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Meet the Artists for Plein Air Brandywine 2015

We are thrilled to share the stories and works of so many talented artists participating in Plein Air Brandywine Valley later this month. Just imagine what is yet to come at the Opening Gala & Art Sale on October 23rd from 6:30-9:30 at Winterthur Museum Garden & Library. Still need tickets? Get them HERE.

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Annette Alessi


Annette Alessi is inspired by places she’s visited and passed, people she loves, time spent in nature, and observations of the light around her. She emphasizes the colors she sees “to allow the viewer to appreciate life all the more.

“I enjoy painting landscapes plein air and creating portraits especially of children. Sometimes I work from photographs of my own if I have been inspired by a moment in time, and the moment needed to be captured quickly. There is a story behind each piece as I move through my journey of life. I am attracted to contrast in light whether it be in a portrait or in a landscape. I use both pastels and oils depending on what I think the particular subject and/or mood will need. Lately, I have been falling in love with oils. I enjoy watching the reaction of art lovers as they view my works and share in the joy that has been given to me through my art. It is truly a gift from God. Art is a passion of the Heart. It’s up to the individual to use it, and to share it with others.” –Annette Alessi, © 2015

Annette studied drawing and painting the human figure majoring in fashion illustration at the Art Institute of Philadelphia during the late 80’s, graduating in 1987. Two months after graduating, she began working with Alfred Angelo Bridals as the fashion illustrator for Michelle Piccione. All throughout the 90’s, Annette worked in the fashion advertising industry as a graphic designer, art director, illustrator and portraiture artist. She has been using pastels for about 20 years. She has been using oils since 2006 when introduced to the medium by a former teacher, Karl Kuerner, a well known artist who was mentored by Andrew Wyeth. Her landscapes are self-taught only since the new millennium. Annette began exhibiting starting in 2002 with figurative works in a series called The History of Fashion. Gradually she began to frequently exhibit her landscapes which are now part of a large collection called “Brandywine Valley Landscapes” which can be found at various galleries and art exhibitions locally, and viewed on her website.

Annette loves to share this knowledge acquired over the many years by teaching art to adults and children with classes held at Chester County Art Association in West Chester, PA, Darlington Arts Center in Garnet Valley, PA and privately at her studio in Garnet Valley, PA. She is presently a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Portrait Society of America, and a few other organizations. She is represented by various galleries in the PA and DE area such as Strodes Mill Gallery in West Chester, PA, Hardcastle Galleries in Centreville, DE, Bryn Mawr Art and Photo Gallery, Bryn Mawr, PA and others in the Brandywine Valley area. She juried various art exhibits, including the Rose Tree Park Exhibition of the Artist Guild of Delaware County. Various books have published Annette’s works such as “100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley”, “Best of American Artists in Pastel “and “A World of Artists”. Many press releases have been published showing her works in local papers including an article published in the July 11, 2013 News Journal of Wilmington in the Crossroads section, and the August 20, 2014 Garnet Valley Press. If you would like the collection of Annette’s works in person, you can visit Annette Alessi Fine Art studio in Garnet Valley, PA by appointment by calling 610-742-7474, or email atannette@alessicreations.com.

