RICK REINERT FINE ART GALLERY

Reinert Fine Art showcases the contemporary impressionist works in oil by Rick Reinert and more than 50 other artists offering their unique and diverse styles.

Our 179 King Street, Charleston, SC gallery features an outside courtyard and sculpture garden gallery offering fine art in bronze.
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Our second Charleston, SC location…202 King Street features fine contemporary works and artisan jewelry.
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Our third location in Blowing Rock, NC…1153 Main Street 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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Lisa Andrews
LISA ANDREWS
Fine Artist

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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Heather Arenas
HEATHER ARENAS
Fine Artist


Artist's Statement

One of my goals is to say more with a painting than can be said with a photograph. My works are fresh and full of colors that I see that may not be seen by the typical viewer. My work is constantly evolving and represents my artistic voice.


Influence

My grandmothers were both artists and I was provided with various art supplies growing up. I was taught to appreciate many forms of art. My favorite artists include living artists include Richard Schmidt, Tibor Nagy, Jeremy Mann, Kim English, and Dan McCaw. Deceased influences include Honore Daumier, John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Richard Diebenkorn and Joaquin Sorolla.


Art Education

Over the last 20+ years, I have put myself through a rigorous course of independent study by reading books on drawing and painting and taking workshops from artists I admire. While earning a degree in biology with emphasis on anatomy in the early 1990’s, I also studied art history and ceramics.


Organizations

  • Women Artists of the West, Signature Member
  • American Women Artists, Associate with Distinction


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

  • WAOW Spring Online, March 2018, "Modern Day Venus", Honorable Mention
  • Gateway Intl Painting Contest, December 2018 for “Passion”, Finalist
  • Sedona Art Prize, August 2017 for "It Takes All Kinds", Finalist
  • Sedona Art Prize, June 2017 for "Red in the Sun", Finalist
  • Bold Brush, May 2017 For "Oscar and Sharon's Big Day Out", Best of Show
  • Sedona Art Prize, May 2017 for "Colorful Subject", Finalist
  • WAOW Nat. Juried Exhibition 2016 for "Home on the Range", Art of the West Editor's Choice
  • AWA National Juried Exhibition 2016 for "Orange Taffeta", Finalist
  • WAOW Hot Summer Nights 2016 for "After the Dance", Best Overall
  • WAOW Hot Summer Nights 2016 for "31st and Lexington", Honorable Mention
  • OPA Online Showcase Spring 2016 "Belizean Chef", Honorable Mention
  • AWA Spring Online Show 2016 for "Margaritas in Tubac", Finalist
  • FASO August 2015 Bold Brush for "After the Lunch Rush" Finalist
  • Finalist, Bold Brush May 2015 for "Angel in Disguise"
  • Honorable Mention, CFAI Figurative show May 2015 for "Lady in Red"
  • 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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Frank Baggett
FRANK BAGGETT
Fine Artist


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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Jill Basham
JILL BASHAM
Fine Artist



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:

  • "Finalist- Masters Category", judge: Jason Sacran, Artmuse Contest 2017;
  • American Impressionist Society, work juried in "Path to the Bay"
  • "Honorable Mention" Bucks County Plein Air 2017
  • "Artists Choice Award" and "The Award of Distinction", given by Marc Hanson, OPAM, judge, En Plein Air Texas, October 2016, for "The Garland of Texas"
  • "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"
  • "Grand Prize Winner" Artmuse Contest, Master Division, judge Paul Kratter for "The Garland of Texas" 2018
  • "Sense of Mystery Award", judges: Kenn Backhaus (PAPA), Seth Hopkins (Booth Museum) and Tim Newton (Salmagundi Club) for "Here to Pray" 2018
  • "Here to Pray"(Stone Mountain Lake) added to permanent collection of Cherokee Country Club, Atlanta GA 2018,
  • "The Award of Distinction", given by Roger Dale Brown, OPA, judge, Plein Air Texas, October 2017

Basham's work hangs in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.


Published in

Magazines

  • Plein Air Magazine, Featured Artist Aug/September 2015
  • American Art Collector 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Southwest Art


Book

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


Membership includes:

  • Salmagundi Club, NYC
  • Oil Painter's of America
  • American Impressionist Society
  • Washington Society of Landscape Painters
  • Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association
  • Laguna Plein Air Painters Association


Chronology of Shows, Exhibitions and Honors:


2018:
  • Salmagundi Club, "Landscapes: Day and Night"(juried)
  • Salmagundi Club, Historic Black and White Exhibition (juried)
  • Olmsted Plein Air Invitational
  • Plein Air Easton (juried)
  • Door County Plein Air Invitational
  • Southwest Art, Artist Focus, January 2018
  • The Moll 12: Group Exhibition, Crystal Moll Gallery Easton, MD
  • Solo Show, South Street Art Gallery, Easton MD, "Jill Basham: The Landscapes of Emotion"
  • (Upcoming) American Art Collector, April 2018 Solo Show Preview Article for "Landscapes of Emotion"
  • Boldbrush National Competition "FAV 15" for "The Thaw"

2017:
  • American Art Collector, Artist Focus, December
  • "Award of Distinction", Plein Air Texas by judge  Roger Dale Brown, OPA
  • "Award of Merit", Best of the Chesapeake, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • "Honorable Mention" Bucks County Plein Air for "Bucks Beauty" Andy Evansen PAPA, judge
  • "Finalist" Artmuse Contest, Jason Sacran, judge for "Heating Up"
  • Plein Air Easton, juried artist (Jill Carver, jurist)
  • American Impressionist Society, Inaugural Small Works Exhibition, Costa Mesa CA
  • Salmagundi Club, Historic Black and White Exhibition
  • Artmuse Show of Winners 2016, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston TX
  • En Plein Air Texas, invited artist
  • American Art Collector, Gallery Focus: Reinert Fine Art, February
  • American Art Collector, Artist Focus, January
  • FASO 30 Artists to Watch

2016:
  • "Artists Choice Award", En Plein Air Texas
  • "Award of Distinction", En Plein Air Texas by Judge Marc Hanson, OPAM
  • American Art Collector, Artist Focus, December
  •  "Judges Award" given by Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief, Fine Art Connoisseur, Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta
  • "First Place", Art Muse Contest, Master Division, Eric Bowman judge, for "Crash"
  • Washington Society of Landscape Painters: Juried into membership, Sponsor: Nancy Tankersley
  • "Finalist", Art Muse Contest, Publisher Allan Duerr, Art of the West, for "Morning Fog"
  • Salmagundi Club: Juried Annual Member's Show for "Journey Down"
  • Plein Air Easton, Juried Artist (West Frasier, jurist)
  • Salmagundi Club: Historic Black and White Exhibition, Don Donaldson Memorial Award 
  • 4 Fine Painters, Crystal Moll Gallery (Feb/March)
  • Invited Artist: Olmsted Plein Air, Atlanta, GA (April)
  • En Plein Air Texas, Juried Artist 
  • Solo Exhibition, 30+ pieces: Peninsula Gallery, Lewes DE (June)

2015:
  • American Art Collector, December 2015, Article: "Moody Atmosphere: Jill Basham"
  • Plein Air Texas, "Museum Purchase Award", Permanent Collection, San Angelo Museum of Fine Art for "Texas Ribbon" 20x24
  • Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional Exhibition, "Mire" juried in. Indianapolis, IN
  • En Plein Air Texas, Juried Artist (Oct.)
  • Bath Plein Air, Warm Springs, VA, Juried Artist (Sept)
  • Plein Air Magazine, Featured Artist, August/September issue
  • Plein Air Easton, "Best Painting by a Maryland Artist", Kip Forbes, Judge for "Meet Me at the End" 40x30
  • Plein Air Easton, Juried Artist (Elaine Adams, jurist)
  • BoldBrush Competition: "BoldBrush" Award (First Place), January, 2015
  • Plein-Air Magazine/Outdoor Painter: Article, "Why This Works", an analysis of work for painting, "Bath County Beauty"
  • Invited Artist: Olmsted Plein Air, Atlanta, GA, April 22-26, 2015
  • January 10 - March 10, 2015 - Maryland My Maryland, McBride Gallery and Maryland House of Delegates, Annapolis, MD
  • Group Show: Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore, MD, "Size Matters: a collection of Small and Large Works" February
  • Three Person Show: "New Artists, New Voices", South Street Art Gallery, Easton, MD, March 4-28

2014:
  • Salmagundi Club: "Thumb Box Exhibition", Award for "Ferry Bridge Lane"
  • American Landscapes: Scenes from the Americas (National Show), "The Strip" juried
  • Bath County Plein-Air: Invited Artist
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters: Awarded 'Best Landscape", Spring 2014 Online Exhibition 2014 for "Winter in the Country"
  • Juried into Plein-Air Easton! 2014 by Christopher Forbes
  • Juried into Paint Annapolis 2014 by Ned Mueller
  • Solo Show, "Making Waves" Color Wheel Gallery 65, McLean, VA (3/3-3/28) Extended to April 15th
  • American Art Collector March Edition for Solo Show "Making Waves"
  • Juried into Salmagundi Club's 130th Members Show (March Show)
  • Boldbrush National Competition "FAV 15" ("Far Back")
  • Book: 100 Plein-Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic, by Gary Pendleton

2013:
  • People's Choice First Place: Holiday Show, Easton Studio, MD for "Slumber"
  • Juried into Randy Higbee 6" Squared National Show, CA
  • Group Show: Peninsula Gallery, "Small Gems"
  • Group Show: Best of 2013 Artists, Crystal Moll Gallery, MD
  • Boldbrush National Competition "FAV 15%", 3 times
  • Group Show: Crystal Moll Gallery, MD "Plein-Air Summer Show"
  • Group Show: Peninsula Gallery, DE "At Water's Edge"
  • "Circle to Circle Award" for "Church from West" Paint Annapolis, awarded by Steve Doherty (Editor, Plein Air Magazine)
  • Accepted artist: Plein Air Easton! 2013
  • Demo. Artist: Plein Air Easton!2013
  • Juried into The Oxford Fine Arts Fair, Oxford Md
  • Juried into Paint Annapolis,2013 by Steve Doherty (Editor, Plein Air Magazine)

2012:
  • Salmagundi Club NYC, Accepted Artist Member (11/12)
  • U.S. State Department "Art in Embassies" requests work for US Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Plein Air Easton! Third Place Overall, "Blackwater Dawn". Judge: Tim Newton (Salmagundi Club, NYC)
  • Juried into Plein Air Easton!. Jurist: Don Demers (Internationally recognized marine artist)
  • Juried into Mountain Maryland Plein Air. Jurist and Judge: Steve Doherty (Artist/Editor, Plein Air Magazine)
  • Arts in Easton Banner Artist
  • Festival of Trees Poster Artist

2011:
  • U.S. State Department, "Art in Embassies" program, accepted artist
  • Second Place: SMAL Plein Air Exhibit. Judge: Matthew Hillier (Internationally recognized artist)
  • Paint the Town, St. Michaels, Grand Prize, "Morning Hope". Judge Carla Huber (Plein Air artist)
  • Plein Air Painters of the Eastern Shore, First Place, "Otwell Sheep", Judge: Greg Vandevissar (artist)
  • Juried into WAF Selections Gallery, Academy Art Museum, Easton MD. Judge: Alejandro Castro
  • Solo Show: Easton's Promise Art Gallery (August)
  • Juried into Plein Air Easton! Local Color. Jurist: Ned Mueller
  • Juried into membership: Working Artists Forum
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Mark Bale
MARK BEALE
Painter


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 free 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 oil painting style draws from the 19th Century Tonalist and Impressionist schools and from his formative experiences boating and painting on location.

Beale has extended the Tonalist style and applied it to the coastal landscape and marine environment based on 40 years of boating along the coastal south in small craft. This style emphasizes mood and atmosphere and a unifying sense of color harmony. He often chooses to depict times of changing light such as sunrise, sunset, moonrise, dawn or dusk and aims to communicate an emotional experience to viewer through a connection to nature. His work exudes a timeless quality, as he prefers to paint the pure landscape and only occasionally includes primitive skiffs and dwellings.

Beale’s work has been selected for numerous juried exhibitions and earned many awards including two from the National Parks Foundation “Paint the Parks” competition. In 2012, two of his works were chosen for the National Parks two - year traveling exhibit. In 2014, Beale was invited to exhibit at the historic Salmagundi Club in New York City, where the originators of Tonalism have exhibited their work since 1870.

Additionally, he has participated in several museum exhibitions across the country including the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina, The Coutts Museum of Art in Eldorado, Kansas, and the Wildlife Experience Museum in Denver Colorado. He has been featured in many publications, including 7 features in Fine Art Connoisseur and American Art Collector magazines, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art.

He is represented in Charleston South Carolina and Blowing Rock, North Carolina by Reinert Fine Art.



