One Of Charleston's Finest Art Galleries - Reinert Fine Art Gallery

One of Charleston's finest art galleries, 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.

We have two locations in Charleston, SC...179 & 181 King Street featuring an outside courtyard and sculpture garden gallery.

Reinert Fine Art is a veteran owned and operated business.

Phone: 843.694.2445

Email: jason@reinertfineart.com

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Lisa Andrews
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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.


Awards, Exhibitions and Media
  • 2020 Art Renewal Center 15th ARC Salon Competition Semi-Finalist
  • 2015 Freedom 58 National Touring Exhibition
  • 2008 Graton Gallery Invitational Exhibition, Sonoma County
  • 2006 Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, Finalist
  • November 2006 WSOC Charlotte NC television news coverage
  • 2005 Franciscan Way Magazine, “John Paul II Here With Us” 
  • April 2005 WABC Ohio television news coverage
  • 2001 Portrait Art Society SF Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention
  • 1999 “Travel Memories”, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto CA
  • 1992 ADAS Exhibition, Pacific Bell Headquarters, San Ramon, CA
  • 1990 Diablo Art Association Open Juried Exhibition, First Place Oil
  • 1990 Alamo Danville Artist Society Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention


Current and Past Art Affiliations
  • Portrait Society of America – Member since 2000
  • Oil Painters of America - Member since 2008
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society
  • Institute of Classical Architecture and Art
  • American Society of Portrait Artists, 1990-2002
  • Founding Board Member, American Society of Portrait Artists Charter Chapter


Public Collections
  • Archdiocese of New York
  • Academy of Art University, San Francisco (copy for educational use by instructors)
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio - John Paul II Library
  • O’Brien-Kreutzberg Corporation, San Francisco CA
  • City of Steubenville, Ohio Police Department
  • Church of the Two Hearts, Ohio
  • Father of Mercy Chapel, Ohio
  • The Tan Group, Palo Alto CA
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Lee Alban
LEE ALBAN
Fine Artist


Lee Alban began drawing as a child and learned basic art techniques from television programs and library books. Throughout his school years his interest intensified and, though encouraged by teachers, chose not to pursue an art career. It was a life choice based on the limited ability of an artist to support a family and other social considerations. Instead, he followed his love of biology and became a secondary school teacher, married, raised two children and eventually retired at age 52. At that time he entered the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, Maryland. The Schuler School is a small traditional atelier that has produced some of the country's premier artists.

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Proficient in many styles of painting, Alban fell in love with realism. He also combines realistic subject matter with impressionistic landscape paintings to produce the "Spirits of the American West" series. His work has garnered numerous awards in every genre, including the prestigious Gold Medal Award from Allied Artists of America and the Excellence in Still Life Award from Oil Painters of America. He has attained signature memberships in the Oil Painters of America and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. He is also an elected member of the Allied Artists of America and is designated as an Assoc. Living Master by the Art Renewal Society. His work has appeared in major art publications, including Artists Magazine (cover), American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, and the quarterly journal of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art.

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Alban is known for portraits of women "steam" workers and for his narrative paintings of Native American heritage, but he also paints landscapes, diners, railroad scenes, figures, and still life. His work is found educational institutions, corporations, and private collections throughout the country.

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He makes NO COMPROMISES: refusing to follow temporary economic or stylistic trends in exception to the timeless art of contemporary realism.


Exhibitions

2020 Allied Artists of America New York, NY
2020 The Russell Exhibition Auction Great Falls, MT
2020 NOAPS Small Painting Exhibition Annapolis, MD
2019 Southwest Art Of The Heartlands Mena, AR
2019 RJD Gallery, Believe Exhibition The Hamptons, NY
2019 NOAPS Best Of America Exhibition Park City, UT
2019 International Guild Of Realism Alexandria, VA
2018 NOAPS Best Of American Exhibition Cincinnati, OH
2018 International Guild Of Realism Santa Fe, NM
2017 Allied Artists Of America New York, NY
2017 NOAPS Best Of America Fort Wayne, IN
2017 Southwest Art Of The Heartlands Mena, AR
2017 Oil Painters Of America, Eastern Regional St. Simons Island, GA
2017 Mountain Oyster Club Art Show Tucson, AZ
2017 International Guild Of Realism Carmel, CA
2016 Group Exhibition, “The Cauldron” Lovetts Gallery Tulsa, OK
2016 Southwest Art, Art of the Heartland Mena, AR
2016 Oil Painter’s of America National Exhibition Dallas, TX
2015 Traveling The West Show and Sale Dallas, TX
2015 Southwest Art, Art of the Heartland Mena, AR
2015 Masterworks From the International Guild of Realism Traveling Exhibition
2015 Virtuosos at the Salmagundi Club New York, NY
2015 Allied Artists of America National Exhibition New York, NY
2015 NOAPS Spring Signature/Masters Exhibition Beach, MO
2015 Oil Painter’s Of America National Exhibition Augustine, FL
2014 Allied Artists of America 100th Anniversary Exhibition New York, NY
2014 “Black Gold” solo exhibition, East Texas Oil Museum Kilgore, TX
2014 “Black Gold” solo exhibition Fredericksburg, TX
2014 Oil Painter’s Of America National Exhibition Bennington, VT
2014 American Society of Traditional Artists Annual Exhibition Scottsdale, AZ
2013 NOAPS, Best of America Bolivar, MO
2013 International Guild Realism Tempe, AZ
2013 American Society of Traditional Artists Annual Exhibition Scottsdale, AZ
2013 International Salon Exhibition San Antonio, TX
2013 Oil Painter’s of America National Exhibition Fredericksburg, TX
2012 NOAPS, Best of America Bolivar, MO
2012 Oil Painter’s of America Eastern Regional Bennington, VT
2012 Salmagundi Club Non-members Open Exhibition New York, NY
2012 International Guild of Realism Carmel, CA
2012 International Salon Exhibition San Antonio, TX
2012 Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art Scottsdale, AZ
2012 Blossom II (traveling exhibit) OH, IL, LA, AZ, FL, VA
2011 Main Street Gallery Dual Artist Exhibition Annapolis, MD
2011 American Artists Professional League National New York, NY
2011 Oil Painter’s of America Eastern Regional Orleans, MA
2011 International Guild of Realism Santa Fe, NM
2011 Salmagundi Club Non-members Open Exhibition New York, NY


Awards

2020 BoldBrush Painting Competition May, Top 15% FAV (Stephanie, Lady of Steam)
2020 BoldBrush Painting Competition May, Top 15% FAV (Waiting on a Night Train)
2020 NOAPS Small Painting Exhibition, Best Narrative Award
2020 NOAPS Spring Online Exhibition, Merit Award
2019 Art Renewal Center, ARC Salon Competition, Finalist, Figurative
2019 Art Renewal Center, ARC Salon Competition, Finalist, Landscape
2018 International Guild of Realism, Patron's Choice
2018 International Guild of Realism, Best Landscape
2018 BoldBrush Painting Competition June, Top 15% FAV
2018 BoldBrush Painting Competition May, Top 15% FAV
2017 Art Renewal Center, ARC Salon Competition, Finalist, Navajo Heritage
2017 Art Renewal Center, ARC Salon Competition, Finalist, The Break Room
2017 NOAPS On-Line Spring Exhibition, Most Innovative
2017 BoldBrush Painting Competition, Second Place
2017 Art Renewal Center Assoc. Living Master Award
2017 International Artists Magazine, Seascapes River and Streams Finalist
2017 Portrait Society of America, Members Only On-line Exhibition, Out Of The Box 2nd Place
2016 Southwest Art Magazine, Artistic Excellence, Finalist
2016 International Artist Magazine, Rivers, Streams, and Lakes Finalist
2016 Art Renewal Center, ARC Salon Competition, Landscape Finalist
2016 Art Renewal Center, ARC Salon Competition, Portrait Finalist
2016 Artists Magazine Annual Competition, Interiors Finalist
2016 NOAPS On-Line Spring Exhibition, Award of Excellence
2015 Artists Magazine All Media Art Competition, Honorable Mention
2015 Southwest Artists, Art of the Heartland, Second Place
2015 Artists Magazine Annual Competition, Still Life Finalist
2015 Artists Magazine Annual Competition, Landscape Finalist
2015 NOAPS Signature/Masters Exhibition, First Place
2015 Art Renewal Center, ARC Salon Competition, Finalist
2014 Allied Artists of America On0line Competition, Elected Member Award
2014 Allied Artists of America, 100th Anniversary Exhibition, Best Seascape Award
2014 Artists Magazine Annual Competition, Landscape, Finalist
2014 Artists Magazine Annual Competition, Interior, Finalist
2014 Art Renewal Center, ARC Salon Competition, Still Life Finalist
2013 American Society of Traditional Artists Annual Exhibition, Best Landscape
2013 NOAPS On-Line Exhibition, Award of Merit
2013 NOAPS Best Of America Exhibition, Award of Merit
2013 Artists Magazine Annual Competition, Interior, Finalist
2013 Art Renewal Center, ARC Salon Competition, Landscape Finalist
2013 NOAPS Online Exhibition, Most Innovative Painting Award
2013 International Artist Magazine, Landscape Finalist
2012 Artist’s Magazine, Over 60 Competition, First Place
2012 Artists Magazine Annual Competition, Still Life, Finalist
2012 Art Renewal Center, ARC Salon Competition, Landscape, Finalist
2011 Flora and Fauna Exhibition, Schuler School of Fine Arts, Second Place
2011 America China Oil Painting Artists League, Finalist
2011 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, Top 50
2011 Blossom II, Art of the Flower, Finalist
2010 Artists Magazine Annual Competition, Finalist, Animals
2010 Artists Magazine Annual Competition, Finalist, Portraits and Figures
2010 Artists Magazine Annual Competition, Finalist, Landscape
2010 Oil Painters of America 19th National Exhibition, First Place Excellence In Still Life


Selected Publications

2020 Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, "The Timeless Appeal of Horses"
2020 Railroad Heritage (CRP&A Journal) 3rd qtr., "Getting The Signal"
2020 International Artist Magazine, "Past and Present"
2020 Western Art Collector Magazine, "Painting The West"
2020 American Art Collector Magazine, Artists Focus "Silk and Steel"
2019 American Art Collector Magazine, "Collector's Focus, Portraits"
2020 American Art Collector Magazine, "Interpreting Life"
2018 American Art Collector Magazine, "Reimagining The West"
2018 Western Art Collector Magazine, "Silk and Steel"
2017 International Artists Magazine, "Know The River Has Its Destination"
2016 Western Art Collector Magazine, “Western Art East Of The Mississippi”
2016 International Artist Magazine “To Touch The Earth Is To Have Harmony . . .”
2016 Book (page): “Incite 4: Relax. Restore. Renew.”
2016 American Art Collector Magazine “Upcoming Show Preview: Silk And Steel”
2016 Southwest Art Magazine “Oil Painters Of America”
2016 American Art Collector Magazine “Spirits Of The American West”
2016 American Art Collector Magazine “Destination Texas”
2015 American Art Collector Magazine “Florida Bound”
2014 American Art Collector Magazine Preview “Black Gold Exhibition”
2014 Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine “Off The Walls, Artists and Galleries”
2014 Western Art Collector Magazine “Artist Focus, Americana”
2014 Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine “Dining And Wining: An Ageless Theme Endures”
2013 American Art collector Magazine “The Essence Of Form, Collecting Figurative Art”
2013 American Art Collector Magazine “Advancing Realism”
2013 International Artist Magazine “Early Morning Pasture”
2013 American Art Collector Magazine “Enduring Tradition”
2012 Artist Magazine Cover feature
2012 Southwest Art Magazine “A Portfolio Of Winners”
2012 International Artist Magazine “Three Point Linkage”
2012 Southwest Art Magazine “Art Values: Collectibles”
2012 Southwest Art Magazine “Art Values: Research and Development”
2011 April/May International Artist Magazine “Flowers and Gardens”
2011 American Art Collector Magazine “Salon International”
2010 American Art Collector Magazine “American Legacy”
2010 American Art Collector Magazine “San Antonio Salon”
2009 International Artists Magazine “Yellow Hibiscus”
2009 International Artists Magazine “Morning Hustle”
2009 American Art Collector Magazine “Trompe L’Oeil Masters”
2009 American Art Collector Magazine “Places of the Heart”

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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

  • Master Signature member of Women Artists of the West
  • Signature Member of American Women Artists


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

  • Gateway Intl, Oct 2019, "A Small Offering", Finalist
  • WAOW Fall Online 2019, "Left Turn, Clyde", Best of Show
  • Identity Portrait Competition September 2019, "I've Got This!", Grand Prize
  • WAOW National Juried Exhibition 2019, "Blush", Pursuit of Beauty award
  • Gateway Intl, June 2019, "Moth-Winged Thoughts Carry Me Away", Finalist
  • AWA Spring Online 2019, "I've Got This", Finalist
  • 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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Blair Atherholt
BLAIR ATHERHOLT
Fine Artist


At age 18, Blair Atherholt set out on an undergraduate Pre-Med course of study at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. However, at exam time, when Atherholt thumbed through his notebooks from his classes, he came face to face with the reality that the notebooks were full of drawings and sketches instead of the notes he needed to study.

