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2019 Contributing Artists

Painting The Figure Now 2019

Painting The Figure Now 2019

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Tanya Atanasova is a contemporary realist artist born in Pirdop, Bulgaria in 1978. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts from the National Academy of Art (Sofia, Bulgaria). Tanya graduated with the maximum score for final work and complemented her studies with one-year Erasmus-stay at Sint-Lucas Art Academy in Ghent, Belgium and a Master Class by artist Eloy Morales (Madrid, 2016). She has been a finalist in several Belgian national competitions such as "Painting of the Year—Belgium" 2013 and 2014, "Grote Prijs Piet Staut" 2017, "Ongezien" 2018 and has been selected for some of the most prestigious contests in the world, such as "Figurativas" at MEAM in Barcelona in 2017. She has been featured in publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur (USA), PoetsArtists (USA), The Guide Artists (Spain), Artelibre (Spain), and Clatia (China). Her works have been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions in galleries, museums and art fairs in Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. Dedicated to big size non-traditional portraits, Tanya currently works from her own studio in Antwerp, Belgium—one of Europe’s most important cities for art and culture.

Alfonsina Betancourt (b. 1976) is a figurative artist currently living in Norwalk, Connecticut. Born in Venezuela, she holds a Bachelors in Arts degree in Visual Arts from Pine Manor College.

She has exhibited her work throughout New England, including the New Haven Museum and Bendheim Gallery, and has been published in online exclusive exhibitions with PoetsArtists, including Adorn Me. Her work is in private collections in a variety of countries.

Yana Beylinson is a contemporary Russian-American artist living and working in New York City. She has earned her BBA in Baruch College in 1999 and has studied at the School of Visual Arts, the New York Academy of Art, and the Florence Academy of Art. An award-winning illustrator and designer, Yana has developed a signature nature-centric style. Her paintings explore the themes of spirituality and connection to the divine within us, with flora as a catalyst. yanabylinsonfineart.com

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Mike Brewer is an American artist who paints portraits and figures in a classical realistic style. His oil paintings display sophisticated color palettes in which subtle, often muted colors are regularly paired with strong, vivid hues. His work is a combination of two influences. First is a French approach which was passed to Mike through the teachings of Richard Whitney, whose own study was a lineage of Ives Gammell, William Paxton, and Jean Leon Gerome. Mike’s other influence is an Italian approach which comes from exposure to the teachings of Nelson Shanks and studies at Studio Incamminati. Mike’s paintings have been selected to appear in over 30 juried art shows where they have received many awards including recognition from the Portrait Society of America. He currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Anastasiya Chybireva-Fender was born in Ukraine and immigrated with her parents to New York when she was 14. She currently lives and paints in Texas with her husband and three kids. Anastasiya began drawing and painting in early childhood and received figure-based atelier training growing up. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees in Architecture from Cooper Union and the University of Texas at Arlington. Over the last few years, she has received additional training studying with established realist painters whom she admires privately and in workshops. Anastasiya's work can be found in private collections across the United States as well as Germany, Russia, and Ukraine. She has been recognized by the National Portrait Society, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and others; her work has been featured in PoetsArtists. Currently, Anastasiya teaches design and drawing studios at the University of Texas in Arlington and paints fervently in her studio in Dallas. Anastasiya's portraiture investigates into the realm of the human soul looking to capture the idiosyncratic mystery of each individual she paints.

Hilary Clarcq (b. 1983) creates mood-driven, figurative oil paintings that combine realism with expressive abstraction. Often surreal and dream-like, her work favors symbolism over literal narrative. She has exhibited with galleries such as Abend Gallery, Helikon Gallery, and Every Day Original. In 2019, she was one of three artists selected for the Muddy Colors Rising Stars Award. She has a B.A. in Fine Art and English from the University of Colorado, but she is self-taught as an oil painter. Hilary was born in upstate New York and currently lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Shaina Craft was born in Pennsylvania in 1985 and currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. She graduated with an MFA from The New York Academy of Art in 2015 and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Shaina has exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States, including the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Dacia Gallery, Abend Gallery, the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg, and the Affordable Art Fair NYC with SaatchiArt. Her work is collected internationally. Shaina has been featured by publications such as Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, and PoetsArtists.

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.

Belinda Eaton is a British artist born in the Sixties in Mombasa, Kenya. She attended St. Martins School of Art and Central School of Art in London for her B.A. and Post Graduate.

