Art has been a big part of Anna's life even in my childhood years. She remembers drawing portraits of her friends at school and often spending her after school time doing something creative. Art galleries always fascinated Anna and being able to study art at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris France has provided her with an opportunity to explore countless traditional and contemporary masterpieces.
Anna's favorite genre for many years has been still life, which included whimsical interiors filled with traditional furniture, lace, teddybears and floral and fruit arrangements - as seen in her Delafield Calendar Co calendars.
Anna's paintings have been featured in various magazines and on a variety of licensed products such as calendars, fabrics, wallpaper borders and greeting cards, puzzles etc.
Along with her husband Alex, who is also an artist, they share a studio and run the Krajewski Gallery featuring both their works.
Cathy Horvath-Buchanan is a Canadian artist living in the charming town of Port Stanley, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Erie, along with her husband Shawn & dog Patches.
The art she creates is the product of her years at art school, practical experimentation and quiet observation. Over time her art has evolved to become a unique amalgamation of colorful folk art as seen through the lens of a graphic, realistic style. Having started with landscape painting, she has been expanding her subject matter to encompass art themes suitable for licensing.
Cathy is always amazed how putting color to canvas can absorb and convey a lifetime spent looking. To her, a beautifully rendered colorful image is a joy to create and even more joyful to share. She takes great pride in creating artworks filled with bright happy colors to cheer your heart and home.
D. Masters Kriebel (“Donna”) grew up in the western suburbs of Philadelphia where she first studied in the medium of watercolors. Her father’s interests in antiques, and her mother’s talent for restoring decorative antique furnishings were most influential in drawing Donna’s attention toward Early American folk art. By 1980, folk art had replaced watercolor as the primary focus of Donna’s paintings.
Using an acrylic medium, Donna’s folk art paintings are original compositions done on gessoed masonite. Her works are consistent with American folk art paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries. Subjects include farms, country homes, animals pastoral scenes and still lifes of fruits, flowers and vegetables.
Donna’s artwork has been exhibited at many art festivals and traditional artisans’ shows on the East Coast and Midwest, and her distinctive style has been frequently photographed and used to promote these events. Her work has also been displayed in art galleries, folk art shows and designer showcases and can be found in private collections and national magazines.
In 2001, First Lady Laura Bush chose Donna’s work for the 2001 Easter festivities at the White House, and one of her originals resides in the Library of Congress. She was also selected by Early American Life magazine for its Directory of Fine Craftsmen.
Fiona Stokes Gilbert is an illustrator/designer working in the greater Los Angeles area. With a fondness for pattern, she integrates it frequently into her work. Having earned her BFA at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, she has continued to study and explore her art. Fiona states “While I enjoy the possibilities that open up when working digitally, I never stray too far from my first love, drawing and painting. Every piece I do, even if it is completed as a digital file, starts as an original painting.”
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Artist Guido Borelli da Caluso was born in 1952, in Caluso, Italy at the foothills of the Italian Alps. Born into an artistic family, (his grandfather was a woodcarver and furniture maker, and his paternal uncle and aunt paint) young Guido first discovered painting somewhere between the ages of 4 to 6 years old. With the encouragement of his family, Guido’s first art challenge came at age 13 in the form of a public award. Although he did not win this art award, he continued to make artistic strides, and had his first personal art exhibit at the young age of 17. He received his art training at Accademia Albertina, in Turin, which was founded in 1672, at the special request of the King. Beginning with Guido’s first exhibition at the Ars Plauda Gallery in Turin, Italy in 1969, he has continued to have exhibitions around the world in Catania, Uruguay, Holland, Egypt, United Kingdom, Malta, Norway, Germany, United States, Spain, USSR, Bulgaria, France, Poland, Costa Rica, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Japan. In addition to these rotating exhibitions, he has permanent exhibitions at Robert Paul Gallery Gallery in Stowe, Vermont Galleria Bella in New Orleans, LA, Galerie Art Passion in St. Paul de Vence, France and at the Galleria d’arte Portofino in Portofino, Italy.