From that day forward, Atherholt determined not to pursue a medical career but an art career instead. He entered the Schuler School of Fine Arts in 2011 in pursuit of learning the techniques and disciplines of the Old Masters. The life works of Hans Schuler, Sr. (1874-1951) and Jacques Maroger (1884-1962) and their dedication to excellence in art represent the hallmark of the Schuler School and its mission in training students of the school.

Now at 28 years old, Atherholt is focused upon traditional still life painting made distinctively his own with contemporary, imaginative subject matter. He strives with each new painting to improve his control of the medium, one measured brushstroke at a time.

His work has been included in multiple national shows and international publications. Most notably he made an appearance on the cover of International Artist Magazine with a feature demonstration article, Painting with Precision in the August/September issue. He also recently was awarded the American Art Collector Editor’s Choice in the 15th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition, an Award of Excellence in the Oil Painters of America Wet Paint Competition, 2nd Place in the Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition: Still Life + Interiors, as well as the Windows to the Divine Award in the Art Renewal Center's 14th International Salon. He also received the Realism Award of Excellence in the Oil Painters of America 28th National Juried Exhibition, as well as the Best Still Life Award in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society's Best of America Small Works Exhibition. He was also a featured artist in Southwest Art Magazine's 21 Under 31 issue, in September 2017. His paintings are part of numerous public and private collections.


Education

  • Schuler School of Fine Arts, Baltimore MD: Certificate of Completion, 4 Year Program; Additional Post-Graduate Year of Study (2011-2016)
  • Awards and Special Honors
  • International Guild of Realism: 15th Annual Exhibition: American Art Collector Editors Choice Award (October 2020)
  • Oil Painters of America Wet Paint Competition: Award of Excellence (September 2020)
  • Boldbrush: Finalist (September 2020)
  • The Demuth Museum: Annual Community Art Exhibition: 3rd Place (2020)
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society: Spring Online: 3rd Place (2020)
  • Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition: Still Life + Interiors: Second Place (2019)
  • St. James Annual Juried Exhibition: People's Choice Award - First Place (2019)
  • Art Renewal Center: 14th International Salon: Windows to the Divine Award (2019)
  • Oil Painters of America: 28th National Juried Exhibition: Art Renewal Center Realism Award of Excellence (2019)
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society: Best of America Small Works: Best Still Life Award (2019)
  • International Artist's Magazine Art Prize Challenge #105: Still Life: Finalist (June/July 2018) Artists
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Spring Online International: Award of Excellence (2018)
  • BoldBrush: 3rd Place (January 2018)
  • Art Renewal Center's 13th Annual International Salon: Honorable Mention (2018)
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show: 3rd Place (December 2017)
  • Art Renewal Center's 12th Annual International Salon: Finalist (2017)


Solo Exhibitions:

  • Canary Gallery, Birmingham AL: Solo Exhibition of Works II (May 2019)
  • Canary Gallery, Birmingham AL: Solo Exhibition of Works (March 2018)


Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Oil Painters of America: Eastern Regional Exhibition (November 2020)
  • Windows to the Divine: Contemporary Visions of Beauty (November 2020)
  • International Guild of Realism: 15th Annual Exhibition (October 2020)
  • Oil Painters of America: 29th National Juried Exhibition (August 2020)
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society: Spring Online (Spring 2020)
  • Oil Painters of America: Eastern Regional Exhibition (October 2019)
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society: 29th Best of America National Exhibition (September 2019)
  • Oil Painters of America: 28th National Juried Exhibition (May 2019)
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society: Juried Best of America Small Works (March 2019)
  • The Wilson Studio Art Show (December 2018)
  • Oil Painters of America: Eastern Regional Exhibition (October 2018)
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society: 28th Best of America National Exhibition (September 2018)
  • Allied Artists of America: 105th Annual Exhibition (August 2018)
  • Oil Painters of America Salon: Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils (June 2018)
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society: Juried Best of America Small Works (May 2018)
  • The Schuler School of Fine Arts: Student and Faculty Holiday Exhibition (December 2017)
  • The Wilson Studio Art Show (December 2017)
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society: Juried Annual Holiday Small Works (November 2017)
  • Oil Painters of America: Juried Eastern Regional Exhibition (November 2017)
  • The Schuler School of Fine Arts: Student and Faculty Spring Exhibition (June 2017)
  • Crystal Moll Gallery: Still & Life Show (May 2017)


Publications

  • International Artist Magazine: Painting with Precision (Cover Article)


Memberships

  • Oil Painters of America: Associate Member
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society: Signature Member
  • International Guild of Realism
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OLENA BABAK
OLENA BABAK
Fine Artist

Olena Babak is an award winning, classically trained artist, whose landscapes and figurative works can be found in collections - U.S. and abroad. Some of her selected awards from 2016 include: Best Representation of Rockies National Park, Artist’s Choice Plein Air Richmond, 1st place Quick Draw & People’s Choice Award Finger Lakes Plein Air, Honorable Mention Art Renewal Center Salon, 1st place in Maine Art Show and many others.
Olena was also a recipient of the Hudson River Fellowship, NY and her works appear in numerous publications including two versions of the “Strokes of Genius” series, the “Poet’s and Artist’s: 100 Great Drawings,” and the “Classicist.” Formerly teaching graduate students at the Academy of Classical Design, Olena now offers private workshops and classes in her private studio and residence on the peaceful Great Moose Lake in central Maine.

Education
  • Academy of Classical Design; Southern Pines, NC 2008-2011
  • Studio Art Classes, University of Maine; Orono, ME 1999-2000
  • Apprenticeship with G. Bereshnoi and A. Kylakov; Kharkiv, Ukraine, 1996-1997

Teaching
  • Workshop at Longboat Keys; Longboat Keys, FL 2015
  • Workshop at Avondale Gallery; Jacksonville, FL 2015
  • Teacher at Olena Babak Studios; Harland, ME 2012-present
  • Workshops at Diversified Ink; Bangor, ME 2013-present
  • Workshop at Oak Hollow Studios; Carthage, NC 2014
  • Assistant Teacher at Academy of Classical Design; Southern Pines, NC 2009-2011

Selected Awards
  • Best of Show, Tilghman Island, Best of Show, Maritime Museum, Easton Plein Air, Easton, MD 2020
  • First Place, Drawing Category, Bold Brush Competition, Online, 2020
  • First Place, Hudson Valley Plein Air, Montgomery, NY 2019
  • Best Nocturne, Second Place, Adirondack Plein Air Festival, Saranac Lake 2019
  • Artist’s Choice & “Spirit of Wilderness” Founder’s Awards, Adirondack Plein Air, Saranac Lake, NY 2018
  • People’s Choice Award, Bath County Plein Air, Warm Springs, VA 2018
  • SourceTek Award, Richmond Plein Air, Richmond, VA 2018
  • JFM Award, Wayne Plein Air, Wayne, PA 2018
  • Best Use of Light Award, Solomons Plein Air, Solomons, MD 2017
  • Best Marine, Cape Ann Plein Air, Gloucester, MA 2017
  • Best Marine, Best Florida, Lighthouse Plein Air, Tequesta, FL 2017
  • 2nd Place, Fingerlakes Plein Air, Canandaigua, NY 2017
  • First Honorable Mention, Drawing Category, International ARC Salon, Port Reading, NJ 2017
  • Charles Partridge Adams Award (Best Representation of Rockies Park), Rockies Plein Air; Estes Park, CO 2016
  • Artist’s Choice Award, Richmond Plein Air; Richmond, VA 2016
  • 1st Place, Quick Draw, Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival; Canandaigua, NY 2016
  • People’s Choice Award, “Granger Homestead” Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival; Canandaigua, NY 2016
  • 3rd Place, “Paint the Londontown Gardens” Pain Annapolis Plein Air Festival; Annapolis, MD 2016
  • Finalist in Jerry’s Artarama Self Portrait Competition; Raleigh, NC 2016
  • 1st Place, Maine Open Juried Art Show; Waterville, ME 2016
  • 1st and 2nd Place , Bangor Art Society Open Juried Show; Bangor, ME 2015
  • Guest Resident Artist and Lecturer, The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation; Cranberry Island, ME 2014
  • 3rd Place , Bangor Art Society Open Juried Show; Bangor, ME 2014
  • People’s Choice Award & 2nd Place, Maine Open Juried Art Show; Waterville, ME 2014
  • Finalist, International ARC Salon; Port Reading, NJ 2014,2016
  • Invitational Artist, Epcot, Disney; Orlando, FL 2014-2016
  • Hudson River Fellowship, Grand Central Academy; New York, NY 2013
  • Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County Regional Artist Project Grant; Fayetteville, NC 2010
  • Zucarro Scholarship, Academy of Classical Design; Southern Pines, NC 2009
  • St. Augustine Gallery Scholarship, St Augustine Gallery; St. Augustine, FL 2008
  • 1st Place, at the St. Augustine Art Association “Figure Show”; St. Augustine, FL 2006
  • Publications and Public Events
  • Plein Air Magazine June-July 2019
  • Wild Seed Project Magazine; 2016
  • The Classicist, NO10; 2014
  • Strokes Of Genius 6, 9: The Best of Drawing; 2014, 2016
  • Art Renewal Center Salon Catalogue; 2013-2014,2016
  • Lecture “Learning How to See”, Bangor Art Association, Bangor Library; Bangor, ME 2013
  • Lecture, “Atelier Approach to Drawing”, Art Studio; Pittsfield, ME 2013
  • Lecture “Meet the Artist”, The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation, Engine; Cranberry Island, Biddeford, ME 2014

Publications and Public Events
  • Plein Air Magazine, Featured Artist, 2019
  • Lecture “Roll of Portraiture Through the History,” Bangor Art Association, Bangor Library, Bangor, ME 2019
  • Strokes Of Genius 6 & 9, The Best of Drawing, 2014, 2016,2020
  • Art Renewal Center Salon Catalogue, 2013-2014,2016, 2019
  • The Classicist, NO10, 2014
  • Lecture, “Learning How to See,” Bangor Art Association, Bangor Library, Bangor, ME 2013
  • Lecture, “Atelier Approach to Drawing,” Art Studio, Pitsfield, ME 2013
  • Lecture, “Meet the Artist,” The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation, Engine, Cranberry Island, Biddeford, ME 2014
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Frank Baggett
FRANK BAGGETT
Fine Artist


Artist statement and biography

Frank is a native Tennessean with the passion to capture many of Tennessee's typical scenes of beauty on canvas. Working mainly in oils, the artist renders paintings that are reminders of childhood memories, actual images of old buildings, or perhaps the romance of a large city ...his subject changes daily. He uses unusual techniques which include painting with a palette knife, painting with a small brush...or even a nail! His impasto style is a combination of Impressionism as well as Realism and can be seen done in demonstrations at both his studio which he teaches monthly classes, or when doing demos at a gallery or other venues. "Oftentimes I will walk past a place that I have crossed many times in the past, but this time the sunlight strikes it, and it suddenly becomes an inspiration," Baggett says. He enjoys using light in his cityscapes which can depict the noisy, chaotic lifestyle of urban life which often folks can identify with.


