Award-winning, portrait painter, Johanna Spinks, speaks with George Alger about her work and the art of portrait painting.

The British-born artist started out telling stories as a journalist who emigrated from the UK to New York at 22 years old. Later she became a top Hollywood makeup artist, using her brushes to bring magazine pages,TV and film to life. When she decided to pursue oil portraiture full time, it wasn’t long before she was receiving international acclaim and was featured in publications including The New York Times, American Artist Magazine and Art Talk. Spinks won The Daler Rowney Award for Painting Excellence at Oil Painters of America National Show in 2008. Fifty-eight of her portraits, all painted from life, were accepted into the permanent collection of The Museum of Ventura County in California, an honor she holds most dear.

Her paintings hang internationally in private and public collections including The New York Players Club (where her work hangs alongside her idol John Singer Sargent); The Episcopalian Dioceses of Los Angeles and South Carolina; The British Heritage Museum, Canada; The Museum of La Grand Vigne, Dinan, France; and in the private collection of the Forbes Family. More recently, her 2 year long “Face of Ventura” project in California won her the 2013 Mayor’s Art Award for Artist in The Community. Her juried show acceptances include the Oil Painters of America National Shows, OPA Salon Shows, The Portrait Society of Atlanta, Jack Richeson International 75, and The California Art Club Gold Medal Shows.


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The Art of Portrait Painting with Johanna Spinks
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  • October 21, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Love your work. So happy to have some of it in my private collection!


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