Deena Ball

Deena received her BA in Art History and Studio Art from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and continued her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine art andTyler School of Art. She studied for several years in Domenic DiStephano’s studio and continues to take a variety of workshops. As a teaching artist, Deena has experience instructing all ages and abilities. Children’s classes usually combine science, geography and history in keeping with her philosophy that art is everywhere. Deena teaches at many art centers in the Philadelphia area and at the St. James school, an independent middle school for traditionally underserved youth in North Philadelphia. Deena also completed a Watercolor Artist in residency at the Erdenheim School in Springfield Township, Pennsylvania. Her classes for adults range from basic drawing to advanced and experimental watercolor techniques. She also teaches adults with special needs at the Wayne Art Center’s Broaden the World program. Deena S. Ball exhibits fine art in the Mid- Atlantic area. Current Exhibitions are primarily watercolor landscapes, many of which use a textured ground and are painted on Yupo or Strathmore Plate Bristol. She is currently exhibiting at the Earth, Wind and Fiber Gallery in Newtown Square, Pa. and at the Station Gallery in Berwyn, Pa. Last spring, she was part of a three woman show at the Philadelphia showroom of Thos.Moser Cabinetmakers. Her painting The Rush was recently included in the National Watercolor Society’s exhibition. She also exhibits at numerous art festivals, invitational and juried shows throughout the region. She is a signature member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society, The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and the Baltimore Watercolor Society as well as a state juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Deena’s watercolor paintings have been published in Splash 12 and Splash 13 as well as two articles in Watercolor Artist Magazine. (2012, 2013) www.deenasball.com
Jill Banks
After turning to fine art in 2003, Jill Banks dove in head first and has been up to her elbows in paint ever since. Jill paints like a pig eats. (Voraciously.) Her life as a painter is far from dull. She’s set up her easel in towns and farms far and wide. Spent three days in her NYC hotel room shower equipped with floor to ceiling windows capturing sunrise to sunset in the city. Painted in Paris, Florence, Madrid, Monterey CA and at a nearby farm. Days are filled with adventure: exploring places, enjoying meeting the people (and creatures) in them, capturing the world as she finds it at that moment. She lives outside of her comfort zone and likes it there. In 2015, she’ll be participating in Telluride Plein Air and Wayne Plein Air (Wayne, PA). In both, she’ll work to capture the spirit of these places, live. Her work was featured 3x on the cover of élan Magazine. Jill’s paintings have also appeared in American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, and the Washington Post.
Sarah Baptist
Born and raised in Clarion, PA. Always loved art and theater. I was a scenic artist in theater for 20+ years. After losing my job in Dec.2013, I decided to live my dream of being a full-time artist. The past 15 months have been filled with meeting people,numerous exhibitions, painting and finding I love plein air! I enjoy finding new and different places to paint plein air in and around Wilmington.
Carrie Barcomb
Carrie was born and raised in Northeastern Maryland, near the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay. In 1994, she graduated from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. She has worked as technical illustrator and art director for the federal government and private corporations. As a freelance illustrator her work has been published in environmental and educational textbooks. Her commissioned portraits are in collections throughout the United States, and Europe. She is currently creating plein air oil painting landscapes of the Brandywine Valley area.
Elisabeth Bard
Texture, color and the patina of old buildings stimulate the senses and lead me to create environmental tapestries and dreamlike scenes to envelope the viewer in the image. During the course of her artistic career, she has long been fascinated in the passage of time, space and environment and its impact upon the viewer; and in the possibilities of getting the viewer to think and feel about more than what immediately hits the eye; Elisabeth wants to envelope the viewer in the image, wrap them into its environment and have them leave with a different view on their world. Elisabeth Bard studied fine art and photography at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. After initially working in the field for several years, she left to raise her family and to paint. She then returned to the art field as a graphic artist and has 20 plus years experience working as a designer and llustrator. During that period she also had extensive experience working with and selecting images for various publications. She returned full-time to photography during the 1990s and makes this the main focus of her creative endeavors, viewing herself primarily as an artist who just happens to use a camera. Abstracts focusing upon texture and color are her main love and focus. Elisabeth has exhibited locally, including Colorworks and Center for the Creative Arts as well as the Biggs Museum and the Delaware Art Museum, and has won several awards for her work including the prestigous Delaware Emerging Artist for Photography for 2011. She has also exhibited her photographs at the Sketch Club of Philadelphia, The Wilmington Public Library, Newark Arts Alliance as well as several other galleries in the Mid Atlantic region. She is a member of several local arts and photographic organizations in the area and is serving on several committees dealing with art exhibition.
Jacalyn Beam
Jacalyn Beam Jacalyn Beam paints the beautiful Brandywine Valley where she was born and now permanently resides. Like the Pennsylvania Impressionists of the 19th and 20th centuries who had strong links to the local landscape, Jacalyn typically paints scenes within a few miles of home. Her plein air paintings document the local color and culture of our area. There is much in the Brandywine Valley to capture one’s attention – historic homes and barns, lush landscapes, assorted animals, and curving creeks. The area is especially beautiful in the winter because the intimacies of the land are in full view. At night, you can see the warm glow of candles or period lighting in the historic homes that dot the landscape. It’s reminiscent of a Sotter scene from the 1800s. Jacalyn holds a B.S. in Music, M.Ed. and Ed.D. and has always had a passion for painting. The Wyeths, Sorolla, Sargent, Sotter, Redfield, and Benson are a few of her favorite artists. I paint outdoors because the world is rich with visual and aural beauty and it’s the optimal way to see three dimensional objects, the subtleties of light and shadows, atmospheric perspective, and ‘real’ colors. Plein air painting is also a lot fun! You meet new friends – animal and human, have fleeting conversations with bicyclists and joggers, and experience the sounds and smells of the outdoors. Jacalyn is an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painting Association where she serves on the Board of Directors. She is also an elected member of the Board of Directors at the Chaddsford Historical Society where she chairs the annual Winter Plein Air Event. Also a member of Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society, Jacalyn was selected for inclusion in the book, 100 Mid Atlantic Painters published in 2014 and released by Shiffer. She is represented by the Chaddsford Gallery in Chaddsford PA, Strode’s Mill Gallery in West Chester, PA, Station Gallery in Greenville DE, and Studio 882 in PA. You can also view her work at: www.jacalynbeam.com
Jeanne Bruneau
Plein air painter Jeanne Bruneau uses bold colors and strong compositions in oil and pastel to portray a sense of time and place in her artwork. Jeanne enjoys painting both rural and urban landscapes and has been awarded numerous prizes in juried and invitational plein air competitions in the region. She is a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design and serves on the board of the Delaware Valley Art League. Please visit www.jeannebruneau.com to view recent paintings.
Anne Buck
Anne Buck is a watercolorist who loves the luminosity and translucence of watercolor. Design and creativity have been infused in her education with a bachelor’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design, and a masters degree in Biology Education and in her career as a science teacher for Cape Henlopen School District. She has studied watercolor with nationally recognized artists such as Mary Whyte, Charles Reid, and Janet Rogers. Anne is an member of the Delaware Watercolor Society, the Rehoboth Art League, Millsboro Art League, and Milton Art Guild all in Delaware. Her work is on display at the various art Leagues, the Savannah Inn in Lewes, DE. and periodically in shows throughout the beach communities. Anne invites you to visit her website at
Lisa Burgerlentz
Lisa BurgerLentz 455 Manchester Ave. Media, PA 19063 484-326-1436 Lisa BurgerLentz is a painter and a printmaker. Formally working in the Design and Illustration field, Lisa now paints en plein air and makes prints using traditional printmaking techniques. She participates in juried art shows such as Less < More at St. John’s in Annapolis and smallWORKS at Garrison Art Center in Garrison, NY. In smallWORKS, she won Best in Show, 2D. Lisa shows regularly at the Small Oil Show at the Sketch Club in Philadelphia and a woodcut was accepted into the Art of the State 2015 at the State Museum in Harrisburg. Lisa has participated in Plein Air Competitions such as Paint Annapolis, Brandywine Plein Air, Chesapeake City Paint Out, Saranac Lake Art Festival and Mill Grove Plein Air in Audubon, PA. She has also attended The Publishers Invitational Paint Camp at Paul Smith College in the Adirondacks. After having taught Drawing, Lisa now teaches Printmaking at the Community Art Center in Wallingford, PA. She also is a shop assistant at the Printshop at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Lisa participated in the Worldwide Print Exchange sponsored by The Sketchbook Project in Brooklyn. Certificate in Painting, Minor, Printmaking, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts M.I.D., Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY B.A. In Art &Design, American University, Washington, DC A.A. in Art &Design, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
Bruce Burk
Bruce Burk has been a photographer for 50 years. He was the plein air winner in 2013.
Catherine Carney
Biography Catherine Carney oddartist@aol.com zimzalasketchclub.com I Have been working in the arts seriously since 1980. Studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the certificate program ; majoring in painting with a minor in printmaking!; and , where I was awarded a Special Notice in Printmaking and have done workshops with many well known artists such as Rob Liberace Nelson Shanks and Daniel Sprick. I have been in many juried shows in the Tri State area and won awards. Participated in the Rittenhouse Square Art show in Philadelphia the Immaculata and the Arc shows of Chester County. Have shown in the DCCA limited group shows and in The Peoples Fine Art Gallery in Exton and at The Film Brothers in Wilmington De participating in a Figurative Show. I have been published in The Hundred Artists of The Brandywine book representing the Delaware Art Museum Open Figure Group. Have participated in the Brandywine Valley Plein Air 2011 and 2012, 2013 ,2014 and in Paint The Town West Chester 2012 , 2013, 2014 and 2015 and in 2013 participated in The Historic New Castle De Plein Air. Have shown in the Chester County Art Center and The Community Art Center In both Juried and Members Shows! Have also participated in two group show at Penn State Malvern campus! In 2012 participated in a two person show with my Husband: his Photographs and my Figures at The Darley Art Center in Claymont De. ; and in 2014 had a two person show , with my Husband at The retirement community Martin’s Run , in Media Pa! Most recently, one of my figures won a second place in the Community Art Center of Wallingford Pa Members show 2013 and a Second Place Pastel Portrait in the Community Art Centers 2014 Members Show! In the 2014 Plein Air Brandywine Valley , I won The Marshall Square Park Special award in painting and drawing! In 2014, Some other shows that I have been in are: Chester County Art Association, West Chester, Pa ; Franklin Commons Gallery , Phoenixville , Pa, , and Delaware County Community College ! In 2015 , I participated in The In Person Show ; a juried exhibition at The Community Art Center in Wallingford; and in Paint the Town West Chester and The Plein Air at White Marsh Art Center! Also participating in juried shows at The Chester County Art Association! I am very active in the Open Studios At the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fins Arts ; the Open Studio at Studio Incamminati and The Chester County Art Association Open Figure! Doing the Moving Figure is one of my Greatest Joys! My medium of choice is pastel; but I also do Oils, hand pulled woodcuts and mixed media! My subjects are mostly Plein Air, Still life and above all else The Figure! Some of my figures can be seen on the site: zimzalasketchclub.com
James Carney
Biography James F Carney jamescjl@aol.com I have been in the field of photography since 1964 as a Studio Photographer I did Weddings , Portraits, and commercial work. I was a member of The Guild of Professional Photographers and studied at The Winona Lakes professional Photographers Schools. Most recently , I have won an Honorary Mention award in both the Brandywine Valley a Plein Air And in Paint The Town West Chester 2011. And in 2014 received a third place award for photography at The Community Art Centers Members Show! I have shown my work in both juried and members shows at The Chester County Art Association and at The Community Art Center in Wallingford Pa. And in The CCAA Exton Mall Studios; also participating in Group shows at The Penn State Gallery , Malvern Campus! In 2012 I participated in a Two Person Show at The Darley Art Center in Claymont Delaware and in 2014 showed my work in a Two Person Show at Martin’s Run, Edgemont , Pa. I have shown my work in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Brandywine Valley Plein Air!
Caroline Chen
I enjoyed participating in several years of Plein Air Brandywine Valley. I was not able to attend last year but look forward to being part of it this year. Caroline maintains a studio at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts. She is included in the book 100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley by Catherine Quillman, published in 2010 by Schiffer. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Caroline Chen
www.chenpaintings.com caroline@chenpaintings.com
Ann Crostic
ANN JAGIELSKI CROSTIC A graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA cum laude in Drawing, Ann Crostic has been painting Plein Air since 2008. Her studies have included workshops with artists: Lee Boyton, Bethanne Kinsella Cople, Bill Schmidt, Kenn Backhaus and David Lussier. Ann has been juried into Plein Air competitions in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia. Recent Plein Air awards include: Best Depiction of Nature, Ellicott City; Artist Choice award, Solomon’s Island Plein Air; and Third Place in Havre de Grace’s Plein Air Competition. Ann resides in White Marsh Maryland, within easy reach of infinite subjects to study. You may see her painting downtown in Fells or Hamden, or in the rural areas of Baltimore and Harford Counties.
Heather Davis

Heather grew up in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania and graduated from Marple Newtown High School with honors and an art scholarship. She went on to attend Rhode Island School of Design and earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. Post graduation, she worked in the building trades and owned her own contracting firm for many years leaving a trail of murals, sculptures, and mosaics in homes throughout Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. She currently resides in Chester County.

In June of 2013, after a moving experience at a Jamie Wyeth opening, she made the decision to give up her former career in order to paint full time. She proceeded to win First Place in the prestigious 2013 Brandywine Valley Plein Air competition in 2013. In April of 2014 she was awarded best of show at the Chester County Art Association Invitational Exhibition. This provided her first solo show, which was extremely successful. Again she won the Artist’s Choice award at the 2014 Brandywine valley Plein air held at the Winterthur in October each year.

Kathryn Deaville
Kathryn Young Deaville expresses a keen interest in the built environment in her oil paintings of the Delaware Valley. Having studied architecture at Miami University, University of Pennsylvania and the Architectural Association of London, England, she has had a career as an architect in both Cleveland, Ohio and Philadelphia, PA. Now she uses canvas to interpret the unique character of the buildings and streetscapes of south-eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. Her paintings express the play of light and shadow on the architectural forms that make up our towns and cities. Ms. Deaville paints with color pastel as well as oil and also completes portraits on commission. She shows her artwork at numerous local galleries and has earned awards at several juried shows, including an award at the 2012 West Chester CCAA Plein Air Competition. She is a member of the Delaware Valley Art League and the Howard Pyle Studio Group. Her work can be seen at kathrynyoungdeaville.com.
Tom Dempsey
I have been fortunate enough to participate in the last three Plein Air Brandywine Valley events. I am an enthusiastic plein air painter, and the Brandywine Valley is among my favorite subjects.
Bryan Deprospero
My painting process has a very similar nature to that of the landscape itself. It is through the repetition of spontaneity and chaos that I reach a level of distillation and realization. Each layer of paint acting like a veil of atmosphere and matter that as they overlap and concentrate begin to become mimetic of reality. I’ve found that every life experience is an abstract one. Painting should not strive to be any different than this. This is why my paintings have become less about rendition and replication and more about playful illusion and suggestion. My process is utterly selfish and indulgent to myself while being a selfless offering to the viewer; my process is forgiving in its primordial state while being relentless upon its creation. The concept is the paint, as is the content of my work, and Landscape has given me the nearly perfect repertoire of color relations and compositions to portray these ideals.
Beth Duncan
Elizabeth Duncan has been painting and photographing the beautiful scenes of the Brandywine Valley for some years now, and has participated as an artist in the Plein Air Brandywine competition twice before. After concentrating mostly on photographic medium for about ten years, she began studying watercolor at Delaware Art Museum and then changed medium to oils and began painting outdoors. She also studies with various artists locally and now participates at Longwood Gardens in its “Meadow through the Seasons” workshop. She has selected photography this year as the medium that she will utilize to interpret the beauty and surprises of the Brandywine.
Laura Fischer Saxon
 Fischer Saxon
I am a New Orleans Artist who has been trained in Classical Realism and have won the Color and Design Award at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts given by Latvian Master Artist Auseklis Ozols. I have exhibited in gallery shows in the region and have clients across the US, in London, Australia and the Virgin Islands. I am a lifelong learner and attend workshops to improve my skills in Still-Life, Portraits and Landscapes. I’ve attended Fondren Plein Air and the Pearlington Group Paint Out and look forward to more! I’ve taught Watercolor painting and met Annie Strack through the LA Watercolor Society. I’ve been painting with Mary Monk and Carol Hallock who will be painting in Houston. I’m traveling with Mary and staying at Annie Strack’s house. Annie said to point out that Carol can’t come, so maybe I can take her place! If I had known they were coming I would have applied earlier, but didn’t want to come alone! I appreciate you considering my entry in your show. Thank you, Laura Fischer Saxon
Joan Funcik
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Joan Funcik worked as an interior designer until she relocated to Pottstown, Pa. In 2006. She has been an avid painter for many years and shows her work at historical Yellow Springs and in and around the Delaware Valley. Plein air painting lends itself to her loose and contemporary painting.
George Gallatig
Educated and worked professionally as an engineer. Began woodcarving in the late 80′s. Carvings have won a number of awards at local “Artistry in Wood Shows”. Dabbled at watercolors for a number of years. Got serious about it in 2011 and have worked hard at it since retirement. Artist of the Month in Brigantine NJ for August of 2013 as a watercolorist and word carver.
Gerilyn Gaskill

Gerilyn Gordon Gaskill Now that I’ve finally retired from work, I have begun my real career painting. It’s my passion. I’ve always said my work supported my art interest. I’ve been painting seriously with watercolors for the past five years. I find Painting can be fun, relaxing, enjoyable, meditative, exciting and audacious depending on settings and my mood. Lately I have been painting in watercolors, acrylic and oil mediums. You never know what happy surprises evolve in your paintings. I just love to paint.

Ellen Gavin
Ellen A. Gavin www.greenbootstudio.com Ellen A. Gavin oil painter (b 1954 Phila) living Millville NJ. With a BFA cum laude from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art 1976. Ellen began her artistic journey with a design career in NYC. In 2001 she left the design world and began painting full time. Enjoying an energetic painterly style, her plein air landscape & equestrian paintings have been exhibited, awarded & collected throughout the US & Europe. A Signature Member of Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters (MAPAPA), The American Academy of Equine Art 2003-09, The Washington Society of Miniature Painters 2004-09 The Society Animal Artists 2006-09 She has continued study at The Scottsdale Artist School AZ, The Art Students League & Museum of Natural History in New York City. She is also listed in Who’s Who in American Art from 2009 through 2015 She owns Green Boots Studio & Gallery in Millville NJ. Recent Selected Awards * Easels in Frederick 2014 Best County Landscape * Mt Lebanon Plein Air 2014 & 2012 Pittsburgh PA Grand Prize * Paint Annapolis 2011 Peoples Choice Quick Draw * Callaway Gardens GA Plein Air 2011 Quick Draw -Honorable Mention * Media Fine Art Show 2011- Best in Show * Noyes Museum Hammonton Plein Air 2011- Best in Show * Easton Plein Air 2010 Vasari Color Award * Wayne Plein Air 2010 Wayne Art Center- Honorable Mention * Chadds Ford Days 2008 The John Milner Award * Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts 2007 Best in Show & Best Oil Painter * Min Painters Soc. of Washington DC. 2007 3rd place oils, 05 2nd Place oils * Salmagundi Club 05-Grand Nat Exhibit Am Artist Prof League ??”Raymond Chow Memorial Award * American Academy Equine Art awards 2006 05 & 03
Erin Gill
Erin Pryor Gill is an artist and illustrator. After two years at Alfred University, concentrating in painting and printmaking, she graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Illustration. She worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for several years before taking a break to concentrate on her family. Erin and her husband have three young boys, and she loves introducing her children to the joy of painting and creating. She also enjoys working on her own art. The past couple of years she has gotten hooked on painting en plein air, working in watercolor, pastel and oils. She finds that the peace, immediacy and challenge of getting outside to paint from direct observation is very rewarding.
Mary Ellen Goetz
Mary Ellen Goetz, resides in Wynnewood, PA with her husband Howard and son Aaron. A native to Delaware, she enjoys painting plein air seascapes in Lewes, Delaware and New Harbor, Maine. Mary Ellen studied art at the Delaware Art Museum, and Rehoboth Art League. After receiving a BFA from the University of Dayton, she pursued a career that merges art and therapy with a master degree in art therapy from Hahnemann University and doctorate in psychology from Immaculata University. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy and Wayne Art Center. She exhibits her work in juried exhibitions at the Wayne Art Center, and Delaware Watercolor Society. She currently studies at the Wayne Art Center and enjoys painting primarily with a bright palette, and bold brush strokes. Her works available through the Pandion Gallery, Fisher’s Island, New York and private sale.
Elissa Gore

 Air, earth, water and light mix together to form our living world. Elissa Gore captures these elements as she sees them in landscape paintings for over thirty years. Once a medical illustrator and college professor of fine art, she paints small works outdoors in the city and country. Sometimes she paints larger works from her studies in the studio. Her work is in 60 public collections including the US Art in Embassies program. A Philadelphia native, she has a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA from the University of Texas. She exhibits frequently and has had over 15 solo exhibitions. Elissa has taught watercolor workshops for the New York Botanical Garden for 20 years. In New York City, she is represented by Markel Fine Arts. Her website is: www.elissagore.net Elissa keeps a log of her sketching adventures Paint Trails at elissagore.blogspot.com

Randall Graham
Born in Malvern, Pa in 1977. Now lives with his family in West Chester,Pa. Studied at Studio Rilievo with Neilson Carlin and has studied with Bo Bartlett. I use a representational methods to convey the magic of light felt in nature. Plein air painting energizes my inner artist through the juxtaposition of challenges and the simple pleasure of being outside doing what I love. Living in the Brandywine Valley is a blessing because of all the great Wyeth art and natural beauty that surrounds me at all times. I work mostly in oils. I also paint murals for corporations and residential homes. Recently I have been commissioned to create large works for the Borough Building and Library in Malvern to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the town. Other Plien Air Events: Brandywine Plein Air 2013 & 2014 (HONORABLE MENTION AWARDS) Paint the Town West Chester Paint OC Quick Draw Nocturnal Artists Chadds Ford Notable Exhibits: PAFA Edgar A Poe Museum Winterthur Delaware County Comm. College Art Trust Gallery Chester County Art Association Franklin Commons Art Gallery Chester County Studio Tour Public Collections: The Horsham Clinic The Malvern Township Building Foundations Behavioral Clinic Rumsey Electic West Bradford Elementary Press: Plein Air Magazine Outdoor Painter Delaware News Journal The Daily Local Fig West Chester Teaching: Oxford Art Alliance Franklin Commons Gallery Website: www.RandallGraham.com
Carol Hallock
My friend, Annie Strack has recommended your show to me. Oil painting artist, Carol Hallock lives in a home on stilts on Bayou Lacombe in Louisiana. She often paints the surrounding bayou and marsh from her kayak. Geraldine the egret is often a favorite subject. Acclaimed for her use of expression and color, Carol has gained widespread respect for her evocative regional, nautical, swamp and tropical scenes. Hallock’s fascination with waterways and wildlife are clearly evident in her artwork. Working mostly en plein air in her beloved bayous, Carol strives to capture more than just the visual, but also the mood and emotional affect of her environment. These pieces painted in the loose impressionistic style which she is known for are full of vibrant color are done in alla prima style. Her expressive strokes of color, light and mood effectively allow the viewer to see life through the artist’s eyes. Carol Hallock was born in Baton Rouge, and is a graduate of LSU. Her work can be found in collections and galleries across the country. She has been published in multiple books and has several videos on The Art of Loose Painting which are shown on television channels across the country. She also teaches workshops nationally.
Catherine Hillis
Catherine Hillis www.catherinehillis.com Catherine Hillis is a Signature Member of many watercolor organizations across the country, as well as an elected member of the prestigious Washington Society of Landscape Painters. She’s been featured in many publications, including American Artist Magazine, Splash 12, Splash 14, The Artistic Touch 5 and The Artistic Touch 6, The Washington Post and Best of Virginia Artists and Artisans. The artist has won over 50 awards across the country for her portrayals of light in watercolor paint, competing regularly in national watercolor shows and plein air contests. She has exhibited in over twenty solo exhibits. You can see her teach at www.monkeysee.com (type in the key word watercolors) and her website is www.catherinehillis.com.
Cynthia Howar

