2015 National Exhibition in Dallas, Texas

25th Annual National Juried
Exhibition of Traditional Oils

Featured Artists

 

Kevin Macpherson OPAM


Kevin Macpherson OPAM

OPA is honored and thrilled to welcome back Master Signature artist Kevin Macpherson as its Juror of Awards for OPA's 25th National Exhibition. Kevin is recognized as one of America's most accomplished Impressionistic plein air painters and we are delighted that he will be sharing his painting expertise with us. His discipline and dedication have earned him critical success and numerous awards for his artwork. Known as a gifted teacher with a keen intellect, Kevin has had the privilege of influencing thousands of aspiring artists throughout his career.

He is a member of many top organizations including Master Signature member of Oil Painters of America, Master American Impressionists Society, Master member California Art Club, member of the Salmagundi Club and Founding member and first president of the Plein Air Painters of America.

His work has been featured in more than 75 publications, books, television series and video. In addition to writing three popular books on landscape painting he has established stimulating artistic adventures. These include international venues and opportunities such as Chateau des Arts, En Plein Air Masters, Brush with Life and Artist's Mentor Online and the television series, Passport and Palette.

 

Jeff Legg


Jeff Legg

"Masterful" is a word that describes Jeff C. Legg's paintings. Born in 1959 in Joplin, MO, he apprenticed under a well-known regional artist and college art professor at 12 years old. This relationship laid the foundation for his painting and drawing. He later studied at Atelier Lack and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The great masters, Chardin, Rembrandt and the Wyeths are among his artistic influences. It is this nod to the legacy of the old masters combined with his inspired contemporary use of chiaroscuro and subject matter that engage the viewer.

His oils have garnered national recognition and numerous awards since he began painting full-time. Legg is a Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America. His work can be seen in distinguished galleries across the U.S. and is highly sought-after and collected here and abroad. His paintings have adorned the cover of Southwest Art and Art of the West including feature articles. Other features include The Artists Magazine, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur and North Light Books. Legg resides in the Colorado Rockies where he paints daily in his studio.

 

Qiang Huang


Qiang Huang

Qiang Huang (pronounced Chong Wong.) was born and raised in Beijing China and he now lives at Austin, Texas. His interest in art was developed when he was very young, and influenced strongly by his uncle, Hong-En Huang, a professional painter and art educator.

For various kinds of reasons, he did not get opportunity to study art in any professional art institutions. He studied science and technology instead. He moved to America in 1985, obtained the Ph.D. in physics in 1993, and took a career in optical engineering. However, he has been active in local art communities. To further develop his artistic skills, he has attended classes and workshops. He studied from well-known artists like David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Scott Burdick, and Carolyn Anderson. In the summer of 2012, Qiang has attended the graduate school of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and studied with the well-known figurative artist Zhaoming Wu. He is a guest artist with the Putney Painters, and painted together multiple times with the modern master of representational art Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik. Qiang's paintings show remarkable accuracy and expressive brush strokes.

Qiang is a Signature member of the Oil Painters of America. His paintings have been selected for the 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th , 20th, 22th, 23rd, and 24th OPA National Juried Exhibitions. He has received:

  • "Still Life Honorable Mention Award" on the 20th and 24th OPA National,
  • "Still Life Award of Excellence" on the 22th OPA National,
  • "Impressionist Honorable Mention Award" on the 23 OPA National.
His painting has been shown at the Virtuosos of OPA Exhibition in 2015.

Qiang's paintings are currently represented by

  • Trailside Gallery at Scottsdale, AZ,
  • InSight Gallery at Fredericksburg, TX,
  • Capital Fine Art Gallery in Austin, TX,
  • Marta Stafford Fine Art Gallery at Marble Falls, TX.

Qiang is also one of the daily painters. He documents his updated work on his blog. Qiang uses social media and other Internet tools effectively and share his exploration of ideas and techniques on his art journey as well as his thought and feelings about the world as an genuine human being. Thousands of artists following his painting blog and communicate with Qiang actively.

Qiang has been teaching workshops on still life painting since 2008. Utilizing his training in the technical fields, Qiang's teaching is well organized, informative, and easy to follow. Many artists have attended his workshops multiple times, and seen significant progress in their own art.

Qiang's still life work has been featured in

Please see Qiang's work at www.qhart.com and http://Qiang-Huang.blogspot.com.

Anna Bain


Anna Bain

Anna Rose Bain is an award-winning oil painter based in Denver, CO. Her paintings often depict people in peaceful settings or places that evoke happiness. She especially loves painting women and children, and seeks to convey all of her subjects with honesty and sensitivity.