I am for the most part a self taught painter, photographer and graphic artist. I have studied painting at the UWO in Oshkosh, WI, and have taken various art classes through the years. I painted for a home décor designer for 16 years, but am now on my own for the last 5 years.
Some of my work includes wall art, hand painted furniture, dinnerware, silverware, painted glassware, clothing, jewelry, shoes, purses, candles, frames, boxes, paper products, calendars, fabric, rugs, bedding, pillows and lighting.
I paint with oils, acrylic and watercolors. I love anything to do with nature but also enjoy a little fantasy here and there. Lots of layers of flowers, butterflies and patterns. Butterflies, wildlife and landscape are all inspiring for me. I also like to mix it up with different textures and inspiring typography. If my work says anything I would hope it speaks “it’s great to be alive and have a great day!”
JuLee is based in Denver, CO, and has been painting most days since she was ten. She studied at the University of Denver and completed her formal training at the San Francisco Art Institute. She began her career painting portraits and golf art for the Senior PGA tour. She tried to create scenes that are timeless. When the viewer has no historical reference, it is easier to focus on the emotional content of the piece. She loves the Impressionists and romantic perspective of Nineteenth Century artists such as John Singer Sargeant, JW Waterhouse and NC Wyeth. Today’s artists stand on the shoulders of the great artist who came before us.
Most days, one would find Marion putting on her favorite music or playing an old video before settling in to paint for the day in her spacious studio, especially once the winter chill set in. Her work is influenced by past masters such as Joaquin Sorolla, Tom Thomson, Carl Rungius, Bob Kuhn and many others that work today in a variety of subject and media. Her subjects come from her life of traveling enthusiastically as often as she could, both close to home or across the ocean. Sketching and studying animals were a favorite pastime. Texture and richly colored paint applied generously by knife or brush strokes capture the essence of a subject's spirit and demeanor.
My story has always included art. From the glorious 64 count box of crayons in childhood, to drawing and sketching during class. I always knew art would be a part of my life, as I got to explore all of the mediins in both middle and high school. I attended a fashion merchandising and design in college, so my creative side has always been a part of my life.
This brings me to now, where I am creating art in my studio and living my dream everyday. I am a Contemporary Artist with an emphasis on florals and abstracts. I love using vibrant color combinations and painting artwork that brings joy to someone’s home or office. My studio is located in The Foundry Artist Studios in Carlsbad Village. In my studio, I carry my entire greeting card collection and often have several pieces of original artwork available for purchase too.
Ned Young's art is filled with straight forward, truthful images, that are a blend of both memory and a roaming childlike imagination. He has the unique ability to make the viewers of his work feel as though they have actually visited, or participated in the places and emotions he shares. "Magical - how else to describe the ability to convey visually that which is invisible? The feeling of Halloween, the sense of October mornings on a farm, the exhaustion of a farm vehicle that's dutifully performed years of service - these invisible qualities are examples of what Ned Young is able to convey clearly through composition, color, style and technique. When an artist is able to do that - through his handling of the visible, convey the invisible - then he has attained that thing which all great artists have: vision." ART TALK MAGAZINE Ned's paintings hang in private collections throughout the world. Ned and his wife Melanie have three children and live in the small town where they both grew up.
Robert Lang is the Founder of LANG Calendar Company. In 1988 through 2005, Bob literally rebuilt downtown Delafield, WI, constructing nineteen traditional commercial buildings. A novelist, Bob wrote a fictional story about a Journey to Justice…The Tarnished Collar. Today, Bob is on a new Journey. He is pursuing a permanent home for the largest collection of Abraham Lincoln period paintings in the US. His vision also includes launching two new companies; Delafield Calendar & Box Co and Lang & Wise Furniture and Décor. As anyone who knows Bob understands, that regardless of the project, Bob is a passionate and intuitive artist.
My name is Sherry and I am a mixed media artist living and creating in a small town in Pennsylvania. I've lived my whole life in Pennsylvania, and I spend my days caring for my family and my nights creating in my home studio. My creative journey began in 2009 when I discovered my first online mixed media class. I took the class and I was hooked. Who am I...I am a believer in the power of positive thinking and I want to spread that belief to everyone, everywhere (the world could always use more). One way I've found to share my belief is through my art. I do this by including a positive message on most of my art pieces or I choose images that reflect hope, love, and positivity. I envision my art hanging in your home in a place where you can see it every day. I want you to feel connected to the visual image of my art and to retain the message daily as you go about your life. I want it to inspire you and make you smile. I want it to remind you that life is hard but we come back so much stronger, and to choose happiness over sadness every-single-day.
