Magazine article Southwest Art

Artists to Watch

Magazine article Southwest Art

Artists to Watch

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Mary Qian

rowing up in China, Mary Qian spent her free time poring over art books and teaching herself to paint. But although painting was her passion, she studied science instead, even attending dentistry school for one year. "I always liked art, but it's hard to get into art schools in China," she says. Her parents, both scientists, had a friend working at Brigham Young University; with their blessing, she decided to move to the United States to study art. After graduating from BYU in 1998, Qian moved to Salt Lake City, where she's gaining recognition for her subdued, Baroqueinspired figurative paintings like LADY iN WHITE. She's won numerous awards in competitions around Utah, including a merit award at this year's Springville Museum of Art Spring Salon. Now 27, Qian works fill time as a graphic designer and devotes five hours each night to painting. On Saturdays, she and a group of fellow artists spend the morning painting figures and the afternoon painting landscapes or still lifes. "Everything is just starting for me, but it is getting exciting," she says. "I look forward to improving my art skills-that is the most important thing to me." Qian is represented by Creekside Gallery, Park City, UT, and Scottsdale, AZ. -AH

Charles Waldman

fter a quarter-century as a physician specializing in family practice, Californian Charles Waldman retired from medicine last year to devote himself to painting fill time. Painting is no hobby for Waldman, however. In fact, for the last decade he has been a professional artist attracting the attention of galleries and collectors. While practicing medicine, Waldman also practiced painting, beginning in 1988 when a friend, landscape painter Heine Hartwig, suggested that he give it a try. "I'd always liked to sketch but had never pursued art before," says Waldman, who spent a year receiving weekly instruction from Hartwig. …

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