A couple years ago I was fortunate enough to attend TRAC (The Reprenentational Art Conference) in Ventura.  It was an amazing experience.  That particular conference is no longer being held, but this year the 1st Figurative Art Convention and Expo is being held in Miami, and looks like it will be an even more incredible event with an emphasis on figurative painting.  The lineup of artists/instructors is awesome to say the least. I just registered and I’m really excited!

If you are a figurative artist, or aspire to be, you should check it out.
http://figurativeartconvention.com/