One of Charleston's finest art galleries, Reinert Fine Art showcases the contemporary impressionist works in oil by Rick Reinert and more than 60 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

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DAUD AKHRIEV
Fine Artist

Daud Akhriev was born in the former Soviet Union in 1959. He studied classical painting and drawing for 14 years, graduating with honors from the Repin Institute (Russian Academy of Fine Art) with a masters degree in fine art, under the tutelage of the late painter and Academic, Piotr Fomin. In 1991 he emigrated to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Akhriev, now a U.S. citizen, shares a home base in Chattanooga, Tennesee and Andalusia, Spain with his artist wife, Melissa Hefferlin.

Akhriev is internationally sought after as an instructor for figure and landscape painting and for his monumental work. The Four Seasons, his four 9 foot bronze figures completed for the city of Chattanooga, are listed on the national Public Art Registry. Additional public art includes the Erlanger Chapel Mosaic and the Baylor School Mosaic, as well as murals at the Collegedale Seventh-Day Adventist Church and St. Peter's Episcopal.

Daud Akhriev, Stylistic Pluralism was published in 2002 by Common Place publishing. He is also featured in Traditions Rediscovered, the Finley Collection of Russian Art. Akhriev’s drawings are in several books about the Repin Institute, both in Russian language and in Chinese, and in numerous magazines such as Artists Magazine, Pastel Journal, Island Journal, Chattanooga Magazine, Southern Living and American Art Collector.



Awards and Recognition

  • Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Juror of Awards, Members Choice Award, Charleston SC, 2023
  • Pastel Journal April, 2023, Feature Article
  • 24th Annual Pastel 100, Pastel Journal, 24th, Founder’s Award 2022
  • The International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America, Finalist and winner Southwest Art Award 2021
  • Art Renewal Center 15th Salon, Southwest Art Magazine Award, Barcelona 2021
  • Portrait Society of America, “Best Non-Commissioned Portrait” Members Only Competition, 2020
  • Pastel Journal, Feature article, August 2020
  • Pastel Journal, Feature article, August 2020
  • 5th Bienale Internacional de Pintura Al Pastel, Hahnemuhle Award Spain 2020
  • Oil Painters of America Annual Juried Exhibition, Master Signature Gold Medal USA 2019
  • Oil Painters of America Virtuosos Exhibition, Award of Excellence, USA 2018
  • Oil Painters of America Annual Juried Exhibition, Most Original Master Signature Division, Award of Excellence, USA 2018
  • Spanish Pastel Biennial, Rembrandt Award, Oviedo, Spain 2018
  • Most Imaginative Painting, Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, Steamboat Springs Museum of Art, Colorado 2018
  • Pastel 100, Pastel Journal, 2018
  • Pastel 100, Pastel Journal, 2017
  • Master Signature Status, Oil Painters of America, 2016
  • Silver Medal Winner, Oil Painters of American National Juried Exhibition, 2016
  • Grand Prize, Plein Air Magazine, Spring Competition 2016
  • Silver Prize, Plein Air Magazine, Spring Competition, 2016
  • Grand Prize, Pastel Journal 100, 2015
  • Second Portrait Prize, Pastel Journal 100, 2015, Finalist, Salon 2015 ARC, Figurative Work
  • Ten Best Mosaics 2015 (one of), Society of American Mosaic Artists, 2015
  • Winning Team, Erlanger Hospital Chapel Redesign competition, 2014-15 (with HK Architects)
  • Featured Artist, Hunter Museum Invitational Biennial Exhibition II, 2010
  • National Registry of Public Art for the Four Seasons, Chattanooga TN 2009
  • Best Still Life, Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, 2008
  • Best Still Life and Second Place Overall, National Juried Show, Oil Painters of America 2006
  • Feature Article, Artists Magazine, Feb 2006

Daud Akhriev self portrait
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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”

Lee Alban self portrait
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HEATHER ARENAS
Fine Artist


When Heather Arenas began her professional career, she decided there was no need for formal study because she had many opportunities to paint alongside some world class artists like Kim English and Daniel Sprick in Denver, Colorado. After several years of live study painting figures and landscapes in Colorado, Heather started to incorporate travel to find new subjects to paint such as the rainy streets of Barcelona, the gorse and sheep in Scotland and the colorful people and landscapes in Curacao. After a trip, she would return and paint a series to commemorate the experience.

Heather’s most recent series stems from a trip to see the museums in New York City. Since then she has been exploring the gestures of people viewing the exhibits and how expressive they can be to tell a narrative that goes beyond the walls of the museum. This series changed her attitude toward painting from just representing a subject to also incorporating less tangible ideas into her work. The woman in the yellow dress that appears in many pieces in this series represents her grandmother and other family members who supported her in her artistic career.
Heather’s style is recognizable by her high contrast, extensive use of grays, and bold brush work. She uses a combination of realism and impressionism to illustrate her story. Her goal is for her work to stand out from the crowd.
"My purpose as an artist is to create work that goes beyond 'That's nice' to creating stories with paint. I'm involving the viewer in the scene through experiences and memories of places they've been and people they know. I create multi-figure works that are expressive through gesture and a sense of place."



Recent Awards

  • Cover of the FAC 2023 Museum & Gallery Guide
  • AIS National Exhibition 2022, ‘Your Move!’, Hon Mention
  • Bold Brush June 2022, 'We Are More Than Just ...', Finalist
  • Bold Brush Feb 2022, 'Show Me the Monet!', Finalist
  • Cover of the FAC 2021 Museum Guide
  • Jerry's Artarama, Self Portrait Competition May 2020, 'I've Got This!', Finalist
  • 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
  • Gateway Intl, 2017-2018 Grand Finale, "Red In The Sun", 3rd Place
  • WAOW Spring Online 2018 for “Modern Day Venus”, Honorable Mention
  • Chosen for AWA 25 in 25 Video Feb 2018, 25 in 25
  • Gateway Intl Painting Contest, December 2017 for “Passion”, Finalist
  • Gateway Intl Painting Contest, November 2017 for “Red in the Sun”, 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
  • AWA Spring Online 2017, “Fisherman at Rest”, Finalist
  • 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

Heather Arenas self portrait
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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

OLENA BABAK self portrait
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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".

Frank Baggett self portrait
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JILL BASHAM
Fine Artist



"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. My hope is that others see and feel the stories I'm telling."



Publications

Magazines

  • Fine Art Connoisseur
  • Plein Air Magazine
  • American Art Collector
  • Southwest Art
  • Tidewater Times
  • Shore Monthly
  • The Talbot Spy

Books
  • 100 Plein-Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic, By Gary Pendleton
  • From Above, Jill Basham and Kim VanDerHoek
  • Memberships:
  • Salmagundi Club, NYC
  • Oil Painter's of America
  • American Impressionist Society
  • Washington Society of Landscape Painters

Collections
  • San Angelo Museum, San Angelo TX
  • Shannon Hospital, San Angelo TX (Black Jack's Hills)
  • Cherokee Country Club, Atlanta GA (Here to Pray, Stone Mountain Lake)
  • US Embassy Colombo Sri Lanka through US Department of State (temporary)
  • The Allison and Keith Sullivan Collection (private) Annapolis, MD
  • The Eastern Shore Agricultural Plein Air Collection

Boards
  • Fine Art Connoisseur and Plein Air Magazine Advisory Committee member (2021/22)



Interviews/blogs/articles

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3HF12oCOc4
  • https://www.americanartcollector.com/pdf/GalleryFocus-Reinert.pdf
  • https://www.outdoorpainter.com/my-little-plein-air-painting/
  • http://blog.oilpaintersofamerica.com/2018/07/for-the-love-of-it/
  • http://theartedge.faso.com/blog/93478/art-talk-on-the-edge-interview-with-artist-jill-basham-part-1
  • http://theartedge.faso.com/blog/93481/art-talk-on-the-edge-interview-with-artist-jill-basham-part-2



Chronology of Shows, Exhibitions and Honors

2023:
  • Oil Painters of America, Demo Artist, National Convention, Charleston, SC
  • American Impressionist Society Small Works Exhibition, "Coastal Clouds"
  • Semi Finalist, Plein Air Salon, "Lowcountry Lanterns", "Blue Ridge Afternoon" and "View from La Maison de Famille"
  • Second Place, Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Quick Draw "The Air of Olmsted"
  • Plein Air Salon, Best Plein Air Landscape, master artist CW Mundy, Judge, "Blue Ridge Afternoon"
  • Plein Air Salon, Best Nocturne, master artist CW Mundy, Judge, "Lowcountry Lanterns"
  • Plein Air Salon, Honorable Mention, master artist CW Mundy, Judge, "The Quiet Hour"
  • Academy Art Museum, Easton MD, Workshop Instructor
  • Oil Painters of America National Convention, Charleston SC, Demo. Artist

2022:
  • Plein Air Salon, Second Place Overall, master artist Rose Frantzen, Judge, "View from La Maison de Famille"
  • Principle Gallery, Alexandria VA, Small Works Exhibition, December
  • "Award of Excellence", Oil Painters of American National Exhibition, Dave Santillanes, Judge, "The Grand View"
  • Plein Air Easton, juried artist, Easton MD
  • Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Steamboat Springs, CO, juried artist, "The Secret" 36x24
  • Plein Air Convention and Expo., invited Field Instructor, Santa Fe, NM
  • Artist in Residence, Provence, France

2021:
  • Academy Art Museum, Easton MD, "Beauty and Bounty", The Eastern Shore Agriculture Plein Air Collection, "Field to Bay"
  • Finalist, Boldbrush National Contest, "The Windy City", Tibor Nagy, judge
  • Boldbrush National Contest, FAV15, multiple months
  • American Impressionist Society, National Exhibition, "The Windy City"
  • Second Place, Washington Society of Landscape Painters, Peer votes, "Lowcountry Lanterns"
  • First Place, Boldbrush Contest, Abstract, Chin Shin, judge. "The Canal, New Hope"
  • Principle Gallery, Alexandria VA, Three Person Exhibition, "Journeys" with Christine Lashley and Kim VanDerHoek
  • Olmsted Plein Air Invitational
  • Best "Manchester-By-The-Sea" Award, "Sharksmouth View", Kathie Odom, judge; Cape Ann Plein Air, October
  • Plein Air Easton, July
  • Art School Live with Eric Rhoads episode 273

2020:
  • "Ranch Land Award", Tim Newton, judge for "Beer and Deer"
  • "Window's to the Divine", Denver Co. Invited Artist
  • 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"
  • 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
  • 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 Demers
  • "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
  • Salmagundi Club, "Landscapes: Day and Night"(juried)
  • Salmagundi Club, Historic Black and White Exhibition (juried)
  • Plein Air Easton (juried)
  • "Honorable Mention", given by Jill Carver, judge, Plein Air Easton for "Descending" July 2018 (small works)
  • 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"
  • American Art Collector, April 2018 "Emotional Reactions" upcoming show preview for "The Landscapes of Emotion"
  • Boldbrush National Competition "FAV 15" for "The Thaw"
  • Boldbrush National Competition "FAV 15" for "The Meeting on the Hill"
  • Boldbrush National Competition "FAV 15" for "Unfolding"
  • Boldbrush National Competition "FAV 15" for "Rolling In"
  • "Grand Prize" Artmuse Contest, Master Division, Paul Kratter, judge, "The Garland of Texas"
  • Acquisition, Permanent Collection, Cherokee Country Club, Atlanta GA, "Here to Pray" (Stone Mountain Lake)
  • "Sense of Mystery Award", Seth Hopkins (Booth Museum, Director), Kenn Backhaus (PAPA), Tim Newton (Salmagundi Club), "Here to Pray", Olmsted Plein Air Invitational

2017:
  • "Black Jack's Hills" added to permanent collection of Shannon Hospital, TX
  • 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 ,Master Division, judge Jason Sacran 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, for "The Garland of Texas"
  • "Award of Distinction", En Plein Air Texas by Judge Marc Hanson, OPAM, for "The Garland of Texas"
  • 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

2009:
  • Jill began painting

Jill Basham self portrait
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PAUL BATCH
Fine Artist


Paul Batch is a nationally represented contemporary painter best known for his atmospheric landscapes. Paul is a Signature member of Oil Painters of America (OPA) as well as an award-winning member of the Portrait Society of America. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Artist’s Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector, and most recently in Fine Art Connoisseur’s “Three to Watch” (January/February 2021).

