As a youngster growing up in Tennessee, Jason Sacran drew countless action figures; by the time he got to Tennessee Technological University to study art, his figure-drawing teacher said he knew anatomy well enough to teach the class. While figurative works will always interest him—he won a top award in 2011 from the Portrait Society of America—it is the landscape that urgently calls to him these days.
For the love of beauty
A classical realist for today
When Shirley Gipson looks at items that others might consider junk, she sees something more—a sense of life in the inanimate, whether it’s an old milk pitcher or a tattered jack-in-the-box toy. The Texas-based still-life artist says she relishes using objects in her tableaux that were once treasured during a bygone era.
Observing everyday life
Capturing the wild natural world
When Elsa Sroka was growing up, her father had a passion for art and architecture…Sroka remembers being a little bit embarrassed as a child because the family was known around town as the one with statues all over their house. But today the Denver artist carries on the legacy of her father’s passions.
Still lifes that explore complexities
Observing the human condition
Stephanie Hartshorn recalls spending hours as young girl at her grandparents’ home perusing their various objects from around the world…That same fondness for objects and their histories carries over into her oil paintings today.