Douglas McGarren Flack was preparing to be a medical doctor. But life seemed to have other ideas for him. A chance visit to National Gallery of Art, Washington DC in 1999 to see a travelling art show exhibiting John Singer Sargent’s paintings opened a Pandora’s Box in front of him. The fluid language of Sargent’s painting revealed, for the first time, the possibilities in the world of art to Douglas. And, he submitted to its charm. After graduating from Brigham Young University in 2002 he joined University of Utah and completed MFA from there in 2008. Like Diego Velázquez, whose work Sargent took a great care in studying, Douglas likes the spontaneous burst of energy that alla prima provides. He masterfully utilises this technique in his visual diary capturing emotions and stories from everyday life.
Very early in his life Larry Moore learnt to value the pleasure of walking barefoot on a spongy carpet of green grass or listening to the rapturous song of the great waves of Atlantic. Even after all these years, the artist absolutely loves being out of door which is self evident from an array of plein air paintings. However, Larry Moore’s success lies in equally admiring the human connections, appreciating the strength of human creativity and having an empathetic view of life instead of turning the face away from society which many are predisposed to do if found at a similar situation. Perhaps, that is why ‘The Sail Maker in Her Studio’ intently busy at completing the task at hand feels equally charming as the allure of nature in ‘Into the Woods’.
The transience of time seems to lose all its impermanence when Jacquelyn Bischak’s brush gently touches the surface of her Belgium Linen canvas. Appearing in deep meditative poses her subjects not only radiate subtle inner beauty but also expose their vulnerability that would otherwise have been carefully kept shielded away from the gaze of the curious onlookers. No surprise then, that Jacquelyn’s knowledge and skills in abstract painting is her close aide even while she is portraying human forms on canvas. For, in doing so, Jacquelyn effortlessly captures the otherwise unfathomable depth of human heart both in its tranquillity and in its ebullience.
Tina Spratt’s brush seems to have an uncanny ability of understanding the ways of human heart. For it traces every sensations of it and then reveals them on canvas through the characters seated in deep introspection, sometimes beside a half open window at other times beside a stream. The artist from Somerset, England, skilfully uses light for her visual narrative. Thus in the warm glow of sunshine or in the timidity of shadows her art leaves enough hints for the audience to draw their own conclusions.
Adam S Doyle transcends borders through his unique brushstrokes and vision. Born in Boston in 1975, Adam earned his BFA at The Rhode Island School of Design, with a year of study in Rome, and a decade later his MFA at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. From New York to Los Angeles to Cologne to New Zealand, and as far away as Hong Kong, his work is appreciated worldwide. Besides his fine art paintings he also receives much accolade for his illustrations, which recently included book covers such as ‘The Raven Boys’ and upcoming ‘The Scorpio Races’, his portrait of Barack Obama for MoveOn.org, and a contribution to the politically charged ‘52 Shades of Greed’ deck of playing cards.