Contemporary Oil Painters



Painter Ruslana Levandovska displays subliminal sensibilities of the human spirit in all her oil paintings. From passion to sorrow, her traditional paintings are filled with romanticism and nostalgia—and her palette knife paintings are every bit impressionistic and bold. The vivid, joyous. . . read more
As we finish up our first week of Holiday Updates, we have an extra special artist that we’d like to revisit. . . Doris Glovier, a former EmptyEasel writer AND an excellent painter in watercolor, oil and pastel. Picking just one of Doris’s paintings was tough, but I think. . . read more
Shazia Basheer from the United Kingdom sees the world as a happy and beautiful place full of possibilities. So, it’s not surprising her artwork reflects that same joyful attitude. “I try to create uplifting paintings that give off a positive and happy vibe to everyone around them,”. . . read more
You wouldn’t know it by looking at his brilliantly colorful, spontaneous artwork, but Viktor Tilson held a formal career in finance for 30 years! Although he isn’t classically trained, Viktor has been painting his entire life, selling his first painting in the mid-1980s and selling more. . . read more
Once a college art professor, oil painter Nancy Flanagan’s latest modern landscapes are visual narratives of a life lived on the East Coast. Her years residing in Michigan have compelled her to recreate within her artwork true-to-life stories of development and prosperity that end in. . . read more
Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, Dimitrina Kutriansky is a full-time artist living in Illinois after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in fine art from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Arts (and education) from the University of Iowa. Dimitrina excels at creating organic, human-like. . . read more
Perhaps the reason Gerry Chapleski’s paintings are skillfully hazy is because he is constantly blurring the lines between old and new. Fascinated by ancient Greek mythology, Gerry makes ties within his paintings between art’s long history and the present-day gods he feels America now. . . read more
Natalie Norrell is a western artist who enjoys working in an impressionistic style that also hints at realism. “It’s a versatile and endlessly challenging style which implies detail,” she says. “I encourage the viewer to ‘finish’ areas of the artwork in their own unique way.”. . . read more
Oil painter Rick Berry has a flair for creating expressive portraits that blend realism with a sense of otherworldliness. His artwork, which seems to have one foot in the world you know and one in a world you don’t, has been called “heartbreakingly beautiful”—a sentiment I can. . . read more
Jonathan Van Brunt has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Maine College of Art and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting from Ohio University School of Art. As if that doesn’t prove his dedication to his craft, Jonathan, who works full-time, spends most of his free time. . . read more
London-based painter Richard Stone is also a musician, so it makes sense that many of his portraits are influenced by musicians from decades past. Starting in 2001, Richard began working on a series of large mural commission pieces for private homes, bars, salons and hotels in England,. . . read more
Roya Gharavi’s travels have taken her near and far, and from each trip she collects a souvenir. But for Roya, her souvenirs are a bit different—a color she can’t get out of her head, a recollection of a lake at sunset or the immense feeling of happiness. She takes these special. . . read more
Dallas-based oil painter Chad Hoberer has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in animation and has been painting for more than 20 years. As Chad explains on his website, he finds the chaotic beauty of nature compelling, and chooses to showcase that aspect of nature in his work along with surreal,. . . read more
Who needs a paintbrush to paint? Not John Monson! John received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art from Western Washington University, and is inspired by abstract expressionists. He uses various tools to layer oil paint on canvas, resulting in dynamic tension between rough texture and. . . read more



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