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 | Whitney Michelle Hall

MONTANA ART EDUCATION: I took three years of formal drawing and painting at Palomar College in San Diego. Two of my strongest influences and mentors have been Michael Steirnagle, with whom I spent three semesters in California, and Robert Moore, whom I have studied under for the past year. In 2008 I began painting...

21 Under 31 | Erika Baez

PENNSYLVANIA ART EDUCATION: I decided to completely submerge myself in art approximately two years ago. I started by attending the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, and currently I am an apprentice at the Àni Art Academies Waichulis, where I will complete my studies. STYLE: Representational/experimental. INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WINNING PAINTING: I saw an...

21 Under 31 | Robin Johnson

CALIFORNIA ART EDUCATION: Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in graphic design from Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs, CO. Master’s degree candidate at the Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Beach, CA. STYLE: Figurative representation. My background is in graphic design, so I often fuse a little of that into my paintings. INSPIRATION...

21 Under 31 | Erin Anderson

PENNSYLVANIA ART EDUCATION: Àni Art Academies Waichulis. STYLE: Realism. INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WINNING Piece: The blissful feeling of the first sunny days of spring. I draw inspiration from human emotion. My work reflects my efforts to understand my relationship to the world, its people, and how we all relate. It’s my hope that the...

21 Under 31 | Andrea Kowch

MICHIGAN ART EDUCATION: Bachelor of fine arts from the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, and self-taught. STYLE: Magic realism. INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WINNING PAINTING: I wanted to create a composition involving butterflies as a subject. Butterflies have always served as symbols of hope and beauty. They are creatures that, despite their fragility, have...

21 Under 31 | Caleb Meyer

IDAHO ART EDUCATION: I have a bachelor’s in art education from Boise State University, Boise, ID, but a two-year apprenticeship with Robert Moore has been the most valuable educational experience by far. STYLE: I would say I have an impressionistic style. I like a lot of paint and color. I work with a palette...

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 | Kari Rajkumar

2nd Place ILLINOIS ART EDUCATION: Self-taught. I have only received 15 hours of instruction. STYLE: Realism. INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WINNING PIECE: Scott works as an engineer, and in his spare time he travels to many re-enactments across the Midwest. In late spring each year he sets up his own teepee and gear at a...

21 Under 31 | Chris S. Phillips

GEORGIA ART EDUCATION: Bachelor of fine arts from the Pensacola Christian College in Florida. STYLE: My work is primarily representational. MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE WAY YOU WORK: I would say it is my brushwork. The application of paint can always say a great deal about an artist’s work. SECOND-CHOICE CAREER: I have always...

21 Under 31 | Ian Marion

NEW YORK ART EDUCATION: Bachelor of fine arts in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. Master of fine arts from the New York Academy of Art. STYLE: Realism. INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WINNING PAINTING: COMING STORM was very much inspired by the fragmented memories of my travels across the country. The...