Artist Statement

“Exploring our emotional connection to nature is the primary inspiration for my work. I am most interested in the moods and atmosphere of the coastal landscape, based on 40 years of boating in small craft along the coastal South. My goal is to create paintings that communicate an emotion and emphasize beauty, while drawing the viewer in to participate in the experience. Ultimately, I would like my paintings to remind others of the feelings that God's creation inspires in us."



Recent Honors and Exhibitions

2018
  • Featured Artist, Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE), Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC, Feb.
  • Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, solo feature, Tonalism Survives in Charleston, Fine Art Today Online, Jan.
  • American Impressionist Society, Interview with Jason Sacran, americanimpressionistsocoety.org/blog.

2017
  • Featured Artist, Sea Island Landscapes, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC
  • Featured in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, Southern Charms: Art in Charleston, Feb.
  • Featured in American Art Collector magazine, Gallery Focus: Reinert Fine Art, Feb.

2016
  • Featured in American Art Collector magazine, Collecting Fine Art in Charleston and the Carolinas, Feb.
  • Featured Artists – Landscape and Portrait, Mark Beale and Bob Graham, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC
  • Featured in Fine Art Today online edition, Artist Profile: Mark Beale, Dec.

2015
  • Blue Ribbon Member’s Award, Charleston Artist Guild
  • Gibbes Museum of Art, Renovation Exhibition, Charleston, SC
  • Featured in Artists and Art Galleries of the South, 13:2
  • Wildlife Experience Museum, Paint the Parks Winners Exhibition, Denver, CO

2014
  • Blue Ribbon Purchase Award, Magnolia Garden’s National Landscape Competition, Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC
  • Salmagundi Club, Invited Artist, Non- Members Exhibition, New York, NY
  • Coutts Museum of Art, Paint the Parks Winners Exhibition, Eldorado, KS
  • Second Place, South State Bank People’s Choice Awards, Charleston, SC

2013
  • Solo Show, On the Waterfront, Charleston Artist Guild Gallery
  • Piccolo Spoletto Juried Art Exhibition, Charleston, SC

2012
  • Solo Show, Tones of the Coastal Landscape, Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, Charleston, SC
  • Featured in American Art Collector magazine, Collecting Fine Art In Charleston, Nov.
  • Featured in American Art Collector Magazine, Oil Painters of America: Focus on Representational Art, Oct.
  • Featured in American Art Collector magazine: Ephemeral Visions: Collecting Landscape Art, Sept.
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Dan Beck
DAN BECK
Fine Artist


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.


Membership

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


Publications

  • 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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Roger Dale Brown
ROGER DALE BROWN
Fine Artist


Originally from Nashville, Tennessee Roger is avid about traveling, studying, teaching, and competing in national painting competitions.  These experiences expand his knowledge of history, nature, and architecture, which inspire his oil paintings.  

Crediting historical master artists, such as John Carlson and Edgar Payne, Roger believes that "plein air" painting is an essential element to being a great artist.  He spends countless hours studying and painting on location, to continue to perfect seeing important nuances of a scene, a day, or an object. He considers this necessary to create a successful painting. Roger captures the emotion of the scene he is painting, by drawing on his knowledge of painting and his dedication to art.

Roger's oil paintings have been displayed in galleries throughout the United States and have won many awards which include: First Place in the Barnes and Farms National  

Juried Art Show, Museum Purchase Award and third place at the Easton Plein Air Competition, Best of Show at the Central South National Juried Show, as well as the Gold Medal Award from the Hudson Valley Art Association.  His work has also been accepted in the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, and Salon International. Roger has been published by: International Artist Magazine, American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, and the Artist Magazine. His works are owned by private collectors across the country and include many well-known celebrities and major corporations. 

Roger shares his knowledge, teaching workshops throughout the country. He believes in capturing the essence of his subjects and instills this in his students whether teaching plein air, figurative, studio or still life.



2018
  • Awarded Master Status- American Impressionist Society
  • Awarded Master Status - Oil Painters of America
  • Key Note Speaker - Plein Air South

2017
  • Judge - En Plein Air Texas
  • One Man Show - Leipers Creek Gallery, Leipers Fork, TN
  • American Masters Show - Salmagundi Club
  • American Society of Marine Painters - Signature Status
  • OPA National - Plein-Air Awards Judge

2016
  • ARC Master Status
  • International ARC Salon - Finalist Award
  • All Nashville Show - Haynes Galleries, Nashville, TN
  • Two Man Show - Haynes Galleries, Thomaston, Maine
  • One Man Show - Travis Gallery, Doylestown, PA
  • One Man Show - Beverly McNeal Gallery, Birmingham, AL
  • One Man Show - Sylvan Gallery, Charleston, SC
  • Judge & Juror - New Iberia Plein Air Festival
  • Juror - Olmsted Plein Air Invitational
  • Juror - En Plein Air Texas
  • Published - “A Passion for Painting” book

2015
  • Oil Painters of America National
  • Plein Air Convention - Featured Speaker/Demo
  • Greenbrier Invitational
  • Produced instructional DVD
  • International ARC Salon - Finalist Award
  • Salmugundi Club Members Show - Third Place

2014
  • American Impressionist Society, Nation Juried Exhibition
  • Oil Painters of America Eastern
  • Regional Exhibition & National Exhibition - Demo
  • American Masters of Today
  • Chinese Cultural Exchange Program
  • International ARC Salon- Finalist Award


2013
  • American Impressionist Society, Nation Juried Exhibition - Artist Choice & Honorable Mention  Awards
  • Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition
  • Salon International, International Juried Exhibition
  • American Masters of Today

2012
  • American Impressionist Society, Nation Juried Exhibition
  • Artist for the New Century, The Bennington, Bennington, VT
  • Callaway Gardens Plein Air Festival - Second Place Award
  • Plein Air Easton

2011
  • Oil Painters of America national Juried Exhibition 
  • Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery
  • Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational
  • Plein Air Easton
  • Callaway Gardens Plein Air Festival – Third Place Award
  • Let There Be Art, Columbus Museum

2010
  • Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational
  • Telluride Plein Air Competition 
  • Plein Air Easton
  • Callaway Gardens Plein Air Festival

2009 
  • Plein Air Easton, Honorable Mention
  • Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational 
  • Oil Painters of America, National Show

2008 
  • Artist Choice Award Estes Park Plein  Air Festival
  • Purchase Award, Avalon Museum, Easton Maryland
  • Third Place Plein Air Easton
  • First Place Barnes and Farms Competition, Barnsite Gallery
  • One man Show, Lyons View Gallery

2007 
  • Featured Artist Huntsville Museum of Art Gala 
  • One man show, Richland Fine Art
  • Third Place Quick Draw Estes Park Plein Air Festival

2006
  • Gold Medal Winner Hudson Valley Art Association
  • OPA Signature member

2005 
  • Honorable Mention Easton Plein air competition
  • One man show Hanson gallery
  • National Arts Club

2004 
  • Best of Show 39th Annual Central South Juried Art Show

2003 
  • Honorable Mention 38th Annual Central South Juried Art Show 2003, 2004, 2006 
  • Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition

2005-2010
  • Two man show Shain Gallery


Books

  • Images of the South
  • Notable Private, Corporate, Museum Collectors:
  • Tennessee State Museum
  • Huntsville Museum of Art
  • Academy Art Museum


Organizations

  • Plein Air Painters of the Southeast(PAP-SE) past-president
  • Cumberland Society of Painters
  • California Art Club
  • Oil Painters of America, Signature Member
  • American Impressionist Society
  • Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA)
  • Art Renewal Center
  • Salmagundi Club 
  • Portrait Society of America
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Michele Byrne
MICHELE BYRNE
Fine Artist


Recent Professional Awards/Benchmarks

2018
  • Wayne Plein Air Festival, Best Depiction of Light Award, Wayne, PA – Juror John Cosby
  • Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, “Renoir” – The Spirit of Atlanta Award, Atlanta GA
  • Salmagundi Club, Landscape Exhibit, Michael Harding Award, New York, NY
  • LILIEDAHL ART INSTUCTION VIDEO released second Instructional Video of my painting process. PALETTE KNIFE PAINTING with Michele Byrne
  • Reading Hospital 150th Anniversary Commission for Commemorative Painting

2017
  • Salmagundi Club, Thumb-Box Exhibit, Memorial Award, New York, NY
  • Awarded Membership, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP)
  • Honorable Mention, American Impressionist Society 18th National Juried Exhibition, Montgomery-Lee Fine Art, Park City, Utah – Juror Albert Handell
  • LILIEDAHL ART INSTUCTION VIDEO released an Instructional Video of my painting process. PAINTING IMPRESSIONISTIC FIGURES with Michele Byrne
    Grand Teton National Park Foundation – Permanent Collection, Moose, WY
  • Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Invitational – Award of Excellence Jackson Hole, WY – Juror Scott Jones
  • Lighthouse Arts Festival – Honorable Mention, Jupiter, FL – Juror George Van der Hook
  • Tennessee Williams Plein Air Event – 1st Place, Key West, FL

2016
  • PleinAir Magazine Aug/Sept Salon – Second Prize Overall
  • Sedona L’Auberge Paint Out Award Winner, Sedona, Arizona
  • Award of Excellence, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Invitational, Grand Teton Nat’l Park, WY
  • Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Exhibit – Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, OH
  • American Impressionist Society 17th National Juried Exhibition, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • Achieved Signature membership status with the American Impressionist Society

2015
  • Sedona Plein Air Invitational Salon Speakeasy – Third Place Award – Juror Catherine Dietrich
  • Jane Impastato Award – Salmagundi Club Fall Auctions – Juror Elizabeth Spencer
  • Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Exhibit - Eckert & Ross Gallery, Indianapolis, IN.
  • American Impressionist Society 16th National Juried Exhibition, Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Featured in Southwest Art Magazine Editorial – Women in Art , October 2015 issue
  • 1st Place - Brush Off Award, 3rd Place Award, Randy Higby Framing Award - Just Plein Fun
  • Plein Air Invitational, Debra Huse Gallery, Balboa Island, CA, Juror Jean Stern
  • People’s Choice Award & 3rd Place Award – Forgotten Coast Plein Air Quick Draw, FL Juror Joshua Rose
  • 2nd Place Award – Salmagundi Club – Urban Landscape Exhibit, New York, NY

2014
  • American Impressionist Society 15th National Juried Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver,CO
  • Award of Merrit and Randy Higby Award - Just Plein Fun Plein Air Invitational, Juror Jean Stern, Balboa Island, CA
  • Invitational Faculty - Demo at PleinAir Magazine Annual Convention, Monterey, CA
  • Honorable Mention - Wayne Plein Air - Wayne, PA – Juror Randall Sexton

2013
  • First Place Award, Just Plein Fun- Debra Huse Gallery Plein Air Invitational – Juror Jean Stern
  • PleinAir Magazine, June/July – 8 Page Feature Article, by Steve Doherty
  • TSKW - The Studios of Key West - 4 Week Artist Residency Fellowship, Key West, FL

2012
  • Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibit - Bennington, VT
  • Southwest Art Magazine – September Issue – included in Urban Impressions article

2011
  • American Impressionist Society - National Juried Exhibition, Mountainsong Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • Southwest Art Magazine – September, Editor’s Choice “Artist’s to Watch” section



Recent Solo Exhibitions

2016 Cuba, Key West and Paris, Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, FL
2015 The Art of Conversation, Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, FL
2014 The Art of Conversation on California’s Central Coast, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA
2014 Travels Plein Air, Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, FL
2013 The French Connection, TSKW - The Studios of Key West, Key West, FL



Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
  • Salmagundi Club Landscape Exhibit, New York, NY
  • American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase, Greenwich House Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2017
  • Salmagundi Club Thumb-Box Exhibit, New York, NY
  • Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Exhibit – Montgomery Fine Art, Park City, UT
  • American Impressionist Society 18th National Juried Exhibit, Mary Anderson Fine Art, GA
  • Lighthouse Arts Plein Air Event, Jupiter, FL
  • Wayne Plein Air Festival, Wayne, PA

2016
  • American Dreams Exhibit – Eckert & Ross Fine Art Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
  • Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Exhibit – HowardMandville Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • American Impressionist Society 17th National Juried Exhibition, Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
  • Lighthouse Arts Plein Air Event, Jupiter, FL
  • Wayne Plein Air Festival, Wayne, PA
  • Sedona Plein Air Invitational, Sedona, AZ

2015
  • Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Exhibit - Eckert & Ross Gallery, Indianapolis, IN.
  • American Impressionist Society 16th National Juried Exhibition, Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Debra Huse Gallery - Just Plein Fun Plein Air Invitational, Balboa Island, CA
  • Salmagundi Club – Urban Landscape Exhibit, New York, NY
  • Forgotten Coast Plein Air, Apalachicola, FL,
  • Lighthouse Arts Plein Air Event, Jupiter, FL

