Ann James Massey

"Living in a country that cherishes past and present, my major focus has become creating that juxtaposition in my subject matter. Into that mix, I am now adding the element of tributes to influencing factors in my life. Always, we rest on the shoulders of those masters who came before us."

The Woodworker - Wax pencil 12 x 9.5 in.

"In 1970, my instructor at the El Paso Art Academy put a black wax pencil in my hand and my path in art was decided. My light touch and patience married perfectly with the medium, and the works I created were well received, winning awards starting with the first exhibition I entered. After 20 years of drawing, selling, exhibiting, and teaching private lessons, I finally discovered the traditional oil painting method I had been seeking. Given my extensive art background, I quickly picked up the methods at the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore. As with the Colored Pencil, this traditional handling of the materials inspired the same instinctive connection and subsequent recognition starting with my first painting.

Despite the tight realism, many of my pieces are not actual reproductions of anything I’ve seen, but rather a composite of various images I’ve taken over the years, augmented with sketches and imagination. Often, I deliberately flatten and slightly distort perspective, as did the old masters, to create a composition more pleasing to the eye. Everything is created freehand with no mechanical or reproductive means. Among the honors my work has received are numerous national and international awards including 18 in New York and London group exhibitions. In 2004, The Art Renewal Center chose me among their initial 34 artists selected for The Living Masters Gallery in their online museum dedicated to traditional and realist art. I and/or my work have been published in 24 magazines and 37 books”

Ann James Massey (b.1951, USA) is, among others, a member of The Society of Women Artists UK, American Artists Professional League (Fellow Maxima Cum Laude), Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Colored Pencil Society of America (Charter and Signature Member); United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society (Charter and Silver Member, President/Honorary President 2004 to 2010) and Mensa. Massey owned and operated The Montwood Gallery in El Paso, TX from 1974 to 1978 and Massey Fine Arts in Santa Teresa, NM from 1992 to 1994. Her studio is currently based in Paris, France.

The Blessing of the Animals - Oil on Mahogany board 17 x 23 in.
The Marionette Shop - Oil on Mahogany board 20 x 16 in.
The Connoisseur - Oil on Mahogany board 16 x 20 in.
La Maison de Poupées - Oil on Mahogany board 20 x 16 in.

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Jerry Steingraeber

“I try to create stories without words, hopefully with positive vibes and happy endings. When figures are included my aim is to arouse feelings and emotions. My paintings typically have a strong light source with depth and perspective. The end result is a "wish-you-were-here" feeling."

Beach Time - Oil 18 x 24 in.

Jerry Steingraeber was born, raised and educated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his professional career as a graphic artist for The Milwaukee Journal. Jerry remained at the newspaper for 38 years.

Upon retirement, Jerry pursued a fine art career doing paintings in oil and acrylic mediums. Subject matter has evolved from his love of nature to include landscapes, portraits and florals often with the inclusion of multiple figures. The idea of having a visual impact along with human interest is Jerry’s goal.

Cheers - Oil 16 x 20 in.
After the Rain - Acrylic 24 x 36 in.
Carmel State Beach - Acrylic 16 x 20 in.
Brooklyn Ablaze - Acrylic 20 x 24 in.

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Donelli J. DiMaria

"I am a realist painter who draws inspiration from people and objects around me. Many of my paintings are satirical or kitsch with underlying political or social implications."

Bath #5 - Nude with Rubber Ducks - Oil on canvas 48 x 24 in.

Over the years, Donelli has developed a distinctive painting style most appropriately characterized as Contemporary Realism. To this end, he blends the techniques of the old world masters line, form, edge and value with the brushstrokes, vibrating colors and light effects of the Impressionists. However, the distinctive contemporary nature of Donelli's unique style is in his compositions and paint application.

The ideas for his compositions come largely from photographs and memorabilia collected while traveling around the world as a research scientist. Donelli sets up the subject matter for his paintings to tell a story. Typically, he emphasizes the main point by using a palette of earth colors for most of the painting with a punch of bright color, such as red to attract the viewer's attention. Thick paint application, detail and value contrast are also used to attract the viewer to the center of interest. He layers color upon color allowing each layer to show through to increase the light, luminosity and emotional intensity of his work.

