Monday, April 12, 2010

Featured artists: Naomi "Rios" Brown and Charles Syvertsen

Naomi "Rios" Brown is a very talented painter who loves to paint western and country scenes. This year, she had two paintings place in the PaintAmerica Mini Top50. "Enjoying the Sun" ($1,200) is an 11" x 14" oil.  "Desert Mailboxes" ($1,200) is an 11" x 14" acrylic / colored pencil. Naomi's work has also previously been juried into the Paint the Parks show.

Charles Syvertsen started painting in his teens. After graduation from high school, he followed in his family's footsteps and went to sea. After his retirement, he began painting full time, receiving instruction from noted marine painters Tom Nicholas, N.A. and Marshall W. Joyce. This painting, "Old Faithful" ($1,800) is an 11" x 14" oil. Syvertsen is an artist member of the North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA; Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA; and the Hudson Valley Arts Association. He has won awards in the juried exhibitions of these associations in addition to The American Artists Professional League, Mystic Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT, and the Northeast Watercolor Society. He became and artist member of the American Society of Marine Artists in 1999 (ASMA).

Monday, April 5, 2010

Today's Featured Artists: Amery Bohling and Ann Templeton

Arizona artist Amery Bohling's work is best described as "Old World meets New West."  She prefers remote, rugged and often complex terrains for her subjects, with “a desire to paint the landscape in its natural state and to preserve these beautiful locations for others to enjoy.”   With a fine arts degree from University of Arizona, a year abroad at the Marchutz School of Art in Aix en Provence, France, plein air landscape studies under the tradition of French impressionists and studies at the Scottsdale Artists School, she has a strong art foundation. This painting, titled "Calling in the Mule Parade" ($2,400) is an 18" x 24" oil, juried into the 2009 PaintAmerica Top100. Bohlings' recent honors include the Allied Artists of America Fall 2008 Exhibition’s Alden Bryan Memorial Medal Award and in 2007 their John Young Hunter Memorial Award.  She has received California Art Club's 95th Annual Gold Medal Show Emerging Artist Award sponsored by American Artist Magazine.  She was featured as a rising young star in American Artists June 2006 issue. She is featured in American Art Collector's February 2006 issue on Leading Ladies, and recognized in Southwest Art Magazine's 21 artists under 31 with promising careers. Bohling teaches art at the Scottsdale Artists School in Arizona and is involved in several prominent art clubs including a mentor membership with the California Art Club (CAC), and artist memberships in the Arizona Plein Air Painters Society, Oil Painters of America and Landscape Artists International.

Texas artist Ann Templeton is an oil/pastel-conceptual impressionist who likes to describe her paintings as "symbolic expressions." She landed two paintings in the most recent PaintAmerica show - one in the Top100 and one in the Mini50 portion of the show.  "Evening Splendor" ($1,900) is a 16" x 20" oil.  "Aspen Dignity" ($1,400) is a 12" x 12" oil.  Ann has been painting since 1969 and currently teaches 15+ art seminars each year in as many as 10 states and countries including Hawaii, Italy and  Mexico. She also lectures and teaches for art guilds and college classes, and she juries competitive art shows several times a year. Ann was a top seller in the Desert Caballeros Western Museum's "Cowgirl Up" show in Wickenburg, Arizona. She also won the People's Choice Award in the recent quickdraw event with the Outdoor Painters Society in Dallas. Ann's style and enthusiasm are rapidly winning her awards across the country, and she is highly recognized for her teaching expertise and color usage.