2014
  • Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA 2013
  • American Impressionist Society - 15th National Juried Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
  • Debra Huse Gallery - Just Plein Fun Plein Air Invitational, Balboa Island, CA

2013
  • Laguna Plein Air Invitational – Laguna Beach, CA
  • Featured Artist at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, Fine Art Show, Villanova, PA
  • Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO
  • Aspen Plein Air, Fourth Annual Invitational, Aspen, CO
  • Debra Huse Gallery - Just Plein Fun Plein Air Invitational, Balboa Island, CA

2012
  • Juried in the Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Division Exhibit - Bennington, VT
  • Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO
  • Aspen Plein Air, Second Annual Invitational, Aspen, CO
  • Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA
  • Rittenhouse Square Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA
  • San Luis Obispo Plein Air Invitational, San Luis Obispo, CA

2011
  • American Impressionist Society Annual Juried Show, Mountainside Galleries, CA
  • Easton Plein Air Invitational, Easton, MD
  • Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO
  • Aspen Plein Air, Second Annual Invitational, Aspen, CO
  • San Luis Obispo Plein Air Invitational, San Luis Obispo, CA



Education

2017 Studied with Carolyn Anderson, New Harmony, IN
2015 Studied with CW Mundy, New Harmony, IN, Studied with Quang Ho, Salmagundi Club, NYC
2011 Studied with artists Quang Ho, Carolyn Anderson and Dan McCaw
2009 Studied with artists Richard Schmid, Stuart Shils and Ken Auster
2001-2003 Figure and Portraiture classes, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia, PA
2002 Studied with California artist Robert Burridge at the Institute of the Arts, Wyomissing
1977-1981 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Communication Design, minor in Illustration/Painting, Kutztown University, PA



Museum Collections

2015 Mennello Museum of American Art, Private Collection, Orlando FL
2012 The Bennington – purchased “Paper Mill Bridge” Permanent Collection, Bennington VT



Memberships and Affiliations

Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of American, RMPAP (Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters), Artists’ Fellowship, Inc., Salmagundi Club, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Rehoboth Art League, Berks Art Alliance



Artist Statement

I prefer to paint outdoors directly on site. I feel that it is the best way to capture the immediacy of the moment. It allows me to immerse myself in the subject. I am not the typical plein air landscape painter in that I enjoy capturing social situations and views of the urban landscape. Whether standing next to a busy café, an isolated beach or inside a jazz club, I know that it is not just the visual information that becomes a part of the painting. The sounds, the smells, the mood and the environment all become integral to the finished image. My plein air paintings are meant to be mirrors of our lives. There is something magical and mystical about standing with your feet firmly planted on the earth, absorbing all the sounds, smells and conversations as well as the visual information and letting it all flow out onto the canvas. I become a part of the scene and the paintings seem to flow out of me.
“Painting plein air allows me to create a more fluid diary of the ever-changing activity of a café or street scene or beach scene.”



Biography

Michele Byrne is recognized for her figurative plein air work. She lives and works in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. However, she travels extensively, painting in various locations including, Manhattan, Paris, California, Colorado, Atlanta, and Key West, Florida. Michele was a Faculty Demonstrator for the Annual PleinAir Convention in Monterey, CA in April of 2014.


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Eva Carter
EVA CARTER
Fine Artist


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


Education

  • 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


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
PAUL CHENG
Fine Artist


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. 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.


FINE ARTS EXHIBITIONS/AWARDS/HONORS:

  • Oil Painters Of America 2017 Western Regional Exhibition
  • Oil Painters of America’s 26th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils (2017)
  • OPA 2016 Juried Salon Show Of Traditional Oils
  • Oil Painters Of America 2016 Western Regional Exhibition
  • Mountain Oyster Club 46th Annual Contemporary Western Art Show & Sale(2015)
  • Oil Painters Of America 2014 Western Regional Exhibition
  • 'Seascape Honorable Mention’ on Oil Painters Of America’s 23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils (2014)
  • Greenhouse Gallery Salon International 2014
  • Western Art and Landscape Show-2/2014(Greenhouse Fine Art gallery),
  • Small Gems - 02/2014(Christian Daniels Gallery)
  • Holiday Open House and Group Show-12/2013(Concetta D. Gallery),
  • 'Finalist'- BoldBrush Painting Competition (November 2013),
  • ‘Honorable Mention’ (OPA Online Showcase - Spring 2013),
  • Oil Painters Of America’s 22nd 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
  • http://www.southwestart.com/articles-interviews/emerging-artists/paul-cheng



Animation Film and TV Credits as Visual Development Artist

  • "The Book of Life" (3D Animation feature -2014)
  • "Free Birds " (3D Animation feature -2013)
  • "Pink Panther" (TV Series -2011)
  • “Back At The Barnyard” (3D TV series_Nik, Won 2009 An Emmy Award -2009)
  • "Barnyard”(3D feature film_Paramount -2006)
  • "Tarzan II”( 2D direct to video -2003)
  • "Lenny & Sid" ( 2D direct to video-2002)
  • "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (3D feature film Nickelodeon, Nominated Oscar 2002 Best Animation Feature -2001)
  • "Titan A. E." (2D feature film -2000)
  • "Bartok the Magnificent" (2D direct to video -1999)
  • "Anastasia" ( 2D feature film - 1998)
  • "The Lion King II-Simba's Pride" (2D direct to video - 1997)
  • "Aladdin and the Forty Thieves ( 2D direct to video - 1995)



Teaching Experience

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



Membership

  • Oil Painters of America – Signature Member 2017
  • California Art Club
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Carolyn Anne Crocker (Rue)
CAROLYN ANNE CROCKER (RUE)
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.

Born in Northridge CA, Carolyn is the daughter of California impressionist, Marilyn E. Crocker (1927-2009). Exposed to a thriving west coast art scene, she filled sketchbooks and developed a love for the early California Impressionists famous for their 1920’s era paintings. She received extensive training in the academics of art at the Los Angeles Art League followed by independent study with contemporary masters. Drawn to the landscape, she then spent several years traveling and painting on location.

Carolyn has been a full-time artist exhibiting with national level galleries for close to twenty years. She now resides with her husband in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her work is included in private collections throughout the world and represented by galleries in the District of Columbia, Maryland, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee.
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Nancy Seamons Crookston
NANCY SEAMONS CROOKSTON
Fine Artist


Nancy Seamons Crookston is a California-based artist awarded the title of Master Oil Painter of America.  She loves capturing the human figure in moments of stillness and reflection, as well as painting plein air, whether it’s the Rocky Mountains of her birth town in Utah, or a city scape of San Francisco.  Her paintings are often described as peaceful and calming. 

Nancy teaches workshops across the nation, helping painters learn the principles of Russian Color, which she learned from the late Russian Master, Sergei Bongart.

She has earned numerous awards including the Gold Medal Award from the 2014 Oil Painters of America’s Master Signature division, the Bronze Master Signature award at the 2013 National Oil Painters of America Show, the 2011 Eastern Regional Oil Painters of America Masters Gold Award, and the Gold Medal Award in 2002 for the National Oil Painters of America. 
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Peggy Ellis
PEGGY ELLIS
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 www.gibbesmuseum.org/programs.


Education

  • 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 Southeaster show which offers a top prize of $50,000.
  • 2015 – “Carolina’s Got Art”, The Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC. Juried by Eliza Rathbone, Curato 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


Representation

  • 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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Bill Farnsworth
BILL FARNSWORTH
Fine Artist


Bill Farnsworth was born in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1958 and spent most of his life in New Milford, Connecticut painting landscapes of the rural area, while supporting himself and his family with his growing illustration career. As a 1980 graduate of The Ringling School of Art and Design, he has spent the last forty years creating paintings for magazines, advertisements, children’s books as well as fine art commissions of portraits and landscapes.

As a fine artist, he has seamlessly moved into this field and has garnered awards of excellence from The Oil Painters of America, 2006 and 2007 Eastern Regional Shows and the 2007 National Show. He won first place in the Fifth Biennial National Show in Punta Gorda, Florida as well as two awards for Narrative Excellence from the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. A Signature member of The Oil Painters of America and The American Society of Marine Artists, Farnsworth’s paintings have appeared in many national shows, museums, and private collections throughout the United States. A nationally known illustrator, Bill has illustrated more than sixty books for children, and many have won awards including The Teachers Choice award,2005 Patricia Gallagher award,2008 Spur award, 2007 Volunteer State book award and received starred reviews in Publishers weekly.

Bill says of his work, "As an Illustrator for more than thirty years, I have told many stories with my paintings that have helped me in my cross over to Gallery work. Everyday life has a story no matter how small and deserves telling if it has the right light. The light is what makes something very special or just forgettable. Cool overcast light can have a beautiful soft edge look, whereas sunny warm light can create interesting patterns and color. In order to get this on canvas and convey it’s honestly to the viewer, an artist must have the skills of visual language. Having the technical skill will give them the ability to express. If you travel to another country and don’t know the language, no one will understand you. This goes for art as well. A painting with bad values, shapes, and edges will not convey to the viewer how the artist feels about the subject. My illustration work over the years has been the best training to put a picture together. Tight deadlines and being asked to paint everything under the sun was a great motivator to be resourceful. So today the learning process continues, and with it comes little steps of improvement. For me this is what makes painting so rewarding and fun. Moments in life pass by us all the time and if we can capture the great ones honestly in paint and canvas then maybe it will make our lives better."
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Kelli Folsom
KELLI FOLSOM
Fine Artist


Kelli Folsom was raised in the panhandle of Texas and later her family moved to the rolling hills of southeastern Oklahoma. The colors and scenes of both regions are imprinted on her visual memory. There are elements of each place that are similar from big blue skies and vast flat plains, extreme winds, tornadoes and fast moving clouds, farm lands, cattle, barns and hay bales. In her still life’s she strives to capture the true essence of each object and the relationship of the whole composition. She is particularly drawn to hand made and worn antiques. She loves hearing from her collectors that her still life paintings trigger memories of days gone by and time spent with mothers and grandmothers. No matter the subject Kelli always paints from life. She feels there is no better way to get the lifelike quality of movement, light and atmosphere and true textures into a painting. Painting from photos just doesn't appeal to her since she craves the one on one experience with her subject.

She has always been a lover of beauty and has loved creating since she was a small child. Although, there were no art mentors or even art classes for her growing up, Kelli would find her way back to her love of art in 2007 when she began attending Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She received her B.F.A. in 2011 and went on to an artist residency in Bulgaria that summer followed by a couple of weeks in Western Europe. Painting abroad and seeing some of the greatest works of art at the Louvre and Rijksmuseum had a major educational impact.

After graduation in 2011 Kelli has worked as a full time artist. She has received numerous scholarships and awards for her work, like the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Anna Lee Stacey scholarship, awards from Southwest Art Magazine and American Art Collector, the Oil Painters of America Honorable Mention in Figurative Art, and Southwest Art's Artist to Watch in 2013.

"Nature compels me to create. Trying to capture it with sincerity, bravery and vitality is what I am after. To communicate what is important about a thing or scene is what I am seeking, not to just copy reality. To create a visual arrangement that stirs emotion and deep response is my objective."


Education

  • B.F.A. 2011 Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts


Affiliations

  • American Women Artists, Associate Member with Distinction
  • Oil Painters of America, Associate Member
  • Women Artists of the West, Associate Member
  • American Impressionists Society, Associate Member


Awards

  • 2016 Honorable Mention Figurative Category, Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition
  • 2015 Award of Excellence, Southwest Art Magazine, Weekend in the West, Evergreen Fine Art
  • 2014 Award of Excellence, American Art Collector, American Women Artists National Juried Exhibition
  • 2013 Finalist Raymart Art Competition online
  • 2012 Best of Show, Lyme Art Association, Summer Painting & Sculpture Exhibition
  • 2012 2nd Place, Weathersfield Academy of Art Premier Art Exhibition, Jurors Sherrie McGraw and Gregg Kreutz


Selected Shows

  • 2017 25th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Oil Painters of America, Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinatti, OH
  • American Impressionist's Society Small Works Showcase, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Miniature Masterpiece Show, Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ
  • 2016 Women Artists of the West National Juried Exhibition, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
  • Small Works, Great Wonders, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Annual National Juried Salon Show of Traditional Oils, Oil Painters of America, Castle Gallery,Fort Wayne, IN
  • "Weekend in the West” Art Show & Sale, Evergreen Fine Art, Evergreen, CO
  • 25th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Oil Painters of America, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • Miniature Masterpiece Show, Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ
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Laura Fontaine
LAURA FONTAINE
Fine Artist



Laura Lloyd Fontaine grew up in Atlanta, Ga. Her mother was an extremely talented interior designer, so as a child and throughout her life, she was exposed to beautiful fabrics, rugs, antiques, and paintings. As a child she knew she would become an artist one day.