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

Featured artist in the August 2015 issue of Southwest Art Magazine

A few of Frank's quotes:
  • "It is not the quality of the brush that determines the outcome of the painting...it is the hand holding the brush".
  • "To capture the light of nature is great, but to hold it on the canvas is quite unique".
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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:

2020
  • Best In Show, Plein Air Easton, Bernard Dellario, judge (Oxford), "Summer on the Shore"
  • First Place, Boldbrush Contest, Abstract, Scott Prior, judge
  • Plein Air Magazine, "Pushing Boundaries" January
  • Principle Gallery, Alexandria VA, Two Person Exhibition with Kim VanDerhoek, September
  • Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore MD, Two Person Exhibition with Nancy Tankersley, June
  • *Postponed Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC First Friday Gallery Walk Featured Artist/Saturday Demo. June
  • Best In Show, Plein Air Easton, Mehves Lelic, curator, Academy Art Museum, judge (Easton), "Hidden Beauty"
  • "Ranch Land Award", Tim Newton, judge for "Beer and Deer"
  • Invited instructor, Plein Air Convention, Denver, Colorado, May
  • Invited artist, Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, April
  • Two Person Show, Principle Gallery, Alexandria VA with Kim VanderHoek, September
  • Podcast: Plein Air Easton, Featured Artist
  • Shore Magazine, March
  • Principle Gallery, Alexandria VA, Landscape Show, Washington Society of Landscape Painters, February
  • Boldbrush National Contest, FAV 15

2019
  • "Landscape Today" Exhibition, An Invitational of best landscape painters in the United States, Indianapolis, IN
  • San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, Judges Talk: "Why This Works", "The Garland of Texas" and "Texas Ribbon" discussed by Judge Don Demer's
  • "Finalist", Mike Barr, Judge, Artmuse Contest
  • "Judges Award", Kelly Kane, Editor-in-chief, Plein Air Magazine, Olmsted Plein Air Invitational
  • Salmagundi Club, “Salmagundi Award”, Historic Black and White Exhibition for “Beginning of the End”
  • Juror: Art Muse Contest, National online art competition, January
  • Boldbrush National Contest, FAV 15
  • "First Place", Quick Draw, Don Demers, Judge, En Plein Air Texas
  • En Plein Air Texas, juried artist, Tim Newton, juror
  • Door County Plein Air, automatic invitation, Grand Prize 2018, C.W. Mundy, Judge
  • American Impressionists Society, Small Works Exhibition, "Where They Meet"
  • Tidewater Times, "Plein Air Artist Extraordinaire" by Helen Chappell, August

2018
  • "Best of Show", given by C.W. Mundy, judge, Door County Plein Air Invitation, July 2018
  • "Honorable Mention", given by Jill Carver, judge, Plein Air Easton for "Descending" July 2018 (small works)
  • "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"
  • "Here to Pray"(Stone Mountain Lake) added to permanent collection of Cherokee Country Club, Atlanta GA 2018,

2017
  • "The Award of Distinction", given by Roger Dale Brown, OPA, judge, Plein Air Texas, October 2017
  • "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

2016
  • "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

2015
  • 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

2014
  • 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

2012
  • Third Place, Plein Air Easton 2012. Ms. Basham’s work hung in the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka as part of U.S. Department of State's "Art in Embassies Program"

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


Published in

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 (1962-2019)
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.



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

2019
  • ARC Salon international finalist, Art Renewal Center International Competition
  • Bold Brush national painting competition "Favorite 15" jury's award for Golden Moonrise

2018
  • American Society of Marine Artists, National Marine Art Invitational, Charleston, SC - November 2018
  • Gibbes Museum of Art, Fall Palmetto Stand chosen for the Art of Healing program, Roper - St Francis Hospital System
  • 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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ROGER DALE BROWN
ROGER DALE BROWN
Fine Artist


Roger Dale Brown grew up in Tennessee, exploring the woods, creeks and fields around his Nashville home, a passionate observer of every aspect of nature since early childhood. He has made it his life’s work to connect deeply to places around the world, incorporating knowledge of their nature, history, architecture and culture in his creative process, and reflecting that knowledge in his painting and writing.

Roger’s art education has consisted of countless hours studying historical artists such as John Carlson, Arthur Streeton, Isaac Levitan and John Singer Sargent and concentrated his study with master teachers over the years. Roger has developed his own style, which draws deeply from the Impressionist view that painting from life is essential. This determination and dedication has culminated in his receiving Master Status with three top painting organizations in one year. The organizations who recognized him are Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, and American Society of Marine Artist.

Roger has a deep commitment to passing on his knowledge of the artistic process to his students. His self-directed education has given Roger a unique ability to recognize a student’s struggles and an ability to guide the learning process in clear and understandable ways. A celebrated teacher, he has led close to 100 workshops from Maine to Montana in the United States, and abroad in Ecuador, Italy and Scotland. His teaching includes live demonstrations as well as on-location, figurative, studio and still-life classes.

Roger has been honored to serve as juror for art and plein air competitions for Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society and others across the country. When not traveling to paint or teach, he lives with his artist wife and two dogs in Franklin, Tennessee, and teaches in his home studio.

“To capture the essence of a scene and make viewers feel they can step into a different day and understand its mood and beauty is my goal.”


Awards and Honors


Among his many awards, Roger has received Best of Show in the Barnes and Farms National Juried Art Show, Museum Purchase Award at the Easton Plein Air Competition, Award of Excellence in the Master Category at the American Impressionist National Show, as well as the Gold Medal Award from the Hudson Valley Art Association. His work has also been accepted in national juried exhibitions with both Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society where he received Artist Choice Award. He was also a finalist in the Art Renewal Center Salon. In addition, Roger has been published by International Artist Magazine, American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Plein-Air Magazine and the Artist Magazine.

Roger's oil paintings hang in the permanent collections of Tennessee State Museum and other museums throughout the United States and are held in several prominent galleries around the country. He was given Associate Living Master Status with the Art Renewal Center in 2015, and was awarded Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists in 2017 and received Fellow status in 2019. In 2018 Roger was awarded Master Status with Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society in 2018. His latest honor, in 2020, Roger was asked to join the prominent plein air organization, PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America).


Select Honors and Exhibits

2020
  • PAPA Membership -Plain Air Painters of America
  • International ARC Salon - Finalist
  • OPA Eastern Regional Gold Medal Master Division
  • AIS National Show - Master Award of Excellence
  • Featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

2019
  • Awarded Master Status - American Society of Marine Artist
  • International ARC Salon - Finalist

2018
  • Awarded Master Status - American Impressionist Society
  • Judge for Oil Painters of America Salon Show
  • Awarded Master Status - Oil Painters of America
  • Key Note Speaker - Plein Air South
  • American Impressionist Society - Award
  • of Excellence Master Category

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
  • Art Renewal Center - Associate Living Master

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

2003, 2004, 2006
  • Painters of America National Juried Exhibition

Books & DVD's

  • Roger Dale Brown: A Passion for Painting
  • Organize and Paint the Woodland Interior Landscape
  • Harmonizing Rural Structures in the Painted Landscape
  • Painting The Sunlit Harbor


Organizations

  • Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE) Past-President
  • Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA)
  • Cumberland Society of Painters
  • California Art Club
  • Oil Painters of America, Master Member
  • American Impressionist Society, Master Member Art Renewal Center, Associate Living Master American Society of Marine Artist, Master Member Salmagundi Club


Publications

  • International Artist
  • John Pototschnik Blog - Interview
  • featured on OPA Blog Nashville Arts Magazine Plein Air Magazine Artist Magazine
  • Art Collectors Magazine
  • American Artists Magazine
  • American Impressionist Society
  • Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
  • Art Renewal Center, Living Associate Master Portrait Society of America
  • Artists and Galleries of the Southeast International Art Magazine
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MICHELE BYRNE
MICHELE BYRNE
Fine Artist


Recent Professional Awards/Benchmarks

2020 Plein Air Magazine Cover and eight page featured article December-January issue

2019 LILIEDAHL ART INSTUCTION VIDEO released third Instructional Video of my painting process

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



Palette Knife Painting with Michele Byrne

2019
  • Wayne Plein Air Festival, Rosemary Brushes Award, Wayne, PA
  • Lighthouse Plein Air Invitational, Third Place Award, Quick Draw, Tequesta, FL
  • Faculty Demo Instructor at PACE - PleinAir Magazine Annual Convention & Expo, San Francisco, 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

2017 Grand Teton National Park Museum, Permanent Collection, Jackson Hole, WY
2015 The Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, FL – purchased ten of my American Flag paintings for its collection.
2012 The Bennington Museum – purchased “Paper Mill Bridge” for it's Permanent Collection, Bennington, VT
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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JOHN MICHAEL CARTER
JOHN MICHAEL CARTER
Fine Artist


John Michael Carter was born in Chicago. He showed an interest in drawing at an early age and began his studies at 15 with his father E. L. Carter, a commercial artist and illustrator. After graduation from high school he attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

In 1970 Carter continued his studies at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. There he studied the major classical schools of drawing and painting with Reynolds Brown, Harry Carmean, and Lorser Feitelson . He received his B.F.A. in 1972. Carter has had many shows in galleries all over the country. His wide range of subject matter covers landscapes, still life, figurative painting, and portraiture. His portraits include senators, governors, university presidents as well as corporate and civic leaders.

In addition to Carter’s love of figurative painting, he enjoys the street scenes and landscapes he discovers in his travels here and abroad.

Mr. Carter has been a frequent guest instructor at art workshops across the country, including the Scottsdale Artist School since 1990, the Dallas Arts League and the Cincinnati Arts Club. His thorough classical training and experience in drawing and painting gives him the technical expertise for superb instruction.

He is a master signature member of Oil Painters of America and serves on the board of directors of that organization.


John Michael Carter is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including:

  • 1988 Arts for the Parks ( Judges Award of Merit)
  • 2002 American Society of Portrait Artists International Competition ( First Prize/ People’s Choice )
  • 2002 Portrait Society of America International Competition ( Finalist / Honors Award)
  • 2003 Portrait Society of America International Competition ( Finalist / Honors Award)
  • 2004 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition ( Best of Show )
  • 2005 Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition ( Finalist )
  • 2007 Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition ( Best of Show )
  • 2012 Scottsdale Salon ( American Art Collector Award for Figurative Art )
  • 2012 Hoosier Salon (Best of Show)


Selected Portrait Commisions

  • Governor John Y. Brown, Kentucky
  • John Gardner, former Secretary of H.E.W.
  • U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, Indiana
  • U.S. Senator Wendell Ford, Kentucky
  • J.B. Duke, British American Tobacco Corp. , London, England
  • Peter Goldmark, President of the Rockefeller Foundation
  • David Jones, CEO Humana Corp.
  • Governor E. Fletcher, Kentucky
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ROSANNE CERBO
ROSANNE CERBO
Fine Artist


Rosanne Cerbo is a resident of Tuxedo, New York. She’s an award winning artist, has had her work featured in 2019 Southwest Art Magazine, and is a member of OPA, Salmagundi, NOAPS and Signature Member of AIS and HVAA. She’s had the fortune to study under John P. Osborne and Andrew Lattimore. All subjects inspire her from portraits to landscapes.



ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Art is part, if not whole, of who I am. It is my oxygen- it’s why I’m eager to awaken from my warm bed to face painting outside on a freezing day. It takes me out of my comfort zone and challenges me on a daily basis. It is my friend and at times, a frustrating foe. It is the spouse that I would never divorce. My undying passion does not get old and will remain with me until my last breath.