Paul received both his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford (Connecticut). In addition to being a full time artist, Paul has been teaching art for over ten years and is looking forward to sharing his tips and techniques with you.


EDUCATION

Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

  • MFA, Painting
  • BFA, Painting


SELECTED AWARDS

2018
  • 2nd Place Overall, August-September PleinAir Salon, PleinAir Magazine

2015
  • Exceptional Merit Award, The Art of the Portrait, International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America, Grand Hyatt, Atlanta, GA
  • Best Associate Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Cutter & Cutter Fine Art Galleries, St. Augustine, FL
  • Honorable Mention, 32nd Annual Art Competition, The Artist’s Magazine

2014
  • Exceptional Merit Award, The Art of the Portrait, International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America, Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston, VA

2013
  • Salmon Brook Watershed Association Award, Art & Agriculture: Celebrating the Farmington Valley’s Natural Beauty, The Gallery at Lost Acres Vineyard, North Granby, CT

2012
  • Steven Brown Memorial Award, Places of Inspiration: Celebrating the Farmington Valley’s Natural Beauty, The Gallery at Lost Acres Vineyard, North Granby, CT



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020
  • Before the Masterpiece, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA
  • Spring into Art, Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT
  • Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

2019
  • Virtuosos of the Oil Painters of America, Cutter & Cutter Fine Art Galleries, St. Augustine, FL
  • Landscape Show, Huey’s Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
  • Winter in New England, New Works, Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT
  • Two Views: The Work of Paul Batch and Jonathan Earle, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA
  • The Holiday Show, The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
2018
  • Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Light Catchers: The Work of Jonathan Earle and Paul Batch, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA



SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
  • Painting New England, The Gallery at Lost Acres Vineyard, North Granby, CT

2013
  • Mill House Gallery, Chester, CT

2012
  • Whispered Screams, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Silpe Gallery, West Hartford, CT

2011
  • Watching the Sun Set, The Gallery of Fine Art at Venetucci Home, Westbrook, CT
  • Fleeting Light, Left Bank Gallery, Essex, CT



SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “International Realism,” Art Renewal Center, 14th International ARC Salon, 2020
  • “Exhibition Preview: Landscape Show,” Southwest Art Magazine, August 2019
  • “Winners’ List,” PleinAir Magazine, Volume 9, Issue #4, September 2019
  • “The Spirit in Solitary Places,” American Art Collector, February 2018
  • “Inspiration in the Solitude of Quiet Seasons,” International Artist Magazine, Issue #122, August/September 2018
  • “Master Showcase,” International Artist Magazine, Issue #107, February/March 2016
  • The Artist’s Magazine, Volume 32, Issue #10, December 2015
  • Fine Art Connoisseur, December 2015
  • Journal of the Portrait Society of America, Issue #67, 2015, Color reproduction
  • “The Art of the Portrait,” International Artist Magazine, Issue #104, August/September 2015
  • Strokes of Genius 6; Value/Lights & Darks, North Light Publishing, Blue Ash, OH, October 23, 2014

Paul Batch self portrait
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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


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


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


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

Roger Dale Brown self portrait
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SCOTT BURDICK
Fine Artist


Scott was born in Chicago, where his mother and father early on encouraged his interest in Art. "I spent a lot of time in hospitals as a child and remember my mother showing me how to transform simple shapes like circles, triangles, and squares into objects like planes, helicopters, and fish. It seemed such a magical thing and made spending so much time in casts and on crutches much more bearable."

In high school, Scott began taking life-drawing classes at the American Academy of Art under the legendary Bill Parks. "Though I'd always loved drawing, it was Mr. Parks who filled me with the enthusiasm and discipline necessary to improve my skills. His love of painting and creative expression infected us all." After finishing the Academy, Scott continued his study at the Palette and Chisel Art club, where he met his wife, painter Susan Lyon. "It's a wonderful thing being able to paint together all the time and grow as artists together," Scott says.

His ideas for paintings come from everywhere. "What makes a subject attractive to me are the same things that attract us all. The beauty of a young girl, the character of a weathered face, the solitude of a farm at sunset, or even the story itself behind someone or something that makes it interesting." Scott believes it is the job of the artist to recognize this when it happens, analyze why, and use his technical skills to convey the feeling to someone else. He notes that some paintings are as simple as stopping at the sight of something interesting, while others may take more time to research than to actually paint.

Today, Scott and Susan live in a rural area of North Carolina..

"I see painting as both a way of exploring the world and then as the vehicle of sharing those discoveries with others. I travel to find subjects to paint as much as paint so I can travel and expand my horizons. Through this unique language, one can say things that are impossible with words."


ARTICLES

  • 1990 April U.S. Art - Private Showing Page
  • 1993 January American Artist - Feature
  • 1994 Jan/Feb Art of the West - Feature
  • 1994 Nov/Dec InformArt - Feature
  • 1997 Spring Watercolor Magic - Feature and Cover
  • 1997 Fall The Artist's Magazine - Feature and Cover
  • 1997 November Art Talk - Feature and Cover
  • 1998 Jul/Aug Art of the West - Feature
  • 1998 June Southwest Art - part of group article
  • 2000 International Artist - feature article "Painting in the Forbidden City"
  • 2000 Southwest Art - part of group article on Plein Air Painting
  • 2001 International Artist - part of group article on Plein Air Painting
  • 2001 The Artist's Magazine - part of article on Portfolio Alternatives
  • 2001 October issue, The Artist's Magazine - feature article and cover
  • 2002 U.S. Art, January - group article on artist couples
  • 2002 Art Talk, June/July - group article on artist couples
  • 2002 Artist's Sketchbook, September - feature article on Nepal trip
  • 2002 American Artist, September - feature and cover
  • 2003 January SouthwestArt - feature
  • 2003 Artist's Sketchbook, January - page on the creative process
  • 2003 Watercolor Magic, February - part of a group article
  • 2003 Artist's Sketchbook, July - part of a group article
  • 2004 Art of the West, Jan/Feb - "Magnificent Seven" article
  • 2005 Plein Air Magazine, Feb - feature article
  • 2006 Southwest Art August- Dispatches Painting in France
  • 2007 American Artist - October - cover and part of a group article.
  • 2008 British Edition The Artist - May - Portraits Taking Shape
  • 2011 Southwest Art Magazine June "Drawing out the Best"
  • 2012 Southwest Art Magazine April Cover and article" Ten Prominent People"
  • 2013 Southwest art Magazine, January "The Artists Studio"
  • 2015 Pratique des Arts , French magazine April/May 2015
  • 2018 Southwest Art Magazine, March Cover and article "The ties that Bind"


AWARDS

  • 1988 Top 100 - Arts for the Parks
  • 1992 Senator Martin J. Butler Award - Oil Painters of America
  • 1993 Charles Vickery Award - Oil Painters of America
  • 1994 Grumbacher Art Award - Oil Painters of America
  • 1994 Top 200 - Arts for the Parks
  • 1996 Silver Medal of Honor - Second Place American Watercolor Society
  • 1996 Award of Excellence - Oil Painters of America
  • 1999 Artist choice award – Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational
  • 2001 Artist Choice award – Western Rendezvous of Art, Helena, Mt
  • 2002 Artist Choice award – Western Rendezvous of Art, Helena, Mt
  • 2003 Grand Prize – International 1996 Artist Magazine – Portrait/Figure completion
  • 2003 Artist choice award Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational
  • 2007 Artist Choice award – Western Rendezvous of Art, Helena, Mt
  • 2010 First Place – Portrait Society of America Competition
  • 2011 Finalist – Portrait Society of America completion
  • 2015 Buyers Choice Award – Prix de West Show

Scott Burdick self portrait
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MICHELE BYRNE
Fine Artist


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


Professional Awards/Benchmarks

  • 2023 Oil Painters Of America National Juried Exhibition, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC
  • 2022 PAAC (Plein Air Artists of Colorado) Nat’l Juried Show, The Allen Purchase Award & PAAC Board Award, Mary Williams Fine Art, Boulder, CO
  • 2022 Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Nat’l Exhibit, Gallery Choice Award, Wild Sage Gallery, Taos, NM
  • 2022 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibit, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • 2022 Salmagundi Club, Annual National Juried Members Exhibit, New York, NY
  • 2022 American Impressionist Society 6th Annual Small Works Juried Exhibition, Taos, NM
  • 2021 Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Gallery Choice Award, Sorrel Sky Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2021 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibit, Award of Excellence, Juror Jeremy Goodding
  • 2021 Oil Painters of America Convention – Wet Paint Award of Excellence, Juror John Michael Carter
  • 2021 Oil Painters of America National Salon Show – OPA – Impressionist Award, Juror Charles Young Walls
  • 2021 Jemez Springs Plein Air, NM – PAPNM – 2nd Place Award, Juror Tobi Clement
  • 2020 Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Annual Juried Exhibit, Wider Nightingale Fine Art, Taos, NM
  • 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. PALETTE KNIFE PAINTING with Michele Byrne
  • 2019 Wayne Plein Air Festival, Rosemary Brushes Award, Wayne, PA
  • 2019 Lighthouse Plein Air Invitational, Third Place Award, Quick Draw, Tequesta, FL
  • 2019 Faculty Demo Instructor at PACE - PleinAir Magazine Annual Convention & Expo, San Francisco, CA
  • 2018 Salmagundi Club, Maureen Hopper SCNYC Award, Fall Auctions, New York, NY
  • 2018 President’s Choice Award, American Impressionist Society 19th National Juried Exhibition, The Penninsula School of Art, WI
  • 2018 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, “Renoir” – The Spirit of Atlanta Award, Atlanta GA
  • 2018 Salmagundi Club, Landscape Exhibit, Michael Harding Award, New York, NY
  • 2017 Reading Hospital 150th Anniversary Commission for Commemorative Painting
  • 2017 Salmagundi Club, Thumb-Box Exhibit, Memorial Award, New York, NY
  • 2017 Awarded Membership, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP)
  • 2017 Honorable Mention, American Impressionist Society 18th National Juried Exhibition, Montgomery-Lee Fine Art, Park City ,Utah – Juror Albert Handell
  • 2017 LILIEDAHL Art Instructional Videos released an Instructional Video of my painting process. "PAINTING IMPRESSIONISTIC FIGURES with Michele Byrne"
  • 2017 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Invitational – Award of Excellence – Jackson Hole, WY – Juror Scott Jones
  • 2017 Grand Teton National Park Foundation – Permanent Collection, Moose, WY
  • 2017 Wayne Plein Air Festival – Rosemary Brushes Award, Juror Don Demers
  • 2017 Lighthouse Arts Festival – Honorable Mention, Jupiter, FL – Juror George Van der Hook
  • 2016 PleinAir Magazine Aug/Sept Salon – Second Prize Overall
  • 2016 Award of Excellence, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Invitational, Grand Teton Nat’l Park, WY
  • 2016 Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Exhibit – Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2016 American Impressionist Society 17th National Juried Exhibition, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 2016 Achieved Signature membership status with the American Impressionist Society
  • 2015 Jane Impastato Award – Salmagundi Club Fall Auctions – Juror Elizabeth Spencer
  • 2015 Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Exhibit - Eckert & Ross Gallery, Indianapolis, IN.
  • 2015 American Impressionist Society 16th National Juried Exhibition, Trailside Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2015 Macowin Tuttle Memorial Award (second place) - Salmagundi Club - Urban Landscapes Exhibit - Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
  • 2014 American Impressionist Society 15th National Juried Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver,CO
  • 2014 Award of Merrit and Randy Higby Award - Just Plein Fun Plein Air Invitational, Juror Jean Stern, Balboa Island, CA
  • 2014 Invitational Faculty doing demo’s at PleinAir Magazine Annual Convention, Monterey, CA
  • 2013 First Place Award, Just Plein Fun- Debra Huse Gallery Plein Air Invitational – Juror Jean Stern
  • 2013 PleinAir Magazine, June/July – 8 Page Feature Article, by Steve Doherty
  • 2013 TSKW - The Studios of Key West - 4 Week Artist Residency Fellowship, Key West, FL
  • 2012 First Place Award & Peoples’ Choice Awards - Paint the Town, Chestertown, MD
  • 2012 Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibit - Bennington, VT
  • 2012 Second Place Award - Easton Plein Air Quick Draw, Easton, MD - Juror Tim Newton
  • 2012 People’s Choice Award - Aspen Plein Air Invitational, Aspen, CO
  • 2012 Third Place Award - Cranford Paint the Town, Cranford, NJ - Juror Joseph McGurl
  • 2012 Southwest Art Magazine – September Issue – included in Urban Impressions article
  • 2011 American Impressionist Society - National Juried Exhibition, Mountainsong Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 2011 First Place Award of Excellence - Berks Art Alliance 34th Annual Juried Show - Reading Museum, Reading, PA
  • 2011 Southwest Art Magazine – September, Editor’s Choice “Artist’s to Watch” section
  • 2011 People’s Choice Award – San Luis Obispo Plein Air, San Luis Obisbo Museum of Art, CA
  • 2011 First Place Quick Draw Award - Aspen Plein Air Invitational, Aspen, Colorado
  • 2010 1st Place Award - Salmagundi Club Winter Exhibition - New York, NY
  • 2010 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival Poster Artist
  • 2010 2nd Place - Artists’ Choice Award: Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO
  • 2010 People’s Choice Award & 3rd Place Award: Cranford Paint the Town, Cranford, NJ
  • 2009 Best of Show: Mountain Maryland Plein Air Event, Cumberland, MD - Juror Nancy Tankersley
  • 2009 First Place Award: Berks Arts Council's ART OF JAZZ / Berks Jazz Fest, Reading, PA
  • 2008 Open Box M Plein Air Award, Chadds Ford Art Festival, Chadds Ford, PA
  • 2008 Purchase Award, Berks Art Alliance Juried Exhibition at the GoggleWorks, Reading, PA
  • 2007 Peoples Choice Award & Award of Excellence: Paint Annapolis 07, Annapolis MD
  • 2007 First Place Award: Rehoboth Beach Paint Out, Rehoboth Art League
  • 2006 Second Place Award: Paint Annapolis 2006, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Assoc.
  • 2006 Featured in the February issue of Art Business News Magazine in the Emerging Artist section
  • 2006 Published second book titled The Art of Conversation: Manhattan, which includes 39 paintings depicting conversations in the parks, streets and café’s of Manhattan. Introduction by Meredith Lewis, Editor of American Artist Watercolor Magazine. Available at Barnes& Nobles
  • 2003 Auction Record established June 2003 at Freeman’s Auction, Philadelphia
  • 2002 Published book titled The Art of Conversation, which includes 42 paintings and text explaining my inspirations and thoughts of conversation in modern day culture. Introduction written by Constance U. Battle, M.D., previous executive director of the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Available at Barnes & Nobles


Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019 The Fabric of America – From A Woman’s Perspective, Alvernia University, Reading, PA
  • 2019 New Works, Gildea Contemporary Gallery, Key West, FL
  • 2019 The Fabric of America From A Woman’s Perspective, Alvernia University, Reading, PA
  • 2018 American Travels and Travels Within – The Loft@505, Reading, PA
  • 2016 Cuba, Key West & Paris Impressions - 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
  • 2011 The Art of Conversation, American Art Gallery, Snow Hill, MD
  • 2011 New Works, The YR Club, Reading, PA
  • 2009 Recent Works, Longwood Art Gallery, Kennett Square, PA
  • 2009 Plein Air Paintings, American Art Gallery, Snow Hill, MD
  • 2008 The Art of Conversation - All Plein Air, Fromm Gallery, JCC of Reading, PA
  • 2007 New Works, Uptown Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2006 The Art of Conversation: Manhattan, Happy Dog Gallery, Piermont, NY
  • 2004 Recent Paintings/The Art of Conversation, Ventures Gallery, Rehoboth Art League, DE
  • 2002 The Art of Conversation/Paintings from the Book, Institute of the Arts, Wyomissing, PA


Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2021 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibit, Marks Arts, Wichita, Kansas
    • PAPNM National Juried Exhibit, Sorrell Sky Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    • American Impressionist Society 22nd National Juried Exhibit, Gallery 1516, Omaha, Nebraska
    • Oil Painters of America National Salon Show – OPA
    • Jemez Springs Plein Air, NM – PAPNM
  • 2020 American Impressionist Society 21st National Juried Exhibit, Illume Fine Art, St. George, UT
    • Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) Juried Annual Exhibit, Wilder Nightingale Art Gallery, Taos, NM
  • 2019 Impressionism & Abstraction, Two Person Exhibit, Gildea Contemporary Gallery, Key West, FL
    • American Impressionist Society 20th National Juried Exhibit, Salmagundi Club, NYC
    • Door County Plein Air Invitational, Door County, WI
    • Lighthouse Arts Plein Air Event, Tequesta, FL
    • Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA
    • Wayne Plein Air Festival, Wayne, PA
  • 2018 American Impressionist Society 19th National Juried Exhibit, Peninsula School of Art, Fishcreek WI
    • Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA
    • Wayne Plein Air Festival, Wayne, PA
    • Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Plein Air Invitational, Jackson Hole, WY
    • 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
  • 2016 Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Exhibit – HowardMandville Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 2016 Lighthouse Arts Plein Air Event, Jupiter, FL
  • 2016 Wayne Plein Air Festival, Wayne, PA
  • 2016 Sedona Plein Air Invitational, Sedona, AZ
  • 2016 Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Exhibit – Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2016 American Impressionist Society 17th National Juried Exhibition, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 2016 Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA
  • 2013 Burchtree Fine Art - Two Person Show, Wayne, PA
    • 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
    • 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
    • Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA
    • Rittenhouse Square Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA
    • Rehoboth Beach Art Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE
    • San Luis Obispo Plein Air Invitational, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • 2010 Salmagundi Club, Nocturnes Exhibit, New York, NY
    • Salmagundi Club, Winter Exhibit, New York, NY
    • Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO
    • Aspen Plein Air, First Annual Invitational, Aspen, CO
    • Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA
    • Paint The Town - Plein Air Exhibit, Cranford, NJ
    • Rittenhouse Square Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2009 Industry and the Landscape Juried Exhibit, The Goggleworks, Reading, PA
    • Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO
    • Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA
    • Rehoboth Beach Art Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE
  • 2008 Norfolk Plein Air Exhibit, Norfolk, VA
    • Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO
    • Yellow Springs Art Show, Historic Yellow Springs, PA
    • Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA
    • Rittenhouse Square Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2007 Uptown Gallery, New York, NY, The Art of Conversation: Manhattan
    • Purchase Awards/Berks Art Alliance 30th Annual Juried Art Exhibit, Reading Public
    • Museum, Reading, PA
    • Immaculata University Art Show, Malvern, PA
    • Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA
    • Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA
    • Rehoboth Beach Art Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE
  • 2006 ArtExpo New York, Jacob Javits Center, NY, NY
    • Philadelphia Sketch Club 143rd Annual Juried Exhibition/Small Oil Paintings, Phila, PA
    • Washington Square Art Show, New York, NY
    • Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA
    • Paint Annapolis, Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD
    • Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 110th Annual Juried Exhibit, New York, NY


Education

  • 2017 Studied with Carolyn Anderson
  • 2015 Studied with CW Mundy in New Harmony, IN
  • 2015 Studied with Quang Ho at the Salmagundi Club, NY
  • 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, 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


Memberships and Affiliations

Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, Member of PAPNM (Plein Air Painters of New Mexico), Oil Painters of American, RMPAP (Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters), Artists’ Fellowship, Inc., Salmagundi Club, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association


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.


Biography

Michele Byrne is recognized for her figurative plein air work and in recent years for her dynamic palette knife paintings.
She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM. However, she travels extensively, painting in various locations including, Manhattan, Paris, Italy, Colorado and Key West, Florida. Michele was a Faculty Demonstrator for the Annual PleinAir Convention in San Francisco,CA in 2019 as well as Monterey, CA in April of 2014.

Byrne has won numerous awards in her plein air and studio work including most recently the President’s Choice Award, American Impressionist Society, 2018. Painting in plein air is not just a passion for Michele it is a dedication. The artist must make decisions about time of day, direction of light and inclusion of figures despite that in front of you everything is changing. The decisions allow the artist to paint dynamically with light and air as a part of the final image.
“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.”

Michele's third instructional video was released through Liliedahl Productions in 2019 titled Palette Knife Cityscapes with Michele Byrne.
Michele has also had her works included in sales at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia and she is a nominated member of the Salmagundi Club in NYC, a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America.
Byrne’s work was featured in an eight-page article in the January 2020 Issue of PleinAir Magazine.



Michele Byrne self portrait
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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

John Michael Carter self portrait
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PAUL CHENG
Oil Painters of America (OPA) Signature Member


Paul Cheng was born and grew up in Guangzhou China and studied at Guangzhou Fine Art College China, one of the most prestigious fine art colleges in China. He received his BFA degree from and taught at the same school. His paintings have exhibited at different fine arts competitions in China, Australia and the United States and has become an award-wining artist. Paul Cheng was featured in Southwest Art Magazine in April 2013. He has worked for some main entertainment companies as a Sr. visual development artist, art director and an Sr. illustrator of gaming companies in Australia and the United States. These projects he has worked were either nominated for Oscar Best Animation Feature Film or won Oscar Outstanding Achievement in Character Design in an Animated Feature Production and an Emmy award.


FINE ARTS EXHIBITIONS/AWARDS/HONORS

  • Oil Painters of America’s 30th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils (2021)
  • Oil Painters of America 2021 Western Regional Exhibition
  • Oil Painters of America 2019 Western Regional Exhibition
  • The Virtuosos of OPA Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils 2019
  • Oil Painters of America’s 27th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils (2018)
  • 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
  • '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)


Bibliography




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

  • Signature Member of Oil Painters of America

Paul Cheng self portrait
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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:

  • 2020 ADI Top 5 Most Awarded Artist Rating (4th)
  • 2020 American Impressionist Society 21st National Exhibition
  • 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)

James Crandall self portrait
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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

Nancy Crookston self portrait
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STEVEN CURRY
Fine Artist


Origin: Born in Millbrae, California / 1957.

Education: AA / Associate in Arts / College of Marin / 1976- 78- BFA / Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree / Visual Communication California State University, Long Beach 1978 - 82

Professional Work: Graphic Designer / Various Agencies / Los Angeles, CA 1982 - 88.
Owner and Founder of the Curry Design Agency / Santa Monica, CA 1988 - 2003
Partial Clients list: Nissan North America, Mercedes North America, Sony Pictures, the Academy Awards / 1988 to 2003


Shows and Merits:

  • 1997: United States' Library of Congress / Selected works
  • 1998: United States' Library of Congress / Selected works
  • 1999: United States' Library of Congress / Selected works
  • 1999: Gold Record / Capitol Records / Design of album exceeding sales of 500,000 copies
  • 2007: Sonoma Plein Aire Festival / Sonoma, CA
  • 2011: Ventura County Museum of Art / Al Fresco show
  • 2012: Napa Festival of the Arts / Napa, CA
  • 2015: Ventura County Museum of Art / Featured Artist
  • 2017: Santa Paula Museum of Art / CAC California Art Club show
  • 2009- 2021: Museum of Natural History/ Featured Artist / Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2013- 2023: CAC California Art Club / Gold Medal Shows
  • 2022: Sonoma Plein Aire Festival / Sonoma, CA
  • 2023: Invited Faculty instructor and Speaker / Plein Air Convention , Denver, CA
  • 2023: Sonoma Plein Aire Festival / Sonoma, CA


Published Artist Profiles:
  • 2015: Ojai Quarterly / Spring issue “Art and About article”
  • 2017: Southwest Art / June issue, “Magical Moments feature”
  • 2018: Art of The West / March / April Issue, “Celebrating God’s Creations”


Educational Videos:
  • 2021: Streamline Publishing / “Finding Your Voice: Painting with Creative Expression”


Affiliation's:
  • 2007- 2024: California Art Club / Artist Member

Stephen Curry self portrait
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DMITRI DANISH
Fine Artist


Dmitri Danish was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 1966. He was a natural artist from the start, taking his first drawing pencil in hand before he was able to walk or talk. His mother, an artist herself, was the first to discover Dmitri's talent. She saw that he expressed his thoughts, feelings and desires through his creations, and she started communicating with her son via color and shape. Painting became as natural for Danish as breathing, eating, or sleeping. By age 5, Danish was taking his first professional painting lessons; he was already able to paint quality landscapes, portraits, still life's and abstract paintings. At age 13 he was accepted into a gifted children's art school in Kharkiv, and by age 15 he was enrolled at the Kharkiv State Art College.

