Featured Artist… Paul Bachem!

“The 5th of July” by Paul Bachem 

I think this is the sweetest painting… of course, those of you who know me, know I LOVE a flag in a painting, it truly makes it pop! I love the shadows and light in this painting, and that front porch is amazing! Paul Bachem, now that’s a name that those of you who are familiar with Plein Air Easton 2012 will recognize. He won the Utrecht award for Best Use of Light in his painting entitled “Moored at Dawn”. Very nice! I encourage you to take a look at his website. Very nice paintings, and WOOHOO for the Plein Air Easton award… not easy!

“Fresh Seafood” by Paul Bachem

Here’s a blip about Paul from his website:

Paul Bachem was born and raised on the North Shore of Long Island, east of New York City. He studied with Harold Ransom Stevenson and Alma Gallanos Stevenson from 1975 till 1977. During that time Paul was a member of the Stevenson’s Atelier program which was a two year period of intense study of the traditional craft of drawing and painting. 

Upon leaving the Stevensons, Paul began a long career as a freelance illustrator. He has worked for clients in New York City, across the country and as far away as Sydney, Australia. A partial list of clients includes Random House, Simon and Schuster, Scholastic Inc., Weldon Owen Pty, Ltd., The Pleasant Company, Coty, Field and Stream, Forbes, and numerous advertising agencies. He was awarded a certificate of merit at the Society of Illustrators 35th annual exhibition. Paul’s work is in the permanent collection of the Forbes Gallery in New York. 

Over the past few years he has spent more and more time pursuing his passion for plein air painting. He is an associate member of the New York Plein Air Painters and a founding member of the Long Island Plein Air Painters Society.  He is represented by Gallery North in Setauket, New York, LaMantia Gallery in Northport, New York (where he was named Best in Show at the first annual Northport Plein Air Event) and Robert Paul Galleries in Stowe, VT.  He has been selected twice for inclusion in the Greenwich Workshop’s Small Works North America Exhibition and Sale. His painting “Wild Sweet William” was awarded with inclusion in the Top 40 of that exhibition. Paul was also the featured artist in “Informed Collector” magazine in April of 2009. He has been included in the FAV 15% of the Fine Art Studio Online Monthly painting competition ten times, most recently in March of 2011. Paul has participated in numerous East Coast Plein Air events including Plein Air Easton 2010 and 2011 as well as the Wayne Plein Air event in Wayne, PA and Cranford, NJ “Paint the Town 2011” where his painting “Greetings from Asbury Park” was awarded 3rd prize.

Aside from painting, Paul enjoys playing classical guitar and chess. Of the two he is considered to be a very talented painter!

He lives and works in Locust Valley, New York with his wife Janice, herself a talented painter and sculptor.

Great work Paul, I wish you much success! Catch you back here tomorrow!

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