Cynthia Howar studied art and architecture in college but went on to become a lawyer and a consultant. In 2004, she decided to get back to her artistic roots and immersed herself in watercolors by studying at the Art League of Alexandria, at the Corcoran and with several visiting artists teaching workshops here and abroad. While studying art and graphic arts in the 1970′s, all of her professors encouraged abstract painting. Today she has gone back to the basics and loves painting plein air. Although she paints both representationally and abstractly in oil and other media, watercolor remains her favorite medium. Cynthia regularly shows her work at her own studio and gallery. Among other places her work has been showed are: Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG) Art Show (2011-2015), House of Sweden, 2013-2015 Juried three years in a row into the Brandywine Valley Plein Air Competition (October, 2010-13) Brandywine Valley Plein Air group show (October, 2013), Wintertur Musuem, Prize for Barn at Point Lookout Brandywine Valley Plein Air group show (October 2011), Tatnall School, Wilmington, Delaware Provence with Friends group exhibit (November 2012), Yellow Barn, Glen Echo, Maryland Paintings From Provence and Other Works of Art showcased in 2012 at her studio Art League Gallery, juried show (2006), Equal Award for Blue Window (oil on canvas) City Hall in Old Town Alexandria, 2006, Art in City Hall juried show Art League Gallery. Small Works juried show (2006) for View from River Farm Art League Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia, All Media juried show , Urban Life (October, 2005) with L’Avenue watercolor) Art League Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia (2004) juried show, two watercolor landscapes entered She currently is associated with Washington Fine Properties, Inc. in Washington, DC and welcomes visitors to her website, www.cynthiahowarfineart.com. She sells her works and notecards of her paintings from her studio and online. The Art League School, Alexandria, VA The Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC Hunter College, New York, NY (painting) City College, New York, NY (architecture) University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (graphic design & painting) J.D. Georgetown University (law) B.S. Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut (psychology)

Maryanne Jacobsen
Maryanne Jacobsen is a colorist and contemporary impressionist. She began painting in 2006 after an early retirement from a ballet career allowed her the opportunity to indulge in a childhood dream to become a visual artist. With color the motivating factor in her desire to paint, she picked up a palette knife and the magic of creation began. The love affair is still in high gear seven years later, and Maryanne feels blessed to have found one more passion in a life that has been filled with artistic accomplishments. Over the past few years Maryanne has been juried into many local and prestigious national shows including the American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, The National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Paint America, and Women Painters of the Southeast. She has won many awards, including First Place and Best of Show and paints en plein air as often as possible. She is collected both nationally and abroad and recent collectors of note include American author Ed Meek, British author Deborah Lawrenson and The Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida. Maryanne is represented by galleries throughout the United States including Galerie du Soleil in Naples, Fl., Gallery444 in Union Square,San Francesco, Lorica Artworks in Andover, Massachusetts, and Collector’s Gallery in Venice, Fl. A complete list of juried shows, plein air competitions, and awards can be found on Maryanne’s website at www.maryannejacobsen.com
Ken Karlic
Originally from Chicago, Ken Karlic’s earliest memories are of drawing. Over the years Ken used various media for his art, but it wasn’t until he began to travel extensively with his wife, Eve, that he chose watercolors exclusively, primarily for their portability. This began a two decades long refinement of his techniques, which still continues today. Although he also paints in the studio, Ken’s real love is to paint en plein-air, a French expression used to describe the act of painting outdoors, and made popular by the Impressionists. In 2010, Ken began to participate in juried plein-air painting competitions. In his second competition, he sold five paintings, won second place and was officially hooked. Accustomed to the deadlines inherent in graphic design, painting plein-air is a perfect match for Ken, as he enjoys painting with a sense of urgency and passion that is more about capturing the essence rather than the specifics of any location. Ken Karlic studied architecture, painting and graphic design at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and he received a BFA in graphic design in 1986. Ken is an award-winning graphic designer and founding partner of Splice Design Group located in Sparks, Maryland, which specializes in brand identity, interactive and print design for corporate and institutional clients, including the Guggenheim Foundation and Smithsonian Institution. His paintings are in private and institutional collections including Johns Hopkins Hospital, and he is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein-Air Painters Association (MAPAPA) and a Signature Artist Member of Baltimore Watercolor Society.
Elsa Keller
I am blessed and privileged to have been able to paint in the Brandywine valley and at nearby coastlines for the past 10 years. I prefer to paint outdoors whenever possible; the paintings submitted for this competition were all completed en plein air over the past year. Participating in Plein Air Brandywine Valley and other local plein air competitions has been a joy. Painting for me is a way of mirroring in some small way the beauty of nature, which points back to God, and thus is a form of praise. See more work at ElsaKeller.com
Monique Kendikian-Sarkessian
Monique Kendikian-Sarkessian Philadelphia artist who creates vibrant oil and encaustic was paintings that express the joy found in finding the divine in everyday life. Monique Kendikian- Sarkessian earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In continuing studies she has studied 18th Century European furniture painting, art education, and traditional icon painting with a Russian master iconographer. Since 1984, Monique’s work has been shown and honored with awards at numerous exhibitions across the country: in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Boston, Delaware and Philadelphia areas. Her work is featured this year in two museum shows as well. Some of her recent awards include second place for painting out of 84 painters in the inaugural Plein Air Brandywine Valley Art Competition, 3rd place in Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2013 as well as awards by Artist’s Equity, Delaware Valley Art League, Main Line Art Center and Chester County Art Association. By the Artist on her work: My mission on earth is to use the artistic gifts given to me to translate the joy of creation to my viewers. In my paintings I seek to express the truth and beauty of inspired design.
Carisa Kozicki
Carisa loves to document people, pets, and relationships as well as all of the seasons of life. Her online portfolio can be found at CarisaK Photography www.carisak.com
Georganna Lenssen
Born in Seoul, Korea, Georganna Lenssen graduated from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with certificate in painting. Prizes awarded included the Roy Lance Lauffer Memorial Prize and the Elizabeth Arramark scholarship. Since 2005, Georganna has been teaching classes at the Wayne Art Center and Historic Yellow Springs Studios. She is represented by The Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia, Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster, and West Branch Gallery in Stowe, VT. Asian art and its deep reverence for nature has strongly influenced her work and its development. In connecting to and expressing the gesture and essence of subjects she hopes to release an element of their spirit into her work.
Robert Lott
After working as an engineer for 43 years at DuPont, Robert now directs his creativity toward nature, landscape and urban decay photography. Robert also does volunteer photography at fund raising events for the Delmarva Red Cross Chapter. Although Robert holds masters degrees in engineering (LSU) and business (U of DE), he is primarily a self- taught photographer. Robert is a member of Chester County Camera Club, Chester County Art Association (CCAA), Rehoboth Art League and National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Roberts work has been published in Philly Creative Guide, Schmap Guide of Philadelphia, Holiday 2008 Washington Life Magazine, Bravo…art Heals Weekly Planner (published by CCAA), March 2011 DE Art on the Town Magazine and shown recently at several locations in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Robert also teaches HDR photography, Image Post-Processing and Photography Workflow at Chester County Night School. In 2011 Robert received Photographer of Year award from Chester County Camera Club and was elected president for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 club years. In 2014 Roberts work was voted Artists Choice during Plein Air Brandywine Valley.
Randy Lyons
Photographer for over 25 years. Many photographs presented in a professional presentation on dinosaur exploration. Project currently underway with the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Carol Maguire

Maguire is a professional painter who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy and the Sorbonne. She is known for her exquisite color and bold application. She was featured in the June 2014 issue of American Art Collector. www.carolmaguire.com

