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Editor’s Note
The Proper Disposal of Supplies, Solvents, and Waste
BY DANIEL GRANT

Artists savor many things, including sketches, correspondence,
studies, frames, and art supplies. Although there may be available space to store some of those treasures, many others must
be discarded to maintain studio safety and cleanliness.
12 The Well-Equipped Studio: A Custom Guide to
Proper Studio Practice
20 Tales from the Studio
BY M. STEPHEN DOHERTY

Over the course of his long and distinguished career,
Nelson Shanks has painted in palaces, embassies, corporate offices, living rooms, art schools, the White House,
and historic spaces occupied by the ghosts of great artists.
As long as the light was good and the space adequate, he
was able to create major works of art.
34 Historical Studios of Master Artists
BY STEPHEN MAY

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Across America, dozens of studios once belonging to master
artists have been preserved and are open for artists to visit and
learn from. Among them are the historical studios of Thomas
Cole, Jasper Cropsey, and the Wyeth family.
42 Making Small Compromises in Paradise
BY M. STEPHEN DOHERTY

Artists move to Hawaii for the temperate climate, clean air,
inspiring scenery, and friendly art community. In exchange
for these pleasures, they have to accept the higher costs of
studio spaces, art supplies, and travel back to the mainland.
44 Jim Lynch
46 Anita Marci
48 Philip Sabado
50 Wanda Russell
52 Carmen Gardner

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Nelson Shanks in the
natural north light of
his home and studio
in Philadelphia.
Photo: Nathan
Kraxberger

54 Light, Open Space, & History in New Mexico
BY M. STEPHEN DOHERTY

Four nationally known artists have either adapted or
built studios in the style of those used by early-20th
century painters and printmakers.
56 Joan Potter
62 P. A. Nisbet
68 David A. Leffel & Sherrie McGraw

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74 A Rare Look Inside Private Spaces
BY M. STEPHEN DOHERTY

Professional artists from across the United States opened
their private studios to American Artist Studios magazine.
76 Sam Knecht
82 William Chambers
88 William A. Schneider
96 Michael van Zeyl
102 Heide Presse
106 Carl J. Samson
114 Ruth Ann Sturgill
116 Ruth Ann Greenberg
118 Christine Ivers
120 Gerald Simcoe
124 Arthur Egeli
128 Luana Luconi Winner
132 Deborah Chabrian & Edward Martinez
136 Sharon Abshagen
138 Studios for the Serious Pursuit of Art Education
BY M. STEPHEN DOHERTY

Anthony Ryder and Ryan S. Brown rent spaces in New
Mexico and Utah, respectively, where their students
follow a progression of rigorous, intensive courses in
drawing and painting.
138 Anthony Ryder
141 Ryan S. Brown
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EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Michael Gormley
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EDITOR’S NOTE

Dreams and Details About Artists’ Studios

Brian F. Riley
SENIOR EDITOR

Allison Malafronte
ASSOCIATE EDITORS

Naomi Ekperigin (646) 841-0050
Austin R. Williams
ONLINE EDITOR

Courtney Jordan

After American Artist’s 2009 Studios special issue sold quite successfully, I asked
artists what they liked about the publication and what more they might want to
see in the 2010 edition. Their responses indicated that there is an endless curiosity about the way artists pursue their creative process, and people want to peek
inside private work spaces. Other respondents said they needed more practical
advice about resolving issues that are common to artists’ workplaces. In response
to both requests, we decided to make this issue even bigger than last year’s by
adding more information on lighting, floor covering, ventilation, furniture, storage, and waste disposal, and also by featuring more of the fascinating studios hidden away in historic buildings, spread out behind adobe walls, and tucked away in
community centers.
In order to find another group of studios, I requested information on Facebook,
Twitter, and ArtistDaily.com. Those generated useful leads about converted recreation rooms, new additions, and specialized equipment. I also made trips to New
Mexico, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut to personally
inspect studios, sometimes in the company of a professional photographer.
This issue features several studios that were built a century ago, some of which
are still being used by painters and others that have been restored to their original
condition. The historic spaces being used by Joan Potter and P. A. Nisbet in
Santa Fe (pages 56 and 62, respectively) are especially interesting, because they
provide documentation of the period when artists settled in the young state of
New Mexico. And Carl Samson’s 1920s studio in Cincinnati has been a labor of
love since he bought it 10 years ago (page 106).
We also present studios built or renovated in the past five years, and one
that was just completed. Sherrie McGraw and David A. Leffel opened their
spacious studios near Taos to photographer David Huff (page 68), and Heidi
Presse explains how she utilizes a recent addition to her Florida home (page
102). Arthur Egeli sent photographs just as he was putting the finishing touches
on his California studio (page 124).
On the more practical side, William A. Schneider gives a detailed list of the
design features, lighting, ventilation, flooring, and wall coloring that make his
Illinois studio a safe and comfortable place for him to paint and teach (page 88);
and Christine Danylik Ivers shows what can be done when a downturn in the
economy forces an artist to make better use of office space (page 118).
I’ll soon be gathering leads for American Artist’s 2011 edition of Studios, so
please let me know your suggestions.

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