Fine Art Painters & Exclusive Painting Tips
Updated: 10 May 2020
This article is dedicated to aspiring artists.
Here you are invited to view beautiful artworks by professional painters, who share painting tips and professional advice.
At the bottom, I share my own tips from my personal experience as an artist and an art instructor.
Johannes Wessmark is a photo-realistic, fine art painter. He uses both acrylic and oil paints.
His experience and knowledge allow him to paint ANY subject to perfection.
Johannes takes commissions on any subject matter. He can paint anything, and he can be contacted via his website.
Put a lot of time and effort into your sketch. It is well worth it in the end.
If you print your reference photos in the same size as the final painting will be, you can make your sketch on a light table.
Then you know every line sits exactly where it should.
Eva Volf is a renowned seascape artist. She uses oil paints to create her fine art paintings.
Her beautiful art has not gone unnoticed. Eva is an award-winning artist, and she has a huge social media following.
Her uplifting paintings are a mirror to her love for the ocean. Eva paints both en plein air and in her studio.
The birth of the internet and the rise of social networks, enabled young artists to make their marks, free of any restrictions or directives.
For the audience, the freedom to choose what kind of art they like to consume.
Therefore, no wonder fine art is thriving again.
Rebekah Codlin, an oil painter, is a great example for the new generation of master painters.
Choosing a challenging subject like portrait-painting and creating it in such an authentic way, indicates the expertise of her craft.
While her paintings are sought-after and collected by fine art collectors, Rebekah offers beautiful prints for her paintings, both on canvas and paper.
Kathy Morris is an oil painter and an expert portrait artist.
Her paintings are a beautiful balance between realism and art.
The way she paints fabric and her use of soft edges is marvelous.
Kathy's pencil drawings are exceptional. A magical and gentle use of brightness values which leads to pleasant yet noticeable portraits.
Stan Miller is a fine art watercolorist that enjoys teaching just as much as painting.
The way Stan implements atmospheric perspective in his landscape and cityscape paintings is brilliant.
The beautiful details are just as rewarding to look at.
Portraits are a major part of his artistry and the way he uses colors is fantastic.
Gatya Kelly is a still life oil painter.
She paints beautiful fruit and flower art paintings.
Her compositions offer dark backgrounds for her painting subjects to appear from.
Often, her subjects are wrapped in comfortable, gorgeous textile or housed in a fine container, but they always find the way out.
Her paintings are usually large in scale; some are longer than 1 meter (40 inches).
Tjalf Sparnaay is a celebrated still-life oil painter.
He is considered the most influential artist in a style called megarealism, which is related to hyperrealism.
Tjalf is known for taking everyday objects, mainly food related, and paint them in large scales using photorealistic techniques.
His art (paintings and limited-edition prints) is very popular with art collectors and art lovers.
Rance Jones is a realism fine art painter and a watercolor wizard.
It took years of practice and exploration to develop such a photo-realistic style with watercolors.
Rance's compositions are flawless, a true mastery which enables the viewer to focus on the painting subject, disregarding any painting style.
If not for a small signature at the bottom, one might forget he or she is looking at a painting.
His painting topics uncover his sensitivity for society and culture. A desire to perceive the less familiar and humbly deliver it to the observer, unfiltered.
Lana Privitera is a still life watercolorist and an art educator.
She paints in a highly realistic style.
In addition to still life painting, Lana paints cityscapes, people and animals.
She is currently an art instructor at the Wallkill River School of Art in Montgomery, NY. She also conducts demos and teaches realistic watercolor workshops in the USA as well as internationally.
Her artistry, when it comes to display reflections and details, is remarkable.
Eric Wilson is a wildlife master painter.
His beautiful art is inspired by his love for nature and the animal kingdom.
Eric is a respected teacher of art. In his classes, he teaches painting techniques for pastels, oil paints and acrylics.
A major part of his lessons on painting animals is learning to render fur in a realistic manner.
Eric spent a lifetime studying animals in the wild, from polar bears in the frozen north, gorillas in Zaire to tigers in Nepal. He paints wildlife from his own direct experience.
From the many subjects for Eric's fine art paintings, one stands out in its presence: Tiger, the biggest cat in the wild!
Christophe Vacher is a distinguished oil painter, art director and a spectacular concept artist.
A veteran in the animated film industry and a two-time Emmy award winner, he worked with some of the most known studios like Disney, DreamWorks and Universal Studios.
To create his extraordinary fine art, he starts with sketching on paper followed by drawing on a canvas before applying oil paints.
Besides his magnificent oil paintings, Christophe paints with watercolor, acrylics, gouache and mixed media.
His pencil drawings are just as amazing.
A skilled oil painter, Ellery Gutiérrez is known for the strong, vivid colors he uses that cannot be ignored.
Flowers and fruits are Ellery's trademark.
Ellery's paintings are large-scale. They stand proud, making an immediate impact on the observer. Some are larger than 1.5m (~60inch).
Thomas Arvid is a still life oil painter with an exceptional expertise in rendering light, depth, and reflection in a super realistic manner.
Thomas combines his love for painting and wine with his compositions of wine and the rituals surrounding it.
With the use of lush colors, Thomas, in his compositions, tells a story of enjoyment and the good life.
Irina Cumberland is a passionate artist with environmental awareness.
She paints gorgeous seascapes using oil paints.
