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Barron's, "Captured on Canvas" by Joanne Kaufman.
with listed artists Michele Rushworth and Ann Manry Kenyon.

• Art & Antiques Magazine
• American Artist (twice)
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NY Metro Family Guide

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Artist Highlights
Ying-He LiuYING-HE LIU 's portrait of Professor Fredrick P. Li, Harvard Medical School was unveiled on April 26th at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. 05/2016Michele RushworthMICHELE RUSHWORTH painted the official portrait of US Congressman and “Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources” Richard Doc Hastings. The portrait is now part of the collection of the US Capitol. 04/2016Scott Wallace JohnstonSCOTT WALLACE JOHNSTON recently completed and unveiled portraits of President George H.W. Bush for the Bohemian Club of San Francisco, President David W. Burcham of Loyola Marymount University, and U.S. District Court Chief Judge Claudia Wilken. 03/2016Johanna SpinksJOHANNA SPINKS has an upcoming solo show at the Museum of Ventura County's Tool Room Gallery, "Under The Knife", featuring a collection of Spinks' palette knife portraits. 03/2016Irene BaileyIRENE BAILEY won 2nd place in the DAR American Heritage Committee, Art & Sculpture - Oil Painting category, with her entry "The Passing of the Brush." 01/2016
David GoatleyDAVID GOATLEY 's official portrait of The Duke of York, KG (Prince Andrew) was gifted by the Lt. Governor of British Columbia to the Royal Collection. 10/2015Ying-He LiuYING-HE LIU 's portrait of the Honorable Marcia A. Crone, US Eastern Texas District, was successfully unveiled on June 5th. 10/2015Ying-He LiuYING-HE LIU is profiled in an interview published in the Portrait Society of America Journal, 3rd quarter issue. 10/2015Kerry VoslerKERRY VOSLER Kerry Vosler was featured in Tampa Bay's METRO Magazine in the "Women of Influence" special feature. 10/2015Susan Boone DurkeeSUSAN BOONE DURKEE just completed the oil portrait commission of Dr. Kevin Hicks, Head of School, for the Hotchkiss School.The Portrait will hang in the Rotunda Portrait Gallery at The Hotchkiss School. 09/2015
Johanna SpinksJOHANNA SPINKS just unveiled an official portrait of the Bishop of South Carolina, the Right Reverend Charles vonRosenberg, for The Episcopal Diocese. 08/2015Elizabeth WhelanELIZABETH WHELAN unveiled a portrait of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks in Vineyard Haven, MA, on August 22. The unveiling accompanies a show of her portraits at fashion designer Stina Sayre Designs on Martha's Vineyard. 08/2015Ed SalazarED SALAZAR is featured in the August 2015 issue of American Art Collector page 147. Shown is his portrait of Alondra. 07/2015Irene BaileyIRENE BAILEY 's portrait of Dr. Stephen Thomas was unveiled at his retirement ceremony as Dean of The College of Allied Health Sciences at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC on October 13, 2014. 06/2015Irene BaileyIRENE BAILEY 's painting "The World is My Oyster" is a finalist in the 24th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils by Oil Painters of America. Exhibiting May 1-25, 2015 at Cutter & Cutter Fine Art Brilliance in Color Gallery, St. Augustine, FL. 04/2015
John Seibels WalkerJOHN SEIBELS WALKER Recently unveiled the official portraits of Nikki R. Haley, Governor of SC and former NC Supreme Court Chief Justice, Henry E. Frye. Soon to be unveiled: the official portrait of current SC Supreme Court Chief Justice, Jean H. Toal. 04/2015Mary MinifieMARY MINIFIE Mary Minifie's portrait of Massachusetts's retired Chief Justice Margaret Marshall was unveiled at the Adams Courthouse in Boston on April 10, 2010. It will hang in the Thorndike Library there. 04/2015Ying-He LiuYING-HE LIU Ying-He Liu's official portrait of President Edward Ayers of University of Richmond was successfully unveiled on May 23 & 24, 2015. Her portrait of President Mordechai Rozanski of Rider University was successfully unveiled on May 16 & 17. 04/2015David GoatleyDAVID GOATLEY 's recently completed commissions of Bishop Logan McMenamie; John Anderson, President & CEO of the Oppenheimer Group; and George Millar of the Irish Rovers. 04/2015Chris SaperCHRIS SAPER 's portrait, "William Whitaker: American Artist" was awarded "Best of Show" in the Portrait Artists of Arizona's 5th Annual Juried Competition. 03/2015
