Featured Artist: Paul Keysar!

Light in the Woods by Paul Keysar 5x7

Light in the Woods by Paul Keysar  5×7″  Oil

Paul’s paintings go above and beyond. They have light that is incredible. I love his nocturnes, even in the dark his paintings have light! Paul’s sky shows those beautiful stars twinkling down upon us. THAT LIGHT in the distance… OH! Fabulous! A little touch of something unexpected!

In Hope of Spring by Paul Keysar 16x12

In Hope of Spring by Paul Keysar  16×12″  Oil

Paul can paint absolutely anything. This painting In Hope of Spring has won a few awards. Here is some information (from Paul’s website) regarding this painting:

“I saw Carolyn, an employee at a local arts council, wearing
the fur hat, scarf, and coat, with the vibrant, complementary colors.
I felt compelled to paint her. The scarf required about 24 colors
of paint. This painting is the first one I painted as a smaller
study for pose and background. I wanted something different
for the larger painting Winter Solstice. I liked this painting too,
so I went back and finished it.”

This painting has won:
First Place, TRAC2015 Online Art Competition, Fifth Round
The Representational Art Conference

Second Place Overall, Dec 2015 / Jan 2016
Plein Air Salon competition

Read a bit about Paul, from his website:

Paul Keysar is known for his classic, representational oil paintings and drawings of landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. He has received numerous awards for his work, including, a 2014 Certificate of Excellence and 2015 Honorable Mention from the Portrait Society of America, Best in Show in the Richeson75 Figure/Portrait 2014 Competition, First Place in The Representational Art Conference 2015 competition, Honorable Mention in the Artistic Excellence 2015 Competition from Southwest Art Magazine, 2nd Place Overall in the Dec 2015/Jan 2016 Plein Air Salon, and finalist in the figure/portrait category of The Artist’s Magazine‘s 2014 Annual Competition. His painting, Jacob in Winter, was featured as the cover of Southwest Art Magazine‘s December 2015 issue.

He has a passion for the land and is intrigued with the interaction of man and nature.  “As an artist, I am continually observing life around me. I am fascinated by the effects of light, atmosphere, and weather. The figures I am currently working on reflect a moment of stillness and thought—a reflection on the subject’s place in time and their hope for a better future.”

Keysar started his formal art training at the age of fourteen with lessons at The Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. In 2000, he completed four years of fine arts education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In addition, his training included a year of study from 1997–1998 under nationally-known portrait and landscape artist Carolyn Egeli of Valley Lee, Maryland. He has also studied the figure with Robert Liberace and Dan Thompson.

Keysar’s greatest artistic influences have been the art of Homer, Eakins, and the Barbizon School, along with the contemporary work of Randall Exon, David Graeme Baker, and many others. He has participated in numerous solo and group shows, and his work is owned by collectors throughout the country. He is available to give demonstrations and lectures and serve as judge/juror for art competitions. Keysar offers private art lessons, classes, and workshops for beginner through advanced students in drawing and painting. He accepts portrait, landscape, and still life drawing and painting commission requests. Keysar currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and children, and maintains a studio at ClearWater Artist Studios, in Concord, NC.

All images via PaulKeysar.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

Catch you back here tomorrow!


7 thoughts on “Featured Artist: Paul Keysar!

  1. I am proud to call Paul “my art instructor”. I have taken classes from several notable artists in N.C. Under Paul’s instruction, with his capabilities, talents, and vast knowledge , I have overcome my hurdles that have stumped me and I have leapt into a new realm of understanding the principles of painting and can say without reservation, that I finally am enjoying painting and painting with greater success. I look forward to becoming a painter who will excel because of Paul Keysar!

    Paul’s works look great in magazines and on his website, but in person….his paintings cause my heart to skip a beat ! Astoundingly beautiful work. An astoundingly
    accomplished artist!


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