Moving and exhibiting in New York in the 80s and her first solo show in Soho at the Dome Gallery. This was followed by years in France, Pakistan and finally Spain, where she has built herself a studio. She has had solo shows in New York, Germany, Karachi, and Spain. She has been selected for many group shows all over the world and has exhibited various times at the Royal Portrait Society Annual Show. She has taken part in BBC TV Star Portraits program, Projects with Fortnum and Masons and Harvey Nichols, London. Her work has been in various art publications, books, and magazines. www.belindaeaton.com

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 Magazines. 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.

Denise M. Fulton (b. 1970, Ohio) is a contemporary realist artist known for her intricately patterned figurative works. She has shown in group exhibitions at galleries and museums around the US and is featured in many private collections. She currently resides in Austin, TX, where she paints in her backyard studio. She is one of the founding members of Atelier Dojo, Austin’s realist art atelier.


Vinka Gasparus was born 1987 in Zagreb, Croatia. She is currently working and living between Zagreb (HR) and Belgrade (RS). Vinka gained her Master's Degree in 2011 from the Academy of Applied Arts, Rijeka, Croatia, majoring in painting and art education. She exhibited and have her paintings in private collections in Croatia, United Kingdom, USA, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Serbia, etc.

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.

Grant Gilsdorf is an emerging realistic figurative painter living and working in Columbus, OH. His work combines classical beauty with contemporary narrative imagery and symbolism. He graduated with his BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2006. His work is held in private collections and has been covered in various blogs, magazines, and books. He currently teaches and exhibits nationally. www.grantgilsdorf.com

Barbara Hack is an American artist whose work is an ongoing reflection on people and their emotions. Her work pursues figures from the past with their moods and their contexts.

Barbara Hack received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting with an intensive study in Europe and additional training in New York. Her work has been exhibited in Reh’s Gallery in New York, Abend Gallery in Denver as well as the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. Barbara also has been published in several issues of PoetsArtists. www.barbarahack.com

Julia Haw (b.1982) is an oil painter and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She received her education at Western Michigan University and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelors degree in painting. Upon her move to Chicago in 2008, she worked as an assistant to artists Tony Fitzpatrick, Wesley Kimler, Steve Conrad, and Carlos Rolón, and managed the Thoma Art Collection for a year. Haw works primarily in oil paint on cotton, and since 2006 has committed to addressing issues surrounding feminism, ageism, marginalized communities, intimacy, death, and overlooked societal “norms.” Her paintings have encouraged thorough discussion and inquiry amongst viewers, bringing a sense of public forum forth.

Haw’s work has been exhibited internationally in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and in the U.S. at the Chicago Cultural Center, IL State Museum, P.S. 1 Biennale, New Orleans, and various other galleries located in Michigan, Illinois, and Louisiana.

Haw has been invited as a lecturer at CUNY and recurring lecturer at Western Michigan University, and currently instructs workshops at The Art Students League of New York. www.juliahaw.com

Melissa Hefferlin (b. 1968 in Georgia) was the only American to study at St. Petersburg, Russia’s historic Academy of Art during the Soviet period. She also studied at Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles, California, and at the University of Tennessee. An early mentor was California artist Micheal Newberry. Hefferlin has won awards through Oil Painters of America, Pastel Society of America, the Salmagundi Club and the Association of Spanish Pastel Painters (ASPAS). Her work appeared in Artists Magazine, American Art Collector and Pastel Journal. Institutions collecting her work include Hunter Museum of American Art, the Museum of the Russian Academy of Art, Southern University, Seimens Corporation, and many more. The artist divides her time between the United States and Andalusia, Spain.

Kaitlyn Hwang (b. 1978, Taiwan) grew up in New York City. She has a M.S. in Biomedical Visualization. She is a figurative artist and plein air artist. Hwang has shown in various museums and galleries such as Palette And Chisel, McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum and Jackson Junge Gallery. Her work may be found in private collections. She now lives in Oak Park, IL.

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Francien Krieg was born in the Netherlands. She received her degree in Monumental Design at the Royal Arts Academy in The Hague in 1988. Her work is in the Tullman Collection Chicago, ING Collection Amsterdam, Formal Scheringa collection, Mohlman Museum Collection, van Lien Collection, and many private collections. Her work has exhibited at the MEAM museum Barcelona, Wausau Museum the US, Scheringa Museum NL, and Museum Mohlman NL. She has also shown at Gallery Mokum, Gallery Beinart Brunswick Australie, Abend Gallery, Zhou B Art Center Chicago, and Robert Lange Studios. She recently published her first art book about the series of the aging female body, which she painted for 10 years.

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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.

Amber Lia-Kloppel was born in Ithaca, New York. She studied art as a young adult at the Community School of Music and Arts. She did her undergraduate study in Philadelphia at Moore College of Art and Design, receiving a BFA, and subsequently moved to New York City where she received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Amber has been awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation Grant, and the Stobart Foundation Grant for her work. During graduate school, she was awarded a Prince of Wales/Forbes Foundation Travel Grant and Residency, and during undergraduate school, she received the Emily Sartain Fellowship for European Travel. She has studied with renowned figurative artists and teachers including Steven Assael, Moe Brooker, Patrick Connors, Will Cotton, Vincent Desiderio, Tina Newberry, Ted Schmidt, Wade Schuman, and Steve Sherman, among others.

She paints mostly figurative compositions and portraits, and her work is grounded in American and Dutch traditions of genre painting. Her major influences range from Johannes Vermeer to Edward Hopper to Alice Neel, and while there is a tendency towards voyeurism in her work, it is countered by an element of confrontation.

Amber’s work has been shown primarily in New York, Philadelphia, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and it is part of numerous private collections including HRH the Prince of Wales, and the Emmy Award-winning actor Martin Short. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Palmer Museum of Art, and in the CIGNA Museum and Art Collection. Amber currently lives and works in Ithaca, NY.

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Junyi Liu, born and raised in China, is a New York City-based visual artist. Painting has been her passion since a young age. She came to the U.S. for art education first at the University of Illinois at Springfield and then received her BFA in painting at Maryland Institute College of Art. Junyi's works have been published by PoetsArtists, Salann Magazine, and Scene & Heard Journal. Her works have been exhibited in Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art (WI) Salmagundi Club (NY), Dacia Gallery, Barrett Art Center, Viridian Artists, Las Laguna Art Gallery (CA), Arc Gallery & Studios (CA), Cartavetra Gallery (Italy), Palazzo dei Cartelloni Gallery, Old Courthouse Arts Center (IL), Peabody Institute (MD), and Maryland Art Place, among others. Junyi is a member of Salmagundi Club, Portrait Society of America, and Art Students League of NY.


Yanqing Low (b.1985, Singapore) is an emerging figurative artist. She was recently part of PoetsArtists' online exclusive Adorn Me, and two group shows at Site:Brooklyn Gallery, New York —Art on Paper and Birthday Suit. She earned her BFA from LaSalle College of the Arts and has mentored under Rebecca Leveille. Her work has been shown in both Singapore and New York. yqin.art

Born in East Berlin in 1971, Kathrin Longhurst’s figurative realist painting style is heavily influenced by socialist realism in art of that era. Here she started taking life drawing classes at the age of 14. She later moved to Scandinavia where she completed a business degree and didn’t return to her art until 2003 after having settled in Australia. She is now based in Sydney with her works being collected nationally and internationally. She completed her 14th solo show in 2018, has been a finalist in all major Australian Art Prizes and her work is represented in the Bennett Collection of Women Realist Artists.

Catherine Lucas, born 1965 into a traveling military family at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia, currently lives and works in Naples Florida. She received her BFA from Hofstra University, and her MFA from New York Academy Of Art, Graduate School Of Figurative Art. In 2010, Catherine was awarded the Hudson River School Fellowship through the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York.

An award-winning artist, Catherine exhibits her work nationally in galleries and museums through national and international juried exhibitions. Her works are included in private collections in Florida, New York, Texas, and Virginia. catherinelucasart.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.

Gayle Madeira (b. 1969 Texas) is a contemporary artist based in New York City. She studied art at Grand Central Academy, New York Academy of Art and The Art Students League and earned her BFA from SUNY Purchase. Gayle’s work has been exhibited at The MEAM Museum, Sotheby’s in Los Angeles, The National Arts Club, Salmagundi Club, Principle Gallery, and Foundation Gallery, among others. Her paintings have appeared in various magazines, books, and films and have been finalists in the Art Renewal Center’s juried salons (2017, 2016, 2015), the Portrait Society of America (2016) competition, and the Artist’s Magazine (2015, 2009). gaylemadeira.com

Alexandra Manukyan was born and raised in Armenia. She graduated from Fine Art College, and subsequently State Pedagogical University, where she majored in Teaching Fine Arts.

Upon Immigrating to Los Angeles in 1990, Alexandra's focus turned towards fashion. She graduated from fashion school and worked in the industry for two decades, taking courses at UCLA, and private classes. Her experience in Graphic Design gave her the opportunity to branch into the entertainment industry by becoming a freelancer for movie posters for various agencies.

Alexandra began participating in numerous solo and group exhibitions in 2006. In 2012, Alexandra left the fashion and entertainment industries to focus on fine art. Today, she teaches from her studio and creates artwork using the technical experience she has gained over the years. alexandramanukyan.com

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David Molesky (b. 1977) creates oil paintings depicting figures in natural and sometimes turbulent landscapes. Having grown up in Washington, D.C. and then graduating from UC Berkeley in 99’(art and pre-med), David spent the first half of his adult life on the west coast. Now in Brooklyn, David paints full time and contributes articles to art publications such as Juxtapoz and Fine Art Connoisseur. His paintings can be found in permanent collections on both coasts and in Europe and Asia, including the Long Beach Museum of Art in California and the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art in the Philippines. His paintings are represented by Andra Norris Gallery.

Laurence O'Toole is a self taught artist from Ireland. Born in 1968, 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.

Judith Peck is a Washington, DC area allegorical figurative artist who has made her life’s work to paint about current issues and healing, using a variety of methods and experimental techniques to achieve a diverse range of visual and tactile results that validate a strong narrative. She has been awarded by the Masur Museum of Art, the Alexandria Museum of Art, The Washington County Museum of Fine Art, the Lore Degenstein Gallery Competition at Susquehanna University, The Butler Institute of American Art, and Florida A&M University’s Pinnacle Competition, shown in Context Art Basel in Miami and The Art of Paper show in New York as well as in major galleries and had numerous solo shows. She was awarded the Strauss Fellowship Grant from Fairfax County, Virginia as well as a two-month paid International Artist-in-Residence in Salzburg Austria.

Her paintings have been featured numerous times in American Art Collector, PoetsArtists, The Artist’s Magazine, iARTistas, Combustus, and the books Tradition and Transformation and the Ashen Rainbow, by Ori Z. Soltes, as well as the Kress Project book published by the Georgia Museum of Art.

Judith Peck’s work is collected internationally and can be found in many private and public collections. www.judithpeck.net

Matthew Quick, a conceptual artist, 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.

Megan Elizabeth Read (b. 1982) is an American figurative artist living and working in Charlottesville, Virginia. Largely self-taught, she works almost exclusively in oil with pieces ranging from small still life to large scale paintings focusing on the female form. Mae has exhibited nationally including solo shows in her region and most recently has been included in Painting Today/Pintando Hoy in celebration of International Women's Day at the Museum of Modern Art MEAM in Barcelona, Spain (2019). Her work is held in a number of private collections, has been covered in various publications, and has been selected for several issues of PoetsArtists, of which she is a member. www.maeread.com

Nadine Robbins is an internationally known artist who works in a photorealistic style, painting nudes, portraits, and still lifes of oysters. Robbins earned her BFA in Graphic Design from the State University of New York at New Paltz and owned a successful boutique graphic design for many years. In 2008, she closed her business and devoted herself full time to painting, a medium in which she is largely self-taught.

Named one of Buzzfeed’s “Top 100 Figurative Painters Working Right Now” in 2017 and 2018, Robbins has shown her paintings throughout the country and in Europe. She is represented in prestigious private collections including the Howard A. & Judith Tullman Collection in Chicago and the Count-Ibex Collection in Germany. Robbins’ work has been shown at several of the premier galleries for hyper-realist art, including Louis K. Meisel Gallery and RJD Gallery. The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art (WMOCA) in Wisconsin; the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York (a Smithsonian affiliate); and the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain, have all selected her work for exhibitions. Publications featuring Robbins’ work include Artsy, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, and the Huffington Post. Nadine Robbins lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and son. Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts in Binghamton, New York, represents the artist.

Anne-Christine Roda, born in 1974, grew up in Paris and now lives near Geneva in the French Alps.

She studied art restoration and graduated with honours in 1997. She worked for about ten years for museums, antique dealers and collectors in France, and became a teacher in 2002 at an art school near Geneva. Responsible for the painting workshops for nearly 15 years, she began creating more personal works in 2011 and exhibiting them in contemporary art fairs. She quickly noticed by Parisian galleries.

She exhibits in galleries (Paris, Geneva, Munich), art centers and contemporary art fairs—notably, Mac Paris, St’art, and YIA Paris—in France. In 2015 she participated in the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Edinburgh and the Ulster Museum in Belfast. The same year she won the Special Jury Prize at the Gemlucart in Monaco. This year she is participating in the exhibition Painting Today at the MEAM in Barcelona, curated by Didi Menendez. Anne-Christine's works have published in PoetsArtists, Hyperrealism Magazine, The Guide Artists, Miroir de l'art, and online on Artsy, Artnet, catawiki. Her work is present in private collections in France, the US, Germany, Switzerland, and Hong Kong.