Danish's favorite genre is the cityscape, he painted cities that he read about in books, cities that he heard about on the radio or in people's conversations, and cities that he saw printed on postage stamps. He created new countries in his mind and painted their cities, streets, canals, doors and windows. Danish liked painting doors and windows most of all because of their symbolic appeal. They let him view and enter into unknown worlds, which he couldn't do in reality. His imagination was able to take him to those unusual and magical worlds that he saw in his dreams. In college Danish became fascinated with Kharkiv, the city where he was born and raised. He painted various buildings, wooden houses and walls, small coffee shops under huge old trees, and again, doors and windows from his Southern city. His paintings portrayed Kharkiv as a warm and cozy place to live.

In 1986 Danish graduated from college and began to teach art. He quickly realized that teaching art was not his ideal career - he wanted to express himself through art, not teach others. Danish went into the army for three years and as soon as he returned, he immediately entered into the department of Fine Art at the Kharkiv States Polytechnic University. He began to paint for a living. After two years he became a member of the prestigious Union of Ukrainian Artists and his paintings were in high demand. His career as a fine artist took off and he began to exhibit in Ukraine, Russia and other Eastern European countries. In 2000 the Kharkiv State Museum of Fine Art conducted a solo exhibition of Danish's works called "Cities and Mountains" and purchased three of his paintings that are now part of their permanent collection. During 2000-2001, the New Jersey Museum of Modern Art also purchased three of Danish's works. In 2003 the Ukrainian government purchased a painting and presented it to the outgoing ambassador of the United States to Ukraine. Danish has traveled most of Europe since the opening of the Russian borders visiting cities and countries he dreamed about as a child. He has spent time in Rome, Venice, Sienna, and in many cities of France, Holland, Hungary, Austria, Greece, and Turkey.

Dmitri Danish self portrait
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KEN DEWAARD
Fine Artist


For Ken there is nothing more rewarding and challenging than painting under an open sky, surrounded by the scents and sounds of nature, along with it's ever changing color and harmonies to excite one's creativity.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts with honors, Ken began working in a commercial art studio in Chicago. He continued his studies at the American Academy of Art, where he studied with nationally recognized watercolorist, Irving Shapiro. Upon Irving's recommendation Ken joined the acclaimed Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art in Chicago, where he soon began studying with Scott Burdick as well as Dan Gerhartz.
It is here that Ken adapted his direct and pure approach as well as his bravura brush style, which he achieves by painting directly from life.

Strongly inspired by John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Nicolai Fechin, and the Russian Impressionists, Ken finds himself painting an array of subject matter from everyday life. The feelings Ken evokes in his paintings are due in part to the excitement and passion he feels while capturing the fleeting effects of light, or the wonderful color nuances and harmonies presented by nature and all of her beauty.

Ken continues to travel throughout the United States as well as Italy and China. He has won numerous awards around the country in many of the top Plein Air Competitions including the coveted Artist Choice awards, Best of Show, along with a host of various other awards. He has spent many a summer day painting the Italian hillsides, American vistas, and beauty wherever it finds him. This has always been a contributing factor in his work, insight, and inspiration and growth as an artist.

After spending the last 14 years in the Driftless area of Wisconsin, Ken has recently moved to Maine. After much thought and consideration he and his wife along with their 4 young children decided on Hope ME, which is a neighboring town to Camden, mid coast Maine which is also where the Mountains Meet the Sea. The area is absoluetly gorgeous and full of inspiration, so much to paint!



Education

  • 1980 - 1984 Western Illinois University / BA
  • 1985 - 1991 American Academy Of Art - Shapiro / Smuskiewicz
  • 1992 - 2001 Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art
  • 1994 -1998 Independent Study / Scott Burdick / Dan Gerhartz



Teaching Credits
  • 1999-2000 Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art, Chicago
  • 2007 - 2009- Instructor- Scottsdale Artists School
  • 2005 - 2016 - Instructor- Denmark Academy of Fine Art, Denmark, WI



Awards
  • 2022 Cape Ann Plein Air - Best Nocturne Award - Patrick Saunders- MA
  • 2022 Ogunquit Plein Air - 1st Place Award - Eric Jacobson - ME
  • 2021 Cape Ann Plein Air - Best Body of Work - Greg LaRock Legacy Award
  • 2021 Cape Ann Plein Air - Best Nocturne Award - Kathie Odom- MA
  • 2019 Cape Ann Plein Air - First Place Award - Kenn Backhaus - MA
  • 2018 Plein Air Easton - Best Hospitality Award - Jill Carver - MD
  • 2017 Florida's Forgotten Coast - Artist Choice - Top Honors - FL
  • 2017 Cape Ann Plein Air - Charles Movalli Award - Marc Hanson - MA
  • 2016 Cape Ann Plein Air - Manchester by the Sea - Ray Hassard - MA
  • 2016 Boothbay Plein Air - Best of Show - ME
  • 2016 Boothbay Plein Air - Peoples Choice - ME
  • 2016 Lighthouse Plein Air - Honorable Mention - Jim McVickers - FL
  • 2015 Door County Plein Air- Best of Show - WI
  • 2015 Door County Plein Air - Artist Choice - WI
  • 2015 Olmsted Invitational Plein Air - Paint Quick Honorable Mention - GA
  • 2015 Lighthouse Plein Air - 3rd Place Award - Jupiter FL
  • 2014 Plein Air Easton - 3rd Place Award - Juror - Peter Trippi - MD
  • 2014 Plein Air Easton Pre Event - Tilghman Island - Artist Choice Award
  • 2013 Laguna Beach Invitational- The Strada Award - CA
  • 2013 Laguna Beach Invitational- Randy Higbee Gallery Award - CA
  • 2013 Plein Air Easton - Artist Choice Award - MD
  • 2013 Plein Air Easton - 3rd Place Quick Draw - Juror - Don Demers - MD
  • 2013 Easel's of Frederick - Best Architectural Award - Ron Donoughe - MD
  • 2013 Richmond Plein Air - Honorable Mention - Juror - Steve Doherty - VA
  • 2013 Florida's Forgotten Coast - Quick Draw -Honorable Mention - FL
  • 2012 Sonoma Plein Air - Honorable Mention - CA
  • 2012 Easton Plein Air - Quick Draw - Honorable Mention - MD
  • 2012 Florida's Forgotten Coast - Artist Choice - Top Honors - FL
  • 2012 Florida's Forgotten Coast - Quick Draw - Top Honors - FL
  • 2012 Callaway Gardens Plein Air - Best of Show - Purchase Award - GA
  • 2011 Florida's Forgotten Coast - Quick Draw - Top Honors - FL
  • 2010 Florida's Forgotten Coast - Arist Choice Award - FL
  • 2010 Florida's Forgotten Coast - Quick Draw - Honorable Mention - FL
  • 2009 San Luis Obispo Plein Air - Best of Show - CA
  • 2009 Award Plein Air Easton Competition - Best Gardenscape - MD
  • 2009 Quick Draw at the Covered Bridge, Zumbrota MN - 2nd Place- MN
  • 2008 Plein Air Easton Competition - Honorable Mention - MD
  • 2007 Plein Air Easton Competition - Honorable Mention - MD
  • 2005 Barns and Farms National Exhibit - Top Place - WI
  • 2004 Barns and Farms National Exhibit - Forth Place - WI
  • 2003 Odin Gallery - Best of Show - WI
  • 1999 Southside Art League Regional XIV - Honorable Mention - IL
  • 1999 Palette and Chisel Exhibit - Honorable Mention - IL
  • 1998 Charlotte County National Art Exhibit - Second Place - FL
  • 1998 Southside Art League Regional XIII - Honorable Mention - IL
  • 1997 Harriet Bitterly Show - Honorable Mention - IL
  • 1997 Oak Park Art League - Second Place - IL
  • 1997 Artscape Smart Museum - Honorable Mention - IL
  • 1996 Life and Imagination - Honorable Mention - IL
  • 1996 Artscape Smart Museum - Honorable Mention - IL
  • 1995 Silver Medal Show - Honorable Mention - IL
  • 1995 Harriet Bitterly Show - First Place - IL
  • 1994 Holiday Show - Third Place - IL
  • 1994 Silver Medal Show - Second Place - IL

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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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LYNNE FRASER
Fine Artist


As a native of Scotland, landscapes and scenery have always been Lynne’s muse. Lynne built her career creating 3D art, sculpting landscape designs for 30 years in Cincinnati, OH. Brushes and oil paints now replace her tracing paper & pencils and her love of outdoor painting now translates the scenery vividly onto canvas with a distinct impressionistic, ‘a la prima’ painting style. Lynne’s light-filled paintings chronicle her travels to Greece, Italy, Key West and ‘The Forgotten Coast’ of old Florida, and now Charleston, SC.

For the past 9 years, Lynne’s increasing fascination with the lowcountry of South Carolina and Florida Pan Handle, has resulted in sophisticated renderings of Shem Creek, Poe’s Tavern, Magnolia Plantation in Charleston and St Vincent Island, Indian Pass and Apalachacola, FL Whether at home in her adopted coastal towns of Port St Joe, Florida and Mt Pleasant, SC, the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati or traveling through Europe & the US, Lynne’s adventurous spirit instantly connects with the local views rendering them on canvas with attention to color, light, and detail. Her paintings are in private collections in the U.S. and Europe.

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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


  • 2022 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC, Juried
  • 2021 Best In Show, Quinlan Member Show, Juror Gretchen Wagner, SCAD
  • 2021 Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show, Quinlan Visual Arts Center
  • 2021 Women Artists of the West National Juried Exhibition, Kerrville, TX
  • 2020 Quinlan Visual Arts Member Show, Best In Show, Steve Penley juror
  • 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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JEREMY GOODDING
Artist


Jeremy Goodding is an award winning oil painter. Drawn to the challenge of creating his own compositions, he primarily focuses on still-life with an emphasis on light and shadow.

Art has captured Jeremy’s interest for as long as he can remember. No matter what stage of life Jeremy was in, he was unable to escape the desire to create beautiful paintings. Having been raised on an eastern Nebraska Farm, Jeremy has an innate connection to the land and its natural beauty. This often influences the natural look and mood of his work.

Time at his easel, painting, has been Jeremy’s most profound educator. In addition to this, he occasionally studies with other renowned artists. Master painters, Hovsep Pushman, Rembrandt, and Emil Carlsen have also influenced Jeremy’s work.

Jeremy resides in Lincoln, NE with his wife, Iris, together they have 3 grown children. Jeremy paints daily from his home and studio.

Artist’s Statement: I strive to create paintings with a captivating visual idea through the abstract beauty of paint while retaining the essence of reality. The paintings are sensitive, yet dynamic, using the subtle drama of light, color, and movement. My paintings incorporate subject matter, harmoniously arranged, from pottery to simple leaves. Each painting should enrich, bless, and evoke a sense of wonder concerning truth, the natural world, the world of a painter, and life.



AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

2023

  • Best Technique and Handling, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Associate Member Online Competition
  • Honor Award, Richeson75, Still Life and Floral International Competition, Online
  • Still Life Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition, Salt Lake City, Utah

2022
  • Gold Medal, PACE New Masters Art Exhibition and Competition, Council Bluffs, IA
  • Purchase Award, PACE New Masters Art Exhibition and Competition, Council Bluffs, IA
  • Award of Excellence, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society’s Best of America 2022, Jackson, WY
  • Best Signature Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America, National Competition, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Best Realism Award, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Best of America Small Works
  • Award of Excellence, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Online International Spring Competition
  • Best Still Life Award, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Online International Fall Competition

2021
  • 1rst Place, OPA 2021 Wet Paint Competition, Santa Fe, NM
  • The Bold Brush Award (top award), May Bold Brush Painting Competition, online
  • 2nd Place, National Oil and Acrylic Painter Society, Best of America Small works
  • Fashion Week San Diego Award, Art Renewal Center, 15th International Salon
  • Dual Category Award, Art Renewal Center, 15th International Salon

2020
  • Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America, Fall Online Showcase
  • Best Still Life, National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society, International Fall Competition, Online
  • Second Place, Southwest Art Magazine, Artistic Excellence Competition
  • Third Place, OPA’s 2020 Virtual Wet Paint Competition, Studio Division
  • Still Life Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition, Virtual and in person in St. George, Utah
  • Best in Show, Richeson75, Still Life and Floral International Competition, Online

2019
  • Still Life Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM
  • Master Class Finalist, Art Muse Contest, September Online Competition
  • Best Still Life, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, International Spring Competition, Online
  • Second Place, OPA’s “Southwest Treasures” Wet Paint Competition, Studio Division, Saint George, UT
  • First Place, Richeson75, Small Works International Competition, Kimberly, WI
  • Emerging Artist Winner, Art Muse Contest, January Online Competition

2018
  • Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition, Boulder, CO
  • Realism Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America, National Exhibition, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Second Place, OPA’s “Colorado Rocky Mountain High” Wet Paint Competition, Studio Division, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America, Spring 2018 Online Showcase
  • Third Place, Richeson75, Still Life and Floral International Competition, Online



EXHIBITIONS

2023
  • Oil Painters of America, National Exhibition, Charleston, SC
  • Oil Painters of America, Masters Show, Philipsburg, MT
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Small Works, Boulder, CO
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Best of America 2023, Alexandria, VA
  • New Masters, PACE, Council Bluff, IA
  • Gallery 1516, Nebraska Artist Biennial, Omaha, NE
  • Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition, Salt Lake City, UT

2022
  • Oil Painters of America, National Exhibition, Steamboat Spring, CO
  • Spirit, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE
  • New Masters, PACE, Council Bluff, IA
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Best of America 2022, Jackson, WY
  • Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition, Dallas, TX
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Best of America Small Works, Birmingham, AL

2021
  • Museum of Nebraska Art, Solo Exhibition – “Illuminating Form”, Kearney, NE
  • Gallery 1516, Nebraska Artist Biennial, Omaha, NE
  • Oil Painters of America, National Exhibition, Escondido, CA
  • Oil Painters of America, Salon, Gainesville, GA
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Best of America Small Works, Charleston, SC

2020
  • National Cowboy Museum, Small Works Great Wonders, Oklahoma City, OK (online and in person)
  • Sugarlift at the High Line Nine, STILL, Chelsea, NYC (online and in person)
  • Oil Painters of America, National Exhibition, Fredericksburg, TX (online and in person)
  • Oil Painters of America, Salon, Online
  • Oil Painters of America, Western Regional, St. George, UT (online and in person)
  • The Collector’s Show, Galerie Kornye West, Ft. Worth, TX (online)
  • New Visions, Illume Gallery of Art, St. George, UT (Online auction)
  • Spirit, Museum of Nebraska Art, Online
  • Richeson75, Small Works International Art Competition, Kimberly, WI

2019
  • Oil Painters of America, Western Regional, Santa Fe, NM
  • Nebraska Artist Biennial, Gallery 1516, Omaha, NE
  • Oil Painters of America, National Exhibition, Saint George, UT
  • Richeson 75, Small Works International Art Competition, Kimberly, WI

2018
  • Bemis Benefit Art Auction, Omaha, NE
  • Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition, Boulder, CO
  • Oil Painters of America, Salon Exhibition, Traverse City, MI
  • Oil Painters of America, National exhibition, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Spirit, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE
  • Richeson 75, Small Works International Art Competition, Kimberly, WI

2017
  • Bryan Memorial Hospital, Small Works Show, Lincoln, NE
  • Randy Higbee Gallery, 6″ Squared Exhibition and Sale, Costa Mesa, CA
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society, Holiday Small Works Juried Exhibition, Parkville, MO
  • Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Juried Exhibition, St. George, UT
  • Richeson75, Still Life and Floral International Competition, Online

2016-2012
  • Bryan Memorial Hospital, Small Works Show, Lincoln, NE
  • Spirit, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE
  • Small works show, Chait Galleries Downtown, Iowa City, IA
  • One man Show, Bryan Memorial Hospital, Lincoln, NE
  • Small works show, Chait Galleries Downtown, Iowa City, IA
  • Three man show, Wood,Wax, & Oil, Gallery 9, Lincoln NE
  • Two man show, Classical Revolutions, Gallery 9, Lincoln, NE
  • One man show, Classical Revolutions, Union College, Lincoln NE
  • One man show, Illuminating the still life, Doane College, Crete NE
  • One man show, Illuminating the still life, Gallery 9, Lincoln NE



PUBLICATIONS

  • 2020, December/January- Southwest Art, “Artistic Excellence” Competition
  • 2020, November- Southwest Art, “The Still Life, 8 Talented Painters who Capture Beautiful Objects”
  • 2020, May- Western Art Collector, “Outstanding Oils” feature on OPA National Exhibition
  • 2019, May- American Art Collector, “Treasured Images” feature on OPA National Exhibition
  • 2018, October- Southwest Art, “Artists to Watch” feature



MEMBERSHIPS

  • Oil painters of America, Signature Member
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society

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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
Artist


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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MELISSA HEFFERLIN
Fine Artist


Melisssa Hefferlin’s foray into the world of Fine Art began at a young age when she studied violin. Moving to Russia with her parents as a preteen (from ages 10 thru 13) cemented her devotion to the arts as she used her new found independence via public transit to explore Russia itself through travel, museums, and cultural sights. High school saw her return to America, but Russia was in her blood. At age 20, she spent her junior year of college abroad, studying at the elite Russian School of Art where a Bachelor of Fine Arts was composed of twice as many studio credit hours versus the similar degree in the West. Her passion for a high-level atelier meant she was only the second American to ever gain entry to study at the Russian School of Art… the first was none other than America’s own James Abbott McNeill Whistler!

During this time of study, figurative work was the predominant subject, and her comfort with that genre is seen in her many portraits and figurative studies in ink wash. The idea of still life followed later and is now a substantial and significant avenue in her oeuvre. Her current series of still life creations were heavily influenced by a three-day trip to Venice last year to celebrate her husband’s birthday (acclaimed Russian Master, Daud Akhriev). These originals emanate from the perfect setting for an artist. Lit by the Spanish sun via a skylight installed by her devoted Daud, these paintings are illuminated and influenced by a far reaching and arching beam of natural light which travels throughout the course of the day circuitously around her studio. There is a ledge set into one of those pale white washed walls upon which Melissa assembles her beloved treasure horde into the compositional excellence of her paintings. These objects repeat themselves in a singular fascination for those who love playfulness and a good story. These little pieces of pleasure are, for Melissa, part of her days in the studio. They move, change, and manifest the memories of the moments they were joyfully acquired ...the studio is an intricate part of their beautiful life in Spain.

Melissa, during a delightful and invigorating recent video call with all of our Art Consultants, discussed in depth and detail many stories and deep emotions behind these new works. She made sure that we understood she is not always or immediately aware of the painting’s message, but instead waits for the story to be told as presented by the assemblage of treasured inanimate friends. We loved it! These previously unknown aspects as related by Melissa are carried by vivid memories for art collectors thirsting for that painting which seems to be … “exactly what I’m looking for!”

Melissa is a member of Oil Painters of America, the Union of Russian Artists St. Petersburg Russia, and the Association of Pastel Painters of Spain. She is a Signature member of Pastel Society of America. She’s won awards for excellence at NYC’s Salmagundi Club, Pastel Society of America, Salon International, Association of Women Artists, and many others. Her work has been published widely, including Artists Magazine and American Art Collector Magazine. Hefferlin has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, London, Zurich, and throughout the Southeastern United States. In 1999, she co-authored a coffee table book about Russian painting titled “Traditions Rediscovered, the Finley Collection of Russian Art,” and in February 2002, the Hunter Museum of American Art presented a solo show of her work. Her art hangs in the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Semens Corporation art collection, the museum of the Russian Academy of Art and Southern University to name a few.

Hefferlin’s preferred media are oil painting, pastel painting, ink wash and relief printing. She teaches workshops around the Southeastern United States and in Spain. She speaks English, Russian and Spanish. She now spends her time in Andalusia, Spain and Tennessee, USA with her artist husband, Daud Akhriev.

“It’s part of my life’s philosophy that order can be made, can be perceived, and in 16 by 20 inches I can make something orderly and, to me, beautiful. It is like an act of meditation, and very soothing to me.” - Melissa Hefferlin



AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

  • Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Artists Painting Artists Feature, Dec 2023
  • Still Life Award Of Excellence, Oil Painters Of American National Convention, Steamboat Museum 2022
  • Guest Artist Pastels Du Monde Au Féminin, Montluçon, France 2022
  • Best Non-Commissioned Portrait, Portrait Society Of America, Members Only Competition 2021
  • Artists Magazine Annual Competition Second Place Award For “Fish Out Of Water” 2021
  • Caran D'ache Award Spanish National Pastel Biennial Oviendo, Spain 2018
  • Great American Painting Award Pastel Society Of America National Juried Exhibition NYC 2017
  • Selected Artist Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Exhibition 2017
  • Selected Artist Pastel Society Of America National Juried Exhibition NYC 2017
  • Signature Status Pastel Society Of America 2016
  • Salmagundi Club Non-Member National Competition 2016
  • Member With Distinction American Women Artists 2016
  • Finalist, American Women Artists Spring Exhibition Online 2016
  • Finalist, Artist Magazine Annual International Competition, 2016
  • National Purchase Prize, City Of Olvera, Andalusia, Spain 2013
  • American Artist, Feature Article, June, 2009
  • Salmagundi Award Of Excellence At The National Juried Pastel Society Of America Nyc 2008
  • 21st Century Waterfront Monumental Mural, Winner Of The All-State Competition
  • Popular Choice, National Exhibition Oil Painters Of America Still Life 2003
  • Artist In Residence Robert M. Macnamara Foundation, Westport, Maine 2003

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
  • Hunter Museum Of American Art, USA
  • Academy Of Fine Art Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Seimens Collection, USA
  • Memorial Hospital, USA
  • Southern Adventist University, USA
  • Unum Provident Life Insurance Corporation, USA University Of Tennessee Chattanooga, USA Southern Adventist University Church, Tn USA
  • Siskin Children’s Hospital USA
  • Mask Cotton, Memphis Tennessee USA
  • City Hall, City Of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee USA
  • City Hall (Ayuntamiento), Olvera, Spain
  • City Hall (Ayuntamiento) Ronda, Spain

MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
  • American Women Artists, Member With Distinction
  • Oil Painters Of America
  • Pastel Society Of America - Signature Member
  • Aspas (Association Of Spanish Pastel Painters)
  • Union Of Russian Fine Artists Full Member
  • Co-Founder, Co-Designer Serithea Silk Scarves

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Olga Krimon
OLGA KRIMON
Artist



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
  • 4th Place, Portrait Society of America (PSoA), 22nd Annual International Portrait Competition, 2021 (approx. 3,000 entries)
  • 3rd Honor Award, Portrait Society of America (PSoA) 16th International Portrait Competition 2014
  • 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

  • Arcadia Contemporary Gallery “Male Of The Species” International Invitational, New York, NY, June 16 - July 11, 2021
  • 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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YELENA LAMM
Artist



Yelena Lamm was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she received her formal art training from the N. K. Roerich Fine Arts School. In 1995, she moved to Pittsburgh, PA, with her family. Yelena is painting primarily in oil. In her lively and colorful portraits of pets and animals she loves to reflect on her subjects’ characters and personalities.  

Yelena’s artwork is acquired by collectors in the U.S. and abroad. She is a Signature member of Society of Animal Artists (SAA), and a member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), Portrait Society of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS), andAmerican Women Artists (AWA).