AWARDS/EXHIBITIONS

  • December, 2020- Finalist in Richeson International Animal Show
  • November, 2020-Peter Matulavage Memorial Award Salmagundi (Sylvia Glessman Exhibit)
  • September, 2020- Accepted into Eastern Regionals Oil Painters of America
  • August, 2020- BEST IN SHOW (Tuttle Memorial Award) Salmagundi Christmas in July Show NYC
  • April, 2020- Accepted into Oil Painters of America Salon Show
  • March, 2020- BEST IN SHOW- AIS Nationals Small Works Show TX
  • January, 2020- Exhibited in Museum of The Dog- NYC, NY
  • December, 2019-Salmagundi Thumb-box Award
  • December, 2019- Became Signature Member of Hudson Valley Art Association
  • September, 2019- Trekkel Intl Pet Portrait award
  • June, 2019-Hudson Vly Art Assoc. Show- Elizabeth C. Morgan Floral Award
  • May, 2019- Finalist in ARC Salon Show
  • December, 2018- Exhibited at Belskie Museum in NJ
  • November, 2018- Exhibited at Attleboro Museum in MA
  • September, 2018- The Southwest Art Magazine-finalist in Artistic Excellence Competition from over 1500 entries
  • July, 2018- accepted 19th Nationals AIS
  • January, 2018- Featured in Southwest Art Magazine
  • August, 2017- 2017 OPA Eastern Regionals Acceptance
  • July, 2017- The Artists’ Magazine-selected finalist in 34th Annual Competition from over 6500 entries
  • July, 2017- AIS-accepted 18th Annual National Show
  • April, 2017-Hudson Valley Art Assoc. 84th Annual Show Award
  • March, 2017-Sylvia Maria Glesmann Salmagundi Show Merit award
  • March, 2017- Charles Dana Gibson Salmagundi Award
  • January, 2017- Award Ridgewood Art Institute Open Juried Show
  • October, 2016- 1st Place Ringwood Open Juried Show
  • May, 2016- Award-AAPL Members Show
  • March, 2016-BEST IN SHOW-Joseph Hartley Salmagundi Award
  • April, 2016- AAPL Online Landscape Show Award
  • March, 2016- Accepted in Hudson Valley Art Assoc. 83rd Juried Exhibition
  • December, 2015- Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Club Award
  • October, 2015- Oil Painters of America-Accepted in Salon Exhibition
  • May, 2015 — Salmagundi Floral Award
  • March, 2015 — AAPL Landscape Online Theme Show Award
  • February, 2015 — Salmagundi Urban Show Award
  • January, 2015 — Exhibited in New Britain Museum of American Art
  • October, 2014 — Salmagundi Fall Show- “Sylvia Glesman Award”
  • September, 2014 — RMAA Open Juried Show- First Place
  • January, 2014 — Ridgewood Art Instiute- 34th Regional Open Juried Show– Award
  • April, 2013 — Scarsdale Art Association- “Best in Show” and First Place in Portraits
  • June, 2010 — RMAA Members Show — “Best in Show” in oils
  • November, 2013 — Orange Cty Arts Federation– First Place in show
  • March, 2011 — Kent Art Association — “2011 Award of Excellence” in oils
  • April, 2011 — Kent Art Association “Best in Oils/Acrylics”
  • March, 2012 — First Place in oils-Warwick Art League
  • June, 2013 — First Place oils- Fort Lee Arts Guild
  • August, 2013 — American Professional Artists League-Award in Landscapess
  • March, 2014 — American Professional Artists League Award in Portraits
  • September, 2013 — Accepted in The National Gallery, NYC- Lorillard 117th Annual Open Exhibition
  • October, 2013 — Accepted in Audubon Artist 71st Annual Exhibition
  • June, 2014 — Hudson Valley Art Association: Accepted 82nd Exhibition
  • May, 2014 — Connecticut Academy of Fine Art: Accepted 103rd Exhibition
  • May, 2014 — Salmagundi -Accepted “American Masters” Exhibition
  • Oct. 2013 — Audubon Artists Accepted-71st Annual Exhibition



MEMBER (EITHER PAST OR PRESENT)

  • Salmagundi Club — 5th Avenue/NYC, NY
  • Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
  • Oil Painters of America
  • Ridgewood Art Association
  • American Impressionism Society
  • Hudson Valley Art Association (Signature Member)
  • NOAPS (National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society)
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Anna Charina
ANNA CHARINA
Fine Artist


Anna was born in 1975 in Moscow, Russia.

In 1990, she graduated from an art school for children, and in 1998 - from the School of Arts of the Moscow State University of Printing Arts.

In 1997, Anna became a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia, in 1999 – a member of the Professional Union of Artists of Russia, and in 2005 – a member of the International Arts Fund, a nonprofit organization for development of arts in Russia and abroad.

In 1994, 1996 and 1999 Anna’s works were exhibited in various youth exhibitions and in the Moscow exhibition center “Moscow House of Artists”.

Anna’s works are owned by private collectors in Russia and abroad.


Art Exhibitions

• “Easter Week”, exhibition hall at Malaya Gruzinskaya Street, Moscow, 1998
• Selling exhibition in Ankara, Turkey, 1999
• “Poet and Artists”, exhibition at the Moscow state exhibition hall “New Manege”, 1999
• Exhibition of the Creative Union “Yakimanka” at the Central House of Artists, Moscow, 2001
• “World of Modern Classic Art”, Bulgarian cultural center, Moscow, 2002
• Moscow International Art Show, 2003
• “New Generation”, Central House of Artists, Moscow, 2003
• “Cities and Countries” and “Russian Village”, Moscow House of Ethnicities, 2005
• III Art Competition named after Victor Popkov, Bulgarian cultural center, Moscow, 2005
• IV Fine Arts Festival “Moscow – the City of the World”, 2006
• “Women Images”, Moscow Film Center, 2007
• “Golden Brush 2007”, Central House of Artists, Moscow, 2007
• V Art Competition named after Victor Popkov, Moscow Film Center, 2007
• “City of the Seven Hills”, exhibition hall “Artwork”, Moscow, 2012
• “Moscow Travels”, exhibition hall “Zelenograd”, Moscow, 2012
• “Poetical Moscow”, Country Park Art Gallery, Moscow, 2012
• “Inspired by Arbat Street”, Bulat Okudzhava Fund on Stary Arbat Street, Moscow, 2015
• “Open Lecture 2016”, Central House of Artists, Moscow, 2016
• “Made by a Woman”, Central House of Artists, Moscow, 2016


Personal Exhibitions

• “Walks in Old Moscow”, ART-shop, Moscow, 1997
• Exhibition at the NGOs Center affiliated with the Government of Moscow, 2001
• “Cities on Canvas and More…”, along with Vladimir Portyanoy and the Creative Union “Old City”, state exhibition hall “Artwork”, 2001
• “Moscow Through the Eyes of Moscow Artists”, along with Vladimir Orlov, cultural center in Chernogolovka, Moscow region, 2001
• Exhibition at the art gallery “Na Tishinke”, Moscow, 2001
• Exhibition at the state exhibition hall “Artwork”, along with Tatiana Spasolomskaya, Moscow, 2002
• Exhibition at the state exhibition hall “Na Peschanoy”, Moscow, 2002
• Exhibition at the United Nations Information Center, Moscow, 2004
• Exhibition at the International Arts Fund, Moscow, 2005
• Exhibition at the Moscow City Hall, 2005
• Exhibition at the state exhibition hall “Belyaevo”, Moscow, 2007
• Exhibition at the Russian office of the World Bank, Moscow, 2007
• “Walking the Streets of Moscow”, art gallery “Na Nagornoy”, along with Victor Kuznetsov and Mikhail Brovkin, Moscow, 2010
• “Looking Through the Rain”, exhibition hall “Artwork”, Moscow, 2013
• “Old Moscow, Nothing Can Compare to You…”, Prefecture of the South-Western District of Moscow, 2013
• “Dreams About Moscow”, exhibition hall “Zelenograd”, 2014
• “I’ll Come to the Old Yard to Listen to Silence…”, Art Gallery at Novinsky boulevard, Moscow, 2016
• “Moscow Province”, Alpert Gallery, Moscow, 2017
• “Moscow. My Childhood Friend.”, ZNUI Gallery, Moscow, 2018
• “#MyMoscow”, art space “KvARTira10”, Moscow, 2019
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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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James Crandall
JAMES CRANDALL
Fine Artist


After a long career as a concept illustrator in the advertising and motion-picture industry, James Crandall has shifted his focus to traditional easel painting. He finds subject matter in everyday life, and is always looking for an intriguing play of light, or the unstaged gestures of people at work and at play. An ongoing series of paintings depicts life in his maternal grandfather's hometown of Lucca in northern Tuscany, where he regularly visits. Recent work also includes scenes from the rural backroads of California's Gold Country, where he and his wife Nancy make their home.
He is a Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society.


Education:

  • Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California 1978-1981 (BFA, Awarded with Distinction)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, 1975-1977


Recent Exhibitions and Awards:

  • 2018 1st Place, Master Class, ArtMuse Contest, October (Judge: Carol Marine)
  • 2018 Finalist, BoldBrush Art Competition, October (Juror: Robert Lemler)
  • 2018 2nd Annual American Impression Society Small Work Showcase, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2018 40th Annual Crocker Museum Art Auction, Sacramento, CA
  • 2017 Award of Excellence, Master Division, OPA Eastern Regional, St. Simons Island, GA
  • 2017 President's Choice Award, American Impressionist Society's National Exhibition
  • 2017 Awarded Signature Member status, American Impressionist Society
  • 2017 Finalist, BoldBrush Art Competition, June (Juror: David Kassan)
  • 2017 2nd Prize, BoldBrush Art Competition, May
  • 2017 1st Place, Master Class, ArtMuse Contest, April
  • 2017 California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Los Angeles
  • 2017 Finalist, Master Class, ArtMuse Contest, February
  • 2016 1st Place, Master Class, ArtMuse Contest, October
  • 2016 Award of Excellence, Masters Division, OPA Western Regional, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2016 Gold Medal, Masters Division, Oil Painters of America's Salon, Fort Wayne, IN
  • 2016 Award of Merit, American Impressionist Society National, Kirkland, WA
  • 2016 Finalist, Boldbrush Art Competition, January & December
  • 2015 Awarded Master Signature status, Oil Painters of America, December 2015
  • 2015 2nd Prize, Signature division, Oil Painters of America Online Showcase, Fall 2015
  • 2015 Judge, BoldBrush Art Competition, July 2015
  • 2015 Finalist, RayMar Art Competition (January & February)
  • 2014 Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of American Western Regional
  • 2014 Finalist, RayMar Art Competition (July and October)
  • 2014 Award of Excellence, Paso Artsfest, Paso Robles, California (Juror: Quang Ho)
  • 2014 Finalist, Boldbrush Competition (April)
  • 2013 1st Place, Signature division, Oil Painters of America Fall Online Showcase
  • 2013 Solo Exhibition, Lee Youngman Galleries, Calistoga, CA
  • 2013 Finalist, RayMar Art Competition (February, August)
  • 2013 California Art Club's Gold Medal Exhibition
  • 2013 2nd Place, Boldbrush Painting Competition (June)
  • 2013 2nd Place, Boldbrush Painting Competition (May)
  • 2013 Finalist, RayMar Fine Art Competition, February 2013 (Juror: Nancy Guzik)
  • 2012 3rd Prize, Oil Painters of America Spring Online Showcase
  • 2012 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas (Jury's Top 50)
  • 2012 Finalist, RayMar Art Fine Competition (January, March, September, November)
  • 2012 Finalist, Bold Brush Art Competition, (January, September)
  • 2012 Judge, BoldBrush Art Competition, December 2011
  • 2011 BoldBrush Art Competiton, August 2011, (Best of Show Award)
  • 2011 RayMar Art Fine Art Competition, 2010-2011, (Finalist [Top 12 of the Year] Award)
  • 2011 Oil Painters of America’s 20th Annual National, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (Portraiture Award of Excellence)
  • 2011 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas (Jury's Top Fifty)
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Nancy Seamons Crookston
NANCY 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. 


Recent Exhibitions and Awards
  • Oil Painters of America National Show 2019 Honorable Mention award - Master Signature Members
  • Oil Painters of America National Show 2019 Studio Division First Place
  • Virtuosos Show 2019 Award of Excellence
  • Gold Medal Award Oil Painters of America Master Signature Division 2018 Salon Juried Show
  • Merit Award 2015 American Impressionist Society
  • Gold Medal Master Award 2014 National Oil Painters of America Master Signature Division
  • Bronze Master Signature Award at the 2013 National Oil Painters of America
  • Gold Medal Award at the 2011 Eastern Regional Oil Painters of America, Master Signature Division
  • Gold Medal Award at the 2000 National Oil Painters of America
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Joyful Enriquez
JOYFUL ENRIQUEZ
Fine Artist


The magic and wonder of the ocean has always captured Joyful's imagination. As a child, she would often check out books from the library about sea creatures and try to draw them. Growing up in a family of limited means, Joyful’s makeshift sketchbooks were made in the flyleafs of her father's books. Throughout her childhood she would have recurring dreams about being able to breathe underwater, swim with whales, and explore the ocean’s depths. These dreams inspired Joyful's calling as a marine wildlife artist. By her mid-twenties, Joyful moved to Northwest Florida to attend the traditional art program at Pensacola Christian College. She earned both a Bachelors and Masters of Fine Art in Painting and Illustration.

