Reinert Fine Art showcases the contemporary impressionist works in oil by Rick Reinert and more than 40 other artists offering their unique and diverse styles.

Our 179 King Street, Charleston, SC gallery also features an outside courtyard and sculpture garden gallery offering fine art in bronze. A live music event, Jazz in The Courtyard, is provided on the third Thursday of each month.

Our second Charleston, SC location...202 King Street is now open featuring fine contemporary works and artisan jewelry.

Our third location is open now in Blowing Rock, NC on 1153 Main Street. This location offers many of the same highly acclaimed artists, from the local emerging artists to the Master painters within The American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America.
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Creating classic realist drawings and paintings that tell of the beauty to be found in our everyday lives is what I most enjoy. I look for the compelling glance of a portrait subject, or a shaft of light that elevates a mundane object with a sublime presence.
Classic drawing and painting has been a life-long passion for me. This passion has endured several lengthy life detours, including caring for a wonderful family and building a successful architectural design business.

While active in local and regional arts organizations, I was privileged to take intensive drawing and painting workshops with a number of nationally recognized artists, including Anthony Ryder, Daniel Greene, Richard Whitney and William Maughan. I most recently completed study with Daniel Graves at the Florence Academy Master Class at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and Anatomy and Ecorche studies with Andrew Ameral.

Over the years, I have also done extensive independent research in museums and galleries, always seeking to further my knowledge of fine traditional painting.

In 2005, my life-size portrait of the late John Paul II when he was a university student during World War II was unveiled on the day of the late Pontiff's funeral. It hangs in the John Paul II Library on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. I have subsequently completed three large paintings for churches, and I am currently developing a body of work that exemplifies the best of devotional art. I continue to enjoy painting still life and portrait subjects for a variety of private clients.

Working in an artistic style that has both a rich history and a renewed appreciation among artists and collectors is both challenging and rewarding. By using only the finest materials and time-honored techniques, I am aware of the trust that my clients and collectors place in me to produce distinctive and well-crafted work.
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Artist's Statement

One of my goals is to say more with a painting than can be said with a photograph. I want to help others
see the beauty in everyday objects, places and people as I see them.
Medium and Subject Matter
I work in oils and prefer figurative work but enjoy painting many different subjects.


My grandmothers were both artists and my parents provided me with various art supplies growing up.
I was taught to appreciate many forms of art. I have many favorite artists now and there are too many
to name but living artists include Richard Schmidt, Tibor Nagy, Jeremy Mann, Kim English, and
Dan McCaw. Deceased influences include John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, and Joaqin Sorolla.

Art Education

My education includes a rigorous course of independent study reading many books on drawing
and painting and taking workshops from respected artists such as Vadim Zanginian, Kim English
and Clayton Beck III. While earning a degree in biology with emphasis on anatomy in the early 1990’s.
I also studied art history and ceramics.


Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Signature member
Oil Painters of America
American Impressionist Society Women Artists of the West, Signature Member
American Women Artists
Portrait Society of America

Recent Art Shows

OA Gallery 2015 Small Works Invitational, Kirkland, MO
WAOW 45th Nat. Exhibition November 2015, Tucscon, AZ
PAAC 19th Ann Nat Juried Exhibition, August 2015, Boulder, CO
Solo Exhibition, An Artist’s Journey, August 2015, Denver, CO
Governor's Art Show & Sale, May 2015, Loveland, CO
Western Spirit Art Show, March 2015, Cheyenne, WY
Unframed and Unplugged, February 2015, Denver, CO
Abend 24th Annual Miniature Show, December 2014, Denver, CO
Colorado Plein Air Festival November 2014, Denver, CO
Urban Beauty, Randy Higbee October 2014, Costa Mesa, CA
Honoring the Capitol Dome, October 2014, Denver, CO
AIS 15th Ann Nat Juried Exhibition, October 2014, Denver, CO
PAAC 18th Ann Nat Juried Exhibition, August 2014, Denver, CO
Colorado Plein Air Festival July 2014
Crested Butte Plein Air Festival, July 2014, Crested Butte, CO
Solo Exhibition June 2014, CACE Gallery, Fort Morgan, CO

Recent Awards

Finalist, August 2015 Bold Brush for “After the Lunch Rush”
Finalist, Bold Brush May 2015 for "Angel in Disguise"
Finalist, AWA Spring Online Show 2015 for "Farmers Market Flowers"
2nd Place, WAOW Spring Online show 2015 for “Farmers Market Flowers”
3rd Place, Bold Brush January 2013 for "Ponytail"
Jury Award Women Artists of the West 43rd National Exhibition 2013 for “Tapestry”
Best Figurative and Wet Wall Painting of the Day Alla Prima Westcliffe, 2013
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Artist statement and biography

Frank Baggett is a Tennessean born July 11, 1956 and is known Nationally as a successful Landscape & Wildlife artist with over 50 years of experience. With a major in art during his high school years and a scholarship to Austin Peay State University, he joined the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era and continued to paint during his final tour at Norton AFB in San Bernadino, California. Painting had become a passion for Frank, and after discharge from the USAF his Impressionistic style was refined, and became his trademark for many of his works that are now displayed in many private homes and art galleries in the United States. The love of the outdoors has drawn Frank into en plein aire works (painting outdoors on sight) and many of his works capture that one moment in time when the lighting was just right. He attempts to bring the actual feelings of nature into many of his works, often using the area around his studio for actual paintings some of which are plein aire, others are studio pieces. He has many mentors which include Robert Wood, and Winslow Homer.

Artist's Comments:

"All of my life I have had the pleasure to hunt, fish, see a sunrise, and enjoy nature's
wonders of the world that I live in. I wish very much for my children's children to have the same pleasures from life as I have. The only way this will happen is for us to have concern for preserving what is before us now.. Life is a gift, please do not take it for granted. Painting is the way for me to show what I have witnessed, experienced, and dreamed during my life. To me a blank canvas already has a story to tell, all I have to do is explain it by painting on it. Many of my works are from directly around my studio from which I often hike into the woods, or fish on the Tennessee River. I try and put emotions into many of my works, trying to give feelings to each piece. One of my greatest satisfactions is to see the joy expressed in one of my students eyes when they complete an artwork and are proud of it. I feel that as an artist I have an obligation to show the beauty that we often walk by each day completely ignored and forgotten.
Art is in every individual's life, please take the time to sit down and watch a sunset, because a sunset is "hand painted"....right from God's own easel.

He is an active member of the following organizations:

Member of the National Oil Painters Society
Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, Inc.
Member of the Chestnut Group
Registered in the Metro Nashville Arts Commission
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The Landscapes of Jill Basham

I am overwhelmed by the beauty of nature, in particular the atmosphere of an environment. Atmosphere is revealed by how the light strikes objects, both natural and manmade. I particularly enjoy the mood of skies and expansive views. Inspiration can arrive anywhere, from a bustling street in Manhattan to an isolated marsh. It's the "feeling" of the place that inspires me, and I hope to translate. When painting a scene, I don't have specific rules for myself. I prefer to let a scene and my feelings for it, set my approach. Palette knives, brushes, household items and hardware store finds have all been used in moving paint onto and around my canvases. I see each painting as an experiment that is unfolding. My initial goal can be interrupted by a new idea during the process, and I'm okay with taking a different path and veering from what might have been comfortable. Of course, there are risks with this, the fear of "failure", and quite possibly a painting that needs to be wiped off...yet that's okay with me. It's the safe paintings that I find less exciting. The truly moving pieces are the ones that I pushed a bit. There are stories to tell. I strive to get my paintings to a point to which I "feel" the place I have painted, and hope others do as well. I find expression comes easiest for me with a paintbrush in hand, much easier than speaking. My hope is that others see and feel the stories I'm telling.

Jill Basham’s recent recognition includes:

"Judges Award" given by Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief, Fine Art Connoisseur, Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta 2016; "First Place-Master's Category", judge: Eric Bowman, Artmuse Contest 2016; Salmagundi Club Historic Black and White Exhibition, Award Winner, 2016; Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition 2015; Plein Air Texas, 2015 - San Angelo Museum of Fine Art Permanent Collection Museum Purchase Award; Best Maryland Artist, Plein Air Easton! 2015; "BoldBrush" Award (First Place), January, 2015; Salmagundi Club Artist Member Award Winner: 106th Annual Thumb Box Exhibition in 2014; National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Association: "Best Landscape", Spring 2014; National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Association: "Best Landscape", Spring 2014; Third Place, Plein Air Easton 2012. Ms. Basham’s work hung in the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka as part of U.S. Department of State's "Art in Embassies Program". Basham's work hangs in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.

Published in:

Plein Air Magazine, Featured Artist Aug/September 2015
American Art Collector
Southwest Art

100 Plein-Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic, By Gary Pendleton

Membership includes:
Salmagundi Club, NYC
Oil Painter's of America
American Impressionist Society
Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
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Artist biography:

Born in 1962, Mark Beale grew up exploring the creeks and rivers of Tidewater, Virginia and developed an early love for the coastal landscape. As a teenager, he began studying studio art in local workshops with Barclay Sheaks and later with Theodore Turner at the University of Virginia. In 1989, he moved to Charleston, South Carolina where he currently lives with his wife Terri. His painting style draws from the 19th Century Tonalist and Impressionist Schools and from his formative experiences boating, fishing, and painting on-location.

Beale's work has been selected for numerous juried exhibitions and earned many awards including two landscape awards from the National Parks Foundation. In 2012, two of his works were chosen for the National Parks two-year traveling exhibit and in 2013, he won first prize at Magnolia Garden's national landscape competition. He has exhibited at museums across the country including The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina, The Coutts Museum of Art in Eldorado, Kansas, The Wildlife Experience Museum in Denver, Colorado, and at the historic Salmagundi Club in New York City. He has been featured in many publications including 4 features in American Art Collector magazine and he is listed in Who's Who in American Art.

Beale is a member of The American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America and he has served on the Board of Directors of the Charleston Artist Guild. His work is included in collections around the country.

Artist statement:
"My inspiration springs from an appreciation of the natural world and our emotional connection to it. I am most interested in the moods and atmosphere of the coastal landscape and depicting them in a way that touches people. My goal is to invite viewers into the painting to feel the emotion associated with the beauty found in nature. Ultimately I would like my paintings to remind others of the feelings that God's creation inspires in us."
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Dan Beck is the recipient of the Best Signature Honorable Mention of 2016 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. He is also the Gold Medal winner of the 2011 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. Other awards include six awards of excellence with Oil Painters of America (three National and three Regional).  He has also won two consecutive Raymar Art Competition Awards of Excellence, Award of Excellence with Salon International, a first place, a second place and eight finalists with Boldbrush Art competition. Dan has had feature articles in “American Art Collector”, “Southwest Art”, “American Artist”, "Art of the West" magazines and "Art Talk". His paintings were selected for the covers of November 2008 “Southwest Art” and September 2011 “Art of the West”. Dan has been invited to many nationally prominent shows such as “American Art Invitational”, “American Art in Miniature” and “Great American Figurative Show”. He has also exhibited his works in many successful solo and group shows in galleries across the country. His paintings have found collectors in both the private and corporate world on a national level as well as from such diverse places as Canada, Japan and the Middle East.  He is in the permanent collection of the Littleton Historical Museum and has exhibited with the Phippen Museum, Prescott, Arizona.


Oil Painters of America  (OPA) signature member
American Impressionist Society

Awards & Invitationals

  • OPA National Exhibition 2016, Best Signature Honorable Mention – Juried by Kevin Macpherson
  • OPA National Exhibition 2011, Gold Medal – Juried by Scott Christensen
  • American Impressionist Society Annual Exhibition 2009, Award of Merit
  • Boldbrush Competition:
      Finalist, January 2013
      Best of Show, February 2012
      Finalist, January 2012
      Finalist, May 2011
      Finalist, April 2011
      Finalist-Outstanding Abstract, April 2010
      Finalist, February 2010
      Finalist, January 2010
      Finalist, November 2009
      2nd Place, June 2009
  • Raymar Art Competition 2007-2008 & 2008-2009, Finalist/Award of Excellence
  • OPA Regional Show 2009, Silver Medal – Juried by Jeffrey Watts
  • OPA National Exhibition 2009, Award of Excellence – Juried by Kevin Mcpherson
  • OPA National Exhibition 2008, Award of Excellence – Juried by Ramon Kelley
  • OPA Regional Show 2008, Award of Excellence
  • OPA National Exhibition 2007, Award of Excellence – Juried by Quang Ho
  • OPA Regional Show 2007, Award of Excellence – Juried by Jeff Legg
  • American Art Invitational, Saks Galleries, Denver, Colorado 2012
  • American Art in Miniature 2008 &2009, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Oklahoma
  • Settlers West Miniature Show (Invitational) 2007-2012
  • Salon International 2007 & 2008, Greenhouse Gallery. Award of Excellence, 2008
  • Great American Figurative Show, Invitational, 2007-2012, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
  • Fall Classic Invitational 2001-2012, Hamilton, Montana


American Art Collector, October 2013. “Out of the Ordinary”
Art of the West, November 2011. “Keeping the Adventure Alive” Vicki Stavig
American Artist, October 2009. “Intuitive Painting” Steve Doherty
American Art Collector, September 2009. “Quiet Dignity”
Southwest Art, November 2008. “A Painter’s Playlist” Rose Frederick
Latitude, Fall 2007. “On the Canvas” by Michelle Corriel
Southwest Art, October 2006. “Collector’s Choice” Guzzie Fauntleroy
Southwest Art, November 2003. “Art Events-Colorado” by Bonnie Gangelhoff
Southwest Art, February 2003. “Art Events-Colorado” by Southwest Art editors
Southwest Art, June 1999. “Best of the West” by Leslie Busler and Bonnie Gangelhoff
Art of the West, February 1999. “The Mission Continues” by Vicki Stavig

About the Artist

Wanderlust was Dan's primary motivation in the decade following his graduation from high school.  Dan took to the road, working jobs that included ranch hand in Arizona, construction on the beach of Florida, refinishing furniture in Louisiana and four years in the infantry, including a two year tour in Germany.  Wherever he went, Dan filled sketch books and journals for his own enjoyment. Then in Colorado after a couple of years in college, he realized the thing that meant most to him was his sketch books. So he quit his job and college, sold everything he had and decided that commitment to one path was where all the previous had led him. Dan has studied at the Art Student League of Denver, with numerous contemporary painters and has continuously studied the impressionist masters.

Equally adept at figurative, still-life and landscape, Dan paints both oils and pastels and feels he is firmly rooted in the tradition of Impressionism. His love of nature and a deep respect for the tradition of art serve as both guide and inspiration to his goal of "making a contribution" to the world of painting. Dan's paintings evoke a timelessness and dignity that are the underlying themes in whatever he paints.  As to his working methods, Dan works quickly and loosely in the beginning, covering the whole surface to establish his major shapes and drawing.  Then he slows down and lets the emerging image dictate the way the painting will be finished.  "Painting is a balancing act between opposite ideas - direct observation and instinct, control and spontaneity, even between the literal and the symbolic.  It seems to me that although a painter is deeply involved with his own private investigation, his real aim is to communicate something to the viewer that resonates on a uniquely personal level."

Dan now lives in Wilmington, North Carolina with his wife and two daughters.
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After graduating from Illinois State University and the American Academy of Art, Kevin set out on a free-lance illustration career which lasted thirteen years. Working mostly in the editorial area of illustration, his work consisted mostly of paintings for book covers and magazines. Some of his clients include: Penguin Publishing, Viking Press, Houghton Mifflin, Harlequin, Signs of the Times, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and Golf Digest.

" I had always dreamed of becoming an Illustrator," explains the artist. " But the demands of painting someone else's ideas finally took it's toll. I decided that life is too short and that I had to paint from my heart. We're only given one chance at life, and I had to paint what was important to me. What's important to me," says Kevin, " Is that I try to capture a little of what God has already created in each of my paintings. One can obviously see the beauty of God's creation in nature, but for me it is even more profound when I see and experience that beauty in people."

"Someday you'll find me out painting landscapes, but for now I love to paint the human figure. I find it stimulating to interact with my models as we explore ways to capture what might make an interesting painting. I often come to a modeling session with a preconceived notion of what I would like to explore, such as lighting, color, symbolism, or costuming, but it is usually the model that comes up with the most natural pose allowing more of their true selves to shine through."

Kevin's training at the American Academy of Art in Chicago was his biggest influence on his art career. "Our training was in the classical tradition," he explains, " "we had two classes a day: a 3 hr. figure DRAWING session in the morning, and a 3 hr. figure PAINTING session in the afternoon. With training like that, it's hard not to fall in love with the human form. Whether the figure is clothed or unclothed, the artist must meet the unique challenge presented by both."

Kevin says, " I believe there are endless possibilities when painting the human figure. Even if you were to paint the same model over and over, you can always explore and find something new and beautiful to express in a painting. I hope to express that same beauty I experience in my models to the viewer, so that they might also share in that same experience."

Kevin Beilfuss lives in the Chicago area, where he lives with his wife Janice, and son Drew. Says the artist, " Right now I am content with the joy (and sometimes frustration) I experience in the painting process. I am thankful that God allows me to be able to do something I have loved since childhood, and hope to enjoy the rest of my life.
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Eva Carter has been a fixture in the Charleston art scene for nearly 30 years. Her large abstract works in oil have been described as paintings drenched in color and brimming with movement and emotion. A spiritual connection can be drawn between her paintings and the ambiance of the natural environment. Although she doesn't paint the literal landscape, her inspiration is charged by the idyllic setting of her Wadmalaw Island studio where she watches the ebb and flow of intercoastal tides or a fading light on the watery horizon.

There is a balance of energy and grace in Eva Carter's paintings and it is that distinctive perspective that has won her national acclaim. Her abstract expressionist paintings have been included in numerous exhibitions at gallery spaces, universities and colleges, as well as museums throughout the Southeast. Ms. Carter has had solo exhibitions throughout the United States and her work is cherished by collectors in many countries.

