Organized by the Wallkill River School
Richard was born and raised in the beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In 1998 he made the decision to leave a 14 year career as a designer and animator, moving to Minneapolis to train in traditional oil painting techniques. He immersed himself in study, drawing and painting from the figure 5 days a week, refining his craft while attending The Atelier, the Bougie Studio and H&P Studios.
During this time he painted landscapes on location or “plein air” for the first time and discovered a passion for the subtlety of nature. The challenge of working outdoors consumed him and he hasn’t looked back. Seeking a connection and empathy to the places that he depicts, he scouts rural hideaways to paint in Northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
His career has presented opportunities to travel, painting in Italy, Mexico, and across the U.S. Richard is represented in the twin cities by Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.
Elisabeth Barnett is a plein air oil painter who is inspired by natural landscape and the experience of being a part of it while painting it. She aspires to show outdoor scenes in ways that show light, movement, and the interestingness of life. Her engagement with art began as a mom, sharing drawing and crafts with her two children. In 2010 – 2012, she took occasional art classes at Teachers College, Columbia University under the guidance of Marty Spence. Attracted to oil painting, she began studying with Richard Lisle, a plein air painter from Poughkeepsie, NY in 2014 and has sought out guidance and inspiration from different artists and instructors since then.
Graduation from New York City Community College of Art & Science, three years of courses at Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts prepared Gene Bové for a long and successful advertising career. He retired from BBDO Ad Firm in Manhattan where he was an executive art director. He is now able to fulfill his most serious passion—oil painting en plein air. Gene has studied with Frank Ferrante, a plein art painter/instructor from New Jersey. He is a demonstrating artist in the Wallkill River School. When opportunity permits, Gene attends workshops; his most recent is with one of the contemporary painters he admires most, James Coe. Gene has exhibited his work in many auctions and area Galleries. He also has been written up in magazines and newspapers. The Times Herald-Record wrote: “His sweeping landscapes exhibit a mastery of color, light and composition. Realistic, representational, but nonetheless inspirational, Bové’s oil paintings elicit the “wow” response as one gorgeous landscape after another reveals itself along the walls of the gallery” Today Gene feels blessed to be living in the beautiful Hudson Valley and able to paint the beauty that surrounds him with the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains in such close proximity. Gene is a member of the New York Plein Air Painters, Pine Bush Area Arts Council, The Washingtonville Art Society and the Garrison Art Center. genebove.com
John J. Capowski
John J. Capowski holds a B.A., Hamilton College, a J.D., Cornell Law School, and a Cert. in Fine Arts, M. I. C. A.
He grew up in Edward Hopper’s hometown of Nyack, New York in the Hudson Valley and was influenced by Hopper’s work (his high school art teacher mowed Hopper’s lawn) and that of the Hudson River School painters. School trips were often to the New York City museums, and he continued to regularly visit the museums when home from college and graduate school.
While he has painted and drawn throughout his life (his mother thought he should be an artist), knowing the difficulty of a career in art, he earned a law degree and has made his career in public interest law and as a law professor.
In college he studied painting with James Penney and, while living in Baltimore, he studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art with Louise Hennessey, Philip Koch, Stan Friedman, and others. In recent years, he has focused on plein air landscapes in oil. Whether on his porch as a child or in the fields of Upstate New York, he painted en plein air long before he had any idea what that meant.
Daisy de Puthod
Born in Paris, France, to a family of artists, Daisy de Puthod has been painting since childhood. In 1975, after graduating from the Colorado Institute of Art, she became a successful commercial artist, illustrating in pen and ink or watercolor for ad agencies and publishing houses.
In 1988, she relocated to the Hudson Valley, where she studied portraiture in pastels and oils, exploring a bold and colorful style, “leaning a bit towards Fauvism” as described in a New York Times review of her solo show at the Garrison Art Center, NY.
Since 2000, Daisy’s main focus has shifted to plein-air painting, participating in a number of juried, nationally recognized plein-air events. She is a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society and the New York Plein Air Painters and a member of the Oil Painters of America & the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters. Her work has found its way into numerous private and public collections, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the home of the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Whether painting her plein-air landscapes or continuing her explorations of studio figures and portraits, Daisy prefers to paint from life. daisydeputhod.com
Originally from the Mid-West and California, Gloria grew up in nature and has long been interested in preserving nature and being a part of the environmental conservation movement. Gloria comes to the world of landscape painting from a background in the performing arts as a modern, ballet and jazz dancer. She is still active in performance art and dance by resurrecting the great artist, Loie Fuller’s movement and dance with working with silk and colored light. Being naturally attracted to the process of composition while working with shapes and colors from her dance background, she is now passionate about landscape painting as well.