Irina has an exceptional ability to portray the beauty of water in movement.
Besides marvelous paintings and prints, Irina offers, at her website, a beautiful calendar with 12 relaxing images of the ocean.
Tomasz Alen Kopera
Tomasz Alen Kopera, a gifted oil painter, has a mysterious and unique style that combines fantasy and realism.
Alen's mastery of details and colors allow him to blend the beauty and forces of nature as part of his portraits.
His creativity, often mystical and dark, captivates the viewer's attention and subconscious.
Steve Mills is an accomplished realist oil painter.
He paints stunning, photorealistic landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes.
In addition, Steve paints still life and close-up paintings.
He is a master when it comes to texture, painting just about any texture he is intrigued by.
Attention to details is a key part of his painting style.
James Neil Hollingsworth
Neil Hollingsworth is a hyperrealism specialist.
He paints with oil paints on panel and succeed to deliver realism and details on, sometimes, small-scale paintings.
Neil is represented by fine art galleries in the United States, and his work is in numerous private and corporate collections domestically and abroad.
Neil's realistic oil paintings, which include vehicles, tools and everyday objects, are usually with nostalgic connotation.
A true virtuoso of contemporary urban landscape, Nathan Walsh's realistic painting represent his take on the world we live in.
His huge and complex paintings start with pencil drawing.
By mastering linear perspective for cityscapes, Nathan Walsh is able to achieve such engaging and distinctive compositions.
Nathan's paintings are packed with pictorial elements, enabling the viewer to enter the worlds he creates and move around.
Dustin Van Wechel
Dustin Van Wechel is an expert wildlife artist.
Animals and landscape of the Americas are the core of his paintings.
Dustin's outstanding use of perspective, color and brightness values, allow him to deliver such balanced and appealing works of art.
His work has been exhibited all throughout the U.S., in one-man shows, major art exhibitions and museums.
A renowned oil painter, Karen Noles specialty is Native American Indians and western related painting.
Karen focuses on women and children portraits while using authentic period clothing and artifacts.
Animals are also part of her fine art paintings.
Amanda Drage is a professional animal artist.
She paints pet portrait commissions and other original artwork related to the animal kingdom.
Amanda uses high quality materials to produce her remarkable artwork.
She paints in pastels, pencils and oil paints.
As well as portraits of pets who are still with us, Amanda paints tributes to pets who have passed on.
In addition to dog portraits, Amanda paints cats, horses and many other animals.
Ran Noveck's art is characterized by vivid colors, flowing lines and a unique perspective.
All this leads to a feeling of liquid movement for the observer.
From an early age, he was encouraged by his mother, an artist and a fashion designer.
In addition, Ran is using spray paint for wall painting, influenced by his love for nature and surfing.
Ran Noveck's paintings, usually large and dominant, adorn many public and private spaces.
Joe Cornelius, also known as Mural Joe, is an artist who specializes in realistic wall paintings.
Joe's murals are displayed in different countries. Depending on the project, some on external walls and some in interior spaces including ceilings.
The subjects he paints are varied and include, among others, paintings of fantasy, outer space, landscape and the animal kingdom.
In addition to murals, Joe also paints on canvas with oil paints:
Joe runs one of the best YouTube channels for learning to paint, focusing on color mixing, perspective and understanding how to draw from imagination.
Jason Walcott is a dedicated painter who began his art career at an early age.
His favorite medium is oil painting, but he also paints in pastels. Jason works in a style that has been coined as "Abstract Realism".
Over the years, he has strived to continue developing his style, which incorporates a love for dramatic lighting, rich color and juicy brushwork.
From 1997, he worked for several years in the graphic design field before going into business for himself as a typeface designer.
He found a great success with that career, and actually became somewhat well known in the graphic arts and advertising industry for his font designs, which are sold under the foundry name of Jukebox.
In 2016, Jason started a YouTube channel, Walcott Fine Art, which is dedicated to helping beginning artists navigate the world of both art technique and art materials.
Sergey Suer is a talented designer and illustrator who has been working professionally since 2013.
Sergey's works are characterized by a combination of realism and graphic interpretation.
In other words, diving into the painted world and the world of imagination while observing the rules of perspective, lighting, etc.
When creating new worlds, wonderful characters, buildings, machines and other magical creatures, art for Sergey is a playground without settings and restrictions.
In my experience, it is recommended to devote a period of intensive study to a particular topic. At the end of the period, it is possible to switch to a completely different subject and maintain the accumulated knowledge.
Sometimes, the painting process results less successfully.
Some of the greatest painters had their share of unsuccessful paintings, which they sometimes threw away or destroyed. It is part of the learning process.
It is important to observe each unsuccessful painting and understand what went wrong. That is how we improve.
In addition, landscape paintings can be used as a platform for practice or as a training canvas:
- Sky, for anything that flies.
- Lake, for everything that floats or swims.
- Land, for plants, figures or structures.
Here is an example of an old desert painting I used for practice, by adding trees and a camel:
Often, when drawing or painting realism, we focus on details.
It is a good practice to move back from the canvas or paper, every now and then, in order to see the big picture.
Finally yet importantly, make sure you have enough contrast. Otherwise, your drawing or painting will look flat and will not stand out.
For learning to draw and paint online, I created a list for some of the best YouTube channels for learning to paint.