Contemporary Oil Painters



Although Giancarlo Piccin was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, his heritage (he was born to Italian immigrant parents) plays an essential role in his creative inspiration. His oil, digital, and mixed media pieces below are a result of continuously melding influences from legendary Italian. . . read more
Catherine Twomey’s artwork depicts who she is at the moment, and the fact of the matter is her interests are ever changing. So, it makes sense that her artwork spans from still life to landscapes to animal portraits—and then some! For Catherine, an emotional connection is key. She looks. . . read more
Religious mythologies, Jungian archetypes, and fairytales are all important influences for Coloradoan Katie Hoffman’s otherworldly oil paintings. Her paintings begin intuitively, with a non-objective exploration of color and texture. But, as she continues to paint, hauntingly mysterious. . . read more
Impressionistic. Textured. Layered. Mark Nesmith’s oil paintings have the drama of all three, with one last surprising element: a wonderful stillness derived from his choice in subject matter. Mark features a variety of landscapes “rooted in observed reality and reinterpreted through. . . read more
There’s something remarkable about people who choose to make the untamed state of Alaska their home, and that statement goes double for retired veterinarian Jim Leach. Over the years, Jim has worked with sled dogs, became a pilot, and built a cabin where he and his wife can mine for gold.. . . read more
Virginia “Ginger” Reed’s serene paintings echo the peace she has found in art after her mother’s passing. Although always interested in art, it wasn’t until the loss of her mother—a talented and highly-admired artist herself—that Ginger felt tremendous yearning to paint. Each. . . read more
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



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