In the Studio with Allison Malafronte

In the Studios: Steven J. Levin

by Allison Malafronte

Steven J. Levin has been painting for more than three decades, and as he comes into the home stretch of his “mid-career years,” the ideas are coming faster than he can paint them. The Minneapolis-based artist has worked hard to earn the ease that his studio life now affords him, with several years of rigorous training... More »

In the Studios: Charles Yoder

by Allison Malafronte

Charlie Yoder’s paintings have a larger-than-life presence. Usually occupying the better part of a gallery wall, they command your attention with their graphic rhythm and realistic detail, offering as much intrigue and mystery as the actual scenes in real life. This is an appropriate way for the six-foot-eight artist to work, as it... More »

In the Studio: Sherrie McGraw

by Allison Malafronte

Sherrie McGraw has a natural eloquence when speaking the language of drawing and painting. Her lyrical lines, dramatic chiaroscuro, and confident brushstrokes — all informed by decades of intelligent discovery — combine to create artworks of seemingly effortless elegance. An admirer of McGraw’s work for many years, I have been... More »

In the Studio: Derek Penix

by Allison Malafronte

Derek Penix is a primarily self-taught painter from Oklahoma who sees his artistic vocation as more of an adventurous journey than a predictable path. Not wanting to be known for one particular subject or to stagnate his growth, he constantly keeps his eyes and mind open to what is speaking to him next, anchoring himself only... More »