A Theater Director for over 35 years, Steve Duprey has only recently taken up the brush. After many years of his wife listening to his “one of these days” speeches about someday learning to paint, she finally gave him everything he needed and uttered those loving words “…there, now shut and paint!” His sense of composition, color and movement come from his work with actors, sets, lights and costumes.
Starting as a studio painter and painting mostly in acrylics, he was drawn to nature and specifically, trees. Known as “The Tree Guy” in many Upstate NY art circles, he moved over to oil painting only in the last few months. He finds the challenge exciting and frustrating all at the same time.
Interestingly, although a painter of trees, Steve only dabbled in Plein Aire painting until recently; preferring to create his paintings mostly from his imagination. He has painted in the Seneca Lake Plein Aire Festival for the past four years and shows his work regularly at The Franklin Street Gallery in Watkins Glen and several Seneca Lake Wineries. He teaches art classes at the Rochester Brainery and the Art Store in Rochester, NY. www.dupreyart.com
Robert is a self taught artist with over 40 years of professional landscape painting and plein air painting experiences. Best known for his color palette and atmospheric realistic style which he developed from years of practice bringing a certain peace and serenity to every one of his finished paintings.
Although Robert has been to Paris and Italy to paint landscapes, he prefers the beauty of the Hudson Valley Region, which has an abundance of spectacular views to paint. His paintings have been acquired by many private and corporate art enthusiasts throughout the Hudson Valley.
Douglas Flackman began to professionally paint in 1979 at the age of twenty-two. He studied at the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey for many years under the renowned painter, Arthur Maynard, the student of Frank Vincent Dumond, from whom he learned the subtle nuances of light and color and how to turn a blank white canvas into serene and peaceful landscapes. A good part of his education has come from nature, life experiences, and travels. He has developed an intimate relationship with the natural world, and this is something that he attempts to express in his painting. Nothing makes him happier than to be in nature, whether viewing a sunset, mountains or oceans, looking at a simple tree, listening or witnessing a songbird, or hiking and walking the trails of national parks or back country roads. His travels have taken him to France, West Africa, Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, Central America, the Caribbean, New Zealand, Hawaii, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland to name a few.
Over the course of his artistic career, he has received many recognized awards. His work has been featured on the covers of the Orvis Fly Fishing Catalogue, Yankee Magazine, The Artful Mind Magazine, and Berkshire Living Magazine. His works have been shown in galleries in Carmel, California; the Douglas Flackman Gallery of Fine Art in Sedona, Arizona; Cavalier Galleries of Greenwich, Connecticut, Nantucket, Massachusetts, and New York City. He was represented by Tilting at Windmills Gallery of Manchester, Vermont for over 20 years. He also had his own gallery, Douglas Flackman Gallery of Fine Art, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts for a number of years. He has also had many major commissions, both private and corporate. Presently, he is represented by both the Lisa Helmholz Gallery of New York and himself.
He resided in Vermont during the early years of his career and has lived in Sedona, Arizona and Nantucket, Massachusetts prior to settling in the bucolic town of Alford located outside of Great Barrington, Massachusetts in the Berkshires. The beauty of his natural surroundings is something that holds great importance to him and something that helps to feed his soul on a spiritual level.
He is an artist at heart. Painting is his passion, and he is both a singer/songwriter as well. As an established artist, his creative passions still lives within him. His work has evolved and has currently taken him exploring the world of abstracts. This is an endless journey of self-expression and self-discovery. His work reflects the manifestation of his commitment to art and this process called life. douglasflackman.com
Eberhard Froehlich is a plein-air painter who grew up in New Jersey and now lives and works in Montreal. He particularly appreciates the landscape in the Adirondacks and Hudson Valley. www.art-3000.com/artist/eberhart_froehlich
Tarryl Gabel, an award winning Hudson Valley Artist, was born and raised on a cattle ranch on the Forth Berthold Indian Reservation, ND. She was inspired and encouraged by her grandfather, a self-taught western artist.
Living in the Hudson Valley now for 26 years, her work is more focused on the landmarks and beautiful landscapes of this region and throughout New England. Tarryl prefers to work plein air when possible. She also paints wildlife and western subjects, as well as still life paintings, when she cannot be outdoors.
Tarryl had the honor to be chosen to paint an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree. At that time, “Our Country’s National Parks” was the theme. She was invited to and attended a special reception at the White House. The ornament remains a part of their permanent collection. Tarryl was also a past winner of the “Paint the Parks Top 100” and “Paint America Top 100” National Competitions. Her works are displayed in many private and corporate collections around the country and abroad.
For the past eleven years, Naomi Genen has been inspired to paint the beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New York, and the Inter-coastal region of Miami, Florida. Her major was Fine Arts at Brooklyn College with a minor in Education. She taught art in junior high school for twelve years in Brooklyn, and ten years at Round Hill Elementary School in Washingtonville, New York.
Now retired, she spends her time painting, an activity that she loves. Most of her paintings are in acrylics, with a few in oils. She is a represented artist of the Wallkill River School. She also enjoys painting with the Wallkill River School Plein Air painters. Plein Air enables her to capture the essence of a landscape in a limited period of time. naomigenen.com
Nancy Reed Jones
Nancy came to the Hudson Valley in 2004 from Long Island, where she trained as a painter at the Huntington Art League. She owned a mural business for many years and painted murals for the cancer patients at a hospital on Long Island. Her murals were used for “Guided Imagery” (a technique used by therapists to get the patients so immersed in the painting that it would help to alleviate their pain).
Nancy has also used “Art For Relaxation” classes to help people in recovery from addictions, anxiety, depression and just the stress of every day life.
Nancy is an instructor at the Wallkill River School of Art in Montgomery, NY. where she teaches workshops for absolute beginner to the more advanced painter. She is also on the Board of Directors at the school. She also teaches in her studio in Walden, NY. nancyreedjones.com
Jim Laurino is a representational landscape painter whose style has been heavily influenced by American and French impressionist painters. A Connecticut native, he draws inspiration from nature; the changing seasons, farmland vistas, and the geography of his home state. Like most landscape painters, he has favored locations and strives to work on site whenever possible (en Plein Air). Jim studied fine art at the University of Connecticut. As a high school student, he was fortunate to receive basic painting instruction from notable marine painters Carl G. Evers and Christopher Blossom. Through select workshop attendance and continuous self-study, Jim has cultivated a painting style which allows significant room for expression, while maintaining a strong representational foundation. Employing visually stimulating blends of rich and muted colors with a lyrical sense of drawing and design, Jim delivers a body of work which has common appeal. He has received numerous awards for his paintings, including a recent 1st place award from the Lyme Art Association 2016 – Maritime Exhibit (Old Lyme, CT), and a 2nd place finish in the 2015 Finger Lakes Plein air competition (Canandaigua, NY).
Alan Lewis first made serious art at age 12 after being prompted by his friend Joe, who was already an accomplished artist at the ripe age of 16. In the time following, Alan produced art very sporadically in different mediums, but thought of it as something to get serious about “someday.” In 2013, that day arrived when he set out to figure out how in the world watercolor works, and why a watercolor painting could so quickly go wrong. Thanks to the resources available on the internet and in art instruction books, he is closer to figuring out the answer and may get it someday. Along the way he picked up the advice of trying to paint every day, and in his first year of painting he produced 500 paintings, and hopes to equal this in the current year of painting. It is a nice change of pace from the stressful day-job of social worker. His goal is to capture some sense of the world’s beauty, and to pass that on to the viewer. What he continues to find appealing about the medium of watercolor is not only the wonderful effects it can produce, but also that it lends itself towards an approach of completing a painting with one sitting. After finding the Wallkill River School of Art on a Google search, Alan painted his first plein air works, made his first sales, and continues to be thankful for all the support he has received there.
Carlton J. Manzano
Carlton is a true Plein Air artist who creates his paintings from his mobile studio—a minivan—using the steering wheel as his easel. Painting in snow, rain or hail, like the US Postman, never discouraged by the elements. Working quickly, he captures the moment, with strokes that are confidently applied. The results are fresh, bold impressionistic canvases. Carlton’s use of colors appears extreme and brilliant, bordering on surreal upon close inspection. They are strong and very intense without being unrealistic.
Carlton has always been an artist, pursuing his talent in an unconventional way since childhood. He was born in Mexico City in 1954 and grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art. In 1978, Carlton enlisted in the army, serving as a helicopter pilot. During his military career, he was stationed at various bases around the world. He painted as a way to record his personal experiences. Carlton and his wife Ann currently live in the Finger Lakes area of New York. He is now devoted to his career as an artist, working in oil, watercolor, and mixed media. His paintings have been exhibited in shows throughout the region. www.carltonmanzano.net
Taking his first painting lesson at age eight in an art store in Pittsburgh, PA, John McNally minored in Studio Art at PSU, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing at LSU. After managing a poetry bookstore in San Francisco for six years, he moved to New Jersey, where, from 1997 through 2009, he studied plein air painting with Bucks County artist Robert Beck along the Delaware River and in Maine. Further journeys with his easel to the Four Corners and Finger Lakes Regions cemented his practice of travel and painting. In 2013, he attended his first painting competition, the Seneca Lake (formerly Billsboro) Plein Air Festival, received 2nd place, and discovered a community of like minded itinerant artists. Among his other awards: 1st Place in Morristown, NY 2014 (judged by Laura Foster, Director of The Remington Museum); 2nd Place, Adirondack Plein Air Festival 2015; 3rd Place, Easton PA Riverside Festival 2015. He attended Plein Air Magazine’s Publisher’s Invitational the last 3 summers, and will participate again next June. At this year’s Saranac competition, he will join in a professional workshop led by John MacDonald.
Rick Parenti began drawing as a young child and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. With his three-dimensional art background, furniture and designing interiors was a natural fit for him. His love for designing with beautiful woods grew into a successful business of 33 years, Wood Join Company. Rick collaborates with many and varied artists, craftsmen and business people in order to fulfill each clients project. (www.woodjoin.com)
Twelve years ago, Rick studied with Najim Chechen, a well-known international sculptor. He recently discovered the Wallkill River School where he has been studying pastels with Shawn Dell Joyce. Pastels have given Rick the venue to produce paintings quickly. His work has changed and grown with his skills, and he is being featured in a solo show as both a painter and a sculptor at the Wallkill River School of Art in September.
Rick is as passionate about his art as he is his business. He says; “In art, everything is permissible as long as it’s beautiful and fantastic!”
For landscape artist Stacey Pope, the natural world has always given her a sense of peace and a source of inspiration over the years. Stacey enjoys the sights and sounds when walking in fields or on hiking trails. While she prefers to work outdoors, her reference photos are inspirational and let her enjoy the experience of that particular location all over again.
She uses pastel to record areas that are currently void of suburban encroachment in an effort to preserve these images for future generations. While rural scenes are in jeopardy of suburban development, urban scenes contain intimate details often overlooked by hurried pedestrians.
In searching for areas to paint, Stacey looks for areas that are intriguing, areas that are inviting for the visitor to experience. It might be a thick forest area, a wide-open farmer’s field, or an expansive snow swept pond that she finds serene and wants to share with others.
Using pastel to capture these environments, Stacey interprets the landscape. Focusing on color and light and how they work together to engage the viewer in the landscape, she varies her pastel application to enhance the shapes, lines and color found in the landscape.
Stacey Pope is a native of Central New York. She received her BS and MS from Buffalo State College for Art Education and taught art at the high school level for 31 years. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of media. However, pastels have been her focus for the last fifteen years. She has had the pleasure of studying with a wonderful array of nationally known, talented artists. Stacey is an award-winning artist with many solo and group exhibitions and plein air events. She lives in Baldwinsville, NY with her family.
Kari Ganoung Ruiz
Kari Ganoung Ruiz lives in and paints the beautiful and diverse Finger Lakes Region of New York State. She finds that painting outdoors directly from life allows her to represent the essence of a scene.
“I have recently found myself intrigued by small bits of the greater scene; the corner of a building, an edge of marsh, a little glimpse down that narrow path. I prefer to capture these moments en plein air – to represent the essence of that something which made me stop and go back. My current body of work was created during several years of transition; trading in the commotion and energy of a small village for the peace and scholarly solitude of the woods. During this time, I find myself Finding Home in each painting; a quiet corner, solitary shadow, or sympathetic quality of light. Home seems to find me – in the mountains or in a tidal marsh- each place reveals its own slice of the familiar.”
Kari is an associate member of the Oil Painters Of America, the New York Plein Air Painters, and the Ohio Plein Air Society. Her works are held in public and private collections throughout the US. kariganoungruiz.com
Vaune Sherin is a true Orange County daughter. A long term resident of Maybrook who graduated from Orange County Community College, she received a BA from Binghamton University with a concentration in painting. Her early experience was in the art department of a silk screener for the garment industry. Sherin painted two murals in the children’s room of the library in Maybrook. She has also painted numerous sets for the Valley Central High School performing arts department over the past twelve years. Here she found a sense of community among the hard working students, faculty and volunteers. She was featured in her first solo show and is now a represented artist at the Wallkill River School in Montgomery. Her plein air landscapes and pastel still lifes reflect the technical expertise of her years of work experience.
Jinsheng Song was born in Jinzhou, Liaoning Province, China, and graduated from the Central Academy of Arts and Design in Beijing, China. He has exhibited in Beijing as well as in Tokyo, Japan and Queensland, Australia. In addition, he has shown works in numerous venues in the United States including in Florida, Georgia, New York, and Pennsylvania. In 2000, A Fine Snowing Day was published as a UNICEF card. In 2004, he participated in the Chinese Elite Artists in New York Exhibition at the Empire State Building in New York City. He has received a number of Best in Show and other prestigious awards.
Sandra Faland Spitzer grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and currently lives in Orange County. Her artistic ability was noticed at an early age, and she was honored to paint backdrops for performances at Bay Ridge High School. Spitzer studied painting in Europe, capturing the Norwegian landscape for many years. She was drawn home to the Hudson Valley where she continued her studies with notable workshop artists at the Wallkill River School, and joined a plein air painting group. Spitzer is currently represented by the Hansen Gallery in Honesdale, PN, and the Wallkill River School in Montgomery, NY. Her works have been exhibited in multiple group shows throughout the tri-state region.
“Art opens up so many possibilities; like a new journey or a distant memory.” – Sandra Faland Spitzer
Joseph Sundwall is a representational artist trained at the Kansas City Art Institute, Art Students League, and St. Oswald’s Studios in London. He is principally a portrait painter, but he is also known for his sporting art (equestrian and canine) and landscapes with animals and birds. Joseph has had numerous solo exhibitions in New Jersey and in Florida, and has received many awards for his efforts. He recently moved to Montgomery, NY, and has enjoyed painting en plein air in the celebrated Hudson Valley. Joseph is represented by J.M. Stringer Gallery in Vero Beach, FL, and Portraits North in Lexington, MA. sundwallart.com
Bruce always knew painting was in his heart. Born in Brooklyn, he is one of eight children raised in Suffern, NY. From the age of five Bruce spent his summers in the Adirondack Park, where his connections to the forests, mountains and lakes influence his drive to put his feelings down on canvas.
When Bruce paints, he breaks all the rules. And his paintings fairly explode with energy and vision.
Thorne eschews contemporary trends. He refuses to limit his palette, choosing instead to paint with whatever colors are right for that day, that scene. He often foregoes a traditional brush, choosing instead to use a palette knife. Sometimes he applies paint directly from the tube.
In the tradition of the Impressionists, (he cites Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet as among his influences) Thorne’s paintings speak in the dots and dashes of light and shadow that make up the code of his vision. thornegallery.com
Lita was born under the shadow of Mount Tacoma, but her roots run deep in Southern West Virginia where her Appalachian and Native American Indian heritage greatly influencing her creativity, and her love of nature and color.
Kinship with the Earth pulses in Lita’s heart, runs in her blood and informs her bright and powerful paintings.
Lita wears more hats than most. As if being daughter, mother, wife, moma to her grand-daughter Rei, entrepreneur, and running the family marketing business weren’t enough, she somehow finds time to paint en plein air, and serve as President of Artists in the Parks a PIPC program. thornegallery.com
From an early age, Marylyn has had a passion for art and dreamed of being an artist. In fulfillment of that dream she studied art at the Traphagen School of Fashion Illustration and Design in New York City. Although she loved illustration, in her heart, she really wanted to be a painter. She was introduced to watercolor painting by the late artist Don Selchow. He quickly took Marylyn under his wing, and with his guidance, she was hooked on this wonderful medium. After many years of studying watercolor painting she began experimenting with oil paint which is currently her medium of choice.
Early on, she began to visit Rockport, MA and Kennebunkport, ME. The quaintness of these New England coastal towns and her love of the ocean spoke to her creative spirit and inspired her love of painting. She is an elected Fellow of The American Artists Professional League, NYC, NY; a member of The Ridgewood Art Institute, Ridgewood, NJ; The Wallkill River School, