Emerging Artists

Art collectors interested in learning about today’s top emerging artists can find everything they need right here. These hot, new emerging artists encompass a wide variety of styles and genres, including plein-air painting, landscapes, still lifes, wildlife, western paintings, and more. Many of these emerging contemporary artists have won awards in highly respected art competitions. You’ll also learn about the many galleries for emerging artists—a great source for purchasing artworks by these rising stars.

Zufar Bikbov, Stones of Bridge, oil, 14 x 11.

Emerging Artists | Zufar Bikbov

Since Bikbov has been painting en plein air in the United States, he says his landscapes and townscapes—which still bear marks of Russian Impressionism—have acquired “higher key colors.”

Adam Clague, In Her Eyes, oil, 16 x 16.

Emerging Artists | Adam Clague

Clague, who completed his graduate studies in fine art at Pensacola Christian College and today lives in Missouri, describes his painting style as impressionistic realism; his goal is to “faithfully” capture the essence of his subject.

Peggy Judy, Big Dreams, acrylic, 24 x 18.

Emerging Artists | Peggy Judy

An equestrian passion runs in the Colorado native’s family—her husband is an equine veterinarian and her two children, now grown, are skilled horsemen—so it seems only natural that paintings of horses and horsemanship claim a major portion of Judy’s oeuvre.

Mike Hernandez, China Cove, gouache, 6 x 6.

Emerging Artists | Mike Hernandez

Los Angeles-based plein-air artist Mike Hernandez defines his paintings as “risk- taking” balanced by restraint. Working primarily in gouache, Hernandez approaches his subject matter as though he were looking for the right words to pay tribute to a beautiful woman.

Cecilia Robertson, Pear With Red Grapes, oil, 6 x 8.

Emerging Artists | Cecilia Robertson

Robertson, who demonstrated artistic talents even as a child, heeded an inner call to paint in 1992, while juggling a career as a clinical psychologist in Texas. Since embarking on her creative path, Robertson has taken notes from mentors such as Bob Rohm, Jill Carver, Skip Whitcomb, and Bill Gallen, and along the way,...

Nyle Gordon, Canal Street, oil, 16 x 20.

Emerging Artists | Nyle Gordon

Painter Nyle Gordon hesitates to peg his style, and it’s easy to see why. Although strong color harmonies and generous dabs of texture make regular appearances in his paintings, his diversified oeuvre ranges from subtle abstraction to more realistic representations.

Jesse Hitchens, Under the Bridge, oil, 24 x 36.

Emerging Artists | Jesse Hitchens

Hitchens, whose impressionistic style reflects contemporary and imaginative realism. “Ever since I was a child, nature has fascinated me. I have memories of sitting outside watching the leaves blow in the wind and creating infinite patterns.”