Austin Art Boards - Judges - 2017 (Past Year)

Bradford Maxfield

Bradford "Bradlio" Maxfield is an Austin, TX based visual problem solver, best known for his high level conceptual design, custom lettering, and unique illustration. His upbringing in the southwestern town of El Paso, TX has had a definitive role on his creative style, and the bright colors and ornate sensibilities indicative of Mexican culture are often found in his art. Bradford’s professional career began in 2004, as a creative for a large national advertising firm. In 2012, he transitioned as a creative in the fashion industry. Currently, he works as a freelance artist creating large scale murals and fine art pieces.

Jennifer Balkan

Jennifer grew up in New Jersey and began to draw at a very young age. She studied neuroscience in college and considered pursuing a path in psychology. After living in Boulder and Seattle, she moved to Austin. She attained her Ph.D. in 2001 after conducting anthropological fieldwork in Mexico. Although her experience in Mexico was rich, Jennifer longed for artistic creativity. In August of 2001, Jennifer spent a month in Spain, France, and Italy where she saw masterworks that would become her inspiration. She then threw herself into oil painting and now paints fervently. Jennifer has taken art classes at Laguna Gloria Art School, the Austin Fine Arts School and at the Art Students League in Denver. She currently paints in her studio and in life painting groups. She has been teaching figure and portrait painting in oils to private groups of students since 2005. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and in Europe and has been featured in a number of art publications. In 2015, two of her portraits were awarded by the Portrait Society of America. She was also named “Best Visual Artist of 2015” by the Austin Chronicle’s Readers’ Poll. In 2016, Jennifer was invited by the Academy of Realist Art in Boston to participate in their figure painting competition. Most recently in 2017, she has been included in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine’s photo essay on leading contemporary figurative painters. When not painting, she is adventuring through life with her son Karlo and husband Jeff either on bicycle or unicycle.

Rebecca Bennett

Originally from New Jersey, Rebecca made her way to Austin via CA, CO, MO, and KY in 1997 with her husband, Brian, and two sons. She began a professional art career in 2002 . In addition to a lifelong study of art, her BA included studio art, and art history studies. Rebecca’s painting work explores the dynamics of color, line, and texture through the perspective of the five elements referenced in various spiritual philosophies, earth, wind, fire, water, and void (ether). Rebecca’s work can be seen in corporate, hotel, residential, and hospitality settings across the US and Europe.