For the past 20 years, Donelli has been a full-time artist and teacher in Santa Fe, NM. Recently, he has been in 16 museum shows across the USA (twice in the “Contemporary American Realism” show at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in 2008 and 2010) and has shown his work in galleries nationally (NY, CA, AZ, TX, CT, and NM). His four drawing and painting video courses on “Udemy” have more than 125,000 subscribers, and his drawing manual loosely based on the “Reilly” technique is still available on “Lulu” and at Artisan stores.

Generations #5 - Oil on canvas 24 x 48 in.
Pinup #6 - Oil on canvas 30 x 40 in.
Pinup #5 - Oil on canvas 24 x 48 in.
Dia de los Muertos - Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in.

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Yvonne Welman

"I recycle cultural pictures and put them together to make my feminist opinion visible on all kinds of issues in our society."

Dance Macabre Event - Acrylic and collage 120 x 300 cm

After completing her education at the Academy of Arts Tilburg, the Netherlands, Yvonne Welman worked as a teacher in Arts and Art History. To improve her qualities as a painter,  she took lessons in 16th and 17th-century oil painting techniques. Welman works with open acrylics in a layering technique. The textile fabrics in a lot of the paintings are personal stories.

Because she likes to make narrative paintings, her work has to be realistic. The stories cover gender equality, social issues, art history and personal issues, exploring the Zeitgeist from a female perspective. Serendipity, time and technique each play their part during the process of creating her paintings. It takes a lot of time to create Welman's work which allows for inserting new ideas during the process. This stands in strong contrast with all the images that we are surrounded by, most of the day. Welman creates a more complex strip story from all the images we daily encounter.

Sometimes her work stagnates. To free her mind from such problems, Yvonne turns to the joy of creating with a focus on pure beauty, composition, structures, colors, light. Nature (flowers) provides the possibility to create without intellectual problems interfering. Most of the time just by using the craftmanship of drawing and painting there appears, out of nothing, a solution to the problems.

Artists like Breughel, Jeroen Bosch, Georgia O' Keefe, Camille Claudel, Neo Rauch, Lita Cabellut, Jenny Saville are her inspiration. Yvonne Welman is a member of the artists' societies NABK, BOK and WKK and Krimpener Kunstwaard in the Netherlands as well as Manhattans Arts International on line Gallery, Kun:st International Stuttgart. She has received awards in the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, USA etc.

Comment On Klimt - Acrylic 150 x 150 cm
Living Craft 1 - Oil 60 x 80 cm
Ceci n’est pas une Femme - Acrylic 101 x 70 cm
Since Leucippos - Acrylic and mixed media 140 x 140 cm

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Denise Henley – Portrait Artist

"Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck. Your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling." - Vincent Van Gogh

Interpretation - Oil 24 x 18 in.

Denise Henley is an award-winning artist residing in the U.S. It would be fair to say that she has been creating art most of her life but painting professionally since 1998. Featured in several group and solo exhibitions Denise has been the recipient of various awards and recognitions and her works are collected both nationally and internationally. A constituent of realism, she is continually perfecting her drawing skills, believing it to be the backbone of figure painting.

Henley's current work focuses on the simplification of forms and a combination of realism and abstract marks. To this end, she will reach for a painting knife as a way of eliminating fussy details that can make for a banal work of art. For her, the medium or style is inconsequential; the important thing is that a goal is realized. Denise is intoxicated with the human figure and excited to portray it as she sees it—simply beautiful.

"Too much reality in a portrait is always a disappointment to the imaginative soul. We love suggestion and not hard facts." - John F. Carlson

Fiona - Pastel 9 x 12 in.
Vague - Oil 16 x 20 in.
The Earring - Pastel 12 x 16 in.
Vague - Oil 16 x 20 in.

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"I paint directly from life, trying to create an interesting set-up with different objects. It is important to capture color harmony and a sense of movement. I draw my inspiration from the timeless work of the old masters. I truly believe it is never too late to be passionate about learning."

Swans - Oil on canvas 18 x 24 in.

Luba Stolper is a contemporary artist whose passion for art comes to life in oil paintings reminiscent of the Old Masters'. Born and raised in a small village in the Ukraine, Luba spent much of her childhood in nature, capturing her surroundings through drawing.

After moving to California, equipped with a keen eye for color and ascetics, Luba enrolled in The Fabric and Textile Design School in Berkeley, where many of her designs were featured in fashion magazines. As a self-taught artist seeking to enhance her ability, she studied for three years under the direction of artist Charles Becker. In 2015, Luba traveled to Florence to participate in an international workshop to deepen her knowledge of the intricacies of painting still life. With the desire to refine her skill, Luba has been training in the Academic Style at The Russian River Atelier under the guidance of masters Naomi Marino and Jay Blums who received their education at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence.

During the years 2014 to 2017, Lubaʼs collection of artwork could be seen at Art Encounter, a gallery in Las Vegas. She has been involved in art festivals in Sausalito and Calistoga, where her realistic portrayals received awards and rave reviews. Art expos in Miami and New York have hosted her paintings and she was featured in Artblend magazine. Luba has participated in workshops led by artist Qiang Huang from Texas and J. D. Hillberry from Colorado. Several patrons have commissioned her to create private paintings for their homes and she has many repeat buyers who appreciate her patience for observation and commitment to detail. Some of her paintings can be viewed in a private gallery and her collection is available online as well.

When she is not enjoying time with her family, Luba spends many hours in her home art studio, delving deep into her dedication to painting. She lives and works in Santa Rosa, California.

Coffee Pot - Oil on board 18 x 16 in.
Chalice and Lace - Oil on board 12 x 16 in.
Japanese Doll - Oil on board 16 x 14 in.
Vintage Lace - Oil on canvas 24 x 18 in.

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Svetlana Cameron

"I am a classically trained portrait artist dedicated to the study and revival of Old Masters' drawing and painting methods."


Svetlana Cameron is a Russian-born, British artist dedicated to the study and revival of traditional painting techniques. Trained in the methods of Old Masters, Cameron specializes in portraiture in the style of classical realism. She is best known for her official oil portraits and delicate life-like paintings of children in pastel.

Cameron's attention to detail and the ability to capture her sitter's personality have earned her a strong reputation as an international portrait painter. She holds the title of an Associate Living Master awarded by the Art Renewal Centre in the USA and was on Pastel Journal's Top 100 list of leading international pastel artists twice in 2016 and 2018. Cameron is an elected member of the British National Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA) and the National Pastel Society of Russia.

Svetlana Cameron has painted official portraits for a number of institutions in the UK: the Royal Regiment of Artillery, the Isle of Man Parliament, the Roman Catholic Church (Diocese of Liverpool), and the Church of England (Cathedral Isle of Man). Her works hang in private collections in England, Scotland, France, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine, Malta.

Svetlana Cameron lives on the south-eastern coast of England where she works out of her private studio near Hastings. A sought-after portrait painter, she travels across the UK and internationally to exhibit and meet her sitters.

Sophia - Pastel 45 x 35 cm
Radha - Oil 50 x 40 cm
Molly - Pastel 55 x 45 cm
Portrait of Richard Sowler - Oil 90 x 60 cm

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Lee Howard Gobbi

Professional portrait artist, Lee Howard Gobbi works in oils, pastels and graphite.

Arabian - Oil on canvas 36 x 36 in.

Originally from Bradford, Yorkshire, England, Lee Howard Gobbi has worked as a professional Illustrator for Packaging, Publications, Marketing and Editorial Illustration and Magazine Cover Illustration. He has been an award-winning Creative Director for four global packaging and promotion firms working on major brands such as American Express, IBM, Pepsi, House of Seagram, International Playtex, Whole Foods, Office Depot, Unilever and M&M Mars. As well as global clients; Aeon Japan, Globus Germany and MassMart South Africa. Lee designed the Corporate logo for Business Express Commuter Airlines, a division of Delta.

Lee attended the Illustrators Workshop in Connecticut, USA, with a painting featured in the Neenah Paper Calendar, celebrating the history of St. Maarten NA. His art was also featured in a calendar for October in their 'Seasons' publication. Lee taught art at Bridgeport University and has lectured on Fine and Commercial art in the US and South America.

