The 2015 Boston Figure Painting Competition Contenders
Ryan S. Brown
Ryan S. Brown received his BFA in illustration from BYU in 2002. In 2003 Ryan studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. In 2004 he began exhibiting professionally as well as teaching at his own school, the Classical Drawing Academy. From 2004 to 2006 Ryan also taught at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Brigham Young University, and Utah Valley University. In 2007 Ryan returned to Florence to finish his studies at the FAA, graduating in 2008. Ryan won “Painting of the Year” and the President’s Award his final year at the FAA. Upon his return from Florence in 2008, Ryan opened the Center for Academic Study & Naturalist Painting (CAS). This school has received Art Renewal approval and more information can be found at www.cas-utah.com or at www.artrenewal.org. Students at the CAS have won top awards in the ARC Scholarship competition and the Alpine Fellowship. Ryan has won top honors in the Stacey Scholarship, Art Renewal Center Scholarship and Salon and has won an Award of Exceptional Merit in the 2010 Portrait Society of America competition. Ryan’s work is in private and public collections all over the United States as well as in England, Sweden, Germany, Italy and other parts around the world. Ryan’s work can be seen at the Principle Gallery and M Gallery of Fine Art, Astoria Fine Art and S. R. Brennen Galleries and at www.ryansbrownart.com.
Emanuela De Musis
(Academy of Realist Art Boston representative. Not competing.) Born in Boston, Emmy traveled to Italy in 2007 to study drawing in Florence. Upon returning to the States in 2009, she enrolled at the Academy of Realist Art, Boston where she currently teaches figure drawing and painting. Emmy is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts with a major in painting and holds a BFA in painting from Carnegie Mellon.
Born in 1976, Kerry Dunn began drawing at the early age of five when sitting on his fathers' lap he watched his Dad doodle a sketch. The hook was set and drawing became Mr. Dunn's greatest interest throughout his school years. In 1999 he graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design with a major in illustration. It was during his years at Ringling that he discovered his preference for oil painting and his inclination towards portraits as he was always drawing his friends in his sketchbook. After graduation Mr. Dunn realized that what he really needed at that point was a mentor who could teach him the traditional craft of portrait painting. This realization took him to New York City to attend the famed Art Students League of NY in search of a teacher. During his time there he met Nelson Shanks, an internationally renowned portrait painter. Unfortunately, Mr, Dunn only lasted seven short months in the Big Apple before returning to his home state of Florida. Fortunately, later that year he was invited by Mr. Shanks to move to Philadelphia to be a part of the new painting school that Shanks was opening. Studio Incamminati, a school of traditional drawing and painting methods was born in 2002 and Dunn was a part of the exciting beginnings of the then one room school. Since then, Studio Incamminati has grown considerably and is on its way to becoming a Philadelphia institution with its specialized brand of traditional painting methods which are best taught within the master/student environment. Mr. Dunn currently lives and works in Philadelphia and teaches at Studio Incamminati as part of the core faculty and travels the county teaching his own workshops. Many of Mr. Dunn's current works are available at Haynes Gallery.
Tanya Harsch, born in 1983, is a classically trained realist painter. Known largely for her still life painting, she was drawn to realism through figure painting and it remains one of her central loves. Originally from Wisconsin, she studied classical drawing and painting at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, and the Raveswood Atelier in Chicago, IL, before finally settling in New England where she paints and teaches out of her studio in Waltham, Massachusetts. She has exhibited widely through various galleries and exhibitions and is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, as well as American Women Artists.
Joshua Langstaff studied traditional painting techniques with Juliette Aristides in her acclaimed Classical Atelier in Seattle. He has studied with other master painters including Anthony Ryder, Michael Grimaldi and Steven Assael. He was also a member of The Hudson River Fellowship for its first two years.
His work has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art, and in several instructional books. Langstaff is a two time recipient of the Stacey Foundation Grant, and a multiple time finalist in the Art Renewal Center Salon. He has shown in galleries throughout the United States. Joshua currently teaches at Sanctuary Arts in Eliot, Maine, and at the Maine College of Art in Portland.
Joshua was born in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula but now makes his home in Portland, Maine. Though he is not native to the region, Joshua is descended from the English adventurer John Smith, who gave New England its name 400 years ago. When not painting, he enjoys exploring the coast and mountains of his adopted home with his wife Anna, their one year old son Henry and their dog Copley.
Rachel Moseley is a representational figurative artist from California. She graduated with her BFA in 2007 from Chico State and earned her MFA in 2010 from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After completing her MFA, Rachel began working as a freelance illustrator, focusing on developing her oil painting skills in her free time, and eventually transitioning into Fine Art and shifting her focus from client based projects to personal work. She has been teaching for the Academy of Art since 2011. She currently lives in Las Vegas with her husband and splits her time between Nevada and California.
b. Philadelphia PA 1976 Mr. Russo is currently based in Philadelphia, where he maintains his studio and teaches painting and drawing in addition to creating his newest works. Carlo graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2004 where he focused his studies in the methods and practices of traditional realism. Since his graduation, he has been a full-time artist and has exhibited his works in numerous galleries across the United States. While known primarily for his mastery in still life painting, he is accomplished in figurative and landscape painting as well. Carlo works in the natural northern light that fills his studio. He is intent on creating beautiful works which capture the myriad textures, colors and forms we find all around us.
Camie Isabella Salaz
Camie Isabella Salaz, born 1977, pursues the art of figure painting in the classical tradition, where meaning, story telling and symbolism are readily found. She began her technical training at the age of 16 and completed it in New York City under Classical Painter Jacob Collins ten years later. Salaz began her professional career in NYC at 27, when her interests led to the study of narrative and symbolism in painting. Salaz has always admired the great works of art that inspire her to question her life, her time, her loves. In her works of art, she aspires to remember the humanity of the great Naturalists painters, the passion and devotion of the Romantics and the meaning and symbolism gifted to us by the Renaissance and the Greeks.
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Shane Wolf is one of the few contemporary Masters of figural drawing and painting. After completing his bachelor's degree in graphic design from the University of Cincinnati, Shane was hired by the French ski company Salomon in Annecy, France, as a graphic designer. Nearly 4 years later Wolf packed up and backpacked around the world for 16 months—an intense voyage during which he reconnected with his innate passion for fine drawing. Returning to school in the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, in Florence, Shane attended the prestigious Angel Academy of Art to pursue intensive studies of traditional, academic drawing and painting. Beginning his studies as an auspicious student in 2005, he later became one of the Academy's professors of drawing and painting for his remaining 2 years. Since late 2009, Shane has lived and worked in Paris, France. Shane works uniquely from the live model, his keen knowledge of human anatomy and his imagination to create his works.
Elizabeth has been fully immersed in both classical academic and post-modern art traditions over the last decade, which has given her a rich approach to painting with a unique point of view. Native to the San Francisco Bay Area, she draws inspiration from the juxtaposed urban and natural beauty of the area. Elizabeth enjoys working from life and sees that as an important component to the act of painting. She explores the beauty in that dynamic, the painting process, and the highly studied material form in all the work she creates.
She has a BFA in painting from CSU East Bay, graduated from 4 years in the Juliette Aristides’ Classical Atelier in Seattle and finished her studies at the Grand Central Academy of Art in NYC. Elizabeth has received numerous awards, shown nationally, and is featured in several publications. Along with private commissions, her interest in science and technology has led her to paint several large portrait works for NASA in California.