The Art of Realism

Artist Details

Clyde Brown

Clyde Brown, of Cleveland, Ohio started drawing at the age of 8. The first style of drawing was comic book heroes and soon he converted to still life. After developing different styles and experimenting with water color based painting, Brown soon moved to portraits and then realism portraits.  Brown creates one-off original drawings that are lovingly crafted, exquisitely detailed and filled with an honesty rarely seen in today’s disposable marketplace. His originals are never replicated. Contact Brown at for more information.

Shannon Casey

Shannon Casey, after years as a writer, Shannon Casey of Hudson, Ohio now tells her stories with oil paints and pastels. She studied Journalism and Studio Art at Kent State University and portrait painting with Joseph Cintron at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Casey enjoys doing portraits and figurative paintings and is inspired by the heavens (and the keeper of the stars).  Her work has been included in many local and juried shows in Northeast Ohio, including Hudson’s Art on the Green, Yankee Peddler Festival and Akron Art Prize. She teaches privately and has done classes and projects at Peninsula Art Academy, Don Drumm Studios & Gallery and Hudson Middle School.  Look for her at Uncommon Art Gallery & Studios in Hudson and online at

Paul Cervelloni

Paul Cervelloni, is from Rochester, New York and currently resides in Chagrin Falls.  He works primarily with graphite to produce “black and white” images that portray people in everyday life and natural surroundings. He is a self-taught artist and started creating his work later in life. Using a technique of layering graphite to create realistic portraits, Cervelloni captures the candidness of his subject’s expressions. His portraits are developed using multiple layers of graphite, starting with hard and evolving towards more soft, to create natural contour and contrast. Contact Paul at for more information.

Milan Kecman

Milan Kecman’s work has a versatile approach that conveys a flexibility that brings a unique vision to each project. His work has included black and white scratchboard with color wash in addition to painting with acrylics and oils. Having an interest in history and drawing from early influences in mythology, folk tales and Aesop’s fables, Kecman makes frequent use of allegory and humor in a style perhaps best described as “visual storytelling.” A BFA graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art he has also worked as a graphic designer and art director. Kecman work has been shown throughout Northeast Ohio and most recently was featured in the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Art Gallery at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

Laurie Musser

Laurie Musser, Having years of traditional art training, experience and observation behind her, Laurie creates her art out of a love for capturing tiny representations of the Master Designer’s work we see all around us every day. Her tools are a stylus pen and a pressure sensitive tablet. Musser’s renderings are her voice. Every stroke within her images are drawn by hand. No special filters or photographic effects are used. Her medium is digital drawing and painting, artistically created and printed on museum quality paper with archival ink for lasting imagery. Musser’s prints are available at  Get out, get still, enjoy the journey and make your mark, live a grateful life is her life’s motto.

Mandy Peltier

Mandy Peltier,lives and works in Northeast Ohio with her husband and three children. She is an artist and instructor who predominantly uses the fine art medium of colored pencil. Peltier’s award winning drawings are known for their photorealistic nature, and they have been juried into prestigious exhibitions through American Women Artists, the Colored Pencil Society of America, Richeson75, and more.  Peltier is a juried artist and instructor at Stella's Art Gallery in Mentor, Ohio.  She also travels the country teaching colored pencil workshops through Ann Kullberg's SOAR network of colored pencil instructors.  Peltier is passionate about promoting the fine art medium of colored pencil to the world, and she hopes her love and excitement for this medium is contagious to those who talk to her and admire her art.

Judy Takacs

Judy Takács,is best known for her Ohio Arts Council granted portrait series, Chicks with Balls, a metaphorical exhibition of unsung, female heroes juggling everyday struggles of life. Takács holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art.  She is a winner of 11 Best-In-Show Awards, and has exhibited at the Butler Institute, ArtNEO, MOCA Cleveland, Zanesville Museum of Art, Evansville Museum, Haggin Museum, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Salmagundi, and National Arts Clubs in NYC. Takacs is recognized by the Portrait Society of America, and holds a Signature Status at the Akron Society of Artists, Associate with Distinction at American Women Artists and elected membership with Allied Artists of America and Salmagundi and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Clubs.  She has staged large scope figure painting projects that have included painting seniors in her hometown of Solon, and also retired nuns at their assisted living facility. Her Chicks with Balls portrait series, now 50 paintings, heads to its first Museum Solo show at the Zanesville Museum of Art in Ohio. Takács’ work has a decided feminist focus as she embarks on a Goddess series, reimagining mythological characters through a contemporary lens, hoping to create living, breathing souls on canvas to invite viewers to linger, connect and think.  Please visit herat; or

Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas,became an advertising illustrator in 1958.  During his career he has completed work for Sea World of Ohio and San Diego, Wilson Sporting Goods, Republic Steel, the Ohio State University, Notre Dame, Miami of Ohio Universities and many other national companies. He became the dominant artist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio when it opened in 1963, drawing 65% of the 280 pieces of art that accompanied the enshrined busts. Thomas has also painted 12 murals for the new Bowling Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri, and in 1985 he began painting enshrines for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in Atlanta Georgia, painting 53 over a seven year period. In 2004, he became the artist for Dominion Power Company's "Strong Men and Women - Excellence in Leadership" program, which annually honored 9 prominent African-Americans in Dominion's five state service area. Until the program ended in 2012, he had painted 68 portraits, his own included.

Antwoine Washington

Antwoine Washington is an artist based out of Cleveland, Ohio. His work is inspired by the black experience in America.  His work is inspired by the black experience in America. Through drawings and paintings Washington focuses on creating realistic story telling portraits, while creating bold colorful work showcasing the emotion of what black Americans go through on a day-to-day basis. For more information contact Antowine at

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