"For me painting is a state of being, rather than a state of mind. As I work, I respond to each stroke placed on the canvas. The painting itself tells me what to do next. When I get into that trancelike process, the oils just flow."

Eva Carter works in a studio on the intercoastal waterway in Charleston, South Carolina. Like the mix of fresh and salt waters in Charleston Harbor, Carter’s expressionistic paintings commingle diverse life experiences, which include three distinctive stages in her life: her upbringing and education in rural Tennessee, her extensive travels into the desert southwest, and her mature life steeped in the tradition of the historic south. The blend of all these external influences is reflected in Carter’s emotional juxtapositions of delicate tones and saturated hues, from verdant mountain greens, to marine blues, atmospheric lavenders, arroyo beiges, aspen golds, and chili reds - colors that she illuminates with darts of light or penetrates with gashes of black. Although inspired by the environment and natural phenomena, Carter observes that it is not the literal world she conveys but rather her internal response to her passage through the world. For her, that passage includes the depths of her subconscious, as well as her dreams.

"I paint for me, but the universal emotions translated to viewers are the connections that excite me. I don’t have a map when I begin the journey. I just step up to the canvas and let intuition tell me where my brush should travel."

As with classic Action Painting, Carter invites the viewer to join her in the physical act of creation by leaving her gestural strokes fresh and accessible. Viewers connect to her journey through the visible pushing and pulling of paint and in the size of the canvases, which are often so large that they engulf the petite artist and dominate the rooms in which they are displayed.

Excerpt from Focus/Santa Fe, January 2005, Awakened Memories by Susan Hallsten McGarry


East Tennessee State University

Solo Exhibitions

Wofford College, Spartanburg SC
Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC
City Gallery at Dock Street Theatre, Charleston SC
Columbia College, Columbia SC
Converse College, Spartanburg SC
Eva Carter Gallery, Charleston SC
Joyce Robins Gallery, Santa Fe NM
Marion Meyer Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach CA
The New Gallery, Charleston SC
Roper Gallery, Roper Foundation, Charleston SC
Alpha Gallery, Denver CO
Jan Goin Gallery, Charleston SC
Newberry College, Newberry SC
The Gallery, Spartanburg SC
Charleston Opera Company, Charleston SC
Sumter Technical College, Sumter SC
Wexford Art Gallery, Charleston SC
You can now find Eva’s work exclusively at
Reinert Contemporary Fine Art
located at 202 King Street Charleston, SC
phone 843.694.2445

Selected Exhibitions

Abstract Art in South Carolina: 1949-2012, Columbia, SC
Contemporary Carolinas - an invitational exhibit, Charleston SC
Then & Now, Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach SC
Songs of the Earth, Piccolo Spoleto Invitational,
City Gallery at Dock Street Theater, Charleston SC
Garden & Art Tour Daniel Island SC
Beyond Representation: Abstract Art in the South,
Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC
Big Paintings, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC
Head Show, Halsey Gallery, College of Charleston SC
Loving the Land: Exploring Southern Regionalism, Blue Spiral Gallery Asheville NC
Contemporary Abstraction, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC
Works on Paper, Morris Gallery, Columbia SC
Alumni Exhibition, Carol Reece Museum, Johnson City TN
Lure of the Lowcountry, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC
Women in the South, Havens Gallery, Columbia SC
Monotype Exhibition, City Gallery at Dock Street Theater, Charleston SC
South Carolina Contemporary, NCNB Traveling Exhibition
Artists and their Style, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC
The Tax Payers' Children, East Tennessee State University,
Johnson City TN
From Charleston to New York, 77 Wentworth, Charleston SC

Selected Articles

Two Artists Find Inspiration in Their Charleston Setting American Contemporary Artist, Sept/Oct 2008
Expressions of the Soul Charleston Style & Design, Fall 2008
Awakened Memories Focus Magazine, Jan 2005
Eva Carter, Joyce Robins Gallery, Santa Fe Reviews: Art News, December 2004
High Profile The Post and Courier, January 4, 2003
Bobbie Allen, LA Times, February 21, 2003
Bill Lasarow, Continued and Recommended, ArtScene, March 2003
Native Talent Charleston Magazine, May 2002
Forces of Nature Charleston Magazine, Sept 2001
A Frame of Mind Focus Magazine, June 2000
Abstracting the Landscape Palette Talk - The M Grumbacher Newsletter, 1994
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Paul Cheng was born and grew up in Guangzhou, China, and studied at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, China, one of the most prestigious fine arts schools in China. Zhaoming Wu, Mian Situ and Zhongyang Huang were three of his instructors. He received his BFA degree from and also taught at the Guangzhou Institute of Fine Arts. His paintings have been exhibited at the different fine arts competitions in China, Australia and the United States, and he has become award-winning artist. Paul Cheng was featured in Southwest Art in April 2013. In 1989 Paul Cheng left China and worked for some main entertainment groups as visual Development artist in Australia and the United States since 1989.


‘Honorable Mention’ (OPA Online Showcase - Spring 2013)
Oil Painters Of America’s 22st Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils (2013),
Top 60 Greenhouse Gallery Salon International 2013
18th Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction (2013)
‘Finalist’- BoldBrush Painting Competition (August 2012),
‘Honorable Mention’ at OPA Online Showcase Competition (Summer 2012),
OPA 2012 Western Regional Exhibition
Oil Painters Of America’s 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils (2012),
‘Finalist’- BoldBrush Painting Competition (January 2012),
‘Second Place’ - BoldBrush Painting Competition (December 2011),
‘Finalist’ - Raymar Competition(December 2011),
‘Second Place’ - Oil Painter Of America Online Showcase Competition (Fall 2011),
Oil Painter/Exhibitor of Laguna Festival Of Arts, CA(2012),
17th CAC Exhibition “Eternal Light” (2009),
15th CAC Exhibition “Natural Beauty” (2008),
LPAPA 4th Annual Best of Plein Air Show (2008),
Oil Painters Of America’s 2007 Western Regional Exhibition,
LPAPA Go Figure Show 2007,
Oil Painters Of America’s 2006 Western Regional Exhibition,
LPAPA Artist Membership Juried Exhibition 2006,
American Artist Magazine Exhibitions 2005
The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society Exhibition 2005,
14th Celebration of Fine Art (2004), Scottsdale, AZ
SWA Millennium Show 2001,
Lafayette Art Association National Exhibition 2000,
Watercolor Art Society-Houston 23 International Exhibition 2000,Bibliography
“The spirit of art “ by Bonnie Gangelhoff, Southwest art Magazine, April 2013.

Animation Film and TV Credits as Visual Development Artist
“The Book of Life” (3D Animation feature)
“Free Birds “ (3D Animation feature)
“Pink Panther” TV Series
“Back At The Barnyard” (3D TV series_Nik, Won 2009 An Emmy Award)
“ Barnyard”(3D feature film_Paramount)
“Tarzan II”( 2D direct to video)
“Lenny & Sid” ( 2D direct to video)
“Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (3D feature film Nickelodeon, Nominated Oscar 2002
Best Animation Feature)
“Titan A. E.” (2D feature film)
“Bartok the Magnificent” (2D direct to video)
“Anastasia” ( 2D feature film)
“The Lion King II-Simba’s Pride”
“Aladdin and the Forty Thieves ( 2D direct to video)
“Timon and Pumba” ( 2D TV series)
“Duck Daze” ( 2D TV series)
“Jungle Cubs “ ( 2D TV series)

Teaching Experience
Instructor - Drawing and painting, at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, China, 1986-1989.

Oil Painters of America
California Art Club
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John Caggiano was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he studied pre-engineering at Brooklyn Technical High School. He received a BA degree from Brooklyn College and an MFA from Pratt Institute, both with honors. His education was supplemented by courses at The Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York City.

He relocated to Rockport, Massachusetts in 1980, drawn to the physical beauty and unique quality of Cape Ann’s light. He travels extensively, both here and abroad, painting on location. This plein aireapproach enables him to capture the essence of the time and place that he interprets into his bright and colorful “Impressionistic-realism” style. The work is further enhanced by his daring use of a palette knife, enhancing the effects of his brushwork. “Painting for me is the bold and dynamic use of color that infuses life into the subject of the painting. Color is the lifeblood of the painting. Nothing stimulates more than its pleasing harmony, whether strongly applied or toned and tranquil.”

John loves the sea. He has always lived near it and feels withdrawal symptoms when traveling on one of his landlocked painting trips. Although he’s been on an occasional sailing trip, his most intimate experience with Neptune has been as a crew member on a commercial purse-seiner in his youth. He is now more than satisfied to have his feet on dry land, recording the activities of others with brushes and paint.

An artist member of many organizations, Mr. Caggiano has served as President of the Rockport Art Association, and had been a member of its Board of Governors for sixteen years. Both he and his award-winning paintings have made appearances on nationwide television shows such as ABC’s Good Morning America, on It’s All About The Arts, WBNN’s Boston channel and on international TV, Televisione Italiana- RAI. His art has also been featured in and graced the covers of numerous books, magazines and newspapers such as Marine Art: A Gallery of Marine Art, Monhegan: The Artists’ Island, and The Best of Oil Painting among many others. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and in He is represented worldwide in many private and corporate collections as well as galleries across the country. John is a regular exhibitor and elected member of Academic Artists Association, Rockport Art Association, Northshore Arts Association, etc., where he has received such awards as the Guild of Boston Artists Award, The Beverly DeMont Memorial Award, the Roger W. Curtis Memorial Award, and the William Meyerwitz Memorial Award, among others.

John Caggiano has maintained a gallery and studio on Bearskin Neck in Rockport since 1981.

A partial list of exhibitions, honors, and awards:


• 1990-2006: Member Board of Governors, Rockport Art
Association, Rockport, MA
• 1981-2006: President/Owner, John Caggiano Gallery,
Rockport, MA
• 1991-1993: President Rockport Art Association,
Rockport, MA
• 1983: Stage design and painting for Israel Horovitz's
Gloucester Stage Company
• 1978-1983: Stage design and painting for New York
Off-Broadway Theatres
• 1978: MFA, Pratt Institute. With Honors
• 1978: Studio and Forum of Stage Design, NYC
• 1975: Licensed New York City High School Art Teacher
• 1973: Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, NY
• 1973: BA Brooklyn College, Cum Laude with Honors,
City University of NY
• 1967: Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, NY


• 2000: Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
• 1998: Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
• 1997: Artist in Residence, Century House,
Nantucket, MA
• 1996: Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
• 1990: Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
• 1987: Essex School System, Sculpture
Commission, Essex, MA
• 1986: Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
• 1983: Salon des Artistes, Hotel Meridian,
Boston MA
• 1983: Blackburn Tavern Gallery, Gloucester, MA
• 1979: Salena Gallery of Long Island University,
• 1977: Pratt Institute Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


• 2008: Bernard Corey Memorial Award, Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA
• 2008: Juror, Swampscott Arts Association, Inc. Spring
Exhibition, Swampscott, MA
• 2007: Juror, 30th Annual Magnolia Arts festival,
Magnolia, MA
• 2007: Juror, Lynnfield Art Guild, Spring Exhibition,
Lynnfield, MA
• 2007: Exhibition Jury, Rockport Art Association,
Rockport, MA
• 2005: Beverly A. DeMont Memorial Award, North
Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA
• 2003: Listed in Who Was Who in American Art,
1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America.
Peter H. Falk, ed. 3 vol. Madison, Conn.: Sound
View Press, 1999.
• 2003: Listed in ( The
World Leader in Art Market Information
• 2003: Juror, Middleton Arts Association,
Middleton, MA
• 2003: Roger W. Curtis Memorial Award, Rockport
Art Association, Rockport, MA
• 2001: Guild of Boston Artists Award, Academic
Artists Association, Springfield, MA
• 2000: William Meyerwitz Memorial Award, North
Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA
• 2000: Juror, Annual Art Exhibition, Middleton Arts
Association, Middleton, MA
• 1999: Juror, Rockport Art Association,
Rockport, MA
• 1999: Juror, 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Reading
Art Association, Reading, MA
• 1999: Honorable Mention, Academic Artists
Association, National Juried Exhibition
• 1998: Juror, Annual Member Show, Danvers Art
Association, Danvers, MA
• 1997: Visiting Artist in Residence, Century House,
Nantucket Island, MA
• 1997: Award for Excellence in Any Medium,
Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
• 1996: Juror, Member Show, Marblehead Art
Association, Marblehead, MA
• 1995: Charles Gordon Marston Award, Rockport
Art Association, Rockport, MA
• 1994: Juror, Fall Member Show, Marblehead Art
Association, Marblehead, MA
• 1991: Juror, Fall Members Show, Copley Society
of Boston, Boston, MA
• 1990: Juror, Reading Art Association, Reading, MA
• 1988: Juror, 25th Annual Member Show, Reading
Art Association, Reading, MA
• 1987: Painting Jury, Rockport Art Association,
Rockport, MA
• 1983: Massachusetts Arts Lottery Grant
• 1977: Pratt Institute Fellowship


• Bank of America, (MBNA New England): Camden and
Belfast, ME
• Bank of America, (MBNA America): Wilmington, Delaware
• The Firestone Collection
• Cambridge Executive Enterprises
• Playspaces International, Inc.
• Christian Family Counseling Services
• Papa Gino's of America, Inc.
• NYNEX Corporation Collection
• McDonald & Evans, Braintree, MA


• Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA
• Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
• North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA
• Mary Bryan Memorial Gallery
• Boothbay Harbor Arts Foundation, Boothbay Harbor, ME
• United Scenic Artists Local 829
• Redbrick Arts Center, Beverly, MA
• International Society of Marine Painters


• The Banks Gallery, Portsmouth & New London, NH
• The Brigham Galleries, Nantucket, MA
• Courtyard Gallery, Mystic, CT
• Crane Collection, Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA
• John Caggiano Gallery, Rockport, MA
• Lorica Artworks, Andover, MA
• Lupine Gallery, Monhegan Island, ME
• Mary Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
• Mast Cove Gallery, Kennebunk, ME
• Objects & Images Fine Art, Bronxville, NY
• Polanaise Art Gallery, Woodstock, VT
• Walsingham Gallery, Newburyport, MA
• 100 Main Street Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT


• 2007: Featured Artist, New Hampshire Summer Colonies: Dublin and Cornish, Blue Tree, LLC,
Portsmouth, NH
• 2007: Cover paintings for Rockport VISITORS’ MAP & GUIDE, Rockport, MA Chamber of Commerce
• 2007: Featured Artist, “Moving On Down”- Redbrick Arts Center, The Salem News, Do North
Section, Christine Gillette: Features Editor.
• 2004: Cover Painting for Nantucket Island, 2004
Travel & Lodging Information Booklet
• 2004: Featured Artist, "It's All About Arts",
WBNN TV, Boston, MA, Hosted by Glenn Williams
• 2003: Interview, Programma Zoom, "Nel Covo
degli Artisti di Stefano Salinbeni", RAI Radio and
Televisione Italiana (RAI
• 2000: Featured Artist, The Wichita Register,
Autumn 2000, Wichita, Kansas
• 1998: Marine Art - a gallery of marine art,
Rockport Publishers Inc., Gloucester, MA
• 1997-1998: Four Cover Paintings, The Little
Phone Book Yellow Pages, Inc., Shamrock
Publishing Co., Wakefield, MA
• 1997: Featured Artist, Floral Inspirations,
Rockport Publishers Inc., Gloucester, MA
• 1996: Featured Artist, The Mountain Villager,
Stowe, VT
• 1995: Featured Artist, Monhegan. The Artist
Island, Down East Books, Camden, ME
• 1995: Featured Artist, Best of Oil Painting,
Rockport Publishers Inc., Rockport, MA
• 1993: Featured Artist, The Inquirer and Mirror,
Nantucket, MA
• 1992: Featured Artist, Good Morning America
Show, ABC Network
• 1990: Cover Painting for the 150th Town of
Rockport Annual Report, Rockport, MA
• 1990: American Artists: An Illustrated Survey
of Leading Contemporary Americans:
American Reference Corp.


• Beverly Art Association
• Braintree Art Association
• Canton Art Association
• Chelmsford Art Society
• Durham Art Association
• Foxboro Art Association
• Greater Lynn Arts and Crafts Association
• Guild of Beverly Artists
• Haverhill Art Association
• Leominster Art Association
• Lynnfield Art Guild
• Marblehead Art Association
• Middleton Arts Association
• Milford Artist Guild
• Nashua Art Association
• North Shore Arts Association
• Norwich Art Association
• Norwood Art Association
• Reading Art Association
• Rockport Art Association (annually)
• Rotary Club International, Rockport, MA


• 2008: 58th Annual Academic Artists Association National
Juried Exhibition, Springfield, MA
• 2007: 28th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT
• 2007: “Land & Light” Juried Exhibition, Mary Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
• 2007: “Capturing Special Places: Art of The Trustees”, Trustees of The Reservations, The Crane
Estate, Castle Hill, Ipswich, MA
• 2007: Best of New England, Redbrick Center For The Arts, Beverly, MA
• 2007: Nocturne Paintings, The Banks Gallery, New London, NH
• 2007: “Behind Closed Doors – Snowscapes”, Mary Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
• 2007: “Landscapes For Landsake”, The Banks Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
• 2006: “Finding Your Place: The Art of Essex County”,
The Trustees of The Resevations, Castle Hill, Ipswich, MA
• 2006: “Painting Strawbery Banke”, The Banks Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
• 2005-2006: "Land & Light" Invitational Exhibition,
Mary Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
• 2006: "Find Your place: The Art of Essex County"
The Crane Estate, Castle Hill, Trustees of
Reservations, Northeast Region, Essex, MA
• 2006: " Chairs For Children" Invitational, Painted
Adirondack chair to benefit Pathways For
Children, Gloucester, MA
• 2005: "Impressionist Painting In The Tradition",
The Benheim Gallery, Greenwich, CT
• 2005: "Artists For A Cure", Twelve Regional
Artists Benefit For Cancer Research,
Hamilton, MA
• 1996-2005: Academic Artists Association,
National Juried Exhibition, Springfield, MA
• 2004: "Lobster Landing" Invitational, Painted
lobster sculpture to benefit Pathways For
Children, Gloucester, MA
• 2003: Streets and Cityscapes Exhibition, Cavalier
Galleries, Greenwich, CT
• 2002: Paintings of Gardens and Garden Sculpture,
Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA
• 2001-2004: "Land & Light and Sea" Invitational
Exhibition, Mary Bryan Memorial Gallery,
Jeffersonville, VT
• 1999: Hudson Valley Art Association, 68th Annual
National Juried Exhibition, NY
• 1999: Small Painting Exhibition, Mary Bryan
Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
• 1998-2000: "Land & Light" Invitational Exhibition,
Mary Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
• 1998: Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition,
Mystic Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT
• 1998: First Annual Small Picture Exhibition, Mary
Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
• 1998: Three Artists Exhibition, Stoehof Inn,
Stowe, VT
• 1997: Invitational Exhibition, Mary Bryan Memorial
Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
• 1997: 20th Annual Salmagundi Club, National
Juried Show, NYC
• 1996: Invitational Exhibition. Celebrating the
Landscape Painter in Jeffersonville, Mary Bryan
Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
• 1992: Monhegan Artists: The New Generation,
Gallery-By-the-Sea, Port Clyde, ME
• 1991: 14th Annual National Juried Show,
Salmagundi Club, NYC
• 1991: Hudson Valley Art Association, 62nd Annual
National Juried Exhibition, NY
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Susan was born at Camp LeJeune, NC, the eldest of three girls. After her father's stint in the military as a Marine Captain, the family moved to Toledo, Ohio. Always drawing, Susan was enrolled in classes at the Toledo Museum of Art at the age of six. She had her first solo exhibition at a Toledo art gallery while still a teenager.