Recent Juried Exhibitions and Awards

2023

  • NOAPS Fall International Online Exhibition
  • AWA Annual Online Juried Show, Outstanding Achievement Animals
  • OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition, Most Original Award of Excellence
  • Society of Animal Artists 63rd Art & the Animal Exhibition: Driftless Glen Purchase Award; SAA Newcomer Award
  • NOAPS Best of America
  • NOAPS Best of America Plein Air Competition, Fourth Place
  • 24th Annual AIS National Exhibition
  • AIS 2023 Paintout, Honorable Mention
  • Westmoreland Art Nationals, Curator’s Choice Award
  • NOAPS Best of America Small Works
  • 16th ARC Salon, Semi-Finalist

2022
  • OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition
  • NOAPS Best of America
  • Westmoreland Art Nationals, Best in Show
  • NOAPS Best of America Small Works
  • NOAPS Best of America Small Works Plein Air Competition, First Place

2021
  • OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition
  • NOAPS Best of America, Merit Award
  • OPA 30th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils
  • OPA Wet Paint Plein Air Competition, Award of Excellence
  • Westmoreland Art Nationals, Painting Award in two exhibitions
  • 15th ARC Salon, Finalist
2020
  • OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition
  • Westmoreland Art Nationals, Executive Director’s Choice Award and Painting Award

Publications

  • Artists and Illustrators Magazine, 6-page feature article & front cover, June 2023
  • Southwest Art, Women In Art feature article, October/November 2022

YELENA LAMM self portrait
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Karen Lawrence
KAREN LAWRENCE
Fine Artist


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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AMY LAY
Fine Artist


Vibrancy, a sense of looseness and a comfortable nontraditional style are all ways in which Amy’s Paintings have been described.

Residing in and drawing inspiration from mountain hideaways in Wyoming and the Wallowa Mountains of Northeastern Oregon, Amy fosters an intimate love and fascination for the animals, wildlife and ecology surrounding her. Primarily self-taught but grateful for her Art Degree from Eastern Oregon University, Amy’s career has evolved from childhood dream to strong reality.

She renders her creations primarily with oil pigment and the organic and confident presence of graphite and charcoal. A bold use of color, powerful yet simple design and an ephemeral quality in her use of medium influenced by years of painting strictly in watercolor has given Amy’s work a highly recognizable and unique signature quality. A unique distinction in the genre as well, is her limited use of reference, relying on memory and creative gesture in her subjects gives her animals a very distinct non-photographic brand. Her work dances across the often thick line between realism and abstraction, traditional and contemporary and because of this, appeals to a very broad clientele and appeals to both the established “old guard” of wildlife art, and the growing contemporary genre.

Amy’s work can now be found in homes and private collections across the United States and can be obtained exclusively through several Fine Galleries and select Art Shows.

Amy Lay self portrait
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Calvin Liang
CALVIN LIANG
Fine Artist


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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KIRK McBRIDE
Fine Artist


Carrying on the traditions of American painting.

In recent years Kirk McBride has traveled the East Coast from Florida to Maine exploring the docks and fishing shacks, The marshes and beaches, the old wooden boats and the people who make a living from the sea. His paintings are a way of chronicling this vanishing piece of American life.

Kirk developed an interest in American painting as a young man when he first saw the work of Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer. The images they painted depicted life in our country during their times and led him to make paintings of people, places and moments that he experiences today. Exposure to the work of masterful painters, Emile Gruppe, Edgar Payne, N.C. Wyeth and Frederick Mulhaupt inspired Kirk to develop a style of reduced realism in his oil paintings that emphasizes the masses, light and mood more than the details. He has studied with modern day American masters, Ken Auster, Kim English and Randall Sexton.

After college at the University of Maryland, Kirk won "Best in Show" at the first local art show he entered, encouraging him to make painting a lifelong pursuit. He has been at it since the 1970's, part-time while teaching and raising a family, and full time since the early 90's. A switch from watercolors to oils 18 years ago led to plein air painting. This led to travels where he has met and shared experiences and knowledge with painters from all over. He has been elected a “Signature Member" of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and has participated in many painting events. Kirk has been invited to and painted in the Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational four times, Plein Air Easton four times, and Paint Annapolis six times, winning awards, including Artist’s Choice in Annapolis. Kirk's love of water and boats has led him to being selected as a "Signature Member" of the American Society of Marine Artists. He is also an Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club.

Kirk is known for the interaction of light and shadow in the images he portrays. The fleeting light of early morning or late evening creates a mood that unifies paintings of a variety of subjects. Travels beyond the East Coast to the deserts and mountains have inspired his much collected paintings of aspen trees, rock formations and rusty trucks. He often uses plein air studies along with sketches and reference photos to create larger paintings when back home in his studio.

Upon seeing Kirk's painting, "Waves IV" on facebook, Samuel Smith expressed the following, "A wonderful painting I am in love with your UN-maticulous way of: seeing, putting pigment to the canvas, yet embracing all the elements that are typically dealt with in a fussy - almost microscopic way. In this painting I find the pigment is applied with considerable regard for this component to the point where it keep it's integrity as a physical thing. I believe this respect for materials is a big factor in being convincing regards the scene being articulated, and a most convincing way of imparting the experience, and process of painting. A work that is worthy of gracing any environment it may hang".

Kirk is represented by nine fine galleries along the East Coast. He has shown his work in dozens of solo and two-artist shows (with his wife, Lynne Lockhart). His home and studio are located close to the water on Maryland's Eastern Shore.


EXHIBITIONS And HONORS:

  • 2020 Bishop's Stock Gallery, Snow Hill, MD
  • 2019 Bishop's Stock Gallery, Snow Hill, MD
  • 2018 Bishop's Stock Gallery, Snow Hill, MD
  • 2018 Elected Signature Member of American Society of Marine Artists
  • 2018 Station Gallery, Greenville, DE
  • 2017 Bishop's Stock Gallery, Snow Hill, MD
  • 2016 Bishop's Stock Gallery, Snow Hill, MD
  • 2015 Station Gallery, Greenville, DE
  • 2015 Parker Gallery, Saint Simons Island, GA
  • 2014 Bishop's Stock Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • 2013 Main Street Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • 2012 Bishop's Stock Gallery, Snow Hill, MD
  • 2011 Main Street Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • 2010 Bishop's Stock Gallery, Snow Hill, MD
  • 2009 Parker Gallery, Saint Simons Island, GA
  • 2009 Bishop's Stock Gallery, Snow Hill, MD
  • 2008 Main Street Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • 2008 Bishop's Stock Gallery, Snow Hill, MD
  • 2007 Main Street Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • 2007 Bishop's Stock Gallery, Snow Hill, MD
  • 2006 Main Street Gallery,, Annapolis, MD
  • 2006 Elected "Artist Member" Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association
  • 2006 F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2005 Main Street Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • 2005 Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE
  • 2005 F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2004 Paint Annapolis Plein Air Competition
  • 2004 Main Street Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • 2004 F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2003 Main Street Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • 2002 Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE
  • 2002 Globe Theatre, Berlin, MD
  • 2002 F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2001-2007 Bendann Art Galleries, Towson, MD
  • 2001 Main Street Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • 2001 Troika Gallery, Easton, MD
  • 2000-Present Peninsula Collection, Lewes, DE
  • 1999 Ward Museum, Salisbury, MD, “Visions of the Eastern Shore”
  • 1999-Present Represented by Main Street Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • 1998 Peninsula Collection, Lewes, DE
  • 1998 Globe Theatre-Balcony Gallery, Berlin, MD
  • 1998-Present Troika Gallery
  • 1996 Globe Theatre-Balcony Gallery, Berlin, MD
  • 1993 Globe Theatre-Balcony Gallery, Berlin, MD
  • 1991 Globe Theatre-Balcony Gallery, Berlin, MD
  • 1991-Present Globe Theatre-Balcony Gallery, Berlin, MD
  • 1988 Artworks Gallery, Berlin, MD
  • 1987 Artworks Gallery, Berlin, MD
  • 1980-85 McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • 1978 Best Watercolor, Chevy Chase Annual Outdoor Art Show
  • 1977 Best In Show, Laurel Art League Spring Show
  • 1976-81 Taught Art and Photography, High School level
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JILL McGANNON
Fine Artist


Jill Schultz McGannon received her BFA from the University of Georgia, USA in 1985 and her MFA from UGA in 1988. She has worked as an artist for 35 years, initially supplementing painting sales with commissions, teaching, and mural painting. Currently, she paints full time for galleries. She paints in oils in a painterly realistic style, preferring to work from life whenever possible. She started painting plein air in Italy in 1995, and continued painting plein air in coastal SC and GA upon returning home. She currently paints primarily on the SC and GA coast, and also in the Blue Ridge Mountains.



Recent awards

  • 1st Place GA Colors Plein Air Community Award for Paint Quick, Oct. 2022
  • 1st Place Blue Ridge, GA Plein Air, September, 2022
  • 1st Place, Sautee Nacoochee Plein Air, April, 2022
  • 1st Place GA Colors PaintQuick, St. Simons, GA, October, 2021
  • Invited Artist for Olmsted Plein Air 2022 and 2023
  • Acceptance into National Shows
  • NOAPS (National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society) Best of America September 2022, Wilcox Gallery, Jackson, WY
  • NOAPS Best of America Small Works 2022, Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL
  • NOAPS Best of America Small Works 2021, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC
  • OPA (Oil Painters of America) Eastern Regional 2022, James R Ross Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
  • OPA National 2021, Escondito, CA.
  • “Best Sky & Clouds” in the Plein Air Mag. Salon in August of 2022
  • “Best Sunset” for the Plein Air Magazine Salon in August of 2021
  • “Best Water” for the Plein Air Magazine Salon in January of 2020
  • Featured in International Artist Mag. For Best Landscapes for January 2023.

“I’m standing on the edge of the marsh with the sun going down, illuminating the clouds above with a warm orange glow, and it’s all reflected in the water. The quiet is broken only by an egret fishing nearby. I try to paint slow enough to get the drawing, values, and color right, but fast enough to finish the painting before the light changes. The light has changed now, but I’m finished. I leave with my painting and a sense of satisfaction. I’ve learned something new today, some subtle color or value change, or drawing correction that I didn’t notice the last time I painted plein air. I never tire of trying to capture the magical beauty of light. I love the shapes of the live oaks’ twisted limbs, the dripping Spanish moss, and the serpentine tidal creeks. Sunsets are just better on the coast!”

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PATRICK McGANNON
Fine Artist


Patrick has lived and worked in Atlanta since 1997 after relocating from his home town of Chicago. He received a BFA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 1989 and a MFA from Indiana University in 1991 in Drawing and Painting. While at Indiana University Patrick made two trips to Florence, Italy with IU, one trip as a student and one trip as a teacher’s assistant. These experiences began for him a love of antiquity and a life long endeavor to study the masters of the past and develop his skills as an artist. After receiving his MFA, Patrick taught drawing and painting at Southwest Missouri State University.
 
In addition to studying fine art at The Art Institute of Chicago, Patrick was a conservation assistant in the Ryerson Library of the museum. This work and experience has developed into a career over the last 25 years as a fine art conservator of paper artifacts. Working intimately with antique artifacts of the past centuries as well as contemporary artists has contributed greatly to his understanding of artists' working processes and materials.
 
Patrick has continued to paint and attends drawing sessions weekly, where he works from a live model.  He has shown at Mason Fine Art (formerly Mason Murer) and Addington Gallery in Chicago, Illinois for the last twenty years.  Patrick has had paintings accepted into several national shows recently, including Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition of 2017 and OPA’s National Exhibition in 2015.



Recent Awards

2022

  • Best in Show, Annual Member's Exhibition. Quinlan Arts Center, Gainesville, Georgia. 
  • 2nd Place, Plein Air Event, Blue Ridge Mountain Art Center, Blue Ridge Georgia.
  • Best in Show, Being Human Exhibition, Atlanta Artist's Center, Atlanta, Georgia.
 
2021
  • Best Portrait or Figure, NOAPS (National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society) Best Of America, Dana Gallery, Missoula, Montana, September 2021.
  • 1st Place, NOAPS Plein Air event, Principle Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina, May 2021.
 