Watercolorist Shelly Reeves Smith captures the joy of simple living in her graceful illustrations of home and garden. Shelly often includes an inspirational quote, a beloved passage from scripture, or a verse written by her friend and writer, Kerry Boone.
Growing up in Missouri, Shelly discovered a passion for nature and for painting in her early teens. Upon graduating from Drury University with a degree in art, she co-founded a greeting card company called Among Friends. Over the next decade, the business expanded to include stationery, gifts, calendars, and award-winning cookbooks.
Since the sale of Among Friends, Shelly has licensed her art to a number of companies. She has sold over 800,000 calendars and more than one million books. Goodness Gracious, her cookbook with author Roxie Kelley, received the Gourmand Cookbook Award for Best Designed Illustrated Cookbook in 2003.
After taking a few years to take care of her new baby and focus on her family, Shelly is licensing her work again. In addition to her calendars, her framed prints and original paintings are available at Lake Fine Art Academy and Galleria in Osage Beach, MO. Life’s Little Care Package, a line of specialized greeting cards she and Kerry helped to create, are available at Eastonpublishing.com.
Kerry Boone, raised in scenic Madison County, Arkansas where she was inspired by the beauty of God’s creation, has been writing prose and poetry from youth. For the last 10 years, her graceful and poignant verse has been published on calendars and greeting cards sold worldwide.
Shelly, husband Don and son Ison, live in and love their farmhouse, in the beautiful Ozark hills near Branson, Missouri.
Kerry, husband Robby and family, reside in Springdale, Arkansas near the Boston Mountains, the War Eagle and White Rivers. They still inspire.
Wayne was born in Toronto and is a self-taught artist who began drawing at an early age. In 1983, he attended Humber College Graphic Design Program. After graduating in 1985, Wayne worked as a graphic artist for a few years. In 1988, he began painting full time, and has done various commercial work, including novel covers, book illustrations and other advertisements.
Wayne published his first limited edition reproduction in 1988, entitled "Reflections of the Past". This painting portrays the historic steamship "R.M.S. Segwun". Reflected in the water of the painting, is an older image from the ship's past.
Most of Wayne's paintings are done with acrylics, although he sometimes uses oils, watercolours or gouache. Wayne paints various sized works mostly on canvas, masonite or illustration board.
His subject matter covers a wide variety of areas, as seen in his painting "Toronto St." This collage was done in acrylics on canvas and was published as a poster. It shows many different Toronto area scenes, including landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife, and various transportation vehicles.
As Wayne comments; "That painting took quite a while to finish. There was a lot of lettering involved, as well as the placement and design of the images. It's basically a group of small, detailed paintings incorporated onto one large canvas."
Wayne works from his studio just outside Toronto, and is currently represented at the Westmount Gallery in Toronto and Koyman Galleries in Ottawa.
Zoe Anderson is the art director for ALI, and the artist behind the Art Licensing Studio brand. Originally studying drawing and painting in NYC, her interests expanded to graphic design and the use of the computer as another tool to create visual imagery. She is pleased to be amongst colleagues that encourage a variety of artistic style and inspire her to produce artwork relating to the latest trends in concept, color and form that involves unique products or requests from specific customers.
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Celebrate Life Gallery
After 30 years in the floral and plant nursery business, Debra and Dave Vanderlaan sold both businesses and turned their life-long photography hobby into full-time obsession. The Vanderlaans are both award-winning photographers, well known domestically and internationally alike. Many of Debra and Dave’s images showcase the tropical landscapes of South Florida, the mountain vistas of the Great Smoky Mountains region, and many other gorgeous locales around the world. Their motto is “Celebrate Life”, which seemed a natural name for their gallery. Their images have been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, Turchin Art Center in Boone NC, Palm Beach Photography Museum, and many other museums and galleries around the country. Some of Celebrate Life’s images are now in private collections in the USA, Canada, England, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Slovakia, and India.
