Julie Petro remembers her first encounters with art as a youngster growing up in Indiana. Her family owned the Time-Life book series, and Petro relished thumbing through the pages.
In the world of Aesop’s fables, foxes are symbols for slyness, crows represent vanity, and wolves symbolize loneliness. Painter Dave Merrill discusses these literary conceits with ease, noting that such ideas inspire his artworks.
For Minnesota artist Matt Linz, 2015 was a busy year filled with shows, awards, and other accolades. Three different portraits by Linz won top honors in various venues, including the Oil Painters of America Online Showcase, the American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, and the online BoldBrush Painting Contest. And 2016...
All in the family
Day or night, chasing light
Andy Evansen has painted all over the world, from China to Southern California. But Midwestern farm country is what speaks to him on the most visceral level. A native Midwesterner, he finds an array of alluring elements there—grain elevators, tractors, cows, farmhouses, farmers, frozen lakes, and snow-covered pastures.
In living color
Something to talk about
When Carla Louise Paine moved into an old farmhouse, she never imagined that the objects inside would one day inspire her art.
Californian Kim VanDerHoek recalls that one of her college professors once asked the class to write an essay answering the question, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” VanDerHoek says a vision came to mind immediately: “I saw myself sitting in front of an easel, painting,” she says. “I’ve held...