Anna was born and raised in rural Wisconsin. She began drawing from the moment she could pick up a pencil. Inspired by her grandfather, who started painting at the age of 70, she spent her free time as a child sketching from nature and poring over art books. She was self taught until starting classes at Hillsdale College, with a major in art. There, she fell in love with oils and decided to focus on painting. Under classical instruction, Anna excelled in the Hillsdale art department, sweeping juried art awards every semester. She received a full scholarship for her senior year, allowing her to attend summer painting classes at the Florence Academy of Art in 2006. She was the first student in Hillsdale College's history to have a solo senior exhibit, and she graduated in 2007 with departmental honors. After graduating, she continued her education by studying with several renowned artists including Judith Carducci, Clayton J. Beck, III, and Nancy Guzik.

Anna's style is a combination of both classical and direct painting methods. Her paintings are an expression of gratitude and an exploration of the questions one faces at different stages of their life. As a new mother, she has found her voice in creating self portraits and paintings of her daughter that intimately convey the joys and struggles in her life. One of her paintings, "The Wait and the Reward"--which depicts herself at 34 weeks pregnant and her postpartum reflection holding her daughter at two weeks old--went viral on social media as it struck a chord with millions of people. Anna recently published a book of all of her paintings and drawings about motherhood in the hopes that it will inspire other creative parents and caregivers to continue pursuing their dreams.

Anna now resides in Westminster, CO with her husband, Steve, and their daughter Cecelia. She works full time as a fine art oil painter and commissioned portrait artist, teaches painting lessons and workshops, and is actively involved in the local arts communities. Anna is a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, the International Guild of Realism, the California Art Club, and the Portrait Society of America. Her award-winning work can be found in numerous private and public collections around the world.

 

Mitch Baird


Mitch Baird

As a representational painter Mitch believes that painting is a celebration of life and the beauty that surrounds us. He is devoted to the traditions of the late 19th century artists who looked to the figure and nature for inspiration regarding light, color, and design. Seeking out this inspiration, Mitch works directly from life to capture the qualities and nuances of natural light and color harmony. He has a strong conviction that great artistic communication depends on good draftsmanship, design and vision. His artistic desire is to "portray a positive visual statement and hope the viewer will experience what I see and in some sense be inspired, uplifted, or moved by my painting, whether it is of a small intimate setting or a grandiose subject."

Mitch resides in the desert southwest in Mesa, Arizona with his wife Emily and children Siena and Spencer. He is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and is also a member of the American Impressionist Society and Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.

 

Suzie Baker


Suzie Baker

Suzie Baker grew up knowing she would be an artist. She attended Louisiana Tech University graduating with a degree in Graphic Design and Fine Art. She worked as a designer and then an art director before trading in her Pantone swatches for brushes and oil paint. Starting in 2010 she rebooted her education by studying with notable artists Rob Liberace, Judy Carducci, Dan Gerhartz, Jill Carver, Clayton Beck III, Jeffery Hein and Charlie Hunter. She teaches as well but still makes time every year to study with artists whose works she admires. Suzie attributes much of her progression as an artist to her connection with a vibrant community of artists at The Woodlands Art League in the Woodlands, Texas whose members meet multiple times on a weekly basis to paint and draw from life. "There is no substitute for working from life, and I've seen a cumulative rising of tides among my fellow artists."

Suzie's award winning paintings have been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air and Southwest Art Magazines. She was featured in the July/August 2015 edition of Fine Art Connoisseur as one of their Three to Watch. She is a Signature Member and a board member with Oil Painters of America and has exhibited in prestigious national competitions including winning first place overall in the May/June 2015 Plein Air Salon. In addition to being an awarded still life and portrait artist, Suzie paints en plein air and is a regularly invited artist to prestigious events all around the United States.

"I paint in oils and am motivated by color, immediacy of stroke, composition, the camaraderie of other artist and ultimately the desire to evolve as an artist. I endeavor for my paintings to communicate confidence in execution with a fresh, intuitive, spontaneous, quality."

 

Jim Bruce


Jim Bruce

James W. Bruce has pursued a career in business as a banker and subsequently owning a company serving the financial industry. Art has been a meaningful part of his life - as an artist and as a collector. He began collecting in the mid-1980s with a focus on tonalism - a movement in American art which existed from about 1880 - 1920. His art and his collection focuses on the concepts exhibited in this movement.

 

Aimee Erickson


Aimee Erickson

Oil painter Aimee Erickson was trained as an illustrator and works in the tradition of abstract realism: representational painting with strong design and an abstract quality to the brushstrokes. She holds a BFA in Visual Communication Design and has also studied with a number of prominent painters. Aimee is the first woman artist to paint an Oregon gubernatorial portrait, that of Barbara Roberts in 1997. Aimee teaches studio and plein-air painting, drawing, and color theory at several west coast venues as well as in her Hillsdale studio. She has a particular interest in what enables or inhibits our progress as artists. In the past couple of years, Aimee's work has been awarded top prizes in many national competitions, including OPA, American Women Artists, the Portrait Society of America, and multiple notable plein air competitions.


