On the Cover: Belle (detail, reversed) by Galina Perova, 2007, oil, 50 x 44. Private collection.
Rosemarie Beck: Exploring the Physicality of Paint by Eric Sutphin This New York artist used themes from mythology, music, and literature as ways to explore the tactile properties of oil paint, and her approaches can offer inspiration and guidance to today’s painters.
Rose Frantzen: Building Community & Impacting Culture, One Portrait at a Time by Allison Malafronte When Iowa artist Rose Frantzen returned to her hometown of Maquoketa after several years living in major U.S. cities and traveling abroad, she decided to commemorate members of her community through a powerful portrait project.
Inspiring Figures: Portraits by Women by John A. Parks A new exhibition reveals the enormous contribution of women artists to the figurative tradition.
Painting Life: Galina Perova and the Portrait Society of America by Michael Gormley Galina Perova is a contemporary figurative painter who has taken up the challenge of painting from life in an attempt to replicate “real” human experience.
Inside the World of Pastel by Wende Caporale As a pastel painter, I feel that knowing the history of the medium is important for me to grow and improve as an artist. I am especially inspired by female artists who helped bring the medium to public attention.