Robert Francis WhelanROBERT FRANCIS WHELAN recently completed a portrait of Mother M. Angeline Teresa McCrory O. Carm (1893-1984) whose Cause for Sainthood is before the Vatican. 02/2015Barbara LewisBARBARA LEWIS will have 10 portraits at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA in Jan. Her portraits of Bucks County judges will be part of "A Judicial Legacy - Portraits from the Bucks County Court Collection" that includes 45 portraits over nearly 250 years. 02/2015Susan Boone DurkeeSUSAN BOONE DURKEE 's portrait of former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is now hanging in the collection of The United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago. 01/2015Chris SaperCHRIS SAPER 's portrait,"Burton Silverman: American Artist" received a 5th Merit Award for the non-commissioned portrait category, Portrait Society of America. 01/2015Leila AshtonLEILA ASHTON painted a portrait of Senior Judge Lawrence Margolis that was recently unveiled in a ceremony at the United States Court of Federal Claims. 12/2014
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Permanent Features
Igor BabailovIGOR BABAILOV was commissioned to paint President Bush, President Putin, Rudolph Giuliani, the Pope and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Simmie KnoxSIMMIE KNOX painted the official White House portraits of President Clinton & First Lady Hillary Clinton and was awarded the commission for Governor of Alabama. John Howard SandenJOHN HOWARD SANDEN unveiled his official White House portraits of President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at a White House ceremony June 2012.
Jiawei ShenJIAWEI SHEN painted The Honorable John Howard former Prime Minister of Australia for the Australian Parliament House, Canberra in 2009. Ronald N. SherrRONALD N. SHERR painted the official portrait of George H. W. Bush for the National Portrait Gallery & a double of him & George W. Bush for the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum.  
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Portrait Connections
  Masters of Portrait Features many of the greats of contemporary portraiture today — Daniel Greene, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Simmie Knox, John Howard Sanden, Ronald Sherr, Burton Silverman and Richard Whitney.   A Stroke of Genius BookstoreA Stroke of Genius Fine Art Bookstore features over 1,000 art books with an emphasis on portraiture and figurative art. There are instructional books, videos and DVD's in all mediums as well as contemporary & historical portrait artists of interest to portrait painters.  
  Portrait Society of AmericaPortrait Society of America, Portrait Society of America, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to fine art portraiture and figurative works in America. With over 2,750 members worldwide.   The Portrait InstituteThe Portrait Institute was founded in 1974. Though no longer offering seminars, the Institute continues to distribute John Sanden videos, brush sets, books & specialty oil color sets that you can order online.  
  Portrait Society of AtlantaPortrait Society of Atlanta is the oldest all volunteer portrait groups in America. Membership is open to portrait artists in all parts of the country. Our main purpose is to educate the public to a greater awareness of the portrait as a valid and valuable art form. At the same time we enrich our members by offering a variety of services.   Maryland Society of Portrait ArtistsMaryland Society of Portrait Artists is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the development of portraiture. Membership is open to individuals and organizations interested in the art of portraiture or active in creating portraits in painting, drawing and sculpture.  
  Portrait Society of CanadaPortrait Society of Canada's mandate is to educate and increase the public’s understanding and appreciations of the Art of Portrait in Canada by providing art exhibitions, performances, Portrait Arts Festivals, workshops, lectures and seminars in public places and educational institutions in Canada.   Royal Society of Portrait PaintersRoyal Society of Portrait Painter's aim is to promote the practice of and further excellence in painted portraiture and offer a personal portrait commissions service..  
  Art Renewal CenterArt Renewal Center will soon have 1,000's of images of the greatest painters & sculptors & an encyclopedic collection of essays, bios and articles. Board Chairman is Fred Ross; board includes Banks, Whitney, Elliot.   WriteMyEssays is committed to write original essays on art topics.  

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