Dale Gallon lives and works in Gettysburg, the site of the pivotal battle of the Civil War. A native of Southern California, Dale Gallon began his interest in art and military history at a young age.
He graduated from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles where he was given a scholarship from Hallmark Cards. While in California, he provided illustration for Boeing, Mattel, and taught art at the University of California Long Beach. His love of the Battle of Gettysburg drew him, his wife Anne, and their three sons to move to Gettysburg in 1984. It is said that great things can be accomplished if a person contains a passion for its cause. Dale has that passion and his artistic ability allows him to share it with others.
After moving to Gettysburg, Dale remarked, “I happen to live within a mile or two of where Gen. Robert E. Lee led the Army of Northern Virginia into the pivotal battle of the war. The battlefield is my office. I don’t need much more inspiration. I suspect people who collect my paintings feel that on the canvas.“
Each of Dale’s paintings is a history lesson on canvas. Today, his paintings are known for combining art and an accurate depiction of history.
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Fred Swan is completely self-taught as an artist. His meticulous attention to detail gives his paintings an immediately recognizable style. His paintings are filled with nostalgia and warmth. The extreme realism and beauty of his creations cause others to look to the future and remark, “Now that is the kind of peaceful setting I want when I retire.”
Fred’s paintings are found in many private and corporate collections including those of Johnson and Johnson and the estate of Malcolm Forbes. He has been a Yankee Magazine feature artist, is a past winner of The Saturday Evening Post Cover Contest, and has been featured in many national publications.
Due to the length of time necessary to complete a painting (500 hrs. on average) he is often unable to fulfill the demand for his original acrylics.
Each image is richly rural, a way of life experienced by few, but fondly remembered by many. These qualities have earned Swan a lofty reputation as one of our nation’s finest landscape artists.
Janelle is a self-taught artist from Alberta, Canada. Her inspiration comes from her travels to Europe, her children and music as well as artists such as Claude Monet, Thomas Kinkade, and her favorite, Pino Daeni.
She is always seeking new and unique techniques and is enjoys the endless possibilities with Mixed Media. Within the last few years she has moved into working with watercolors, and Fine Art paintings. A favorite series of collectors is her Inspirational Quotes collection which digitally combines her Mixed Media paintings and inspirational quotes.
Janelle’s always strives for positivity in her artwork and her goal is to inspire people, bring a smile to the viewer and affect them on an emotional level when they view her artwork.
Jeff has lectured on antique American flags for many years. He has curated museum exhibits and performed appraisals for both leading museums and insurance companies. In 2013 he appraised George Washington's headquarters flag for the Museum of the American Revolution, which absorbed most of the venerable collection of Valley Forge. In 2010 he appraised the only surviving flag thought to have possibly been made by Betsy Ross, for a temporary loan from the Detroit Institute of Arts to Winterthur Museum.
Jeff has helped to build many of the nation's best private collections of antique flags and actively curates some of the most significant among them. He serves on the board of directors of the Stars & Stripes Foundation, which manages the collection of author Kit Hinrichs and presents exhibits nationwide. Jeff has both lent and sold to museums, and for many years has been the go-to source for Polo Ralph Lauren stores, offices, private residences and special projects.
Jeff is a member of the three top professional organizations in America for the antiques trade, The Antiques & Arts Dealer's League of America, the American Antiques Dealers Association, and the Antiques Council, all of which accept members by invitation only. He has served on the boards and committees of two of these and is regularly asked to appraise quality and authenticity at vetted antique shows.
Julie Peterson Goonan is an Illustrator/Designer currently living in Pleasant Hill, California with her husband and two sons. Julie grew up in Palo Alto, Ca. She’s always enjoyed hiking and skiing in California as well as the beautiful beaches and wine country, all of which is within reach of her home. Currently using Adobe Illustrator as her main medium. She loves bright colors, patterns and nature. A graduate of the San Francisco Academy of Art University, she has taught at the Academy of Art, California College of the Arts and Sacramento State University.
