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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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Artist Highlights
Susan Boone DurkeeSUSAN BOONE DURKEE Her commission for the Official portrait of the Governor of South Dakota, Dennis Daugaard, was unveiled 12/3/18. The portrait will hang in the collection of the Capital of South Dakota. 12/2018Katherine GalbraithKATHERINE GALBRAITH was awarded Signature Member status, by American Women Artists. 11/2018Johanna SpinksJOHANNA SPINKS has been hand-selected to appear at The Other Art Fair Los Angeles, presented by Saatchi Art, a four day event October 25 - 28 at Santa Monica airport. Spinks will exhibit hernew large format "POP-Trait!" series, painted via her palette knife from life. 10/2018Scott Wallace JohnstonSCOTT WALLACE JOHNSTON recently completed & unveiled the official portraits of Dr. S. Alan Ray, President of Elmhurst College and U.S. District Court Judge and Director, Federal Judicial Center, Washington D.C., Judge Jeremy Fogel. 10/2018Susan Boone DurkeeSUSAN BOONE DURKEE attended the unveiling of her official portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Aug 14th at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse, Southern District Court of New York. 08/2018
Mary Villon de BenvenisteMARY VILLON DE BENVENISTE 's painting of “Corinne’s World” was juried in to the very prestigious 2018 online exhibition of the Pastel Society of the West Coast. 08/2018Ann Manry KenyonANN MANRY KENYON just completed an oil portrait of the Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, which will hang in the Rotunda in the Montgomery Capitol. 08/2018Elizabeth WhelanELIZABETH WHELAN created a historical painting of New England Whaling Captain Joseph Belain, of African American and Wampanoag descent. 08/2018Eddie FilerEDDIE FILER 's art was the subject of an article "Experiences and Inspiration" in the August issue of "The American Art Collector" 07/2018Linda Tracey BrandonLINDA TRACEY BRANDON is one of 6 artists in the upcoming “Women Painting Women 2018” Exhibition and Sale at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, TN, opening Sep 6. 06/2018
Nanette FluhrNANETTE FLUHR 's portrait "Reisa" was selected as a Finalist in the Art Renewal Center's 2018 International Salon. It was also featured in Poets and Artist 10th Anniversary Issue. 06/2018Johanna SpinksJOHANNA SPINKS exhibits two life portraits of historical Malibu residents at The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, California, in the triennial show "On Location in Malibu 2018" with The California Art Club. 05/2018Johanna SpinksJOHANNA SPINKS exhibits at The 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, with The California Art Club at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County with a palette knife portrait painted from life. 05/2018Susan Boone DurkeeSUSAN BOONE DURKEE 's portrait of Janet Hartwell, Head of School, Greens Farms Academy, Greens Farms Connecticut was presented Apr 26. The official unveiling at Greens Farms Academy will be in Jun 2018. 04/2018Katherine GalbraithKATHERINE GALBRAITH Signature Member, Oil Painters of America, 2018 04/2018
Camille BarnesCAMILLE BARNES portrait of CMS James Mayes, for the Louisiana Department of the Military, will be unveiled May 6, 2018. It will hang at ​the Jackson Barracks military base, New Orleans. 03/2018Zimou TanZIMOU TAN , who recently became an ARC Associate Living Master, also won the International Artist Magazine Grand Prize in portraiture. 03/2018Johanna SpinksJOHANNA SPINKS ' solo show "The Face of Malibu," a public portrait project featured in The Malibu Times, is sponsored by The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission. 62 life portraits were exhibited, including 5 town mayors & California State Senator Henry Stern. 02/2018Irene BaileyIRENE BAILEY ‘s 20th portrait for the University of East Carolina of John Daniel Shearin III, was unveiled Dec 15, 2017. Shearin was Dean of the College of Theatre and Dance. His portrait will hang in the McGinnis Theater on ECU’s campus. 02/2018Johanna SpinksJOHANNA SPINKS has a feature article in "Where Woman Create - Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women." 01/2018
Susan Boone DurkeeSUSAN BOONE DURKEE 's portrait of distinguished Hotchkiss School faculty member, Walter Crain Jr., was unveiled January 15th. It will hang in the main entrance foyer of the Hotchkiss School. 01/2018Linda Harris ReynoldsLINDA HARRIS REYNOLDS recently placed in the top ten of the Portrait Society of America’s highly competitive Member’s Only Competition with her painting "Nina in Summer," 34"x27" oil on linen. 12/2017Elizabeth WhelanELIZABETH WHELAN painted the portraits of 22 Martha's Vineyard artists at work in their studios, and unveiled one painting every 15 minutes for 6 hours, at the art show and event 'Artists in Art' in West Tisbury, MA. 11/2017Susan Boone DurkeeSUSAN BOONE DURKEE 's portrait of Dr. Sue Groesbeck, former Head of Emma Willard School for Girls, was delivered and will hang in the Great Hall. This was Susan's 2nd commissioned portrait from the prestigious school. 11/2017David GoatleyDAVID GOATLEY 's commissioned portrait of His Highness the Maharaja of Jaipur was delivered to City Palace in Jaipur where it will hang in the Royal Museum. 11/2017
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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.
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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