During her time in Florida, she was able to become Scuba certified, collaborated with local wildlife conservation groups, developed proficient artistic skills, and discovered a voice and style all her own. Joyful's creative process truly begins in the water. Soaking in the sights and sounds underwater through snorkeling or diving help her build an accurate feel for her chosen subject matter and saves it to memory. These personal encounters with the underwater world enhance the quality of her work by giving it depth and authenticity. Her style of expressive realism blends palette knife and brush work to capture the essence of the unique lighting, atmosphere, and energy found underwater. As an artist, Joyful creates work that is meant not just to be observed, but also experienced. Her paintings serve as portals to transport the viewer into another world that can transform the mind and heart with its beauty and wonder

Over the past several years, Joyful's work has garnered awards and international attention through Museum and gallery exhibitions, newspaper and magazine articles, membership in prestigious fine art societies, and collaboration with Conservation groups. Joyful is an award-winning member of the American Society of Marine Artists, The Society of Animal Artists, The Oil Painters of America, and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. Her work has also been featured in publications such as Southwest Art and Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. Most recently, her artwork did a 2 year tour in Museums across the U.S with the American Society of Marine Artists 18th National Exhibition.

To develop a greater understanding and connection with her inspiration, Joyful fosters collaborative relationships with other wildlife artists, naturalists, marine biologists, and conservationists. These collaborations help educate and enrich the artist's understanding and appreciation for the ocean’s animals, and creates an avenue for the artist to support continued ocean research and conservation efforts. Joyful has actively collaborated with the Coastal Conservation Association, C.A.R.E sea turtle rescue, and 4Ocean. Enriquez currently focuses on gallery work, murals, and private commissions. She lives and works from a studio in Panama City Beach with her husband Sam, who is also a professional fine art painter and tattoo artist.
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Peggy Ellis
PEGGY ELLIS
Fine Artist


My happy place has always been near the ocean. From an early age, our summers were spent in Avalon, New Jersey, a breezy spit of land off the Atlantic coast. It was a child's paradise. We searched for shells, swam, fished and sailed; while in the background our father, artist Ray Ellis, painted our world. He was my greatest mentor and due to his contagious enthusiasm, I also took up the study of watercolors and oils. Competing with three other siblings for our dynamic father’s attention, I found I shared his love of sports, boating, art and travel; while fighting for every opportunity to paint by his side. Thankfully, this inner drive for attention helped me to absorb his invaluable tips on life, art and pursuing your passion.

After life in Boston raising three children, my path eventually led me to the Carolina Low Country. Majestic clouds and panoramic seascapes brought back sweet memories of the shore. I went from painting snowy, New England farm scenes to capturing the sunlit dunes and back bays so reminiscent of my childhood. My inner drive pushed me to jump from watercolors into oils, while adding the dramatic effect of the palette knife as a tool. Though much of my latest work is in oils, I often come back to watercolor, my first love, with its freshness and spontaneity. With my home studio on Charleston's downtown harbor, I’m never without inspiration.......at any given moment, a group of pelicans swoop by unannounced; so close I could almost reach out and touch them. Wednesday evenings colorful sailboats gather to race below. And now my happy time is to rise at dawn, grab my coffee and catch the sun as it boldly pops up on the horizon.

Though the artist’s life can surely be isolating at times, my saving grace has been the regional painting workshops I offer. I thrive on the interaction with these talented, inspiring artists and am so thankful for the many friendships I’ve made along the way. Creating art can be isolating, but in actuality, it’s all about connecting!


Education
The New School, New York, NY
The DeCordova Museum School, Lincoln, MA


Recent Events
2013 – Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, SC - Father/Daughter Show
2014 - The Gibbes Museum of Art Renovation Exhibit
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”
2015 – “Carolina’s Got Art”, The Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC. Juried by Eliza Rathbone, Curator Emeritus, The Phillips Collection.
2015 – “Spectacular Clouds and More”, Solo Show, Four Corners Gallery, Bluffton, SC
2016 – ArtFields 2016, Lake City, SC. “Big Sky”
2016 - Featured Artist, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC
2017 - "Three Palettes Show", three artist exhibit, Four Corners Gallery, Bluffton, SC
2017 - Painting Instructor at The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
2017 - Painting Instructor at Hilton Head Art Academy
2017 - Painting Instructor at Palmetto Bluff
2017 - Presentation and Demo "Palette Knife Tools and Techniques", Mt. Pleasant Artists Guild, SC
2017 - Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition, City Gallery, Charleston, SC
2017 - Featured Artist and Live Demo, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC
2017 - "Fall for the Arts", Outdoor Live Painting Demonstration, Charleston, SC
2018 - Hilton Head Academy Awards Exhibit, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head, SC
2018 - Chairman of Advisory Board, Art and Culture of the Lowcountry, a certificate-based educational program, Hilton Head, SC
2018 - Judge for the Mt. Pleasant Artist Guild Exhibit, 31st Blessing of the Fleet Festival
2019 - Juror for the Hilton Head Biennale National Juried Exhibition 2019
2019 - "Windswept", Solo Show, Page Waterman Gallery, Wellesley, MA (September 2019)
2019 - October Featured Artist, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC
2020 - Artist in Residence and Solo Exhibit, Spring Island Club, Okatie, SC

Juried member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, National Association of Women Artists and the Charleston and Mt. Pleasant Artist Guilds
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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."


Recent Exhibitions and Awards

  • He won Best in Show at The 10th Biennial National Show in Punta Gorda
  • The Dickinson Signature Member award in The American Society of impressionists national show in 2018 and 2019.
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Laura Fontaine
LAURA FONTAINE
Fine Artist



Laura Lloyd Fontaine lives in Charleston, SC and is recognized for her large, impressionist landscapes of the low country.  She refers to it as contemporary impressionism with a traditional flair. Her process of creating a painting is unique to most artist. She prepares her canvas with a foundation of Venetian Plaster, which is ground marble. She has many years of working with plaster in her earlier years when she worked with faux finishes. The technique of painting on plaster with many layers of glazes gives her paintings its beautiful glow. Laura finds that working on a textured surface, she is able  to layer color to create the depth of atmosphere.
 
 In 2015, Laura was chosen as the Featured Artist of Kiawah's renown magazine, Kiawah Island Legends. 
 
In 2018, Laura was commissioned to paint Drayton Hall, one of Charlestons most beautiful plantations. The painting will be auctioned off in the Spring of 2019 to raise money for the Preservation Trust. She was deeply honor finding out that she is the first artist to be chosen to paint and sketch the beautiful historical home since the 1800s.
 
Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art and a minor in Art History at Hollins College in Roanoke, VA. She continued her studies at the Philadelphia College of Art. 
 
Laura studied faux finishes in Great Neck, NY at the Finishing school, the masters of professional painted finishes.
 
Laura has taken many workshops from artists and has enjoyed traveling and learning from all of them.
 
 
Honors

2019 September, Show at Reinert Fine Art
2019 May, Show at The Bascom in Highlands, NC
2018 Drayton Hall's featured Artist
2017 Solo Show Reinert Fine Art Charleston, SC
2016 March, Solo Show Principle Gallery
2016 March, Speaker  and demonstration at the first Renaissance Woman of Charleston Event, Principle Gallery
2016 March, Montgomery Museum of Fine Art Auction
2016 April, One of three featured Artist for the Charleston Heart Ball
2016 April, Juried into Woman Painters of the Southeast annual show in Abingdon, VA
2016 Solo Show at Shain Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2015 Chosen to be the Artist in Residence at the Principle Gallery
2015 Kiawah Island’s Featured Artist of the Year
2015 Charleston Style and Design an article in the Spring Spoleto Issue
2015 Solo Show Shain Gallery
2014 Juried into Woman Painters of the Southeast Annual Show, Lake Oconee, GA
2012 Best of Americas Oils published by Kennedy Publishing Co. chose several paintings to be featured in their annual book
2011 Honorable Mention at Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Art Show
2011 Juried into the Charleston Artist Wildlife Exhibit
2011 Juried into the Judith Ryan Williams Nature and Wildlife Art Exhibit
2011 Honorable Mention at the Art League of Hilton Head
2004 Honorable Mention at COPA Paint Out
 

Professional Affiliations
 
Oil Painters of America
American Impressionist Society
American Woman Artist
Woman Painters of the South East
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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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Kim Gibbs
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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Ann Goble
ANN GOBLE
Fine Artist


Ann Goble began her painting career in 1999 and has studied under Daniel Keys, Jill Soukup, Roseta Santiago, David Leffel, Gregg Kreutz and Marc Chatov. Her subjects include equine, figure and still life. She works in oils and is influenced by the fluid, painterly style of masters such as Sargent, Maurer, and Serov. She has participated in many juried shows and has received numerous awards for her work. Her works have been published in national magazines including Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art and Western Art Collector. Her paintings are part of many private collections.

Ann is a Signature Member of The Women Artists of the West, an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America and The American Impressionist Society. Ann paints full time and lives in Georgia.



Awards and Exhibitions


  • 2020 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, Charleston SC, Reinert Fine Art
  • 2020 38th Annual Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition, Juried, Charleston, SC
  • 2019 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, Birmingham, AL
  • 2019 Timpson Creek Callery, Two Person Show, Clayton, GA
  • 2019 Women Artists of the West, 49th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Boulder, CO, Awarded Best in Show, Signature Member
  • 2019 Solo Show, "Beautiful Creatures", Colquitt Arts Center, Moultrie, GA
  • 2018 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD, Award of Excellence
  • 2018 Women Artists of the West 48th National Exhibition, Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville, OK, Fine Art Connoisseur Award of Excellence
  • 2018 Artists of The Blue Angel, Quinlan Visual arts Center, Gainesville, GA
  • 2017 Women Artists Of The West, 47th National Juried Exhibition, Annapolis, MD, Award of Excellence
  • 2017 American Impressionist Society, 18th National Juried Exhibition, Park City, Utah
  • 2016 Women Artists of the West, Juried Show, Fredricksburg, TX
  • 2016 Bareback: Symmetry in Motion, Equine Exhibition, Juried Show, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2016 Brenau University President's Summer Art Series, Invited Artist, Simmons Gallery
  • 2016 Booth Western Museum Artist Guild, Juried Show, Cartersville, GA
  • 2015 Two Woman Show, Ranchlands, Quinlan Visual Arts Center
  • 2015 Mountain Oyster Show, Juried Show, Tucson, AZ
  • 2015 Honorable Mention, National League of American Pen Women, Atlanta Branch, Juried
  • 2015 St. Simons Island Glynn County Visual Arts Juried Show, Fine Art and Flowers
  • 2015 Women Painters of the Southeast, 2015 Juried Members Exhibition
  • 2014 Bright Light Show, Juried by David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2014 Best in Show, Festival of Trees, High Museum of Art, David Brenneman Juror
  • 2014 First Place, Georgia Art League, Seth Hopkins Juror
  • 2014 The Artists of the Blue Angel, Dawsonville Arts Center
  • 2013 Second Place, CCAF in Association with The High Museum of Art
  • 2013 Women Artists of the West, Juried Show, Estes Park, Colorado
  • 2013 Mothers and Daughters, Two Woman Show, Bowen Center for the Arts
  • 2012 First Place, Quinlan Art Center, Juried Show, Dog and Pony Show
  • 2012 Creative Catalyst Productions Award, Women Artists of the West, Juried Show, Fredericksburg,
  • 2011 Runner-up Director's Award, Art Horse Magazine, Ex Arte Equinus V Competition
  • 2011 Second Place, CCAF in Association with The High Museum of Art
  • 2011 First Place, Member Show, Quinlan Visual Arts Center
  • 2011 Atlanta Fine Arts League, Juried Exhibition
  • 2011 Juried Exhibition, Sound Off, Quinlan Visual Arts Center
  • 2011 Third Place and Award of Merit, Women Artists of the West, Juried Show, Rockport, TX
  • 2011 Sponsor's Award, Art of Our Mothers, Juried Exhibition, Quinlan Visual Arts Center
  • 2010 Atlanta Fine Arts League, National Juried Exhibition
  • 2010 Chosen for Cover, Juried Exhibition, Equestrian Art Exhibit, Art School of Sandy Springs
  • 2010 Member Show, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Honorable Mention
  • 2009 Generations, 2 Woman Show, Quinlan Visual Arts Center
  • 2009 Juried Exhibition, Equine Art, Atlanta
  • 2007 Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, Naples, FL
  • 2007 Member Show, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Honorable Mention
  • 2007 Elements of Light, Juried Show, Quinlan Visual Arts Center
  • 2007 Group Show, The Artists of the Blue Angel, Quinlan Visual Arts Center
  • 2007 First Place, Georgia Art League, Juried Exhibition
  • 2007 Third Place, Georgia Art League, Juried Exhibition
  • 2006 People, Places, Things, Juried Show, Quinlan Visual Arts Center
  • 2006 Gallery 111 Award, Dalton Arts Guild, Juried Exhibition
  • 2006 First Place, Georgia Art League, Juried Exhibition
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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 and featured artist