At the end of her freshman year in high school, the family moved to Zurich, Switzerland. Nearly every weekend, the family traveled throughout Europe and there her love of art was cemented. Susan earned her B.F.A. in painting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After traveling throughout Europe, she lived in California, working as an artist in an advertising agency. She followed her first husband to Indiana and Rochester, New York working as a social worker and always painting; however, the “college sweetheart marriage" collapsed and Susan moved to Charleston. Nearly every summer, she and her twin sisters spent several weeks visiting her grandparents in downtown Charleston.
The smell of pluff mud was in her blood, so it seemed only natural to seek refuge in the south.

Susan soon met and fell in love with her mother's next-door neighbor, Burge. They married. He had custody of his two children, Biff and Kimberly, and together they had Christopher. When Chris was just one, Susan became a co-founder of Gallery 12; however, her then abstract oil paintings were not well received, and she chose to focus on her family...most likely confidence, or lack thereof, was a factor. When Christopher went off to Furman University, Susan's painting exploded! She and Burge had moved to Awendaw and her studio overlooked the Wando River...the sun set in their was an artist's paradise. "I could paint from this one is never the same,” she said. Life was good.

And then Burge died of a heart attack in December 2001. Life, as she knew it, collapsed. "I was committed to a show at Dock Street in February and later I was committed to one at Footlight Player's and somehow, all went as scheduled although I barely remember." It was a nightmare that never seemed to end and her painting became dark and moody, perhaps even morose. But, slowly, painting gave her the spark... it fulfilled her once again.

Then she met a man who had a knowledge of art and an innate sense of her work. His critiques, and the fact that he put little hearts in oil paint on the back of her successful paintings, made her smile again. Susan's painting regained the light and the subtle color for which she is known. After selling her home in Awendaw, she lived for months on the Isle of Palms. While listening to the ocean, watching the sunrise, and walking the dogs when the sun is barely up,
she found life and love again, as corny as that may sound!!!

"I am moved by the ever-changing light and atmosphere in the Lowcountry and I strive to recreate the feeling or mood of a place or moment. The subtleties of light, reflections on the water, and the softness I see and feel in the landscape greatly influence me. The subject is never foremost in my is always about the feeling. Many times a painting begins with a rich color and it simply evolves on its own and I seem to be just a part of the process, a process that is ongoing and never complete."

Large, loose impetuous strokes and juicy color typify Susan's abstract-impressionist oil paintings. "I try to recapture my feelings about a place by using color and form, producing a presence of space, mood, and light."

Susan is represented in all three of the Reinert Fine Art Galleries and her work hangs in private and corporate collections throughout the country. Reinert Fine Art 179 &202 King Street Charleston, SC & 1153 Main Street Blowing Rock, NC

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Fine Artist

CAROLYN ANNE CROCKER (RUE), American, oil painter specializing in the landscape. Inspired by the works of Inness and Turner, Carolyn is drawn toward scenes that have a sense of mystery. Dawn - pink-tinged and full of promise, late afternoon haze, and the luminous veil of evening form lasting sentiments of light and color which she translates into memorable paintings.

Carolyn was born in Northridge CA, the daughter of California Impressionist, Marilyn E. Crocker (1927-2009). Raised in a thriving West Coast art scene, Carolyn filled sketchbooks and developed a love for the Early California Impressionists famous for their 1920’s era paintings of California. Her interest was encouraged by Marilyn who mentored her progress and steered her toward the best instructors. She was a long term student of Hal Reed in Los Angeles, CA and studied briefly with Scott Christensen and William Scott Jennings among others. Drawn to the landscape, she's spent several years painting in the field...having traveled extensively to do so - including North America, Europe and South America.

Carolyn began exhibiting her work professionally in Houston and Dallas galleries while living in Texas. Presently, she and her husband, artist James Selby Rue, share a home and studios with their dog, Sundance, in the inspiring Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her poetic interpretation of the landscape has earned recognition from collectors in North America, Mexico, Great Britain and Australia. She has been invited to exhibit her work in numerous group and solo shows across the country. Carolyn’s artwork is sold exclusively through galleries in the Northeast Corridor, Southeast and Southwestern United States.
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Michael Cyra is a nationally-known painter and fine-art photographer living in Charleston, SC.

Michael was born in 1968 in Milwaukee, WI. His passion for art and photography started early when he first "borrowed" his older brother's graduation gift...a 35mm SLR. Since then, Michael hasn't put down his brushes or camera and continues to develop his craft through education and workshops. He earned a marketing degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and later an MBA from Wake Forest University.

I often get teased by family and friends because I’m constantly pointing out the way light and color are embracing each other wherever I go. As a professional photographer I feel I have a duty to capture the reality that lies before me, but my true passion is in my paintings. I get this incredible opportunity to not only interpret reality but to give a sense of how I am feeling about a subject through the use of pigment and brushstrokes. I feel fortunate to share this window into my mind’s eye.
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Fine Artist

I grew up summering in Avalon, New Jersey, a breezy, coastal island off the Atlantic shore. It was a child’s and artist’s paradise. As a young girl I was fascinated watching my father, artist Ray Ellis, paint the same scenes I loved and explored. His contagious enthusiasm eventually led me to study both watercolors and oils. Later, weekends mentoring with my dad at his home on Martha’s Vineyard honed my painting skills. Those precious times continue to inspire me.

In 2004, I moved to the Lowcountry from the Boston area and discovered painting heaven. I never have lived far from the coast and the magnificent clouds, creeks, and beaches brought back sweet memories of Avalon. I suddenly went from painting snowy, New England farm scenes to capturing the dramatic dunes and panoramic marshes so reminiscent of my childhood. Now, perched high above the Charleston Harbor, my current studio is an artist’s dream. Pelicans and gulls soar past me into the changing sky, while sailboats gather and race below.

My painterly style continues to evolve as I now work almost exclusively with palette knives in my oils. This technique enables me to quickly capture the moment and add freshness. It’s a perfect fit with my fascination of painting clouds. I continue to work with watercolors, another love.

I also enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for art through teaching. And, if you take one of my classes I will pass on some of the invaluable painting tips my father whispered to me. In September and October 2016 I return to the Gibbes Museum of Art in downtown Charleston to hold workshops in both oil and watercolor. For a schedule of classes go to


The New School, New York, NY
DeCordova Museum School, Boston, MA
Recent Juried Exhibitions and Associations
2013 – Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, SC - Father/Daughter Show
2014 -- Citizen’s Bank People’s Choice Exhibit, Charleston, SC
2015 – “Clouds in Motion”, solo show, Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, Charleston, SC
2015 – ArtFields 2015, Lake City, SC. “Windswept”, was chosen for this prestigious Southeastern show which offers a top prize of $50,000.
2015 – “Carolina’s Got Art”, The Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC. Juried by Eliza Rathbone, Curator Emeritus, The Phillips Collection. My large vertical piece, “Big Sky”, was one of 107 works of art chosen out of 3,000 submissions.
2015 – “Spectacular Clouds and More”, One Woman Show, Four Corners Gallery, Bluffton, SC
2016 – ArtFields 2016, Lake City, SC. “Big Sky” was chosen.
Juried member of the Charleston Artist Guild and OPA


Reinert Fine Art, 179 King Street, Charleston, SC
Reinert Fine Art, 1153 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC
The Four Corners Gallery, 1263-B May River Rd., Bluffton, SC
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Raised in the panhandle of Texas and southeastern Oklahoma, Kelli Folsom’s love of creating art began as a young girl spending her free time drawing and copying other artist’s work on the floor of her childhood bedroom. “I always found drawing to be a source of peace and joy.

Kelli received her B.F.A. from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2011. Since embarking on her artistic career she has received numerous awards including the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship through the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Southwest Art Magazine’s Award of Excellence, American Art Collectors Award of Excellence and Oil Painters of America Honorable Mention Award of Excellence for Figurative work. Her work has been exhibited in national shows like Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists. She participates in museum shows including the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Gilcrease Museum and the Phippen Museum. Kelli was featured as editor’s choice for up-and-coming talent “Artist to Watch” in the 2013 March issue of Southwest Art Magazine.

Kelli’s passion for in depth life study strengthens her work as an emerging artist. Her greatest pleasure is being in the studio painting, teaching and sharing learning experiences with other artists.
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Signature Member, Oil Painters of America

A longtime Atlanta resident, Nancy began painting as a child in Pennsylvania, studying with Glenn Brougher, a noted watercolorist. She went on to major in Fine Arts at Wilson College, and received her Master’s Degree in Art History at UNC Chapel Hill.
Primarily self-taught as an adult, she has also benefitted from workshop study with some of the finest painters today. She works mainly in oils and prefers to paint "alla prima," or in one session if possible. Spontaneous brushwork and lively color are goals: she admires past masters such as Sargent, Sorolla, Potthast, and Bongart for their painterly and bravura styles.
Nancy has participated in numerous group and juried shows, and has received awards and honorable mentions along the way. She has been selected to participate in seven prestigious National Oil Painters of America exhibits, as well as two Salon International juried shows. A member of OPA, American Women Artists, the American Impressionist Society, and the Cherokee Art Advisory Board, Nancy has recently had six paintings chosen to be part of the St. Regis Hotel/Atlanta permanent collection.

2016 - Selected as an exhibiting artist in the Gallery 717 Invitational, featuring 14 top painters, Easton, MD, June - July, 2016
2015 - Painting exhibited at the OPA Signature and Master Signature Show at the Salmagundi Club, New York
2014 - Painting accepted into the National American Impressionist Society Exhibit, Denver, CO
2013 - Painting accepted into the National American Impressionist Society Exhibit, Charleston, SC
2013 - "Franke, Foltz and Friends," exhibit Atlanta, GA
2013 - Painting accepted into prestigious National Oil Painters of America Juried Exhibit, Fredericksburg, TX
2012 - Painting accepted into prestigious National Oil Painters of America Juried Exhibit, Evergreen, CO
2012 - Selected as Featured Artist for the Huntsville, AL Museum Gala, March, 2012
2011 - Merit Award for Best Still Life, American Women Artists National Juried Show
2011 - Painting accepted into American Women Artists National Juried Show, Atlanta, GA
2011 - Painting accepted into prestigious National Oil Painters of America Juried Exhibit, Coeur d'Alene, ID
2011 - Two paintings accepted into Salon International, 2010, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
2010 - Awarded Signature Member status in Oil Painters of America
2010 - Two paintings accepted into Salon International, 2010, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
2010 - Salon International, 2010: Award of Merit from Everett Raymond Kinstler, Judge; also selected as one of the Jury's Top 60
2009 - Painting accepted into prestigious National Oil Painters of America Juried Exhibit, Santa Fe, NM
2008 - "Inside, Outside," Nancy Franke & Jim Richards, Huff Harrington Fine Art, Opening January 23, 2008
2008- Three paintings included in the St. Regis Atlanta permanent collection
2007 - Painting accepted into prestigious National Oil Painters of America Juried Exhibit, Fredericksburg, TX
2007 - Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, GA; Director's Award, Annual Members Show
2006 - Marianne Lambert Curator's Award, Trinity Spotlight on Southern Artists
2006 - Painting accepted into prestigious National Oil Painters of America Juried Exhibit, Missoula, MT
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Jan currently is working in oil at her studio in Blowing Rock, NC.
Jan studied painting/drawing, color theory and stain glass design, while pursuing a degree in Landscape Architecture at the School of Environmental Design at Louisiana State University.
My paintings are conceived from an emotional response to the subtlety of an expression/gesture; or the color reflected on the river’s surface in a morning landscape. I use sketches and photos as reference to capture a moment of time that represents meaning and beauty to me.

Brief Professional Bio

Full time artist 2005 to present
Art studies Louisiana State University
Studied painting and drawing Crealde School of Art Orlando, FL
Studied painting Scottsdale Art School, AZ
Studied painting with contemporary artists such as Gregg Kreutz, Albert Handell, Milt Kobayashi, Robert Gruppe', Kim English and Andrew Braitman
Achieved success participating in art events across the county, receiving an honors in the figurative and still life categories in the Pastel Journal National Competition 2003, The Mary Louise Womer Award of Excellence at 57th Street Art Fair in Chicago, 2005, from the Pastel Society of America “The Figure in Pastel, A Tribute to Flora Giffuni,” @The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH in 2007, and many art festival awards.
Professional Landscape Architect 1978-current (no longer practice)
Operated Design Firm, Dallas Texas, Orlando, FL 1991-2005
Landscape Architect with Design Firm Johnson Johnson Roy Dallas, TX 1989-1991
Landscape Architect with Design Firm THK Assoc. Denver, CO 1978-1989
Graduated with BLA (Bachelor of Landscape Architecture) LSU 1978

Painting Awards & Recognition

Artist is Residence, Blowing Rock , NC 2015
Cover artist for Arroyo Literary Review, spring 2011, California State University
Poster art for Baldwin Park Art Festival, 2010
Poster art for Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, 2009
Pastel Society of North Florida, Pastels, 2008 Exhibition, Wallis Corporation Award
Pastel Society of America “The Figure in Pastel, A Tribute to Flora Giffuni,” @The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, Feb/Mar. 07
Pastel Society of America, Eastern Shore Art Association Exhibition, Fairhope, AL, Apr. 07
Merit Award, Gasparilla Festival of Art, Tampa, FL, 2006
Merit Award, Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, 2005
The Award of Excellence, Mary Louise Womer Award, 57th Art Fair, Chicago, 2005
1st Place, Vero Under the Oaks, 2004
Wakeham/Sutherland Award, Pastel Society of the West Coast 18th Annual International Open Exhibition
Third Place in Category, Disney Festival of the Masters 2003
1st Place, Drawing/Pastels, Melbourne Art Festival 2003
Award of Excellence, Mainsail Art Festival 2003
Honorable Mention Figurative Category, Pastel Journal National Competition 2003
Honorable Mention Still Life Category, Pastel Journal National Competition 2003
Award of Recognition, Deland Fall Festival of the Arts 2002
Honor Award, Dunedin Art Harvest 2002
Honorable Mention, Winter Park Fall Art Show 2002
Best of Show, Melbourne Art Festival 2002

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Fine Artists

Churchill wrote “Happy are the painters, for they never shall be lonely: light and color, place and hope will keep them company until the end-or almost to the end of the day.” For Mary Garrish, this statement summarizes the joy of Plein Air and studio painting.

Making the transition from being a busy surgeon to an avid Plein Air and studio painter was not always easy. Dedication to the art is Mary’s driving force. She is Past-President and a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, a member of the Salmagundi Club, and a Signature Member of the Plein Air Artists of Colorado and of the Women Painters of the Southeast.

Mary has won numerous awards and participated in many national juried exhibitions:

2016 Southeast Wildlife Exhibition (SEWE) Charleston
2015 OPA Eastern Regional Show
2015 OPA Salon Show
2015 Gilcrease Museum Show
2015-WPSE Show
2014-Salon Show, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale AZ
2013-Greenhouse Gallery Salon International Judges Honorable Mention
2013 OPA First Salon Show
2013 Plein Air Artist Colorado National show-Collectors Choice Award
2013 Women Painters of the Southeast Show, First Place-American Art Collector Award of Excellence
2013 American Parks through the Beauty of Art show, travelling-top 50 artists.

Judge - Woman Painters of the Southeast 2014 Juried Show

Artist in Residence - Everglades National Park, 2010


Southwest Art, Artist’s Profile August 2015
Plein Air Magazine, Artist’s Profile, March 2014
Art of the National Parks, 2013
American Art Collector February 2009, August 2009, June 2010, November 2010, December 2010


Plein Air Painters of the Southeast
Salmagundi Club, NYC -member
Oil Painters of America
American Impressionist Society-President 2005 - 2007, Signature Member
Plein Air Artists of Colorado-Signature Member
Women Painters of the Southeast-Signature Member
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Fine Artists

Millie Gosch expresses her love of nature in her plein air oil paintings. "I am inspired by my surroundings both at home and in my travels," she says. The landscape paintings in her gallery attest to her close connection with nature. She also paints vibrant still lifes that give viewers a new look at the color and shapes of the everyday things around them.

