Posts Tagged ‘pennsylvania academy of art’

Artist of the moment……..Susan Headley Van Campen


Susan Headley Van Campen is an American artist renown for her art of floral imagery. The artist was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in the year 1951.

The artist attended the Moore College of Art for one year before finishing college at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. Both colleges are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Van Campen has a remarkable sense of design. Often the artist leaves much of the composition blank, thus drawing even more attention to her flowers and leaves. Her leaves have a fantastic sense of life and movement.

Below a link to the website of their artist:

The artist also paints landscapes.

She is married to another artist, Tim Van Campen, who is a graphic designer, painter, and textile artist.

If you enjoy the way this artist paints flowers be sure and check out my post on another watercolor master often working with floral imagery, Gary Bukovnik.





Artist of the moment…………James Havard


James Havard is an American painter and sculptor who is best renown for his abstract works. James Havard in Galveston, Texas was born in the year 1937. Havard is a master at creating mixed media works and often includes resin or wax in his art.

Havard attended Sam Houston State College located in Huntsville , Texas. (The school is now named Sam Houston State University.) Havard went on to earn an M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts located in Philadelphia.

In this clip a visit to the artist’s studio. The artist doesn’t move about that well and I am very thankful that he allowed a visitor to record his studio!:


Havard is included in many prestigious collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in New York City, the Smithsonian Institute located in Washington D.C.

In some works the artist makes reference to the Native American culture by using words and sometimes images. Havard was also the artist who conceived the idea of “abstract illusionism.” Some great examples of this are anonymous lines that are cleverly placed in the overall design of the shape, but also have interesting and lively cast shadows.

Price range information: Original works range from $4,000 to $20,000. Havard has occasionally worked as printmaker but no pricing schedule is available for these works.

What a great artist who has mastered realism and abstract art and also flat and dimensional art. Hard to believe how much he has accomplished over his career, which is still thriving at the moment!



Artist of the moment………Fidelia Bridges



Fidelia Bridges was an American painter renown for her wonderful paintings which were used for greeting cards. The first picture in the gallery is a sample of her work that was used for an Easter card. Fidelia Bridges was born in Salem, Massachusetts in the year 1834.

Her father was the captain of a steamship. Bridges’ mother and father both passed away when the artist was only fifteen years old. After this her older sister who was a teacher became in charge of the family. Bridges attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts where she was taught by the wonderful William Trost Richards. Bridges also studied abroad in Rome for a brief period.

William Trost Richards would serve as a lifelong friend and she became close to his family. Through Richards Bridges was introduced to many museum curators and collectors who expressed an interest in Bridges’ art.

Bridges was elected to membership in the National Academy of Design.

In this clip we view many works by Bridges, many which were used for greeting cards:

Fidelia Bridges passed away in 1934 at the age of 89 years of age.

With such wonderful designs the work of Fidelia Bridges reminds me of another artist renown for her paintings of flowers, Mary Elizabeth Price. Her subject matter of birds, nests, and flowers reminds me of artist Kathy Anderson.


Price range information: Bridges was a master painter in oils, and later in her career watercolors. Watercolors start around $8,000 and oils can reach $40,000. She created some lithographs but no price range is available for her prints.


Artist of the moment……….Walter Schofield


Walter Schofield was one of the best American Impressionists living in the Pennsylvania region. Schofield was renown for landscape paintings of small farm life and winter scenes. Walter Schofield was born in 1867, his family had emigrated from England.

Schofield attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. The artist also studied abroad at the Academie Julian located in Paris, France. He also studied at the Academie Colarossi.

After getting married he and his wife would spent winters in the United States and Philadelphia. The rest of the time they bought an estate in Cornwall, England they made their second home.

Schofield is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Walter Schofield passed away in 1944.

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Some other artists who paint wonderful snow scenes include Lynn Boggess, anyone in the Wiggins family of artists, and Aldro Thomas Hibbard.




Artist of the moment……..Frederick Waugh


Frederick  Judd Waugh was among the great painters of sea and ocean. Frederick Waugh was born in Bordentown, New Jersey in the year 1861. His father was professional artist Sam Waugh. Sam Waugh was a renown portrait artist.

Talk about a well schooled artist! Waugh attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts where he studied under Thomas Eakins. Waugh also studied in Paris, France at the Academy Julien with artist Adolphe Bougeureau.

The artist served in the Navy and helped to design camouflage for Navy ships.

Waugh is alleged to have been the first American artist to earn more than $1 million dollars from the sales of his artwork. Many of the finest private clubs in America had to include a Waugh seascape painting in their collection.

In this clip a great montage of seascapes by the artist. I enjoy his seascape works as they are great mixture of realism and abstraction.

Waugh passed away in 1940.

Price range information: Most works priced between $20,000 and $100,000. His works when he was alive and at his artistic peak sold for $5,000. An incredible amount at the time.



Artist of the moment…….Louis Ribak

Louis Ribak was born in Ruzhany, Belarus in the year 1902. Ribak was a painter of landscapes but was a social painter and also an abstract artist.  His family moved to the United States before he was a teenager and settled in New York City.

For his artistic education Ribak attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts and also the Art Student’s League of New York City.

Ribak served for the United States Army in World War 2. It was discovered he had asthma so Ribak was released from the Army and settled down in New Mexico for health reasons.

Louis Ribak passed away in 1979.

Price range information: Ribak worked in oils and gouache. Prices range from $1,000 to $10,000.

His wife was also an artist, her name was Beatrice Mandelman. She will be an upcoming post!