Ron Hicks was born in 1965 in Ohio, and lives and paints in Denver, Colorado. He is best known for his figures and interiors and his work has been described as a blend of representational art and impressionism. Art critics have compared his painting to those by Rembrandt and Daumier. His greatest influences are Sargent, Degas and Velasquez. Ron uses a muted palette and rarely uses pure color. He particularly favors gray as it allows him to “capture atmosphere, mood, and layers of emotion.” His painterly style is immediately recognizable and a favorite of collectors around the country.
Ron graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art and studied at the Art Students League under Quang Ho before he began teaching. His works have been the subject of many publications, including Southwest Art (4 articles since 2000; Artist to Watch 1998), International Artist (Sept 2001, “7 Foundational Truths of Traditional Academic Painting” by C.W. Mundy), American Artist (December 2001, Feature Artist), Art & Antiques (May 2000, “Emerging Artist-Ron Hicks”), Denver Post (Oct 1998), Art Talk (February 2000; October 1998), and Westword (June 1994, “Seeing is Believing”).
Over the past two decades, Lu Cong has made significant impact as an American portrait artist. Distinctive and mesmerizing, his portraits captured the viewer’s attention in ways as the most consummate artworks have.
Lu Cong was born in Shanghai in 1978. His family immigrated to the United States when he was 11 years old. His education included bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Art from the University of Iowa, master’s degree in Humanities from the University of Colorado, but the highest education that Lu Cong received was in his studio, there he delved deep into painting, drawing, mix media creation, writing and more, practices not only essential to his art, but necessary in becoming a more complete person.
Lu Cong is represented by Gallery Henoch in New York.
Quang Ho was born on April 30, 1963, in Hue, Vietnam. He Immigrated to the United States in 1975 and is now a U.S. Citizen. His artistic interest began at the early age of three and continued through grade school, high school, art school and led him to a very exciting and successful painting profession. In 1980, at the age of 16, Quang held his first one-man-show at Tomorrows Masters Gallery in Denver Colorado. In 1982, Quang’s mother was killed in a tragic auto accident, leaving him the responsibility of raising four younger brothers and a six-year-old sister. That same year, Quang attended the Colorado Institute of Art on a National Scholastics Art Awards Scholarship. At CIA Quang studied painting under Rene Bruhin, whom Quang credits with developing the foundation for his artistic understanding. Ho graduated from CIA in 1985 with Best Portfolio Award for the graduating class.
Ho started his career in the art world as a highly successful freelance illustrator from 1985-1990. Ho’s illustration works have been featured in the Illustrators Annual and exhibited at the Museum of American Illustrations, and the Communication Arts Illustrations Annual during those years.
His passion, however, was oil paintings and he found time to pursue those paintings alongside of the illustrations. Those works were noticed by Saks Gallery in Denver and Ho was invited to hold his first solo show. The exhibit was a sold-out success, and he went on to have many sell out shows the following years in Denver, Houston, San Francisco and London. Working mostly in oils and occasionally watercolor and pastels, Ho’s subject matter ranges from still-life, landscapes, interiors, and dancers, to figuratives. “Subject matter is not really important to me. I can find visual excitement all around me as well as on the canvas – from a knot on a tree, graceful limp of a flower wilting, to a juxtaposition of a few simple shapes and colors…inspirations are inexhaustible.”
Ho is much sought after to give lectures and workshops around the world. He has produced a number of teaching DVDs and is currently working on a book of his philosophy and work.
Education: Colorado Institute of Art; Rene Bruhin.
Teaching: Art Students League of Denver; numerous workshops in the US and Europe.
Awards and Honors: Master Signature grand prize award, Impressionist Painters of America, 2012; Main Speaker, Portrait Society of America, 2012; “30 Stars of 30 Years,” Southwest Art, 2001; Third Annual Realism Invitational, 2001; Best of Show, Colorado Governor’s Show, 2000; Artist Choice Award, Denver Rotary Club, Artists of America Show; Master Signature grand prize award, Oil Painters of America Show, Taos.
Publications: The Artist’s Bluebook by AskArt.com, 2001; Featured Artist, Southwest Art, 2001; Art of the West Guidebook of Western Artists, 2001; Art of the West, 2001; Southwest Art, 2000;
Selected Exhibitions: Great American Artists, Cincinnati, OH; Artists of America, Denver, CO; Colorado Governor’s Invitational, Denver, CO; Northwest Rendezvous of Art, Helena, MT; International Masters of Fine Art, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX; Jack Meir Gallery, Houston, TX; Saks Gallery, Denver, CO;
Representation: Gallery 1261; Claggett/Rey Gallery
Adrienne Stein is an award-winning American artist living and working in Pennsylvania and Colorado. She holds an MFA from Boston University and a BFA Magna Cum Laude, from Laguna College of Art & Design. Adrienne studied under many gifted and influential instructors throughout the United States, France, and Italy.
Her paintings celebrate the natural world through bold, vibrant color. The lush magical environments and figures she depicts form the nexus between reality and fantasy, expressed through a world of symbolic imagery. Direct observation of nature coalesces with memory, imagination, art history, folklore, archetypes, and natural elements that are fueled by a sense of personal as well as universal myth. Adrienne is inspired by her travel experiences as well as the beauty of her garden surrounding the Pennsylvania home she shares with her husband, the artist Quang Ho and their son, Liam.
She has received numerous awards from organizations such as The Portrait Society of America, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, The California Art Club, and The Art Renewal Center. Her work is collected in the U.S. and abroad.
Born in 1978, the youngest son of acclaimed artist Dan McCaw, Danny was always surrounded by art. Everyone around him was creative and instilled a love for drawing, painting, writing and photography. He would later join his father and brother in the studio, picking up other lessons that would influence his art making. His admiration for traditional art and its discipline has been the foundation for his own art. McCaw creates an ebb and flow between reality and abstraction; he often merges, combines, and layers all these forms of art to build rhythmic compositions.
McCaw favors dark colors that allow for light to work very dramatically on the canvas. “I use a primarily muted palette which really causes a strong use of light,” says McCaw. McCaw also enjoys deconstructing a painting down and starting all over again. “I paint with an emotion, and the viewer sees this. My goal is to reach for the specific feeling of a place, rather than just what it looks like. This is why I spend so many hours working with mood and light, rather than detail.” This process also allows McCaw to create these works in a more spontaneous manner, one that allows for a little more “give and take” in the painting process.” (Meyer East Gallery Interview)
Southwest Art magazine has also profiled Danny as one of the most dynamic emerging artists of his generation. He has exhibited his works in Santa Fe, Hilton Head, Atlanta, Scottsdale, Denver, Palm Desert, Palos Verdes, Seattle, Laguna Beach, Solana Beach, Pasadena and Jackson Hole.
Charles Warren Mundy, b.1945, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.
Charles Warren Mundy, an American Impressionist Artist, was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated with a Fine Art Degree and a Secondary Education Teaching Degree from Ball State University in Indiana in 1969 and then worked on a Master of Fine Art at Long Beach State (CA).
From an early age, Mundy demonstrated a propensity for drawing and athletics. In 1978, he combined his love for art and sports and worked as a sports illustrator for over a decade. For a time, he lived in Nashville, Indiana and was the official illustrator for Bobby Knight, head basketball coach at Indiana University. His company “Champion Illustrated Sports” also received important commissions from the Pro Golfers Association, the United States Golf Association, and the National Basketball Association.
In the early 1990’s, Mundy sought a different approach to painting and took on the challenge of painting in a more impressionistic style, going out of doors and painting “en plein air” and “from life”. Mundy moved away from the restrictions of illustrative art to a looser brush style and freer expression in Impressionism. This painting style led Mundy to a series of European Plein Air painting trips, beginning with a trip to France in 1995 , then Italy in 1996, England 1997, Spain and the Mediterranean Coast in 1998, Vienna & Prague & Eastern Europe in 2000, Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy) in 2002, returns to France in 2005-2006, and Italy and France in 2009. With each trip and collection of paintings, Mundy produced a brochure and a documentary video, which was given to collectors who purchased the work. Also there have been many “plein air” trips to the east and west coasts and harbors of the U.S.A. in the past 25 years, including Gloucester Massachusetts, Camden Maine, and Point Lobos in California.
Among the honors, Mundy was invited in 2003 to Master Signature Membership in the national organization Oil Painters of America. In 2007, he achieved Master Status in The American Impressionist Society. He also was recently elected Fellow of The American Society of Marine Artists. Mundy was elected in 2012 to Signature Membership in the prestigious California Art Club. In 2016-2018,Mundy was invited to participate in the American Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, NYC.
Recent international awards include “Certificate of Excellence” from the Portrait Society “International Annual Portrait Competition” (2016, 2018), and “Finalist” in Portraiture, Still Life & Landscape Categories, Art Renewal Center International ARC Salon (2009-2020), and 2nd Place in Still Life Category and Honorable Mention in Landscape Category, Art Renewal Center International ARC Salon (2012/2013). In 2018, Mundy was honored to be chosen as the inaugural “Artist in Residence” at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis / National Art Museum of Sport for the 2018/2019 year.
C.W. Mundy is represented by James R Ross Fine Art (IN), Castle Gallery (IN), Vanessa Rothe Fine Art (CA), Guarisco Gallery (DC), Folly Cove Fine Art (MA), and Santa Fe Trails Fine Art (NM).
Mundy enjoys playing banjo with the bluegrass band The Disco Mountain Boys. In 2011, he recorded his debut album, Road Trip, published by Moon Surf Records. He has recently recorded his 2nd album, “The Impressionists”.
For more information, refer to www.cwmundy.com.
Contemporary realist painter Daniel Sprick produces meticulously executed portraits and figurative compositions whose muted palettes and sense of stillness encourage slow contemplation. His paintings feature a range of subjects, from still lifes of flowers and unlikely assortments of objects to interiors and urban and pastoral scenes. A diverse range of men, women, and youth populate his portraits and figurative works; taken together, they reflect a rich and encompassing view of humanity. “I’m interested in all walks of life, everyone,” the artist once explained about his choice of subjects. “Some that may be considered conventionally beautiful and others that may not, and everyone in between.” In his still lifes, which recall those of the Dutch and Flemish traditions, Sprick brings together the sumptuous—including silver tableware and starched white tablecloths—and the mundane, such as tin cans and old bottles, in elegant, harmoniously balanced arrangements.
Daniel Sprick has been featured in articles for Fine Art Connoisseur, Denver Post and Southwest Art. The most recent article is Contemporary Visions of Beauty: Windows to the Divine written for Fine Art Connoisseur in November 2020.
His work is contained in numerous private and public collections, including the Denver Art Museum (See My Metaphysical Adventure, 1999 and Release Your Plans, 2001 below). His works have been exhibited in a number of museum shows.
According to the Denver Art Museum:
“Many of Sprick’s oil paintings, including Release Your Plans, feature an arrangement of objects set up in his studio. Some of his favorite objects show up in multiple works. He carefully selects and arranges the objects, making choices intuitively. “Mostly I paint things because I like the way things look,” says Sprick. “I have mountains of books on iconography, but iconography isn’t substantial enough. The thing has to resonate, have its own visual appeal. However, there could be some meaning in there that I don’t even know about—I’m not saying there is no meaning in there.”
While his style is very realistic, Sprick does make changes to what he sees before him, and he doesn’t limit himself to the laws of nature. He says, “I mostly see the world as a pretty good place. I guess that’s what I want to come though my work—something life affirming or some sense of well-being, some optimism, some hope—even though I load it with portents of mortality and so forth. You know, I haven’t forgotten that those things exist, and I don’t think that the world is just a field of puppies romping in the daisies or anything, but it’s a good place, I just realize that there’s razor blades and cigarette butts, too.”
AA-Mesa College, Grand Junction, CO, 1973
Ramon Froman School of Art
National Academy of Design, New York, NY, 1976
BA-University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 1978
Selected Solo Exhibitions
- Daniel Sprick: Recent Works, Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, Upper East Side, New York, USA
- Daniel Sprick: Painting Out-of-Doors, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood, Colorado, USA
Selected Group Exhibitions
- American Contemporaries, Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, Upper East Side, New York, USA
- The Anniversary Exhibition, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood, Colorado, USA
- Landscape 2021, Gallery Henoch, Chelsea, New York, USA
- Land & Sea & Sky,MM Fine Art, Southampton, Southampton, New York, USA
- Paintings, Sculpture & Snapshots, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood, Colorado, USA
- Inner Vision: Self Portraits, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
- Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware, USA
- Masters of American Realism, MM Fine Art, New York, Sag Harbor, New York, USA
Acadia Foundation, Northeast Harbor, ME
Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo TX
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson AZ
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock AR
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira NY
Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford PA
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs CO
Colorado University Art Museum, Boulder CO
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington DE
Denver Art Museum, Denver CO
Evansville Museum of Art and Science, Evansville IN
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco CA
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint MI
Foothills Art Center, Golden CO
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City MO
Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, Denver CO
Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, Longmont CO
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Mint Museum, Charlotte NC
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe NM
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain CT
Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa OK
Reading Public Museum, Reading PA
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego CA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose CA
Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield OH
University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie WY
Whitney Western Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody WY
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Quidley and Company, Nantucket MA, “Lemon Fall”
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco CA, “Outside the Box”
Pismo Fine Art, Aspen CO
J. Cacciola Gallery, exhibition catalog, New York
Sardella Fine Art, Aspen CO
Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA, “Still Lifes With Magic and Mystery”
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, exhibition catalog, San Francisco CA
Carson Gallery, Denver CO
Susan Duval Gallery, exhibition catalog, Aspen CO
Susan Duval Gallery, Aspen CO
Carson Gallery, Denver CO, “Still Life”
Philbrook Museum of Art , Tulsa OK, Evansville Museum of Arts and Science,
Evansville IN, “Still Life Paintings”
Susan Duval Gallery, Aspen CO, “New Work”
Susan Duval Gallery, Aspen CO, “Illusions of Reality”
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley CO, “Drawings and Paintings of Scott Fraser”
Carson Gallery, Denver CO, “Ink Washes”
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Houston Museum of Fine Art, Houston TX, “Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdjes Collection.”
