Artist of the Month
Updated: 01 Sep 2019
Each month, talented painters show their work, share painting tips and give professional advice.
Artist of the Month, September 2019
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.
Artist of the Month, August 2019
Rance Jones is a realism 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.
Artist of the Month, July 2019
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.
Artist of the Month, June 2019
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!
Artist of the Month, May 2019
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 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.
Artist of the Month, April 2019
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).
Artist of the Month, March 2019
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.
Artist of the Month, February 2019
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
Artist of the Month, January 2019
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.
Artist of the Month, December 2018
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
Artist of the Month, November 2018
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.
Artist of the Month, October 2018
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
Artist of the Month, September 2018
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.
Artist of the Month, August 2018
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 painting.
Artist of the Month, July 2018
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.
Artist of the Month, June 2018
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.
Artist of the Month, May 2018
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.
Artist of the Month, April 2018
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.
Artist of the Month, March 2018
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.
Sergey Suer's tip:
In Sergey's 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.
If you are a beginner and want to learn to draw, you might want to start with how to draw realism with pencils.
For learning to draw and paint online, I gathered the best YouTube channels for learning to paint.