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

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Artist Highlights
Susan 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. 09/2015Johanna SpinksJOHANNA SPINKS Johanna 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. 06/2015
Irene 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. 04/2015John 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. 04/2015Chris 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
Scott Wallace JohnstonSCOTT WALLACE JOHNSTON completed & unveiled official portraits of Judges Charles Breyer, Sandra Brown Armstrong & Susan Illston. He is currently painting the official portrait of Judge Claudia Wilken. 12/2014Tom EdgertonTOM EDGERTON was commissioned by the U.S. Naval Academy to portray Vice Admiral Jeffrey Fowler & the late Admiral Charles Larson. He was also commissioned to portray Chief Judge Thomas Varlan for U.S. Eastern District Court of TN. 10/2014Susan Boone DurkeeSUSAN BOONE DURKEE 's portrait of "Jim Thorpe, The Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century" was accepted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It won the top Founders Award at the National Art Museum of Sport, Indianapolis, IN. 07/2014Terry GuyerTERRY GUYER 's Nikola Tesla bronze was accepted into the National Sculpture Society's 81st Annual Awards Exhibition. "Between Guests, Tower of London" was a finalist in the Art Renewal Center 2013/2014 Salon. 05/2014Igor BabailovIGOR BABAILOV The SSMAC Club of New York honored HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, with his portrait painting by Igor Babailov, Hon. RAA. 10/2013
Simmie KnoxSIMMIE KNOX 's portrait of former Mayor Mario Cuomo was unveiled Capitol's Hall of Governors in Albany, New York — see article in the New York Daily News. 08/2013David GoatleyDAVID GOATLEY 's portraits of Heads of Havergal College & West Point Grey Academy, Chancellors of Simon Fraser University & U. of Saskatchewan & the President of the U. of Victoria were all unveiled recently. Currently on the easel is HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York. 07/2013Betsy Gosheff ScibleBETSY GOSHEFF SCIBLE 's official portrait of Honorable Jane R. Roth, Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit was unveiled at the Delaware Historical Society & the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, PA. 07/2013Nancy MauckNANCY MAUCK has been selected to paint the official portrait of current Virginia Governor, Robert F. McDonnell. 05/2013Loryn BrazierLORYN BRAZIER unveiled her portraits of VA First Ladies Maureen McDonnell, wife of former Governor, Robert F. McDonnell & Katherine Godwin, wife of former Governor Mills Godwin. 05/2013
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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.   We proudly recommend A Stroke of Genius to our students and graduates as a resource for those who are interested in pursuing arts. —High School Diploma  

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