April 14, 2021

Embroidery Artist Sarah K. Benning on Her Vivid Floral Pieces and Growing as an Artist [Podcast]

This week on Top Artist Podcast we chat with embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning on her successful professional journey and about how her work has changed along the way. We loved chatting with Benning about her decision to leave her retail job when she noticed her embroidery became more profitable. She tells us about managing an 80-hour workweek to fill an Etsy shop, pursue new projects, and to keep up with demand.

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January 20, 2021

Painter Omar Ortiz on His Hyperrealistic Paintings and Creative Process [Podcast]

This week on the Top Artist Podcast, we talk with painter Omar Ortiz about his shockingly realistic paintings. Ortiz specializes in hyperrealistic female nudes often accompanied by more abstract backgrounds. Ortiz shares that he has always been interested in technique and precision. He experimented with airbrushing in university because it allowed him to achieve a texture and blurriness common to the realism he is now known for.

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December 9, 2020

Painter Erin Hanson on Open-Impressionism and How She Got Her Start as an Artist [Podcast]

There are few artists who can say they started their own art movement. Erin Hanson—the founder of Open-Impressionism—is one of them. Unlike other types of oil painting, Hanson’s signature style of impressionism does not layer or blend paint. Instead, every element is painted with great intention, resulting in “chunky” brushstrokes of bold colors. These single-layer compositions typically depict the Western American landscapes that first inspired her painting career.

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