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Virtual Portfolio Reviews – For Members

Oct 20, 2020

Portfolio Reviews

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 12:00 – 3:00 pm* | Remote Meeting

AWA artists will have the opportunity to have their portfolio reviewed by select Master-Signature and Signature Members of AWA. This review will provide important insight that could help elevate your artwork! Each session will include a 15-minute review of a portfolio submitted by the artist. Reservations are required and portfolios must be submitted prior to the review.

The sessions will fill up quickly, please contact Amanda Zimmerman at for more information or to reserve your spot.

The last portfolio review in May was so popular we had a waiting list. Those artists were contacted and filled all of the oil portfolio reviews for Julie Davis, Krystii Melaine, and Elizabeth Robbins. If you are an oil painter and would like to be put on a waitlist for the next review, please email Amanda. We plan to have one to two portfolio reviews in 2021.

*Times may vary depending on where the reviewer is located. The deadline to sign-up is September 27, 2020.  Reviews are FREE for current AWA Members and will be by phone or teleconferencing.

Learn more about the reviewers below:

Julie Davis, AWA Signature Member | Oil – Sessions Full

Leaning Toward the Past, Oil on panel, 18” x 24”

A member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, and American Women Artists, Julie Davis’ work has been juried into OPA, AIS and AWA national shows. Recently, her plein air work earned Best of Show in the 2019 American Impressionist Society All-Member Central Park Paintout in New York. She was featured in the Artists to Watch section of Southwest Art Magazine’s September 2017 issue. Davis holds degrees from Baylor University in education and law. She and her family live in Austin, TX.

Sandy Delehanty, AWA Signature Member | Watercolor & Encaustic – Sessions Full

Writing on the Wall, Watercolor, 24” x 18”

Sandy Delehanty has exhibited her watercolor and oil paintings in 26 solo gallery shows and many more group shows.  She has been awarded Signature Status with the American Watercolor Society, American Women Artists and the California Watercolor Association. Her paintings have been juried into 53 international and national competitions. She lives near Penryn, CA, and is represented by Sparrow Gallery in Sacramento and Art Obsessions Gallery in Truckee, CA.

Sally Maxwell, AWA Master-Signature Member | Scratchboard

Lone Wolf, Colored Scratchboard, 24” x 36”

Sally Maxwell has worked in scratchboard for more than 52 years, in 47 using color in the medium. She is recognized by the International Society of Scratchboard Artists as a Master, and through her association with Ampersand Art Materials, has taught a generation of artists how to use the medium. Her work is found in collections internationally and in the following galleries: Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM: Marcus Ashley Gallery, South Lake Tahoe, CA; Maxwell’s Art Gallery, Round Top, TX; Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY.

Krystii Melaine, AWA Master-Signature Member | Oil – Sessions Full

Čhaŋnúŋpa Wakȟáŋ – The Sacred Pipe, Lakota, Oil on linen panel, 40” x 30”

Announcing her decision to be an artist at age four, Australian-born Krystii Melaine pursued her creative passions throughout art school and a fashion design career. Five years studying traditional tonal realism focused her on portraiture, wildlife, and horses, which expanded to include Native Americans and cowboys upon her exploration of the American West. Krystii’s distinctive artistic voice combines rich traditions with modern nuances, while details dissolve into intriguing impressions. Numerous awards, magazine articles and museum exhibitions attest to the quality of Krystii’s paintings.

Elizabeth Robbins, AWA Master-Signature Member | Oil – Sessions Full

Summer Bouquet , Oil on Linen, 20” x 20”

Elizabeth Robbins was raised in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. As a child, her grandmothers would help her identify wildflowers at their cabin above Oakley, arousing her love of flowers. She began painting in her early 20s, but soon children became her priority, and painting, an occasional hobby. They grew, along with her desire to expand her art. She has won numerous awards, including “Best Still Life” at the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Exhibit and the “Tuffy Berg Award” at the 2008 CM Russell auction.

Star Liana York, AWA Master-Signature Member | Sculpture

Buffalo Gals, Bronze, 24” x 8.5” x 8.5”

Star Liana York’s career as a professional sculptor began over 45 years ago, and much of the recognition she has achieved comes from a body of work created after moving to the Southwest in 1985. It reflects her introduction to the Western narrative and Native peoples, indigenous wildlife, as well as ancient rock art. Her work succeeds in capturing authentic aspects of the past and interpreting historic figures with convincing realism. A credible character and personality are apparent in her subjects, rendered with empathic artistry.