Deleware Art Museum, Wilmington DE, “Truth & Vision: 21st
Century Realism” Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville DE, “Behind the Easel:
The Unique Voices of Twenty Contemporary Representational Painters”
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada CO, “Conscious and Unconscious:
Subjects of the Real and Surreal”National Western Complex Denver CO, “Coors Western Art Exhibit”
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco CA, “Celebrate Summer”
Southport Galleries, Southport CT, “Not So Still Life”
National Western Complex, Denver CO, “Coors Western Art Exhibit”
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco CA, “Fluid”
Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, “Evansville Collects: Contemporary
American Still Life”
J. Cacciola Gallery, New York NY, “Things Are Not What They Seem”
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson AZ, “Vanishing Circles”
New York Academy of Art, New York NY, “Peterson Collection”
Imago Gallery, Palm Desert CA, “Realism in Diverse Media”
Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford PA, “Reality Check: Contemporary American
Trompe L’oeil Painting”
The Citadelle Art Foundation, Amarillo TX, “Super Real”
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco CA, “On Paper”
Gallery 1261, Denver CO, “Beyond The Object Project”
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco CA, “Winter Haiku”
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco CA , “Beyond Representation”
Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science, Evansville IN; Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville SC; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa OK; Hunter Museum of American Art, Chatanooga TN; Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood CO, “The Object Project”
Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, Longmont CO, “Fraser, Switzer, Stoner: Still Life”
Foothills Art Center, Golden CO, “REALationships: Works of Surreal Inspiration”
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, exhibition catalog, San Francisco CA, “Eighth Annual Realism Invitational”
Flint Institute of Art, Flint MI, “To Be or Not to Be, 400 Years of Vanitas Paintings”
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco CA, “Seventh Annual Realism Invitational”
C T E Gallery, Charlotte, NC, “House and Home”
Mint Museum, Charlotte NC, “Revelation”
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco CA, “Sixth Annual Realism Invitational”
Arnot Art Museum, exhitibition catalog, Elmira NY, “Re-representing Representation VI”
Foothills Art Center, Golden CO, “35th Anniversary Exhibition”
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo CO, “Magic Realism “
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco CA, “Fifth Annual Realism Invitational”
Foothills Art Center, Golden CO, “Random Acts of Beauty”
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco CA, “Fourth Annual Realism Invitational”
J. Cacciola Gallery and Gallery Henoch, New York, NY, “Gallery to Gallery”
J. Cacciola Galleries, New York NY, “Form and Figure”
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco CA, “Third Annual Realism Invitational”
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco CA, “Second Annual Realism Invitational “
J. Cacciola Galleries, New York NY, “Introductions”
Arnot Art Museum, exhibition catalog, Elmira NY, “Re-representing Representation IV”
John Pence Gallery, exhibition catalog, San Francisco CA, “Drawings”
Memorial Art Gallery – University of Rochester, Rochester NY, “New Realism for a New Millennium”
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco CA, “First Annual Realism Invitational”
John Pence Gallery, San Francisco CA, “Trompe l’Oeil: Art and Illusion “
Amarillo Museum of Art , Amarillo TX, “Realism ’98”
John Pence Gallery, San Francisco CA, “Still Lifes and Florals”
M A Doran Gallery, Tulsa OK, “American Still Life Paintings”
Museum of Fine Arts, Owensboro KY, “Shared Treasures”
Susan Duval Gallery, Aspen CO, “Patrick Hughes, Scott Fraser”
Denver Art Museum, Denver CO, “Colorado Artists: Recent Acquisitions”
Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Evansville IN, “Arranging Things: Contemporary American and European Still Life”
Fletcher Gallery, Santa Fe NM, “Realism ’96 “
John Pence Gallery, San Francisco CA, “American Realism: Past and Present — 1856-1996”
Fletcher Gallery, Santa Fe NM, “Realism ’95 – Vision and Poetry”
Gerold Wunderlich Gallery, New York NY, “Contemporary Realism”
Riverside Art Museum, Riverside CA, “Slice of Life: Contemporary Still Life”
Louis Newman Galleries, Beverly Hills CA, “Contemporary Perspectives II”
Susan Duval Gallery, Aspen CO, “Realism in Perspective”
Fletcher Gallery, Santa Fe NM, “Realism ‘94”
Gerold Wunderlich Gallery, New York NY, “An Original Idea”
Sherry French Gallery, New York NY, “Flowers in February”
Gerold Wunderlich Gallery, New York NY, “Contemporary Realism “
DAM Close Range Gallery, Denver Art Museum, Denver CO, “Much Ado about Something”
Gerald Peters Gallery, exhibition catalog, Santa Fe NM, “Still Life 1963 – 1993”
The Real Thing – Louis Newman Galleries, Beverly Hills CA, “The Real Thing”
Coe Kerr Gallery, New York NY, “Contemporary Still Life Painting”
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint MI, exhibition catalog, Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples FL; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville TN, “New Horizons in American Realism”
National Academy of Design, New York NY, “165th Annual Exhibition”
Gerold Wunderlich Gallery,New York NY, “1900 to Now”
Gerold Wunderich Gallery, New York NY, ” Contemporary Realism”
Boulder CO, “Rocky Mountain National Park 75th Anniversary Exhibition”
The Kennedy Center, Washington DC, “Colorado Artists at the Kennedy Center”
Grand Central Art Galleries, exhibition catalog, New York NY, “The Food Show: Still Lifes by Sixty Six American Artists”
Grand Central Art Galleries, New York NY, “New Work”
Sherry French Gallery, New York NY; National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC; Robertson Center for the Arts, Binghamton NJ; Evansville Museum of Arts, Evansville IN; Noyes Museum, Oceanville NY, “Trains and Planes: The Influence of Locomotion in American Painting”
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH, “52nd Annual National Midyear Show”
Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington DC; Alexandria Courthouse, Alexandria VA; Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids IA; Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City UT; Minnesota Museum of Art, exhibition catalog, “Art and the Law”
Minnesota Museum of Art, exhibition catalog, St. Paul MN; The Albany Museum of Art, Albany GA; South Texas College of Law, Houston TX; The Canton OH Art Institute, “Art and the Law”
BOOKS, ARTICLES AND EXHIBITION CATALOGS
Davis, Rodney. The Art of Vanitas: 2016.
Gillies, Max. “Brand-New Masterworks.” Fine Art Connoisseur, July/August, 2015.
Sherwood, Clint. “On Lemons and Art History.” Artists on Art, Summer, 2015.
Trippi, Peter. “Celebrating America’s Great Collectors.” Fine Art Connoisseur, February, 2015.
Jackson, Robert C. Behind the Easel. Atglen: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2014.
Rooney, E. Ashley. Artists Homes and Studios: Atglen: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2014.
Carstens, Rosemary. “Still Life as Story.” Western Art & Architecture, December 2014.
Gangelhoff, Bonnie. “A Still Life Master for Our Time.” SouthwestArt, April 2013.
Baker, Kenneth. “Outside the Box.” ARTNews, April 2013.
Ocvirk, Otto G, et al. Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice. Twelfth Edition. New York: McGraw Hill, 2012.
Sozanski, Edward J. “Trompe L’oeil as More Than Visual Trickery.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 17, 2011.
Brewer, Linda M. Vanishing Circles: Portraits of Disappearing Wildlife of the Sonoran Desert Region. Tucson: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press, 2010.
Grant, Daniel. The Business of Being an Artist. New York: Allworth Press, 2010.
Macmillan, Kyle. “Contemporary Realisms Day in the Sun.” The Denver Post, March 13, 2009.
Stork, David G. et al. “Finding Intrinsic and Extrinsic Viewing Parameters from a Single Realist Painting.” Proceedings of Computer Analysis of Images and Patterns (CAIP) http://www.diatrope.com/stork/JordanetalCAIP09.pdf ,2009.
Aristides, Juliette. Classical Painting Atelier. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2008.
Doherty, M. Stephen. Object Project: Five Objects, Fifteen Artists. Exhibition catalog, Evansville, IN: Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences, 2007.
Kelly III, Raymond J. To Be, or Not To Be: Four Hundred Years of Vanitas Painting. Flint: Flint Institute of Arts, 2006.
Contemporary Realism Collection, Volume II. Exhibition catalog, Denver, CO: Denver Art Museum, 2006.
Napier, Bill. Still Lifes With Magic and Mystery. Exhibition catalog, Seattle, WA: Frye Art Museum, 2004.
Baker, Kenneth. “Bubbling Over With Talent.” ARTnews, September 2004
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Mason, Marilynne. Still Life. Exhibition catalog, Tulsa, OK: Philbrook Museum of Art. Evansville, Indiana: Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences, 1998.
Gomez, Edward. “Past is Present.” Art & Antiques, December 1998.
“The Unconventional Still Life.” The Daily Oklahoman, February 12, 1998.
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Medium: Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastel
I paint with watercolor, pastels and acrylics. My painting style is representational, but with a personal concept of reality, often altering images and colors, and sometimes using a combination of media.
-Member of the Evergreen Artists Assoc
Painting and drawing have always been a part of my life. Like many painters, I would draw on everything I could get my hands on while growing up (including my textbooks.) When I was about eleven years old, my mom started taking me to the local art group in our small town where two different artists would encourage and enlighten and give demonstrations on painting. Mom instilled in me a great appreciation for art and for nature. My dad owned the local lumberyard and he started stocking art materials so that our art group would have immediate access to what we needed instead of having to drive 25 or 30 miles to the big city of San Antonio, TX. Having no idea that people could actually make a living at painting, my college years were spent pursuing a business degree, while painting on the side. When my children were young, I worked part-time in a business career, and taught children’s art classes in my spare time. I am now finding more time to study and develop as an artist. Every hour that I can spend attempting to capture some of the magic around me with paint and canvas is wonderful gift
2016 – Plein Air Austin at Corridor of Arts, Austin, TX
2016 – Plein Air Austin 10th Anniversary Show, Austin, TX
2015 – Plein Air Austin at Corridor of Arts, Austin, TX
2014 – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Exhibit, Austin, TX
2013 – Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event
2013 – Plein Air Austin at Corridor of Arts, Austin, TX
2011 – Plein Air Austin Annual Show
2010 – Plein Air Austin at Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX
2010 – Plein Air Exhibition at MSC Forsyth Galleries, Bryan, TX
2009 – Art on Location – Plein Air Austin at Corridor of Arts, Austin, TX
2008 – Bluebonnet Blues Art Festival in Marble Falls, TX
2008 – Plein Air Austin at Corridor of Arts, Austin, TX
2004 – Plein Air Austin Show at Spicewood Vineyard
2003 – Bunkhouse Gallery
Raised under the big skies of Wyoming and Utah, Julie Jeppsen was educated by the world around her. She grew up with wildlife, mountain ranges, roundups, trail rides, rodeos, and wagon trains. Jeppsen still loves the adventure of the West. This passion brings her senses to the highest levels and is carried into her paintings. She currently competes in cowboy mounted shooting where the dress is period and the guns are .45 single action. Keeping a fresh sense of the West inspires her to paint more accurately and, like riding and shooting, keeps the competitive edge. Julie was recently featured in an article by Sporting Classics for their Spring/Summer 2020 edition.
Jeppsen is one of the participating artists in the 2021 Buffalo Bill Art Show.
SUMMONED BY EARTH AND SKY
Cydney Springer lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Loveland, CO. Her love of the mountains and nature is joyfully expressed in her paintings.
As a child, Cyd felt drawn to the wild places, where houses left off and forests began. “My grandmother lived in the woods, and in those woods was a creek. It was totally banked in green moss, wild violets, and flowers,” she muses. “I was awe-struck by that fairy land; it was incredibly beautiful and mysterious.”
Cydney conveys that sense of awe in her landscapes, portraying the natural world sensitivelyand passionately. Rich and muted colors and contrasting light and dark imagery vivify distant mountains, trails gilded by aspen leaves, reflections dancing on water.
Her work reaches for one’s emotions. “My paintings touch into a very personal experience of Nature. It’s my own experience, but somehow the paintings seem to evoke something similar in others,” she says. “I’m often told, ‘That really moves me,’ or ‘Just looking at that makes me feel good; it reminds me of one of my favorite times.’”
After studying art in high school and college, Cyd consistently longed to capture, on canvas, the enrapturing essence of Nature. In 2002, she broke free of a long career in graphic design to study intently with artists who inspired her and her work. In 2004, she stepped into the life of professional artist.
Cyd paints almost constantly, with focus, determination, and astonishing productivity. Her passion for her work comes across in a style that presents Nature with what can only be described with the deepest honor, love, respect.
That same passion informs Cydney Springer’s daily life and activities. She devotes her days to painting and going into Nature. “It’s as if I truly am summoned by the Earth and the Sky,” she reflects. “Nature calls me, and I must respond. I answer that call with paint, with gratitude, and always, always with love, awe, and humility.”
COLORADO ARTIST AND MUSICIAN
COLOR SINGS TO ME
The arts have saturated Jessica’s life through music, painting and theater, each getting their focused time in accommodation with earning a living. Since moving to Colorado 1996, the beauty and light of the West inspired her to dedicate her attention primarily to painting, with more recent musical activity (recording and performing in retirement homes) giving some satisfaction in that area as well.
Prior to moving to Colorado, Jessica exhibited her paintings in Pittsburgh, PA, and then Washington DC where she also worked as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill before moving to New York City, when she made the (strangely logical at the time) switch to acting. After thirteen years as an actress, singer, jeweler and office temp in New York City and Los Angeles, it was time to get back to her art roots.
Ms. Wicken received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah (major in painting and drawing, minor in art history) and also studied art in San Miguel de Allende and Saltillo, Mexico, as well as the Art Students League in Denver, CO. Her work has been juried into highly selective shows, has received numerous awards, and is held in numerous private collections internationally and across the United States. Of note in Colorado, her work is included in the Inkfish Collection, the Denver Library’s, Blair Caldwell African American Research Center, and selected by Marriott Corporation’s “Art on the Road” tour of ten American cities as one of Colorado’s outstanding artists. Her painting “Daylight Dissolving” was recently chosen by the Art in Embassies program to hang in the American Embassy in Athens, Greece, from 2011 through 2012.
She is the illustrator of two children’s books: “Can I Kayak Daddy?” by Joyce Autrey, and “You Are Not Alone” by Dorothy Davis. Other art related jobs have been as a publicity artist for cabaret and theater productions and creating holiday-themed paintings for a card company.
“In a world of more and more restrictions, my theme song would be “Don’t Fence Me In.” Figurative, Landscape, Still Life genres all appeal to me as subject matter, with the delight of color, both subtle and bold, being the most distinctive aspect of my work. My paintings are closest in style to the Impressionists.”
Married to author Pat Krohn (author of The Krohnicles: Life of a Beatnik Boy)
Juried Shows and Exhibitions Sample List
2019 – “The 144”, PACE Center for the Arts, Parker, CO
2018 – “Own and Original, Littleton Museum, Littleton, CO
2017 – Gateway to the Rockies, Aurora History Museum, Aurora, CO
2017 Spectacular Spooks, Impasto Gallery, Longmont, CO
2014 “Celebrating the Dome” Denver, Co. The Capitol
2012 Gateway to the Rockies Exhibition, Aurora History Museum, Award, – First Place
2010-2013 American Embassy, Athens Greece (Selected by the U.S. Art in Embassies)
2011 American Art Awards, 2 Awards, Animal and Asian categories, international competition
2008 and 2010 Denver Plein Air Arts Festival, Denver Public Library
2009 Gateway to the Rockies Exhibition, Aurora History Museum – Award
2007 “Invited Artists”, and “Bierstadt Collection” RL Foster Gallery, Denver, CO
2004 CWS State Watermedia Exhibition, Denver History Museum – Award
Stephen Quiller Juror, Denver, CO
2000 CWS State Watermedia Exhibition, Denver History Museum – Polly Hammett Juror
Color and Light Gallery, Denver, CO “Here and Now” Award
Colorado Visions – Westminster Community Artist Series, Juror: Carl Dalio, Westminster, CO
National Miniature Show – Aurora History Museum, Colorado
Portraits for Alice Neel – selected by Alice Neel, Washington Women’s Art Center, Washington, DC
Thirty-two Pieces of Paper – Washington Women’s Art Center, Carol Nordgren, Juror
Collections and Publications: Denver Library, Blair Caldwell African American Research Library.
Marriott Corporation’s “Springhill Suites: Art on the Road” one of two of Denver’s featured artists, 2012. Book of Lists 2015-2016 Chosen by Denver Business Journal as one of the top five Colorado Artists. Articles: The Journal Weekender and The Shepherdstown Observer, (West Virginia), Summit Daily News (Colorado); American Art Collector magazine.
Galleries and Exhibitions – Sample
Creative Framing Art Gallery, Louisville, CO – Present
The Framed Image Gallery, Denver, Co Present
Art Images Willoubghy Gallery, Denver, CO (closed)
7801 Evergreen Home Furnishings, Evergreen, CO Present
Great Western Art Gallery, Denver, CO – 2009-2014 (closed)
Russian Ark International Gallery, Denver (co-owner, 2006-2009 Closed)
Entler Hotel Gallery –W. Virginia (during artist-in-residency at Shepherdstown Old Grist Mill 2004)
Education and Current Art Associations
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Utah
Art Students League of Denver, American Watercolor Society
Studies in Mexico in Saltillo and San Miguel de Allende
Telephone: 303-653-2650 Website: www.JessicaWickenart.com [email protected]
Book Illustrator “Can I Kayak Daddy” By Joyce Autrey and “You Are Not Alone” by Dorothy Davis
Greeting cards for Latitude North Card Co.; Freelance illustrator – Ship and Shore Fashions in NYC
“God gives each of us something at birth. A person doesn’t become an artist – he is simply born an artist” … and so it began for Martiros Manoukian.
Born on August 5, 1947, his talent emerged at an early age and he began painting seriously at age 11. Even as a child, Martiros exhibited his great enthusiasm for freedom, adventure, and nature. Full of energy and the desire for self-expression, he was already rebelling against the status quo, conformity, and anything “collective” in character. Once, after skipping school, he reappeared with a painting in hand, explaining that he couldn’t attend school because, “Nature grabbed me and seduced me… and I had to paint it.” That painting eventually won first prize at his art school in the Soviet Union. His unusually advanced artistic ability enabled him to enter the Academy of Art in Yerevan in 1967, directly from high school. He also traveled to and studied at the academies in Moscow and Leningrad and completed his studies in Yerevan in 1972.
Martiros’ first exhibit as an adult was in 1972 in Armenia, in the Young Artists Exhibit sponsored by the Union of Soviet Artists – an exhibit later seen in Moscow. At an unusually young age of 26, he had the prestigious honor of qualifying to become a member of the Union of Soviet Artists. He participated in numerous exhibits under the auspices of the Union during the years 1974-1986 and received many honors and awards.
Martiros holds great fondness for the people and rich culture of Armenia, Russia, and the rest of the former USSR. In the USSR, he flourished not only as a painter, but also as an artist and designer in many other disciplines. However, his material success and outspoken defiance of Communist dogma continually brought him serious difficulties. Through his art, he found a means of expressing his freedom in symbolic ways, still within the parameters of politically acceptable images.
“It was the only place to speak about freedom and so I spoke with my canvases in an easy, careful way.” Yet Martiros knew the potential and depth of his creativity would remain inhibited as long as he remained in the Soviet Union.