"My interest lies in the essence of things, in the beauty of nature, and in cycles of consciousness. Color has emotional weight for me and is related to the shape of space. Drawing or painting, for me, means to look at the thing and transmit its vitality to the canvas."

 

Joseph Gyurcsak


Joseph Gyurcsak

Mr. Gyurcsak paints a broad range of subject matter including interiors, still life, figure and landscape painting. He has a keen sense for capturing the essence of his subject matter with a bold and candid approach. He exhibits in galleries across the country his awarding winning paintings continue to pique the interest of collectors nationwide.

"My paintings express a sense of light, atmosphere and mood; they transcend the techniques that were employed to create them and breathe the very light and atmosphere they were painted in. I like to capture the fleeting moments of life; the sublime manifestations of light and color, their aesthetic influences on the subject."

 

Tim Newton


Tim Newton

An art collector for 25 years, Tim Newton has amassed a collection of some 300 works. Widely acknowledged for his discerning eye, his is a collection of great diversity which includes pieces by Richard Schmid, John Stobart, Sherrie McGraw, Don Demers, Christopher Blossom, Clyde Aspevig, Bill Acheff, Lanford Monroe, Curt Walters, Tim Shinabarger and Quang Ho. The collection has been featured in several magazine articles.

Tim is the founder and curator of American Masters, and annual art exhibition and sale at Salmagundi Club. Since its inception in 2008, the show has exhibited some of the very best in American contemporary art. Tim created and runs this annual exhibition (as a volunteer) for the benefit of the Salmagundi Club. It was because of American Masters that he first proposed the main gallery renovation. All of the profits from American Masters have gone toward the Gallery Renovation.

He is a sought-after speaker on the subject of art and collecting. Frequently a judge of art competitions, among others, he has judged the Mystic International Maritime Exhibition at Mystic Seaport as well as Plein Air Easton in Easton, Maryland.

Tim is beginning his third term as Chairman of the Board of the Salmagundi Club. He also serves Board of the Artists' Fellowship, the Board of Trustees for the Stobart Foundation and the Board of Advisors for the Clark Hulings Foundation.

 

John Pototschnik


John Pototschnik

John Pototschnik (Poe-toe-sh-nick) was born in St. Ives, Cornwall, England but grew up in Wichita, Kansas. He received his art training at Wichita State University in advertising design, followed by instruction in illustration and design at Art Center College in Los Angeles. Later he studied human anatomy under Deane Keller at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

In 1982, Pototschnik began painting professionally in the fine arts. Prior to that, he worked as a freelance illustrator for ten years with many of Dallas, major companies and advertising agencies.

Pototschnik resides in Wylie, Texas with his wife Marcia. They have two grown sons. He is a past president of Artists and Craftsmen Associated in Dallas, and the Plano Art Association in Plano, Texas. He has been honored with four George Washington Honor Medals from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, the John Steven Jones Fellowship, plus many other regional, national and international awards. He is recognized in "Who's Who in American Art" and "Who's Who in the Southwest". His work has appeared in The Artist's Magazine, Southwest Art, American Artist, PleinAir Magazine, American Art Collector, and International Artist, plus seven books. . .The Best of Portrait Painting, 200 Great Painting Ideas for Artists, Expressing the Visual Language of the Landscape, 100 Ways to Paint Landscapes, 100 Ways to Paint Flowers and Gardens, 100 Ways to Paint Seascapes, Rivers and Lakes, and Art Journey America: Landscapes. He is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America, Master Signature of the Outdoor Painters Society, and in 2013 was recognized by the Art Renewal Center as an Associate Living Master.

He has taught painting for more than 30 years but now restricts his teaching to an occasional YouTube video, and to his popular weekly art blog that is informative, educational, and inspirational. Now entering its fifth year, Pototschnik has had the pleasure of interviewing more than 50 fellow artists.

" My artistic influences are diverse, ranging from the Barbizon painters of Corot, Daubigny and Millet to the American tonalist, George Inness. I believe all I need to know of the principles of art are to be found in the works of the masters. My paintings are not flamboyant, mysterious, trendy or shocking but I am interested in depicting the truth about life, as I see it, in a naturalistic way free of frills and bravado. I enjoy depicting simple, common, everyday life and its objects as things of beauty and worth. Through continued hard work I intend to show the dignity and value of the subjects I paint, giving to society paintings that transcend the culture and its ever changing tastes paintings that speak to the heart"