I am a mostly self-taught artist, living in a small picturesque town in Connecticut. From fields of sunflowers, spring trees in bloom, snowy landscapes, and places I travel, I can find inspiration anywhere. With my children now grown, I have time to pursue my dream of being an artist. I paint primarily with oils and I am a lover of colors using a looser style. I hope that my artwork gives you as much pleasure as painting it gave me.
NBL Studio evolved from the creative talent of art director Alain Pelletier. Montreal-based Pelletier has been in the poster and licensing business for over 25 years. Pelletier started in the business as an owner of a stationery company with sales all over North America. Pelletier’s keen eye for art direction helped launch his licensing business, Pela Concept and, a few years later, a licensing collaboration with designers at Applejack Art Partners called New Box Licensing.
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New Regionalism Project
A new Regionalism in art has emerged. Born of the nature and wildlife art movements of the 80s and 90s – and deeply rooted in the Romantic tradition – this movement carries forward the essential values of an earlier, more enlightened age. In the 'Art Of Nature' you will see our land, and the inhabitants of our wild spaces, through the eyes of three generations of nature artists.
Far removed from our city centres and the hubbub of modern life, this other world is often far from mind. And thus, it is easy to forget that our wild spaces are essential for the well being of us all; however 'far removed' we may feel, our ancestors understood well, we are all connected in a 'web of life'.
The central values of the ‘Romantic’ movement of the Nineteenth Century – beauty, nature and truth – inform Regionalist painters of our day, as they did in days gone by. This latest incarnation of the perennial art movement – the world's oldest and most enduring – is deeply rooted in the Romantic tradition, and seeks to preserve the traditional knowledge of our fore-bearers.
Every few generations, regional art movements emerge in response to the time: Romanticism (England and the United States) was followed by American Regionalism in the 1920s and ‘30s; then, in Canada, London Regionalism, in the 1960s and ‘70s. Today, a couple of generations on, a new Regionalism has emerged.
In an increasingly urban, technology based society, the role of the nature artist has never been so important: fostering a concern for, and understanding of, the natural world – particularly among the younger generations, who will inherit this world. The cultural thread that Regionalist artists maintain connects us to our roots, and to the traditions that emerged from our relationship with the land. Through this art, a reverence for nature might be preserved.
Away from the glitter, glamour, and trends of the big city ‘art scene’, Regional artists have not been distracted. They have maintained their focus and still speak to issues of importance; for the society in which they work and the world in which we all live.
Independent artists today are the eyes of society; theirs is an art for the people.
'Art of Nature' 2020 Regional Art Calendar Artists
W. David Ward, Derek C. Wicks, Billy-Jack Milligan, Rhonda Franks, Anja Karisik, Chris Bacon, Gary Landon, Patricia Pepin, Amélie Bonin, Michael Dumas, Daniel St-Amant, Robert Bateman
'Home & Away' 2020 Regional Art Calendar Artists
John Shea, Ciba Karisik, John Ovcacik, April (Sgaana Jaad) White, Mark Fletcher, W. David Ward, Sophie Lavoie, Angela Lorenzen, John Stuart Pryce, Tim Hough, Andrew Cheddie Sookrah, Robert Bateman
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Home & Away
Roseanne Kaloustian is a compassionate artist whose works project a feeling of warmth and tranquility. To reward her talent, she received a full scholarship to the National Academy of Design where she earned the Suydam Gold Medal. After traveling throughout Europe on an independent studies program, she returned to the United States and began a professional career as a fine artist and illustrator.
With over 10 years experience in the photography industry, Tanya Hovey, owner and photographer at Little Angels Photography has definitely found her niche. Her passion for photography and love of children has enabled her to create beautiful images of motherhood, newborns, and children.
Her quaint home-based studio has allowed her clients to feel comfortable, soon becoming friends, not just customers. With a style all her own, Tanya's work is able to speak for itself, attracting clients not only from Utah, but also from as far as the mid-west. Tanya's support stems from a loving home her and her husband have created in Layton, Utah. Her three children are the joy and inspiration of her life and her business.
