Nicole Alger is a graduate of Duke University and the Florence Academy of Art. Her portrait, 'Terra', is a finalist in the ARC Int'l Salon, 2019. Her solo show of still lifes and landscapes was at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT, Fall of 2018. Her portrait, Glasses, was a finalist in the Portrait Society of America’s Members' show in the Self Portrait category, Fall of 2017, and her still life, Bones, was a top ten finalist. Her painting, Crows, was a finalist in Outside the Box category of PSoA, 2018. Her portrait, Play, was a staff pick for Feb. 2018 for the Collectors' Corner, PoetsArtists. In August 2018, her multi-figure work, Magpie, was included in the juried American Women Artist's show at the Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA. She also paints portraits pro bono of adoptive children for the charity, Painting for Good Causes. She lives in New York City. www.nicolealger.com
Linda Tracey Brandon (b. 1955, Michigan) has won several notable awards for her figurative paintings, including First Prize in the Butler Institute of American Art 2014 Midyear Competition and a Semifinalist Award in the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. She was awarded Finalist recognition from five Art Renewal Center (ARC) Salon Annual Competitions and two awards from the Portrait Society of America annual international competitions (Certificate of Excellence and Exceptional Merit). Brandon was recently featured in an exhibit at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tennessee. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and New York University School of Law. She lives in Arizona and teaches drawing and painting at Scottsdale Artists’ School. lindatraceybrandon.com
Teresa Brutcher (b. 1955, Phoenix, Arizona) 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 '80s where she taught painting and drawing at Yavapai College in Northern Arizona. There, she began favoring graphite and colored pencil drawing. Her works showed in galleries and museums in Arizona at that time. For the past 32 years, she has lived and worked in the North of Spain showing her figurative oil paintings in museums and galleries there and in galleries in Portugal, Germany, and the US. She is currently represented by the Ceferino Navarro Gallery (Granada), The Blueant Gallery, Madrid, and Espacio 36, Zamora and is a member of PoetsArtists. teresabrutcher.com
Steven DaLuz (b. 1953) is known for figurative works and imagined landscapes, using both encaustic, and a process he devised with metal leaf, oil, and mixed media. Born in Hanford, California, Steve retired from the Air Force after living 14 years abroad. He completed a BA degree in Social Psychology, and an MA degree in Management, before earning a BFA in 2003. Identified as a "contemporary Luminist" in Wikipedia, his work is in private and corporate collections in 34 States and overseas. He has exhibited internationally and has been published in art books, and magazines, such as Art in America, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Huffington Post, Encaustic Art, Professional Artist, the International Drawing Annual, and The Artists. He is a frequent guest curator for PoetsArtists. A finalist for the 2015 Hunting Art Prize, and Best of Show in the Bold Brush painting competition in 2018, DaLuz is represented by AnArte Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. stevendaluz.com
Alex Dewars is a Scottish figurative painter working almost exclusively in oil paint. He graduated from Dundee's Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art.
Alex has exhibited extensively in galleries throughout Scotland for over 10 years, including at the Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition and the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, and is also a recent finalist of the 14th International ARC Salon. www.alexdewars.com
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. denisemfulton.com
Dana Hawk (b. 1975) is an oil painter specializing in figurative and animal work. She attended Missouri State University initially as an art student but switched to Cell and Molecular Biology, going on to receive an MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado. She returned to art in 2003 and has been a finalist in the Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, included in Salmagundi Club’s 40th Annual Open Exhibition, along with group shows at RJD Gallery, Abend Gallery, Rehs Contemporary Gallery, and has had works published in Fine Art Connoisseur and American Art Collector. danahawkstudio.com
Jon Johnson (b. 1973) earned his BFA from the University of Utah. Notable shows include The Springville Utah Museum of Art and Nordstrom Inc. Fine Art collection. Jon facilitated University of Utah Drawing Sessions and has attended various artist workshops, including: The International Center for the Study of Painting (Orvieto, Italy), The Studio Group (Helper, Utah), Figure Painting with Stephen Assael (Salt Lake City, Utah), Southern CA Workshop with Vincent Desiderio (Costa Mesa, California). Jon works in a Private Art Studio and currently lives in Sandy, Utah.
