November 2010

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.


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Brian Riley is the managing editor for the American Artist family of titles (American Artist, Watercolor, Drawing & Workshop) and has been part of the AA team since 2003. He first became interested in art as a child, specifically drawing, but drifted away from the visual arts as he grew older, gravitating towards writing while in college. His position at AA has offered him the opportunity to reinvigorate his early passion and continue his education.