2013 – CITY…Solo exhibit of cityscape paintings, Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago, IL
2014 - CITY 2 …. Solo exhibit of cityscape paintings at Zygman Voss Gallery, Chicago, IL
2016 - The Urban Landscape… Solo exhibit of cityscape paintings at Zygman Voss Gallery, Chicago, IL
2017 - Urban Landscapes….Solo exhibit of cityscape paintings at Weiler House of Fine Art, Fort Worth, TX.
2017 - Featured artist, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, S.C.
2017 - Featured artist, Weiler House of Fine Art, Fort Worth Texas
2017 Featured artist, Proud Fox Gallery, Geneva, IL
2018 Inside / Outside, two person show, Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL
2018 Featured artist, Reinert Fine Art Gallery, Charelston, S.C.
2019 - Duality two persons show, Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art


Group

2020 Best Of America Artists National Show, National Oil Acrylic Painters NOAPS, St Augustine, Fl
2019 Randy Higbee 6 x 6 Show, Costa, Mesa, Ca
2019 Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL , plein air exhibition
2019 Faculty Show, Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art, Chicago, IL
2018 Jackson Junge Gallery – Accepted into The Red Show
2018 Accepted into the National Oil Painters Of American Show, Steamboat Springs, CO.
2018 Northbrook Plein Air Event
2018 Faculty Show, Palette and Chisel Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
2018 Portrait Show, Palette and Chisel Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
2017 Randy Higbee Gallery, 6 x 6 Show, Costa Mesa, CA
2017 In The Hood, Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago
2017 Shades of Plein Air, Evanston , IL
2017 Northbrook Plein Air Event
2017 Accepted into the Nation American Impressionist Society Exhibit, Costa Mesa, California
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
2006-2018 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
2010-2018 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

2018 Winner of the Silver Medal, / Palette and Chisel Gold Medal Show
2018 Honorable Mention, Plein Air Festival Main Event, Northbrook, IL
2048 Honorable Mention, Bold Brush National Competiton
2017 Honorable Mention, Bold Brush National Competition
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
2013 Honorable Mention / Palette and Chisels Gold Medal Show
2007 Honorable Mention / Indiana Plein Air Painters


Media

2018 Fine Art Connoisseur, painting “Warm” featured in issue on cityscapes.
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

2016 - 2019 Plein Air Painters of Chicago - Plein air / demonstrator. lecturing
2009 - 2019 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
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.

The year 2017 also included the Impressionist Honorable Mention at the National Show for her “Fragile Morning” piece. She was very honored to be asked to be a demo artist for the 2017 National Convention.
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In 2018, MaryBeth was awarded The Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship for Midwestern Artists from The Richard H.Driehaus Foundation, as well as the Members’ Choice Honorable Mention Award in the Associate & Signature Division at the 27th National Juried Exhibition of the Oil Painters of America for the painting “Orange Romance”. At the Virtuoso of the OPA, judge Daniel Greene awarded her third place for her painting Nature’s Blush in 2019. She also was a Finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon Competitions in 2017 and 2018.
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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:


2019
  • Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale – People’s Choice Award

2018
  • 2018 Eiteljorg Museum – Quest for the West, Artist’s Choice Award
  • Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Best of Show

  • 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
  • Susan Kathleen Black Foundation Rose Award

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
  • Carmel International Art Festival, Best of Show

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
  • Carmel International Art Festival, Best of Show

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
  • Indianapolis Zoo Arts Festival, Best of Show

1998
  • Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show Annual Juried Exhibition
  • Northern Wildlife Art Exhibition – Featured Artist

1997
  • Northern Wildlife Art Expo, Judges Award of Excellenceorthern Wildlife Art Expo, Judges Award of Excellence

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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.



ARTIST STATEMENT

I take reality. I absorb it through the mill of my experiences and schooling. And then I produce a new carefully designed reality that evokes feelings and memories. This reality takes abstraction of strokes, edges, values and color relationships, and morphs them into a world that I imagined, that affects a viewer on a level deeper than words.



SELECTED AWARDS

  • 1st Place, Drawing, Portrait Society of America (PSoA) 18th Annual International Portrait Competition, 2016
  • 3rd Honor Award, Portrait Society of America (PSoA) 16th International Portrait Competition 2014
  • Finalist (final award announcement PSoA conference April 2022 post-Covid), Portrait Society of America (PSoA), 22nd Annual International Portrait Competition, 2020
  • Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America (PSoA), 21st Annual International Portrait Competition, 2019
  • Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America (PSoA), 20th Annual International Portrait Competition, 2018
  • Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America (PSoA), 17th Annual International Portrait Competition, 2015
  • Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America (PSoA), 13th Annual International Portrait Competition, 2011
  • 3rd Merit Award, Portrait Society of America (PS0A) Members Only Competition 2015, Outside The Box Category
  • 5th Honorable Mention, Portrait Society of America (PSoA) Members Only Competition 2014, Still Life Category
  • Finalist, Portrait Society of America (PSoA) Members Only Competition 2020, Commissioned Portrait and Outside The Box Categories
  • Winner, Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries North Light Books' 2016 Drawing Competition
  • Finalist, Art Renewal Center (ARC) International Salon Competition 2016
  • Finalist, Art Renewal Center (ARC) International Salon Competition 2019
  • Finalist, Art Renewal Center (ARC) International Salon Competition 2015
  • American Art Collector Magazine Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America (OPA) Western Regional Juried Exhibition, 2013
  • 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

  • Portrait Society of America (PSoA) Finalist Exhibition, International Competition and Conference, April 2022
  • Contemporary Figuration, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, January 23 - February 20, 2021
  • 30th Annual Miniature Works Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, December 10, 2020 -January 5, 2021
  • Fine Art and Fashion Exhibition, Vanessa Rothe Fine Art (VRFA), October 24 - November 30, 2020
  • Likeness Exhibition, Vanessa Rothe Fine Art (VRFA), January 11, 2020
  • The Hunt Exhibition, Patrons Gallery at the Salmagundi Club, New York City, NY, Vanessa Rothe Fine Art (VRFA), September 19-23, 2019
  • Dacia Gallery Nine-Year Anniversary Group Exhibition, New York, NY, September 16-28, 2019
  • Virtuosos of the OPA Exhibition, Cutter & Cutter Fine Art, St Augustine, FL, March 1-31, 2019
  • 5 And Under, Arcadia Contemporary Group Exhibition, Pasadena, CA, August 18, 2018
  • Fine Art and Fashion Exhibition, Vanessa Rothe Fine Art (VRFA), Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, September 29 - October 3, 2018
  • 28th Annual Miniature Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, November 3-24, 2018
  • VRFA Americans in Paris, Group Exhibition #1, Arcadia Contemporary, Culver City, CA, May 12-30, 2018
  • VRFA Americans in Paris, Group Exhibition #2, Galerie L'Oeil du Prince, Paris, France, May 24-June 12, 2018
  • VRFA Realism Without Borders, Group Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, April 19-22, 2018
  • VRFA 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 (VRFA), 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 (VRFA), 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
  • VRFA Realism Without Borders, 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
  • VRFA "Impression" exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, March 11-30, 2016
  • VRFA "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



PUBLICARIONS

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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
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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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).


2020
  • 2020 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, Charleston SC, Reinert Fine Art

2019
  • "Jekyll Island Art Assoc. Annual Art Festival, " Jekyll Island, GA - March 2019 - First Place

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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Neil Patterson
NEIL PATTERSON
OPA Master, SFCA, ASA, RMPAP, SCA

“I paint what I love and see around me, scenes that speak to me, places I want to explore. I try to capture moments of light, colour and atmosphere which spark my imagination. I want to create my own personal version of reality and entice the viewer to share it with me.”

“A photograph is what it is; a painting is what you want it to be.”

Born 1947 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.


EDUCATION


1969-1972 University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
Charles Movalli Workshop
The Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, AZ
Ted Goerschner Master Class, CA



SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2016 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
  • 2014 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 2014 The Artym Gallery, Invermere, BC
  • 2013 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
  • 2013 The University Club, New York, NY
  • 2012 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 2011 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
  • 2010 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 2009 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
  • 2008 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 2001-2007 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
  • 2005-2006 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 2004-2006 West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB
  • 2002 West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB
  • 2001 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler BC
  • 2000 Pacific Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
  • 1999-2003 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 1999 Buffalo Trails, Big Fork, MT
  • 1999 Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
  • 1998-1999 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
  • 1997 Tutt Street Gallery, Kelowna, BC
  • 1995-1997 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 1995 Medicine Hat Museum, Medicine Hat, AB
  • 1993 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 1987 Wallace Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 1983 Kiln Gallery, Bragg Creek, AB
  • 1982 Renaissance Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 1979 Quest Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 1979 Walsh Gallery, Red Deer, AB
  • 1978 Muttart Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 1978 Sequoia Gallery, Edmonton, AB
  • 1975 Canadian Guild of Crafts, Toronto, ON
  • 1975 History of Ceramics in Alberta, Calgary & Edmonton, AB
  • 1974 Rubiyat Gallery, Calgary, AB



GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2018 Gu Yuan Art Museum, Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
  • 2018 The Artym Gallery, Invermere, BC
  • 2016-2017 Reinert Fine Art Gallery, SC
  • 2016 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
  • 2016 The Artym Gallery, Invermere, BC
  • 2016 Shaoguan City Art Academy, Shaoguan, Guangdong, China
  • 2016 Danxiashan Exhibition, Danxia Mountains, Guangdong, China
  • 2015 Zhiwei Tu Art Museum, Wengyuan County, Guangdong, China
  • 2014 Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
  • 2014 Zhiwei Tu Art Museum, Wengyuan County, Guangdong, China
  • 2014 Shaoguan Art Exhibition Hall, Shaoguan, Guangdong, China
  • 2014 Shenzhen University Museum, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • 2000-2014 Oil Painters of America
  • 2012-2014 Western Art Show, Calgary, AB
  • 1994-2013 CM Russell, Great Falls, MT
  • 2012-2013 Federation of Canadian Artists
  • 1999-2012 Alicat Gallery, Bragg Creek, AB
  • 2011 Desheng International Canvas Week Exhibition, Shunde District, Foshan City, Guangdong, China
  • 2011 Kwan Wu Sculpture Art Museum, Nanhai, Guangdong, China
  • 2011 Wengshan Institute of Poetry, Calligraphy and Painting, Longxian, Guangdong, China
  • 2011 Shaoguan Art Exhibition Hall, Shaoguan, Guangdong, China
  • 2010 Western Art Show, Calgary, AB
  • 2008-2009 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters
  • 2006 Longxian Art Exhibition, Longxian, Guangdong, China
  • 2006 Shaoguan Museum Exhibition, Shaoguan, Guangdong, China
  • 2005-2006 Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT
  • 2005 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
  • 2004-2005 Snow Fire, Estes Park, CO
  • 2004-2005 West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB
  • 2004-2005 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters
  • 2001-2003 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
  • 2000-2001 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
  • 2000 Western Art Show, Calgary, AB
  • 2000 Federation of Canadian Artists
  • 1999 Plein Air Invitational, Carmel, CA
  • 1999 Pacific Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
  • 1999 Arts for the Parks
  • 1998 Federation of Canadian Artists
  • 1998 Tutt Street Gallery, Kelowna, BC
  • 1998 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
  • 1998 Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
  • 1997-1998 Oil Painters of America
  • 1997-1998 Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
  • 1997-1998 Western Art Show, Calgary, AB
  • 1995-1997 Arts for the Parks
  • 1997 Hillcrest International Exhibition, CA
  • 1996 Hammond Galleries, OH
  • 1994-1995 Oil Painters of America
  • 1993-1994 Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
  • 1992-1994 Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 1991-1993 Federation of Canadian Artists
  • 1992 Oil Painters of America
  • 1990 Alberta College of Art, Calgary, AB
  • 1990 IBM, Banff, AB
  • 1989-1990 State of the Arts Beaver House, Edmonton, AB
  • 1987-1990 Sunshine Village, Banff, AB
  • 1988-1990 Alberta Society of Artists
  • 1985-1986 Alberta Society of Artists
  • 1983-1990 Leighton Centre, Calgary, AB
  • 1988 Olympic Organizing Committee, Calgary, AB
  • 1983 Western Art Show, Calgary, AB
  • 1981 Muttart Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 1978-1980 Bragg Creek Artisans, Bragg Creek, AB
  • 1977 Annex Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 1976 Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
  • Best of Plein Air Laguna Plein Air Painters