Finally, in 1987, his dream to emigrate to the U.S. was realized. This marked the beginning of a metamorphosis and an artistic rebirth. Martiros says, “I had all these emotions and all these dreams but no way to express them.” “Now,” he says, “I am able to express them all.”
On those rare occasions when Martiros does speak about art, his thoughts are a delight to hear:
“My style is life and I like life very much. My motif is beauty; the serenade and music are my life motif. I enjoy mixing media because art is freedom, my feelings, my victory… I do not actually know what I feel when I paint; I just paint my mood, a feeling that a camera’s eye cannot catch – some special, subtle angle that perhaps others would not see.”
His colors combine mood and movement — key elements of his work. According to Martiros, “It is like a piano player who isn’t limited to one or two octaves. Instead, he uses the whole keyboard.”
Some works by Martiros reflect something of antiquity in his homeland – reflections of centuries-old icons of Russian Orthodoxy. Others express contemporary images. All, in one way or another, celebrate love of life and freedom.
An exhibition of oil paintings by Elizabeth Wonnacott is on display in Gallery II of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) March 29 through May 29. The artist uses patterns of light and shadows to emphasize what is beautiful and visually intriguing. In this series of contemporary paintings, her use of saturated and unexpected combinations of colors is a key factor in her creative expression.
“Subject matter to me is a vehicle for me to explore how I observe life. My urban influences are an assembly of varied fabrics stitched together to form a tapestry. It is not to resemble a literal story of what it is; moreover, it is a quilt that explains my visual expression. What I find particularly interesting in human intervention in nature is how we are still intertwined with it. Roads, buildings, and farmlands bend with the natural curves of mountains, hills, and streams. City nights are lit up like lightning bugs with an array of colors and patterns. I want to push the viewer past the humdrum of everyday observation into a world of visual tapestry.” –Kevin Weckbach
A quote from Quang Ho on Kevin’s work:
“Kevin Weckbach is one of the most versatile and dynamic painters in Denver. His understanding and use of color is akin to a musician with perfect pitch – he has a beautiful sense of harmony. That, coupled with his complete mastery of the visual vocabulary, allows him to explore painting on many different levels. He is a painter’s painter.”
Represented by Gallery 1261
Fraser Valley Library artist Kent Van Meter returns
July 16, 2010
Sky-Hi News Grand County, CO
Artist Kent Van Meter will be displaying his paintings at the Fraser Valley Library July 15 to Aug. 15 in the Urban Community Meeting room. Van Meter’s art is of the plein aire technique with many of his paintings concentrating on the Fraser Valley and the Colorado Rockies.
Van Meter is a retired American Airlines pilot, a graduate of S.M.U. and a former Air Force pilot. He and his wife Carol have been visiting this area since 1979, and became part-time residents in 1982. In 1992, Carol signed Kent up for a watercolor painting class with local artist Karen Vance. In 2006, Van Meter began painting with oils.
Join us for an artist’s reception and refreshments at the library from 5-7 p.m. July 30.
Roberta Peck has won four national competitions with her delicately sculptured art. She captures the beauty, grace and power of the human figure. She is presently planning a trip to study various Arts of China, granted by Colgate Palmolive in a recent competition.
Born in Cleveland Ohio, Roberta Peck graduated from Kent State University with a double degree in Fine Arts and Art Education in 1969. Thereafter, she spent two years studying European art, focusing primarily on classic sculpture and bas relief.
After predominantly working in traditional casting and sculpting media, Roberta began to seek media and methods that would allow for sculptural images that were not heavy and cumbersome. She was not satisfied with mechanical devices, such as vacuum forming or intaglio, which do not allow for deep sharp detail. After much experimentation she and her husband, Asa, worked out a method of hand casting that allowed for the creation of dramatic, yet delicate sculptural relief that seem to float within a frame. At last, she achieved the lightweight wall sculpture she was after!
Today, she is well known for her nudes of both male and female figures and her feminine images of dancers and ladies in various states of motion and relaxation. The wonderful texture and dazzling contrast of the white hand cast paper she uses adds to the drama of her instantly recognizable pieces.
Roberta’s works enjoy global acclaim and continue to delight both critics and collectors.
Dan Oakleaf is a nationally known award- winning artist and painting teacher from Colorado. With a background in commercial print and design, Dan developed his fine art painting skills beginning with studies at the Art Students League of Denver, culminating with a mentorship under acclaimed artist and teacher Kevin Weckbach.
Mainly working in oil, watercolor and pencil, Dan’s varied styles and exploration of painting techniques make each work a new visual discovery.
Dan has lived in Colorado his whole life, where he explores the back country whenever he can. In 1996, a chance encounter with a mischievous Pine Marten rekindled a schoolboy obsession with drawing. Making sketches of this curious little creature gave him a way to hold on to this fleeting moment. After a few years of honing his drawing skills mostly in his spare time, the decision was made to take the next step learning to paint.
After a short workshop with wildlife painter Terry Issac and another with nature artist Robert Bateman did little more than inspire. Dan realized he needed more intense study. A friend suggested the Art Students League of Denver. He began his studies with Boulder artist Molly Davis, two years with Molly and he was starting to see real improvement. At this time the same friend who suggested the league, introduced Dan to Denver artist Kevin Weckbach. They immediately hit it off, and Dan started the intense one- year comprehensive painting course Kevin offered. Through Kevin’s generous teaching style and interaction with other talented students, many of whom were professional artists, the skills all started coming together.
At the league Dan has also had instruction from Quang Ho, John Lencicki and Tony Ortega. Now Dan is painting full time, and still paints with Kevin a couple times a month. After exploring all manner of subject in the beginning of his painting studies, Dan is starting to again focus on the natural world he loves. Sometimes painting in the field, sometimes in his studio, and even painting in the back-room zoology department at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Although Dan believes the most important parts of a painting are the visual properties and technical aspects of a work, nature still provides the inspiration.
Represented at Arts at Denver: http://www.artsatdenver.com/artists/Oakleaf/Oakleaf_bio.htm
Six awards at the Glenwood Springs Fall Arts Festival from 2008 to 2010
Summer 2008 Artist in Residence at the Aspen guard station in the San Juan national forest.
Painting selected for “Reflections of the Natural World” art exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, on display thru Spring 2011;
Colorado 14ers and Beyond, an Artist’s Alpine Journey, Solo Show; January of 2014
Jeanne Mackenzie’s style of painting is a blend of impressionism and realism. Her paintings are done in oil with rich warm tones and a painterly application. These reflect the bold light and striking contrasts of her favorite still lifes and western landscapes.
Jeanne Mackenzie is a Colorado resident living in the Fort Collins area where she is one of the founding members of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Teaching Credential from San Diego State University she eventually fell in love with and devoted herself to oils. She has studied with Clyde Aspevig, Michael Lynch, Matt Smith and Calvin Liang. Her paintings are featured in several fine art galleries in Colorado, California and Arizona.
Her artwork has earned Merit Awards and shown at juried shows throughout the United States including the Oil Painters of America Show, CM Russell Invitational Show and Arts for the Parks-Top 100 (award of excellence). Jeanne has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s Best of the West and My World, American Artist’s Workshop Magazine, Plein Air Magazine and International Artist Magazine–Master Artists. She was invited to be a part of the Richeson Art Series Book and art book Dust on My Shoes/Sun on my Back. Her work has hung in the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Minnesota’s Tweed Museum. She shares her love of art by teaching national and international (Italy, Guatemala, Mexico) painting workshops and has been on staff at the Denver Art Museum teaching color theory, composition and painting.
Colorado Governors Show 2020- Award of Merit – October 2020
American Legacy Art Show – Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act- Best of Show – Oct, 2014
American Women Artist- Booth Museum, Cartersville, GA- Oct. 2014
Plein Air Artists Colorado- 2nd Place Award- Juror Karen Vance – August, 2014
Paint the Poudre- 3rd Place Award- Juror Marc Hansen- July, 2014
Larimer County Resources Artist of the Year- 2014
Grand Teton Association/ RMPAP- Artists Choice/Best Painting and GTA Collection Purchase- July, 2012
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters- Artists Choice Award/Best Body of Work- Crested Butte, July, 2010
CM Russell Invitational Auction – March 2010 and Masters in Miniature, 2010
Outdoor Painters Society Invitational- December, 1009- Merit Award and Jurors Selection Award
Tweed Museum- University of Minnesota- October 2009
Invitational Governors Art Show- Loveland, CO, 2009
Salon International-Greenhouse Gallery – Juror Award-Daniel Greene May, 2009 and 2010 and 2013
American Women Artists Invitational – South Street Art Gallery, Easton, MD-2007 and 2009
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters-Merit Award-Juror-William Scott Jennings August, 2007
Houston Museum of Natural Science/SKB Foundation- 50 chosen from 1750 entries- March, 2007
Arts for the Parks- Miniature Show – Jackson, WY, September 2004
Oil Painters of America-Howard/Mandville Gallery May, 1998,2002, 2003 and 2004
Arts for the Parks-Top 200- Award of Excellence September 2003 and 2001
Outdoor Painters/ Plein Air Magazine- Guest writer ‘Why This Painting Works’ 2013-present
Plein Air Magazine– Pursuing Effortless Artistic Elegance- March, 2012
Dust on My Shoes/Sun on my Back- 18 artists’ view on Painting- NH Studios Press-2009
Southwest Art Magazine/ My World – June, 2008
American Artist Workshop Magazine- Fall 2007
Cowboys and Indians Magazine– Gallery Artists- March, 2007
Richeson Art Book- Invitational artist – Plein Air New Mexico 2006
Sky West Magazine- Cover Photo and feature article- July 2005
Southwest Art Magazine– ‘Best of the West’- April, 1999
International Artist Magazine– Master Artists, August, 1999
Daniel Smith Catalog – Guest writer–article 2002 and 2003
Richard Schmid Invitational Auction- Charter Member
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters- Signature member
American Women Artists- Signature Member
Plein Air Artists Colorado- Signature Member
American Impressionists Society
HOME: Evergreen, Colorado
BORN: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
EDUCATION: B.A. University of South Carolina
M.A., M.F.A. University of Wyoming
Museum of Art, University of Wyoming
Columbia Savings, Denver, CO
Carlson-Black Gallery, Taos, NM
Breckenridge Gallery, Breckenridge, CO
“A Collection of Paintings” by Sarah L. Lewis
sponsored by Trizec Properties, Inc., Denver, COPUBLISHER:American Masters Foundation, Houston, TX
Waterfowl Festival, Easton, MD
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC
Evergreen Audubon Show:
Patron’s Award, 1989
Exhibitor, 1990 – 1993
Honorable Mention, 1992
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Show, Osage Beach, MO
Annual International Exhibition of the Miniature Art Society of Florida
Thirteenth Annual Western Regional Art Show, Cheyenne, WY
Colorado Watercolor Society, Denver, CO
Salmagundi Non-member Exhibition, NY
El Dorado 13th Annual Miniature Juried Show, Colorado Springs, CO
1994, 1st Place – Acrylic
Catskill Art Society “Small Works ’94”, NY
The National Watercolor Oklahoma Exhibition
Clearfield Bank, Clearfield, UT
Peoples State Bank, Grinnell, KS
Boettcher and Co., Boulder, CO/Denver, CO
Georgia-Pacific Corp., Portland, OR
United Bank of Denver, Denver, CO
Copper Mountain Corp., Denver, CO
Storage Technology, Louisville, CO
First Summit Savings, Breckenridge, CO
Central Bank and Trust, Denver, CO
Budweiser, Greeley, CO
National Bank of the Rockies, Boulder, CO
Many private collections
SUBJECTS: Landscapes, Seascapes and Wildlife
“Honoring Jac: Jac Kephart remembered with retrospective show“
The Daily Sentinel, byANN WRIGHT
Dec 5, 2019
Jac Kephart’s first and last abstract works are side by side in the The Art Center’s North Gallery.
The first flashes in yellows and golds with a red rectangle that holds the eye. He painted it in the 1960s on canvas, which was different than the boards he used later, and he named it “The Red 1” for a red 1 toward the bottom, said Pat Kephart, the artist’s wife of 52 years.
Jac Kephart’s last painting also has a striking sliver of red, just above a thick horizontal sweep of pitch that contrasts with silver leaf and aluminum foil below.
“It wasn’t finished, just setting on the easel” Pat Kephart said.
Jac Kephart, 79, died May 16. More than 30 of his paintings, a retrospective including both his abstract and realistic work, will be part of the show “Shepherd + 1” that will open with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.
“He was a bright light,” said Terry Shepherd, director of ceramics and artist in residence at The Art Center, who wanted to recognize Kephart’s work in “Shepherd + 1,” which includes Shepherd’s ceramics.
Kephart had an “engaging curiosity” that extended beyond his own work to the artwork of others, said Shepherd, 67, who was in his early 20s when he first met Kephart.
Shepherd used to stop by Jac’s House of Flowers, the floral business the Kepharts ran for many years in Grand Junction, just to see what paintings might be hanging on the walls.
“I was always curious. What’s he doing now?” Shepherd remembered.
He was just 100 percent artist,” Pat Kephart said. “He was just incredibly talented.”
Throughout his life Jac Kephart was driven to create. “He was constantly sketching. Anything he l The water lilies in a pond near their home became paintings with nods to Oscar-Claude Monet. Boats that Jac and Pat Kephart took photos of during their trips to England, became other works in oil, pastels or mixed media.
“I really wanted to honor Jac by picking pieces he valued,” said Matt Jones, curator at The Art Center. With input from Pat Kephart and Shepherd, the retrospective offers a view of Jac Kephart’s work that shows his development as an artist, his playfulness, unbound and creative, as well as his deep intellectual side, Jones said.
“Jac was a lifelong study,” he said.
A number of Pat Kephart’s favorite pieces are in the show, but she holds all of her husband’s work close for the parts of him that she sees in the nuance of brush strokes, mix of colors or unexpected materials.
“I can’t live without his art,” Pat Kephart said.
“CMU donation honors legendary Grand Valley artist“
By JAMES BURKY [email protected]
Mar 27, 2021
You can find his paintings throughout the city, region and state. Colorado Mesa University is rich with his pieces. Now, after a $1 million donation from Jac’s widow, Pat Kephart, the CMU arts building bears Jac’s name with large signs resembling his signature.
“I hope it tells art students to follow their dreams,” Pat said. “That’s what Jac did.”
The donation and Jac’s legacy were honored with a celebration outside of the building on Thursday evening with speeches, food and drinks. CMU art students presented Pat with their own pieces to honor Jac.
Family, friends and fans of Jac recalled a man with a fervent passion for creating. That love extended beyond his own work to that of close friends and total strangers. He encouraged everyone to express themselves, speakers said.
Tim Foster, the outgoing president of CMU, was emotional when talking about his relationship with Jac.
Though he knew him as a close friend for decades, he talked about Jac’s work like a kid talks about their favorite superhero. Forty-four pieces by Jac are featured throughout campus, and Foster rec The message brightened the chilly, overcast evening.
“He wasn’t just a prominent member of the community,” Foster said. “He was just a true friend. I really miss him, and I wish he was here today.”
Jac’s family hopes that the name will ensure that he’s on the CMU campus as long as it exists. For students walking the same path as Jac, it gives them some visibility.
“Our students feel pushed back sometimes, but this makes me feel like we’re getting some recognition,” Art Student Madison Beaty added. “People downplay the importance of art degrees, but art is what makes the world beautiful.”
That’s integral to Jac’s legacy, his friends recalled. He wanted everyone to succeed and for art to be given the recognition it deserves.
Now when walking through the heart of the CMU campus, generations of students will know who Jac Kephart was.
“We want his legacy to be carried on and for the community to know how much he loved art,” said Kim Sparling, Jac and Pat’s daughter. “Art was everything to (Jac). I’ve never seen any artist who really was the epitome of what one should be. It came from his soul, it came from his heart.”
Jennifer L. Hoffman PSA
Jennifer L. Hoffman was born and raised in the rural Pennsylvania Dutch community of Ephrata. In 1992, she graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking and Painting. In 1996, she moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to pursue an interest in landscape painting and coincidentally got a job as studio assistant with the landscape artist, Scott Christensen.
Jennifer L. Hoffman has participated in many regional and national exhibitions since 2000. She is a participant in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s annual Western Visions show, and has been included in the Oil Painters of America’s National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils as well as their Western Regional Exhibition; Reflections in Pastel, a national juried exhibition in Little Rock, AR; and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painter’s National Exhibitions, among others.
Recent awards include an Award of Excellence at the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painter’s 2010 National Show (Crested Butte, CO), Best of Show at the First Annual Autumn Arts Painting Challenge (New Hope, PA), an Award of Merit at the RMPAP 2008 National Exhibition (Winter Park, CO), and 3rd Place in Landscape in the 9th Annual Pastel 100, sponsored by the Pastel Journal.
Hoffman is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and also holds memberships in the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, the Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressionist Society.
Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including the Pastel Journal, April 2008 and April 2010. She is a participant in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s annual Western Visions show. As an art instructor, she was 2005 Visiting Artist, Grand Teton Association’s Artists in the Environment Program; 2008 Guest Artist, National Museum of Wildlife Art Paintbox Society Event; 2009 Visiting Artist, Grand Teton Association’s Artists in the Environment Program, and 2010 Instructor, Plein Air Painting in Pastel, Workshop through the Art Association, Jackson, Wyoming.
A Colorado native, Rebecca Hilley, daughter of painter Hal Rice, has been painting most of her life. Rebecca has been greatly influenced by her love of the Rocky Mountain
Her paintings express a strong sense of free movement and boldness yet are ever so delicate in concept. Incorporating collage into her work, she often uses various imported papers, such as silk paper, rice paper, or banana pulp paper. Rebecca has developed a distinctive style combining watercolor, pastel and acrylic which creates a subtle translucent effect.
Her work has been enthusiastically received and collected throughout the country and abroad. Rebecca, with her husband and two daughters make their home in the beautiful region of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Began her art work sitting on the floor of El Chico in Las Cruces while her mother, Juanita, worked on portraits. After graduating from the Texas Academy of Art and the University of Houston Dept of Art, Joan returned to New Mexico. Surrounded by history and a panorama of color, she reflects in her work the melting of land and culture as the true flavor of the Southwest emerges. The artist creates large hand painted Pueblo vases composed of multicolored ceramic with 22K gold detailing; signed and dated 1988.
Bruce A. Gomez was born in Denver, Colorado in 1957 and was educated at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado at Denver, where he received a degree in Political Science as well as a degree in Romance Languages. The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art has represented Bruce since 1985.
He has been working in pastels for thirty-nine years, full-time for the past twenty-nine. Entirely self-taught, Bruce works exclusively in that medium on cold-pressed watercolor paper. In addition, he has taught for the last twenty years at the Ah Haa School in Telluride, CO, where he has been one of the school’s highest-rated instructors, consistently. He has also had the opportunity to teach workshops in Sedona, AZ, Moab, UT, London, England, and Cortona, Italy. He is currently a regular instructor at the Abend Gallery of Fine Art in Denver.
He has appeared in numerous Pastel Invitational shows as well as Plein Air Invitationals including The Denver Golden Triangle Invitational, and The Sedona Plein Air Festival, in which he won The Collector’s Choice Award, The Artists Choice Award, and received one of five Merit Awards in 2011 and the Merit Awards in 2012.
His artistic influences range from Paleolithic art up to Alfred Sisley, Maxfield Parrish, Juan Gris, and Gustav Klimt. He is singularly fortunate enough to travel to and paint in such wonderful places as Telluride, Paris, Rome, and Moab. He goes out and looks to capture that one unique and spectacular moment of life, whether in the mountains, in an urban setting, possibly slogging through a deluge, snowshoeing in -10°F, or painting plein air in 101°F.
Publications + Exhibitions
- Art & Antiques
- Southwest Art Magazine
- The Artist Magazine
- US Embassy, Paris, France
- Pastel Society of America, Annual Juried Competition Rocky Mountain National Park 75th Anniversary Show
Born 1947, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
BFA University of Colorado, 1968
-2001 Fra Angelica Foundation “Woman Artist of the Year”
-2002 -2003 Colorado Business Committee for the Arts Annual Commission Award
-2004 Florence Biennial
-2004 Expressions of the Spiritual, Iliff School of Theology, Best of Show
-2004 Second Place at Cuyahoga College “An Open Book”
-2005 Lorenzo II Magnifico Award: Fifth Degree in Painting, Florence, Italy
-2009 Denver, Co, O’Sullivan Art Gallery, Regis University
-2008 Denver, Co Spark Gallery: “Some Assembly Required”
-2008 Loveland, Colorado, Loveland Museum Gallery: “Character Sketches”, Curator Hilary De Polo
-2007 Denver, CO, Sandy Carson Gallery: Colorado Masters Show
-2007 Denver CO, Republic Plaza “Art: It’s All Relative”
-2007 Denver, CO, 25th Anniversary Exhibition of the Grant Street Art Center
-2006 Denver, CO, Spark Gallery “Recent Works”
-2006 Denver, CO Spark Gallery: w/Angela Larson
-2004 Denver, CO Fresh Art Gallery: “Character Sketches”
-2004 Cleveland, CO, Cuyahoga College: “An Open Book Art Exhibition”
-2003 Florence, Italy, Florence Biennial: representing US
-2003 Boulder, CO, The Dairy Art Center: “Maternal Legends”
-2003 Denver, CO, Fresh Art Gallery: “Memory”
-2003 Denver, CO, Spark Gallery: Solo Show
-2003 Denver, CO, Fra Angelico Awards Juried Invitational
-2003 Denver, CO, Fresh Art Gallery: “Momentum”
-2002 Pueblo, CO, Sangre de Christo Center for the Arts: “Steel City”
-2002 Denver, CO, Spark Gallery: “Sequel to the Promised Land”
-2001 Denver, CO, Fra Angelico Awards Juried Invitational
-2001 Ft. Collins, CO, Museum of Contemporary Art: Solo Show
-2001 Ardmore, OK, Goddard Center for the Arts: Solo Show
-2001 Denver, CO, Oz Architecture: Group Invitational
-2001 Denver, CO, Spark Gallery: Solo Show
-2001 Denver, CO, Spark Gallery: Solo Show
-2001 Golden, CO, Foothills Art Center: “Colorado Open”
-2001 Denver, CO, Edge Gallery: Women’s Caucus for the Arts
-2000 Denver, CO, Redshift Gallery: 10th Anniversary Show
-2000 Denver, CO, Core New Art Space: Sculpture Show
-2000 Denver, CO, Spark Gallery: Solo Show
-2000 Denver, CO, Corporate 2000: Juried Exhibition
Pinnocol Assurance Corporation
Delta Petroleum Corporation
Denver Int’l Airport
City of Englewood
Anam Chara Foundation
Dr. & Mrs. George Arnsby Jones
Dr. Roland P. Freeman
Mr. & Mrs. Gene Womack
Mr. & Mrs. William Blanning
Ms. Katherine Davis
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Gale
Garden of the Patriots
Mr. & Mrs. Ross McConnell
Rev. Roger Fuller
Dr. & Mrs. Richard Flanigan
Arthur K. Underwood
Dr. & Mrs. Greg Everson
Dr. Ann Sartori
Ms. Betty Arca
Mr. & Mrs Judy Buckly
Mr. & Mrs. Steve Russel
Rev. Ed Murphy
Mr. & Mrs. Roger Bumgarner
Dr. Pamela Haglund
Mr. & Mrs. Norman Haglund
Mr. Perry Evans
Ms. Holle Finch
Shaver Ramsey Fine Arts
“There is absolutely nothing like being outdoors, painting the beauty of Nature! My goal is to push through every last area of fear, and paint with utter abandon – BEAUTY. If I could be a “Vivaldi of paint”, I would feel that I have reached my ultimate goal!”
Michelle Chrisman spent years in New York City working in advertising and illustration, and moonlighting at the New York Art Students League. At the same time she studied drawing and painting, hoping for the day when she would be a full time painter. “I have always been electrified by the look and smell of oil paint.”
In the early 90s, Michelle took a week-long workshop with Ray Vinella in Taos, that changed the course of her life. I took seriously Ray’s parting words to me to ˜keep painting, and I have done just that.
Some years ago she was able to move to Taos to paint the beauty of the place. I have not found anywhere in the world like Taos. I could literally set up my easel anywhere and paint. While not a traditional plein air painter, Michelle firmly believes in applying the principals of the visual world when she paints, although she is most excited by the abstract in the natural world.
I hope to bring a new vitality to the traditional approach to plein air painting, a modern response, while honoring the rules so to speak. I am more interested in how a place makes me feel than reproducing exactly how it looks.
Michelle’s father was a sculptor in Santa Fe who relayed to her his passion about the texture and feel of art. Maybe that is why paint quality is also important to me. I cannot imagine doing a painting where the paint itself is not given a chance to express itself. Paint is an amazingly exciting organic sensuous substance that for me is almost more important than the image it is striving to represent.
Michelle is a Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and has attended the Plein Air Invitational in Zion National Park, Utah. She teaches plein air painting annually for Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque and Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, and summer workshops in Taos.
Representation: The Signature Gallery Santa Fe
Mel Carter is highly revered in the Denver area as a unique artist and an insightful teacher. He moved to Denver in 1965 and taught art at the University of Colorado at Denver for nearly 30 years. Many artists attribute their success, at least in part, to Mel’s encouragement and instructive comments on their work. They hold him in high esteem as both mentor and friend.
Always an artist, Mel was born in Birmingham, Alabama but studied worldwide. He earned his MFA at the University of Illinois and then studied in the Netherlands on a Fulbright scholarship. He attended the Catholic University in Lima, Peru, and the Lorenzo de Medici Institute in Florence, Italy. Whether teaching at University College in London, the University of Rome or the Sorbonne in Paris, or merely experiencing life, he painted the people and places of his travels.
Mel was acknowledged as a master at bringing life to landscapes and capturing both powerful and evocative nuances in his male and female studies. Mel’s work has been admired and honored in many local, national and international exhibitions.
He is recognized as one of the 30 most significant artists of this century. Besides showing well over 70 exhibits, Mel’s work has been featured in art films and a wide variety of publications. He was a member of the Governor’s Selection Committee for Excellence in the Arts, on the Board of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and a juror for numerous art shows. His works are included in collections in the Denver community and around the world.
Not merely a painter of life, Mel was a participant! He involved himself with his students, whether by accommodating schedules of those who needed to work, or holding the line if they fought against themselves. As Mel traveled, he documented his journeys through beautifully illustrated sketchbooks. Then he showed his students how to engage with the world as they passed through it and make sketchbooks of their own.
As a Commissioner of Art for the City and County of Denver, Mel took an active role, with a particular eye toward public funding for minority artists. Among other kindly works, an exhibit of Mel’s yearly Christmas cards, always with the word Peace, and the presence of an angel, served as a fund raising gift to Project Angel Heart.
Mel’s love of old Denver architecture kept him happily settled in Capitol Hill for 20 years, until his death in 1998. Denver is honored to remember Mel Carter not only as an artist, but as a teacher, a role model and a friend.
Clyde Steadman studied at the Art Students League of Denver and has studied with artists like Daniel Sprick, Quang Ho, and Mark Daily. Now teaches at the League. His paintings have been featured in such varied settings as The Wynkoop Restaurant, Gallery Stain, Pirate Contemporary Art, Artists on Santa Fe, Terra Firma, Zip 37, Rich Designs in Colorado Springs, and Red Rocks Community College. Currently he has work on display at McCall Fine Art on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM. In Florida, his work showed at the L2 Gallery. He has also been featured at the Fine Arts Gallery at St. John’s College in Santa Fe and the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos New Mexico. HIs work is regularly on display at Abend and Art Images in Denver, Colorado. The best way to reach him is by email at [email protected]
Painting has occupied my leisure time for almost 20 years. As a plein air painter, I find pleasure in being outside in nature painting shadow and light on the landscape, architecture and figures. Extensive training at the Denver Botanic Gardens Botanical Illustration School set me on a painting path that ultimately led to plein air painting. Further training includes workshops with notable painters across the United States. My passion for painting is especially inspired by the works of Richard Schmid, Quang Ho, David Demers and Dave Santillanes.
Mrs. Huie was a remarkable woman. She was an American impressionist artist, sculptor, avid historian, and writer. Born in Augusta, Mrs. Huie spent much of her childhood at her family’s home in Savannah, and was one of Juliet Gordon Low’s first Girl Guide Troops (now known as the Girl Scouts of United States of America). The Mildred Huie Mediterranean House Plantation Museum on St. Simons Island houses a permanent display of Huie’s works, including the parlor dolls for which she is so well known.
One day in 1965, Huie gathered three of her friends, Stella Morton, Selma Shelander, and Marja Albright, also artists, in the living room of her East Beach home to discuss the need for an outlet to sell their art. The result of that gathering was the formation of The Left Bank Art Gallery. Mildred initially ran the gallery, but soon discovered that managing the business left her no time to paint. Fortunately, Mildred’s daughter, Mildred Huie Wilcox, and her husband, Robert, were willing to step in and take the reins.
Mildred’s daughter, Mildred Huie Wilcox, affectionately known to most as Millie, is no less remarkable than her mother. Born in Albany, Georgia, Millie attended college in Bristol, Virginia, then returned to Georgia to major in English Literature at the University of Georgia. After graduating from UGA, Millie moved to New York City in 1950 and began working in Estonian couturier Madame Eleanora Garnett’s Fashion House, where she selected fabrics for the designer’s creations, thus developing her eye for art and fashion and beginning a lifelong career in aesthetics. She then traveled to Rome and began modeling the fashions as well.
Millie returned to St. Simons Island in 1966. It was then that she met and later married her husband, Robert Wilcox, a hotelier who had been raised in France. His connections there were invaluable to establishing relationships with French artists. Millie and Robert would travel to France several times a year to meet with artists and select works from their ateliers. They began expanding The Left Bank Art Gallery from a showcase for local artists to a home for national and international artists, with an emphasis on French Impressionism. The roster of artists that they developed over the years created high quality collections of which even the leading metropolitan galleries would be envious.
Kit is an award-winning artist with over 30 years of experience who has developed her own unique contemporary, representational and abstract painting styles using a palette knife and brushes. She is a self-taught artist whose painting technique and style evolved by studying a variety of artists spanning the globe; from the Impressionists to the Abstract Expressionists, all who inspire new ideas and ways of approaching painting. Her paintings are colorful canvases filled with elements of light, shape and texture depicting her most cherished subjects including florals and landscapes.
“Painting is my form of self-expression where I have found that creating is not about changing oneself, but it is about meeting yourself.” ~Kit Hevron Mahoney
“My desire is to awaken something within and speak the spirit and energy that inspired me during the creation process. As an artist my work is ever evolving. It is a continual process of reinventing myself in this ever-changing world, which continually exposes us to numerous new ideas and possibilities. All of my work is a joyous and challenging expression, as it requires the painting to come from within.”
Kit Hevron Mahoney uses her experience as a fine artist and graphic designer to create imagery of an interpretive nature.
“As an observer of Nature, my inspiration comes from the endless and infinite variety that she provides. It challenges me to interpret and express on canvas the glorious beauty that is found all over this world.”
Some of her best work hangs in notable private and corporate collections, has been presented nationally in solo and group exhibitions and has received numerous awards from national juried shows. Kit has generously passed on her extraordinary skills, experience and love of art by mentoring and teaching students design and drawing at the Art Institute of Colorado for 15 years.
- Best Impressionist Painting Award by judge Tom Tierny, publisher Art of the West magazine in the 21st Annual NOAPS Society “Best of America” Exhibit for 2011
- Award of Merit by judge Steve Doherty in the 20th Annual NOAPS Society “Best of America” Exhibit for 2010
- The Painted Violin – Invitational Fund Raiser for the Denver Young Artists Orchestra 2009
- 5th Biennial “Artists for Open Space Invitational for Montana Land Reliance-BigFork, MT
- Best of Show 2006 Evergreen Paint, Shoot and Sculpt-Evergreen Fine Arts Council
- National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society Exhibit 2001-Gustafson Art & Education Fund
- “Best use of light and color”; Wild Poppies
- Finalist Winner/Landscape Category – The Artist Magazine’s 2001 Annual Art Competition Commemorative Poster Artist – Rocky Mountain PBS 2000 Art Auction
- Colorado Governor’s Art Show Invitational 2000-2013
NOTABLE INSTALLATIONS & CORPORATE COLLECTIONS:
- Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN
- Broadmoor Hotel-Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Saint Joseph Hospital – Denver, CO
- Kaiser Permanente Offices, Denver and Lonetree, CO
- Eye Care Associates – Fort Collins, CO
- Eyes of the World – Denver, CO
- RBC Dain Rauscher offices – Fort Collins, CO
- Children’s Hospital – Denver, CO
- Pfizer Pharmaceutical Corporate Offices Denver, Colorado
- McGraw Hill Publishers-Dayton, Ohio
- Medical Center of the Rockies-Fort Collins, Colorado
- Ella Corothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art-Bolivar, Missouri
- Omni Interlocken Hotel-Boulder, Colorado
- M.D. Anderson Cancer Center-Houston, TX
- Academy Retirement-Community/ Bella Vista Boulder, Colorado
- Colorado Business Bank-Boulder, Colorado
- Berg and McMurry, P.C.-Boulder, Colorado
- Alpha Omicron Pi Headquarters-Brentwood, Tennessee
- United Western Bank – Denver, CO
- Kent Place – Denver, CO
- Sunrise Senior Living Center – Boulder, CO
- UMB Bank – Denver, CO
- Trailhead Lodge – Steamboat Springs, CO
- New Dawn Living – Boulder, CO
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
- Vail Valley Medical Center, Edwards Shaw Cancer Pavilion
- Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children; Denver, CO
- Memorial Hospital North- Colorado Springs, CO
- The Denver Hospice
- Steele Street Bank & Trust; Denver, CO
- Moody Insurance Agency
- Meagher Energy Advisors, Denver, CO
- Columbine Country Club, Denver, CO
- Actor Jack Nicholson
- Bill and Lori Kavanagh
- Kraig Forbes
- Dr. Michele Winston
- Constance and Michael Brown
- NOAPS – National Society of Oil and Acrylic Painters
- OPA – Oil Painters of America
- Pastel Society of Colorado
- Daily Painters
- Daily Paintworks
- Daily Painters of Colorado
- Abstract Painters of Colorado
- Fine Art America
- Southwest Art Magazine – article 2013
- Washington Park Profile – numerous articles
- Colorado Expressions, article Jan 2008
- Downtowner Magazine, article October, 2007
- Artist to Watch/Best of the West – Southwest Art Magazine, May 2002
- Artist to Watch/Best of the West – Southwest Art Magazine, Oct. 2001
- Visual Language Magazine – Feature article 4-2014
- Feature Artist 2014 Gallery Guide of Lincoln County, New Mexico
About Marin Dobson
My training as an artist began in high school and college. In the 90’s I began to laser focus on my artwork and started training at the Art Students League of Denver. I followed this with 3.5 years of study at the Sahli School of Art which embraces the Russian Impressionist traditions as taught to Don Sahli by Sergei Bongart a wonderful Russian painter (Look him up -he’s amazing!) My education continued with a year of study with Quang Ho in his professional studies class which was a great experience that brought a new dimension to my work. My professional career began in 1998 and my paintings have since been featured in national art magazines, national and international shows around the country, many corporate collections and in several art galleries. Please see my full resume at www.marindobson.com for a detailed list of accomplishments and to see the body of work! Hope you enjoy and would love to hear about your favorite pieces!