Shanthi Manickam

Shanthi Manickam is a self-taught artist with a computer science degree. She has taken classes from some of the Chester County Artists. Her love for nature translates into beautiful art. She works primarily on Acrylics and sometimes other mediums. Most of her works are done plein air. She also paints from photographs. Shanthi is a member of Chester County Art Association and has exhibited in member shows. She has participated in Plein Air Brandywine Valley and Plein air at Mill Grove events. Website:Shansartgallery.com
Judith Mccabe Jarvis
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Brian Mckenna
BRIAN McKENNA E-mail: brian.mck@verizon.net EDUCATION Bachelor of Fine Arts, December 2011 University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Visual Arts, Animation and Interactive Media Associate of Applied Science, May 2009 Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Computer Graphics & Visual Communication, Interactive Design Corcoran School of Art, 1977-1980 Washington, D.C. Fine Arts University of Maryland, 1975-1977 College Park, Maryland Liberal Arts EXPERIENCE Graphic Artist, Freelance Chester, Maryland, 2001 to present Designed logos, posters and book covers. Firefighter, District of Columbia Fire Department Washington, D.C. 1982- 2008 Fire suppression, Crash Fire Rescue and emergency medical care Graphic Artist, Maryland Pennysaver Group Severna Park, Maryland 1980-1982 Created magazine advertisements and page layouts.
Sherry Mcvickar


Alison Leigh Menke
Much like the impressionists who first ventured out into nature with their easels and paints in tow, I too am greatly inspired by outdoor light and true colors of the landscape. I express myself through bold color choices and decisive brushwork. My inspiration for painting is to express the poetic relationships and melodies of light and color found in nature. I choose a variety of subject matter yet have a particular interest in sunrise/sunset paintings and maritime scenes. Born abroad and raised in Clarksville, Maryland, I now live in Washington, DC. I hold a B.A. in Art and Art History from University of Maryland, College Park and have studied with internationally acclaimed artists in the US and abroad. Growing up I was impressed by the physical beauty surrounding me and by the art of my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who’s paintings and passions enchanted me throughout my youth. Artists who have been an inspiration include Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Anders Zorn, Kim English, and Clyde Aspevig.
Larry Meyers
My passion for photography began when I was about six years old and has continued strong ever since. I enjoy capturing the interplay of light and texture, color and shadow involving subjects as varied as butterflies, flowers and clouds. My eclectic subject matter incorporates formats ranging from macro to extreme wide angle photography. I tend to photograph anything that interests me, from light reflections on a oil slicked road, to macro shots of flowers and insects. This hobby has provided thousands of hours of personal enjoyment in creating images that evoke a range of positive emotional responses from viewers.
Mary Monk
Mary Monk Painting out of doors is a refining experience, revealing much more detail and subtle transitions in nature. Mary Monk has been an award winning professional artist for over twenty years. Her work can be found in a myriad of public and private art collections including permanent art collections belonging to St. Tammany Parish and the state of Louisiana. She has appeared in numerous magazines such as: Pastel Magazine, Louisiana Life Magazine, St. Charles Magazine and Inside Northside Magazine. She received the majority of her artistic training through classical drawing lessons but is a self taught pastelist. She is an active member of the Degas Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of America and the St. Tammany Pastel Society. Monk’s primary medium is pastel and she is mostly known for her country/urban landscapes. No matter the subject, mood and light are always the true focus of her paintings. Her choices of color and subject matter are heavily influenced by growing up in the city and moving to the country to raise her family. The transition of urban to country sparked an infinite pool of inspiration for the artist. The majority of her paintings are scenes done en plein air. Mary Monk grew up in New Orleans but has been living in Abita Springs with her husband and four children for the past twenty years. She is represented in Louisiana by Three Rivers Gallery in Covington, The New Orleans Academy of Arts and the Garden District Gallery in New Orleans and Frame-Works Gallery in Baton Rouge.
Yvonne Mucci
www.yvonnemucci.wordpress.com Originally from Chicago, I have made southern New Jersey my home for over 30 years. My formal art training was at the American Academy of Art in Chicago where I studied both commercial and fine art. It was at the Academy, learning from Irving Shapiro that my love for watercolor painting emerged. I am constantly painting whether I am holding a brush or not. Always studying a subject that has caught my eye. Before I know it, I am mentally composing a painting. Taking notes, sketching, photographing and figuring out how I’ll build the pigments to capture the play of light and shadow. I like clean, bright colors, using lots of layers to achieve beautiful luminous paintings. My goal in painting is to recapture my initial feeling for a subject and convey that to the viewer. It is wonderful when someone tells you your painting caught their eye and held their interest. To me, my paintings let another person see through my eyes. Paintings can be viewed at www.yvonnemucci.wordpress.com I am a member of the Gloucester County Art League and Salem County Art League.
Karen Neumann
I have a background in Medical Illustration, while employed at the Univ of Pennsylvania School of Medicine I took workshops and classes in landscape and illustration. I have been an adjunct professor in Biomedical Illustration at PCA, now University of the Arts, also Beaver College, now Acadia, and Moore College of Art. I teach privately and continue to actively paint in watercolors, or other mediums in classes or on my own.
Connie Newby
My current work consists of small pen and ink drawings of trees, which are for me a catalyst for deeper meaning and reflection. I carefully choose and am drawn to the trees I draw because they speak to me. ‘Tree Spirits’ or ‘Spirit Trees’ are found in the traditions of many cultures and artists worldwide draw inspiration from this phenomenon. My drawings of trees are for me a spiritual journey, a conversation, and an exploration, reflecting upon life, loss, and unanswerable questions about living. In addition to the small ink drawings I also create large scale charcoal drawings which are reinterpretations done in the studio and selected from the smaller pen and ink drawings which are done in the field. I also work in black and white and alternative photographic processes through which I explore concepts in non-verbal, non-linear, visual storytelling. My most recent ongoing photography project is a series of photographs of my mother’s garden which is a reflection of my mother’s struggles with failing health and cancer. To see more of my work visit: www.ConnieNewby.blogspot.com
Jack Paolini
I am a self-taught photographer living in Chester County, PA. I enjoy taking pictures of Philadelphia and the surrounding area. I am a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. My photographs have been purchased by The Lankenau Hospital, Stonebridge Bank, Lindt Property Management, Union Meeting Corporate Center, Infinity Broadcasting Company, Holiday Inn, Fairmount Partners, and many others. I have 33 awards to date. All prints art true wet process photographic prints or archival pigment ink prints.
Elise Phillips
Elise Phillips was born in Wayne, Pennsylvania into a family with an extensive background in the fine arts. Her great, great grandfather founded Newman Galleries in Philadelphia in 1865, and today she is the fifth generation of the family to exhibit there. A graduate of the Hussian School of Art in 1983, she was an accomplished illustrator and graphic designer with many successful commissions in the business community. With an inherent interest in painting, she enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, emerging well schooled in the tradition of the Academy. Elise has for many years maintained a studio in Elverson, Pennsylvania, where the bucolic countryside is a source of inspiration for many of her paintings, as is the Jersey Shore, New England, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where she is a frequent visitor. An award winning exhibitor, she is a signature member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society, a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Oil Painters of America and the French Creek Art Colony.
Bruce Poulterer

Bruce Poulterer — Painter of Memories. Bruce, a realistic watercolor painter, has his home and studio in Media, PA. He began painting by painting from the watercolor box his mother used. He studied under a number of watercolor artists most recently with Karl Kuerner. Bruce is most known for his paintings of buildings in country landscapes and everyday life, when life moved at a slower pace. His career has been marked by consistent growth, beginning with designing and painting watercolors for Christmas cards and prints for his own company for 20 years. These prints hang all over the world and there is hardly a dairy in the United States that doesn’t have one of his prints. Juried art shows: Plein Air Brandywine, Imaculata College, Yellow Springs, Lititz Art Show, Brandywine Arts Festival, Malvern Art Show, Chadds Ford Art Show, etc. Bruce has also had numerous one man shows and will be the featured artist at Christopher’s Restaurant in Wayne in October. Honors: First limited edition watercolor selected by Dressage at Devon Horse Show benefiting Children’s Hospital and Penn State University used his Limited Edition watercolor to raise funds for the Food Science Building. Bruce feels blessed and has given his work to raise substantial funds for many non-profits such as Delaware County Christian School, Chester County Hospital, People for People in Philadelphia, and many others. He is a member of the Delaware Valley Art League and Member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society. Bruce has been painting plein air watercolors since 2009. Recently he has been plein air painting at the Kuerner farm where Andrew Wyeth painted and sketched over 1,000 pieces. Under the insightful eyes of Karl Kuerner , Bruce says this has been one of the most significant painting experiences in his life. Bruce is married to his best friend Jan and they have four children and five grandchildren. E-mail Poulterer@gmail.com You can see more at his blog watercolorsbybruce.blogspot.com/ Or like Bruce at Bruce Poulterer watercolors on FACEBOOK to get regular updates.