“I love to paint from life and I love to be outdoors, so naturally painting en plein air is a good fit for my art. During the spring and fall, I spend a lot of time painting field studies. From those studies, I paint larger pieces in the studio. I don't use photographs at all. I paint what I know, and what I love is nature. My favorite subjects are big open fields, sunrises, sunsets, trees, the lowcountry, and the southland. I use a limited palette of primary colors. In my work I strive to bring my viewer into the painting and let them make it their own experience.”
Millie Gosch

This award winning artist has been accepted into numerous shows and is represented by the following galleries:

Huff Harrington, Atlanta, GA
Frameworks Gallery, Marietta, GA
Loretta Goodwin Gallery, Birmingham, AL
Stellers, Jacksonville, FL
The City Muse, College Park, GA

2014 Best of Show "Apple Trees" Southeastern Plein Air Invitational
2013 "Montana Canola Fields" Juried Show, American Impressionist Society 14th Annual Juried Show, Charleston, SC
2013 Finalist in the American Women Artists Associate Member Juried Competition
2013 Juried into the third annual "Easels in Frederick" Plein Air Event, Frederick County, MD
2012 Southeastern Plein Air Invitational - Second Place Award
2012 Women Painters of the Southeast, First Annual Juried Show
2011 American Impressionists Society 12th Annual Juried Show, Carmel by the Sea, California
2011 Third Annual Invitational Southeastern Plein Air Paint Out
2010 Featured artist for the Southern Living Idea House in Senoia, GA
2010 Callaway Gardens Invitational Plein Air Paint Out and Show
2009 "November Glory" Award of Merit, Southeastern Plein Air Exhibit
2009 "Railroad Reds" Juried Show, American Art Today Juried Works Highlands, N.C.
2009 "Keepers of the River" Juried Show, Trees Atlanta's National Exhibition, "Trees in Art"
2007 "Elements of Light" Quinlan Arts Center, Juried Show, Rosetta Santiago, Juror, "Old Friends"- Honorable Mention
2007 "People, Places and Things" Quinlan Art Center, Juried Show, Dennis Campay, Juror
2006-2007 RayMar Second Annual Fine Art Competition - Finalist
2006 Atlanta Artists Center, Limelight Gallery at Binders - Honorable Mention
2004, 2005 Atlanta Artists Center Traveling Show - Merit Award
Hilton Head Arts League National Juried Show
Spotlight on Southern Artists, Trinity School
Additional Atlanta Artists Center Juried Show; various Artists Markets
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Artist Bio

Ron Guthrie was raised in Pasadena, California. In High School Ron learned pen & ink techniques that he still uses today. After serving in the Army Ron attended Pasadena City College studying drafting, drawing, painting and design. After college, Ron was starting a family and ran a family business during the day and honing his art skills at night with the use of many art books. Much of the information in painting books was transferable to pen & ink work. Ron’s drawing and composing skills increased and this eventually led to commissions and selling prints of his pen & ink work.

Print sales have been made in almost every state in the US including Alaska and Hawaii as well as Canada, Australia, England and Germany.

In 2005, Ron relocated to Solvang and began a renewed interest in painting after becoming inspired by the scenery of the Central Coast. Ron became involved with the Central Coast art scene and has become active with local Artist Guilds. Ron’s painting is influenced by the turn of the century California Impressionist painters as well as a host of contemporary painters. His work has been juried into many shows at the local, State and National level. Ron became a juried member of the Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club. Ron is also a Coast Guard Artist with works juried into the Coast Guard Art Collection. In December 2011 Ron was deployed aboard the USCGC Stratton to capture the ship and crew in his paintings. 4 paintings from that deployment were juried into the 2013 Coast Guard Art Collection. Ron has now had 8 paintings juried into the collection.
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2006 – 2014 Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, drawing and painting studies
2006 – 2016 Workshops with master painters including but not limited to: - Scott Tallman Powers, David Leffel, Michael Workman, Ken Auster, Carolyn Anderson, Rose Frantzen, Mary Qian and Steven Assael


2013 – CITY…an exhibit of cityscape paintings, Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago, IL
2014 - CITY 2 …. an exhibit of cityscape paintings at Zygman Voss Gallery, Chicago, IL
2016 - The Urban Landscape… an exhibit of cityscape paintings at Zygman Voss Gallery, Chicago, IL

2016 Accepted into the Randy Higbee 6 x 6 Show, Costa Mesa, CA
2015 Acceptance into the OPA Salon Exhibition, Birmingham, Al
2015 Acceptance into the OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition, Indianapolis, Ind
2015 Acceptance into the National American Impressionist Society Exhibition
2015 Acceptance into the National OPA Show held in St Augustine, Fl.
2015 Accepted in the Cedarburg, Wisconsin Plein Air Event
2014 Plein Air Painters of Chicago annual show at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art.
2013 Chicago Architectural Foundation Open House Exhibit at Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts
2006-2016 Plein Air Painters of Chicago Annual Exhibit
2013 Admiral At The Lake, Chicago - Plein Air Exhibit
2012 The Palmer House Hotel Invitational, Chicago – One of ten artists invited to paint for the key investors of The Palmer House Hotel
2007-2015 Edgewater Historical Society, Chicago
2010-2016 Gold Medal Show, Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago
2010 Eight Artist Eight Visions, Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago
2011-2016 Portrait Show, Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art
2010-2016 Faculty Show , Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art
2009 McCord Gallery, Palos Park, IL
2008 Old Town Triangle Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007 The First Blush of Spring Plein Air Paint Out, New Harmony, Indiana

2016 Winner and Recipient of the Scott Tallman Powers award for meritorious achievement in plein air painting.
2015 Winner of the Gold Medal / Palette and Chisels Gold Medal Show, Chicago, IL
2015 Artist Choice / 3rd Place, Cedarburg Plein Air Event
2015 Honorable Mention Cederburg Plein Air Event
2014 Honorable Mention in OPA’a on line show case.
2014 Winner one of the top three awards in The Randy Higbee Gallery 6 x 6 Show
2014 Winner of the Gold Medal / Palette and Chisel’s Gold Medal Show, Chicago, Il
2014 Winner and Recipient of the Scott Tallman Powers award for meritorious achievement in plein air painting.
2013 Winner Silver Medal / Palette and Chisels Gold Medal Show
2012 Winner Bronze Medal / Palette and Chisel Gold Medal Show
2007 Honorable Mention / Indiana Plein Air Painters

2013 Bucktown – Wicker Park Patch, “Award Winning Artist celebrated at Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts’
2013 This Old Palette BlogSpot by New City art critic Chris Miller featuring paintings by Errol Jacobson exhibited in the Palette and Chisels Faculty Show

2013 This Old Palette BlogSpot by New City art critic Chris Miller featuring paintings by Errol Jacobson in the Plein Air Painters of Chicago Annual Show
2012 This Old Palette BlogSpot by New City art critic Chris Miller featuring paintings by Errol Jacobson
2009 New City Art, review of Plein Air Painters mentioning that Errol Jacobson had some of the best paintings in the show
2008 Artist Magazine - article on the Plein Air Painters of Chicago, “Pumpkin Field” painting by Errol Jacobson published
2008 WTTW, Chicago Tonight- Feature segment on the Plein Air Painters of Chicago with Errol Jacobson as key interviewee

Teaching / lecturing
2009 Present Plein Air Painting Instructor, Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts
2013 Diane Rath Scholarship Fundraiser / featured topic speaker on painting

Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art - full artist member, instructor and board member.
Plein Air Painters of Chicago
American Impressionists Society
Oil Painters of America

Artist statement

I paint exclusively with oil paints and primarily paint on board which provides the rigid surface that suits the manner in which I apply paint. I often apply my paint with a very delicate touch but other times I apply it in a rapid and forceful emotional manner creating an interesting counterpoint of surface texture and broken color. My paintings combine varying degrees of abstraction coupled with representation with my subject matter consisting primarily of cityscapes. I paint both en plein air (in the open air) as well as in my studio with my studio work greatly influenced by the time I spend painting outdoors en plein air. My paint application is based on time tested traditional principles of oil painting which contributes the quality and longevity of my work. Oil paints give me the freedom and flexibility to push and pull the paint in various ways and directions to create the edges, marks, and shapes that contribute to individuality and feel of my paintings. I strive to achieve an atmospheric quality in my pieces and as a result my paintings have a sense of being engulfed in a veil of light and air.

As an artist, I do not go after a fully accurate photographic representation of a subject, but work to capture the essence, energy and emotion of it. My paintings are not literal transcriptions of a subject and as a result the viewer has something to discover for themselves when viewing my work as not everything is fully explained to them. I often paint overlooked every day city scenes and locations such as a group of people crossing a busy street, cars traveling down a highway or rain pounding on a car’s windshield, to name a few.
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Mark Kelso was born in 1967, and raised in Indianapolis, IN. During his early years, through the support of his family, he spent much of his time immersed in art and nature. From this background, Mark chose the visual arts for his career. He majored in painting at John Herron School of Art, in Indianapolis, IN, and began doing social, philosophical, and environmentally oriented subject matter in his senior year. This nature/civilization content in his paintings was translated to wildlife and landscape subject matter the following year, and has remained a reoccurring theme in his work over the years.

Mark’s art has been exhibited and collected globally. His work has hung in over 100 museums around the world, including such places as the National Geographic Society, Taiwan’s National Museum of Natural History, the London Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. Mark has been inducted into the International Society of Animal Artists and Artists For Conservation organizations, and has been seen in various magazines including Fine Art Connoisseur, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, and Art of the West. He currently works out of his studio near Indianapolis, IN, and continues to travel extensively, gathering experiences in the wild from which to draw inspiration.


Southeastern Wildlife Expo
Germanton Gallery Pein Air Paint Out and Sale
History Meets the Arts
Plein Air Paint Out – National Museum of Wildlife Art
Heart of the West Art Show and Auction
Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Quick Draw (representing Horizon Gallery)
Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale
Plainsmen Gallery Annual Fall Fine Art Show and Sale
Germanton Gallery Annual Miniatures Show and Sale

Southeastern Wildlife Expo
Germanton Gallery Pein Air Paint Out and Sale
History Meets the Arts
Plein Air Paint Out – National Museum of Wildlife Art
Heart of the West Art Show and Auction
Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Quick Draw (representing Horizon Gallery)
Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale
Waterfowl Festival
Plainsmen Gallery Annual Fall Fine Art Show and Sale
Germanton Gallery Annual Miniatures Show and Sale

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Germanton Gallery Plein Air Paint Out and Sale
Plein Air Paint Out – National Museum of Wildlife Art
Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Quick Draw (representing Horizon Gallery)
Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale
Artistic Designs Fall Wildlife and Western Art Show and Sale
Waterfowl Festival
Plainsmen Gallery Annual Fall Fine Art Show and Sale
Germanton Gallery Annual Miniatures Show and Sale

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Germanton Gallery Plein Air Paint Out and Sale
Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Quick Draw (representing Horizon Gallery)
Artistic Designs Fall Wildlife and Western Art Show and Sale
Waterfowl Festival
Plainsmen Gallery Annual Fall Fine Art Show and Sale
Germanton Gallery Annual Miniatures Show and Sale

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Decoys and Wildlife Open House 2012
Master Instructor – SKB Foundation Annual Artist Workshop, Dubios, WY
Carmel International Arts Festival
Waterfowl Festival
Germanton Gallery Annual Miniatures Show and Sale

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Annual Juried Exhibition
Germanton Gallery Plein Air Paint Out and Sale
Greenacres Museum of Art – Solo Exhibition
Carmel International Arts Festival – Mayor’s Award
Germanton Gallery Annual Miniatures Show and Sale

Ashby Gallery – Solo Exhibition
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Germanton Gallery Plein Air Paint Out and Sale
Ron Kobli Gallery Decoys and Wildlife Annual Miniatures
Waterfowl Festival
Germanton Gallery annual Miniatures Show and Sale

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
NatureWorks Annual Juried Exhibition – Winner Best of Show 2D
Germanton Gallery Plein Air Paint Out and Sale
Ron Kobli Galllery Decoys and Wildlife Annual Miniatures
Ashby Gallery Annual Miniatures
Waterfowl Festival
Germanton Gallery annual Miniatures Show and Sale

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
NatureWorks Annual Juried Exhibition
Germanton Gallery Plein Air Paint Out and Sale
Ron Kobli Galllery Decoys and Wildlife Annual Miniatures
Ashby Gallery Annual Miniatures
Waterfowl Festival
Germanton Gallery annual Miniatures Show and Sale

Spartanburg Art Museum – Art of the Rainforest
Canton Museum of Art – Art of the Rainforest
Germanton Gallery Plein Air Paint Out and Sale
Ron Kobli Gallery Decoys and Wildlife Annual Miniatures
Artists For Conservation Annual Juried Exhibition
Society of Animal Artists Annual Juried Exhibition and Tour

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Germanton Gallery Plein Air Paint Out and Sale
Gallery One Masterworks in Miniature
Fallbrook Art Museum – Reflections of Nature Exhibition
Germanton Gallery Things With Wings
Waterfowl Festival
Germanton Gallery annual Miniatures

Roger Tory Peterson Institute – Nature Art Exhibition and Sale
James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History – Drawn To Nature
Gallery One Masterworks in Miniature
Plantation Juried Wildlife Art Exhibition
Wildlife Experience Museum of Art – Society of Animal Artists

Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum
Bennington Center for the Arts – Art of Nature
Sarasota Children’s Museum – Wildlife Art
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Waterfowl Festival
Germanton Gallery Things With Wings – Featured Artist

The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum – Art of The Animal Kingdom
The Wildlife Experience
West Valley Art Museum
Vero Beach Museum of Art
New Visions Gallery
Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Waterfowl Festival

National Geographic Society – Art of the Animal
The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum – Art of The Animal Kingdom
The Wildlife Experience
The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Annual Juried Exhibition
Canton Museum of Art
Utah Museum of Natural History
Mahler Museum
The Miami Metrozoo, Miami, FL

Plantation Wildlife Annual Art Exhibition
The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Annual Juried Exhibition
West Valley Art Museum
The William S. Fairfield Public Gallery
Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science Visual Arts Center
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
Louisiana Arts and Science Center

Plantation Wildlife Annual Art Exhibition
The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Annual Juried Exhibition
The William S. Fairfield Public Gallery
Academy Art Museum
Burpee Museum of Natural History
University of Nebraska State Museum
Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
South Texas Institute for the Arts
Taipei National Museum of Natural History – Beauty of Formosa

Germanton Gallery Things With Wings
Sharon Arts Center – Wildlife Art
Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show Annual Juried Exhibition
Rainforests: The Breath of Amhakia

Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show Annual Juried Exhibition
Northern Wildlife Art Exhibition – Featured Artist
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I grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. My mother claims that I was drawing before I could talk and most of my childhood was spent with pencil in hand. I studied graphic design and illustration at Shepherd University in West Virginia but actually taught myself to paint at the age of 30. My early experience as an Editorial Cartoonist for a Virginia newspaper was a good introduction into the graphic process and later jobs as an Art Director for Advertising Agencies taught me the professionalism that I try to imbue my Fine Art career with.

In 1991 I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where my career as a Fine Artist began in earnest. I fell in with a group of artists called 'The Friends of Van Gogh'. As a group we opened 2 galleries in the north side of town and over time helped to develop that area into what today is known as 'NoDa', Charlotte's premier and historic Art District.

As an Expressionist Painter I have won several awards, most notable being an Emerging Artist Grant from the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte/Mecklenburg. I also owned my own gallery for a time, 'Sanctuary Art', which was located in NoDa and won the 2003 Critics Pick for Best New Gallery in Creative Loafing Magazine. I have exhibited my work in galleries and festivals throughout the South and have accumulated many patrons and collectors.

I currently work out of my home studio in South Charlotte where I live with my lovely wife Lisa and wonderful daughter, Elysia.


• Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools
• Festival in the Park, Inc., Charlotte, NC - Commission
• Lodestone Digital, Inc., New York, NY - Commission
• Center City Partners, Charlotte, NC
• Richard A. Peniston & Associates, PA - Charlotte / Raleigh, NC
• 'Chairs on Parade' public art sculpture commissioned by Tryon Center for
the Visual Arts, Charlotte, NC. Display dates 5/2001 - 9/2001


• ‘A North Carolina Homecoming’, Lucas Mansion Gallery,
Hiddenite Center, Hiddenite, NC (solo), 8/13-10/13
• ‘Blowing Rock & Beyond’,
Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery (Group), 7/13-8/13
• ‘Streets of Charlotte’, Shain Gallery, Charlotte, NC (Solo), 7/12-8/12
• ‘Beneath the Canopy of Trees’,
Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC (Featured Artist)
• ‘Lingeage of NoDa’, invitational,
Adam Ramsey Miller Gallery, Concord, NC 7/10 – 9/10
• ‘Carolina’s Got Art!’, juried invitational,
Atherton Mill, Charlotte, NC 10/09 -11/09
• ‘Paintings 1991-2006’, solo, Gallery 620, Charlotte, NC 11/06-1/07
• ‘Eclipse in Soho’, invitational, Ward-Nasse Gallery, Soho, NYC 4/06 – 5/06
• ‘Artists Hanging’, invitational, Contemporary Art Museum,
Raleigh NC 6/04 – 7/04
• ‘Celebrating the Legacy of Romare Beardon’, juried invitational
(curated by Mint Museum & McColl Art Center),
Knight Gallery, Charlotte 9/02 – 1/03
• ‘The Salon’, invitational, Ward-Nasse Gallery,
Soho, NYC 10/2000 - 01/2001
• ‘Regional Artists Invitational’, Waterworks Center for the Arts,
Salsbury, NC 12/99 – 2/00
• ‘2000’, solo, 23 Studio, Charlotte, NC 5/99 – 6/99
• ‘Welcome to the Libido Café’, solo, Wrightnow Gallery,
Charlotte, NC 9/98 – 10/98
• ‘Kirk / Strouth’, shared invitational, RJR Gallery,
Winston-Salem, NC 2/98 – 3/98
• ‘Mindscapes’, invitational, Center of the Earth Gallery,
Charlotte, NC 7/97 – 8/97
• ‘The Endless Possibilities’, solo (funded by a grant from the Arts &
Science Council, Charlotte/Mecklenburg County),
Wrightnow Gallery, Charlotte, NC 12/94 – 2/95
• ‘Discovering America’, juried invitational, Winthrop University,
Rock Hill, SC 8/92 – 10/92


• Numerous awards, ‘Visual Art Exchange Spring Juried Exhibition’,
Raleigh, NC. Juror – Charles Joyner, Prof. of Art, NC State – 2004
• ‘Best New Gallery’ – Sanctuary Art, (awarded as owner and director), Annual Critics Picks, Creative Loafing Magazine – 2003
• Winner, ‘Charlotte Shout Poster Competition’, annual celebration of the arts, Charlotte, NC – 2003
• ‘Best Local Artist’, Readers Award, Charlotte’s Best Magazine – 1997
• ‘Best New Video’, ‘NoDa: The Evolution of Charlotte’s Historic Art District’. (Awarded as producer, writer and art director, Editors Award, Charlotte’s Best Magazine - 1997
• Emerging Artist Grant, awarded by the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte/Mecklenburg - 1994
• First Prize, Plattsburgh AFB Annual Art Competition, Plattsburgh, NY - 1990


• 'Artist to Display Expressionist Style works on Hiddenite', Statesville Record,
July 26, 2013
• 'Charlotte Painter Started Creating Early', The Charlotte
Observer, December 11, 2011
• 'Featured Artist', Interview, NoDa News, Charlotte NC, February, 2009
• ‘Festival Painters Take Art in the Park to Heart’,
Charlotte Observer Sept. 2008
• ‘Sanctuary Down The Road’, Charlotte Magazine, Nov. 2003
• ‘Right Side Of The Tracks’. Creative Loafing Magazine 4 June 2003
• ‘Underground Charlotte Artists’. Creative Loafing Magazine, Jan. 2001
• ‘Jerry Duty – At 38, Charlotte artist Kirk comes into his artistic destiny’,
Charlotte Observer, April, 1998
• ‘Two Local Galleries Show Accomplished Works’
Break Magazine, Jan. 1997


• ‘NoDa: The Evolution of Charlotte’s Historic Art District’ Documentary,
featured artist 1998
• ‘The Tom Vance Show’, CPCC Television, featured interview 1993
• ‘Z-Axis’ Television UNC-TV, featured interview 1991


• Owner & Director, ‘Sanctuary Art Gallery’, Charlotte, NC 2002 – 2004
• ‘Chairs on Parade’, public art commissioned by Tryon Center for the
Visual Arts, Charlotte, NC – 2001
• Founder & member, ECLIPSE ART GROUP, Charlotte, NC 1997 – 2008
• Lead Mural Artist, ‘Big Al Carter Mural Project’,
Spirit Square Center for the Arts, Charlotte, NC – 1994
• Art Instructor, Young Adults Summer Session,
Spirit Square Center for the Arts, Charlotte, NC – 1993
• Scenic Artist, ‘The Nutcracker Suite’, NC Dance Theater – 1993
• Member, ‘Friends of Van Gogh’ Artist Co-op, Charlotte, NC 1991 - 1993


• Artist Foundation Program, Virginia Commonwealth University,
Richmond VA, 1986 – 1987
• Commercial Art, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West VA, 1983– 85
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First Place, Drawing, Portrait Society of America (PSoA) 18th Annual International Portrait Competition, 2016


  • First Place, Drawing, Portrait Society of America (PSoA) 18th Annual International Portrait Competition, 2016
  • Winner, Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries North Light Books' 2016 Drawing Competition
  • Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America (PSoA), 17th Annual International Portrait Competition, 2015
  • 3rd Merit Award, Portrait Society of America (PS0A) Members Only Competition 2015, Outside The Box Category
  • 3rd Honor Award, Portrait Society of America (PSoA) 16th International Portrait Competition 2014
  • Finalist, Art Renewal Center (ARC) International Salon Competition 2015
  • 5th Honorable Mention, Portrait Society of America (PSoA) Members Only Competition 2014, Still Life Category
  • American Art Collector Magazine Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America (OPA) Western Regional Juried Exhibition, 2013
  • Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America (PSoA), 13th Annual International Portrait Competition, 2011
  • 4 Finalist places, The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competitions, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 (Figurative/Portrait and Still Life Categories)


  • "Contemporary Figuration" exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, May 13 - June 4, 2016
  • Oil Painters of America 25th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Southwest Galleries, Dallas, TX, May 13 - June 15, 2016
  • "Impression" exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, March 11-30, 2016
  • "Making an Impression" exhibition, Forest and Ocean Gallery, Laguna Beach, December 4-27, 2015
  • Oil Painters of America 2015 Salon Juried Exhibition, Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL, October 8 - November 6, 2015
  • 16th Annual American Impressionist Society (AIS) National Juried Exhibition, Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale Arizona, October 1 - 29, 2015
  • Oil Painters of America 24th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Cutter & Cutter Fine Art, St Augustine, FL, May 1-25, 2015
  • Art of the Portrait Conference, Portrait Society of America, Reston, VA, April 24-27, 2014
  • Women Painting Women, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC, Sept 5 – Sept 30, 2014
  • Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition 2014, Mountainsong Galleries, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA, Aug 30-Sept 30, 2014
  • American Women Artists Annual National Juried Exhibition, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA, August 15-Sept 15, 2014
  • Legacy Gallery Annual Small Works Show, Legacy Gallery of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ, December 2014
  • Oil Painters of America 23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition, Bennington, VT, June 7-July 27, 2014
  • Annual Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Nov-Dec 2013
  • Oil Painters of America (OPA) Annual Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Southwind Art Gallery, Topeka, KS, Sept-Oct 2013
  • American Impressionist Society Annual Show, M Gallery of Fine Art, Charleston, SC, October 2013
  • Oil Painters of America (OPA) Annual Salon, Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, MI, June-August 2013
  • Solo Show “Reflections”, M Gallery of Fine Art, Charleston, SC, July 2011
  • Oil Painters of America (OPA) 20th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Devin Galleries, Coeur D’Alene, ID, 2011
  • Oil Painters of America (OPA) Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY, 2010
  • 2 Legacy Gallery of Fine Art Small Works Shows, Scottsdale, AZ, 2010 and 2011
  • Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art Annual Salon, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, 2011
  • “Russian/Ukrainian Impressionism” Group Exhibition, Silvana Gallery, Glendale, CA, 2011
  • Richeson75 Figurative/Portrait Juried Competition, Kimberly, WI, 2010
  • American Women Artists National Show, Dallas, TX, 2010
  • Laumeister Fine Art Juried Show, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT, 2010
  • California Art Club, California Heritage Exhibition, Pasadena, CA, 2010


  • Portrait Society of America (PSoA)
  • Oil Painters of America (OPA) Signature Member
  • American Impressionist Society (AIS)
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Fine Artists

Karen Lawrence is intrigued by how people live. She sees in people’s spaces not just architecture and furnishings but a story of the history of their life. Her paintings depict an intimacy with space that transcends to lifestyle. When viewing her paintings you feel as if you are transported to a time and place that is warm and inviting therefore familiar.
Karen holds a B.S. in Related Arts and Crafts from the University of Tennessee. She has won numerous awards and paints daily out of her studio in Atlanta, Georgia.
As a recent reviewer expressed: “One of Karen’s greatest accomplishments as a painter is her mastery of light. Combine that with her loose brushstrokes, and she is able to bring a fresh approach to traditional subjects. With her quick confident brushstrokes, Karen is able to achieve astonishing detail.”

Artist Statement:

“The elegance of a curved archway, the drama of tall ceilings and open French doors, the intimacy of an overstuffed chair with a good reading lamp – are all elements of scenes waiting to be painted. For me, the other essential element is light. I’m especially excited by the play of bright sunlight streaking across the floor or warm lamplight drawing one to a comfortable place.”

Selected Exhibitions:

Duo Show, Anderson Fine Art, St Simons, GA, 2014
Tula Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA, 2014
East Regional Juried Exhibition, Oil Painters of America, Annapolis, MD 2013
National Juried Exhibition, American Impressionist Society, Charleston, SC, 2013
Modern Classics, Frameworks Gallery, Marietta, GA, 2013
National Juried Exhibition, Oil Painters of America, Fredericksburg, TX, 2013
Saks Galleries, American Art Invitational, Denver, CO, 2012
Four-Person Show, City Art Gallery, Greenville, SC, 2012
National Juried Exhibition, American Impressionist Society, Charleston, SC, 2011
Two-person Show, Gallery 5800, Richmond, VA, 2011
Three- Person Show, City Art Gallery, Greenville, SC, 2011
Two-person Show,Gallery 5800,,Richmond, VA,2010
East Regional Juried Exhibition,Oil Painters of America,Jacksonville, FL,2009
National Juried Exhibition,Oil Painters of America,Santa Fe, NM,2009
Tula Exhibit,,Museum of Contemporary Art ,Atlanta, GA,2009
Three-Person Show ,City Art Gallery,,Greenville, SC,2009
East Regional Juried Exhibition,Oil Painters of America,Nashville, TN,2008
Solo Exhibition,,Gallery 5800,,Richmond, VA,2008
Three- Person Show ,City Art Gallery,,Greenville, SC,2008
From Bennett St. to Green St.,Quinlan Visual Arts Center,Gainesville, GA,2007
Three Person Show,Anderson Fine Art,St. Simons, GA,2006
Invitational Miniature Show,Swan Coach House Gallery,Atlanta, GA,2006
Two-Person Show ,City Art Gallery,,Greenville, SC,2006
Solo Exhibition,,Gallery 5800,,Richmond, VA,2005
Atlanta Paints Provence,Nicholson Gallery,Atlanta, GA,2005
From Bennett St. to Green St.,Quinlan Visual Arts Center,Gainesville, GA,2004
Invitational Interiors Show,Swan Coach House Gallery,Atlanta, GA,2004
Masterpiece Ball,,Marietta/Cobb Museum,Marietta, GA,2002

Awards and Recognitions:

Quinlan Visual Arts Center Director’s Award,,2007
Marietta/Cobb Museum Masterpiece Ball – Featured Artist,2002
Columbus Artists Guild Award,,,1997, 1998,
Tara Materials, Fredrix Canvas Art Advisory Board,,1993, 1994, 1995
Georgia Watercolor - Signature Member
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Fine Artists

Calvin Liang was born in Canton, China. He began painting in high school and completed his art education at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, recognized as one of China’s most prestigious and competitive art academies. In China, his skills as a fine artist were applied to the theatrical industry where he designed and created sets for operas and musical dramas for the Canton Opera Institute. Liang moved to the United States in 1987 and continued his profession as a full-time artist. He had a long and successful career creating visual art for the entertainment industry in animation, which included the Walt Disney Studios and Nickelodeon Studio where he worked for the Little Mermaid and Spongebob Squarepants. However he decided to quit working for the studios to pursue a full-time career as a fine artist, painting themes of his choosing. Since leaving his animation career in early 2002, Liang has definitely been noticed.

His accomplishments include winning several top awards in important exhibitions including Edgar Payne Award for Best Landscape in California Art Club 104th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition 2015, Artist Award in Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale 2015, Juror’s Best of Show-38th Annual C.M. Russell 2006, “Art-Talk Award of Excellence” Oil Painters of America Juried Exhibition 2005, “People’s Choice Award” 6th  Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Event in Bowers Museum 2002, “Best of the Show” American Impressionist Society’s 4th Annual Juried Exhibition 2002. Thus assuring his position as one of the nation’s leading artist. National art magazines also took notice. In 2004, Liang’s work graced the cover of Art of the West’s special 16th Anniversary Edition; and in 2006, 2007, and 2008 three years he had a full feature article in American Art Collector Magazine. Also he received a full feature article in Southwest Magazine in 2005, American Artist Magazine in 2005, American Artist Workshop Magazine in 2007, and American Artist Magazine in 2010. Again, he had a full feature article in Art of the West Magazine in 2012 and 2014. In 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 he was selected into the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, which was at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

Calvin Liang is a Master Member of Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society, and a Signature Member of California Art Club and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
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Fine Artists

Sherrie Russ Levine was born and raised in Georgetown, South Carolina and attended Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida where she received her degree in graphic design and illustration. After graduating she worked in advertising agencies and corporate art departments in Atlanta, Georgia for 10 years before making Nashville, Tennessee her home.

Since 1995 she has focused her energy on paintings in oil and has shown in galleries and juried shows throughout the United States. Levine is an artist noted for her loose impressionist paintings filled with evocative light and color. Her works capture the mood or atmosphere of any subject with expressive brushwork and just enough details to invite you to take a closer look. She often travels to find new inspiration and paints from life when on location and in the studio.

Levine’s paintings are gaining national recognition in private collections and painting competitions. Her painting “Capitalizing on Sunshine” has become a part of the Tennessee State Museum’s Permanent Collection. She has continued her studies of painting under the tutelage of renowned artists CW Mundy, Lori Putnam, Scott Christensen,
Terry Miura and Maggie Siner whom are the most influential in her work.


2015 - Huntsville Museum Gala Invitational, Huntsville Art Museum, Huntsville, AL
2014 - Lasting Impressions, Solo Show, Sig Held Gallery, Nashville, TN
2014 - Plein Air Artists of Colorado Juried Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2014 - WPSE Annual Members' Juried Exhibit, Magnolia Art Gallery, Greensboro, GA
2014 - January Invitational Exhibit: Art Essex Gallery, Essex, CT
2012 - 2014: Huntsville Museum of Art Gala, Juried Exhibit & Auction, Huntsville, AL
2013 - Debra Huse Gallery Holiday Treasures Juried Show, Newport Beach, CA
2011 - 2014: 6 Inch Squared: Dec. Show, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
2013 - Nashville Open Air, for The Frist Center, Nashville, TN
2013 - Women Painters of the Southeast Juried Show, Imagine Gallery, Franklin, TN
2013 - Ten & Two Juried Exhibit, Two Moon Gallery, Nashville, TN
2013 - 2001: Chestnut Group Exhibits & Sales, Nashville, TN
2012 - Solo Show: Featured Artist Exhibit, Two Moon Gallery, Nashville, TN
2012 - Driggs Digs Plein Air Festival, Driggs Idaho
2011 - American Impressionist Society 12th Annual National Show, Carmel, CA
2011 - Harding Art Show, Regional Juried Show, Harding Academy of Nashville, TN
2011 - David Lipscomb Juried Art Show, David Lipscomb School of Nashville, TN
2010 - Group Exhibit, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York, NY
2010 - Small Works Show, Nashville Gallery, Nashville, TN
2009 - Tennessee State Museum 100th Anniversary Exhibit, Nashville, TN
2009 - Group Exhibit, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York, NY
2007 - Solo Exhibit & guest artist, Hanson Gallery, Knoxville, TN
2006 - Artrageous 19, Juried Art Auction, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN
2006 - Solo Exhibit, Ruthie Cherry Fine Art Gallery, Nashville, TN
2006 - Artclectic, Juried Fine Art Show, University School of Nashville, TN
2005 - Solo Exhibit, Gordon Jewish Community Center of Nashville, TN
2005 - 40th Annual Central South, Regional Juried Art Exhibit, Nashville, TN
2003 & 2007 Brentwood Academy Juried Show, Brentwood , Nashville, TN


2012 - Frist Place, Driggs Digs Quick Draw, Driggs, ID
2012 - Second Place, Driggs Digs Plein Air Festival, Driggs, ID
2011 - First Place, Plein Air Paint Out & Sale, Local Color Gallery, Nashville, TN
2009 - Permanent Collection Acquisition, Tennessee State Museum, 100th Anniversary
2009 - Permanent Collection Acquisition, Gibson Guitar Project, Nashville, TN
2008 & 2007 - Finalist for RayMarArt’s Fine Art Competition, October & June
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Fine Artists

An award winning "Plein Air" painter and teacher, Rick McClure has been painting professionally for more than 25 years. Throughout his career he has enjoyed success with a variety of media including contemporary watercolor and large acrylic figurative works. However, his true passion is found in capturing both cityscape and landscape en plein aire. Many of his on location gems stand on their own while others form the basis for larger studio works, all of which sparkle with spontaneity.

Mr. McClure has captured numerous awards including those at the "American Impressionists Society National Exhibition, the "71st Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club" and the Best of Show at the "Cincinatti Art Club's ViewPoint 2003". His free, painterly approach to recording locations in America and abroad has become popular with collectors nation wide.

Rick McClure is a member of the Oil Painters of America, a signature member of the The National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters and the American Impressionist Society. His work is part of numerous corporate and private collections and he is represented by Reinert Fine Art, Blowing Rock, NC, Ann Neilson Fine Art, Charlotte NC, Wells Gallery, Charleston SC, Kennedy Gallery, Raleigh NC, Greenwich House Gallery, and Cincinnati OH.

Mr. McClure currently divides his time between painting, travel, and teaching plein air workshops throughout the United States.