Tanya is a Certified Photographer. Like certification for other professionals, this means that her creative and artistic skills and technical knowledge are considered to be above industry standards. As a Certified photographer, Tanya also participates in continuing education programs. This means that she constantly learning new things and renewing her creativity, which directly benefits you because the constant exposure to new ideas is reflected in her work!
Tanya’s passion for photography and love of children has enabled her to create beautiful images.
Zhen-Huan Lu is an American artist of Chinese descent. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the Department of Stage Design, Shanghai Theatre Academy. He moved to New York in 1986 after his first solo exhibition. He has equal skill in watercolor, egg tempera and oil painting; three disparate and difficult media to master. Zhen-Huan Lu never paints people in his landscapes paintings, yet his keen interest remains in human life and emotions – the human spirit is always present. Zhen-Huan Lu’s paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and China.
International fine art photographer Assaf Frank, born in 1971, was brought up in a farming village near the beach in Israel. After a successful career in computers he began to combine his extensive technical skills with digital photography to produce high quality creative images.
Assaf shares his time between traveling to city and nature locations with being in his home based studio in Surrey, UK. Over time he has become well known for multiple color ways and a black and white range of images with a spot of color. His collection includes still life images, landscapes and cities such as London, Paris, New York, Rome, Venice and Amsterdam. His photographs are incredibly sought after by manufacturers, designers and publishers meaning his images can be seen on exclusive products around the world.
The combination of outstanding attention to detail combined with Assaf's love of the digital world and enjoyment of being behind the lens makes him an outstanding photographer.
Cole Borders, founder of Patent Prints, recreates the original patent drawings from a myriad of inventions. From household items and toys to machines and gadgets, these creations are technical yet refined and even playful.
Cole was first inspired by a patent drawing of a duck call—it was interesting and artful. Intrigued by schematics and blueprints, he loved the idea that most products start with a hand drawing. So he began producing patent art prints that make distinctive pieces with an educational flare.
Cole’s background in printing and passion for design are the perfect combination to bring these incredible drawings to life, images that add a bit of history and personalization to everyone who views them.
Ellen Stouffer has been creating art since graduating from college with a double major in Art Education and Fine Arts. Ellen taught art for 25 years and those experiences in the classroom were a wonderful lab in which to grow her ideas and gain inspiration for her art. Ellen's professional career began with Lang Graphics in 1984. Mr. Lang ask her to create a calendar with her very personal Sampler designs. Her art work is sometimes fun and whimsical, sometimes touching and heartfelt, sometimes historical and commemorative. Some of her art reflects her desire to express God’s words through her painted images. She is well known through-out the world for her Sampler paintings, her work being sold on every continent. Ellen lives with her husband Bill in an 1848 Gothic cottage called "Never Finished." They share their home with all kinds of assorted outdoor critters and their 3 household cats. Bill, who is also an artist, has planted hundreds of trees that form a backdrop for Ellen’s visual world and artistic stimulation.
George Kovach began his career in his hometown of Miami, Fla. Where he worked for an advertising agency. Though George enjoyed his work with the ad agency, he realized that his true love was fine art. However, it would be almost ten years before he took the plunge and became a full time artist.
George grew up admiring and studying the techniques of the Hudson River Artist. He studied and graduated from the Miami Art Institute. While there George began to express and develop his own natural talent in painting. Shortly afterward, George made Texas his adopted home, and after painting a thousand miles of country roads, windmills, oil derricks, oak trees, millions of blue bonnets and Indian Paint Brush, Kovach paintings now speak for themselves. George has always said that tenacity and determination are best friends to one's talent.
Though the well-known Texas Hill Country has long had a claim on George's pallet, he has also devoted time to depicting home, family and community. His patriotic paintings easily awaken a sense of pride in our freedom and democracy,
whether the scene is of a festive display of fireworks or of a family working or playing together.
Kovach paintings and limited edition prints are collected worldwide. Numerous foundations and vendors have licensed his work for collector plates, calendars, note cards, Christmas cards, puzzles and steins.
George has enjoyed many awards and honors. From top selling prints and recognition as one of America's artist to "watch" in U.S. Art Magazine, to the most recent "National Guest Artist" for Milwaukee public television.
