Women Painting Women – From Blog to a Movement
Inspired by how contemporary women artists are handling women as subjects, Alia El-Bermani, Diane Feissel and Sadie Valeri nurtured a desire to create opportunities for women artists working in figurative painting to share inspiration, technique and their work. The website, exhibitions and social media presence has built a platform and community for nearly 400 contemporary women figurative artists to gain exposure. The website spearheads a movement of women freely defining how we see ourselves.
Learn more at womenpaintingwomen.blogspot.com
Related Events and Educational Programs
- Dinner with Ladies of Women Painting Women: Friday, June 12, 2015 – 6:30 PM
- Artist Reception: Saturday, June 13, 2015 – 7 to 9 PM
- Artist Panel Discussion: Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 6:30
- Portrait Workshops with Exhibit Artists
ANNA ROSE BAIN – Garland, TX
Anna attended Hillsdale College with a focus on figurative work in oil. Anna’s style is a combination of classical and direct painting methods. She works full-time as a fine art oil painter and commissioned portrait artist, alongside private lessons.
SUZIE BAKER – Woodlands, TX
In addition to Suzie’s figurative work, she paints still life, landscape and en plein air. Suzie is a board member of Oil Painters of America. Suzie also teaches oil painting at The Woodlands Art League.
JENNIFER BALKAN – Austin, TX
Jennifer drew as a child but did not embrace painting until adulthood. She studied behavioral neuroscience and has a PhD in sociology. She also regularly teaches figurative painting and portraiture in oils in her Austin studio and conducts workshops.
NANCY BOREN – The Colony, TX
Nancy’s first painting was done at age 12 while sitting next to her artist father, James Boren, as he painted at the Grand Canyon. She has branched out to original print making and oil painting, depicting a variety of landscape and marine subjects.
TANJA GANT – Plano, TX
Tanja, who grew up in Bosnia (former Yugoslavia) and now lives in Texas, is an award-winning, self-taught portrait artist whose works have been juried into numerous regional, national and international exhibitions.
MELISSA GRIMES – Austin, TX
Melissa studied at TCU and UT Austin. She has worked as an art director for ad agencies, a freelance illustrator and has taught art at UT Austin and Texas State University. Melissa currently focuses on figurative art and oil painting.
BRENDA HASH – Houston, TX
Brenda is a commissioned portrait artist. She has a Master’s from Louisiana State University, specializing in computer graphics. Brenda also studied at The Glassell School of Arts. She pursued portraiture after studying with artist Daniel Greene.
FELICE HOUSE – Austin, TX
Felice earned a BFA at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, MS in computer graphics at Texas A&M University and MFA at University of Texas. She also studied at Schuler School of Fine Art. She is an assistant professor at Texas A&M University.
KAREN MANESS – Austin, TX
Karen studied at Whittier College, Cobalt Studios and Florence Academy of Art. She is the principal instructor of scenic and figurative art at University of Texas and Charge Scenic Artist at Texas Performing Arts. Her art residence is RUST RED STUDIO.
KAREN OFFUTT – Austin, TX
Karen was raised in Dallas by a creative family. She studied at North Texas State University, Austin Fine Arts Classes and the Academie de Beaux Arts in Paris, France. Karen approaches her paintings with an atmospheric sensitivity in her studio.
JOHNNIE SIELBECK – Austin, TX
Johnnie attended Texas Tech University and after a successful career as a graphic designer and illustrator, returned to figurative art. Johnnie is currently an adjunct professor in the Visual Communications Department at Austin Community College.
KATHY SOSA – San Antonio, TX
Kathy picked up a paintbrush at age 45. She soon began studying with Nelson Shanks at Studio Incamminati. She explores mestizaje, the blending of peoples, races, ethnicities, languages, ideas, habits and cultures within the Texas-Mexico border region.
ANNE NELSON SWEAT – Austin, TX
Anne attended Lamar University and studied under Jerry A. Newman. She also traveled to Europe to study painting, sculpture and architecture. Anne works on commissioned pieces and her personal vision of painting, drawing and sculpture in her studio.
ANN KRAFT WALKER – The Woodlands, TX
Ann attended University of Texas and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, pursuing her love for painting in the classical tradition. Initially focused on primitive folk art style, Ann’s current work focuses exclusively on classical realism.