"American Impressionist Society National Exhibition" ~ Trailside Gallery ~ 10/2015
"American Impressionist Society National Exhibition" ~ Abend Gallery ~ 10/2014
"Rick McClure & Junko Ono Rothwell Dual Exhibition" ~ Wells Gallery Kiawah ~ 8/2014
"Rick McClure & Jean Perry Dual Exhibition" ~ Charles Goddard Art Center ~ 12/2013
"American Impressionist Society National Exhibition" ~ M Gallery ~ 10/2013
"By Land and Sea" ~ Kennedy Gallery ~ 6/2012
"OPA 20th National Exhibition ~ Devin Galleries ~ 5/2011
"Petites" ~ Wells Gallery Charleston ~ 12/2011
"Tranquility" Solo Exhibition ~ Wells Gallery Kiawah ~ 6/2011
"Senic Interpretations" ~ Kennedy Gallery ~ 11/2010
"Holiday Treasures" ~ Fountainside Gallery ~ 11/2009
"American Impressionist Society National Exhibition" ~ Saks Galleries ~ 10/2009
"The Natural World Observed" ~ Tweed Museum, Duluth, MN ~ 10/2009
"Lay of the Land" ~ Nicole Kennedy Gallery ~ 10/2009
"Summer Solstice Show" ~ Fountainside Gallery ~ 7/2009
"NAPPAP National Exhibition 2008" ~ Adam Whitney Gallery ~ 12/2008
"Interpretations" Fountainside Fine Art ~ 9/2008
"Shadid Fine Art Presents Rick McClure" ~ 4/2008
"Plein Air Texas 2008" ~ Southwest Gallery ~ 4/2008
"Endless Summer 2007" ~ Nicole Kennedy Gallery ~ 6/2007
"Urban Images One Person Exhibition" ~ Fountainside Fine Art ~ 5/2007
"OPA 16th National Exhibition" ~ Whistle Pik Galleries ~ 5/2007
"Outdoor Painters Society Annual Exhibition" ~ Southwest Gallery ~ 4/2007
"Shadid Fine Art Presents Rick McClure" ~ 3/2007
"NAPPAP National Exhibition" ~ Texas Art Gallery ~ 2/2007
"Endless Summer" Nicole Kennedy Gallery ~ 6/2006
"Progressions From Study to Studio" ~ Fountainside Fine Art ~ 5/2006
"The Landscape Through the Eye of the Artist" ~ Governor's Gallery Oklahoma State Capitol ~ 5/2006
"Rick McClure New Works" ~ Shadid Fine Art ~ 3/2006
NAPPAP National Exhibition "The Natural World Observed" ~ National Arts Club, NYC 9/2005
American Impressionist Society 6th National Exhibition ~ Taos, NM ~ 5/2005
Rick McClure & Gay Faulkenberry ~ A Two Person Show ~ Edmond, OK ~ 2/2005
A Coastal Journey ~ Solo Exhibition ~ Fountainside Gallery ~ Wilmington, NC ~ 3/2005
People and Places ~ Solo Exhibition ~ FountainSide Gallery ~ Wilmington, NC ~ 5/2004
American Impressionist Society 5th National Exhibition ~ Charlotte Finn Gallery ~ Vero Beach, FL ~ 11/2003
ViewPoint 2003 ~ The Cincinnati Art Club ~ 11/2003
OPA ~ 12th National Exhibition ~ Nichols Gallery ~ Taos, NM ~ 5/2003
Around the World in Twenty Paintings ~ Solo Exhibition ~ FountainSide Gallery ~ Wilmington, NC ~ 5/2003
American Impressionist Society 4th National Exhibition ~ Morro Bay. CA ~ 10/2002
ViewPoint 2002 ~ The Cincinnati Art Club ~ 11/2002
14th Annual Invitational Miniature Exhibition ~ Howard/Mandville Gallery ~ Kirkland, WA ~ 11/2002
From City to Country ~ Solo Exhibition ~ FountainSide Gallery ~ Wilmington, NC ~ 5/2002
OPA ~ 11th National Exhibition ~ Hilligoss Galleries ~ Chicago, Ill ~ 4/2002
OPA ~ 10th National Exhibition ~ Zantman Galleries ~ Palm desert, CA ~ 4/2001
OPA ~ Midwest Regional Exhibition ~ Dunton Galleries ~ Arlington Heights, Ill ~ 9/2000
ViewPoint 2001 ~ The Cincinnati Art Club ~ 11/2001
American Impressionist Society 3rd National Exhibition ~ William Lester Gallery ~ 10/2001
36th Inland Exhibition San Bernardino County Museum ~ San Bernardino, CA ~ 7/2000
Associated Artists of Southport National Exhibition ~ Southport, NC ~ 6/2000
71st Grand National Exhibition ~ Salmagundi Club ~ New York, NY ~ 11/1999
Batavia International Juried Exhibition ~ Batavia, NY ~ 10/1999
Breckenridge Art Center National Juried Exhibition ~ Breckenridge, TX ~ 9/1999
Best of the Southwest Juried Exhibition ~ Amarillo, TX ~ 5/1989


H/M ~ American Impressionist Society National Exhibition ~ 10/2015
Finalist ~ Fine Art Views Painting Competition ~ June 2009
Best of Show - Grand Prize ~ ViewPoint 2003 ~ Cincinnati Art Club
H/M ~ American Impressionist Society 5th National Exhibition ~ Charolett Finn Gallery
Frame and Save Award ~ ViewPoint 2002 ~ Cincinnati Art Club
2nd Prize ~ American Impressionist Society 3rd National Exhibition ~ William Lester Gallery
Leila Gardin Sawyer Memorial Award ~ Salmagundi Club, New York City, NY
First Place ~ Lawton Junior Service league Juried Exhibition
Purchase Award ~ Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts
Grumbacher Award ~ Art Educator of the Year 1986
Who's Who Among Americas' Teachers 1999, 2002, 2004


"Strokes of Compassion" Hardcover ~ AHN Designs Publisher 2014
"Painting North Carolina" Hardcover ~ Creative Pursuits Publisher 2008
"American Art Collector" ~ Alcove Books ~ 2007
"Southwest Art Magazine" ~ Best Art Values ~ 6/2008
"Carolina Arts Magazine" ~ Rick McClure Solo Exhibition ~ 5/2007
"Southwest Art Magazine" ~ Rick McClure's Around the World Exhibition ~ 4/2004
"Southwest Art magazine" ~ Artists to Watch ~ 10/2004


Bachelor of Fine Arts ~ Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Post Graduate Studies in Painting ~ North Texas State University
Post Graduate Studies in Sculpture ~ University of Central Oklahoma
Advanced Placement Art History ~ Texas Christian University
Plein Air Painting Master Class Studies ~ Charles Sovek
Plein Air Painting Master Class Studies ~ Eric Michaels

Corporate Collections

Williams Mullen Law Firm
Oklahoma State Capitol Permanent Collection
Duke Halley Law firm
University of Oklahoma School of Film and Photography
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Board of Regents
Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Cordell National Bank and Trust Corporation
Putnam City Independent School District


Reinert Fine Art ~ Blowing Rock, NC
Wells Galleries ~ Charleston, SC
Kennedy Gallery ~ Raleigh, NC
Greenwich House Gallery ~ Cincinnati, OH
Anne Neilson Fine Art ~ Charlotte, NC

Professional Organizations

Oil Painters of America
American Impressionist Society ~ Signature Member
National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters ~ Signature Member
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Stan Moeller has taught plein air painting workshops annually on Monhegan Island, in Maine, for the past 12 years as well as workshops in Tuscany and the South of France. He recently taught a Master Class En Plein Air Figure in the Landscape painting at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester where he taught oil and acrylics painting courses for 7 years. Moeller, who lives in York, Maine, won the Marine Environment Award for Best Depiction of Wildlife in its Natural Habitat in the 25th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition in 2004 at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. In 2003, Moeller was awarded a month-long residency in Dinan, France (Brittany) by Les Amis De La Grande Vigne and he won Second Place for the Seascapes, Rivers and Lakes Challenge by International Artist Magazine (#25, June/July, 2002). Stan Moeller’s paintings have been featured in American Art Collector, Southwest Art and International Artist Magazine and his work is exhibited at The Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, Gardner-Colby Gallery, Naples Florida, The Lupine Gallery, Monhegan Island,ME, and others on the Eastern seaboard.
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Jacki Newell has been painting since her teen years in Omaha, Nebraska after taking weekly art lessons from a neighbor. The lessons were a good foundation and she has continued her education through reading art books, and magazines, and online forums. Throughout the years while raising three children, Jacki painted every chance she could get, with hopes she could do it professionally someday. That time has come. She now enjoys painting everyday in her studio at the White Whale Studios in Greenville, SC. 

Jacki and her husband Dave, moved to upstate South Carolina six years ago, where she has been busy painting the gorgeous scenery of this area. Still lifes of florals are also a common subject for her that she enjoys very much.

Light and atmosphere are what inspires Jacki to paint a particular scene. She attempts to capture the light and the “feel” of the subject. She tries to convey to the viewer, the beauty of the moment that captured her attention. The challenge is to remain focused on what attracted her to that scene in the first place while working out the complexities of the subject, whether the subject is a single flower, cityscape or marsh scene.
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Plein-Air Oil Painter

Kathie Odom comes from a long line of hard-working, blue collar, hammer-throwing people. She has raised three kids that would pop your buttons and wants to be outside as much as possible with paintbrush in hand.

“It’s hard to ignore beauty when it happens” Kathie is fond of saying. So she keeps her car packed with all she needs for painting on the road, whether locally or in plein air events. Kathie received a dozen event awards over the last three years and is quite proud to be from the great state of Tennessee.

Artist’s Statement: “There is something magical about creating beauty! Maybe it’s because the magic originates from some place deep within me, or maybe I was simply shaped to be this way. No matter what, it feels like a new-found love, or an old love, rediscovered.”

2016 Selections
- 10th Plein Air Anniversary, Wayne, PA – Raymar Award
- Artist to Watch, June Issue, Southwest Art Magazine
- Solo Show, Along the Way, The District Gallery, Knoxville, TN

2015 Selections
- Attained Signature Membership in Women Painters of the Southeast
- Women Painters of the Southeast 4th Annual Members Show – Juror’s Award - 9th Annual Plein Air Festival, Wayne, PA – Plein Air Magazine Award
- Cambridge Paint Out, Plein Air Easton, MD – People’s Choice Runner-Up
- Plein Air Easton, MD – Life on the Farm Award
- Feature Profile Article in Plein Air Magazine, August/September 2015 Issue - Solo Show, Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2014 Selections
- Bath County Plein Air Festival, VA - Honorable Mention, Quick Draw
- Solo Show, Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, GA
- Solo Show, Chasing Light, The District Gallery, Knoxville, TN
- Arts on the Green Plein Air Invitational, Cashiers, NC - Honorable Mention
- Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival & Competition - Second Place
- Plein Air Festival, Wayne PA - Artists’ Choice Award, and Plein Air Magazine Award - 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year - Art Galleries & Artists of the South
- Dogwoods Art Festival, Knoxville, TN, 2014 Limited Edition Artis
- Solo Exhibition, Vision of Home, The District Gallery, Knoxville, TN
- NOAPS International Exhibition – Award of Excellence

2013 Selections
- Callaway Gardens, Georgia, Plein Air Festival – First Place and Honorable Mention - Knoxville Museum of Arts Plein Air Event – Honorable Mention
- The Stoughton Award for Oil Painting, 45th Open Show, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
- Art Galleries & Artists of the South – Emerging Artist Award
- Brandywine Valley Plein Air Event, Delaware – Artist’s Choice Award - NOAPS International Exhibition – Award of Merit

- Women Painters of the Southeast, Signature Member - Oil Painters of America
- American Impressionist Society
- Tuesday Painters

Current Representation
- The District Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee
- Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
- Mountain Mist Gallery, Cashiers, North Carolina
- Red Bird Gallery, Seaside, Florida
- The Cabell Gallery, Lexington, Virginia
- Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina & Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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Southern artist SUSAN J. OSWALD speaks to her audience through landscapes, casual portraits, and harmonious still life in oils. Always balancing her art with vocation, Susan utilized her natural talents and Bachelor of Fine Arts to achieve a long and successful career in the fashion world. After winning and operating a stylish retail apparel boutique for over twenty years, she completed her fashion career by establishing a prosperous apparel trade showroom at the AmericasMart Atlanta. During her many years of fashion traveling, Susan continued to paint and draw in every spare moment. She now works full-time from her rural Allendale, South Carolina studio celebrating her lifelong dream to paint.

Susan’s landscapes evoke vivid memories of pastures, forests, farmlands, ponds and creeks. In her still life and animal paintings, common sights are elevated and Susan’s love of color and detail is evident. Her oil portraits capture the spirit, personality, and inner souls of the subjects in their most familiar and relaxed everyday worlds.

Susan’s style of realism is unique. Details and colors are brought fully into focus. Susan’s joy in painting is evident as she records her world in oils.
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President, Plein Air Painters of Alberta

Past President, Oil Painters of America 2008-2014


Rubaiyat Gallery - Calgary 1974
History of Ceramics in Alberta - Calgary & Edmonton 1975
Canadian Guild of Crafts - Toronto 1975
Sequoia Gallery - Edmonton 1978
Muttart Gallery - Calgary 1978
Walsh Gallery - Red Deer, Alberta 1979
Quest Gallery - Calgary 1979
Renaissance Gallery - Calgary 1982
Kiln Gallery - Bragg Creek, Alberta 1983
Wallace Gallery - Calgary 1987
Masters Gallery - Calgary 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 20014
Medicine Hat Museum - Medicine Hat, Alberta 1995
Flower Show Tutt Street Gallery - Kelowna, British Columbia 1997
Canada House - Banff, Alberta 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
Buffalo Trails - Big Fork, Montana 1999
Scott Gallery - Edmonton 1999
Pacific Gallery - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 2000
Adele Campbell - Whistler, British Columbia 2001
West End Gallery - Edmonton 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006
President Club New York, NY


Glenbow Museum - Calgary 1976
Annex Gallery - Edmonton 1977
Artisans - Bragg Creek 1978, 1979, 1980
Muttart Gallery - Calgary 1981
Western Art Show - Calgary 1983, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
Leighton Centre - Calgary 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
Alberta Society of Artists - 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990
Sunshine Village - Banff 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
Federation of Canadian Artists - 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2012, 2013
Olympic Organizing Committee - Calgary 1988
State of the Arts Beaver House - Edmonton 1989, 1990
Alberta College of Art - Calgary 1990
IBM - Banff 1990
Scottsdale Artists’ School - Scottsdale 1992, 1993, 1994
Oil Painters of America - 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000-2014
Salmagundi Club - New York 1993, 1994, 1998, 2014
CM Russell - Great Falls, Montana 1994-2013
Arts for the Parks - 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999
Hammond Galleries - Ohio 1996
Glenbow Museum - Calgary 1997, 1998
Hillcrest International Exhibition - California 1997
Tutt Street Gallery - Kelowna 1998
Adele Campbell Fine Art - Whistler, British Columbia 1998, 2000, 2001
Alicat Gallery - Bragg Creek 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Plein Air Invitational - Carmel, California 1999
Pacific Gallery - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 1999
Canada House - Banff 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters - 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009
Snow Fire - Estes Park, Colorado 2004, 2005
West End Gallery - Edmonton 2004, 2005
Dana Gallery - Missoula 2005, 2006
Best of Plein Air Laguna Plein Air Painters
2007 Out West, National Art Museum, Beijing, China
Shaoguan - China
Weng Yuen - China
University of Shaoguan – China
Desheng International Canvas Week Exhibtion- Shunde China
Kwan Wu Sculpture Art Museum- Nanhai China
Master Liu Calligraphy Museum- Wengyuan China
Shaoguan Museum- Shaoguan China
Donghuasi Buddhist Temple China


Mural Commission, Petro-Chemical Plant - Joffrey, Alberta 1978
Membership, Alberta Society of Artists - 1984
Sunshine Village Purchase Awards - Banff 1987, 1988, 1989
Federation of Canadian Artists, Robert Genn Award - 1991
Olympic Organizing Committee, Gifts for Dignitaries 1988
Finalist, Artist’s Magazine Landscape Competition 1991
Premier National Juried Exhibition Oil Painters of America - Chicago 1992
Signature Member Federation of Canadian Artists - 1993
Non-Member Show, Salmagundi Club - New York 1993
Elected Artist Member, Salmagundi Club - New York 1993
Top 100, Art for the Parks - 1995, 1999
First Canadian awarded Signature Membership, Oil Painters of America
Top 200, Art for the Parks - 1996, 1997, 1998
Awarded Master Signature Member, Oil Painters of America - 2000
Juror of Awards, Oil Painters of America - Springville, Utah 2001
Award of Excellence Second Place, Everett Raymond Kinstler - 2002
Member, Board of Directors, Oil Painters of America 2002-2014
Signature Advisory Board Chair, Oil Painters of America
Co-Chair Exhibitions, Oil Painters of America
Vice President, Oil Painters of America 2006, 2007
President, Oil Painters of America 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Collection - Shaoguan Museum, China
Collection - Wengyuen Museum, China
Signature Membership, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters
Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 Federation of Canadian Artists
Honorary membership 2013 Society of Canadian Artists
Honorary Advisor Wengshan Institute of Poetry, Calligraphy and Painting-Wengshan, China


Observer Magazine, 1962
Tactile Magazine, March/April 1973
The History of Ceramics in Alberta, 1975
Mountaineer, Rocky Mountain House 1975
Red Deer Advocate, 1975
The Calgary Herald, 1982
CFCN Television, 1985
CTV Network News, 1985
Signature Magazine Cover, Edmonton 1990
Atco Enterprises Ltd. Christmas Card, 1990
The Artists’ Magazine, December 1991
Access Television Network, 1993
The Best of Flower Painting: North Light Books, Cincinnati 1995
International Artist Magazine, 1999
CFCN Television, 2000
Design and Composition: Secrets of Professional Artists
Art Avenue Magazine, 2001, 2005
Report News Magazine, July 2000
100 Ways to Paint Still Life & Florals, 2005
Art of the West, 2006
The Artist’s Magazine, December 2006
Art of the West Magazine USA
Southwest Art USA
Plein Air Magazine USA
Connoisseur Magazine USA
Cowboys and Indian Magazine USA
Liliedahi Video Productions 3 DVD’s
The Art of Neil Patterson, Tianjin People’s Fine Arts
Publishing House, China


Salmagundi Club, New York
Oil Painters of America (OPA) Master Signature Member
Alberta Society of Artists (ASA) Signature Member
Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) Signature Member
Society of Canadian Artists Honorary
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP) Signature Member
Tucson Plein Air Painters
Laguna Plein Air Painters
California Club
Plein Air Painters of Alberta
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
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Fine Artist

Don Reed was born in 1950 in Bangor, ME. His early childhood was spent moving from place to place throughout the country until in 1961 when his family moved to southern Maine. While living in South Berwick, ME, at the age of 12, he attended his first oil painting classes in a little fishing shack in picturesque York Harbor, ME.