Janet Pidoux lives in England in the picturesque Cotswolds. She has been painting for over thirty years and her favorite subject is feline art, which often features her own cats. Using pastels, as she loves the soft effect which can be achieved, she aims to capture their individual personalities and give them a life of their own. A member of the Society of Women Artists and of the Society of Feline Artists, she has also exhibited with the Pastel Society and the Society of Wildlife Artists at the Mall Galleries in London. She has also won the Alexander Llewelyn Award for an outstanding set of Feline Art.
John Stevens was born and raised in northern Maryland near the Mason Dixon line. An early interest in photography led John to spend much of his youth exploring and photographing the old barns, mills and farm houses that dotted the Maryland- Pennsylvania Mason Dixon region. Primarily self taught, John credits the time spent as a youth photographing and developing pictures in the dark room with helping him develop a strong sense of composition, and a good understanding of dark and light values that are so evident in the watercolors he paints today. A high school drafting class introduced the young student to two and three point perspective, thus forming the final leg in the stool that lead the artist to begin experimenting with drawing and painting. In a recent interview Stevens explained "it is essential for any artist to have a thorough understanding of the subject matter he /she is painting in order to capture the essence of the subject. That's what makes any artist excel, whether he is an actor, a song writer, a novelist or a painter. I enjoy painting, but it is really the subject matter that I am in love with." Stevens work is noted for its uncommon attention to detail, and his ability to pull the viewer into the painting , often leaving the viewer with a sense of deeper understanding about the subject matter. John's work hangs in many corporate and private collections across the United States.
John & Sarah live in a restored 1870 millers house and own historic Nolts Mill in Bird in Hand Pa. The 1770 mill is a local landmark and has been renovated and now serves as a gallery of John and Satrahs work. Located in the heart of the Amish tourism area of Lancaster Pa., a visit to the Nolts mill gallery makes for a great day trip.
Sisters Nancy Honaker and Lyn Cox have had some crazy adventures but not many could compete with 2011 when they sold their homes on the warm and sunny West Coast and moved to a very small town in Ohio in order to reunite with family. Faced with the challenge of needing flexible jobs, they decided to draw upon their respective backgrounds in fine art and psychology to form Let Your Art Soar, their collaborative art studio.
The design style is bright, lighthearted and fun and you will often find them using a variety of mixed media techniques combined with whimsical or poignant quotes. They build the art in layers as each piece is designed to evoke memories. Like looking at clouds or interpreting a dream, everyone’s experience is unique and the more you look, the more you see. Their work has been the favorite of many in the healing professions who describe the sister’s style as cerebral and witty.
Mike is a New England-based photographer who lives in New Hampshire and specializes in nature and landscape photography. His images exude a sense of tranquility, mystery, and simplicity. These attributes are embodied in his motto, Serenity in Landscapes. He aims to produce images that soothe the mind with beauty.
Mike photographs throughout the New England states. His favorite New England destinations include the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Green Mountains of Vermont, Acadia National Park and the Coast of Maine, Cape Cod in Massachusetts, and Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. In addition, Mike travels far and wide to capture subjects away from his home base. His passion for photography extends across the Colorado Plateau, down to the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and over to Europe.
Mike aims to capture nature at its best. In that regard, he prefers to work at sunrise, sunset, and twilight, as these shoulder hours tend to hold more potential for drama in his images. He also remains passionate about night photography, constantly in search of clear skies, bright stars, a colorful Milky Way, and the elusive northern lights.
American impressionist Richard Wallich has spent more than 30 years honing his painting talents. Using dabs and swirls of paint, he creates a dazzling array of brightly colored images-ranting from landscapes to figures to sports.
Wallich was attracted to impressionism by desire to paint quickly and spontaneously, to immerse himself in the painting. It's a first impression, fast quick, loose, spontaneous-nondescript perhaps, but clearly a figure.
The Colorado artist also is noted for his use of vibrant, emotion evoking colors. "The element of color influence the mood, feeling and setting." A tree is not just green and brown; there are purples, light blues, pinks, reds and so on.
