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Best Up-And-Coming Visual Artists In Baltimore

April 14, 2014 6:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Being recognized in the art world is no easy task. It takes persistence, talent, drive and a great amount of effort. These artists on the rise have displayed all of the above, and their art reflects these qualities with the depth and inspiration you might expect. Follow their work on their websites, or visit their displays in various galleries throughout Baltimore.
Dan Keplinger, "Martin" -- oil pastel on canvas. Photographed by Joel Furches with permission from Towson Arts Collective

Dan Keplinger, “Martin” — oil pastel on canvas. Photographed by Joel Furches with permission from Towson Arts Collective

Dan Keplinger
www.kinggimp.com

A truly inspiring story, Dan Keplinger has not allowed a lifetime of crippling cerebral palsy hinder his rise through the art world. Based out of Parkville, Keplinger is talented in the media of chalk pastel and oil painting. In addition to his work in art, Keplinger travels the country as a motivational speaker. He recently wrote and starred in an autobiographic documentary about his life, which has received applause in a variety of independent film venues, especially in New York.

Richard Eskin, "Hallet's Peak" (Petrified Forest Nat'l Park, AZ) --color photography. Photographed by Joel Furches with permission of Towson Arts Collective

Richard Eskin, “Hallet’s Peak” (Petrified Forest Nat’l Park, AZ) –color photography. Photographed by Joel Furches with permission of Towson Arts Collective

Rich Eskin
www.richeskinphoto.com

An environmentalist of some note, Eskin has worked for a number of years in the Department of the Environment. Intrigued by the vistas of raw, natural beauty he saw in his work, Rich began to experiment in photography. Eskin has been artist-in-residence at North Cascades, Acadia National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. One of Eskin’s more ambitious projects has been to photograph preserved landscapes in contrast with those that have been affected by human changes. Eskin’s work has focused almost entirely on landscapes, and his photographic eye manages to capture the natural beauty of these landscapes such that the viewer is virtually brought to the location. Eskin is based in Towson.

James Hesser, “Ward Off Left” — acrylic on canvas. Photographed by Joel Furches with permission of Towson Arts Collective

James Hesser, “Ward Off Left” — acrylic on canvas. Photographed by Joel Furches with permission of Towson Arts Collective

James Hesser
www.jimhesserart.com

Originally from Jenkintown, Pa., Hesser has been making waves in the Baltimore arts community with his bold, impressionistic paintings capturing the beauty and movement of martial arts. Hesser has studied art at Towson University and Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He has studied Chinese Martial Arts at the US Kuoshu Academy in Owings Mills. Hesser is a Grand Master and instructor of Taijiquan, which focuses on meditation, structure, balance and sensitivity to command bodily movements. Combining art and martial art, Hesser’s paintings show both the fluid movement of the martial artist and the focusing of bodily Chi taught in the Chinese Martial Arts. Come see his work on display at the Towson Arts Collective.

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Natalie Jedynak, "Noire et Blanche" -- mixed media (ink on embroidered photo paper). Photographed by Joel Furches with permission of Towson Arts Collective

Natalie Jedynak, “Noire et Blanche” — mixed media (ink on embroidered photo paper). Photographed by Joel Furches with permission of Towson Arts Collective

Nathalie Jedynak
www.najedynak.blogspot.com

Originally from Paris, France, Jedynak now lives in the Baltimore area where she practices and displays her art. Jedynak’s art focuses on beauty and movement, especially of the female form. Her work often integrates flowers, both painted and pressed, into the image in connection to femininity. She currently has a series of ballet and dance art on display at the Towson Arts Collective. Additionally, she has done a series of customized Tarot Cards, recently on display at the Gallery 788 in Baltimore.

Joanna Barnum, "Seated Belly Dancer"-- watercolor. Photographed by Joel Furches with permission of Towson Arts Collective

Joanna Barnum, “Seated Belly Dancer”– watercolor. Photographed by Joel Furches with permission of Towson Arts Collective

Joanna Barnum
www.joannabarnum.com

Joanna Barnum has been a freelance illustrator for almost 10 years, specializing in portraits and family heirlooms. However, recently she has been getting attention for her work in the Baltimore art scene. Barnum’s work is a brilliant mixture of watercolor, pen and ink and graphite yielding colorful, textured and life-like images ranging from people to animals and homes to vehicles. Barnum is a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and an accredited member of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters. While Barnum has now won some prestige as an artist in her own right, she still offers commissioned work, which you may own by ordering it off her website.

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Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.  His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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