Lisa Prinzo
Lisa is excited to be painting with oils in her most recent work. In all her work she tries to capture the subtleties of the subject matter, paying close attention to contrast. Lisa is a board member of Healing Art Works, a nonprofit organization which places art in patient spaces to promote healing. She exhibits with Flying Colors, The Artists Circle, Notre Dame de Namur, Daylesford Abbey, and the Tri-County Art Show in Elverson, annually.
Jim Rehak
Jim Rehak, a resident of Seaford, DE, captures the seasonal changes of Delmarva and vicinity in his landscape paintings. Art has always been a vocation for Jim – as a portrait and caricature artist in Ocean City, art director at a sign company, teacher and freelance court illustrator. In recent years his work has shown and won awards in Maryland and Delaware.
James Salvas
Born in the Hudson Valley, Jim Salvas has lived and worked in the Brandywine Valley for over 40 years. A photographer since the age of 12, he received formal training while in the Army. His work has been featured in magazines and used as advertising illustrations. Online, his photos have been selected by a number of “photo of the day” sites and have been used for website headers. He now specializes in portrait photography for corporate websites, but is also exhibiting personal images of the Brandywine Valley. Third Place, Photography, 2014 Plein Air Brandywine Valley. First Place, Photography, special Marshall Square Park award, 2014 Plein Air Brandywine Valley. His stock photography is represented by Getty Images.
Norman Schmidt
My wife Nancy and I have maintained a graphic design/photography studio for over 46 years. Servicing both fortune 500 companies as well as NJ art and educational groups. Now,I have come full circle going back to my first love of art painting and taking continuing education classes at the Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia.
Robert Schock
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Robert Schock currently works in financial services. Photography has always been a hobby of his. Wherever he is a camera is always sure to be with him. You never know when the opportunity for that perfect photo will appear. Along his daily commute to and from work, currently in West Chester, there is always something new to be seen. No matter what time of day the lighting is always different. Even passing a scene in a different direction provides a new perspective. Robert’s photography is not defined by one type of medium- though he does focus more on landscapes, nature, and the historic aspects of life. He also enjoys photographing his 2 boys’ sporting activities. Robert is a self-taught photographer and still considers himself a student in the art of photography. He is always learning new techniques, whether it is talking to other photographers he meets or learning from trial and error in the field. Most of all Robert sees photography as something that is enjoyable and gets him outdoors to places that most people only read about.
Recently Robert has joined the Chester County Art Association as they have offered him more opportunities to show his work through juried and non-juried shows as well as meeting local Artist with the same interest. Juried Competition – Delaware By Hand Masterworks 2015 at the Biggs Museum Juried Shows Chester County Art Association 2nd Place Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2014 Setting Sun RAL 6th Regional Juried Biennial Exhibition 2014 Forever Ferns 2nd Place – Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2013 Solitude Sunrise Artist Choice Award for Photography Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2013 3rd Place Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2012 Entanglement Contact Information: Robert J Schock 108 Rothwell Rd Wilmington DE 19805 302-998-0279
Denise Sedor
Denise Sedor grew up in New York City and has resided in Chester County, PA for the past 20 years. Her art education began at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York where she took courses in Fine Art and Photography. She was accepted as a member of the Mamaroneck Artists Guild in Larchmont, New York where her work was exhibited. She has since become a member of Yellow Springs Studios, Chester County Art Association, Delaware Valley Art League, The Plastic Club of Philadelphia and the Wayne Art Center where she continues her art education and exhibits her work. She has studied under Janet Hammond, Alice Meyer-Wallace and Robert Terry of Chester Springs Studio, Georganna Lenssen and Kassem Amoudi of The Wayne Art Center, Eo Omwake of Chadds Ford Academy of Fine Art and Mark T. Cole and Wendy Schierer of Chester County Art Association. Awards Wayne Art Center Student Award Chester County Art Association Honorable Mention Beauty Gallery Honorable Mention Plastic Club – 2nd Place Galleries Summer Studios Beauty Gallery Franklin Commons Art Gallery
Don Shoffner

Don Shoffner 216 N. Essex Avenue, Narberth, PA 19072 610-664-8068 1 High Cliff, Plymouth, MA 02360 – 508-746-1894 donshoffner@verizon.net Award winning artist Don Shoffner grew up in Chester County, Pennsylvania amid the old buildings and barns that fill his works. His challenge is to try and capture their utility, texture and integrity before they disappear from our landscape. Working in watercolor and India ink, his works depict fall and winter scenes in their subdued hues. His seascapes reflect the peaceful nature and warmth of the Southshore and bring a certain balance. After graduating from West Chester University, he then studied textile design at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences, gaining new appreciation for texture and composition. Don has been a participant in numerous group shows and associations in Pennsylvania and New England including: Chester County Art Association, Buck Hill Falls Fine Arts Festival, Duxbury Art Association, North River Arts Society, Immaculata University, Yellow Springs and Daylesford Abbey. 2012 brought new challenges. Winning prizes for Best Architectural Scene at the first annual Chester County Art Association Plein Air event, Best Water Based Media at the NOVA Art Galaxy and 1st Place for Landscape at the annual Pocono Mountain Arts Council members show. In 2008 his painting, “A Hard Winter” was awarded 1st prize at the 64th annual Buck Hill Falls Fine Arts Festival. He received a Merit Award for “Well Hidden” at the 2008 Pocono Mountain Arts Council members exhibition and a First Prize for his Landscape “Cranberry Fields Forever: at their 2012 exhibition . His watercolor, “Hatch’s Mill Shadows” was selected as one of the twelve finalists to be included in the North River Arts Society 2008 calendar. A watercolor, “Nesting” was given an Excellence Award at the Chester County Art Association’s 2006 members exhibition and was also selected as the November 2010 North River Arts Society calendar winner. “Winter Skies” was awarded First Prize for Watercolor in 2006 at the Buck Hill Falls Fine Arts Festival, and his watercolor, “Barefootin” received Honorable Mention at the 89th annual Duxbury Art Association’s Midsummer Exhibition. And, working with the Redesign Group, Don developed a series of seven drawings of the Buck Hill Falls community and integrated them into a toile fabric which is currently in production. Selected as the Association of Retarded Citizens(ARC) artist for 2005, his watercolor “Frozen Memory, Caln Meeting” was their featured print and greeting card for the year. He also completed and provided the watercolor for the Anselma Mill Foundation 2005 Note Card. Recent works can be found at the Chadds Ford Gallery, Chadds Ford, PA; Barnstone Gallery, Phoenixville, PA; Morgan Gallery, Blakeslee,PA; Russell Gallery, Plymouth, MA and the Sprag Mill Gallery, Cresco, PA. He is represented in corporate and private collections throughout the United States.

Doug Small
Live on the Eastern Shore of VA, formerly from Chester County (the race horse business. Participated in Plein Air Brandywine past 3 years- honorable mention twice. Awards at Plein Air Chincoteague, and plein Air Onancock (1st place)
Charles Snell
Charles Snell enjoys capturing the fleeting beauty of the landscape using oil paint en plein air. He paints frequently with the Rancocas Valley Plein Air Painters in South Jersey and is a member of the Burlington County Art Guild. He has participated in painting courses and workshops conducted by Philip Carroll, John Ennis, Ken DeWaard, John MacDonald, Tom Nachreiner and other talented painters. Charles has received several awards for his work, including the 2013 Vanishing Landscapes Award (Bayonet Farm Arts & Music Fair), the 2014 JFM Award for Excellence (Plein Air Westfield), 2015 Quick Draw First Place (Chestertown Paint the Town), and the 2015 Whitemarsh Township Award for Excellence (Whitemarsh Arts Center Plein Air Paint Out). He maintains a blog as a diary of his painting experiences at http://snellart.blogspot.com.
Sarah Snyder-Dinsel

Sarah Snyder-Dinsel is a Chester County artist with a BFA in Illustration from University of Delaware. Sarah’s primary medium is acrylic on canvas. She enjoys utilizing the trompe l’oeil technique in her paintings. Much of her subject matter contains oversized fruits and flowers set against a distant landscape to create a spatial illusion. Sarah’s work has been seen recently at Galer Estate Winery, Z gallery, The Chadds Ford and Unionville Art Shows and The Chester County Art Association Juried Show. Sarah currently paints commisioned paintings and furniture in her home studio.