He currently is a Professional Portrait Artist and a member of three National Art Leagues in the USA. He lives and works in Connecticut.

The Red Kite - Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in.
Anastasi and Lily-of-the-Valley - Oil on panel 20 x 30 in.
Eve - Oil on linen panel 16 x 20 in.
Maizy - Pastel 18 x 24 in.

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Jingfeng Li

"The beauty of realistic pen-and-ink painting is that it uses just a black line to paint a rich and delicate picture. It presents a beauty of vicissitudes. I like the color of black, white and gray. Its deep, quiet yet noble quality profoundly attracts me."

Elves on the plateau - Ink pen on paper 73.18 x 44.2 cm

Chinese Artist, Jingfeng Li was born in 1965 in Anshan city, Liaoning Province, China and today lives in Beijing. His painstakingly realistic works are produced primarily with an ink pen. JingFeng Li graduated from Shenyang Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts and is a member of the American Portrait Society, a contractor of the Sena Art Gallery in France, and a representative painter of modern Chinese painting.

"I started drawing at the age of seven, perhaps a natural affinity; and have been long engaged with photography and painting. I began to work realistically with pen drawing in 2012. I have won many prizes in international drawing contests. Perhaps I was born like black and white and grey color, so choosing pen drawing is in line with my aesthetic. I like the real thing, it makes me really feel the sincerity and affinity of nature."

In Sunshine - Ink pen on paper 44 x 43 cm
Mountain village - Ink pen on paper 54.25 x 54.18 cm
Kejia Girl - Ink pen on paper 56 x 86 cm
Château de Selles No.4 - Ink pen on paper 54 x 54 cm

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Gerard Huber

"My strategy is to employ beauty as a subversive instrument of seduction, a peacefully sensual way of drawing the viewer into a space that challenges heteronormative assumptions of male competition, and which demonstrates that same-sex relationships are wholesome, healthy and life-affirming."

Classical Figures X - Sub Rosa

Gerard Huber was born October 2, 1949, in Waterloo, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking, 1971. Following completion of undergraduate studies, Huber studied Figure Drawing and Contemporary Theology at the University of Notre Dame, 1971, and participated in the Blossom-Kent Art Program at Kent State University, 1973. Huber earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1975, studying with George Ortman. 

In 1994 Huber received a Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting. He has been a Resident Fellow at The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont (2008); twice at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Lynchburg, Virginia (1987, 1988); and once at the Cummington Community of Art, Cummington, Massachusetts (1988). Huber has been a Visiting Artist/Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy, 2013 and 2015.

Huber’s airbrushed acrylic paintings have been exhibited in more than 60 exhibitions including the Joslyn Museum of Art, Omaha, Nebraska; the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY; Parsons School of Design, New York, NY; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY; the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; and many others. His paintings are represented by the Lizardi/Harp Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

Huber is a tenured professor in the Department of Art at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas (formerly East Texas State University).

His studio is located at 3500 Oak Lawn Avenue, #275 Dallas, Texas 75219

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“Gorgeously painted voluptuous male figures are the protagonists in Gerard Huber's mesmerizing compositions. Perfectly rendered in a classical style the works bring Grecian ideals of beauty into a contemporary context.

In "Reflection I" Huber's own David is depicted among a variety of symbolic motifs cunningly placed to make it impossible for the viewer to evade the narrative.

Often literally in conversation with ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, the nude characters display a tenderness that comes in contrast with taboo expectations and stereotypic assumptions surrounding what it means to be a strong man. The brawny figures with every muscle and vain painted in exhaustive detail come to contrast with their gentle gestures and tranquil poses. These complex characters manage to exude power from their vulnerability as they seem comfortable and resolved with the combination of strength, power, softness, and emotionality they simultaneously represent.

What is significant in Huber's work is not his extraordinary capacity for realism but more importantly his ability to think and create in a post-modern context where the pieces become mesmerizing for the multiplicity and complexity of the content they evoke whether that is a conversation on art itself, on sexuality or the strong man etiquette.”

- Circle Foundation for the Arts, Director

Reflections I
Classical Figures II - Amplexus Aeternus
Classical Figures XI - Invidere
Classical Figures XII - Equa Noctis

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