Misty Hawkins grew up in San Diego, California. Her work explores personal identity in intimate portraits and nudes. Her models are often friends, if not herself. In college she focused on Life drawing, painting, and literature courses and received a BA in Painting from San Diego State University. She moved to Philadelphia to complete a Master's degree in Painting and Drawing from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2003. Next she lived and worked in Brooklyn and New York, mainly inspired to visit the museums and galleries. Misty returned to San Diego in 2005 to teach drawing courses for the San Diego Community College District and live close to family. She continues to paint in a private studio and exhibit her work.
Insight, 2018 Oil on linen 28 × 21 in; 71.1 × 53.3 cm
Stephanie Deshpande is a representational painter living in northern New Jersey. She is best known for her psychological portraits and narrative paintings. Her work combines her love of realism with personal allegories. She creates paintings that unearth hidden emotions and capture the quiet drama of the world around her. Her painting “Assembling the Pieces” was acquired by the New Britain Museum of American Art for their Post Contemporary room. She is represented by Haynes Galleries in the U.S. and by Arundel Contemporary in West Sussex, England.
Shaina Craft is a figurative painter working in Chicago. 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’s work is known for combining detailed realism with gestural expression.