Meet the Artist: How Birds Became Part of This Artist’s Signature Style

Joy, whimsy and a hint of humor emanate from artist Barbara Rudolph’s oil paintings––a style she’s honed over the years through a mix of attention to the composition, storytelling, and delightful “Easter eggs” cleverly placed throughout each piece. See how her work comes together and what inspires her to create brief escapes for the viewer.

Art Discovery: Realism Revealed

Some works of art invite a second look to determine if it’s a painting or if it’s real. The trompe l’oeil style of painting creates an optical illusion of three-dimensional space and objects on a two-dimensional surface. Discover the inspiration and techniques artists Jenny Stewart, Barbara Rudolph and Robin Damore implore to imbue these works with life.

Fall Edition of Art Connection

With the beautiful glow and crisp air of fall now upon us, it’s a beautiful time of year to get out and explore nature. And that’s just what this issue of Art Connection is all about! In this issue, you’ll find: A spotlight on artist Martin Blundell A feature on artists who focus on nature […]

The Wonder of Nature

Nature has long been the muse of many artists. The source of beauty is endless. Whether it’s the way the shadows and light play against each other, the vibrant colors married with the softest pastels or the unending textures in the flora and fauna, the natural landscape brings the senses to life. The animals and […]

Preserving a 50-Year Gift of Love

Kathryn Carole Ellison began writing poetry for her children in the 1970s. It started simply enough––one new poem each day of Advent. Through these poems, she passed along life lessons and words of wisdom to help them make good life decisions, trust their inner knowing and engage in life in a meaningful way. That first […]

Art Discovery: The Key to Composition

Composition involves a series of technical elements such as space utilization and how objects are positioned on the canvas. But the decisions an artist makes about composition can influence the larger meaning and message of the piece, too. Composition is not always about creating a faithful rendering of a realistic scene. Sometimes, it’s about using […]