Claudia Kaak (b. 1987, Heppenheim) lives and works in Heppenheim, Germany. In 2015, she graduated AM from Goethe University Frankfurt. Her first solo show was held at Galerie Pack of Patches in Jena, Germany. Her group exhibitions include shows for Art Innsbruck, Austria; Gallery Ewa Helena, Germany; Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen, Germany; RJD Gallery, New York; and Zhou B Art Center, Chicago. She has been a finalist for the 13th and 14th International ARC Salon competition and has been awarded by the International Guild of Realism (2019). Claudia’s work has been featured in PoetsArtists, MilionArt Kaleidoscope, The Guide Artists, Revista Ophelia and an online exclusive exhibition with International Guild of Realism, Arizona. www.claudiakaak.com
Sarah Marie Lacy (b. 1988), trained in classical realism, plays with 18th and 19th century artistic theories but in a modern context, creating paintings and drawings that reference the past but are obviously of contemporary subjects. Her portraits and nudes are honest and powerful, telling the story of each body with grace and compassion, forcing the viewer to question whether their own idea of what is “beautiful” is too narrow. She has won multiple awards and grants, including first prize for portraiture in The Artist Magazine’s 2017 Annual Competition. She runs The Drawing Room Studio in Canada's capital city of Ottawa, where she teaches classical figurative art.
Dáire Lynch (b. 1980) is a Dublin-born artist who currently resides in County Mayo in the west of Ireland. He is a self-taught painter, though 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 and Figurative Realism, and published in the associated issues of PoetsArtists, as well as exhibiting in the group show Visions of Venus, curated by Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt. His work has also been featured in group shows in RJD Gallery, New York, Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado and Rehs Contemporary Galleries, New York. www.dairelynch.com
Charlene Mosley (b. 1991 Berlin) is a San Diego-based fine artist, illustrator, and muralist. She received her BA in Studio Arts from San Diego State University with a minor in German Studies. Her current work discusses the 21st-century media-driven society and its relationship to technology and nature; in oils and watercolors. She depicts painted collages of people in their everyday activities surrounded by plant life with an interplay of pixelation and expressive brushstrokes. Mosley has won various awards and scholarships and has exhibited in national as well as international exhibitions.
In 2016, Charlene was part of the painter team of the first-ever fully painted, Oscar-nominated feature film, Loving Vincent, and worked in Poland for six months. She has painted murals at locations, such as San Diego State University, Barrio Logan-Chicano Park, La Jolla Shores, Horton Plaza, Venice Beach, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Lake Forest. Within the last year, Charlene's work has been published in several books and magazines, including the front cover of the November 2018 issue of the Professional Artist Magazine. www.charlenemosley.com
Jan Anders Nelson is a classically trained artist working in a variety of mediums and subjects, based in the Northwestern United States. Earning a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin in 1977, Jan also spent time living in New York City attending New York University, working on a series of drawings under the mentorship of fellow artist and friend Don Eddy.
Jan’s work has been exhibited at the Minnesota Museum of Art, Joslyn Museum of Art, Appleton Museum of Art, Knoxville Museum of Art, Coos Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Appleton Museum of Art and the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Grand Palais in Paris, as well as several invitational and juried shows internationally. During 2019 one of his paintings is in a traveling exhibition in Spain, including hanging in the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM). His work is in collections public and private including the Terry O. Herndon Collection.
Jan Anders Nelson's work is represented by the Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Houston, Texas. www.janandersnelsonart.com
Daniela Werneck (b. 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. She worked in the Rio de Janeiro area until she moved with her family to Australia in 2008, where she started to devote herself to her art. After relocating to Houston in 2011, Daniela started showing her paintings nationally in watercolor and portrait exhibitions and competitions, receiving 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. www.danielawerneck.com