Laura graduated from Hollins College, in Roanoke, Va., with a masters in Studio Art and a minor in Art History. She moved to the Main Line of Philadelphia and continued her studies at the Philadelphia College of Art. With her mother’s advice, she took the train to Great Neck, NY to study with the masters of faux finishing. She travelled around the United States for a years painting faux finishes, murals and tromp loeil for designers and clients.

In 1995, she decided to settle down and paint mainly in oils. She became a member of the Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society. She studied under many renowned artists through workshops, and when she arrived in Charleston, she began teaching workshops herself.

In 2015 Laura was given the honor of being chosen as Kiawah’s featured artist of the year. Her deep desire is to kayak from her back yard into the marsh and sketch. This inspiration is where the bones of all her paintings are derived.

Laura has a passion to paint on large canvas. Her foundation is Venetian plaster, derived from her years of faux finishing. Her technique involves many layers of oil glazes, which gives her work a soft luminous feel. Her goal is to capture the landscape in such a way that the viewer is drawn into the painting. A feeling of peace in time is what she tries to capture.
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Nancy Franke
NANCY FRANKE
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.

  • 2017 - Awarded Signature Member Status in the American Impressionist Society
  • 2017 - Painting accepted into the National American Impressionist Juried Exhibit, Montgomery Lee Gallery, Park City, UT - October, 2017
  • 2017 - Painting accepted into the National American Impressionist Small Works Exhibit, Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA - March, 2017
  • 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 Frazee
JAN FRAZEE
Fine Artist


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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KIM GIBBS
Fine Artist


Color and light are Kim Gibbs passion and inspiration. Creating a series of images from her imagination, she explores each subject with color, texture and composition. The interpretive vehicle for her art is Paint. Paint is the subject. She uses a variety of applications on each canvas including pushing, pulling, scraping and throwing the paint to express her emotion to the viewer. Kim’s direct approach is very aggressive and energetic. Her goal is to create a strong emotional response from the viewer. Art that Inspires!

While raising her own children, she studied watercolor which opened her eyes to seeing how color reacts to light. From watercolor Kim moved on to working in pastels and acrylics, finally finding oil, her current medium.

Primarily self-taught, Ms. Gibbs has studied with many world class teachers and participated in numerous workshops from Scottsdale to Maine. Her instructors have included Albert Handel, Timothy Horn and Millie Gosch, Camille Prezwodek and Andy Braitman, among others. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia Journalism School.

She has been is many juried shows. Some are: 2011 Atlanta Artists Center; 2011 Carrolton Art Center; 2012 Atlanta Decorator Show House; 2012, 2015, 2016, Anne Irwin Emerging Artists of Atlanta; 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 Spotlight on Art; 2014 Ciel Gallery “Tree Show”; Fall 2015- Spring 2016 Artist in Residency at Braitman Studios; April 2016, Five Women Spring Show at Frameworks Gallery in Atlanta; November 2016, “Best and Brightest” Scottsdale Artist School; November 2016, Neiman Marcus Show in Atlanta. November 2016 ArtFoodHome.com featured artist. June 2017, Solo Show Reinert Fine Art Gallery of Charleston, Sozo Gallery Featured Artist 2/18, Featured Artist at the Gorelick Gallery at CPCC 2-12/18.

Additionally she is a member of Oil Painters of America, Women Painters of the Southeast, Artists of N.W. Atlanta, and the Dilworth Artisan Station.

Her large landscapes can be found in private as well as corporate collections. She is represented by several galleries in the Southeast. Kim paints daily in her studio/gallery in Charlotte creating Art that Inspires!
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Millie Gosch
MILLIE GOSCH
Fine Artist

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


  • 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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MARC HANSON (born 1955)
Fine Artist


Having grown up in a military family, Marc’s youth was spent on the move. He was born in Oxnard, California and spent some of his early school years there. But his geographical resume soon included Alaska, Florida, Arkansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Norway. After his father’s retirement from the Air Force, Marc’s family settled in the small northern California community of Loomis. Marc began college as a biology major, but soon applied to and was accepted into Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, majoring in illustration. After Art Center and a brief stint as a staff illustrator in Sacramento, California, Marc moved to Minnesota where he lived for 33 years while raising a family and pursuing his art. Marc relocated to Colorado in the Fall of 2012.

“I have pursued a career as a painter for many years now. Along the way my methods, materials and focus have evolved. A naturalist at heart, the landscape is the perfect vehicle for expressing the joy I have for the world that surrounds me. My real interest and challenge as a painter is how to best manipulate the core principles of painting into effective visual statements. I’m most successful when I’m able to communicate that joy to the viewers of my paintings.”

Marc teaches landscape painting workshops in many locations nationally. “ I love working with other painters in their pursuit to better their craft. My goal is not to have them assimilate my style and technique, but to teach them how to more closely exam- ine the subject and apply the principles that representational painters must follow to become effective visual communicators.”

He has shown his work in galleries and museums nationally and internationally since the early 1980’s. He is a Master Signature Member of The Oil Painters of America (O.P.A.)
 
He is a Master Signature Member of The Oil Painters of America (O.P.A.M.), having won an Award of Excellence at the O.P.A. National Exhibit in 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2011 Marc’s painting ‘Right or Left’ was awarded Bronze Medal for Painting at the OPA National Exhibition in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Among his many awards, he’s placed four times in The Pastel Journal’s ‘Pastel 100’ competition. 


Other Recent Awards

OPA Salon Show, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Traverse City, MI - Bronze Medal Master Signature Division 2018
NOAPS Fall 2017 Online International Exhibition - Third Place Award
Best of Show - 2017 ISAP International Society of Acrylic Painters 2nd Annual All-Member Online Exhibition
OPA Regional Exhibition, Illume Gallery, St George, UT - Gold Medal Master Signature Division 2017
OPA Regional Exhibition, Anderson Fine Art, St. Simons’ Island, GA - Silver Medal Master Signature Division 2017
Door County Plein Air Festival - Honorable Mention 2011, Artist Choice and First Place 2012, First Place 2013, Third Place 2015 
Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA - ‘Cezanne Best Landscape’ Award 2017
Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA - ‘Jurors Choice Award’ - 2017 
Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA - ‘Cezanne Best Landscape’ Award 2016 
Oil Painters of America - Master Signature Member Status (OPAM) 2016 
RMPAP ( Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters) Paint the Park - First Place 2014, RMPAP Rocky Mountain NP Plein Air- Best Body of Work 2014, RMPAP Paint the Park - Best Body of Work and Award of Excellence 2015 
Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA - Francesca Kerpel Wenger ‘Best Sense of Place’ Award 2015 
PAAC ( Plein Air Artists Colorado) - Third Place 2015 
Recent Publications-  Plein Air Magazine - Feature and Cover 2013 
Southwest Art Magazine - Feature and Cover 2012
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Lee Harper
LEE HARPER
Fine Artist


Lee Harper, founding director of Lee Harper & Dancers, has enjoyed a lengthy career as full of turns, leaps, and joyful expressions as one of her dances. Over more than three decades, she has inspired and taught thousands of children, choreographed productions for some of the premier arts organizations in the Southeast, directed her talented group of professional dancers and dazzled audiences with her one-woman shows.

Miss Harper is a native of Hickory, North Carolina. She attended the Juilliard School of Music and graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. She performed professionally with the Pearl Lang Dance Company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the Allnations Dance Company, all of New York City, and the Atlanta Contemporary Dance Company.

An opportunity to choreograph Leonard Bernstein's MASS for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra brought Miss Harper to Atlanta in 1975 and began her long association with the organization. Since then, she has choreographed and performed for the Orchestra's annual family concert series as well as for their many educational programs.

In 1980, she founded her school and dance company, Lee Harper & Dancers, where she has choreographed over 30 works for her professional company. She is the recipient of two choreography fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mayor's Fellowship in the Arts for Choreography. In 2002, Public Broadcasting System (PBS) of Atlanta named her Lexus Leader of the Arts. In 2007 she choreographed the Atlanta Opera's TURANDOT for the grand opening of Atlanta's newest arts center, the Cobb Energy Center. She performed with her company with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and the Madison Chamber Music Festival in 2008.

Miss Harper served on the faculty of the Northside School of the Arts for four years and was artist-in-residence at Woodward Academy for 20 years. Since 2013, she has been artist-in-residence at The Westminster Schools. She is married to attorney and arts leader Wayne Vason. They have two children, Katie & Fin.

Check out Lee Harper’s childhood home in Hickory, NC. which is now the Harper House / Hickory History Center.
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Errol Jacobson
ERROL JACOBSON
Fine Artist


Education

  • 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


Exhibitions

Solo
  • 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

Group
  • 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


Awards
  • 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


Media
  • 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


Organizations
  • 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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RALPH GRADY JAMES
Artists


Ralph Grady James lives near Mocksville, North Carolina. He attended N.C. School of the Arts in high school and later Indiana University to major in music. Although heavily involved in his study of music, Ralph also had a passion for the visual arts.

Ralph’s original inspiration came from his father, Eugene James, who was an artist as well as an architect and structural engineer. Mr. James seemed to capture images on canvas or paper with little effort at all; Ralph began to wrestle with capturing his own images even as a young boy.

Local seminars and the encouragement of other artists have impacted Ralph’s art as well. One pivotal seminar was led by Heiner Hertling, which introduced Ralph to oil painting; others have been led by John and Suzie Seerey-Lester. The encouragement (and challenge) of working with local artist in the weekly drawing group with Scott Burdick and Susan Lyon has inspired Ralph to continue to stretch his ability.

Ralph has always loved North Carolina’s natural habitat. He has always felt fortunate to be close to both the Appalachian mountains and the Outer Banks, both of which he loves. Growing up, he roamed the woods and fields of the family farm near the Yadkin River, observing wildlife in the seasonal changes.


Artist's Statement

In some way, our identity in life is determined by what and how we communicate with our world. Painting is one of those ways I use to reflect what is within me and also interact with and touch those around me. It is a way I seek to be understood by others and also to understand myself. Whether we express ourselves through painting, writing, speaking, or other methods, we all have an innate need to communicate who we are and what is important to us. It is how we express our passion, our love, our fear, our hope, our humor. Indeed, my art contains all of these – some readily apparent, others intentionally hidden. Georgia O’Keeffe spoke for me when she said, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.”

My desire? My desire is to communicate the beauty of God's creation in my paintings. I want to show to others what I see and feel: the majesty, the awe-inspiring beauty of creation and, vicariously, the One who created it. My desire is to ask questions of myself and the viewer, knowing that we will not like all of the answers. My desire is for us to find a bit more peace and contentment in our lives through this process and to remember to thank God that you and I are not in charge. I want the viewer of my art to become a participant in the scene: to smell, to feel, to seek, to remember, and to take another step forward in a sometimes uncertain life.

And yet, I strive and struggle trying to carefully keep this wonderful art thing in perspective. Like so many things we are passionate about, there is the tendency to let my love for art control my life instead of enhancing my life.  I like the way Scott Christensen puts it when he says, "...painting is not the aim or focus of life, but instead painting contributes to the art of living." For me, that means painting falls somewhere behind my faith and my family in priority though the balance is always difficult. I strive to hold it loosely so that God can make it work.


Honors

  • "Voyages into the Sublime - Ralph Grady James captures the movement of the natural world", Southwest Art, June 2017
  • Finalist—Animal/Wildlife category. The Artist Magazine32nd Annual Art Competition, December 2015 Issue
  • “Artists to Watch—Ralph Grady James, A Slice of Heaven.” Southwest Art, September 2014
  • Featured Artist, “Germanton Gallery Miniature Showcase.” American Art Collector, December 2013
  • Featured, “Petite Perspectives, Collecting Small Works & Miniatures,” American Art Collector, November 2012
  • Featured, “2012 Howard Mandville Anniversary Show,” Southwest Art, June 2012
  • Featured, “An Artistic Journey,” Winston-Salem Monthly, July 2011


Juried Shows

  • 2017 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau WI 
  • 2016 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition, Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
  • 2016 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, Elise Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2015 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau WI, (selected for the 2016 national tour)
  • 2015 Art of the Animal Kingdom, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT (2015)
  • 2014 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau WI,(selected for the 2015 national tour and purchased for the museum’s permanent collection)
  • 2013 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau WI,(selected for the 2014 national tour)
  • 2012 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau WI,(selected for the 2013 national tour and purchased for the museum’s permanent collection)
  • “Laumeister Fine Art Competition,” Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington VT 2011 Laumeister Fine Art Competition, Honorable Mention, Top Five Viewers Choice Award
  • 2011 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau WI,(selected for the 2012 national tour)
  • Paint America’s “Paint the Parks” 2010 Top 100 artist, juried exhibition and national tour
  • American Impressionist Society, 2010 National Juried Exhibition
  • 2009 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau WI,(selected for the 2010 national tour and purchased for the museum’s permanent collection).
  • “Salon International,” Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX (2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)


Collections

  • NC Museum of Natural Sciences(Raleigh, NC)
  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum(Wausau, WI)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centers (Winston-Salem, NC)
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MaryBeth Karaus
MARYBETH KARAUS
Artists


MaryBeth Karaus is a graduate of the DAAP program of the University of Cincinnati, but her artistic training began years before any formal study. As the daughter of a passionate artist, she was raised with an intrinsic appreciation and understanding of art that can never be taught.