COLLECTIONS

  • Alberta Art Foundation
  • Alberta Government Telephones
  • Alberta Housing Corporation
  • Alberta Treasury Branch
  • Alberta Wheat Pool
  • Amoco Canada
  • ATCO Enterprises
  • Black & Company
  • Canada Utilities
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
  • CJ Campbell
  • Coles Nikiforuk Pennel
  • CP Rail
  • Donghua Buddhist Temple
  • Esso Resources
  • Government of Longxian
  • Government of Shaoguan
  • Government of Guangdong
  • Gruman, Brown & Crossfield
  • Heritage Hotels
  • Heritage Savings and Trust
  • Home Oil
  • Howard Mackie
  • Mcleod Dixon
  • Milner Fenerty
  • Northern Telecom
  • Olympic Organizing Committee 1988
  • Ogilvie & Company
  • Pioneer Oil & Gas
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Shaoguan Art Museum
  • Shaoguan University
  • Stanford Perrott
  • Sunshine Village
  • University of Calgary
  • Wengshan Institute of Poetry, Calligraphy and Painting
  • Zhiwei Tu Art Museum



AWARDS AND HONOURS

  • 2018 Painting Demonstration, Gu Yuan Art Museum, Zhuhai, China
  • 2017 Visiting Professor and Painting Demonstration, Shaoguan University, Shaoguan, China
  • 2015 Golden Brush Award, Oil Painters of America
  • 2008-2014 President, Oil Painters of America
  • 2002-2014 Member, Board of Directors, Oil Painters of America
  • 2013 Honorary Membership, Society of Canadian Artists
  • 2013 Painting Demonstration, Zhiwei Tu Art Museum, Wengyuan, China
  • 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, Federation of Canadian Artists
  • 2006-2007 Vice-President, Oil Painters of America
  • 2002 Award of Excellence Second Place, Everett Raymond Kinstler
  • 2001 Juror of Awards, Oil Painters of America, Springville, UT
  • 2000 Awarded Master Signature Member, Oil Painters of America
  • 1999 Top 100, Art for the Parks
  • 1996-1998 Top 200, Art for the Parks
  • 1995 Top 100, Art for the Parks
  • 1993 Elected Artist Member, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
  • 1993 Non-member Show, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
  • 1993 Signature Member, Federation of Canadian Artists
  • 1992 Premier National Juried Exhibition, Oil Painters of America, Chicago, IL
  • 1991 Finalist, Artist Magazine Landscape Competition
  • 1991 Robert Genn Award, Federation of Canadian Artists
  • 1987-1989 Sunshine Village Purchase Awards
  • 1988 Gifts for Dignitaries, Olympic Organizing Committee
  • 1984 Membership, Alberta Society of Artists
  • 1978 Mural Commission, Petro-Chemical Plant, Joffrey, AB
  • Co-chair Exhibitions, Oil Painters of America
  • Signature Advisory Board Chair, Oil Painters of America
  • First Canadian awarded Signature Member, Oil Painters of America
  • Signature Membership, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters
  • Honorary Advisor, Wengshan Institute of Poetry, Calligraphy and Painting, Longxian, China



PUBLICATIONS

  • 2013-2018 Zhiwei Tu Art Museum Publications
  • 2006 The Artist’s Magazine, December
  • 2006 Art of the West
  • 2005 Art Avenue Magazine - City Television
  • 2005 100 Ways to Paint Still Life & Florals
  • 2001 Art Avenue Magazine
  • 2000 Report News Magazine, July
  • 2000 CFCN Television
  • 1999 International Artist Magazine
  • 1995 The Best of Flower Painting: North Light Books, Cincinnati
  • 1993 Access Television Network
  • 1991 The Artist’s Magazine, December
  • 1990 Signature Magazine Cover, Edmonton
  • 1990 ATCO Enterprises, Christmas Card
  • 1985 CTV Network News
  • 1985 CFCN Television
  • 1982 The Calgary Herald
  • 1975 The History of Ceramics in Alberta
  • 1975 Red Deer Advocate
  • 1975 Mountaineer, Rocky Mountain House
  • 1973 Tactile Magazine, March/April
  • 1962 Observer Magazine
  • Art of the West Magazine USA
  • Southwest Art USA
  • Plein Air Magazine USA
  • Connoisseur Magazine USA
  • Cowboys and Indians Magazine USA
  • Liliedahl Video Productions (3 DVD’s)
  • Design and Composition: Secrets of Professional Artists



AFFILIATIONS

  • Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
  • Master Signature Member, Oil Painters of America (OPA)
  • Signature Member, Alberta Society of Artists (ASA)
  • Signature Member, Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA)
  • Honorary Member, Society of Canadian Artists
  • Signature Member, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP)
  • 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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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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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 Oil Painters of America 'Master' designation in December 2018. 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
  • Artistic Excellence, Southwest Art Magazine November 2018



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

  • Oil Painters of America- Master Signature Member (OPAM) 2018
  • OPA National Exhibition 2018 – (Portrait Honorable Mention)
  • OPOMAC National Exhibition – (Judges Choice Award)
  • For Pastels Only National Exhibition – (3rd Place)
  • OPA Salon Show 2018 – (Bronze Medal)
  • Breckenridge National Juried Exhibition – (Best of Show)
  • Degas Pastel Society 17th Biennial National Exhibition – (Award of Exceptional Merit [Best of Show])
  • 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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Billy Solitario
BILLY SOLITARIO
Fine Artist


Billy Solitario finds beauty among the sand dunes, coastal savannas, and barrier islands along the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast. Solitario was born March 19, 1972, in Manhattan Beach, California, where his father worked on the Apollo space program. While he was still a child, the family moved to Gautier, Mississippi, near Ocean Springs. There he spent his childhood enjoying the sea, beaches, open skies, and all the Gulf Coast had to offer a young boy.

After graduating in 1994 from the University of South Florida in Tampa with a Bachelor of Arts, Solitario moved to New Orleans and worked a brief time for an advertising firm. From 1995 to 1998, he studied painting at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art. In 2005, he began teaching landscape and portrait painting at the Academy. In 2003, Solitario received a Master of Fine Arts from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he taught beginner’s drawing and painting from 2001 to 2003.

Solitario, who refers to himself as a “classic realist”, explores various subjects, including landscapes, portraits and still life paintings. As a landscape painter, Solitario says he is most inspired by cumulonimbus clouds and the Mississippi River. He emphasizes the magnitude of the sky and clouds above small slivers of land below. Billy Solitario’s still life works honor the rainbow of colors found in the crabs, oysters, and crawfish native to the Gulf Coast. Billy paints with a “wet on wet” technique and uses value to bring his signature depth to the pieces.


Education
  • 2001-2003 MFA Tulane
  • 1995-1998 New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts
  • 1990-1994 BA University of South Florida


Teaching Experience
  • 2005-Present New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, Landscape Painting, Portrait Painting
  • 2002-2003 Tulane Beginning Drawing, Beginning Painting
  • 2001-2002 Tulane TA Beginning Drawing


Solo Exhibitions
  • 2019 “New Skies & Seascapes”,Sophiella Gallery, Mobile, AL
  • 2019 “Nocturnal New Orleans”, Billy Solitario Fine Art, New Orleans, LA
  • 2018 “12th Night”, Billy Solitario Fine Art, New Orleans, LA
  • 2017 “Slivers Of Land” , LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA
  • 2015 “From Our Shallow Waters, Still-Lives from the Coast of New Orleans” Lemieux Galleries, LA
  • 2014 “New Work” Brown’s Fine Art, Jackson, MS
  • 2013 “Recent Works”, LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA
  • 2010 “Landscapes and Still Lifes” Gallery 119, Jackson, MS
  • 2009 “The Ocean” L2 Gallery, Sea Side, FL
  • 2009 “Oh La Mare” LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA
  • 2006 “Landscapes and Still Lifes” L2 Gallery, Sea Side, FL
  • 2006 “New Paintings” LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA
  • 2005 “The Sky above Us” L2 Gallery, Sea Side, FL
  • 2004 “New Work” LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA
  • 2003 “Landscapes” Chris Inglis Stebly Gallery, Ocean Springs MS
  • 2003 “M.F.A Thesis Show” Carroll Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • 2002 “New Works” LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA
  • 2001 “The Gulf Coast” Art Depot, Pascagoula, MS
  • 2001 “Still Lifes” Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
  • 2000 “New Landscapes” Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
  • 1999 “Along the Gulf Coast” The Academy Gallery, New Orleans, LA
  • 1998 “Landscapes” White Linen Night, Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
  • 1998 “Landscapes and Still Lifes” The Gallery, Natchez, MS
  • 1998 “Views of Horn Island” George Ohr Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS
  • 1997 “New Paintings” Art Depot, Pascagoula, MS
  • 1997 “Landscapes” Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA



Selected Exhibitions
  • 2018 "The Art of Food" , WLPB and Ann Connelly Fine Art, Baton Rouge, LA
  • 2018 “One Evening Only”, 24th annual Poydras Home Art Exhibition, New Orleans, LA
  • 2017 “Artists in the Park”, New Orleans Botanical Gardens, New Orleans, LA
  • 2016 "Expressions of Place: The Southeastern Louisiana Landscape”, Miriam Barranger Gallery, Covington, LA
  • 2014 “The Annual En Plein Air Exhibition”, Abita Springs Trailhead Museum, Abita Springs,LA
  • 2013 “Self Portrait Invitational” New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, New Orleans, LA
  • 2009 “The Annual Miniature Exhibition” New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, New Orleans, LA
  • 2006 “20x20x20 Compact Competition” LSU Union Art Galley, Baton Rouge, LA
  • 2006 “A Response to Katrina” New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, New Orleans, LA
  • 2005 “Looking at Katrina” LSU Union Art Galley, Baton Rouge, LA
  • 2003 “Self Portrait Invitational” New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, New Orleans, LA
  • 2002 “Peep Show” Carroll Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • 2002 “New American Paintings” Juried Exhibition in Print, #40
  • 2001 “The Annual Miniature Exhibition” New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, New Orleans, LA
  • 2001 “Arts for the Parks” National Exhibition of Landscapes, Jackson, WY
  • 2000 “New Orleans Art Association Annul Show“ New Orleans, LA
  • 1999 “Introductions” Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
  • 1998 “Culture Shock” Mississippi Gulf Coast Jr. College, Gautier, MS
  • 1997 “U.S. Navy Commissioning” Pascagoula, MS
  • 1997 “International Paper, Views of Nature” Moss Point, LA
  • 1997 “Fall Festival” George Ohr Museum, Biloxi, MS



Awards
  • 2004 21st Annual Artist’s Magazine’s Art Competition, Landscape Finalist
  • 2002 “South Western Art Magazine” “21 under 31” “Meet 21 young artists with promising careers. September Issue
  • 2001 Top 100 Finalist “Arts for the Parks” National Exhibition of Landscapes
  • 1999 Best of Show, Ocean Springs Art Show
  • 1998 Emerging Artist Award, George Ohr Fall Show
  • 1997 Gwendolyn Ozols Scholarship Award, New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts
  • 1997 Best of Show, Singing River Art Association
  • 1997 “Toast of the Coast”
  • 1996 Best of Show, Ocean Springs Art Show



Publications
  • “On The Coast: Mississippi Tales and Recipes”, Pelican Publishing, 2016
  • Art Galleries and Artists of the South
  • Expressions of Place, The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape, 2016
  • Plein Air Magazine, Painting on Horn Island Mississippi, March 2015
  • Boat U.S. Magazine, So Close Yet a World Away from Shore, June/July 2014
  • Mississippi Magazine, Journey to the Islands, June 2014
  • Plein Air Magazine, Anatomy of a Cloud Painting, July 2013
  • A Unique Slant of Light,The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana, 2012
  • Gulfscapes, Finer Gulf Coast Living, June 2011
  • St. Charles Avenue Magazine, October 2009
  • Country Roads, July 2009
  • New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles, August 2008
  • New Orleans Magazine, February 2008
  • Beach Blvd Magazine. August 2008
  • Art New Orleans, Winter 2007
  • Louisianan Life Magazine. Spring 2006
  • The Southern Review, Summer 2005
  • New Orleans Magazine, 6/04
  • Gambit Weekly, 7/26/04
  • National Public Radio, New Orleans, 5/9/02
  • New American Paintings, 2002 Issue #40
  • Arts for the Parks 2001
  • South West Artist Magazine, “21 Under 31, Meet 21 young artist with promising careers.” 9/02
  • Times-Picayune, “Artist emerges through skillful landscapes”8/7/98; 12/26/00; “Shifting sands of time.” 8/11/00
  • The New Orleans Art Review, 3/03; 9/00; 5/99; 8/00; 2011/2012
  • The Sun Herald, 8/16/03; 9/29/02; 5/14/99; 1/10/98
  • Mississippi Press, 9/29/02
  • Gautier Independent, 8/23/03
  • Gambit Weekly, 6/8/04; 5/21/02; 7/31/98



Collections
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art
  • The Roosevelt Hotel
  • Whitney National Bank
  • Northrop Grumming
  • New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts
  • Astor Crown Plaza Hotel
  • South West Artist Magazine
  • Emeril Lagasse
  • Harry Shearer
  • International Paper
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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 into 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-five 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; First Place from the American Tonalist 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, in London and France, and his own galleries in Santa Fe and Charleston.

