The National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society’s (NOAPS) selected Camdenton resident Louise Thies’ painting ‘Attachment’ to be shown in their Signature and Masters Artist Show held at the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society’s (NOAPS) selected Camdenton resident Louise Thies’ painting ‘Attachment’ to be shown in their Signature and Masters Artist Show held at the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The paintings displayed were chosen from the "Best of the NOAPS Best." These professional artists have achieved Signature or Master status and have been accepted in NOAPS "Best of America" show three times within a consecutive five-year period. After 26 years, this elite group boasts less than 130 artists from thousands of considered artists. NOAPS is one of the premier artistic societies in the USA, boasting a membership from the United States, Canada and, throughout the world.

Thies’ oil painting, ‘Attachment’ was inspired by a photograph, taken by her friend and local photographer Denise Weithop, of local hairstylist Lisa Putnam and Putnam’s daughter, Kennedy Putnam.

Thies commented, “I prefer to paint from life if possible, or at least from my own photographs. But when Denise showed me that photograph, I was astounded, and knew, if I could get permission, I was going to paint something from that photograph. The light was so perfect, and the feeling emitted from the pose was one I knew was rare. Granted, the subjects could be anybody, and I did take artistic liberties with the painting, but I wanted to get permission anyway. Both Denise Weithop and Lisa Putnam were more than happy to oblige.”

The photo was taken at Ha Ha Tonka State park, by the little bridge near the spring.

“I’m very happy with how the painting turned out. I struggled with this painting a lot. I think it’s harder to paint from someone else’s photograph than from your own, or from life. There are things an artist needs to know that aren’t in a photograph. Subtleties of color, value and hue often don’t show up in a photograph. I don’t believe there are any accomplished artists out there who do not struggle with their art almost on a daily basis. Sometimes we get lucky and a painting just seems to paint itself. That’s rare. This painting was not one of those. I was not going to call it finished until I was completely satisfied with everything about it. A good artist has to be brutal with one’s work. If that means wiping out a week’s worth of work, so be it,” said Thies.

The artist felt very honored to be invited to show in the NOAPS Signature and Masters Artist Show. She also does commissions in portraiture, landscapes, pets and all other realistic subjects.

The Eisele Gallery Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio features some of the most talented artists in the U.S. who work in oil or acrylic. This invitational show and exhibition is on display now-Dec. 31, subject to sales. All works from the NOAPS "Signature and Master Artist Show" are available for purchase. 

To see more of Louise Thies’ artwork and the reason she is ‘The Painter of Paint’ TM, visit www.thiesart.com