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Our Passion

The Line Productions is a new company dedicated to bringing the best quality art videos to the market, without the commercial focus. 

Artists are often quiet and contemplative, wanting everything they do to be intimately connected to a higher sensibility.  The individual aesthetic of each painter and the choices they make as a whole, can affect how the collector views their career. 

We strive to meet the artist where they are, and produce the most respectable instructional video we can.  As a company that is created and run by professional artists, we understand what it means to learn.  Collectively we have decades of experience and have sold over a million dollars of art, and we hope to impart some of the knowledge that took us most of our adult life searching to discover.



Joe Hawkins is an incredibly talented cinematographer and he understands the world of film, inside and out.  Everything he does, is contemplative and soulful.  Getting to the essence of what the artist is about and producing a clear insightful tutorial every time.  We are excited to share with you the videos we are producing, because each one is journey, much like a PAINTING! 



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Our Team Bios

Michael Klein

Born in 1980, Michael Klein was nineteen when he began his serious training in classical ateliers and workshops. His first teacher was Richard Whitney. One of New Hampshire's most prominent portrait painters, and a pupil to the teaching of R.H. Ives Gammell of the Boston School Tradition. After two years with workshop classes under Whitney's guidance, Klein continued studying in Minneapolis at the former atelier Lack which was founded by Richard Lack, a classical painter whose efforts were largely responsible for the revival of traditional painting in the United States.  Seeking to broaden his education, Klein then left his home in the Midwest to move east, where he began studies at the Art Students League of New York, most notably under the tutelage of portraitist Nelson Shanks. In 2002, Klein entered what would become his final school, the Water Street Atelier (now Grand Central Atelier) where he apprenticed under founder, Jacob Collins until 2005.

Klein's passion is to depict an accurate representation of our human experience interacting with the created order around us. By poetically blending pigments from the earth, adding oil, and his inborn artistic capability he recreates the world around us and injects his personal spirit into each piece throughout the process.  Due to many years training in the classical tradition under well known artists, Klein has emphasized that working from life is an important part of the creative process.

Louis Carr

Louis was born on July 22nd 1981, in Clarksdale MS.

Deep in the heart of the “Delta” of Mississippi, Louis grew up on a cotton farm. As high energy child his parents wanted to channel his energy into a constructive atmosphere. Upon noticing a glimpse of artistic talent in him at an early age, Louis was encouraged by his parents to discover what would become his life passion. Having parents that were appreciative of the arts, and a firm belief in the power of home education, Louis was in a hospitable space for his talent to grow.

Mainly self taught Louis did, however, have a role model. For Louis’ 7th birthday he was given the opportunity to meet Marshall Bouldin ( a renowned portrait artist in the south). At this time is when Louis decided art would be a life pursuit. Periodically in his adolescence Louis would visit the master to listen to his wisdom observe his excitement for painting.  

Louis started his portrait career at the age of 13. By the time he was 20 he began painting as his full time profession. Today Louis does commission work across the country.

Louis furthered his learning with a Fine Arts degree from the University of Mississippi and then Moved to New York to study at the Grand Central Atelier.

After his stint in New York, Louis partnered with two other painters Joshua LaRock and Michael Klein to start their own studio company. They all three moved their families to Raleigh, North Carolina and opened East Oaks Studio in 2017. He and the boys have many dreams to fill and they working diligently to see them through to fruition.

Joe Hawkins

Joe Hawkins is a British filmmaker and camera operator who has recently emigrated to the United States, where he currently lives with his wife on the outskirts of the city of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Joe originally trained as a camera assistant with the BBC on several television productions, after which he progressed on to become a camera operator and editor for a high-end wedding film company, Clark & Palmer Wedding Films. Joe also set up his own freelance film business, working with British companies such as the digital design company Bulb Studios, and with clients including Jaguar Land Rover and Waitrose. Before leaving Britain to travel across the pond Joe filmed, edited and directed a documentary about the Battle of Britain for the RAF Fighters Association, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This film has been released in six museums across Britain and has been accepted by the British Film Institute.

Throughout his filming career Joe has always captured the passion and true character of every one of his clients, from international car manufacturers and giant food production corporations, to local artists and starry-eyed newlyweds wishing to treasure their special day on film. No matter what the occasion, purpose or theme, Joe will work with you to produce a film that depicts the very essence of whoever you are and whatever it is that you want to say.