Lothar Speer

Lothar Speer CV/ Bio: Education: – Natl. Academy of the Fine Arts, Vienna, A – Graphic Arts Academy, Basel, CH – BFA: Loyola University, Chicago, IL, USA – MFA: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA Select Exhibits: – St. Augustine Chapel Gallery, Vienna, A – Gallery Pianola, Basel, CH – Galleries of the SAIC, Chicago Artists’ Coalition Open – Moab Art Center, Moab, UT – Rotunda of the Capitol Building, Washington, DC – City Hall, Philadelphia, PA – State of Illinois Bldg, Chicago – Cook County Lobby, Chicago – PAFA Museum of the Fine Arts – Limner Gallery, NY – East West Gallery, Chicago – Granville Arts, Chicago Murals: – SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Weil der Stadt, Germany – Calvary Lutheran Church, Bustleton, Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL – Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, Chicago, IL Select Awards: – Anne McKee Artists’ Fund – Fueger Silver Medal for Figure Drawing, Natl. Academy of the Fine Arts, Vienna – Milwaukee Domes Plein Air Festival – Key West Art Center Plein Air Competition – Tennessee Williams Plein Air Competition

Susan Stefanski
Award winning artist, Susan Stefanski has studied art at Villanova University, and local art centers since 1999. Susan is drawn to representational painting in oil, watercolor and pastel. Painting is spiritual and serene and promotes a feeling of contentment and joy to be shared with others. This past year she has had two large solo shows at Thomas Moser Gallery and Villanova University, resulting in a several commissions, one to paint Irish landscapes to cover the walls at St. Declan’s Well Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA. Her representational work, predominately landscapes, capture light, color and feelings falling under an umbrella of God’s Gifts. Susan took second place this fall at the Brandywine Plein Air Festival for Morning Warmth, Point Lookout. She won the Marie Brobeil Memorial Award in the DVAL Jenkins Arboretum Exhibition for her painting Groundcover Susan is a member of ARTsisters, Artist Equity, DVAL, MLAC, Professional Member and, Haverford Guild of Craftsmen. She is represented by North End Trilogy, Barnegate Light, NJ, ADM Gallery, Newtown Square, Beauty Gallery, Edgemont, Hardcastle Gallery, Delaware.
Annie Strack
A native of Naples, Florida, Annie Strack is a classically trained professional artist whose formal art school training included advanced studies of numerous artistic mediums. Although she is best known as a modern master of maritime painting, she is also an experienced expert in many other mediums, subjects, and styles. Her extraordinary paintings are exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world, and have been featured in over 20 solo shows. She exhibits in a multitude of national and international juried shows and her artwork has won hundreds of distinguished awards. She is a highly esteemed workshop instructor, and she is a much sought-after juror for art exhibits. In addition to painting and teaching in her own studios, she also teaches at Artist’s Network University, and she also travels around the world to paint on location, teach workshops, and judge prestigious art shows. Her acclaimed classes and workshops quickly sell out to maximum capacity and usually have long waiting lists. Strack has been published in several prominent magazines including The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magazine, The Crafts Report, Wooden Boat International, Country Roads, Gallery Insider, House & Home, Louisiana Life, Gulf Coast Arts & Entertainment Review, Louisiana Homes & Gardens, and Covington Magazine, and she has been featured in dozens of newspaper and television interviews. Her artwork has been featured on the covers of Art Calendar Magazine, Harmon Homes Magazine, Inside Northside Magazine, and Northlake News Magazine. She’s the author of The Artists Guide to Business & Marketing, and since 2005 she’s been a feature writer and contributing editor for Professional Artist Magazine; the premier national business magazine for visual artists. She is the producer and host of the incredibly popular television show Painting Seascapes in Watercolor, which is broadcast on over 140 television stations worldwide and also available on DVD. Strack has earned the elite status of Signature Membership in the International Society of Marine Painters (ISMP), Watercolor Society of Alabama (WSA), Wyoming Watercolor Society (WYWS), Delaware Watercolor Society (DWS), Louisiana Watercolor Society (LWS), Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS), and she is an Elected/Juried Member of the American Artists Professional League (AAPL). Strack is an Official Authorized Artist for the US Coast Guard (COGAP), and she is an Artist Ambassador for Cason | Royal Talens artist materials. Her paintings, prints, & posters are in over 1,000 public and private collections worldwide, including: US Coast Guard, US Navy, US Senate, US Pentagon, Fredonia Museum, Zigler Museum, Lake Pontchartrain Maritime Museum, Jefferson Parish Courthouse, St. Tammany Parish Public Art Collection, San Benito Public Art Collection, VA Retirement Home, Merrill Lynch, Kildare Marine, Biloxi Sun-Herald, St Tammany Parish Hospital, Ochsner Foundation, New Orleans World Trade Center, Marsh USA, Transwestern Services, International Matex, and many more.
John Frederick Truitt
Painting plein air watercolors for fifty years all over the world
Alan B. Tuttle
Alan B. Tuttle Tuttle Studios 18413 Dunes Way Lewes, DE 19958 (315) 767 7627oldstone@northnet.org www.facebook.com/abtuttle Group 2012 For the Sake of Art Solo Show Rehoboth Art League: Rehoboth Shows Beach, DE. (Activities) 2011 Salon International 2010: Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art: San Antonio, TX Awards 2010 North Country Arts Council’s Fall Art Show Invitational/Featured Artist Watertown,NY. 2010 Heart of Winter Art Show: Macsherry Library Community Gallery: Alexandria Bay, New York. (People’s Choice Award) 2010 Salon International 2010: Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art: San Antonio, TX 2009 International Juried Art Exhibition: Frederick Remington Museum: Ogdensburg, New York 2009 BRA-VO Handweaving Museum & Art Center: Clayton, NY 2009 International Juried Exhibition: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, New York. 2008 Masterworks in Miniature Gallery One: Mentor, Ohio Invitational Show 2008 Group Show, A Point of View Gallery: Lake Placid, NY 2008 Along the River’s Edge Handweaving Museum & Art Center: Clayton, NY 2008 Artists in the Garden, a 10 Year Retrospective Lake Placid Center for the Arts: Lake Placid, New York 2007 International Juried Art Exhibition: Frederick Remington Museum: Ogdensburg, New York 2007 Artists in the Garden North Country Community College: Malone, New York 2007 North Country Regional Juried Art Show: Gibson Gallery, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY. 2007 Along the River’s Edge Handweaving Museum & Art Center: Clayton, NY 2007 American Juried Art Salon: Richardson, Texas 2007 Masterworks in Miniature, Gallery One: Mentor, Ohio Invitational Show 2006 North Country Artist’s Guild Juried Exhibition Watertown,NY. 2006 Along the River’s Edge Handweaving Museum & Art Center: Clayton, NY 2005-2006 Empty Bowls Program: A charitable program to raise the awareness of hunger, poverty and homelessness. 14 Months working with over 5000 students (K-12) in Watertown and Adams, New York. We threw 1700 bowls and decorated them in various themes to give to each participant at three dinners hosting 1700 people. In addition, we did research, writing projects, poetry and dramatic skits which were presented to our dinner guests. The effort educated students, engaged them in creating, and raised $42,000.00 for local hunger relief agencies. (These programs that I initiate are the only times that I engage in working with ceramics.) 2005 International Juried Art Exhibit 2005, Frederick Remington Art Museum: Ogdensburg, NY. 2005 Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Art Ability 10: Malvern PA. Award: Honorable Mention 2005 Lake Placid Center for the Arts, International Juried Exhibition: Lake Placid, New York. 2005 The American Juried Art Salon: Richardson, Texas 2005 National Oil & Acrylic Painter’s Society, Best of North America Lake Ozark, MO. 2005 One World Many Visions Northbrook Public Library: Northbrook, Il. 2005 On Line Exhibition, Art Kudos, International Juried Art Competition & Exhibition: www.artkudos.com, sponsored by www.artshow.com : Norcross, GA. 2005 Artist’s Magazine, 22nd Annual Art Competition, Award: Experimental Oil-Honorable Mention, publication Dec. 2005 Edition. 2005 North Country Regional Juried Art Show: Gibson Gallery, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY. 2005 Along the River’s Edge Handweaving Museum & Art Center: Clayton, NY 2005 70th Annual National Exhibition of the Cooperstown Art Association: Cooperstown, NY. 2005 North Country Artist’s Guild Juried Exhibition Watertown,NY. Awards: 1st Place in Oil & People’s Choice. 2005 Art of the Northeast 2004 Silvermine Guild Arts Center New Canaan,CT. 2005 National Juried Exhibition, Plano Art Association, Plano, TX. 2005 Transportation a National Juried Exhibition, Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, MO 2004 Artists in the Garden For ARTsake Gallery, Malone, NY 2004 Along the River’s Edge Handweaving Museum & Art Center, Clayton, NY 2003 Artists in the Garden For ARTsake Gallery, Malone, NY 2003 Along the River’s Edge Handweaving Museum & Art Center, Clayton, NY 2003 North Country Artists Guild Spring Show, Watertown, NY 2002 Along the River’s Edge, Handweaving Museum & Art Center, Clayton, NY 2002 World Trade Center Memorial Competition Entry, NYC,NY 2002 North Country Artists Guild International Sculpture Show, Watertown, NY 2002 North Country Artists Guild Spring Show, Watertown, NY 2001 International Juried Art Exhibit, Frederick Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, NY 2001 Artists in the Garden Adirondack Cultural Center, NY 2001 North Country Artists Guild Spring Show, Watertown, NY 2001 National Snow Sculpting Competition, Wisconsin 2001 New York State Snow Sculpting Championships, (1st Place) Lake Placid, NY 2000 Gibson Gallery, Potsdam State University, Potsdam, NY 2000 New York State Snow Sculpting Championships, (1st Place) Lake Placid, NY 1999 Art Attack Gibson Gallery, Potsdam State Univ., Potsdam, NY 1999 Adirondack Life Juried Art Show, Group Show, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY. 1999 Gibson Gallery, Potsdam State University, Potsdam, NY 1999 River Connection, Group Show, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 1998 North Country Regional Juried Art Show: Gibson Gallery, SUNY Potsdam, NY 1998 Massena Artist Association International Juried Show, Massena, NY 1997 Massena Artist Association International Juried Show, Massena, NY 1996 The Artist’s Magazine Art Competition, Finalist 1996 Massena Artist Association International Juried Show, Massena, NY 1995 North Country Regional Juried Art Show, Potsdam, NY 1995 Massena Artist Association International Juried Show, Massena, NY 1995 Winter Art Blast-Group Show, Gouverneur, NY 1993 Homeless-One Man Show, Tesori Gallery, San Mateo, CA Professional Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Organizations Associate Member: Allied Artists of America Gramercy Park South, NYC Member of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council Member of the Friends of Gibson Gallery. Member of the North Country Artists Guild Member of the Thousand Islands Handweaving Museum & Arts Center 1991-2010: Founder, Chairman, Giving Back A not-for-profit national program to raise the awareness of the problems of homeless people and money for charities that aid them. The program has been responsible for raising over $1,000,000. It showcases a series of paintings of the homeless. Member of the Rehoboth Art League Media Numerous newspaper, magazine articles on The Domiciles Project a public art project created and directed by the artist. Numerous newspaper articles and extensive media coverage in New York and California since 1991 on the Giving Backprogram as well as Artistic endeavors. Sunset Magazine, Landscape Design February 1991. San Francisco Chronicle, August, 1993. San Mateo Times, June 1993 Homelessness in the United States, Europe, and Russia, by Carl Helvie and Wilfred Kunstmann, Bergin & Garvey, 1999 (Illustrations: paintings of homeless) The Anvil’s Ring, Sculpture, Summer 2001 WWNY TV: The North Country’s Finest Television Segment on my work and studio, 2003. Artist’s Magazine, 22nd Annual Art Competition, December 2005. Education Self Taught Artist!
Ellis Underkoffler