Karaus first began her career as an artist in watercolors, a form she was drawn to from the teaching of Robert James Foose of the University of Kentucky. As a watercolor artist she participated in the Kentucky Watercolor Society Aqueous Show, the Lexington Art League Nude Show and the
Cincinnati Art Club Viewpoint show. She also became a signature member of the Cincinnati Art Club.

After achieving success in the medium of watercolor, she began studying oil painting beginning with a workshop with respected artist Dan Gerhartz in 2004. In 2006 she won the Top Award of Excellence from the juried exhibition of Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. Her work was accepted into the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition in 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2015. She has been awarded status of Signature Member of OPA in 2015.
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Mark Kelso
MARK KELSO
Artists


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.


EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS:

2016

  • 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

2015

  • 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

2014

  • 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

2013

  • 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

2012

  • 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

2011

  • 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

2010
  • 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

2009
  • 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

2008
  • 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

2007
  • 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

2006
  • 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

2005
  • 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

2004
  • 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

2003
  • 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

2002
  • 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
  • Bergstrom
  • Mahler Museum
  • The Miami Metrozoo, Miami, FL

2001
  • 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

2000
  • 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

1999
  • Germanton Gallery Things With Wings
  • Sharon Arts Center – Wildlife Art
  • Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show Annual Juried Exhibition
  • Rainforests: The Breath of Amhakia

1998
  • Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show Annual Juried Exhibition
  • Northern Wildlife Art Exhibition – Featured Artist
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Olga Krimon
OLGA KRIMON
Artists



Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Olga Krimon received academic art education in Kazan, Russia. Growing up she was (and still is) largely influenced by Repin, Serov, Brullov, Levitan, Kramskoy, Fechin and other Russian titans. She then discovered Sargent, Zorn, Sorolla and Cecilia Beaux, and to this day she examines the movement, the bold brushstrokes and the value arrangements in their pieces.

She continued to grow and develop her skills later in America, through drawing classes with Glen Orbik and painting classes with Jeremy Lipking. Olga also holds a BA in Art History, and she credits it with providing her the rich visual vocabulary that is instrumental for defining her path as an artist. She also later received MBA, making her well-grounded in the business side of an artistic career.

Olga continues to refine her craft through independent studies and daily practice. Over time, she developed her own style grounded in fundamental principles of academic realism, sensitivity to subtle value and color transitions, and yet bold energy of movement and expressive brushstrokes. Olga’s Figurative and Still Life Paintings are recognized by the Portrait Society of America PSoA (International Competition 1st Place Drawing 2016 and 3rd Honor Award 2014, Certificates of Excellence 2011, 2015 and 2018, Members Only 3rd Merit 2015 and Honorable Mention 2014) and American Art Collector Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America (OPA) Western Regional Competition 2014. She is also a finalist in 2015 and 2016 Art Renewal Center (ARC) International Salon Competition.



SELECTED AWARDS

  • Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America (PSoA), 20th Annual International Portrait Competition, 2018
  • 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
  • Finalist, Art Renewal Center (ARC) International Salon Competition 2016
  • 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)



SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND JURIED SHOWS

  • Americans in Paris, Group Exhibition #1, Arcadia Contemporary, Culver City, CA, May 12-30, 2018
  • Americans in Paris, Group Exhibition #2, Galerie L'Oeil du Prince, Paris, France, May 24-June 12, 2018
  • Realism Without Borders, Group Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, April 19-22, 2018
  • Realism Without Borders, Group Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, December 5-10, 2017
  • Solo Exhibition, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC, December 1- 31, 2017
  • Solo Exhibition, Vanessa Rothe Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA, October 1 - 30, 2017
  • American Impressionist Society (AIS) 18th National Juried Exhibition, Montgomery-Lee Fine Art Gallery, Park City, Utah, September 28 - October 29, 2017
  • Equestrian Group Show, Vanessa Rothe Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA, August 1 - 30th, 2017
  • Oil Painters of America (OPA) 26th National Juried Exhibition, Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, OH, May 12 - June 10, 2017
  • "AIS Impressions: Small Works Showcase", American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA, March 11-25, 2017
  • The 26th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, December 2-31, 2016
  • "Realism Without Borders", hosted by Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA (through Vanessa Rother Fine Art), Opening Reception November 5, 2016
  • Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC exhibition, opening reception September 2, 2016
  • "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



PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS


  • Portrait Society of America (PSoA) Signature Status
  • Oil Painters of America (OPA) Signature Member
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Karen Lawrence
KAREN LAWRENCE
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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Calvin Liang
CALVIN LIANG
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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STEPHANIE MARZELLA
Contemporary Realist


Stephanie Marzella has been a painter of landscape and still life since receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1984. She was born and raised outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Soon after receiving her BFA she moved to Rhode Island. Upon moving to the “Ocean State” she began to focus solely on landscape and quiet water. As of 2016 Stephanie has relocated to the thriving arts community of Charleston, South Carolina where she now resides on Johns Island. She is looking forward to painting the Low Country and discovering all it has to offer. The driving forces behind Stephanie’s work are her love of nature and interpretive use of color.

“I am inspired everyday by my immediate surroundings. I lived on a tidal cove off Narragansett Bay called Mill Creek Cove. I was able to watch the tidal changes every day and the sunset at night. Nature is very spiritual for me. Through my work I am expressing my emotional response to nature’s mystery and her constant transitions. By creating mood and atmosphere in my paintings I hope to awaken these emotions in the hearts and minds of the viewer.”

Stephanie paints in oils, but has enjoyed many different media including pastels and acrylics. She enjoys reading and collecting antique art books and building her reference library. She has most recently been influenced by George Inness and the American Tonalists artists of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Stephanie has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the country and won many awards. In 2016 she has received The John N. Lewis Memorial Award, The Emil Carlsen Award and the prestigious Annual Purchase Prize Award at The Salmagundi Club in New York City. In 2014 she received The Jurors Choice award from Peter Trippi the editor and chief of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine at Plein Air Easton. She has also been featured in Pastel Journal Magazine. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, The American Impressionist Society, The Salmagundi Club and the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.


Awards & Honors

  • 2018 Boldbrush National Competition “FAV 15” for “Glory”
  • 2018 Master Class Finalist , Art Muse Contest
  • 2017 Jurors Choice Award , 8th Annual 6” Squared Exhibition, Costa Mesa, CA
  • 2017 Jack Richeson Merit Award, The 109th Thumb-Box Exhibition, NY, NY
  • 2017 New Smyrna Beach Paint Out “Cover Artist” Award, New Smyrna Beach, FL
  • 2017 Edwin H. Blashfield Award, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
  • 2017 Palette Art 2017, Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT
  • 2017 “My Favorite Place to Paint”, Article Outdoor Painter, Plein Air Magazine
  • 2016 Artists Choice Award, 8th Annual 6” Squared Exhibition, Costa Mesa, CA
  • 2016 Lewis N. Memorial Award, The 108th Thumb-Box Exhibition, NY, NY
  • 2016 The Annual Purchase Prize, The 108th Thumb-Box Exhibition, NY, NY
  • 2016 “Winners in Small Packages”, Article Outdoor Painter, Plein Air Magazine
  • 2016 Emil Carlsen Award, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
  • 2015 Jurors Choice Award, 7th Annual 6” Squared Exhibition, Costa Mesa, CA
  • 2014 Peter Trippi Jurors Choice Award, Plein Air Easton, Easton,MD
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Rick McClure
RICK McCLURE
Fine Artists


“My sincerest hope is that upon introspection, the viewer will gain a   greater appreciation for the beauty that is our world”.  ~ R. McClure

In 2004 Southwest Art Magazine haled Rick McClure as an artist to watch, and the art world has been looking ever since!  Even so, a wide audience of longtime devotees already embraced the artist and his talent.  His recognition and achievements come as the fruit of long, hard work.  An award-winning plein air painter and a dedicated teacher, Rick McClure has been painting professionally for more than forty years.
 
Born in Raton, New Mexico in 1954, Rick McClure is largely identified with Oklahoma where he received his education and where he continues to live and work.  He is embraced as a native son, honored with his work hanging in the Oklahoma State Capitol Permanent Collection.
 
He found quick affirmation of his talent when, as a high school junior, an out-of-state collector purchased an entire exhibit of his work.  Awarded an art scholarship to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Rick McClure graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  He continued his studies with post-graduate work in painting from North Texas State University and in sculpture from the University of Central Oklahoma.  In addition, he enrolled in Plein Air Master Class Studies with Charles Sovek as well as Eric Michaels.
 
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 "Cincinnati Art Club's ViewPoint Exhibition. His free, painterly approach to recording locations in America and abroad has become popular with collectors nationwide.
 
Rick McClure’s rich art works capture the essence and life of a landscape.  One admiring observer saluted his fresh approach to a popular medium and familiar subject:

“His love for painting on location has proven very popular with collectors
and many find his little excerpts from nature to be a refreshing approach
to representational landscape painting. Confronting nature and the
public on location enables McClure to produce works that are fresh,
spontaneous, and as Charles Movalli states, "more akin to sushi than
fried fish." 
 
Rick McClure is a member of the Oil Painters of America, a signature member of 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 currently divides his time between painting, travel, and teaching.  His plein air workshops throughout the United States are popularly attended by beginner and seasoned artists alike.
 
Rick McClure has been featured in distinguished art publications, including:
  • Southwest Art Magazine
  • American Art Collector
  • Art of the West
  • Painting North Carolina A Visual Journey
  • Painting North Carolina En Plein Air
  • Kiawah Legends Magazine
  • Strokes Of Compassion
  • Who's Who Among Americas' Teachers: 1999, 2002, 2004


Exhibitions

  • “American Impressionist Society 18th National Exhibition” ~ Montgomery / Lee Fine Art ~ 9/2017
  • "OPA 26th National Exhibition" ~ Eisele Gallery ~ 5/2017
  • "American Impressionist Society 16th National Exhibition" ~ Trailside Gallery ~ 10/2015
  • "American Impressionist Society 15th 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 14th 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 10th 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 Gallery ~ 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” ~ Nichols Gallery ~ Taos, NM ~ 5/2005
  • “Rick McClure & Gay Faulkenberry” ~ A Two Person Show ~ Shadid Fine Art ~ 2/2005
  • “A Coastal Journey” ~ Solo Exhibition ~ Fountainside Gallery ~ 3/2005
  • “People and Places” ~ Solo Exhibition ~ FountainSide Gallery ~ 5/2004
  • “American Impressionist Society 5th National Exhibition ~ Charlotte Finn Gallery ~ 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 ~ 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 ~11/2002
  • “From City to Country” ~ Solo Exhibition ~ FountainSide Gallery ~ 5/2002
  • “OPA ~ 11th National Exhibition” ~ Hilligoss Galleries ~ 4/2002
  • “OPA ~ 10th National Exhibition” ~ Zantman Galleries ~ 4/2001
  • “OPA ~ Midwest Regional Exhibition” ~ Dunton Galleries ~ 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


Awards

  • 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


Publications

  • “Legends Kiawah Magazine” ~ Artist Interview ~ 8/2017
  • "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



Education

  • 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


Professional Organizations

  • Oil Painters of America
  • American Impressionist Society ~ Signature Member
  • National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters ~ Signature Member
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David Mueller
DAVID MUELLER
Fine Artists



David Mueller, a graduate of The American Academy of Art in Chicago, has completed a number of commissioned works for private collectors and has created large bodies of work for one-man shows in New York and the Midwest as well as participating in group shows from coast to coast and in London.

Since 1989, David Mueller has been creating renderings for many private and corporate collectors, including gubernatorial portraits that hang in the Ohio State capital. With collectors internationally, Mueller has been accepted into numerous national and regional exhibitions including The Art Renewal Center, Oil Painters of America and Viewpoint (Cincinnati Art Club). His work has appeared on the cover of The Artists Magazine and in many regional print, television, and radio outlets. In 2009, David rendered a Christmas ornament that was displayed on the White House Christmas tree. Mueller has taught oil painting/drawing to numerous students both privately and in regional workshops. He has been sharing his knowledge of "Sophisticated Fundamentals" by paying forward concepts that he gleaned from numerous educational, peer group and historic inspirations.
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George Netherton
GEORGE NETHERTON
Fine Artists

After having built and sold a successful Software and Data Services Company, George Netherton left the business world behind and focused on a lifelong love of art and painting. George’s primary medium is oil, and his subject matter is primarily the landscape of the southeastern coast. Although very much an outdoor painter, George now spends about half his time in the studio developing work originated in the field. He has been very active in both national and local art organizations, including: OPA, Jekyll Island Art Association, Glynn Visual Arts, Georgia Coastal Artists Guild (where he is currently President).


2018

  • One Man Show – Golden Isles Welcome Center – June 2018
  • Co-founder and Coordinator of the “Albert Fendig – Hofwyl Plantation Plein Air Event,” and Traveling Exhibit -- Currently in it’s Sixth Consecutive Year.
  • Jekyll Island Art Assoc. Annual Art Festival, " Jekyll Island, GA -- March 2018 -- Honorable Mention.

2017
  • "Plantation Wildlife Art Festival"-- Thomasville, GA -- Juried Artist, November 2017
  • Goodyear Cottage -- Month Long Show -- Jekyll Island, GA -- October 2017.
  • "Spring Into Art" Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta, GA -- May 2017 -- Colson Calendar Award.
  • "Jekyll Island Art Assoc. Annual Art Festival, " Jekyll Island, GA -- March 2017 -- Second Place, Third Place, Honorable Mention.

2016
  • "Plantation Wildlife Art Festival" - Thomasville, GA - Juried Artist, November 2016
  • Georgia State Fair (October 2016) - Mr. and Mrs. Larry E. Garrett Merit Award.
  • Invited to participate in the "Art of Georgia" exhibit. with two paintings that have been selected to hang in the executive offices at the State Capitol.  - The exhibit will begin in October 2016 and run through March 2017.
  • Solo Show - McIntosh Art Association ("Old Jail'), Darien, GA - August through September 2016
  • "St. Mary's Plein Air Paint Out," St. Mary's, GA -- May 2016, Honorable Mention
  • "Jekyll Island Art Assoc. Annual Art Festival," Jekyll Island, GA - March 2016, Honorable Mention, Professional, Oil

2015
  • "Plantation Wildlife Art Festival"-- Thomasville, GA -Juried Artist, November 2015
  • Solo Show - The Horton Gallery -- Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick, GA - July 2015
  • "St. Mary's Plein Air Paint Out," St. Mary's, GA - May 2015 Second Place
  • "Piney Woods Plein Air Event,' Thomasville, GA - April 2015 Third Place and Honorable Mention
  • "Jekyll Island Art Assoc. Annual Art Festival," Jekyll Island, GA - March 2015 Second Place, Professional, Oil

2014
  • "Solomon Island Plein Air Festival"  Juried plein air event, Solomon Island, Maryland - September 2014
  • "Vistas and Visions" -- Three Person Show - Glynn Art, St. Simons Island, GA - June 2013
  • Solo Show -- Brunswick Library, Brunswick, GA - February, March 2014

2013
  • "Paint the Town" juried plein air event, Cranford, New Jersey - June 2013, People's Choice Award
  • "St. Mary's Plein Air PaintOut," St. Mary's, Ga. -- May 2013, Honorable Mention
  • "Hilton Head Art League Biennale," juried exhibit, Hilton Head, SC - May 2013
  • "Coastal National," juried exhibit, St. Simons Island, GA  -- May 2013, Honorable Mention 
  • "Callaway Gardens Plein Air Event," juried event, Pine Mountain, GA - April 2013, Honorable Mention, Quick Draw 
  • "Jekyll Island Art Association Annual Art Festival,"  Jekyll Island, GA - March 2013, Second Place

2007 - 2012
  • "Artist of the Month" - Okeefenokee Heritage Center, Waycross, GA - August 2012
  •  "Paint the Town"  Juried, plein air event, Cranford, New Jersey - June 2012
  •  "Solomon Island Plein Air Festival"  Juried plein air event, Solomon Island, Maryland  - June 2012
  •  "Plein Air Affair"  Juried plein air event, St. Simons Island, Ga - April 2012 (2011, 2010, 2009)
  •  "Jekyll Island Art Association Spring Show" - 2 paintings received "Honorable Mention" - March 2012; Second Prize - 2008
  • "Coastal National Juried Exhibit" -- 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
  • Two Man Show  "Oil and Metal" -- Goodyear Cottage, Jekyll Island Art Association -- May 2010
  • Three Man Show "Vistas and Visions" -- Glynn Art Association, St. Simons Island, GA -- March 2008

Collections Include

  • College of Coastal Georgia , President's Conference Room, Brunswick, GA
  • Westin Hotel and Resorts, Savannah, GA
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Jacki Newell
JACKI NEWELL
Fine Artists


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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Kathie Odom
KATHIE ODOM
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.

Kathie has Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education fromThe University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


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.”


2018 Selections
  • Town and Country Juried Art Show • Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
  • American Miniatures Show • Settlers West Galleries • Tucson, Arizona
  • American Impressionist Society Small Work Showcase • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • MASTER CLASS FINALIST • Art Muse Contest • March
  • Solo Show • The Cabell Gallery • Lexington, Virginia
  • Faculty • 7th Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • BEST IN SHOW • Olmsted Plein Air Invitational • Atlanta, Georgia
  • JUDGE’S AWARD from Tim Newton • Olmsted Plein Air Invitational • Atlanta, Georgia Oil Painters of America 27th Annual National Juried Exhibition • Steamboat Springs, CO Summer Show • Settlers West Galleries • Tucson, Arizona
  • HONORABLE MENTION • Wayne Art Center's 12th Plein Air Festival • Wayne, PA
  • Airstream Fine Art Invitational • Jackson Center, Ohio
  • Plein Air Easton • Easton, Maryland
  • Door County Plein Air Festival • Fish Creek, Wisconsin
  • Solo Show • Lagerquist Gallery • Atlanta, GA
  • PAPSE Paintout • Leiper’s Creek Gallery • Franklin, Tennessee
  • EnPleinAir Texas Plein Air Festival • San Angelo, Texas
  • The Great American West Show • Settlers West Galleries • Tucson, Arizona
  • Leading December’s Member Paint Out • Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

2017 Selections
  • Urban and Landscape Show • Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
  • Art Muse 2016 Winners Show • Jack Meier Gallery • Houston Texas
  • American Impressionist Society Small Work Showcase
  • FINALIST • The Sedona Art Prize • February
  • HONORABLE MENTION • Lighthouse Art Center's Plein Air Festival • Tequesta, Florida 11th Annual Less is More Show • Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
  • FINALIST • The Sedona Art Prize • March
  • Olmsted Plein Air Invitational • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Oil Painters of America 26th Annual National Juried Exhibition • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • MASTER CLASS FINALIST • Art Muse Contest • April
  • MAPAPA AWARD • Wayne Art Center's 11th Plein Air Festival • Wayne, Pennsylvania THIRD PLACE • Laguna Plein Air Painters Association 13th Annual Best of Plein Air
  • Airstream Fine Art Invitational • Jackson Center, Ohio
  • JUDGE for Paint the Town Plein Air Event • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Plein Air Easton • Easton, Maryland
  • Attained Signature Membership • Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
  • Door County Plein Air Festival • Fish Creek, Wisconsin
  • BEST OIL • Plein Air Salon • June/July
  • Received Membership • Plein Air Painters of the SouthEast (PAPSE)
  • Artists for the New Century • The Bennington • Bennington, Vermont
  • Trains, Pleins, Automobiles Show • Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
  • Oil Painters of America • Summer Online Showcase • HONORABLE MENTION
  • FINALIST • The Gateway International Painting Competition • August
  • American Impressionists Society 18th Annual Juried Exhibition • Park City, Utah
  • Sedona Plein Air Festival • Sedona, Arizona
  • Solo Show • Church Houses • Lagerquist Gallery • Atlanta, GA
  • Solo Show • Home for the Season • The District Gallery • Knoxville, TN
  • Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition • Saint Simons Island, Georgia Legacy Gallery Holiday Small Works Show • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • FINALIST • FASO Boldbrush Painting Competition • November
  • JUDGE for The Gateway International Painting Competition • December

2016 Selections
  • Solo Show, Along the Way, The District Gallery, Knoxville, TN
  • Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, Georgia
  • American Impressionist Society 17th Annual Juried Exhibit, Kirkland, Washington 10th Plein Air Anniversary, Wayne, Pennsylvania – RAYMAR AWARD
  • ARTIST TO WATCH, June Issue, Southwest Art Magazine
  • Arts on the Green Plein Air Invitational, Cashiers, NC – HONORABLE MENTION
  • Door County Plein Air Festival, Door County, Wisconsin
  • MASTER CLASS FINALIST, Art Muse Contest, July
  • 48th Annual Open Show, Oak Ridge, Tennessee – HONORABLE MENTION
  • Sedona Plein Air Festival, Sedona, Arizona – Main Street Paint Out, FIRST PLACE MASTER CLASS FINALIST, Art Muse Contest, November
  • Oil Painters of America, Fall Online Showcase, HONORABLE MENTION
  • FINALIST, The Sedona Art Prize, December
  • 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


Memberships

  • Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Signature Member - Plein Air Painters of the SouthEast (PAP-SE)
  • Arts and Culture Alliance, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Oil Painters of America
  • American Impressionist Society
  • 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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Neil Patterson
NEIL PATTERSON
OPA Master, SFCA, ASA, RMPAP, SCA

President, Plein Air Painters of Alberta

Past President, Oil Painters of America 2008-2014


Solo Exhibitions

  • 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


Group Exhibitions

  • 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


Awards and Honors

  • 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


Publications

  • 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


Professional Affiliations

  • 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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CAROLE BÖGGEMANN PEIRSON
Fine Artists


Full-time artist Carole Böggemann Peirson was born and raised in the Netherlands. Carole went to a technical college for Graphic Design and received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing & Communication. An internship abroad was part of the last college and this brought her to the United States for the first time in 1995. Love made her come back many more times after that and she moved overseas permanently in 2000. She now has a home-based studio on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. “I was introduced to a local artist. Adamo was a fabulous painter who lived nearby and taught classes in his home-studio. When I walked through his doors, saw his oil paintings and smelled the turpentine, I knew I was hooked!” Carole was trained in the classical tradition, by using monochromatic underpaintings and putting transparent glazes (thin layers of transparent colors) on top of the dry underpainting. This was a very labor-intensive technique, but it has the advantage of creating an extra contrast in the work (trans- parent v. opaque) instead of just the contrast of light v. dark colors. She explains: “The slow process does allow me to reflect on the painting longer and I love the luminous effect it creates. Working outside on location however, you cannot use this technique, so I use the ‘alla prima’ method (one painting session). This is a bit more challenging, but very rewarding because you have to use a more spontaneous, bold and direct approach to capture the ‘feeling of the moment’ on canvas. I have taken workshops with a lot of amazing contemporary artists, such as:
Roger Dale Brown, Bethanne Kinsella Cople, Scott Tallman Powers, John Brandon Sills and Gavin Brooks. Other artists who have helped me to become a better painter are: Tracey Frugoli and Maggie Siner.”

“My inspiration is usually the light that makes an ordinary place look beautiful, especially early morning and late afternoon/early evening light.” Carole studies nature outdoors as much as possible, to see and capture nuances even a camera cannot. Afterwards, she uses these pleinair paintings as inspiration and reference material for larger studio works.

“I feel I’m on an artistic journey to reach the best technical level I can reach as a painter, as well as to be a powerful visual story teller…the story of all the beauty I see around me in nature. Painting usually starts out as a technical exercise, but ends up being a spiritual experience I wish everyone could have. I hope I can touch someone because they recognize the same beauty in a familiar scene.”

Carole participated in the national Plein Air Easton competition in 2013 and received numerous awards in shows and events such as Local Color in Easton, Paint Snow Hill and Paint Solomons in Maryland as well as in other local painting events in Virginia.



ARTIST STATEMENT

“We live in an extremely beautiful area of the Eastern Shore of Virginia; a rural peninsula with bird sanctuaries and lots of wildlife. It’s hard not to stumble upon a beach sunset or a sunrise over the marsh, farm fields with a crop on it or winding creeks reflecting the sky! Most of the time, I fall in love with a scene on the spot and it makes my heart jump. Usually, it’s the light of a particular moment that catches my eye and makes me look at it
more closely. I try to capture it ‘en plein air’ (in the open air) when possible, other times I take photos for reference. In the studio, I’m always inspired to re-create the feeling I had when I fell in love with a place or particular time of day (or season).

I never run out of material to paint but really think the most important elements are the things you can’t see, such as the temperature or high humidity in the air, the chirping sound of the crickets, the soft breeze or the smell of the marsh mud, a nostalgic feeling of gone by days. If I do a good job as a visual story teller, the viewer will experience all those hidden elements when looking at the piece!

