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.

21 Under 31 | Jason Daniel Jackson

TENNESSEE ART EDUCATION: Associate’s degree in commercial art from the Nossi College of Art, Nashville, TN. I was Dawn Whitelaw’s studio assistant for four years. I have also studied with Michael Shane Neal, Anthony Ryder, and Roger Dale Brown. STYLE: Realism. INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WINNING PAINTING: Photographs from the first moon landing. SECOND-CHOICE CAREER:...

21 Under 31 | Katie Melanson

CANADA ART EDUCATION: Academy of Realist Art, Toronto. STYLE: At the moment my style is best described as realist, but I love many different styles and believe that over time I will experiment with a range of them. INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WINNING PAINTING: The photograph in the background was my primary inspiration. It is...

21 Under 31 | Leo Bugel

3rd Place CALIFORNIA ART EDUCATION: Bachelor of fine arts from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA. STYLE: Industrial/urban contemporary. INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WINNING PAINTING: That big pointy building. SECOND-CHOICE CAREER: Musician. I play the drums. BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: Work hard. CREATIVE SPARK: Construction cranes, architecture, and the way light affects them. ONE...

21 Under 31 | Taaron Parsons

FLORIDA ART EDUCATION: Bachelor and master of fine arts from the Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, FL. STYLE: Representational, interpretative realism; contemporary impressionism. It depends somewhat on the subject matter. INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WINNING PAINTING: I’ve always been drawn to the movement of string performers. I find that everything from their hand positions to their...

21 Under 31 | Rob Rey

RHODE ISLAND ART EDUCATION: Bachelor of fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. STYLE: Realism with strong brushwork. Figures, portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WINNING PAINTING: The intermingling of domestic life 
and wildlife. SECOND-CHOICE CAREER: Probably something with mythology, engineering, or 
science. Something that, like art, makes a positive...

21 Under 31 | Justin Hess

CALIFORNIA ART EDUCATION: I began to study painting at Ventura College. After graduating I moved to San Francisco, where I continued my studies in painting at the Academy of Art University. I then spent three years at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. STYLE: I imagine that if one were to categorize my...

21 Under 31 | Aaron Bushnell

1st Place UTAH ART EDUCATION: Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. STYLE: Reckless impressionism. I call it that because I have a love for impressionism, but I use a lot of straight edges and contemporary subject matter recklessly. INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WINNING PAINTING: That scene is a couple...