medal in the International Art Competition, during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and finalist for the 13th Annual ARC competition. He currently works and resides in Calabasas, California.


The Brazilian artist Daniela Werneck currently lives in Houston, Texas. She holds a BA in Interior Design (from the University of Fine Art, Brazil), area in which she worked in until she moved with her family to Australia in 2008. After relocated to Houston in 2011, Daniela started exhibiting her paintings nationally and entered competitions where she received several awards. In 2018, Daniela had her art featured in the Watercolor Magazine and the Splash 19 book.

Anna Wypych is a Polish contemporary figurative artist, her work is held in private collections such as The Bennett Collection, The Basil Alkazzi & Halima Nalecz Purchase Foundation; Marie Marek Pienkowski Foundation and Ergo Hestia group. Career highlights include representation in the permanent collection of The European Museum of Modern Art, MEAM, Barcelona, Spain and National Museum in Gdansk, Poland. Wypych won the Grand Prix in the national Polish art competition „The Artistic Journey of Hestia 2010” and „The Pomeranian Artistic Hope 2011”. She has been a finalist in the prestigious: the 13th and 11th International ARC Salon Competition; 9 Figurativas Painting & Sculpture Competition; 2nd and 6th Modportrait; and BP Portrait Award 2014. Wypych was published in such magazines as PoetsArtists, The Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, The American Art Collector, The Guide Artists, The International Artist, and „Artysta i Sztuka”. In 2018 her portrait of Stefan Zeromski was chosen by The National Museum in Gdansk for flag work of the exhibition "Wiatr od morza" as well as for the cover of reedition of famous writer's book. Wypych's paintings were presented in numerous Museums and Galleries worldwide. Since 2015 Recognized as the ARC Living Master the Art Renewal Center. Remain a member of Poets Artists Association since 2017. She lives and works in Gdynia, Poland. annawypych.pl

John Zeleznik (b.1965), a Los Angeles based artist, earned his BFA from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. With over 100 published credits and numerous awards including the following: Infected By Art Book:Vol 6: “Princess Mali & Her Dragon”; ArtUndressed “Charging Gabby” & “Platinum Throne”; Art Renewal Center Finalist; Infected By Art Book:Vol 4:Pen/Ink/Pencil Category:Silver Award “Princess Malo”; Art Renewal Center Finalist  “Deep Sea Reflection”; Infected by Art book competition “Lemuria”; Three images featured in “The Art of the Dragon” art book; Fantasy Pin-Up Calendar published by Heavy Metal, “Rifts & the Megaverse: The Art of John Zeleznik” art book published, Calendar published by Heavy Metal; “Aphrodisia: the art of the female form” art book Aristata publishing “Slurp”; “Guardian Dragon” puzzle published by Sunsout; Work featured in “Spectrum: the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art”; “Lightstrike” art book published by Cartouche Press; World Fantasy Convention -Best Color Blue Ribbon Award; Society of Illustrators: West “Pavilions of Wonder” Canton Museum of Art (Canton, OH); Society of Illustrators:West show  “Taliz”; Designed & Created the original logo for the NHL San Jose Sharks. His work hangs in personal collections throughout the world.

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