Artists have always borrowed oil painting techniques from artists who came before them and I am grateful for all my teachers who have generously shared how to paint in the traditional glazing technique, ‘alla prima’ (wet-in-wet in one session) or for instance how to use a palette knife effectively. Now, I’m using all these tips whenever the scene calls for it, but I also experiment with different paint applications in order to create the desired effect I’m striving for.

All my paintings show the almost universal beauty of nature. This does not mean I always depict ‘pretty things’. Local farmers might not consider a dead tree or a barn that’s falling down particularly pretty, but I hope people like the unusual shapes of the limbs of the tree or the warm late afternoon sunlight hitting the planks on the side of the barn. It makes me happy when people connect with it, but I hope to make the world a little bit more beautiful with my work as well. I believe every person is unique and I tell the story of beautiful landscapes (and an occasional floral or still life) in my own unique way.

A few of the late masters who have influenced my work are George Innes with his melancholic and spiritual landscapes, Anton Mauve (Vincent Van Gogh’s teacher) who painted beautiful greys in his cloudy and often gloomy Dutch landscapes, John Singer Sargent with his expressive brushwork and Edgar Payne’s strong compositions.

People have told me I captured a place they grew up in or a place they love. I think that through my paintings, they can hold on to memories of a peaceful time in a beautiful place. In my opinion art should be good, beautiful and uplifting for it to survive the test of time. I always hope people will enjoy my work as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it and that it will grow on them and possibly on future generations as well”.
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James Pratt
JAMES PRATT
Palette Knife artist


James Pratt is a world-renowned palette knife artist and is considered as one of the “Modern Masters.” James was born in Wellington, New Zealand, moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980’s and became a US citizen in 2013. James and his wife, Beverly, live outside of Charleston, SC and when not there, they enjoy spending time at their home in Southern France.

James was introduced to art at young age by his father while sitting on his lap and copying his father’s pencil drawings. His life has always revolved around design and creativity. His great grandfather immigrated to New Zealand from England in 1858 and is a published writer and his art hanging in the Museum of Art, Auckland, New Zealand.

James paints with a palette knife which he has been using for over twenty years. He studied how to paint Alla Prima and finds the knife the best tool to encourage a lively and impressionistic treatment; providing an exciting contrast of scale, adding greatly to the impact of the finished painting.

James likes to create art that is painterly with lots of color and texture. He uses the one size knife to mix the values and to apply controlled amounts of paint to the canvas. His paintings vary from smaller canvases up 48”x 48” or larger.

A few of his favorite artists to study are Alexi Zaitsev from Russia, Jeremy Barlow from the UK and C. W. Mundy from the US.

Some of his more notable past and current accomplishments are:

  • Featured artist on board the Princess Cruises and sailed the world for the last several years
  • Selected to provide art for wine labels at wineries in California
  • Awarded the Paul Harris Fellow for donating his art and teaching in support of the Water Team International organization
  • Guest speaker/demonstrator at the Charleston and surrounding area art guilds
  • Conducts private classes and public workshops, teaching students how to complete Alla Prima (in one session) paintings and how to use three colors to mix multiple values
  • Authored books, DVDs and has an Online Academy where he instructs artists from around the world how to paint specific scenes with a palette knife
  • Continued supporter of the Water Missions International through the sales of his art

Many of his students comment on his goal setting for the class, his having a clear agenda, how amazing he is to listen to, what a natural teacher he is and how he makes learning fun.

When referring to James’ art, his admirers say “you have either been there or you want to go there.” As a prominent fine art collector writes: “The work is very full of life and color and causes the viewer to feel inspired to want to travel, visit and have this kind of an experience. If not actually travel, then to enjoy that special adventure, vicariously, through the paintings that he has created.
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Mary Qian
MARY QIAN
Fine Artist


ARTIST STATEMENT

I feel my art is like an open diary. It records my life, and the life around me.
My paintings are my preferred way to explain myself to the world. They speak of the things I don't know how to put into words.
Painting is a process and it connects me, my sitters and the viewers. It is a bridge between past and present.
I want to paint people, because people intrigue me, especially during the process of communication in silence.

I hope viewers will feel what I felt in the moments of painting. See what inspired me!


AWARDS

  • 2018 2nd Annual AIS Impressions Small Works Showcase awards of excellence.
  • 2017 American Impressionist Society Second Place
  • 2016 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Silver Medal
  • 2015 Best of Chicago for Portraits
  • 2015 Oil Painters of America National Silver Medal
  • 2015 American Impressionist Society 3d Place
  • 2014 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Silver Medal
  • 2013 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Golden Medal
  • 2013 Oil Painters of America National Silver Medal
  • 2012 American Art Invitational Award of Excellence
  • 2012 American Art Invitational Purchase Awards
  • 2011 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Silver Medal
  • 2011 American Impressionist Society Third Place
  • 2011 Figurative Merit Award Winner at Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art
  • 2010 Oil Painters of America Golden Medal
  • 2010 American Impressionist Society First Place
  • 2009 Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship Award
  • 2008-09 Art Renewal Center (ARC) International Salon. Finalist (Figure)
  • Salon International 2007 Best of show
  • Gold Medal Show in Palette and Chisel, Chicago in 2005, first place
  • Artist’s Magazine annual international art Competition 2004. First place (figure category)
  • Gold medal show in Palette and Chisel in 2004, Second place.
  • Artist’s Magazine annual international art Competition 2003. Finalist(figure category)
  • Helen Memorial Award in 2001 American Professional League Exhibition in New York City (Oil Painting)
  • 2nd Place in 2001 Utah Pastel Society Annual Show
  • First Place in 2000 Utah Bountiful Davis Art Center Statewide Competition
  • Merit Award in 2000 Utah Spring Salon, Springville Museum
  • 2nd Place in 1999 Utah State Fair – Professional Fine Art


EDUCATION

Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. BFA in Fine Arts and Illustration, August 1998
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Don Reed
DON REED
Fine Artist


"I have finally arrived at a place where I can truly express, through my art, my love of landscape, my wonder of form and my fascination with creating the illusion of light. I am constantly amazed with each completed piece and gratified by its effect on the viewer. My work has become a journey that I take with each painting, a journey that does not end when the work is displayed for the first time but continues with each new viewer.”

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 local 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 the technique 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.

Artist Statement

Although my current work is radically different from my traditional pre-2007 work, it owes everything to all my past artistic endeavors, regardless of how successful they were. If I had never learned the skill of pencil portraiture or
experienced the discipline of watercolor or felt the exhilaration of painting plein air on the rocks of coastal Maine, perhaps I never would have arrived at this point. It is this artistic journey that, I believe in the end, defines the artist.

Today my greatest joy is making a connection through my paintings to the viewer in a way that requires no words. I believe that ART is what occurs in the quiet space between the viewer and the artwork. It is in that space that
creativity, imagination and inspiration is transferred from the artist directly to the viewer.


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
  • 2017 Featured in February issue of American Art Collector
  • 2017 Representation by Reinert Fine Art Gallery
  • 2018 “Autumn Inlet” accepted into American Impressionists Society’s “AIS Impressions Small Works Showcase” national juried exhibition.
  • "Morning Along the River" awarded "Best Impressionism" painting in the The National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society's 2018 Small Painting National Juried Exhibit.
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Rick Reinert
RICK REINERT
Contemporary Impressionist Painter


Rick Reinert's formal art education began in the early 1970's at Western Kentucky University. His arts education continued to evolve over the years with exhibitions of large, expressionistic works in solo shows throughout Germany and Canada.

Following his initial successes, Reinert took time off to establish two small businesses and to raise his family. Through his entrepreneurial ventures, Reinert became a highly visible 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, creating art once again. He painted through the night and slowly established the bold 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.

In 2008, “Ships of the Heartland” was chosen as one the top 100 paintings in the Paint America competition. In that same year, “Southern Radiance” was chosen as one of the top 200 paintings in the Oil Painters of America exhibition. In February 2009, Rick was highlighted in a cover story in the Sunshine Artist magazine. Reinert was featured for the eighth time in the November, 2014 American Art Collector magazine and was also chosen as a featured artist at Gadsen Museum of Art’s Southeastern Plein Air Competition. Throughout his career, Reinert has taken home numerous first, second and third place ribbons and has been honored with many Best of Show and People’s Choice awards. In 2012, his painting “Dusk at King and Queen” was selected as “Best of Show, Mayor’s Purchase Award” at the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Later that year, Reinert was honored to be the featured artist for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s live auction.

Reinert’s work hangs in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and the Middle East. Museum and corporate collectors include the Gadsden Museum of Art, Carolina First Bank, Seaside Bank, UBS Financial and the Medical University of South Carolina.
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Sara Jane Reynolds
SARA JANE REYNOLDS
Plein Air Painter


Sara Jane lives on Johns Island, SC. Sara received an AS degree from Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, PA. Advanced studies in fine arts at Pacific Asia Museum, Art Center College of Design and Otis/Parsons School of Art. Recent workshops: Scott Christensen, Calvin Liang, Dee Beard Dean, Rick McClure, Jove Wang, Kim English.
 
Artist’s Statement
As a plein air painter, I carry my easel and paints into the marshes and islands of the low country. Inspiration springs from the beauty and richness of this untamed landscape. I grew up in Pasadena, California: My father a a Civil Engineer/Architect and mother a Musician/Poet/Painter. We spent part of every summer in Yosemite. The visual impact of the valley, trees, rocks and the core of artists and writers who journeyed there impacted me greatly. I developed a deep love of nature, self expression, passion for our great country. 
On canvas I write love letters in gold and green.
 
 
Professional Organizations

  • Oil Painters of America
  • California Art Club
  • American Impressionist Society
  • Plein Air South
  • Women Painters of the Southeast
  • Outdoor Painters Society
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Amber Sampson
AMBER SAMPSON
Fine Artists


Amber has loved art and animals from a young age. From having a house full of dogs, cats, birds, and even a sugar glider, to riding horses in her home states of Oklahoma & Kansas. When she won 1st place in a drawing contest in 8th grade, she knew she wanted to become a professional artist. Amber majored in Fine Art at Clemson University concentrating in drawing and painting in 2013.

After 20 years apart from horses due to allergies, Amber is now able to ride again and is ecstatic to rekindle this love! She also likes to volunteer at animal shelters. Amber's yearning to be around animals never stops and that passion resonates in her paintings. Amber's pet portraits reflect the spirit and personality of the animal using oil paint. She feels it is important to connect emotionally with her subject matter in order to produce the vitality that it deserves. Amber lives in Charleston, SC with her husband Alan, German Shorthair Pointer Mavey, and Rhodesian Ridgeback Peachy.


  • 1st Place Winner in Colors of Humanity International Online 'Animals' Juried Show - November 2018. Winning painting: "Motley Crew Waitin' for the Hunt"
  • ​Solo show featuring animals portraits at Reinert Fine Art in Blowing Rock, NC October 26th, 2018
  • Finalist in Fusion Art 'Into the Wild' International Juried Art Exhibition- October 2018. Paintings accepted: "Sweet Liberty" & "Resplendent"
  • ​Finalist in Fusion Art's 3rd Annual 'Animal Kingdom' Juried Online Art Exhibition- January 2018. Paintings accepted: "Soulful Eyes" & "Scout"
  • Finalist in Colors of Humanity International Online 'Animals' Juried Show- November 2017 Paintings accepted: "Mystical Wild Stallion" & "Aldy"
  • Finalist in Women Painters of the Southeast 6th Annual Juried Online Show September 2017. Paintings accepted: "Lucy" & "Pointing Gulls"

  • Associate Member of Oil Painters of America 2018
  • ​Associate Member of American Women Artists 2018
  • Associate Member of the American Academy of Equine Art 2018
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William Schneider
WILLIAM SCHNEIDER
Fine Artists



Biography
William A. Schneider’s work has evolved since he finished his studies at the American Academy of Art. Workshops with Carolyn Anderson, Dan Gerhartz, Scott Burdick, Harley Brown, Scott Christensen, Huihan Liu, David Leffel, and Richard Schmid among others solidified his understanding of the basics. But he credits the many hours he spent studying and copying masterworks by Nicolai Fechin with loosening up his brushwork and approach to edges.

He also describes four days of intense study and analysis at an exhibit of the works of J.W. Waterhouse in Montreal as an “epiphany” in his understanding of composition.
William commented, “The wonderful thing about art is that you can always get better. I view myself as a perpetual student!”

Bill was awarded signature status in Oil Painters of America (OPA). In addition the Pastel Society of America has recognized him as a "Master Pastelist," IAPS (The International Association of Pastel Societies) has named him to the Masters’ Circle and AIS made him a Master Signature Member (AISM).