Paula Saneaux, born in the Dominican Republic, lives and works in the Washington D.C. Metro Area. She graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design of New York (with Honors); an AA in Fine Arts and Illustration from Altos de Chavon School of Design (summa cum laude and valedictorian); and a BA in Advertising from APEC University (summa cum laude) in the Dominican Republic.

Her artwork has been exhibited in the Dominican Republic, Washington D.C., New York, and Los Angeles, including various major Dominican venues, such as the Museum of Modern Art, Centro León Museum, the National Gallery of Art, Cándido Bidó Museum, among others. Her work is held in several public and private collections including important institutions of the Dominican Republic such as the Central Bank, Cándido Bidó Museum, and Funglode of former Dominican President Dr. Leonel Fernández. Her private collections are held in Brussels, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, New York, Rome, Santo Domingo, Turin, and Washington D.C.

In recognition of excellence, Saneaux has received numerous awards including The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, the Bluhdorn Scholarship for Parsons School of Design of New York, the Pedro Henriquez Ureña Award by the former Dominican President Hipolito Mejia, the United States Green Card for “Artists of Extraordinary Ability,” among others.

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Pegah Samaie is an American-Iranian artist who was born and grew up in Tehran, Iran. Pegah’s art moves through the shadow of her past life. She uses art as a tool to face the experiences she and other women have encountered in a culture dominated by patriarchal governments and households. Her early experiences in Iran changed her perception of the role of women in society; they motivated her and influenced her way of talking about women. Art is her voice to talk about her feelings and experiences. She received her BFA with honors from the prestigious Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA, where she is now also completing her Master of Fine Art degree.

Dan Simoneau was born in Lewiston, Maine in 1962 and currently lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA from the University of Southern Maine in 1984 with majors in painting, printmaking, and pottery as well as a minor in art history. Dan is currently President of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) as well as a signature member of ISAP (Master), the National Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. He is also a Fellow of the American Artists Professional League. Dan’s work has been in solo and group gallery, society, and museum exhibitions throughout the United States including the Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana, the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, and the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in California and in publications worldwide including Splash 20 and AcrylicWorks 5 and 6. His works are in private, corporate, and museum collections throughout the world. www.dsimoneau.com

Ann Moeller Steverson is an oil painter known for her mood filled figures, portraits, and still-lifes. Her contemporary work bridges the classical beauty with the contemporary painting practices of today. Born in Madison, Alabama, in 1980, Ann began painting in oils at the University of Montevallo in 1999. She graduated in 2002 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, completing a B.A. with a Fine Arts Concentration. Ann then acquired a Masters of Art Education from Alabama A&M University in Normal, Alabama.

She has been awarded the honor of the Bold Brush Award, a distinction an artist may achieve only once in their lifetime. Ann’s work has recently been selected as a finalist in the Art Renewal Center, been featured in several Oil Painters of America exhibits, and has been awarded by the National Acrylic and Oil Painters Society, and Portrait Society of America.

In 2015, Ann partnered with two other artists to help co-found Protege Atelier, where she paints, teaches, and assists in bringing master artist workshops to Huntsville.

Ann exhibits her work both nationally and locally. www.annmoellerstudios.com

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 PoetsArtists, 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.

Judy Takács, born in New York City, raised and educated in Cleveland, Ohio, is best known for her ongoing traveling portrait series, book and blog, Chicks with Balls: Judy Takács paints unsung female heroes. A two-time, Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grant recipient, Takács is also a winner of eleven Best in Show awards since 2011. Her figurative work has been exhibited in solo, invitational and juried shows at the Butler Institute of American Art, Zanesville Museum of Art, Evansville Museum, ArtNEO Museum, MOCA Cleveland, Haggin Museum, Salmagundi, and National Arts Clubs. She has exhibited at the Zhou B Art Center and Abend Gallery through PoetsArtists, where her work has been published multiple times. She writes for the Portrait Society of America blog and holds elected membership with the Salmagundi, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and Allied Artists of America where she serves on the board as Social Media Chair. Her paintings, projects, and contributions to the figurative art world are noted on Wikipedia. Takács’ current Goddess series revisits mythology from all religions through a feminist lens and, through her paintings and writings, seeks to right ancient wrongs that plague our world today. judytakacs.com

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Daena Title is an American Feminist painter best known for her obsession with modern female icons: Barbie, Wonder Woman, Beauty Pageant winners. Her figurative work gives social commentary on societal trends and influences, especially as they impact women.

