Artist Interviews

Q&A interviews with the artists whose work is chosen by jurors as best in show in our monthly exhibits. Learn about the stories and the creative process behind these award-winning works of art from the artists who created them!

Q&A with Award Winner Susan O’Neill

For our third and final interview with the award-winning artists in May’s juried group exhibit, we turn to Susan O’Neill, whose oil painting Thomas’s Gift was awarded second place. (The juror, contemporary art curator Lauren Dickens, awarded best-in-show and third place to two other still life paintings — those interviews are here (with Leigh Read more →

Q&A with Award Winner Paul Zapatka

The second of three still lifes recognized with awards in the May All-Media Exhibit, the tall, colorful Cherry Blossoms by Paul Zapatka (below) is the third place award winner. The artist, Paul Zapatka, told us about his influences, his approach to still life, and using a tall canvas to “stop time.” Read about it Read more →

Q&A with Award Winner Leigh Culver

This month’s unofficial theme in the Gallery seems to be the treasure of the everyday, including Noah Williams’ “One Man’s Trash” exhibit and the watercolor below, Picnic Treasure. The painting was selected for the Amelia T. Clemente Family Award for Best in Show in the May 2013 All-Media Exhibit, with juror Lauren Dickens praising Read more →

Q&A with Award Winner Dennis Crayon

Oil painter Dennis Crayon was first drawn to oil, he said, because of the long time it takes to dry and the appeal of learning the old-school Dutch Master techniques. But in his still lifes and trompe l’oeil works such as R is for Rose (above) — second prize in The Art League’s “Flora Read more →

Q&A with Award Winner Suzanne Vigil

One after another, visitors to The Art League Gallery this weekend stopped in front of the Best in Show award winner, pictured above, and said the same thing: “Is that really colored pencil?!” You might remember having a similar reaction in December when the same artist, Suzanne Vigil, had her exhibit of time- and Read more →

Q&A with Award Winner Barbara Steinacker

If you’ve visited “Flora & Fauna” since Saturday, you may not have seen the pastel above — it’s already been sold and moved on to greener pastures. But you can click the image to take a good look, and as always, artwork from Art League shows resides on our Flickr site. The painting, Bombay Read more →