By the time the Chicago native was 9 years old, he knew he wanted to become a painter. He studied art in high school and at Eastern Illinois University. From there, he went to the American Academy of Art in Chicago and studied figure drawing.
He first dabbled in realism, but found the style too time consuming-taking up to several weeks to complete a painting. He started using a palette knife and adopted a looser, impressionistic approach, which he has refined and enhanced over the years.
He has been commissioned by M&M Mars, American Airlines, Stanley Tools, Tavern on the Green Restaurant in New York, Kodak, Coca Cola, New York - New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, MSNBC, Turner Broadcasting, Zippo Lighters, NBC, John Elway Honda, and the Paris Hilton among others.
The year 2004 was a defining date that affected my art career beyond my dreams. My personal goal has always been to be a fine artist ever since I was young. I am most fortunate to have been able to take art classes from fine artists, such as Ellen Zelano, Danni Dawson, Kent Schwartz and Ted Reed. Robert Johnson and Rob Liberace continue, like the other artists, to influence my desire to learn, ever improve and, most of all, to just paint. My brush, canvas and solitude are my constant companions. Learning to paint in oils give me the satisfaction I am painting in the best media for fine art. Growing up living on a farm influenced my love for animals. To this day, I treasure painting from childhood memories. Equally so, I observe animals everywhere I can. I spend days on a journey to find just the right pastoral scene with sheep, cows and horses grazing in their solitude. Together we bond... creating paintings to share with you.
Blending his love of the outdoors, with an eye for detail and an artistic style that captures every nuance of a nature scene, Scott has discovered a way to preserve the magic and emotion of a fleeting moment in his wildlife paintings.
In 1992, Scott founded Thunder Mountain Press to pursue the marketing of his own limited-edition wildlife prints. Since then it has continued to grow and prosper.
His education included studying illustration, painting and print making at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design after three years of studying at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources. While at Stevens Point, Scott was commissioned by the Izaak Walton League to create a 65-foot mural in the college's new central building.
Scott's paintings have enhanced the covers of more than 25 major magazines and can also be seen on the highly sought after “Miller Mirrors.” His magazine illustrations have appeared in numerous outdoor publications and he has also illustrated books for Charles Scribners & Sons, Raintree Publishing Company, Willow Creek Press and Northword Press.
He is a member of Ducks Unlimited, The Ruffed Grouse Society, Safari Club International, Pheasants Forever and The Adventurers Club. Scott has shown his work at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson International “Birds In Art” exhibition several times, designed conservation stamps for the National Wildlife Federation and has donated his art to dozens of organizations dedicated to conservation and the preservation of wildlife.
Dreams really do come true and talented artist Sherri Buck Baldwin is living hers. For the past 23 years she has realized her dream of working from her home studio creating popular artwork. With a keen eye for detail and fine rendering techniques, her recognizable designs depict a wide range of popular subjects. Sherri creates her stunning artwork using watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic inks, soft pastels, and relief prints, often using more than one medium to create her piece. Finding fresh ways to express herself through her art continues to be challenging, yet rewarding. Sherri’s philosophy is that if you find work you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life!
For over thirty years, Stillwater, Minnesota artist Tim Nyberg has been an illustrator and graphic designer for everyone from Fortune 500 companies to the corner retailer; From McDonald’s to small cafes, for national magazines, book covers, web sites, and his own humor books - most notably The Duct Tape Books.
During his eight-year relocation from the Twin Cities to Door County, Wisconsin, Tim returned to his first love, creating his own non-commissioned fine art (Tim prefers to call it "Fun Art"). He explains, "My overriding objective in my work is to visually entertain the viewer- to bring a smile, a chuckle or a brief moment of altered perception."
"I'm constantly exploring - not afraid to try new things - not afraid to fail. Really, what's the worst that can happen? I've wasted a little paint. I just paint over it and the underlying "failed experiment" adds to the richness of the new image. I find that exploring and not being tied to one particular genre is quite valuable in the evolution of my work. The non-objective pieces painted during live music performances inform my tighter objective pieces and vice versa. Will I ever arrive at one particular style? I hope not... that would take all of the fun out of it. I love being surprised by spontaneity."
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