Now in Los Angeles, transplanted New Yorker Title’s 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 Online Feminist Art base, and the Tullman Collection of Chicago. daenatitle.com

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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.

Alexandra Tyng (b. 1954 in Rome, Italy) paints large realistic figurative works infused with symbolism and imagination. She also paints aerial landscapes and portraits. After graduating from Harvard University with a BA in Fine Arts, she earned an MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She has lived most of her life in the Philadelphia area and spends part of her summers painting in Maine and other locations. To date, Alexandra has had twelve solo exhibitions, with another scheduled for September 2019 at the Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine. Three of her paintings have traveled with the Women Painting Women: In Earnest museum show curated by Alia El-Bermani and Diane Feissel. She has received numerous national awards, including Best of Show at the Lore Degenstein Gallery’s 8th Annual Figurative Painting and Drawing Exhibition in 2016, the Plein Air Magazine Award in the ARC 2015 Salon, the Curator’s Choice Award in the America’s Parks I traveling museum exhibition, 1st Place in the Portrait Society of America’s annual Art of the Portrait Competition and 1st Place in their 2017 Members’ Only Competition, Out of the Box Category.

Alexandra’s work has appeared in two books in the series on Maine art by Carl Little and David Little: Art of Monhegan (2006), and Art of Acadia (also cover art, 2016); and in 21st Century Figurative Art: The Resurrection of Art by Jan Esmann (2016). Her work has also been featured in periodicals such as American Arts Quarterly, Plein Air, ArtNews, Fine Art Connoisseur, PoetsArtists, International Artist, Maine Boats Homes and Harbors, and American Art Collector; and online publications including Painting Perceptions and The Huffington Post. In 2012 she was interviewed by art historian and editor Peter Trippi as part of the Artist Audiocast Series sponsored by the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center. Alexandra's paintings reside in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., the New Britain Museum, the Springfield Art Museum, and in many corporate, university, and other public and private collections. Alexandra is represented by Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, ME; gWatson Gallery in Stonington, ME; and Gross-McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. alexandratyng.com

Daniel Volenec (b. 1955) trained at the Atelier Lack (Minneapolis) under the tutelage of Steven Gjertson. Working from the figure for the past decade, Volenec's drawings and paintings emphasize subtlety and delicate execution. He explores deeply personal themes; the act of decision making, the struggle for acceptance, the reconciliation of broken relationships. Dan's work has received numerous awards including 2016 ARC Salon finalist, 2018 Honorable Mention at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art National Juried Exhibition, 2019 Best in Show at the 23rd Annual Arts in Harmony International Show. In 2016, one of Dan's paintings was featured on the cover of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.

Daniela Werneck (1974), a Brazilian artist, currently lives in Houston, Texas. She holds a bachelors degree in Interior Design from the School of Fine Art, in the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, an area in which she worked until she moved with her family to Australia in 2008. After relocating to Houston in 2011, Daniela started showing her paintings nationally in watercolor and portrait exhibitions and competitions, where she has received several awards. Her work has been published in watercolor books and magazines, such as Splash, American Art Collector and the Watercolor Artist Magazine. Dani is a member of PoetsArtists, American Women Artist, National Watercolor Society, Texas Watercolor Society and Watercolor Society of Houston.

Veronica Winters (b.1976) is a contemporary Russian-American artist who illuminates the beauty and power of the feminine spirit through her figurative paintings. She studied figurative art at the Grand Central Academy of Art, Art Students League of New York and holds an MFA degree in painting from Penn State. The Colored Pencil Manual is her most recent best-selling book. Veronica’s art has been published in numerous art magazines and books, including Strokes of Genius, Leisure Painter, Colored Pencil Magazine, Guide Artists, and International Artist Magazine. As an art educator, Winters supports the talent of contemporary artists via her art blog and writing. Living in Naples, Florida, the artist continues to pursue feelings in color by painting the interior life of women in portraiture.

Zack Zdrale (b. 1977) is a figurative realist painter from Wisconsin. He has shown with galleries and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He is currently an exhibitor in the 2018 BP International Portrait Award Exhibition and is represented by Abend Gallery in Denver, CO and Gallery Victor Armendariz in Chicago, IL. Zdrale currently lives and works in Madison, WI.

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