Recent Acceptance into National and Regional Exhibitions

2022
  • NOAPS, Best of America, Wilcox Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming.
  • OPA (Oil Painters of America) Eastern Regional Exhibition, Ross Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana.
2023
  • OPA (Oil Painters of America) 32nd Annual National Exhibition, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC

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SHERRIE McGRAW
Fine Artist


Sherrie McGraw has been at the forefront of the American Art scene for over thirty years. As a young woman in Oklahoma City in 1978, she was urged by her teachers Richard and Edith Goetz to move to New York to study at the famed Art Students League where they had studied within the lineage of Robert Brackman and George Bridgeman. In her initial years at the League she studied primarily with legendary artist, David Leffel, but also learned anatomy through Robert Beverly Hale and Jon Zahourek at the New York Academy.After just a few years in New York, she was already proceeding to make her own way as an exceptional artist and began exhibiting and winning awards in shows at the Salmagundi Club, the National Arts Club, the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, the Pastel Society, the Hudson Valley Art Association, and more. By the time she was thirty, she was teaching classes at the Art Students League, having been asked to take over those of Thomas Fogarty and Gustav Rehberger, as well as conduct her own. 

Currently, McGraw teaches workshops throughout the country. She gives lectures and demonstrations for art institutions such as the Portrait Society of America, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Brigham Young University, the Art Students League of New York, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, and the Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia. Her work has been shown in major institutions including the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Gilcrease Museum, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the Tucson Museum, as well as numerous prestigious collections, such as that of Senator John Warner, the Mellon family, the Forbes family, John Geraghty, Forest Fenn, Howard Terpning, John Mellencamp, George Carlson, Scott Christensen, and musicians Ida Kavafian, Steve Tenenbom, and Peter Wiley. She was the Vice-President of American Women Artists.McGraw is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Language of Drawing, which has been drawing worldwide attention and can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art bookstore in New York City. She edited and wrote a foreword to The Drawings of Nicolai Fechin by Russia’s famed author Galina Tuluzakova, and worked on an initial edit of Tuluzakova’s new book on Fechin’s paintings, coming out later this year. Her work will be included in a book on drawing by Juliette Aristides, also to be published this year. She is presently writing a book on painting. 

The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, celebrated its 81st spring commencement in May 2010. Sherrie McGraw was selected to receive an Honorary Doctorate degree and presented a brief speech along with a slide show of her work at the event.

Sherrie McGraw self portrait
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LEONARD MIZEREK
Fine Artist


LEONARD MIZEREK Fellow, ASMA, nurtured his artistic love of nature while growing up and painting in the Brandywine Valley and countryside of nearby Pennsylvania. His early influence was with the Pennsylvania Impressionists and Brandywine School.

He participated in several invitational Plein Air events including Mystic, Cape Ann, Annapolis, and 13 years in Easton MD, where this year he won 3 top awards juried by CEO of the Metropolitan Museum. He was featured painting live on TV France3 during a major antique boat festival.

His painting was recently purchased by the Minnesota Art Museum. In 2006, 2011 and 2016 he was awarded Artist in Residence at the Museum Yvonne Jean-Haffen in Dinan, France and three of his paintings were made part of the museum collection. He was one of 15 artists selected to paint at the Forbes Colorado Ranch and exhibited at the Forbes Museum in New York and made part of the permanent collection. He exhibited with 23 nationally recognized marine artists at, the Newport Art Museum, Maine Maritime Museum and Connecticut River Museum. He was featured on the cover of American Artist Magazine. He was featured in recent issues this year of magazines: American Art Collector Magazine June, American Art Review February, Sea History March, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and Fine Art Today.

Known for his colorful, luminous seascapes and expressive brushwork, Leonard paints on site deriving inspiration from the many nearby coastal locations as well as harbors throughout the world. A central theme throughout Leonard’s work is his use of light. In Mizerek’s words, “ Light alters the color of all objects and touches those nearby. It sets a mood and evokes emotion, which I strive to portray in my work. I often explore various methods to interpret the way I view nature. I prefer marine subjects because I enjoy the way water reflects the floating objects, as well as the sky and time of day. It mirrors shapes and intensifies light. I paint outdoors to capture the light first hand and bring out all its color and luminosity.

Leonard was awarded the Salzman Award for Excellence in Painting in the 112th Annual Exhibiting Artist Members’ Exhibition of the National Arts Club in New York City. He received the Iron Man Award from the American Society of Marine Artists for distinguished achievement and a Merit Award at the Coos Art Museum in the state of Washington.

Past exhibitions have included: Over 30 Featured Artist and One Man Shows. The American Society of Marine Artists Exhibitions at the Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Chase Riverfront Arts Center, Wilmington, DE, the Delaware Art Museum, The Frye Museum of Art, Seattle, WA, The Mariner’s Museum, Norfolk, VA, The Cummer Museum, Jacksonville, FL, San Diego Maritime Museum, The Mystic Seaport Museum. He has exhibited in the Annual Mystic International and Modern Marine Masters Exhibitions since 1988 and two exhibitions at the National Academy of Design in New York. He graduated with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and studied at The New York Art Students League with Max Ginsburg and Nelson Shanks and at the National Academy of Design with Raymond Kinstler. Leonard is an Officer and one of 27 Fellows of the American Society of Marine Artists and one of 70 elected members of the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists. He is a member of the New England Plein Air Painters, Signature Artist Member of the New England Watercolor Society, and the International Society of Marine Painters.

Leonard was selected for Painting Ships, Shores, & the Sea, a book showcasing America’s top marine artists by North Light Books. He was chosen as a finalist in The Artist Magazine’s Competition. He was included in several magazine articles in Maine Boats & Harbors, Sea History, Marine Art Quarterly, American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Review, Soundings, and Watercolor Magazine. Len is also featured in the book, Splash 3, as well as Gallery of Marine Art, Rockport Publishers & Bound for Blue Water by Greenwich Workshop Press and Best of Worldwide Landscape.



Exhibitions

  • Oil Painters of America, 32nd Annual National Exhibition, Reinert Fine Art |Charleston, SC | 2023
  • Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional Exhibition, Reinert Fine Art |Charleston, SC | 2020
  • Nat’l Maritime Historical Society, D.C. Invitational | 2018, 19, 20
  • Cape Ann Plein Air Juried Event | Mass 2020
  • Solo Show – JM Stringer Gallery Vero Beach, Fl | 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020
  • Guild of Boston Artists Annual Members Exhibit | 04 thru 20
  • Plein Air Easton Juried, Easton, MD | July 09 thru 2019
  • Mystic International, Mystic, CT | 1988 thru 2019
  • Modern Marine Masters Exhibition, Mystic, CT | ’95 thru 2019
  • Solo Show – Shaw Gallery, Naples, FL | 04, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
  • National Arts Club Exhibiting Artists Annual | 2009 thru 2020
  • Guild of Boston Artists Two Man Show | April 2018
  • ASMA 18th Nat’l Exhibition to 4 museums | 2019-2021
  • ASMA 17th Nat’l Exhibition to 5 museums | 2016-2018
  • ASMA 2016 Exhibition Minnesota Marine Art Museum
  • OPA Eastern Regional | 2013, 2018 Salon Show
  • ASMA Invitational 2018 Principle Gallery, Charleston
  • Solo Show – JM Stringer Gallery, Bernardsville, NJ | 2011, 12, 13, 14, 15
  • Artist in Residence, Musee-Yvonne-Jean Haffen, France | 06, 11, 16
  • Marine Paintings Exhibition, Newman Gallery, Pa | 05, 06, 07, 09, 10
  • National Academy of Design Annual Exhibition | 92/94
  • France TV 3- Live painting performance | July 09
  • National Arts Club, 2000Roundtable Exhibition | April 09 thru 2015
  • Wet Paint 2000-2019, Mystic Seaport Gallery, Mystic, Ct
  • American Impressionist Society Annual 2013, Charleston, SC
  • Solo Show – Admiralty Gallery, Vero Beach, FL | 1999-2011
  • Two Artist Show, JM Stringer Gallery, NJ | 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
  • New York Yacht Club Exhibition, Newport, RI | 2009, 10, 11, 12
  • ASMA 16th Nat’l Exhibition Online
  • ASMA 15th National Exhibition to 8 Museums | 2011-2013
  • ASMA- 30th Anniv. Exhibition- traveling to 5 museums | 2008-09
  • ASMA- Regional Exhibition-traveling to 3 museums | May 08
  • Krasl Museum Great Lakes Exhibition, MI, | June 07
  • ISMP Ventura County Maritime Museum, CA | Feb 06
  • ASMA Cold Spring Harbor Museum, NY | April 06
  • Coos Bay Museum of Fine Art | July 04, 06, 07
  • ASMA 12th Nat’l Exhibition, Cape Museum of Fine Arts, MA
  • ASMA 12th National, Delaware Art Museum
  • ASMA 13th Natl. Exhibition, Vero Beach Museum of Art, | 04
  • ASMA Exhibition, Cape Museum of Fine Arts | 04
  • The Everlasting Sea: Marine Artist Past & Present- 23 artists Invitational, Newport Museum of Art, RI,
  • Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, ME
  • CT River Museum, Essex, CT | 2003-04
  • One Man Show- Premier Etage Gallery, Newport, RI
  • ASMA 11th Nat’l. Exhibition
  • ASMA 10th Nat’l. Exhibition, Mystic Seaport Museum, Ct | 92
  • Forbes Museum Invitational, New York City
  • ASMA Frye Museum, Seattle, WA- Cummer Museum, FL | 97
  • ASMA – San Diego Maritime Museum, San Diego, CA | 95
  • Int’l Society of Marine Painters Annual | 1991-2008


Education
  • Art Student’s League, New York, NY
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA /BFA
  • National Academy of Design, New York, NY


Membership
  • The National Arts Club – Exhibiting Artist Member
  • The Guild of Boston Artists, Elected Artist Member
  • American Society of Marine Artists, Fellow, Board Member
  • American Impressionist Society
  • Oil Painters of America Associate
  • International Society of Marine Painters, Artist Member
  • New England Watercolor Society, Signature Artist Member
  • NorthEast Watercolor Society, Signature Artist Member


Private Collections

  • Bell Helicopter
  • Griswold
  • Encore Bank
  • American Yacht Club
  • Tauck Tours
  • Lexmark Int’l
  • Deloitte Touche
  • Forge Oak Farms, KY
  • Vanderbilt Home Furnishings
  • Berwind
  • Fedex
  • National Maritime Historical Society
  • Barclay Intercontinental Penthouse, NYC


Museum Collections
  • Forbes Museum, NY, NY
  • Museum Yvonne – Jean Haffen, Dinan, France
  • Minnesota Marine Art Museum


Awards
  • Oil Painters of America – Virtual International Wet Paint Competition, Plein Air Division – Second Place Award 2020
  • National Arts Club – Award for Excellence in Painting 2011
  • National Arts Club Online Show – People’s Choice Award 2009
  • Plein Air Easton Quick Draw – 2nd Place 09, Honorable 2015
  • Paint Annapolis – Hon. Mention Dueling Brushes 2009
  • ASMA Ironman Award 2008
  • Coos Bay Museum – Merit Award 06
  • Sea Heritage Marine Art Exhibition, New York/ First Place
  • Artitudes International Competition / Certificate of Excellence Delaware
  • Art Center Scholarship Award, Wilmington, DE
  • Artist Invitational, Forbes Ranch, CO
  • Artist’s Magazine 95, 97, 2000, 02 Competition Finalist
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Graduate Art Award
  • Northeast Watercolor Society / Napa Honor Award


Publications
  • Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine – 1/07, 10/07, 5/08, 6/13, 7/16, 1/18
  • Marine Art Quarterly – 01, 05, 08, 09, 10
  • American Art Collector – 1/09, 2/11, 12/14, 1/15, 1/15, 2/15, 7/15, 10/16, 6/17, 7/17, 6/20
  • Bound for Blue Water, Greenwich Workshop Press
  • A Gallery of Marine Art, Rockport Publishers
  • Painting Ships, Shores, and the Sea, Northlight Books
  • American Art Review 2/20, Sea History Spring 2018, 2019, 2020

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George Netherton
GEORGE NETHERTON
Fine Artist

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
Fine Artist


Jacki Newell has been painting since her teen years in Omaha, Nebraska after taking weekly art lessons from a neighbor. The lessons were a good foundation and she has continued her education through reading art books, and magazines, and online forums. Throughout the years while raising three children, Jacki painted every chance she could get, with hopes she could do it professionally someday. That time has come. She now enjoys painting everyday in her studio at the White Whale Studios in Greenville, SC. 

