Featured Artists

Artwork by William Rose
Artwork by William Rose
William Rose
William Rose

William Rose, a figurative/portrait artist from Kansas, is garnering considerable attention on a national level as one of a select group of very talented representational figurative artists painting today.  Following creative bursts in music and writing, he stumbled across a talent - which quickly became a passion - for drawing and painting.  A steady stream of requests for figurative and portrait work from many local and high-profile national collectors soon followed, including representation by multiple fine art galleries.

In addition to appearing in a wide range of national publications and juried shows - including covers for American Artist Magazine and Poets & Artists - William produced all of the artwork for a new film associated with the Eastwoods in Carmel about a teenage art prodigy.

His artwork has recently been featured in national art competitions including Artist Magazine's "The Year's Best Art",  American Artist Magazine's 70th Anniversary Competition, and International Artist Magazine's 2009 Annual competition.  Recently, his work has graced the cover of Poets & Artists, and was featured in the new national art quarterly, Blue Canvas. In November William will have his first major solo Museum exhibit at the prestigious Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art.

Interview with the Artist

How did you interpret using the Strathmore Thistle for the pad cover artwork? Anything else you'd like to share about your piece?
Since my drawing was going to be a female portrait, I considered a couple of options to incorporate a representation of the Strathmore thistle. The two options I narrowed it down to were the earring and placing an actual thistle in the model's hair. Erin - the model I used for the drawing - had beautiful large gold earrings that worked perfectly - simply converted through the magic of charcoal into a thistle.  And I believe as you look at the drawing it's easy to see why I chose Erin as the subject - unbridled emotion nearly bleeds from her eyes. For me, representing emotion like that in charcoal or paint, induces a creative state that continually pulls me back to the easel.

How did the Strathmore paper you used for the project affect your drawing (or painting) techniques?
I've used the 400 series drawing paper for many of my charcoal and graphite drawings over the years. I love the texture - not too smooth / not too rough - and it's strong enough to beat up a little with numerous layers of both compressed charcoal and the softer vine charcoal.  For the kind of work I usually create, it's - simply put... the perfect paper.

Which artists inspire you?
I can't even begin to list all of the incredible artists who have inspired me. And the list is constantly evolving. As my work is primarily figurative, I am always on the prowl for inspiration from today's amazingly diverse and talented contemporary artists like Lipking, Kanevsky, Calibey, Liepke, Carson, Francis - man I could go on and on. And as I work to incorporate a looser, more expressive style, I'm beginning to draw tremendous inspiration from the abstract expressionists of the 50's.

What advice would you give to beginning artists?
Learn to draw - and I know it's easier for some than others - but above all else - acquire the ability to guide your hand to create on paper or canvas what your eyes see. If you can do that first, then you can do anything.

Card by Lesley Riley
Card by Lesley Riley

Mixed Media Cards

Lesley is an internationally known quilter and mixed media artist with a passion for photos, color and the written word. She created the mixed media cards featured on our packaging using TAP™ (transfer art paper), fabric and painted Strathmore® Mixed Media Cards. Embellishments add texture and dimension.

With her art and her website, Lesley aspires to inspire others to find their own voice and share in the magic that is art.


Photo by Michael Cheang
Photo by Michael Cheang

Photo Mount Cards - Classic Emboss

Michael’s interest in photography stems from the desire to capture flowers and plants that will soon be transformed by time. His beautiful subjects are found all over the Hawaiian Islands.

What began as a hobby has evolved as Michael uses Strathmore® Photo Mount Cards to showcase and share his photographic works of art. Featured flowers include: Phalaenopsis Orchid (10-count card), Plumeria Plant (50-count card) and Proteas (100-count card).

Artwork by Laura Baptist
Artwork by Laura Baptist
Laura Baptist

Laura has always looked at the world through a creative lens, which is displayed in the distinctive style of her artwork. She loves to bring art materials with her wherever she goes. Whether it is on a train, in a foreign café, or in a park, she loves combining her two passions, art and travel. Laura grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a double major in Spanish and Interpersonal Communication. After graduating in 2009, Laura began traveling internationally.

She has since lived in the Netherlands, Spain, and most recently, Finland. Greeting cards and photography have been a meaningful way for Laura to log her travels and to keep in touch with friends and family back home. In addition, Laura also enjoys painting, sketching, wood burning, and sewing. See more of Laura’s work on her Etsy website under the shop name YellowMesa. Her creative artwork is featured on our Strathmore® Creative Cards and Strathmore® Clear Plastic Sleeves.

Strathmore® Creative Cards and Strathmore® Clear Plastic Sleeves

Artwork by Ann Marie Meuleners
Artwork by Ann Marie Meuleners

Strathmore® Watercolor Cards

A native of a rural area outside the Twin Cities, Ann's perception of the world was greatly influenced by the nature, wildlife and dramatic change of seasons in Minnesota.

She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of St. Catherine, and taught for 30 years. During that time she took artist workshops and college classes which inspired her to work on various methods of portraying a painting. Ann is currently a resident of Glen Ellen, CA, a member of a local art society in Sonoma, and shows her works at local markets and festivals, as well as on her Etsy store annmariewatercolors.

Landscapes, florals, portraits and an abstract or two are all favorite subject matter. Ann has a passion to emphasize full, rich colors and a free expression within her paintings. She created the watercolor artwork featured on our Strathmore® Watercolor Cards.