In 2001 with the support of his wife Susan, Don began actively exhibiting his paintings at art festivals in the New England area. The shows were successful and many of Don's watercolors received awards but he felt limited by the medium and began to consider a new direction. In 2004 Don took a giant step back to his first art instruction by squeezing out some oil paints and reconnecting with the landscapes, urbanscapes and seascapes of New England.

In 2007 Don made a dramatic change in his approach to painting which took
many in the New England art community by surprise. Some thought his new
direction was too radical and sooner or later he would find his way back to
traditional painting. But slowly the work began turning heads and gradually he
found that what he had discovered was his own distinctive painting technique
which set his work apart from the mainstream. From 2007 to 2013 Contemporary Fragmental Impressionism continued to evolve until in 2014 he put down the brushes and picked up a palette knife taking a major step toward perfecting the painting style you see today. Don hopes that his approach to painting will continue to grow, evolve, and bring joy to those who view it today and for years to come.

Recent Awards & Shows:

2009 Newburyport Artists Association Member Winter Juried Show II

First Place Oils

2009 Andover Art in the Park

First Place Oils

2010 Paintings featured in Best Oil Artists in America Volume II

2010 Manchester Artist Association Home Show

Second Place in Show

2010 “Sunrise Over the Pines” accepted into Newburyport Art Association

national juried show.

2010 2 VIEWS-New Hampshire Art Association Levy Gallery 2 man show.

Don Reed & Richard Morin

2011 Featured artist at Jewett Farms showroom & gallery.

Newburyport, MA

2011 “Shoreline” selected to be included in the

New Hampshire Art Association 62nd Currier Museum of Art Exhibition,

The painting is included in an exhibition of 48 works

selected from 239 submissions.

2011 One man show at the Hills Gallery in Newburyport, MA

2011 “Hanover Street“ receives first place at Manchester, NH Artist Association Gallery

“American Roads” exhibit.

2011 “Bello Sorriso“ receives Third Place in Acrylics at the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival

2011 “Bello Sorriso“ receives Second Place in Acrylics at the Londonderry Art in the Park show

2013 First place in the Fine Arts Category at the Art in the Village, New London, NH.

2013 Marie Hickey Award for best color at Art in the Park Keene, NH.

2013 “Vermont Winter“ Best in Show at Andover Art in the Park Andover, MA.

2014 “October Corn“ Best in Oils” Newburyport Art Association Winter Members Juried Show II

2014 Solo show at the Hills Gallery, Newburyport, MA.
2014 First place in oils at the Keene, NH Art in the Park show.
2015 Best new artist at the Glenview, IL Art at the Glen Amdur Production art show.
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Contemporary Impressionist Painter


Rick Reinert's formal art education took place in the early 1970's at Western Kentucky University. His arts education continued to evolve over the years, and he exhibited large, expressionistic works in one-man shows throughout Germany and Canada.

After his initial success, Reinert took time off to establish two small businesses and to raise his family. Through a series of circumstances related to his business, Reinert became a highly visable and vocal proponent of campaign finance reform, and was the subject of a number of articles including a cover story in Time Magazine in Feb. 2000. During this time, his commitment to painting was renewed, and he began creating art again. He painted through the night and slowly established the unique and passionate style that he is known for today.

Painting seven days a week, 9 hours a day, Reinert continues to challenge himself as one of America's most prolific painters. This dedication and hard work has paid off, and his paintings have won accolades across the country.

“Ships of the Heartland' was chosen in 2008 as one the top 100 paintings in the “Paint America” competition, and “Southern Radiance” was chosen as one of the top 200 paintings in the “Oil Painters of America” Exhibition held in Montana in that same year. In February 2009, he was the subject of a cover story in the Sunshine Artist magazine. Reinert was chosen as a featured artist at the Gadsden Museum of Art Southeastern Plein Air Competition held in Gadsden, Alabama, and was featured for the eight time in November, 2014 in American Art Collector Magazine.

Throughout his career Reinert has won numerous Best of Show awards including first, second, third, as well as the People’s Choice Awards. In 2012 his painting “Dusk at King and Queen” was chosen “Best of Show, Mayors Purchase Award” at the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
Reinert was also the featured artist at the Charleston Symphony live auction in 2012 and his work hangs in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and the Middle East. Museum and corporate collcetors include the Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, AL, Carolina First Bank, Seaside Bank, UBS financial and the Medical University of South Carolina.
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Fine Artists

William works in oil and pastel. He views figures, landscape, or still life as opportunities to explore the effects of light on form. Painting from life, he seeks to capture the emotion of a particular moment and place. Sargent, Zorn, Fechin, and Sorolla have been influences.

William initially studied art at the University of Illinois at Urbana. However, upon graduation he began a career in the music business (records on the Roulette and MGM labels). In the mid ‘80s, he entered finance (co-owner of an investment consulting firm, DiMeo Schneider and Associates). In 1990 he returned to his first love, painting. His skills were honed at the American Academy of Art in Chicago where he studied figure drawing with William Parks and oil painting with Ted Smuskiewicz. He continued his education through workshops with Carolyn Anderson, Dan Gerhartz, Scott Burdick, Harley Brown, Scott Christensen, Huihan Liu, David Leffel, and Richard Schmid among others.

William has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, American Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist, The Pastel Journal, and WorkshopMagazines. In addition his paintings have appeared in numerous books including: The Art of Oil Painting, Pastel II, Pure Color: The Best of Pastel and100 ways to paint People & Figures. His work has received awards in exhibitions including those of: Academic Artists, The Degas Pastel Society, Oil Painters of America, The Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Portrait Society of America, and Salon International.

He is a member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), The National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS), The Pastel Society of America, The American Impressionist Society (AIS), and the Portrait Society of America. Bill was awarded signature status in OPA, and NOAPS . In addition the Pastel Society of America has recognized him as a "Master Pastelist" and AIS made him a Master Signature Member (AISM). The International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) elected him to their Master Circle. His home is in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife Caren.

Magazine Publications:

• Capturing Emotion, American Artist Magazine, February 2001
• Art Values, Southwest Art Magazine, November 2003
• It’s About Meaning, Art of the West Magazine, November 2004
• International Showcase of Master Pastel Painters, International Artist Magazine, Oct. 2004
• Master Portrait Artists’ Showcase, International Artist Magazine, February 2005
• William A. Schneider, The Pastel Journal, February 2005
• Start Your Collection, Southwest Art Magazine, April 2005
• Self-Portraits: Journey Through The Looking Glass, Art-Talk Magazine April 2005
• 2007Guidebook of Art, (Cover image) Art of the West Magazine 2007
• The Eyes Have It, The Pastel Journal, January 2008
• Painting the Mouth, American Artist Magazine, March 2008
• The Studio of William Schneider, Art of the West Magazine, July 2009
• Competition Spotlight, The Artist’s Magazine, April 2010
• Strategies to Organize the Elements of Your Paintings, Workshop Magazine, Fall 2010
• The Good Guys – Masculine portraits from six talented artists, Southwest Art Magazine, January 2011
• A Portrait Demonstration by William A. Schneider, OPA, PSA, International Artist Magazine, June / July 2012
• Painting With Light, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, September – October 2013
• Brushing Up, The Artists Magazine, June 2014
• Capturing Emotions, International Artist Magazine, June-July 2015

Instructional Books

• Oil Landscapes, Schneider, Hampton, Obermeyer, & Short, Walter Foster Publishing 2002
• The Art of Oil Painting, Walter Foster Publishing 2003
• Pastel II, William Schneider, Walter Foster Publishing 2004
• How did you paint that? 100 ways to paint People & Figures, International Artist Publishing, 2005
• Pure Color: The Best of Pastel, North Light Books, 2005

Videos (Liliedahl Video Productions)

Princess – Composition in Warm Light
Design Secrets of the Masters; The key to a Successful Painting
Teaching the Limited Palette Techniques of Anders Zorn
Inner Flame --Composing Multiple Figures in Low, Warm Light
Pastel Painting Secrets
Nicolai Fechin Painting Secrets

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• 3-day Plein Air with Special Effects with Jason Sacran 2016
• 3-day Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop with Stapleton Kearns, 2013
• 10-day Advanced Landscape Painting Workshop with Scott L. Christensen, 2009
• 10-day Intensive Landscape Painting Workshop with Scott L. Christensen, 2008
• 5-day Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop with Mary Erikson, 2008
• 3-day Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop with Christopher Still
• 1-day Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop with Larry Moore, 2007
• 1-day Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop with Gavin Brooks, 2007
• 5-day Portrait Painting Workshop with Clayton Beck III, 2007
• 5-day Figure Drawing Workshop with Anthony Ryder, 2006
• Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) from University of South Florida, 1992.

Recent Press, Awards and Events:

• Invitation to participate in the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, Ga., April 2017
• Invitation to participate in the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival, March 2017
• Artists’ Choice Award, Plein Air Easton 2016, Tighlmans Island Pre-Event, July 7, 2016
• 2nd Prize Award Winner, Solomons Island Plein Air Festival, Paint The Town Competition, September 2016
• Invited to attend Nanatuck Artist Retreat, Port Clyde, ME July 30-Aug 6, 2016
• Artist Choice Award, Plein Air Easton, Tighlmans Island Event, July 2016
• 3rd Prize Award Winner in Mountain Maryland Plein Air June 2016
• Juried entry into Plein Air Easton 2016
• Juried entry into Finger Lakes Plein Air 2016
• Juried entry into Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2016
• Juried entry into Annapolis Plein Air 2016
• Painting Image and quotes published in Plein Air Magazine, Article on “Nanatuck”, March 2016
• Received invitation to participate in Lighthouse Plein Air Festival, Tequesta, Fl March 2016
• Awarded Honorable Mention at Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival 2015, Canandaigua, NY
• Awarded Honorable Mention QuickDraw at Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2015
• Juried entry in Florida’s Finest Plein Air, traveling exhibition, Appalachicola, Fl May 2015
• Invited artist/participant In Olmsted Linear Park Plein Air Invitational 2015, Atlanta, Ga
• Named on cover wrap of Plein Air Magazine April/May 2015 issue of Plein Air Magazine as participant in Olmsted Linear Park Plein Air Invitational.
• Paintings published in an article on the Olmsted Plein Air Festival, April 2015 issue of Southwest Art
• Published in the February/March 2015 issue of Plein Air Magazine, page 26, part of a feature on painting flowers
• “Wading In”, February-March 2015, solo exhibition and sale at ARTicles Gallery
• 4 page artist’s profile in Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Tampa Bay Magazine, “Capturing Nature; Robert Simone’s Painterly Realism”.
• Awarded 3rd Prize in QuickDraw Competition during Tarpon Springs Plein Air Invitational Nov. 2014
• "Mostly Coastal", a solo exhibit of new and select landscapes/seascapes by Robert J. Simone, Melrose Bay Art Gallery, Melrose Florida , July 4th-August 15th, 2014
• Artwork pictured in the Gainesville Sun, July 3rd, 2014
• Pictured in the Frederick News Post Thursday, June 19, 2014
• Awarded 2nd Prize in Easels In Frederick QuickDraw 2014 (Ann Blair Brown Judge)
• Juried Entry into Canaveral National Seashore Paintout 2014.
• Juried Entry into Easels In Frederick 2014 (Scott L. Christensen Juror)
• Organized and Founded The Plein Air Colony of Pinellas (The PAC) in Pinellas County FloridaJanuary 2014.
• Invited (one of only six artists) to participate in Enjoy Arts & Tastes St. Pete, sponsored by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, St. Petersburg, Fl, November 16th. 2013
• Invited (one of only ten artists) to participate in the first ever Seaside Plein Air Artists Colony Invitational in Seaside, Fl, October 14th-19th, 2014.
• Featured in "Why This Works" section of Plein Air Magazine's online newsletter, Outdoor Painter, Oct. 14th, 2013
• Juried into Canaveral National Seashore Paintout 2013. October 7-12th.
• Awarded 3rd Prize in Buck's County Local Color Weekend's Quickdraw event at Parry Mansion
• Invited to participate in Bucks County's Local Color Weekend plein air event in New Hope, PA
• Juried Entry into Plein Air Easton 2013 (Peter Trippi, Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur, Juror)
• Featured in Plein Air Magazine's online newsletter, Outdoor Painter, May 6th, 2013.
• Guest lecturer and demonstrator at "Diggin the Arts" Plein Air Competition and Festival, Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo, Fl May 5th, 2013.
• Prominently featured in YouTube promotional video for "Diggin the Arts". I first appeared at 1:17 in the video.
• Awarded prize for "Best of Cortez" in Paint the Town plein air event in Bradenton, Fl April 2013.
• Pictured in Hometown News painting on the beach at New Smyrna Beach, Fl. Friday, October 12th, 2012.
• Invited to participate in Canaveral National Seashore Paintout 2012.
• Subject of an article on plein air instruction published in Paradise News. Article appears on page 30 of March 2012 issue.

Teaching Experience

• Studio Seascape Painting Workshop, North Shore Art Assoc., Gloucester, MA, June 2017
• Studio Seascape Painting Workshop, Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Tequesta, Fl., January 2017
• Plein Air Landscape Painting Demonstration for Asheville Urban Plein Air Painters, Asheville, N.C., Sept 27th, 2016
• Studio Seascape Painting Workshop, Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Tequesta, Fl., April 2016
• Plein Air Painting Workshop at Atlanta Artists Center, Sept. 18-20th, 2015
• Suntan Art Center St. Pete Beach, 2011 – Present (ongoing classes)
• Pinellas Park Art Center, Pinellas Park Fl, 2013 (ongoing classes)
• Beach Art Center, Indian Rocks Beach, Fl, 2011-2012 (ongoing classes)
• Boca Grande Art Alliance, Boca Grande, Fl, 2011-2014 (workshops)
• Open Air Arts Program, Melrose, Fl, 2013 (workshop)
• Artists Workshops, Inc., New Smyrna Beach Fl, 2013 (workshop)
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Susan Smolensky Fine Art
About the Artist 

Susan is an oil painter who is interested in imaginatively expressing an actuality that exists outside of ordinary perception. With paintbrush and canvas, with oil paint and a sense of unrestrained energy, Susan hopes to evoke a sense of wonder that transcends the subject and goes beyond the limit of human senses. Her goal is to paint representations of nature that are harmonious and beautiful and, simultaneously, to show the viewer a reality that is beyond perceptual appearances and expectations.


The Chronicle of the Horse magazine - featured artist, February 16th, 2015, issue
Solo Exhibit, Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery, Portland, ME, February 2015
Women Artists of the West 44th National Exhibit, San Diego Women’s Museum, May 2014, Presidents Award
Reno Portrait Society, 88 Years of the Riverside, May 2014, Peoples Choice Award
The Chronicle of the Horse magazine – Holiday issue cover, December, 2012
The Chronicle of the Horse magazine – Art Gallery featured article, September, 2012
Women Artists of the West 41st National Exhibit, Rockport, TX, May 2011, Best in Show
Gallery 4311 at the San Diego Hospice, January - March, 2011, Viewer’s Choice Award
The Willcox Hotel Exhibit, January through March, 2011
American Impressionist Society 11th National Juried Exhibition, Richland Fine Art, Nashville, TN, October 2010
Women Artists of the West 40th National Exhibit, El Cajon, CA, July 2010 , Jurors Choice Award
North County Society of Fine Arts 2010 Juried Exhibit, First Place
Rancho Bernardo Art Association Juried Art Show 2009 , Second Place
Ramona Art Guild Open Juried Show 2009 , Second Place
Rancho Bernardo Art Association Annual Juried Show 2009 , First Place
North County Society of Fine Arts Open 2009 Juried Exhibit, February 2009, Best of Show and Slattery Award
San Diego Hospice Juried Art Show 2009. Viewer’s Choice Award
The American Impressionist Society 9th Annual National Juried Exhibition, 2008
The Best and Brightest Juried Art Show, the Scottsdale Artists’ School, 2008
Rancho Bernardo Art Association Spring Awakenings Juried Art Show, 2008, First Place
The American Women Artists Juried National Competition, 2008
Pacific Trust Bank, San Diego, CA, 2007, solo show
Rancho Bernardo Art Association Casa de las Campanas Exhibit, 2007
The Best and the Brightest Juried Art Show, Scottsdale Artist’s School, 2007

Merit Scholarships awarded to Susan by The Scottsdale Artists’ School through the Windgate Foundation:

Oil Painting the Figure from Life - workshop with figurative painter Nancy Chaboun
Painting the Portrait in Oil - workshop with acclaimed portrait artist Paul Leveille.
The Impressionist Figure - workshop by figurative and landscape artist Henry Stinson.

Susan is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Women Artists of the West and the American Impressionist Society.
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Born and raised in the pastoral eastern mountains of Northern Utah, Jake began sketching from the time he could hold a pencil. Since then, Jake has traveled the world and worked as a fisherman in Alaska, a clergyman in England, a carpenter in Costa Rica, and many things in between. Through it all he never stopped filling sketchbooks with various drawings, ideas, and creations. Jake truly enjoys the uniqueness of everyone he meets and this translates into his ability to capture life in his figurative work. Also, his landscapes show a strong love for the outdoors. His unique humor and appetite for living are always evident in his work. Jake’s presence in the art world has been well received both at home and internationally. Jake and his family recently spent a year living in the mountains of Costa Rica. There he studied with other artists and his work was acquired by travelers from around the world. Jake now lives back in Huntsville and works out of his studio in historic downtown Ogden

Artist Statement

Much like everyone else, I am still trying to figure things out. Here are some thoughts from 2014:
- It is becoming more clear to me that the source of power in art is spiritual.
- Academic grounding in the basic principles of art is vital. As the artist, this is our first responsibility toward making a painting work.
- For artists like me who are not overly spiritual, the studio becomes a theatre of war between the academic and the intangible.
- When the academic side prevails, the work is pedestrian, mundane, and colors go dead.
- Good work begins with a belief that there is more to art than flawless rendering.
- My best work explores chance. When the brush is over-loaded with uncontrollable lumps of paint and color, it creates just enough space (and faith) for the attending fates to do their part.
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I was born and raised in Dothan, Alabama. Painters and architects run in my family. Both parents taught us to appreciate the natural beauty of ordinary things such as red bud trees in blossom or morning mists rising in a fishing pond as well as the spiritual concept that “all this beauty did not happen by chance”.