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

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

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KATHIE ODOM
Oil Painter


After graduating from The University of Tennessee in Art Education and Fine Arts, Kathie received early recognition for pastel works. But it was 2009 when she found a home in painting oils en plein air.
 
I call myself a “Nostalgic Impressionist” as a way of identifying the subjects and style of painting that interest me most. No matter which part of America I paint, I am really passionate about plein air and allow myself to get lost in the wonderful process of it all!
 
Kathie resides with her husband and maintains a studio in the mountains of East Tennessee. She travels extensively exhibiting in fine art shows throughout the nation, teaching workshops and participating in plein air events. Kathie’s original works have sold internationally and she is quite proud of her gallery representation.

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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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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 Artist



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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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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JAMES SWANSON
Fine Artist


Signature Member American Impressionists Society
Signature Member Oil Painters of America
Signature Member National Oil & Acrylic Society
Member Portrait Society of America
Member Society of Animal Artists

I'm originally from Beloit, Wisconsin and went to college to be a Forest Ranger, but I soon discovered that my real talent was painting trees rather than identifying them. That realization prompted me to transfer to The Columbus College of Art and Design, where I found my passion for illustration.

After college, I worked as an Art Director for an advertising agency before transitioning to the illustration world, where I created and illustrated posters, ads, book and magazine covers for major brands like Budweiser, ESPN, US Tennis Open, McDonald's, Kraft, and Soap Box Derby, among others.

I've since shifted my focus to fine art and have been fortunate enough to be represented by a few galleries around the United States. I'm proud to be a Signature Artist member of The National Oil & Acrylic Society, The American Impressionists Society, and The Oil Painters of America, having had my paintings repeatedly accepted into their highly competitive National Juried exhibitions. I'm also now a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists.

I've won numerous painting awards, including the Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship Award and the Most Original Award of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America's 2023 National Exhibit.

In 2022, I was awarded the Artist in Residence of Mackinac Island Historical State Park, where I spent two weeks creating 13 pieces of art and immersing myself in the island's rich culture and history.

Southwest Art Magazine featured me as one to collect in their October/November 2021 issue.

I'm also a sought-after painting instructor, having taught over 150 online classes and videos in the past three years. I'm known for my good sense of humor and positive teaching style, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge and passion for art with aspiring artists.

He is also a Rembrandt Oil Paint Ambassador.



Exhibitions

  • 2023 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition - Reinert Fine Art Charleston, SC
  • Awarded The Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship Award & The Most Original Award of Excellence
  • "A Brighter Day" oil painting won an Honorable Mention in the Water Category in Pleinair magazines Art Competition
  • "These Boots" oil painting was an Finalist Award Winner in the January 2023 Bold Brush Painting competition
  • 2022 Awarded 3rd place in MVIS National impressionists show at the Cathy Kline Gallery, Kansas City, MO
  • 2022 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, America’s Best Small works show National Exhibition at The Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL
  • 2022 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, America’s Best National Exhibition at Wilcox Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY
  • 2022 American Impressionists Society, National Exhibition at Mary Williams’s Fine Art Gallery, Boulder, CO
  • 2022 American Impressionists Society, Small Works National Exhibition at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Taos, NM
  • 2021 Oil Painters of America National Salon Exhibition at Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA
  • 2021 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition at California Center for the Arts Museum Escondido CA
  • 2021 Yosemite Renaissance 36 at the Yosemite Museum Gallery in Yosemite, CA
  • 2021 American Impressionists Society, Small Works National Exhibition at Reinert Gallery Charleston, SC
  • 2021 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, America’s Best Small Works National Exhibition at Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC
  • 2020 The 75th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition at the Swope Art Museum in Terra Haute, IN
  • 2020 Water Show at the McCord Gallery in Palos IL
  • 2020 Mackinac Island Art Exhibition at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum in Mackinac Island MI
  • 2020 Oil Painters of America, National Salon Show held online
  • 2020 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, America’s Best Small Works National Exhibition at the McBride Gallery in Annapolis MD
  • 2020 Yosemite Renaissance 35 at the Yosemite Museum Gallery in Yosemite, CA
  • 2019 American Impressionists Society, Small Works National Exhibition at the Crooked Tree Art Gallery in Petoskey, Michigan
  • 2019 Arkansas Territory Bicentennial Art Exhibition
  • 2019 The Emerald Isle Show at the McCord Gallery Palos IL - Won Best of Show
  • 2019 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, America’s Best Small Works National Exhibition at the RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX
  • 2019 The 74th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition at the Swope Art Museum in Terra Haute, IN
  • 2019 Virtuosos of the Oil Painters of America at the Cutter & Cutter Fine Art in St. Augustine, FL
  • 2019 Yosemite Renaissance 34 at the Yosemite Museum Gallery in Yosemite, CA
  • 2018 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition at the McBride Gallery in Annapolis MD
  • 2018 Mackinac Island Art Exhibition at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum in Mackinac Island MI
  • 2018 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, America’s Best National Exhibition at the Richland Art Gallery in Nashville TN
  • 2019 American Impressionists Society, National Exhibition at the Peninsula School of Art - Guenzel Gallery in Fish Creek, WI
  • 2018 The 73rd Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition at the Swope Art Museum Terra Haute, IN
  • 2018 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition at the Steamboat Springs Art Museum in Steamboat Springs, CO.

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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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ANN WATCHER
Fine Artist


“Joy is everything”

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 exploring soft light at day’s end to the geometry of a marina!

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 (OPA) Ann is ecstatic that “Looking Glass” was accepted into OPA’s 2022 National Juried Exhibition held at the Steamboat Springs Museum in Colorado, and “Shimmering Boats” has been accepted into OPA’S 2023 National Juried Exhibition at Reinert Fine Art in Charleston, SC.

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 Associate member of Oil Painters of America and Signature status with the American Impressionist Society.

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


EDUCATION

  • University of South Carolina, Columbia SC, BFA Painting


JURIED EXHIBITIONS:
  • Sept 14 - Oct 13, 2023 Oil Painters of America 2023 Eastern Regional Exhibition, Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL, "Sunlight and Love Songs"
  • Sept 21, 2023 - January 21, 2024 California Art Club "A Feast for the Eyes", California Art Club Gallery at the Old Mill, San Marino, CA, "Serenade"


JURIED EXHIBITIONS AND HONORS
  • Mar 21- Jun 19, 2023 "Spring "Awakening" California Art Club Virtual Gallery, "Champagne Lunch"
  • Mar 31 - Apr 30, 2023, 32nd Annual Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC "Shimmering Boats"
  • 2023 Juror, American Impressionist Society
  • 3rd Annual American Impressionist Society All Member Online Exhibition, "Shimmering Boats"
  • September 15- Oct 22, 2022, 23rd Annual American Impressionist Society National Exhibition, Mary Williams Fine Art, Boulder, CO, "Champagne Lunch"
  • June 3 - Aug 27, 2022 Oil Painters of America 31st Annual National Exhibition, Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO, "Looking Glass"
  • NOAPS Best of America Small Works National Exhibition, Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL, "Guitar Groove"
  • 2nd Annual American Impressionist Society 2021 All Member Online Exhibition, "Charleston Picnic"
  • Sep 17-Oct 22, 2021 ViewPoint 53 Exhibition, Art Design Consultants, 2124 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH, "The Girl Across the Way"
  • June 10 - Aug 7, 2021 Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 541 Green St NE, Gainesville, GA, "Fiesta Morocco"
  • Summer 2021, Oil Painters of America Online Showcase, Honorable Mention, "An Elegant Affair"
  • Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2021 AIS Impressions: Small Works Showcase, Reinert Fine Art, 181 King Street, Charleston, SC, "Heartstrings"
  • Nov - Dec 2020, Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibit, Reinert Art Gallery, Charleston, SC, "The Orange Towel"
  • Aug - Oct 2020, Virtual Salon Show, Oil Painters of America, OPA website
  • Sept 2020, American Impressionist Society 2020 Online Exhibition, "An Elegant Affair"
  • Oct - Nov 2020, American Impressionist Society 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition, Illume Gallery of Fine Art, St. George, UT, "Morning Star"
  • May 2020, "Making Their Mark," American Women Artists, Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA, "An Elegant Affair"
  • May 2019, "Looking West: An Exhibition Highlighting Works by American Women Artists," Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO "Before the Party"
  • Sept 2018, American Impressionist Society 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Peninsula School of Art - Guenzel Gallery, Fish Creek, WI, "Seattle Market Love and Happiness"
  • Sept 2018, "Viewpoint 50" Cincinnati Art Club, Best in Show, "A Hat From Santa Fe", Greenwich House Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, "A Hat from Santa Fe"
  • Jan 2018, "Perspectives of the American Experience" American Women Artists Exhibition, Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY, "Sun-Infused Grace"
  • Sept 2017, American Impressionist Society 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Montgomery-Lee Fine Art, Park City, Utah. "Before the Party"
  • April 2017, "Women Painters of the American South," Art in Embassies Exhibition, United States Embassy, Manama
  • March 2017, Bold Brush Painting Competition, Finalist, "Before the Party" Judge: Kathleen Dunphy
  • Sept 2016, American Women Artists National Juried Exhibition, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT, "Silence Falling Across the Marsh"
  • Sept 2016, American Impressionist Society 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA, "A Hat from Santa Fe"
  • April 2016, Back to the Garden, a national juried show, Ciel Gallery, Honorable Mention, Charlotte, NC, "California Dahlias"
  • Aug 2015, Arts in Embassies Exhibit - Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain
  • May 2015, Art League of Hilton Head 2015 Biennial, Winner, Best of Show, Hilton Head, SC, "Channeling Edith Wharton"
  • April 2015, American Women Artists Spring Online Exhibition
  • May 2014, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society International On-Line Exhibition
  • April 2014, Providence Art Club Nationwide All Media Juried Exhibition, Providence, RI, Bradford F. Swan Award for Oil Work
  • July 2013, Salon Show, Elder Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  • May 2013, Carolina's Got Art!, Elder Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  • Nov 2012, American Women Artists' National Juried Show, K. Newby Gallery, Tubac, AZ


SELECT EXHIBITIONS
  • Oct 2019, "A Celebration of American Women Artists," Providence Gallery, Charlotte, NC


COMMISSIONS
  • June 2013, Duke University Medical Pavilion, Raleigh, NC


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • American Impressionist Society, Signature Member
  • Oil Painters of America, Associate Member
  • California Art Club, Out of State member

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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 holds signature membership in the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. She is also a member of the California Art Club and the Women Artists of the West. 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


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
  • 2022 Venessa in Plein Air, Award of Merit, Best Portriat/Figurative, Women Artists of the West 52nd National Exhibition, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • 2022 Once upon a Time in Egypt, Award of Excellence, NOAPS Best of America, Wilcox Gallery, Jackson, WY
  • 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

  • 2023 American Impressionist Society 5th Annual Impressions Small Works Showcase, the District Gallery, Knoxville, TN
  • 2023 California Art Club 112nd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA
  • 2022 Women Artists of the West 52nd National Exhibition, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD
  • 2022 NOAPS Best of America, Wilcox Gallery, Jackson, WY
  • 2022 MORE THAN: EXPANDING IDENTITIES OF ARTISTS FROM THE AMERICAN WEST, Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona
  • 2022 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • 2022 California Art Club 111th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA
  • 2021 American Impressionist Society 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition, Gallery 1516, Omaha, Nebraska
  • 2021 Oil Painters of America 30th National Juried Exhibition, California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum, Escondido, CA
  • 2021 American Impressionist Society 5th Annual Impressions Small Works Showcase, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina
  • 2021 Women Artists of the West 51st National Exhibition 2021, The Museum of Western Art, Kerrville, Texas
  • 2020 Allied Artists of America 107th Annual Exhibition
  • 2020 American Impressionist Society 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition, Illume Gallery, St. George, Utah
  • 2020 Oil Painters of America 2020 Salon Show
  • 2020 National Association of Women Artists, Small Works and Beyond
  • 2020 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
  • 2020 California Art Club 109th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, Orange, California
  • 2020 American Impressionist Society 4th Annual Impressions Small Works Showcase, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
  • 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

Ni Zhu self portrait