Artistic Portraits ~ Kennewick, WA

I had a very relaxing morning chatting with Rob DiPiazza of Artistic Portraits. He has a gorgeous studio and portrait park and a great approach to setting himself apart as a professional portrait artist. It seems every soccer mom with a digital camera and a business card has taken to calling themselves professional photographers, and it just ain’t so. One look at Rob’s studio and the portraits gracing his walls will dispel that instantly.

We also spent some time sitting by the pond sipping a very nice ’00 Reserve Cabernet from Columbia Crest.

Joanne Massingale ~ Artist

Joanne is a painter who works primarily in oils. She really likes pleine aire painting and we had hoped to do a “pleine aire” video, but the weather and the barking dog next door thwarted our plans. I especially like her paintings of the alpacas and the western themed art.

We also shared some of Bookwalter Winery’s ’08 Couplet, a blend of Chardonnay and Viogner. I really enjoyed hanging out with Joanne. She was just so calm and relaxed.

For more about her art and art related travels, visit her blog at Massingale Fine Arts

Laura Gable ~ Artist

Laura has just opened up a new studio in downtown Kennewick, WA. It is a great space with a very welcoming gallery area as well as room for her art classes. Check out her website, Gable Arts, for class schedules.

I really like Laura’s work and actually am in the process of buying one of the pieces that you see in the video. I will leave it up to you to figure out which one.

When she talks about connecting with the story behind a piece of art, and knowing that you should own it, she is talking about me. We had a good laugh over that one. Stop into her gallery and have a chat. She has lots of good stories. Maybe you will connect with one.

Laura also has a new blog, What’s on the Easel?, which shows some of her work in progress. Log on to see how far she has progressed on the nest painting.