There are many, many routes to becoming an accomplished or even a professional artist, and in the world of realist painting, most of those roads do not begin in an art school.

Take Lynn Dunbar Bayus and Marc Anderson, both of whom started their professional lives not as artists but as professionals in business and illustration, respectively. In both cases, the “call” that put them on the road to accomplishment as an artist began not out of the gate but later, unexpectedly, and not in the Hallowed Halls of Academe.

The brief interviews with both that follow were originally published in “Artist Spotlight,” a regular feature of Plein Air Magazine’s Outdoor Painter website.

Artist posing for a photo while painting
Artist Painting en Plein Air

Lynn Dunbar Bayus

How did you get started and then develop your career?
Lynn Dunbar Bayus: I was in advertising for 10 years and thought I’d go back to school and help people by being an art therapist. I enrolled to get my masters and took my first painting class and was enthralled. I ended up with a Masters in Social Work, and a love of painting.

What is the most interesting thing you have painted/sculpted and why?
Lynn Dunbar Bayus: My most interesting project was a label for Woodford Reserve Bourbon. I worked on project with Brown Forman, visiting, painting and photographing the distillery. I was challenged to turn a summer scene into a winter scene. Mission accomplished!

To see more of Lynn’s work, visit:

oil painting of fall leaves surrounding a river with a bridge passing over
Lynn Dunbar Bayus,“Big Rock Bridge”, oil on Canvas, 12 x 12 in, 2022 painted in Louisville, Kentucky
artist posing with her 3rd prize painting
Lynn Dunbar Bayus with her 3rd place painting at gallery event

Marc Anderson

Getting Real about Learning to Paint

Clyde Aspevig, On the Way to Heaven, 1995 (about 36 x 36 inches)

Eric Rhoads will be hosting the popular online learning event Realism Live next week. Attendants will learn from more than 20 of the World’s Top & Most Accomplished Realism Painters including living legends such as Clyde Aspevig, Daniel Graves, Juliette Aristides, Michael Mentler, and many more!

Through in-depth painting demos, it’s possible to learn in three days what often students take over a decade and tens of thousands of dollars to study. Paint along with your favorite Realism Masters and connect with other artists from all over the world, right from the comfort of your own home… No travel, airfare, meals, or hotel needed!

November 10-12, 2022
with Beginner’s Day on November 9