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
  • To Blend or not to Blend, The Pastel Journal, Oct 2017
  • Design Secrets of the Masters, The Key to a Successful Painting
  • Nicolai Fechin’s Painting Secrets with William A. Schneider
  • Pastel Painting Secrets with William A Schneider



Teaching Experience

  • Easton Studio & School, Easton, MD
  • Fredericksburg Artists’ School, Fredericksburg, TX
  • Palette and Chisel Academy, Chicago, IL
  • Peninsula Art School, Door County, WI
  • Richeson Art School, Kimberly, WI
  • Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale AZ
  • IAPS Convention 2015
  • Portrait Society of America Convention
  • Plein Air Convention and Expo (PACE)



Videos (Liliedahl Video Productions)

  • Design Secrets of the Masters, The Key to a Successful Painting
  • Nicolai Fechin’s Painting Secrets with William A. Schneider
  • Pastel Painting Secrets with William A Schneider



Recent Awards

  • Portrait Society of America “Members Only Show ” – (1st Place)
  • Art Renewal Center (ARC) Competition – (Top 100)
  • Portrait Society of America 6th Annual Portrait Competition, (Certificate Award)
  • Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, Richland TN – (1st Place –Signature Artists)
  • The Artists Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition – (Finalist in Portrait / Figure Category)
  • Pastel Society of America 38th Annual Pastels Only – (Salmagundi Award)
  • Oil Painters of America 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition – (Presidents’ Award)
  • Oil Painters of America Online Competition 2012 – (2nd Place Signature Division)
  • 27th Annual Bosque Art Classic – (John Steven Jones Purchase Award)
  • Pastel Society of America 40th Annual National Competition – (Holbein Award)
  • Pastel Society of New Hampshire National Juried Show – (Best of Show)
  • AANC National Juried Show – (1st Place)
  • Emerald Art Center Nation Juried Show – (Gold Medal)
  • Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional 2013 – (McBride Gallery Award of Excellence)
  • International Association of Pastel Societies National Juried Exhibition – (Prix de Pastel [Best of Show])
  • Pastel Society of New Hampshire National Juried Show – (Best of Show)
  • 18th Annual Heartland National Exhibition – (Best of Show)
  • 15th International Juried Exhibition “For Pastels Only” – (Best of Show)
  • 20th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Artists of Northwest Arkansas – (Best of Show)
  • International Association of Pastel Societies Juried Web Show - (Bronze Award)
  • Old Post Office Museum and Art Center – (OPOMAC Award [First Place])
  • International Association of Pastel Societies 4th Master Circle Exhibition – (Honorable Mention)
  • Mile High National Juried Exhibition – (First Place)
  • Arizona Pastel Society – (Best of Show)
  • Bold Brush Competition – (Outstanding Pastel)
  • Plein Air Salon – (Best Painting by an Artist Over 65)
  • ARC 2018 –Finalist
  • Plein Air Salon – (Best Pastel)
  • NOAPS On–line 2018 (Best People)
  • OPA Eastern Regional 2017 – (Award of Excellence)
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Robert Simone
ROBERT SIMONE
Fine Artists



Education

  • 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
SUSAN SMOLENSKY
Fine 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.


Exhibition schedule and Awards

  • 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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Jake Songer
JAKE SONGER
Fine Artist


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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Dr. Jim Spann
DR. JIM SPANN
Fine Artist


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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Katriel Srebnik
KATRIEL SREBNIK
Fine Artist


“My goal is to distill an image or experience to its essence and express this vision in the most eloquent, painterly terms—elevating it into the realm of the poetic.”


Katriel Srebnik’s artwork has earned thirty-one national awards, including First Place for Signature Members and three Awards of Excellence from the Oil Painters of America; the President’s Award from the American Impressionist Society; Best of Show from the Academic Artists Association and Texas Art Museum; First Place from the National Society of Artists and Hilton Head Art League; has appeared in American Artist, American Art Collector, American Art Review, Art & Antiques, Art Business News, The Art Guide, The Artist, Art of the West, Art World News, Carrie Leigh’s Nude, International Artist and Southwest Art magazines; in over seventy national juried and eight museum exhibitions including the International Guild of Realism’s “Master Works Museum Tour; and in galleries throughout the United States and in Europe.

Interpreting romantic figures, interiors and Parisian scenes with light, atmosphere and expressive brushwork to evoke a mood and ambience, Srebnik creates his unique style of contemporary Impressionism.

Srebnik has conducted art workshops at over twenty art schools, colleges and other venues; plus his “Artist’s Viewpoint” museum and gallery tours in the U.S. and France; and seminars on marketing artwork.​ In France, he gave painting demonstrations for the venerable Blockx paints of Belgium.

As a former principal dancer and ballet instructor, he brings a unique understanding to his ballet scenes.



Signature Memberships

  • Academic Artists Association (not currently an active member)
  • American Artists Professional League (not currently an active member)
  • American Impressionist Society (Signature Member)
  • Oil Painters of America (Signature Member)
  • Memberships
  • Portrait Society of America (standard member)
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Ron Thomson
RON THOMSON
Fine Artist


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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Zhiwei Tu
ZHIWEI TU
ZHIWEI TU OPA MASTER and AIS MASTER


Awards

  • 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.


Education

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


Professional

  • 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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Michele Usibelli
MICHELE USIBELLI
OPA, AIS, WAOW Artist


Like all artists, I feel 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. My extensive travels and life experiences provide the solid platform from which my artwork is created.

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 have 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-its my individual style and paint application, that creates and maintains a constant theme throughout my body of work. My work is created primarily in oils, but I also enjoy working in acrylics, gouache and pastels in my representational style. I strive for consistency of style 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. 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 as well as regional, national and international juried exhibitions. Usibelli has won numerous awards, most recently the Silver Medal Award at the prestigious Salmagundi Club, NYC/2015. She is honored to have her work in the permanent collection at the University of Alaska Fairbanks/Museum of the North, along with long admired historic and contemporary Alaskan artists. 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 is a member of, and has exhibited with, the following organizations; Oil Painters of America/Signature Member, American Impressionist Society/Signature Member, California Art Club/Artist Member, Women Artists of the West/Signature Member, Salmagundi Club/NYC and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association/Signature Member. Her work has received numerous awards.



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

2015
  • 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

2014
  • "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

2013
  • 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

2012
  • 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

2011
  • 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

2010
  • 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

2009
  • 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

2008
  • 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

2007
  • 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

2006
  • Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition/Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Solo Exhibition/Artique, Ltd., Anchorage, AK
  • 2005
  • 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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Henry Von Genk III
HENRY VON GENK III
Fine Artists



Henry Von Genk, III, was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and resides with his family in Atlantic Beach.

Henry has been an accomplished artist for twenty-nine years. After a long and successful career executing murals for museums and clients around the world, Henry is focusing on his life-long destiny of fine art.

He is a self-taught artist who has mastered a realistic style of landscape painting. Working in oils, Henry uses a unique glazing and shadowing technique to bring richness and depth to his paintings.

His love for Florida’s waterways and salt marshes of the Southeast coastline is evident in all his paintings. They portray the play of sunlight on the State’s natural beauty, and are generally devoid of man-made intrusions. He portrays his home state, Florida, as it was, and as it should be. Henry’s paintings place you there, warm the heart and stimulate the feelings we all get when actually viewing these beautiful vistas.

Henry has had many one-man art shows and has donated paintings for select charity fundraisers. Henry was selected for the 2011 Featured Artist of the year by the St. Johns Riverkeeper. Henry also was invited by a jury to be one of the artists for the Southeastern Wildlife Expo 2009 through 2017 shows. His works are owned by private collectors across the country as well as internationally, and include many well known celebrities and major corporations.
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Mike Wise
MIKE WISE
Fine Artist


Mike Wise is an Impressionist oil painter best known for his landscapes. 
His approach to representational art is based in abstract design with loose brushwork and extensive use of palette knife. The intended result is a painting with movement and energy, rich in color, texture, and a distinct three-dimensional feel that draws the viewer deep into the painted image.  Wise has studied under several prominent painters but is primarily self-taught. The extraordinary coastlines, deserts and grand mountain ranges of the Western United States provide endless inspiration for his landscapes. Mike works in what was once an old barn on the family property that he converted to a contemporary art studio. His creative process is further influenced by the natural beauty that surrounds him at home on Whidbey Island in Washington State. Mike enjoys working with his family close by and a lot of good music playing in the studio while he paints.
Wise is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America (OPA) and a member of the American Impressionist Society.



Exhibitions:

  • 2016 Coeur D'Alene Galleries Miniatures by the Lake, Coeur D'Alene, ID
  • 2016 OPA Western Regional Exhibition, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 2016 OPA Salon Show, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 2016 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition
  • 2016 Landscape ~ Abend Gallery, Denver Colorado
  • 2016 Impressionist Landscapes: Solo Show Featuring Mike Wise, Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA
  • 2016 Spokane Valley Arts Council Annual Benefit Show, Spokane, Washington
  • 2015 Winter Group Show, Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2015 25th Anniversary Holiday Miniatures Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado
  • 2015 Howard/Mandville Gallery Invitational Small Works Show, Kirkland, Washington
  • 2015 Coeur d'Alene Art Galleries Miniatures by the Lake, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • 2015 Virtuosos of the OPA, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
  • 2015 Double Feature: Mike Wise & Giuseppe Palumbo, Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA
  • 2015 OPA National Exhibition of Traditional Oils, St. Augustine, Florida
  • 2015 Yellowstone Art Museum 47th Annual Art Auction, Billings, Montana
  • 2015 Cole Gallery Anniversary Show, Edmonds, Washington
  • 2015 Old Traditions / New Frontiers Art Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado 
  • 2014 'Introducing Mike Wise ~ Northwest Impressionism', Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA
  • 2014 Contemporary Masters Show, Fredericksburg Art Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
  • 2014 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition, Denver, Colorado
  • 2014 OPA National Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Bennington, Vermont
  • 2014 Taos Art Museum at Fechin House Benefit Auction, Taos, New Mexico
  • 2014 OPA Western Regional Exhibition, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
  • 2014 Couer d'Alene Art Galleries Miniatures by the Lake, Couer d'Alene, Idaho
  • 2014 Howard/Mandville Gallery Invitational Small Works Show, Kirkland, Washington
  • 2014 Museum of Northwest Arts and Culture Annual Benefit Show, Spokane, WA
  • 2014 Spokane Valley Arts Council Annual Benefit Show, Spokane, Washington
  • 2014 Hockaday Museum Benefit Auction of Miniatures, Kallispell, Montana
  • 2014 Paint the Peninsula Juried Plein Air event, Port Angeles, Washington
  • 2014 Arts at the Port Annual Juried Exhibition, Anacortes, Washington
  • 2014 Whidbey Expressions Benefit Art Show, Coupeville, Washington
  • 2014 Art of the West Art Exhibit, High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon
  • 2013 OPA National Exhibition of Traditional Oils in Fredericksburg, Texas
  • 2013 OPA Juried Salon Show in Petoskey, Michigan  
  • 2013 Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane, Washington
  • 2012 OPA National Exhibition of Traditional Oils in Evergreen, Colorado
  • 2012 OPA Western Regional Exhibition in Denver, Colorado
  • 2012 CM Russell Museum / Masters Art Show and Auction in Great Falls, Montana
  • 2012 Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane, Washington
  • 2008 Clymer Museum Two Man Show, Ellensburg, Washington 
  • 2007 National Museum of Wildlife Out of the Box Auction, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Awards Include:
  • 2016 Award of Excellence, OPA Western Regional Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2016 Third Place, Bold Brush Painting Competition, August
  • 2015 Bronze Medal Award, OPA National Exhibition, St. Augustine, Florida
  • 2015 Finalist, Bold Brush Painting Competition, October
  • 2014 Paint the Peninsula Plein Air Invitational Sponsors Award, Port Angeles, WA
  • 2014 Paint the Peninsula Plein Air Invitational Honorable Mention Award, Port Angeles, WA
  • 2012 Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Best of Show Spokane, Washington
  • 2008 Best of Show Whidbey Island Plein Air Painters Open
  • 2007 & 2008 Best of Show Ellensburg National Western Art Show
  • 2006 Juror’s Choice Award Whidbey Island Plein Air Painters Open
  • National Publication Features:
  • Western Art Collector Magazine, “Winter Snapshots”, December, 2015
  • Southwest Art Magazine, "Portfolio: The Beauty of Nature" July 2015
  • American Art Collector Magazine, "Anniversary Showcase” February 2015
  • Southwest Art Magazine, "Artists to Watch" January 2015
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Christopher Zhang
CHRISTOPHER ZHANG
Fine Artist


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

  • 2002 Images of Tibet
  • 2000 Royal Bee
  • 1998 Moon Festival