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 that ranges from painterly Naturalism to “brushy Tonalism” when employing more subtle color tonalities, orchestrated with a strong graphic composition.

Srebnik has conducted classes and workshops at his own art school, and 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.

Having lived and taught in Paris, and as a former principal dancer and ballet instructor, he brings a unique understanding to his French and ballet scenes.



Signature Memberships

  • American Impressionist Society (Signature Member)
  • Oil Painters of America (Signature Member)



Member
  • Portrait Society of America
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Angela Trotta Thomas
ANGELA TROTTA THOMAS
Fine Artist


As a graduate of the famed “ Get your Masters from the Masters” program at Marywood University/ Pratt Institute Angela Trotta Thomas has spent the last 30 plus years as an Illustrator and Fine Artist. She works in many different genres and has made a name for herself in many of them.

In 1991 after a successful career as an illustrator, Angela decided it was time for a change. She enrolled in Marywood University and earned a Masters Degree in studio art. That might have been enough for a young mother, but along the way she also became the premier Lionel Toy Train artist in America. Angela is the only artist to ever be licensed by the famed Lionel Train Company to create paintings depicting their iconic history.

In addition to toy trains paintings, Angela has also featured antique automobiles in her paintings. She was selected four times as the feature artist of the "Concours d' Elegance of the Eastern United States," the first woman to receive this honor.
Many of Angela’s paintings hang in both private and corporate collections to include singer Neil Young, former Lionel President Richard Kughn, Otis Chandler-owner of the LA Times, MBNA Bank, Quest Health Care and Chrysler and Arrow Fastener Corporation to name a few.

In 2007 Angela moved to Charleston SC and has since developed a following for her low country cityscape paintings. Her depictions of the Charleston local history and its people have resonated with collectors both in Charleston and beyond. Angela takes much delight in creating her cityscapes of beautiful Charleston. Many of these paintings were created En Plein Air.

Angela’s work has been juried into and become finalists in Plein Air Easton, OPA, Salmagundi Club, NOAPS and Richerson Competitions.


EXHIBITIONS
Angela has participated in numerous solo shows and her paintings have been shown in the following galleries and museums.
  • Juried into the famed 2019 PLEIN AIR EASTON event in Easton MD
  • Finalist- RICHESON75 Still Life and Floral Exhibition 2019
  • OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA- Eastern Regional 2017, Anderson Fine Art, St. Simons, GA
  • OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA- National Convention 2018, Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA- Eastern Regional 2018, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • SMITHSONIAN, Washington DC
  • EVERHART Museum, Scranton PA-, Retrospective – Grif Teller and Angela Trotta Thomas, two-person show.
  • COLUMBUS Museum, Columbus GA
  • STEAMBOAT Museum, Steamboat CO
  • LIONEL TRAIN Museum, Charlotte NC
  • TOY TRAIN COLLECTORS Museum, Strasburg PA
  • BROOKGREEN GARDENS Christmas exhibit 2015 SOLO SHOW- feature artist -, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • RICHESON 75 Competition - Finalist
  • Artist for Emanuel Auction, Straight from the Heart, Charleston SC
  • Avery Research Center, Center for Gullah Arts, College of Charleston
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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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Charles Young Walls
CHARLES YOUNG WALLS
Fine Artist


Charles Young Walls has been an artist all of his life, and art has always been in the forefront of his pursuits. He completed a BFA from Arizona State University after which, following years of artistic struggle, he finally found the training he was looking for. He studied art at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League, both in New York City. Continuing to hone his painting skills, Charles then spent a decade pursuing a successful career in illustration before returning to the field of fine art.

He enjoys a growing reputation as an award winning painter and has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in the South and nationwide. He received the Presidents' Award of Excellence at the 2015 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition and at the 2013 OPA National Exhibition he was awarded the John August Dietrich Memorial Figurative Award of Excellence. Most recently he was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2015 OPA Salon Exhibition.

Charles is a Signature Member of both Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. He also holds membership with the Portrait Society of America, the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, and the California Art Club. Charles and his wife currently live in the Atlanta area.

In the 2020 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, highest honor, Gold Medal.
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Ann Watcher
ANN WATCHER
Fine Artist


”Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse
As an oil painter, Ann explores a wide range of subject matter, from marshes and beaches to boats and figures, believing that it is not the subject matter that defines her art but the expression of it, the play of light, active compositions, textures and bold color choices. Ann combines an Impressionistic sensibility with touches of abstraction. She develops the image through several stages, starting with a gestural, wet on wet approach, adding layers through techniques such as scumbling and glazing. Composition and mood inform her art with the goal of creating a visual experience for the viewer. Ann is curious about the endless possibilities of art that can be created from experiencing such things as the soft light at the end of the day or the way light defines a flower petal.

Ann received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. While there, she earned an internship at the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington, DC and also studied at the New York Studio School.

Over the last ten years, Ann’s paintings have been included in numerous juried shows, including Art in Embassies, a division of the U.S. State Department. Ann’s paintings, including “The Heart of an Old House,” were in an exhibit on southern women artists at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain where she also taught workshops. In 2020, Ann’s paintings were accepted into four major American exhibitions, including national exhibitions with the American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists and two exhibitions with Oil Painters of America. In 2021,“Heartstrings” a painting of daffodils was accepted into the American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase, exhibited at Reinert Fine Art in Charleston.

Ann’s art has been featured in the media with a commercial for the Levine Cancer Center and season three of the Showtime series, “Homeland.” Duke University Medical Pavilion commissioned Ann to paint a scene for its cancer center. Ann’s art hangs in numerous private collections around the country.

Ann’s professional memberships include Signature status with American Women Artists and the American Impressionist Society. Ann is an associate member of Oil Painters of America.

Ann believes that her art is a journey and that anything can be made magical by the addition of brush strokes, color and light!
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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
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
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NI ZHU
Fine Artist


Ni Zhu grew up in a small town in southern China. She studied law in Beijing University and came to North America for graduate studies. While still on a career path to become a law professor, Ni encountered the passion of her life, painting. A career change had to happen as she devoted more and more time and energy in art. She started taking classes at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco as well as workshops with master painters such as Huihan Liu, Zhaoming Wu, and Daniel Gerhartz. She earned her MFA degree in 2020.

Ni always finds herself intrigued by a certain light, a certain mood, or simply a certain moment in life. Naturally she paints people doing their thing in their own world, trying to recreate the mood or feeling that once moved her. Having grown up in China, lived in North America for 20 years and travelled extensively across the globe, Ni is constantly touched and inspired by interesting moments of life in various contexts and situations.

Ni exhibits frequently with professional organizations such as Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, and California Art Club. Recent recognitions include First Place in the Landscape category of the 37th Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition in 2020, the In Pursuit of Beauty Special Award at Women Artists of the West 50th National Exhibition in 2020, the Outstanding Composition and Technique Award of Excellence at the 2017 OPA annual National Exhibition, and the director’s choice award at the 2016 Spring Show of the Academy of Art University.


Education
  • 2020 Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California
  • 2000-06 Doctoral Candidate, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1999 Master of Laws, cum laude, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1998 Bachelor of Laws, Beijing University School of Law, Beijing, China


Workshops
  • 2018 Huihan Liu Xiahe Tibetan Region Workshop
  • 2016 Huihan Liu Shangri-La Tibetan Region Workshop
  • 2016 Daniel Gerhartz Workshop
  • 2016 Jove Wang Workshop
  • 2015 Zhaoming Wu Italy Workshop


Professional Membership
  • Signature Member, Oil Painters of America
  • Signature Member, American Impressionist Society
  • Artist Member, California Art Club
  • Artist Member, Women Artists of the West


Press
  • Kim Agricola, “Ni Zhu: Where passion meets precision”, Southwest Art Magazine, September 2018 Issue, page 20


Select Awards
  • 2021 Buying Vegetables in Venice, Honorable Mention, American Impressionist Society 5th Annual Impressions Small Works Showcase, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina
  • 2020 Under the Shade Sails No.2, First Place in the Landscape category, 37th Artist Magazine Annual Art Competition
  • 2020 Golden, 2D Award of Merit and In Pursuit of Beauty Special Award, Women Artists of the West 50th National Exhibition
  • 2017 The Light, Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Outstanding Composition and Technique Award of Excellence
  • 2017 Face It, Colonel George J.Morales Memorial Award, American Artists Professional League 89th Grand National Exhibition
  • 2016 Leaving for Work, Director’s Choice Award, Academy of Art University Spring Show


Solo Exhibition
  • 2020 Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, California


Select Group Exhibitions
  • 2021 Oil Painters of America 30th National Juried Exhibition, California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum, Escondido, CA (Under the Shade Sails No.2)
  • 2021 American Impressionist Society 5th Annual Impressions Small Works Showcase, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina (Buying Vegetables in Venice)
  • 2021 Women Artists of the West 51st National Exhibition 2021, The Museum of Western Art, Kerrville, Texas (Once upon a time in Egypt)
  • 2020 Allied Artists of America 107th Annual Exhibition (Late Afternoon in Baisha)
  • 2020 American Impressionist Society 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition, Illume Gallery, St. George, Utah (Under the Shade Sails No.1)
  • 2020 Oil Painters of America 2020 Salon Show (The Egyptian Boy Who Sells Cartouche Wristbands)
  • 2020 National Association of Women Artists, Small Works and Beyond (The Campfire No.1)
  • 2020 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas (Tracy)
  • 2020 California Art Club 109th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, Orange, California (The Flamenco Dancer)
  • 2020 American Impressionist Society 4th Annual Impressions Small Works Showcase, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas (A Cafe Meeting in Paris)
  • 2020 Women Artists of the West 50th National Exhibition Jubilee Celebration, Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona (Golden No.1, 2D Award of Merit and In Pursuit of Beauty Special Award)
  • 2019 Favell Museum Art Show and Sale, Klamath Falls, Oregon
  • 2019 American Impressionist Society 3rd Annual Impressions Small Works Showcase, Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, Michigan
  • 2019 California Art Club 108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena, California
  • 2018 Salon at the Triton: Statewide 2D Competition & Exhibition, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, California
  • 2018 American Impressionist Society 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Peninsula School of Art - Guenzel Gallery, Fish Creek, Wisconsin
  • 2018 Pacific Art League, the Human Form, Palo Alto, California (Simone, Second Place)
  • 2018 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • 2017 American Artists Professional League 89th Grand National Exhibition, New York,New York
  • 2017 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Illume Gallery of Fine Art, St. George, Utah
  • 2017 Oil Painters of America Spring Online Showcase (The Tibetan Monk Ngawang, honorable mention)
  • 2017 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Eisele Fine Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2016 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Marshall Gallery of fine Art, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 2016 American Women Artists National Juried Exhibition & Annual Members Show, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont
  • 2016 Academy of Art University Spring Show, San Francisco, California
  • 2016 St. Mary Museum of Art, Reflections in Water, Moraga, California
  • 2015 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Wild Horse Gallery, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • 2014 Academy of Art University Spring Show, San Francisco, California (Venice No.3, Italy Award)
  • 2014 An Italian Sojourn 2, the Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco
  • 2013 Academy of Art University Fine Art Italy Program Group Show, Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy
  • 2012 Sanchez Art Center annual 50-50 Show, Pacifica, California