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Jackson Lain, Bodega Landscape, oil, 40 x 40.

21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2013 | Jackson Lain

California Art Education: I will be finishing my bachelor’s degree in fine arts at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco this December. Style: Contemporary realism. Creative Spark: My inspiration stems from outdoor adventures. Second-Choice Career: If tree-climbing was a lucrative career path, I could retire early. Other Passions: Riding on top of...

Holly Mathews, Chemistry, oil, 20 x 16.

21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2013 | Holly Mathews

California Art Education: Bachelor’s degree of fine arts in painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Style: Contemporary realism. Creative Spark: I don’t know if there is a single spark. Rather, my work is an ongoing series of experiments—learning to depict the human experience in a unique way and in my...

Matthew Saba, Harper, oil, 13 x 12.

21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2013 | Matthew Saba

Colorado Art education: I am mostly self-taught, but I have corresponded and become friendly with contemporary artists over the years. I’ve also developed a habit of sneaking into classes and lectures when the chance and time affords it. Style: The short answer is realist. The long answer is that I’ve never really felt any...

Samantha Buller, Fetching, oil, 30 x 30.

21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2013 | Samantha Buller

California Art Education: Bachelor of fine arts in painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Style: Contemporary impressionism. Creative Spark: Color. When I see beautiful color, I am immediately inspired. It doesn’t matter where or what I see it in; it just gives me that instant creative spark. Second-Choice Career: Interior...

Darianne Whitt, A Quiet Moment, oil, 12 x 24.

21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2013 | Darianne Whitt

Colorado Art Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine art from Pensacola Christian College in Florida. Style: Representational. Creative Spark: Anything that strikes me as beautiful in its setting. This could be anything from a broken-down old barn in a quiet field at sunset to an arrangement of summer flowers to a child quietly...

Robin Cole Smith, Instinct III, encaustic/charcoal, 46 x 46.

21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2013 | Robin Cole Smith

California Art Education: I didn’t have much formal art education until after college, when I decided to switch disciplines and attended a post-baccalaureate program at the Burren College of Art in Ireland and the Laguna College of Art and Design’s master’s degree program in fine arts. Style: A unique combination of traditional charcoal drawing...

Amy Karnes, Western Paradise, oil, 20 x 24.

21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2013 | Amy Karnes

Colorado Art Education: Bachelor of science in visual arts and a master’s degree in fine arts from Pensacola Christian College in Florida. I studied under Brian Jekel. Style: Narrative representational. Creative Spark: Most of my inspiration comes from my upbringing on a farm in Kansas. I strive to capture memories and moments of the...

Terra Chapman, Siren, graphite/chalk, 20 x 24.

21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2013 | Terra Chapman

Virginia Art Education: I attended the Angel Academy of Art in Florence for two years. I later graduated from the Florence Academy of Art. Style: I typically paint in a realistic manner. However, my style of work ranges quite a lot within this category. Creative Spark: My inspiration comes from museums, books, nature, friends,...

Brock Alius, Olivia, charcoal/chalk, 19 x 22.

21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2013 | Brock Alius

Utah Art Education: I’m in my fourth year at the Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting in Springville, UT. Style: Naturalism. Creative Spark: Studying favorite masterworks. Second-Choice Career: Second to painting, I would want to be a stand-up comedian or comedic actor/writer for a show like Seinfeld, Family Guy, or Arrested Development. Other...

Zoey Frank, White Dress, oil, 39 x 22.

21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2013 | Zoey Frank

California Art Education: I studied traditional drawing and painting methods for four years at Juliette Aristides’ atelier. I am currently pursuing my master of fine arts degree at Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA. Style: Representational. Creative Spark: Ordinary moments—looking at light on things and the relationship of one thing...