Saks Galleries, Denver
Jack Meier Gallery, Houston
2nd Place, Non-commissioned Category, Portrait Society of America, Member’s Only Competition, December 2019
Figurative Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America, 2019 National Juried Exhibition, Illume Gallery of Fine Art, Saint George, Utah, May 2019
Finalist, Non-commissioned Category, Portrait Society of America, Member’s Only Competition, December 2018
Honorable Mention, American Impressionists Society, National Juried Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, October 2014
Paint-out Winner, Oil Painters of America, 2012 Western Regional Show, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO, October 2012
Juror’s Top 60 Award, Salon International, 2010 National Juried Exhibition, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX April 2010
Best Figurative Narrative Award, Salon International, 2007 National Juried Exhibition, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX, June 2007
Zhiwei Tu OPAM Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America, 2004 National Juried Exhibition, Howard Mandville Gallery, Seattle, WA, May 2004
Third Place, Art Students League Art and Soul Expo, Art Students League, Denver, CO, November 2003
Allure of the East American Art Review Magazine, September 2015
Where are they now? Southwest Art Magazine, October 2014
Event Spotlight on Oil Painters of America, Southwest Art Magazine, June 2012
Featured Artist, Southwest Art Magazine, October 2021
Line and Colors, Online Blog, February 2008
Artist to Watch, Southwest Art Magazine, April 2006
Rick Brogan is an American artist whose work was featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Art Fort Collins (“Out Planet: Exploring Our Changing Environment” in 2019). Brogan has been painting full-time for over 20 years and has worked as an illustrator, cartoonist and production designer. Although Brogan was born in Montana, he has enough ties to Colorado to be considered a native. His credentials and attention to details have helped him create an enviable niche in the art world. With a master’s degree in Art from the University of Denver, he worked as an animator in Hollywood, an illustrator for Martin-Marietta (now Lockheed Martin), an Art Director in the Denver area and a free-lance artist. His work is included in many collections, including the Xcel Energy collection. Brogan is an instructor at the Curtis Center for the Arts.
About Jennifer Bobola
My paintings combine Abstract Expressionism, rhythmic line, and creating unique textures. I use a thoughtful approach, allowing experimentation and improvisation to make my work more balanced and alive, while manipulating dimensions of color and shape.
1992-1994 Utrecht School of the Arts, Utrecht, The Netherlands
1994-1998 The Metropolitan State College of Denver, CO
2016 Urban Life Exhibition, Abend Gallery
2015 Transparent Overtones Solo Exhibition, Abend Gallery
2000-2016 Landscape Show, Group Show and Miniatures Show, Abend Gallery
2007-2015 Juried artists in the Colorado Plein Air Arts Festival Exhibition at the Denver Public Library
2008 Juried Denver International Airport Exhibition
2007 Boetttcher Concert Hall Exhibition, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Denver, CO
2002 Lapis Gallery, Denver, CO
2001 Artyard Sculpture Gallery, Denver, CO
2000 Group Show with Michelle Torrez at Abend Gallery Fine Art, Denver, CO
ABOUT A. E. BARNES
I was never interested in painting or drawing when I was little. I wanted to read books and study the night sky. I loved to re-decorate my room, and move the furniture around. I was more interested in cerebral things and studied Philosophy and Comparative Religion at the University of West Florida. That was a long, long time ago. Since then, I have fallen in love with the ideas in anthropology, mythology, and mysticism; especially loving the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. I have also been a student of the Western Mysteries for 30 years. I have visited the inner circle at Stonehenge, climbed the brambled ruins of Aros Castle on the Isle of Mull and walked the desert sand of the Pyramids at Giza. My body has felt the hard seat of camel and horse, venturing far and wide to learn whatever I seek.
My parents had an art gallery in downtown Daytona Beach, Florida when I was a baby. 1964, to be precise, during that Aquarian Age of intellectual and social reformation. My mother is a famous southern painter, Diana Barnes. My father is an infamous mathematician and story teller. So, I have certainly grown up in a world of ideas and art. We were a little bit of a gypsy family, touring with my mother on painting trips and for art show events. My parents bought some property in Cashiers North Carolina and my family built a house, living in tents and bathing in the Chattooga River for a summer. I have been going to this family cabin since 1972, enjoying the mountain air and deep spiritual comfort of the place. I spent a lot of my childhood in Ft. Walton Beach and Mary Esther; my mother’s family lived there. My brother and I enjoyed an idyllic childhood, searching for pirate treasure in Old Grayton Beach, roaming the Indian Mound in Ft. Walton or sailing our small catamaran on the inter-costal waterway In May of 1989, I had a crazy idea to paint a portrait of my mom riding a pig in her living room, for a Mother’s Day gift. I got some old plywood and primed it white. Then I began to design the portrait in the afternoon. I stayed up all night working and got up early the next day and began again. I loved painting so much that I continued to find boards, painting on them for the rest of the week. Still lifes, interior scenes of my own house and garden, landscapes from my historic neighborhood. I had finished about 20 paintings in a week. I stopped eating or sleeping; I painted everything I saw and began to use wild colors. I bought a set of good oil paints and borrowed some old brushes from my mom.
I had always been in love with the French painters, the Fauves. Henry Matisse, Maurice de Vlaminck and Andre Derain were my new heroes. I checked out every library book on Impressionism and Expressionism. I covered my walls in posters of paintings by Van Gogh and Gauguin. I was hooked on oil painting like a monkey hooked on chocolate covered bananas. There was no turning back. Being an expert at moving furniture, I re-arranged my house, making the living room into a giant art studio. That was week two of my new found painting career. I vowed on the grave of Henri Matisse that I would paint forever!
When I first started painting, the Outsider and Folk Art Movement was getting underway in the Southern states. Because I never studied art, I was lumped into this new and upcoming group. I was accepted to prestigious art shows like the Piedmont Art Festival in Atlanta and shows in Miami, Key West, Dallas, Houston and Washington DC. I loved talking to customers and learning about their homes and interests. I started painting special order work for private homes and corporate headquarters. I was able to place my work in wonderful galleries. I was so lucky to be able to sell paintings, enough to pay my bills. Wow, how time has flown. I can’t believe I have been painting for 23 years! It seems like yesterday when I first picked up the brush. I love oil paints the best; but I also use acrylics some of the time. I learned early on to use the best canvas and paints, which insures a high-quality painting that will last for hundreds of years. I have exhibited in lots of art shows, presented work in great art galleries in the US and Mexico and sold paintings to many wonderful people including Rod Stewart and Reggie Jackson. Thank you for buying my art! The creative spirit is the most important element in a person’s life. Your patronage keeps me doing what I love.
“For me, painting is a way of seeing the world in a new way. I work mostly in the genre of Naturalism, and the subjects I tend to be drawn to are what most would consider ordinary: a bowl of plums, a pair of legs, a quiet corner in a room. I’ve found that when I sit with these subjects for long enough, however, my perspective on them begins to shift. As I come to know the subject I’m working with, my understanding of how best to represent that subject changes as well. Some of my work happens quickly – the way a person might scurry to write down the most lucid elements of a dream Others unfold over many years, a kind of conversation between old and distant friends. My hope is always to leave the viewer with a more complicated understanding of the world, to see the ordinary in a new way. I want my viewers to walk past my work, and then circle back. I want them to slow down, to think about the way the light sits higher up on the face of the girl than they would have expected, to think about the way the plums are, perhaps, not a fruit so much as a juxtaposition. Mostly, though, I want to offer my viewers a sense that the moment they see is one of a great number of other moments, a narrative that extends well before and well after the one I’ve captured.”
Andrea Kemp is a contemporary painter She was born and raised in the roaring fork valley where she first began her formal art training During her formative years she studied in various institutions and through private mentorship. After completing her training she returned to Colorado and currently resides in Golden CO, with her family.
Brendan Johnston graduated from McGill University in Montreal before pursuing a career as an artist. He studied academic drawing, painting, and sculpture at the Harlem Studio of Art and The Grand Central Atelier in New York, from which he graduated in 2012, and where he continues to teach. He is devoted to representational painting, and has of late concentrated his attention on portraiture, still-life, landscapes and florals. He has also achieved acclaim for his portrait sculpture in both terra cotta and stone
In 2019, he was shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and his submission, Arcus, a portrait of fellow artist Jamaal Clarke, was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, and the Ulster Museum in Belfast.
Collectors are welcome to email him with any questions at [email protected]
Don Sahli’s pedigree as a painter began early, he started to show professionally in Taos, NM at the age of 15. At 19, Don was apprenticed to the Russian painter Sergei Bongart and was Bongart’s last scholarship student. In 1988 Sahli was invited as a guest artist at NAWA National Academy of Western Art at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK. Known as a southwestern painter living in New Mexico, Sahli moved to the mountains of Evergreen, Colorado in 1991. There he established a home studio, raised a family and opened Sahli School of Art in 1995.
A plein air painter and teacher Don Sahli uses color as a tool to express form and emotion in his work. A prolific painter and teacher, Sahli travels widely, continually expanding his view and growing as a professional artist. Don has painted for over 40 years and teaching for 25. “Everyone looks for a label. I would like to be known as a painter – one who painted what he saw, and experienced while wandering around on their journey.” I am indebted to my “Guru” Sergei Bongart, I teach as he was taught. “I am a better painter because I teach; my students inspire me as we journey together.”
At age 18, Blair Atherholt set out on an undergraduate Pre-Med course of study at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. However, at exam time, when Atherholt thumbed through his notebooks from his classes, he came face to face with the reality that the notebooks were full of drawings and sketches instead of the notes he needed to study.
From that day forward, Atherholt determined not to pursue a medical career but an art career instead. He entered the Schuler School of Fine Arts in 2011 in pursuit of learning the techniques and disciplines of the Old Masters. The life works of Hans Schuler, Sr. (1874-1951) and Jacques Maroger (1884-1962) and their dedication to excellence in art represent the hallmark of the Schuler School and its mission in training students of the school.
Since his graduation from the Schuler School of Fine Arts in 2015, Atherholt’s artistic focus has remained concentrated upon traditional still life painting in oils. Within this genre, his continual ambition is to compose works made distinctively his own by utilizing contemporary, imaginative subject matter. He strives with each new painting to improve his control of the medium, one measured brushstroke at a time.
His work has been included in multiple national shows and international publications. Most recently, he was awarded the American Art Collector Editor’s Choice in the 15th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition, an Award of Excellence in the Oil Painters of America Wet Paint Competition, 2nd Place in the Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition: Still Life + Interiors, as well as the Windows to the Divine Award in the Art Renewal Center’s 14th International Salon. He also received the Realism Award of Excellence in the Oil Painters of America 28th National Juried Exhibition, as well as the Best Still Life Award in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society’s Best of America Small Works Exhibition. He has been honored to have been publicized in the August/September 2020 issue of International Artist Magazine with a feature demonstration article, Painting with Precision. He was also a featured artist in Southwest Art Magazine’s 21 Under 31 issue, in September 2017. His paintings are part of numerous public and private collections.
Schuler School of Fine Arts, Baltimore MD: Certificate of Completion, 4 Year Program; Additional Post-Graduate Year of Study (2011-2016)
Competition Awards and Special Honors
- Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition: Still Life + Interiors: Second Place (2019)
- Art Renewal Center: 14th International Salon: Windows to the Divine Award (2019)
- Oil Painters of America: 28th National Juried Exhibition: Art Renewal Center Realism Award of Excellence (2019)
- National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society: Best of America Small Works: Best Still Life Award (2019)
- International Artist’s Magazine Art Prize Challenge #105: Still Life: Finalist (June/July 2018) Artists
- National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Spring Online International: Award of Excellence (2018)
- BoldBrush: 3rd Place (January 2018)
- Art Renewal Center’s 13th Annual International Salon: Honorable Mention (2018)
- National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show: 3rd Place (December 2017)
- Art Renewal Center’s 12th Annual International Salon: Finalist (2017)
Selected Group Exhibitions
- Oil Painters of America: Eastern Regional Exhibition (October 2019)
- National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society: 29th Best of America National Exhibition (September 2019)
- Oil Painters of America: 28th National Juried Exhibition (May 2019)
- National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society: Juried Best of America Small Works (March 2019)
- The Wilson Studio Art Show (December 2018)
- Oil Painters of America: Eastern Regional Exhibition (October 2018)
- National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society: 28th Best of America National Exhibition (September 2018)
- Allied Artists of America: 105th Annual Exhibition (August 2018)
- Oil Painters of America Salon: Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils (June 2018)
- National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society: Juried Best of America Small Works (May 2018)
- The Schuler School of Fine Arts: Student and Faculty Holiday Exhibition (December 2017)
- The Wilson Studio Art Show (December 2017)
- National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society: Juried Annual Holiday Small Works (November 2017)
- Oil Painters of America: Juried Eastern Regional Exhibition (November 2017)
- The Schuler School of Fine Arts: Student and Faculty Spring Exhibition (June 2017)
- Oil Painters of America: Associate Member
- National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society: Signature Member
- The International Guild of Realism
Kyle Ma was born in the year 2000 and developed a love of nature during his childhood. He was drawn to art at an early age and says that painting allows him to express his viewpoint of our world. In 2010, Kyle moved with his family to Austin, Texas where he continues to pursue his love and affection for art. He enjoys painting En plein air since it allows him to be immersed in the landscape during the progress of creating. Currently Kyle is also pursuing his passion of science by studying Geology in the University of Texas at Austin. Kyle believes it reinforces the idea of making careful observations and seeking to understand these observations, a skill Kyle feels is extremely important in art. Kyle is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and member of Salmagundi Club, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and American Impressionist Society.
Ned is a very accomplished and highly respected artist, having been drawing and painting for over 65 years. He has been designated as a “Master Artist” with both the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society.
He is a graduate of the prestigious Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles where as still a student he also taught drawing classes. He has participated in many of the major invitational shows in the country, including the “Artists of America Show”, “Great American Artists’ Show”, “National Academy of Western Art”, “Oil Painters of America”, “Laguna Plein Air Show”, “Pastel Society of America”, “The Autry Western Masters Show”, “The Northwest Rendezvous Show” and the annual “Plein Air Painters of America Exhibition.”
Ned has had three exhibitions at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and has shown in some of the Finest Galleries in the country, has won numerous awards and is included in many private fine art collections.
He is a Signature member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Painters of America, California Art Club, Northwest Pastel Society, Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists, Northwest Rendezvous Group, and the American Society of Marine Artists.
Ned worked as a concept Artist for Walt Disney Imagineering where he also taught workshops for the Disney Artists. He continues to challenge himself to grow artistically. Ned is asked to jury Regional and National Art Shows and he loves to teach and share his many years of knowledge and experience by teaching classes and workshops, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Email: [email protected]
The fine art of David W. Mayer captures the beauty and color of Colorado and West, from the high plains to the Rocky Mountains and from the Pacific Coast to the desert Southwest. David is an award- winning oil painter and longtime member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA), as well as an out-of-state member of the California Art Club (CAC) founded in 1909. He is also a past member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP).
