Acrylics refer to a painting medium consisting of pigment suspended in a synthetic polymer emulsified into water. Acrylics are water-soluble and have very good adhesive qualities. Acrylic paints are used in a variety of painting techniques, with several painting mediums available to apply glazes, washes and even to allow impasto techniques. They dry rather quickly and are waterproof. Acrylic paintings are typically recognizable as such, differing from oil paintings because of different handling qualities like drying time and viscosity. A number of artists provide the Courtyard Gallery with original acrylic paintings representing a variety of themes. You may browse through all the acrylic artists on these pages or click on the artist's name at the left to view their work.