Ellis E. Underkoffler, Masters in Education, Natural Sciences (Geology) After teaching junior high school Earth Science for 31 years and 12 years at Wilmington University, I wanted to advance my hobby in photography. My decision was to go beyond this and look for the unusual in nature. I have always enjoyed the outdoors and now am trying to capture its beauty in photographs. I began photographing with the basic SLR and have moved into the SLR Digital medium. I use the Nikon D600and D300 camera with Nikon lens. I studied photography under Professor Byron Shurtlef at the University of Delaware, and in workshops Modern Masters of Photography with Kevin Fleming, Capturing Light with photographer Marc Clery, Allen Rokach’s Focus on Flowers, and Wildflowers of Texas, and Internationally known, John Shaw. Kevin and Marc have inspired me to go farther with my hobby and with their guidance, instruction, and expertise have provided me the uniqueness of each shot.

Denise Vitollo
My pastel artworks explore color, and how it is influenced by light and shadow. My travels to Iceland, Italy, France, Sedona, California, and the Caribbean during the past few years have greatly inspired my work and have assisted me in realizing my goal of conveying the intense pulsations and energy I feel in the world around me. I am a juried member of the Pastel Society of America. Recently, I was in residency for two weeks at the Vermont Studio Center. A participant in hundreds of group exhibits, I have had seventeen one-woman shows, and I am the recipient of many awards. My work appears in public and private collections, and in publications. From Syracuse University, I earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration, as well as a Master of Art Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Printmaking from the Pennsylvania State University. I have has studied under and have been influenced by Master Pastelists Daniel Greene, Bill Creevy, and Richard McKinley. My love of color and light has drawn me to work with students of Henry Hensche and the Cape School of Art (Camille Przewodek, Lois Griffel, and Susan Sarbach). My preference is to work in plein air. For the past four years, I have participated in Plein Air Brandywine, and I have been a plein artist with Paint Snow Hill. I have taught on the college and graduate school levels. Currently I teach at Padua Academy.
Rita Walter

My interest has always been in exploring color harmonies and light. Along with my love of the natural environment I am also drawn to historical structures and cultural artifacts. I try to reflect this fascination in my paintings. I am largely self-taught, but have also pursued drawing studies at the Art Institute of Chicago and painting work shops with leading plein air painters. My favorite mediums are oil and watercolor due to their luminous quality, my greatest inspiration comes from the French Impressionists’ use of color.

Bonnie White

See www.bonniewhiteart.com

Steven White

Introduction Steven J. White, always drawing, always looking, a restless adventurer is a self taught artist. His traditional landscapes of Pennsylvania farms and woodlands, Schuylkill River Heritage areas and the Adirondack Mountains have awarded him with regional and national recognition. Artist Background Steven J. White was born in Chincoteague, Virginia and grew up in northern New Jersey. Steven graduated from Lyndhurst High School in 1970. Shortly after, he entered the military and served four years in the US Air Force. In 1985, Steven began experimenting in watercolor. In 1986 his first painting, a seascape, was juried in at the Ridgewood Art Institute 6th Regional Open Jury Show in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The following year another watercolor was accepted into the show. Accomplishments and Major Awards Steven moved to Honesdale, Pennsylvania in 1987. He began a new body of work centered around the rural towns, roads, fields, and wildlife. His ability to capture the beauty of nature was quickly recognized and his paintings were accepted into more prominent shows on a national level. In 1992 his painting, The Iron Landscape gave him national recognition in The Artist’s Magazine as a finalist in its annual competition. Later that same year his painting, The Burn Barrel won several awards including first prize for watercolor at the Ridgewood Art Institute. In 1994 the painting, Guardians was successfully juried into the prestigious Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s annual show. His painting, Lair was accepted the following year which earned him signature membership. Lair also won an award earlier that year in the annual art exhibition held by the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the oldest professional art organization in America. In 1997 his painting, The Viewing was juried into the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. Steven was selected again as a finalist in the Landscape category of The Artist Magazine’s Annual Art Competition in 2000, 2003 and 2009. He gained more success earning the Allied Artists of America Award at the Salmagundi Club 24th Annual Juried Art Exhibition for Non-Members and the Trails and Streams Medallion at the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors 2001, both for his painting titled Saturday Morning His painting In For The Winter received the Edgar A. Thronson Award sponsored by Hardcastle Gallery in October 2003. In March 2004 he was awarded Best of Show at the Perkiomen Valley Art Centers’ 42nd Annual Membership Exhibition for his painting Sweet Corn He was presented with the Violet Oakley Award in May 2004 at the Side by Side Exhibitiona joint show held by the National Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Water Color Society for his painting Where The Heart Is He was awarded The Ruth G. Rosenau Silver Medallion for his painting Keyser Millat The Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors 2004. In 2004 and 2005 he was awarded the Edgar A. Thronson Award and in 2006 the Schoonover Studios Ltd. Award at the Annual Evening & Afternoon of Fine Art sponsored by Hardcastle Gallery in Delaware. His paintings have been featured on the cover of the Montgomery County Town & Country Magazine and the Equine Marketer and in the April 2004 issue of American Artist. His painting Saturday Morning has been published by North Light Books in Splash 7: The Qualities of Light. “Nice Catch” was selected for Scenes of The Schuylkil Calendar. Exhibitions Steven has held solo exhibitions at The Hardcastle Gallery, Delaware, The Looking Glass Gallery, Hawley, The Radcliffe Gallery, New Hope,The Living Light Gallery, Lancaster, and The Blue Willow Design Gallery, Blue Bell. He has participated in two man exhibitions sponsored by The Arts Guild of Old Forge and the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in NY, as well as a number of group exhibitions including The Chaddsford Gallery, The Goggleworks, The Torpedo Factory, The Reading Public Museum, Immaculata College, Berman Museum of Art, Yellow Springs Art Show, The Audubon Center at Mill Grove and at The Phillips Mill. Associations Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Signature Member Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Signature Member Oil Painters Society of America Artist Statement I am a self-taught artist. My paintings are primarily landscapes done in oil or transparent watercolor. I have always been emotionally drawn to render scenes and events where I live. My attachment to the outdoors motivates me to record scenes on paper as a way to preserve what I see disappearing. I feel that you don’t have to go much further than your own back yard to find inspiration and subject matter. I believe that before an artist can paint he needs to learn how to see! An artist’s gift is his ability to see something special in an otherwise ordinary scene and with absence of elegance dares to repeat nature in all its intricate simplicity.

Heather Wills
I am an artist working in pastel and watercolor. Having a child with special needs myself, this event in so important to me. I was able to sell 3 works when I participated in the first Brandywine event.
Greg Young
Self-taught local amateur photographer that has been capturing the landscapes of the Brandywine Valley for the past several years. My education and profession is in genetics and molecular biology.
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