Jill Basham’s work is typically quiet, often with muted colors and purposefully simple design. She is dedicated to conveying the light, atmosphere, and “feeling” of the landscapes she paints, whether natural or manmade, and hopes to evoke an emotional reaction. Basham paints in her Maryland studio near the Chesapeake Bay, as well as outdoors, in locations both far and near. She is comfortable allowing each painting and its subject to lead her on an exploratory, experimental journey, as this approach often yields the most unexpected and visually exciting results.
Having earned numerous awards and honors over the years, Basham’s recent accomplishments include “Best of Show” in the most recent Plein Air Easton; “Best of Show” for her work at the Door County Plein Air Invitational by C.W. Mundy, master artist; and the “Judges Award” at Olmsted Plein Air for two different works by both Peter Trippi, Editor-in-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine; and Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine.
Jill Basham has had her work featured many publications including Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Magazine and American Art Collector.
Basham’s work is in corporate, private and museum collections, and has hung in the US Embassy, Sri Lanka through the US Department of State. She is a member of the American Impressionist Society (AIS), the Oil Painters of America (OPA), as well as an artist-member of the historic art institutions; The Salmagundi Club in New York City and The Washington Society of Landscape Painters in Washington, D.C.
A talented artist playing at the top of her game” ~Peter Trippi, Editor-in-Chief, Fine Art Connoisseur (reference: “From Above Exhibition” Principle Gallery, Catalog Introduction 2020)
“Jill Basham’s sense of color, composition and ability to minimize, hone in on what is essential, really sets her apart. Great eye, great execution. Love all that she does. Jill is an incredible visionary.” ~Dan Volenec, cover artist of Fine Art Connoisseur, May 2016, “Three to Watch”
Principle Gallery, Alexandria VA
Reinert Fine Art, Charleston SC
Handwright Gallery, New Canaan CT
Trippe Gallery, Easton MD
Crown Gallery, Blowing Rock NC
Weizhen Liang was born in January 1, 1955. She is a master member of American Impressionist Society and an artist member of the California Art Club. She earned a BA in the major of Chinese Literature from Ji Nan university of Guang Zhou in China, and work as a playwright in Guang Dong TV station before she move to the United States. She showed early interest in art and was influenced by her aunt, Zhong An-Zhi, a famous painter and professor in the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. In 1998, Weizhen began studying painting seriously and finished advanced program in Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China in 2009. They have lived over decades in the East Bay of San Francisco.
- Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China, (2008-2009)
- Ji Nan University, China, BA (1980-1984)
- Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition, 2016
- Greenwich Workshop exhibition (2010, 2007)
- Salon International at Greenhouse Gallery (2010, 2007, 2005)
- The Northwest Rendezvous, Montana (2004, 2003)
- National Oil Painters of America (national, regional), (2003, 2002, 2001)
- “Two Person Show – HuiHan Liu and WeiZhen Liang”, Total Arts Gallery, Taos, NM 2018
- “Two Person Show – Huihan Liu and Weizhen Liang”, The Sylvan Gallery, Charleston, SC. 2013
- “Two Person Show – Huihan Liu and Weizhen Liang”, Total Arts Gallery, Taos, NM. 2011
- “Two Person Show” Antioch Lynn House Gallery, California, 2008
- “Four Person Show” Antioch Lynn House Gallery, California, 2006
- “Tow Person Show”, The Sylvan Gallery, Charleston, SC. 2007
- “Four Person Show”, The Sylvan Gallery, Charleston, BC. 2006
- “Still Life Award of Excellence”, Oil Painters of America National Jured Exhibition, 2016
- “Top 40” Award, Greenwich Workshop, 2007
- ”Top 50” Award, Greenhouse Gallery, 2005
- Civic Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA. (2011, 2010)
- The Sylvan Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina
- Mountain Song Galleries, Carmel by The Sea, California
- Germanton Gallery, Germanton, North Carolina
- Total Arts Gallery, Taos , New Mexico
- “Liu & Liang” – Total Arts Gallery, Southwest Art Magazine, August, 2018
- “Weizhen Liang & Huihan Liu Couple Show”, American Art Collector, April, 2013
Karol Mack is widely recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of the Western landscape. Her oil paintings evoke the essence and beauty of the natural world as only a master of painting can do. Her paintings range from large renderings of the majestic Rocky Mountains to intimate vignettes of aspen groves, winding streams, waterfalls, and meadows. Her artwork can be found at Loch Vale Fine Art and her studios. She is a Signature Member- Oil Painters of America, a Emeritus Founding Member – Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, an Artist Fellow – American Artists Professional League, and an illustrator of several books including Scotland: Castles & Clans and 1773 Scotland: An Illustrated Account of Johnson & Boswell’s Tour. A few major awards include: Award of Excellence – Oil Painters of America, Jessie B. McReynolds Award – Salmagundi Club National Show, NY, and the Director’s Choice Award – American Artists Professional League.
About Vincent Xeus
Vincent Xeus is an award-winning artist and a leading figure in the international contemporary art scene. He creates from his personal cultural experiences in a kaleidoscopic sprawl of contemporary imagery and cultural touchstones. As a quintessential Asian American artist in the age of globalization, Xeus straddles both Eastern and Western artistic ideologies, representing their cultural distinctions, blurring boundaries, and creating a unique expression of harmony. Each element in the pictorial structure expresses multiple messages and identities. With a wide range of perspectives, Xeus’s works explore the terms and stakes of individuals in a society, highlighting a sense of belonging and responsibility for the world we share. His prodigious artistic output has earned him international acclaim, and his work is exhibited in renowned public and private collections in museums and galleries worldwide.
Xeus currently lives and creates in Manhattan and Napa Valley, California. He served as Board Director of Arts Council Napa Valley and Arts Commissioner in Napa Valley, California. The artist holds a high honors bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA with Columbia Fellow Award from Columbia University.
About Women of Kennedy Exhibition
Better Angels is a touring solo exhibition consisting of 20 large-format oil paintings, which explore the underrepresented but critical voices and international impact of leaders in the legendary American family, Rose, Ethel, Eunice, Jean, Jackie, Caroline, Rosemary and Kathleen (“Kick”) Kennedy.
The body of work takes inspiration from these women whose rejection of the cultural limitations imposed on their gender and adherence to a universal belief in human dignity has left a global impact. By referencing rarely seen historical and family photos (courtesy of the Kennedy family’s private collection), each painting will re-animate key moments to provide a candid glimpse of each
subject’s life. Whether it was Jean’s role in negotiating peace for war-torn Ireland, Ethel’s international activism for human rights, Eunice’s movement to foster acceptance and inclusion of all disabled persons, or Kick’s uncompromising determination and lust for life – all discovered and followed a bold calling. Through intellect, courage, passion, and personal sacrifices, each took action and played a critical role in establishing new cultural norms.
As Vincent Xeus blurs image over image, abstract and representational foreground and background constantly shift roles, creating spatial ambiguities that resonate as a complex juxtaposition of senses. This series of paintings presents the viewer with an intimate composition overflowing with vitality and authenticity. They raise questions about hegemonic ideals, hope to vividly remind the audience of peace, unity, and innovation brought forth by these characters to the world, and evoke the power of beauty in bridging ideological gaps and healing psychological wounds.
The fine art of David W. Mayer captures the beauty and color of Colorado and West, from the high plains to the Rocky Mountains and from the Pacific Coast to the desert Southwest. His paintings let you experience first-hand the warm light of a prairie morning, the soft, cool colors of blue-shadowed snow, and the brilliant gold of a high country late Autumn day.
David W. Mayer is a longtime member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA), as well as a full “Artist Member” of the California Art Club (CAC) founded in 1909. He is also a past member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP). He is an avid impressionist and plein air landscape painter with an emphasis on portraying the beauty of the Rocky Mountain West as well as the Southwest, California and the West Coast.
Kelli Folsom is an academically trained artist working exclusively from life in oils. She creates museum quality paintings combining an old master feel with rich color and painterly brushstrokes. When collecting her work you will be bringing a layer of refined beauty of the highest quality into your collection that uplifts the soul.
Kelli is an award winning artist who at a young age is already exhibiting in museum shows and garnering attention and inclusion in some of the highest organizations in contemporary representational art like Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, American Impressionists Society and Women Artists of the West.
She received a B.F.A. from Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT ,the first impressionist colony in the U.S. established in 1899. It is here that she studied traditional life drawing, painting and sculpture with great emphasis on in depth study and classical techniques and the joy of working in a direct impressionist style in nature. Every still life arrangement is set up in her north light studio and painted directly from life in a matter of one or two sittings. She paints directly so that her relationship to the subject is heightened in the moment in order to pass on that perception and experience to the viewer resulting in a painting that looks like a painting and not a photograph. Kelli chooses objects and arrangements to create the most aesthetically beautiful design and a feeling of abundance and intimacy. These arrangements are influenced by centuries of traditional painting from the Dutch Masters of the 1600s to French Academics of the 1900s.
Marin Dobson is an artist whose trademark oil paintings are infused with a luminous color quality and with a focus on lyrical forms. Her paintings incorporate the bold use of color, a variety of textures, lost and found edges, control of values and strong compositions. Her work is accomplished in a painterly style that reflect both her Russian School inspired training at the Sahli School of Art and her study of technique at the Art Students League of Denver, including a year of training with Quong Ho.
Marin has won awards and national recognition for her distinctive oil paintings. Her paintings have been juried into many national and international shows including American Women Artists, Oil Painters of America, Salon International, Society of Master Impressionist Painters, and Audubon Artists of America. Marin’s work has also been selected for numerous corporate collections and has been featured in “Southwest Art Magazine”, “American Art Collector Magazine”, “The Artists Magazine”, “5280 Magazine”, and “Serenity Magazine”. She holds membership in an extensive list of professional artist organizations. Marin’s work can be seen on the web at www.marindobson.com with links to the galleries representing her work.
Bloom, Muir and Acomazzo, PC, Denver CO
Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Crested Butte, CO
Dixon Commercial Realty, Frisco, CO
Edison Electric Institute, Washington, D.C.
FirstBank Holding Company, Aurora, CO
Guarantee Bank and Trust Co, Englewood, CO
Huiting Wealth Management, Wells Fargo Financial Services, Evergreen CO
Jeppesen Aviation Corporation, Englewood, CO
Marin Goodman LLP, New York, NY
Oppenheimer Funds, LLC, Englewood, CO
Pro Group, Inc, Englewood, CO
The Ritz Carlton Company, LLC, Beaver Creek, CO
Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLC, Denver, CO
Western State College, Gunnison CO
Awards and Publications
American Art Collector Magazine, “Charting New Territory: Collecting Marine Art”, p. 70 Editorial Feature, June 2013
Southwest Art Magazine, Editorial Feature, p.115, May 2013
“Boldbrush Art Competition” Top 15% Honors, June 2011
“Denver Plein Air”, Award of Excellence, by editor Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, June 2009
“Denver Plein Air”, 3rd Place, September 2008
“Paint Sculpt Shoot Evergreen, Evergreen Center for the Arts, Jurors Choice Award for Master Painters, by editor Southwest Art Magazine, October 2007
Upslope Weekly Magazine, November 7,2007
Summit Daily News, May, 1, 2007
“Paint, Sculpt, Shoot Evergreen” Evergreen Arts Center, 3rd place, October 2006
Southwest Art Magazine, On the Waterfront, p. 116, October 2003,
Southwest Art Magazine, Artists to Watch, Jan 2003
5280 Magazine, On The Town, Aug/Sept.2001, and Dec/Jan 2002
The Artist’s Magazine, Artists on the Rise, January 2000, p.30
The Artist’s Magazine, 1999 Art Competition, 1st place,
Saks Galleries, Denver CO
Spa Fine Art, Saratoga Springs, NY
Rijks Gallery, Crested Butte CO
Holiday Celebration, Saks Galleries, Denver CO, December 3 2018- January 2019
Sweet September, Saks Galleries, Denver, CO September- October 2018Inspiration and Interpretation, Rijks Gallery, Crested Butte CO, July 21-Sept. 3, 2018
Memories in the Making, Alzheimers Association Invitiational, “Pairing Artist”, Centennial CO, June 2018
Power of the Palette Knife, Rijks Gallery, Crested Butte CO, March 16-May 1, 2018
6th Annual Plein Air Salon, July/August 2017
Summer Celebration of Color, Marin Dobson at Rijks Gallery, Crested Butte, CO, Jully/August 2017
Memories in the Making, Alzheimers Association Invitational, “Pairing Artist” Centennial CO, June 2017
6th Annual Plein Air Salon March/April/May 2017
Brownsville Museum of Art, 45th Annual National Juried Show Brownsville TX, March/April 2017
5th Annual Plein Air Salon, November/December 2016
Holiday Miniature Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, Nov/December 2016
Rocky Mountain Summer, Marin Dobson at Rijks Gallery, Crested Butte, CO July 2016
Landscape Invitational, Abend Gallery, Denver CO, May 2016
Holiday Miniature Show Invitational, Abend Gallery, Denver, Co December, 2015
Oil Painters of America National Juried Salon Show, November 2015
Salon Des Refuses, Loveland CO, July 2015
Landscape Invitational, Abend Gallery, March 2015
The Art of Gastronomy, Juried Show, Healdsburg Arts Center, Healdsberg CA, March/April 2015
Holiday Miniatures Invitational, Abend Gallery, December 2014
Los Lagunas Small Gems Juried Show, Laguna Beach CA, December 2014
Landscape Invitational, Abend Gallery April 2014
Holiday Invitational, Abend Gallery, December 2013
American Women Artists, National Juried Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksberg TX, November 3013
Plein Air Colorado, Denver CO, September 2013
Plein Air Artists of Colorado Paint Out, Oh be Joyful Gallery, Crested Butte CO
Oil Painters of America, National Juried Show, Fredericksberg TX, May 2013
Abend Gallery, “Gallery Show”, Denver CO, July 2013
Rijks Gallery, Featured Artist, Crested Butte, CO, July 2013
Alzheimers Association, “Memories in the Making Invitational, Pairing Artist, Denver CO, June 2013
Holiday Invitational, Abend Gallery, December 2012
Plein Air Denver”, Denver CO, September 2012
Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, Weekend in the West Invitational, July 2012
Abend Gallery, “Landscape”, Denver CO, July 2012
Alzheimers Association, “Memories in the Making Invitational Pairing Artist, Denver CO, June 2012
Holiday Invitational, Abend Gallery, December 2011,
Plein Air Denver”, Denver CO, September 2011
Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, Weekend in the West, July 2011
Abend Gallery, “Landscape”, Denver CO, July 2011
Alzheimers Association, “Memories in the Making Invitational, Pairing Artist, Denver CO, June 2011
Got Metal Gallery, “Summer Show” Denver CO June-August 2011
Abend Gallery, “All Gallery Show” Denver Co, April 2011
Abend Gallery, “Travel” , Denver CO, February 2011
Abend Gallery, “Holiday Miniature Show Invitational”, December 2010
Stoneheart Gallery, “Featured Artist” Evergreen Co May 2010
Evergreen Fine Art, “Windows to the Divine Invitational” Evergreen CO August 2010
Abend Gallery, “Landscape” Denver CO, July 2010
Rijks Gallery, Featured Artist” Crested Butte CO, June 2010
Abend Gallery, “Romance” Denver, CO February 2010
Abend Gallery, “Passion”, Denver, CO, February 2009
Abend Gallery, “The Landscape”, invitational, Denver, CO, April 2009
Stoneheart Gallery, Featured Artist, Evergreen CO, May 2009
Alzheimer’s Association, “Memories in the Making, Pairings” Invitational, Denver, CO, June 2009
Rijks Gallery, Featured Artist, Crested Butte CO, June 2009
Madden Museum, “Windows to the Divine” , Invitational, Englewood CO, October 2009
“Plein Air Denver”, Denver Public Library, Denver CO, October, 2009
Evergreen Arts Center, “Paint, Sculpt, Shoot, Evergreen, Evergreen CO, October, 2009
Abend Gallery, Holiday Miniature Invitational, Denver, CO, December,2009
Abend Gallery, “Passion” Denver, CO, February 2008
Rijks Gallery, Featured Artist, Crested Butte, CO, February 2008
Abend Gallery, “Large Works” Denver, CO March 2008
Greenhouse Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Masters, “Salon International 2008” San Antonio TX, April 2008
Rijks Gallery, Featured Artist, Crested Butte, CO, July 2008
Abend Gallery, “The Landscape”, invitational, Denver, CO, August 2008
Abend Gallery, “Passport” Invitational, November 2008
Abend Gallery, Holiday Invitational, December 2008
Rijks Gallery, Featured Artist, Crested Butte, CO, February 2007
Abend Gallery, “Passion”, Denver, CO, February 2007
Denver Performing Arts Center, “Saturday Night Alive”, Denver, CO, March 2007
Evergreen Arts Center, “A Show of Excellence” Invitational, Evergreen CO, March 2007
Saks Gallery, Bow Wow Art Invitational, Denver, CO, April 2007
Abend Gallery, “Form and Beauty” Invitational, Denver, CO, May 2007
Alzheimer’s Association, “Pairings” Invitational, Denver, CO, May 2007
Mountain Area Land Trust, Annual Event/Invitational, Evergreen CO, May 2007
Sunset Gallery, “Society of Master Impressionists”, Amarillo TX, June 2007
Abend Gallery, “The Landscape” Denver CO, August 2007
Evergreen Center for the Arts, “Paint, Sculpt, Shoot Evergreen” Invitational for Master Painter Division, September, 2007
Abend Gallery, Holiday Invitational, December 2007
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Juried Members Show, Laguna Beach CA, May 2006
Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting System, Denver, CO, “Anniversary Collection”, March 2005
Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex, Denver, CO, “Art for the Arts”, January 2004
Art Students League of Denver Gallery Annual Juried Show, “Art and Soul”, Denver, CO, November 2004
Oil Painters of America, National Competition, Nichols Taos Gallery, Taos, NM, May 2003
Abend Gallery, “TRIO – Dobson. Gardner. Oliver.” Denver, CO, August 2002
Allied Artists of America, New York ,NY,2002
Audubon Artists National Show, New York,NY, 2002
Allied Artists of America, Annual Exhibition, New York, NY, November 2001
Audubon Artists, Annual Exhibition, New York, NY , September 2001
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe 104th Annual Exhibition, New York NY October 2000
“Raising the Curtain”, Third Canyon Gallery, Denver, CO, July 2000
American Women Artists Third Annual National Competition, Santa Fe, NM , June 2000
Oil Painters of America, Ninth Annual National Juried Exhibition, , Carmel CA
New Orleans Art Association 20th National Exhibition, January 2000
“Celebration of Western Art” Grand National Western Stock Show, San Francisco, CA, October 1999, October 2000
Oil Painters of America, West and Southwest Regional Show, September 1999
Oil Painters of America, Ninth Annual National Exhibit, May 1999
Laredo Center for the Arts 6th Annual International Juried Exhibition, Dec. 1998
Hilton Head Art League, National Show, March-June, 1998
Wyoming Western & Wildlife National Show, June, 1998
Painting has occupied my leisure time for almost 20 years. As a plein air painter, I find pleasure in being outside in nature painting shadow and light on the landscape, architecture and figures. Extensive training at the Denver Botanic Gardens Botanical Illustration School set me on a painting path that ultimately led to plein air painting. Further training includes workshops with notable painters across the United States. My passion for painting is especially inspired by the works of Richard Schmid, Quang Ho, David Demers and Dave Santillanes.
2011–New York Studio School Summer Session, New York, NY
2009–The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
BA in Biology, summa cum laude, phi beta kappa
2005–South Routt High School, Oak Creek, CO, Valedictorian
1412 Wazee St.
Denver, CO 80202
1009 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
July 5-31–Lines on Your Face, Harwigs~L’Apogee, Steamboat Springs, CO
2018–“Alchemy”, Gallery 89, Steamboat Springs, CO
2018–You are Here, SugarCube, Denver, CO
2018–Doors of Perception, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2017–Gallery 89, Steamboat Springs, CO
2016–Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2014–Gallery 1261, Denver, CO.
2013–Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2012–Harwigs~L’Apogee Banquet Room Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO
2011–RED Contemporary, Steamboat Springs, CO
2011–The Lift Cafe, Steamboat Springs, CO
2010–Harwigs~L’Apogee Banquet Room Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO
2010–Vertical Arts, Steamboat Springs, CO
2010–Bistro CV Gallerie, Steamboat Springs, CO
2010–RED Contemporary, Steamboat Springs, CO
2010–Chocolate Soup Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO
2010–the Lift Cafe, Steamboat Springs, CO
2009–Smokebrush Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO
2009–The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
2008–Leisure Mountain Studio, Yampa, CO
2008–Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Steamboat Springs, CO
2003–Tobiano Restaurant, Steamboat Springs, CO
May 3-June 6–Group Show, Gallery 89, Steamboat Springs, CO
2019–Escape, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2019–Group Show, Gallery 89, Steamboat Springs, CO
2018–Cowboy Christmas, Rockmount, Denver, CO
2018–Member Show, Depot Art Center, Steamboat Springs, CO
2018–Contemporary Realism, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2018–Rubicon, IX Gallery and Abend Gallery
2018–Group show, Gallery 89, Steamboat Springs, CO
2018–Paderewski Fine Art, Beaver Creek, CO
2018–Gregory Block, Gordon Brown, and CW Mundy, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2018–Imagining the West, Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO
2018–Colorado ArtBeat Showcase, The Launchpad, Carbondale, CO
2017–Artists For the New Century, The Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
2017–Art Miami, Miami, FL
2017–EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL
2017–Exordium, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2017–Beauty is Truth, Gallery 89, Steamboat Springs, CO
2017–Small Works, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2017–Group Show, Gallery 89, Steamboat Springs, CO
2017–Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2016–Of Angels and Men, Gallery 89, Steamboat Springs, CO
2016–Art Miami, Miami, FL
2016–Abstraction and Representation, Windows to the Divine and Space Gallery, Denver, CO
2016–What Images Return, Gallery 89, Steamboat Springs, CO
2016–Earth of Liquid Trees, Gallery 89, Steamboat Springs, CO
2016–EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL
2016–Group Show, Gallery 89, Steamboat Springs, CO
2016–Large Works, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2016–Summer Art, Depot Art Center, Steamboat Springs, CO
2016–Figurative 2, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2016–Re-use/Recycle, Children’s Hospital Denver, Aurora, CO
2016–Group Show, Zimni Rue Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO
2016–Art of the State, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO
2016–Group 13, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2015–GIFT, Depot Art Center, Steamboat Springs, CO
2015–Petal to the Metal, Harwigs Restaurant, Steamboat Springs, CO
2015–Children’s Hospital, Aurora, CO
2015–Renaissance of Realism, Windows to the Divine and Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2015–ReTree, Depot Art Center, Steamboat Springs, CO
2015–Small Works, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2015–The Object of Objects, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2015–Member Exhibition, Depot Art Center, Steamboat Springs, CO
2015–Magic of Realism, Saks Galleries, Denver, CO
2015–Figurative I, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2015–Group Exhibition XII, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2015–Palettes, Depot Art Center, Steamboat Springs, CO
2014–Contemporary Realism, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2014–Group X-2, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2014–Windows to the Divine, ArtHaus, Denver, CO–Awarded Collectors’ Choice
2014–American Art Invitational, Saks Galleries, Denver, CO
2014–Small Works, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2014–Palettes, Depot Art Center, Steamboat Springs, CO
2013–Group Show, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2013–Contemporary Realism, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2012–Small Works, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2012–DADA Introductions, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2009-present–Center for Visual Arts, Steamboat Springs, CO
2010-2012–RED Contemporary, Steamboat Springs, CO
2010-2011–Harwigs~L’Apogee, Steamboat Springs, CO
2010–The Imagination Space at the Citadel, Colorado Springs, CO
2010–The I.D.E.A Space at Cornerstone Art Center, Colorado Springs, CO
2004-2010–Black Mountain Tavern, Oak Creek, CO
2005-2009–The Colorado College (numerous exhibitions), Colorado Springs, CO
2005–Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and Coffee House, Steamboat Springs, CO
2005–Depot Art Center Arts Council Members Show, Steamboat Springs, CO
2004–Pisa’s Pizza and Pasta, Oak Creek, CO
2004–Depot Art Center P.E.A.C.E Project, Steamboat Springs, CO
2018–Steamboat Today, “Artist Gregory Block’s Newest Exhibition “Alchemy” Takes Shape at First Friday Art Walk”
2018–Steamboat Magazine, “Shock and Awe: The Art of Gregory Block”
2018–Newcity Art: “Brilliant Still Lifes with Few Hints of Today’s World: A Review of Gregory Block at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery”
2017–5280: Denver’s Mile High Magazine, “You are Here: Gregory Block Solo Exhibition
2017–Colorado Artbeat Documentary Film Series
2016–Steamboat Today, “Steamboat Springs painter Gregory Block to be featured in upcoming documentary”
2016–5280: Denver’s Mile High Magazine, “Gregory Block Solo Exhibition”
2016–Steamboat Today, “New Gallery 89 opens in time for First Friday Art Walk”
2015–ArtFoodHome Blog, “Featured Artist: Greg Block”
2015–Southwest Art, “Show Preview: Renaissance of Realism”
2015–Steamboat Today, “Two Art Pieces Donated to Saturday’s Challenge Fund Auction”
2015–Steamboat Today, “Art Exhibit Opening Friday Challenged Artists to Evoke all Five Senses”
2014–Artsy Editorial, “Traditions of Art and Science Reinvented in Gregory Block’s Experimental Still Lifes”
2014–Southwest Art, “Show Preview: Gregory Block”
2014–Steamboat Today, “Steamboat Arts Council Removes the Partition Between Visual Arts and Other Art Forms”
2013–Fine Art Today, “Solo Exhibition for Coveted Young Artist Gregory Block”
2013–Southwest Art, “Show Preview–Gallery 1261: Gregory Block”
2013–Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, “The Observer”
2013–International Contemporary Masters Vol. VII
2013–Steamboat Living, “Best of the Boat: Artist Profile”
2012–Southwest Art, “21 Under 31”
2010–Steamboat Today, “Art, Music Highlight Weekend at Harwigs in Steamboat”
2009–Colorado Springs Gazette, “Inspector Gadget of the Local Art Scene”
2009–Colorado Springs Independent, “Rise of the Machines”
2004–Steamboat Today, “Teenage Artist Searches for Voice”
2010-present–Private Drawing and Painting Instructor (contact for more information)
2015–MAKE Studio Youth Drawing Instructor
2011-2012–Summer Drawing Instructor, Perry Mansfield School of Theater and Dance
2010-2011–Artist Mentor at Steamboat Springs High School
2009–Visiting Artist at the Colorado College
2009–Designer and Project Manager for Artworks Props and Displays, Colorado Springs, CO
Pem Dunn has lived and painted in Colorado since 1984 and maintains residences in Evergreen and Tabernash. His paintings are a clear reflection of his love of the out-of-doors. Hiking the backcountry trails of the Rocky Mountains provides much of his inspiration. Viewing Pem’s work, one sees many familiar vistas of these areas in his oils. Pem is inspired by the constant changes in light and weather. This inspiration is evident in the light and subtle nuances of color that bring a great deal of richness to his work.
Pem has studied with some of this country’s finest artists including Joseph Dawley, Natalie Becker, Karen Vance and Scott Christensen.
Pem is represented by Studio 8369 Gallery in Grand Lake Colorado and Evergreen Gallery, Evergreen Colorado. He regularly teaches oil painting at Center for the Arts in Evergreen, CO and conducts workshops and classes through Studio 8369.
Art for the Parks
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show
Colorado Governor’s Show
American Miniatures Show , Settlers West Gallery
Masters in Miniature Show, Trailside Gallery
Oil Painters of America National Show
Linda Van Gilder Kelley’s art career began when she was 13 years old and won a painting contest in her hometown of Middletown, Ohio. She attended Miami University and Ohio University (B.S. with a Minor in Art). She received a Master’s degree in Educational Communications at the University of Hawaii in 1974.
While teaching in Hawaii she began to sell some of her paintings and do private commissions.
Linda continued her art studies at the Denver Student Arts League and the Honolulu Museum of Arts Linekona Center. She has studied with Dennis Pendleton, Kim English, Ellie Weakley, Karen Vance, Terrie Lombardi, Boris Shoshensky, and Quang Ho.
Linda actively promotes the work of living artists. She is a member of Collectors for Connoisseurship (C4C) and has supported Shannon Robinson’s Windows to the Divine for many years.
Linda paints in her home studio in South Denver and with various artists when she travels. She can work in all mediums but prefers watercolors and acrylics. Her favorite subjects are landscapes and anything nature creates. Linda’s work is on permanent display in the Nagel Hall Art Collection at the University of Denver. In addition her work can be found in private collections in Sweden, Ireland, Australia, Arizona, Colorado and Hawaii.
Selected Shows and Events:
- Beauty Thru Art Plein Air Invitational, June 29, 2019, Bow Mar, CO
- One Woman Show, University of Denver, October -November, 2016
- Cedar Street Galleries, Honolulu, HI
- Boarding House Studio Galleries, “Holiday Art Market,” December 2012, Denver, CO
- Boarding House Studio Galleries, “Fall Show,” November 2012, Denver, CO
- Cedar Street Galleries, “Matchbox Plus VIII Show,” November 2012, Honolulu, HI
- Rady Barn, “Art Auction,” September 2012, Cherry Hills Village, CO
- Madden Museum of Art, “This is Colorado” Juried Art Exhibition, Sept.2012, Denver, CO
- Cedar Street Galleries, “Matchbox Plus VII Show,” November 2011, Honolulu, HI
- Breadworks, “Sunset Studio Show,” March 2011, Boulder, CO
- CBS Television “Hawaii Five-O,” painting featured in “E Malama,” February 7, 2011
- Madden Museum of Art, “This is Colorado” Annual Juried Art Exhibit, 2011, Denver, CO
- Denver Athletic Club, “Artists of Sunset Studio Exhibition,” October 2010, Denver, CO
- Brushstrokes Studio-Gallery, “Colorado Mauka-Makai Show,” June 2010, Denver, CO
- The Mask Project 2010 and 2011 (a benefit for the Denver Hospice), Denver, CO
- Outrigger Reef Hotel, “Mauka-Makai Show,” February 2010, Honolulu, HI
- Punahou School, “Carnival Art Gallery,” February 2008 and 2010, Honolulu, HI
- RedShift Gallery, “Winter Exhibit,” January 2009, Denver, CO
Juror: National show, ”Altitude and Attitude”, Windows to the Divine, Denver, CO 2012
Printed: May 24, 2019
As a child, Carol Jenkins’ home was filled with the beautiful paintings of her artist great grandmother whose resume included painting “en plein air” in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the 1890’s.
Inspired and encouraged by her creative Massachusetts family, she always knew she wanted to be an artist.
She received the prestigious National Scholastic Art Scholarship while in high school providing the opportunity to extensively study painting at the prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston.
Struck with a bit of wanderlust in her early twenties, Carol headed west and discovered the raw beauty of the Rocky Mountains. She quickly settled in the historic mining town of Ward, Colorado where she lives to this day.
A passion and skill for plein air painting has infused her work with a style that is always boldly spontaneous and fresh.
She is a nationally recognized artist exhibiting in galleries in Colorado, Connecticut and Utah, has numerous awards to her credit and has participated in many national exhibitions.
Most recently she was awarded Signature Membership with the Oil Painters of America.
“ It's all about the light …
The art of capturing its magic, mystery and essence
through the dance of brush, paint and canvas.”
Teresa Vito's paintings are a reflection of the energy that is created when shapes and colors interact with the luminosity of light. They are expressions of beauty, a reflection of her response to the wonder and splendor she sees around her. While the artist’s paintings are interpretations of this radiance, her aspiration is to communicate this beauty to the viewer so they may experience it in their own hearts.
Vito has been a full time oil painter since 1992 and currently lives in Pueblo, Colorado. She has a BA in Fine Art from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and has taught and studied at the Art Students League of Denver, The Taos Institute of Art, and the Loveland Academy of Fine Arts. Vito painted with Master Artist Richard Schmid for five years.
Her numerous national awards include an Award of Excellence, Best Portrait and Best Still Life from Oil Painters of America. She received the Best of Show Award from the Artists of Colorado Exhibition held at the Colorado History Museum. Southwest Art Magazine chose her as Collector’s Choice for Still Life. Recently Vito received the Best of Show Award from Plein Air Artists of Colorado’s National Show and also received the Art Of The West Editor’s Choice Award and Best Body Of Work at the 10th Anniversary Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painter’s National Paint Out. She has been granted signature membership with Knickerbocker Artists, Oil Painters of America, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, and Plein Air Artists of Colorado. The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center purchased a painting for their permanent museum collection.
Vito was commissioned to design and paint the Pueblo Chile brand for the Pueblo Chile Association.
Her design is now featured on a Colorado license plate.
Teresa Vito is known for her enthusiastic and knowledgeable teaching skill and style. She has taught numerous workshops in Colorado, New Mexico and New York City; internationally in Provance, Burgundy and Bordeaux, France, the island of Hydra in Greece, in Tuscany, Italy and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Kathy Anderson is known for her beautiful garden landscapes and intimate glimpses of nature. She has the ability to see and translate the colors of the natural world to canvas with sensitivity that few possess.
Oil Painters of America – Master Signature Member
Allied Artists – Signature Member
National Arts Club – Exhibiting Artist Member, In the permanent collection
Connecticut Watercolor Society – Signature Member
Putney Painters with Richard Schmid, Putney Vermont – Charter Member
Salmagundi Club – Artist Member
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters
2015-2017 Plein Air Convention – Faculty
2017 Portrait Society, Atlanta – Faculty
American Masters Invitational, Salmagundi Club
Laumeister Art Center, Bennington, Vt., Tribute to Richard Schmid Show, Sept. 2018
Legacy Gallery, Bozeman – August 2017 Two Person Show
Pierce Gallery, Nantucket, 2016, Solo Show
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK 2015
Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Two person show, February 2015
St. Botolph Club, Boston, 3 person show with Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik, Nov. 2014
Greenhouse Gallery – 2 Person Show, “Beyond the Still” Nov. 2013
OPA – National Juried Exhibition, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 – Best Signature Member Award of Excellence
Art Renewal Center Salon – 2012, 2013
American Masters Invitational, Salmagundi Club, Spring 2012, 2014, 2015
Salon International 2012 – Greenhouse Gallery
Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art 2012 – Legacy Gallery
OPA – Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Settlers West Invitational – Tucson, AZ, 2008 through 2015
National Arts Club Member Show – President’s Award, 2011
American Art Invitational – Saks Galleries – Award of Excellence
Salmagundi Club Member’s Show – First Prize
Fine Art Views – Dec. ’09 Competition – Best of Show
Lyme Art Association Annual Landscape Show – Guest Artist
Butler Museum Annual National Juried Exhibit
Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO – Invited 6 consecutive years
Arts for the Parks – Top 100 National Touring Show, 2004, Grand Teton Nat’l Park
National Arts Club – Solo Exhibition (2005 & 2009), Exhibiting Artist Member Shows
Southwest Art Magazine – August 2017
Pratique des Arts – Summer 2016 – 6 page article
Plein Air Magazine – “Using Mistakes to Your Advantage” May/June 2014
International Artist – “A Day in the Life of An Artist” Aug/Sept 2013
Southwest Art Feature Article – “Drawn to the Garden” 2013
American Art Collector – “From Bud to Bloom” – March 2012
Southwest Art – “Petal Pushers” – May 2012
Fine Art Connoisseur – Three to Watch – May/Jun 2011
American Artist – Feature Article, July 2011
Art of the West – Feature Article, May/June 2011
Southwest Art Magazine – Artist to Watch, Aug. 2010
Susan Powell Fine Art – Madison CT
Legacy Gallery – Scottsdale, AZ & Jackson, WY
Tree’s Place – Orleans, MA
West Wind Fine Art – Colorado Springs, Co
Horton Hayes Gallery, Charleston, SC
Jill Soukup was born in Buffalo, New York. Shortly thereafter, her family moved to Colorado, where she still resides. Jill’s affinity for horses as a young girl resulted in countless drawings and studies of them, which made for a strong drawing foundation. As a teen, she started a pet-portrait business, acquired jobs painting murals, and designed logos for local organizations. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. There, she received awards for illustration and design and worked as an illustrator and designer for the university. She initially pursued a career in graphic design while continuing to paint part time. After 11 years as a designer, she made the switch to full-time painting. Her work continues to gain recognition as she receives awards, appears in national publications, and shows in important juried and solo exhibitions.
Solo exhibitions include: “Horses and Other Thoughts,” Saks Galleries, Denver CO; Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, WY; “Industrial & Equine Architecture,” The Longmont Museum, Longmont, CO; “Compelled by Structure,” University of Northern Colorado School of Art & Design Galleries, Greeley, CO. Group shows include: Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO; Cowgirl Up, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ; The Russell, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT; Hold Your Horses, Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ; Windows to the Divine Exhibition & Sale, Madden Museum of Art, Greenwood Village, CO; Representing the West, Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, Pueblo, CO; California Visions, Long Beach Museum of Art; Oil Painters of America.
Awards include: Southwest Art Magazine Award of Excellence, Weekend in the West, Evergreen Fine Art; Southwest Art Magazine Award, Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, National Western Stock Show; People’s Choice, Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, National Western Stock Show; Best of Show, 2D, Representing the West, Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center; Jury’s Top 50, Salon International; Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America.
Publications include: American Art Collector, The Artist’s Magazine; Cowboys and Indians, Denver Woman, Fine Art Connoisseur, Ranch & Reata, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector. Collections include: Cherry Creek School District; Honeywell, Inc.; Children’s Hospital.
John McCaw is the eldest son of American expressionist Dan McCaw and brother to artist Danny McCaw. Working together as a family of artists there exists a natural alchemy. Although clearly influenced by each other, John articulates a unique vision and creativity. John has taken a path that is not limited by subject matter but is liberated by the endless tap of emotional resources. Spontaneity and instinct play a major role in the development and physicality of John’s art. Absorbing the environment, painters of the past and present, and placing no limits on his imagination, John brings to his canvases not only his sensibilities but also the relationship between inner passion and the outer expression of site, mind and body. The emphasis on strong design, simple shapes, variety of surfaces and sensitive color has enabled John to create well-balanced visually stimulating art that encourages the viewer to look for answers within themselves. Each work of art contains elements of life, bits and pieces that reveal the anatomy of our existence. Many of these pieces suggest universal themes, such as human relationships, religion, graphic symbols, modern culture and so on. These themes can be interpreted on many different levels. Whether it’s an emotional connection or a visual attraction, John endeavors to create an art that most accurately represents the purity of a unique experience. “Art is the external expression of an internal emotion.”
My goal is to create images with my paintings that beckon the observer to step closer and see the beauty and expressive use of rich, lovely color that flows throughout my work. I work with both pastels and oils.
Fueled by beauty and vibrancy, my art is an expression of my love for nature, things that bud, grow, then die…each stage rendering “new eyes” and feelings. I paint – how and what I feel and see.
Born and raised in Denver, I have been painting for nearly three decades. I am an active member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of Colorado, and the Art Students League of Denver. I have studied at The Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design as well as with many exceptional fine artists including: Quang Ho, Kang Cho, Albert Handell, Michelle Torrez, Lorenzo Chavez, Doug Dawson, Desmond O’Hagen and Kevin Weckbach.
As an art teacher for over 30 years, I regularly hold workshops – the Art of the Flower –throughout the United States. I also thoroughly enjoy teaching private lessons to individuals and small groups, and providing demonstrations to a variety of art organizations, groups, events, and galleries.
Please contact me with any questions. I would love to hear from you.
Born in the mid-sixties, Olga and Aleksey (a.k.a. O&A) are now blooming mid-career artists and an extremely sought after team of artists. The two received their academical art education in Moscow, Russia–and have collaborated ever since. During their years in school, they focused their studies on classical drawing, live model painting, human anatomy, and art history.
Upon graduation, the artists explored the world of Russian Iconography and European Renaissance for several years. As part of this exploration, they created a number of restorations, learned the secret technologies of egg tempera painting, and created gesso, gilding, and other coveted methods of the ancient masters.
The husband and wife team immigrated to the United States in 2002. Today, they live and work together in their artist studio in Evergreen, CO.
In their current fine art work, O&A are successfully blending yesterday’s old masters of iconography and Renaissance techniques, with today’s contemporary art language.
Many of O&A’s fine art pieces are hanging in private collections across the U.S. and around the world. (e.g. England, Italy, Denmark, and Russia) In addition, selected images of their art work have appeared in American Art Collector, South West Art, and Fine Art Connoisseur.
Cheryl is a fourth generation Colorado native, with a great appreciation of nature and the environment and the preservation of both. Born and raised at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and with parents that enjoyed fishing, hiking and camping, Cheryl was introduced at an early age to the beauty of the Colorado mountains and developed her own love for the outdoors that inflences her artwork today. Working as a “plein-air” (on location) and studio landscape artist, Cheryl’s inspiration comes from the wide open spaces of Colorado, New Mexico or somewhere as far away as a rolling European hillside.
She states “Painting en plein-air, (her favorite way to work), is always a challenge, never-ever routine!
The changing light and weather conditions create a sense of urgency that translates to a spontaneous and loose interpretation of the scene, something that is very difficult to achieve in the studio. Besides, it’s a great excuse to be outdoors!”
She works mainly in oil but loves to work in watercolor as well. Each medium has it’s own characteristics which when using clean vivid colors and as few brush strokes as possible makes for a loose impressionistic finished work of art. She states, “Keeping the painting fresh, not over-worked is part of the fun and challenge of a good artist, which is always the goal”. Another goal, “I want the viewer to be able to feel what I felt when painting the piece….. feel the warm sun, or the cool breeze, or whatever else is going on nearby and therefore capture the essense of the scene for themselves.”
Cheryl’s paintings have been presented in prestigious national shows such as The American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Gilcrease Museum, Windows to the Divine and the Governor’s Invitational to name a few.
Cheryl studied fine art and design at The Rocky Mountain College of Art and at the Colorado Institute of Art. She also studied with well known artists, Scott Christensen, Kim English, Quang Ho, Ken Bachaus and Michael Workman. She is a current member of Oil Painters of America and The Art Students League of Denver. She is also a Signature member and Vice President of the American Impressionist Society and a signature member of Plein Air Artists of Colorado.
She has won numerous awards and is currently in Corporate as well as Private collections around the world.
- Most Recent Juried shows & Invitationals
- Wanderlust – Invitational Landscape Exhibition, Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA, May 2017
- One Woman Show, Saks Galleries, Denver, CO, October 2016
- Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition 2016, Marshall Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
- Windows to the Divine ”Abstraction & Represntation, Finding Common Ground ” 2016, Space Gallery, Denver
- American Impressionist Society’s Annual National Juried Exhibition 2009, 10, 13, 14, 15 16, 17, 18
- Gilcrease Museum, Collectors Reserve, October 2014 and 2015
- Mountain Oyster Club 46th Annual Sale and Exhibition 2015
- Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, 2014
- Oil Painters of America 22nd Annual Naitonal Exhibition 2013
- Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition 2012
- Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational, July2012 & 2014
- Continental Divide Land Trust Plein Air, July 2014 and 2015
- Douglas Land Conservancy Plein Air, June 2014 and 2015, 2016
- Denver Young Artists Orchestra, “Painted Violin”, 2014
- Art & Soul 25th Anniversary Invitational and Auction for the Art Students League of denver 2013
- Windows to the Divine Invitational 2012
- Governor’s Art Invitational, 2011 & 2014
- Capitol Christmas Tree National Art Competition 2012
- Richard Schmid 17th Annual Fine Art Auction 2012
- Lone Tree National Art Exhibition 2007 – 2012
- Plein Air Artists of Colorado National Juried Exhibitions 2007 -2016
- Invited to provide oil painting demonstrations for the Denver Art Museum during the 2013 Georgia O’Keefe exhibit in the month of April 2013 and August 2015
- Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America, 2016 Online Showcase
- Artists Choice and 2nd Place, Continental Divide Land Trust Plein Air, Breckenridge, CO, July 2015
- 2nd Place, Continental Divide Land Trust Plein Air, Breckenridge, CO, July 2014
- Award of Merit, Plein Air Artists of Colorado National Juried Exhibition at Abend Gallery 2013
- Honarable Mention, Denver Plein Air 2012
- Grand Prize and Official Image of the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree National Art Competition & in the permanent Art Collection of the U.S. Capitol
- Saks Galleries, Denver, CO
- Oh Be Joyful Galleries, Crested Butte, CO
- Wild Horse Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO
- Southwest Art Magazine, “Artists to Watch”, June 2014
- “Amidst the Madness” Poetry and Paintings, Author: Jennifer Kenyon, 2013
- Southwest Art Magazine, May 2013
- Denver Post, Your Hub, November 13, 2012
- Front page, Denver Post, Saturday, August 11, 2012, Photo of Plein air painting for Denver Plein Air Festival
- American Art Collector Magazine, October 2012
- American Art Collector Magazine, June 2010
- Southwest Art Magazine, October 2009,
- Rocky Mountain News 2007, Denver Post 2006, The Daily Camera 2000
- James Volker, Whiting Petroleum, Denver, CO
- “Gallery of Trees” U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.
- Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center, Lafayette, CO, Almerica Financial Group, Denver, Colorado,
- Adams County Historical Society, City of Westminster, Town of Ouray, CO
- Title America, Westminster, CO, David Puterbaugh of the Leisy Brewing Company, Peoria, Illinois,
- Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, Atlanta, GA, Center for Childbirth, New Jersey
- City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, California
After moving to the US from England as a teenager, Jane Hunt received her BFA in illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art. After working as an illustrator for several years, she eventually returned to her true love: landscape oil painting.
Hunt holds the distinction of earning the most annual Oil Painters of America awards (5 in 2018). Her paintings have garnered over 200 awards, including ‘Best of Show’ at the 2019 Laguna Plein Air Invitational, the ‘Hartley Award’ at the Salmagundi Club, and ‘Collector’s Choice’ at the California Art Club’s Gold Medal Show.
She is a Master Signature Member of Plein Air Painters New Mexico and Women Artists of the West, a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Laguna Plein Air Painters, American Women Artists, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, and an Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club and the California Art Club.
“Even though I paint a lot of studies on location, my landscapes are actually less about describing a specific place than they are about the feelings evoked. In an impressionistic, tonal style I hope to convey the emotional connection that I had with each scene. Moving cross-Atlantic three times in my early years, I spent much of my life with an underlying sense of homesickness. This yearning propelled me to create a sense of ‘home’ within my landscapes. My greatest hope is that my work gives its viewers this same sense of comfort and connectedness; a gentle place to rest.”
A sought after instructor, Hunt’s Museum exhibitions include: The Meam Museum in Barcelona, Albuquerque Museum, Irvine Museum, Tucson Desert Art Museum, Old West Museum, California Women’s Museum, Hilbert Museum, Loveland Museum, Museum of Western Art, Pasadena Museum of Art, Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, The Steamboat Art Museum, and The Haggin Museum.
The oil painter is represented by notable galleries in the US as well as her native England. She now resides in Colorado, where she’s awed and inspired by the beauty surrounding her.
My Art is symbolic and ambiguous not to confuse you or lead you down a predetermined destination. I avoid the voices of clarity for its value remains in its mystery. Many of my paintings in this exhibition are represented by a female figure, she symbolizes and represents the human desire for validation and acceptance. She stands her arms frozen as though the sculpture has not yet freed them from the stone, she waits for validation and the freedom to express her full self… her magic, her mystery.
Highly acclaimed American Expressionist Dan McCaw was raised in the mining town of Butte, Montana, where he began sketching and drawing at an early age. While his sensitive figural work is deeply rooted in the romantic impressionist tradition, recent years have seen him moving toward a more individual expressionist tradition. A skilled and discerning interpreter of color harmonies, light and mood, the core of McCaw’s work is based on expressing feeling and emotions with the fewest elements, that less is more. “My primary interest lies in going beyond the technique in order to interpret the subject in different ways and expand on that interpretation to make a personal statement. Creativity lies in uncertainty because your solution can be anything!”(Gallery 1261 Interview).
Described as an artist at the forefront of bridging representational art with contemporary sensibilities, Dan began his formal art training with a scholarship to the San Francisco Academy of Art followed by studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the Bongart School of Art in Santa Monica. He subsequently taught at the College of Art & Design for 17 years and in 2007 was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Throughout his 40-year career, he has had more than 50 solo exhibitions. His work has also been shown in museum group exhibitions at the Long Beach Museum, the California Museum of Fine Art, Lancaster Museum, Madden Museum, CM Russell Museum as well as numerous prestigious invitational exhibitions including the OFA Invitational in London, the American Art Invitational, Salon D’Arts, the American Heritage Invitational in Houston, the Anne Irwin Invitational in Atlanta, the Gladney Foundation Invitational in Houston, the Biltmore Invitational in LA, and the Society of American Impressionists Invitational in Scottsdale.
McCaw has been the subject of feature articles in Art Voices South (1979), Southwest Art (1983, 1993 and 2011), Western Art Digest (1985), International Fine Art Collector (1992) and Island Scene Magazine (1996). Most recently, Dan completed a book entitled “A Proven Strategy for Creating Great Art” (2002). His work may be found in many national and international, private and corporate collections.
Carolyn Barlock combines traditions and techniques of past centuries with her love of porcelain, antiquities, precious metals and gems to create masterpieces that will stand the test of time and be cherished by her collectors. Barlock’s Newest Collection called COPPER UNIVERSE are one-of-a-kind pieces which blend a special Modern innovation and timeless classicism. Carolyn’s work is in private collections throughout the world, including the Vatican.
For more information, please visit her website https://www.carolynbarlock.com/