Expressing this beauty and concept by painting while also becoming a doctor developed as my two childhood goals. Medical training and then working in academic medicine postponed my painting for many years. However, learning to be a painter was always in my plans.

Medical school at Atlanta’s Emory University required four years of full time effort. The following two years of medical internship and residency at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital was also intense. However, it provided a bit more free time and access to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Whenever possible, I spent time studying and enjoying the paintings there.

The next three years of fellowship in clinical and research cardiology at the National Heart Institute in Bethesda provided more free time and access to the nearby National Gallery of Art to study and enjoy paintings. The paintings of the Impressionists, especially those of Monet became my favorites. While in Bethesda I read the first of many art instruction books and painted my first oil painting – a still life.

Most of the next fifty years were spent working as a practicing academic cardiologist, teacher and researcher. For twenty-five of those years I was busy as Chief of Cardiology first at Temple University School of Medicine and then at the Medical University of South Carolina. During most of this time I continued to read art instruction books and to paint with oil as an intermittent hobby.

In 2013 I retired from medicine and begin to concentrate intensively on my painting and education as a painter. Up to this time my painting had been self-taught. I am now very fortunate to have Rick Reinert as a wonderful mentor and advisor in painting. Following Rick’s advice I have been studying and painting regularly under Joyce Hall since 2013. She is a well-known accomplished painter and teacher. She is devoted to seeing that her students learn the principles, tools, technique and concepts of oil painting. Her classes, workshops and constructive critiques are outstanding.

I have also traveled to eleven museums to intensively study paintings of the masters. Where permitted, I have taken detailed, high resolution, close-up photographs of these paintings to study the techniques of the masters at leisure. The museums included are: The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Louvre, the D’Orsay, the Marmottan Monet and the Orangerie in Paris, the Uffizi in Florence, the Art institute of Chicago, Philadelphia’s Barnes Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Joyce Hall instructed me to paint copies of three of Monet’s paintings using the photographs taken in the museums. This was a remarkable learning experience.

I have been a member of Charleston’s Artist Guild since 2013 and was juried in as an exhibiting member. I was selected to show a painting at the Guild’s 2015 Juried Signature Exhibition.

My learning curve is steep and I have far to go. But what a joy the trip is! It is a wonderful privilege to perceive the beauty around me and paint forms, colors, light, shadows, values and edges to show this beauty and to express the feeling that “all this beauty did not just happen by chance”. Painting is a passion, a joy and an absorbing pleasure that I need and love. I am honored to join the artists who exhibit in the Rick Reinert Fine Art Gallery.
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Ron Thomson was born in in 1969 and has worked as a professional artist for 22 years. In 1993, Thomson earned his BFA with an emphasis on painting at Florida State University. His interest steered away from the institution's focus on conceptual and abstract art and towards creating paintings about the beauty in our world. In 2002, Thomson moved to Fairhope, Alabama where he has been embraced by regional collectors. It was also here that he discovered his love for teaching artists of all ages. A vast following of students fill his classes and workshops, seeking the benefit of his pragmatic approach, infectious enthusiasm and fervent belief that we all contain a creative spark. Ron's desire to achieve new levels of power and drama in his work and reach a broader audience has infused his life and recent work with new energy.

Ron is an expressive realist working in oils on canvas. His paintings celebrate common and humble subjects elevated by their collaboration with light. His collectors often describe his work as "seemingly alive". His foundation is observation of his subject with a focus upon conveying the drama of light's connection with shadow. He seeks opportunities to use lost edges to create passages that unify and create movement in the composition. He often simplifies the subject to draw attention to the paintings "main idea". Thomson's goal is to compel the viewer to bypass thoughts about style and technique and create a communion of shared experience between himself and his collectors. 
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Gold Medal of the Exhibition of the World Masters , Oil Painters of America, USA, 2014
Lifetime Achievement Award, Oil Painters of America, USA, 2013
Excellence of Masters in the Exhibition of American Impressionist Society USA, 2011
Gold Medals of the Master Signature Members, the OPA Regional Exhibitions, Oil Painters of America, USA, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009
Master of American Impressionist Society 2007
"Zhiwei Tu Art Museum" opened by Shiaoguan City Government of China in February 2006
Gold Medal of the Master Signature Members, the National Exhibition of the Oil Painters of America, USA, 2002
Person of Outstanding Ability of "Light of the Century", China, 2000
Excellence Person of Ability in New Century by Chinese Outstanding-Artist Research Society China, 2000
Master Signature Member, the Oil Painters of America, USA, 1999
Gold Medal( American National Award of Excellence) of National Show of the Oil Painters of America, USA, 1998
Name in the Directory of Chinese Famous Artist in the World 1996
Gold Medal in the Midwest Show of the Oil Painters of America, USA, 1994
Silver Prize in the National Show of the Oil Painters of America, USA, 1993
Best Award in Show for the Exhibition Iowa College Salon XII USA, 1990
The Gold Prize at the World Cultural Convention, Algiers, 1987
First Prize at Guangdong Artistic Work Show, China, 1980.


M.F.A., Drake University, Des Moines, USA, 1990.
M.A and B.A., Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China, 1981 and 1975.


President, the Oil Painters of America, 2004-2006.
Vice President, the Oil Painters of America, 2002-2004.
Jurying Chairman, the Oil Painters of America, 2000-2004.
Juror of Awards, the Oil Painters of America, 1994 and 2000.
Art professor , Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China, 1981-1989.
Art professor, College of South China Literature and Art, China, 1982-1987.
Art professor, Teaching College of Shiaoguan, China, 1975-1978.

Tu has had more than 50 one-man shows and 100 group shows extensively in Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei and Guangzhou of China, Tokyo of Japan, Korea, Tai, Singapore, Malaysia, Algeria, Canada,England, France and the United States from New York to California. Tu’s name, his art and articles on him have been in many famous art magazines, newspapers and artist directories in the World. 12 of Tu’s art books were published in China, Taiwan and the United States.
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Like all artists, I feel like I was born to create and was drawn to art from as early as I can remember. After earning my degree in architecture from the University of Washington, I combined my professional life with my love of travel, working in locations throughout the world. My extensive travels and life experiences provide the solid platform from which my artwork is created.

My work is created primarily in oils, but I also enjoy working in acrylics and pastels in my representational style. My early training established a strong foundation in the Russian Impressionist tradition of seeing and painting shapes of light and color using relatively loose brushstrokes. I have studied extensively and been influenced by numerous historic artists, most notably Nicholai Fechin, John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase. All of these influences have allowed me to establish my own unique artistic style and define me as a truly versatile artist. While I am drawn to many painting genres; still life, landscape, cityscapes and figurative, my individual style and paint application is a constant theme throughout my work, creating a consistent body of art that is uniquely my own. Collectors continuously say they "can spot my work from across the room". Establishing my own, unique, artistic voice is my primary goal and collectors appreciate the fact that I will never paint the same image twice, every piece that I create is truly an original, completed to my highest standards. 

I am thankful to have the opportunity to pursue this passion I call art! Through my art I have had the opportunity to establish many long term friendships with collectors, galleries and other artists. When a collector purchases a piece I do not view it as a one time event, I view it as a new friend for life. I am extremely grateful for those who have supported me and hope you will continue to appreciate and support all artists who are making the world a more beautiful place. 
Michele’s award-winning artwork has shown in both group and solo gallery exhibitions, in regional, national and international juried exhibitions, and has won numerous awards. Recently, Michele has followed her passion to teach, conducting ongoing workshops and art demonstrations. She has proven to be a popular juror. Her artwork can be found in public and private collections throughout the world.

Michele has been accepted into the following organizations; Oil Painters of America/Signature Member, American Impressionist Society/Signature Member, California Art Club, Women Artists of the West/Signature Member, and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

Artist Statement

"During my work in architecture, I felt deeply connected to the arts. But I truly discovered my passion when I began to explore oil painting. For me, the process of creating begins with a scene that I feel carries a certain energy and evokes an emotion. I find myself drawn to subject matter with rich colors or intriguing light. The vignettes of everyday life that inspire me to paint, regardless of whether it's a landscape, figurative work, cityscape, or portrait. It is my primary goal to have each artwork I create resonate with energy and the poetry of light. I follow my own 'rule' of painting what is truly important to me and feel very fortunate to be able to share that with all those who support and appreciate my work. There is nothing more gratifying than knowing that my work, which is so important to me, is appreciated by others."  

Select Exhibitions

-Small Works Invitational Show/Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
-Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition
-Art In America Invitational Cortile Gallery/Provincetown, MA
-The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale/Cody, Wyoming
-OPA Salon Show/Beverly McNeil Gallery, Alabama
-Women Artists of the West 45th National Exhibition/Tucson Desert Museum/Castillo Award of Excellence
-Solo Exhibition/Artique Ltd, Anchorage, AK
-Virtuosos of the OPA at the Salmagundi Club/New York/Silver Medal award of Excellence
-Heart of the West Art Show & Sale/Auction Award-Best Oil Painting
-Where in the World Is Plein Air Event/Illume Gallery of Fine Art, St George, UT
-NW Museum of Art & Culture Auction

-"The CM Russell" Art Auction/Great Falls, MT
-Small Works Invitational Show/Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
-Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition
-Masters in Miniature Invitational Show/Trailside Galleries, Jackson, WY 
-Art in America Invitational Cortile Gallery/Provincetown, MA
-30th NW Marine Exhibition/Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA
-American Impressionist Society Annual Exhibition/Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
-Women Artists of the West 44th National Exhibition/National Women's Museum, CA
-Salon International/Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
-Rural Places & Urban Spaces/California Art Club. CA
-Quintessential California/California Art Club, CA

-Small Works Invitational Show/Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
-Oil Painters of America-Salon Show/Petoskey, MI/Award of Excellence: Best Figurative
-Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition/Topeka, KS/Award of Excellence
-Art In America Invitational Cortile Gallery/Provincetown, MA
-Masters in Miniature Invitational Show/Trailsides Galleries, Jackson, WY
-29th NW Marine Exhibition/Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA
-Sonoma Plein Air/Sonoma, CA
-Just Plein Fun Debra Huse Gallery/Newport Beach, CA. Award: People'c Choice and Award of Merit
-Western Masters Art Auction & Sale/Great Falls, MT
-Anchorage Museum Invitational Auction/Anchorage, AK
-Group Exhibition/Artique Ltd, Anchorage, AK
-Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition/Fredericksburg, TX
-Women Artists of the West National Exhibition/Estes Park, CO/American Art Collector Award of Excellence

-Holter Museum Show "Wings of Man", Helena, MT
-Two Man Show with Mark Boyle Cole Gallery, WA
-Icons of the West/Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT
-40th Anniversary Show/Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA
-28th NW Marine Exhibition/Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA
-Small Works Invitational Show/Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
-"The CM Russell" Art Auction/Great Falls, MT
-Western Masters Art Auction & Sale/Great Falls, MT
-Western Montana Paint Out/Missoula, MT
-Anchorage Museum Invitational Auction/Anchorage, AK
-Sonoma Plein Air/Sonoma, CA
-Salon International 2012/Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
-Group Exhibition/Artique Ltd, Anchorage, AK

-American Women Artists National Juried Exhibition/Huff Herrington Fine Art, GA 
-Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition/Lee Youngman Galleries, CA
-Small Works Invitational Show/Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
-American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition/Mountainsong Gallery, CA
-Jurors Choice-SouthWind Gallery Group Show-Kansas 150/Topeka, KS
-Group Show/Segil Fine Art, Monrovia, CA
-27th NW Marine Exhibition/Kirsten Gallery, Seattle
-Sonoma Plein Air/Sonoma CA
-Icons of the West/Dana Gallery/Missoula, MT
-"The Russell"-Western Masters Art Show & Sale/Great Falls, MT
-Honorable Mention-Women Artists of the West National Juried Exhibition & Sale/Rockport, TX
-Honorable Mention-Sonoma Plein Air 2011/Sonoma, CA
-Western Montana Paint Out/Missoula, MT
-Salon International/Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
-Solo Exhibition/Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA
-Anchorage Museum Invitational Art Auction/Anchorage, AK

-Small Works Invitational Show/Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
-Anchorage Museum Invitational Art Auction/Anchorage, AK
-Western MontanaPaint Out/Missoula, MT
-26th NW Marine Exhibition/Kirsten Gallery, Seattle
-Solo Exhibition/Artique, Ltd., Anchorage, AK
-Solo Exhibition/Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA
-Paint the Parks 2010, Top 100/Topeka, KS
-Paint the Parks 2010, Top 50 Miniatures/Topeka, KS

-Small Works Invitational Show/Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA 
-American Impressionist Society, 10th Annual National Juried Exhibition/Saks Galleries, Denver, CO
-Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition/Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
-Salon International/Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
-Solo Exhibition/New Horizons Gallery, Fairbanks, AK
-25th NW Marine Exhibition/Kirsten Gallery, Seattle
-Anchorage Museum Invitational Art Auction/Anchorage, AK

-Small Works Invitational Show/Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
-Solo Exhibition/Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA -American Impressionist Society, 9th Annual National Juried Exhibition/CODA Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
-Salon International/Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
-Oil Painters of America’s 17th Annual Exhibition of Traditional Oils/Dana Gallery, Missoula. MT
-Anchorage Museum Invitational Art Auction/Anchorage, AK
-Anchorage Symphony’s “Artful Violins”/Anchorage, AK

-Salon International/Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
-American Impressionist Society, 8th Annual National Juried Exhibition/Hilligoss Gallery, Chicago, IL
-Solo Exhibition/Artique, Ltd., Anchorage, AK
-Solo Exhibition/New Horizons, Fairbanks, AK
-Anchorage Museum Invitational Art Auction/Anchorage, AK
-National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, National Exhibition/traveling exhibit, east coast
-Group Exhibition/Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA

-Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition/Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
-Solo Exhibition/Artique, Ltd., Anchorage, AK
-Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition/Lawrence Gallery, Portland, OR
-American Impressionist Society, 6th Annual National Juried Exhibition

Select Publications

-Plein Air Magazine 2015
-Fine Art Connoisseur 2015
-SW Art, "Women in Art", August 2013
-American Art Collector,  "Artist Focus", August 2013, page 126
-SW Art "Artists to Watch", June 2012, page 20
-American Art Collector, May 2012, page 136-137
-SW Art's "21 Over 31 Emerging Artists Competition"-Finalist, November 2010
-Best of America Oil Artists, Kennedy Publishing, Spring 2010. Pages 133-134
-Southwest Art "Art Values", September, 2009
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Fine Artist

V….is for “Virginia” Vaughan, an award winning Texas artist.

V….Vaughan spent many years as a graphic designer/art director/illustrator, working in advertising and winning Addy Awards. Her clients included Samsung, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and McGraw Hill Publishing.

A SEWE artist since 2004, V.... stays in the Low Country after the show to photograph and paint at ACE Basin, south of Charleston. “The highlight of my time at ACE has been viewing a pair of whooping cranes that were there for a few years.”

V…. is also an art instructor, and workshop teacher. As a plein air painter she paints on location all across America. “My favorite places to paint are wild places near farms and ranches of the USA. I completed 365 daily small works depicting our Last Year on the Farm…the place where my husband was raised and our children were the fourth generation”. The exhibit was featured at museum venues, and received national acclaim and awards. All 365 works are on her web site, along with the field notes from each canvas. Her new projects are chronicled on her “painting-a-day” blog
In 2011 V…. presented another solo show at the Great Plains Art Museum at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, a continuing study of “lost farms”.She is created these works while actually moving past by car or rail. The exhibit is called Passing America: The Great Plains.

Personal Statement

. Artists get to connect with people and nature in a special way. What we do is sort of like “creating”, though all the things we use (like paint, paper or metals) are created before we get our hands on them! We just rearrange materials to SYMBOLIZE new creations!
I am inspired by LIFE and each new day. Each unfolding season breathes its new promise to me...something that I feel compelled to RESPOND to! Every time I make a painting, I sense The Creator’s presence and marvel at His handiwork in REAL CREATION
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I was born in Shanghai, China, received BFA in 1984. I came to UAS in 1990, received MFA in 1993. I am the members of the following artist organizations:

- Master Signature member of Oil Painters of America, 2014
- Copley Master of Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA since 2005
- Artist member of Salmagundi Club, New York, NY since 2006
- Elected Artist member of Connecticut Academy of Fine Art since 1998 and board member from 2010 to 2013.
- Elected Artist Member of Lyme Art Association, Lyme, CT since 1999
- Member of the Board of the Trustees of The Griffis International Art center since 2002

Major awards (for limited space list only to 2005 and not includes the 2nd and 3rd prizes):

- Figurative Award of Excellence OPA 23rd National Exhibition, 2014
- Figurative Award of Excellence OPA Eastern Region Exhibition, 2014
- Outstanding Work Prize Salmagundi Club 130th Annual Exhibition New York, NY 2014
- Best in Show Academic Artists Association 62nd Annual Show, Springfield, MA 2012
- Outstanding Work Prize Salmagundi Club 127th Annual Exhibition New York, NY 2010. The painting was selected as the permanent collection of the SCNY
- Outstanding Work Prize Salmagundi Club Fall ExhibitionNew York, NY 2011
- Best of Show Connecticut Academy of Fine Art 99th Annual Show, Mystic, CT 2010
- First Prize Copley Society of Art Member Show Boston, MA 2009
- Best of Show Connecticut Academy of Fine Art 94th Annual Show, Slate Museum, CT 2006
-First Prize Copley Society of Art Member Show Boston, MA 2006
-First Jurors’ Choice Copley Society of Art Spring Show, Boston, MA 2005

Publication Images of Tibet 2002
Royal Bee 2000
Moon Festival 1998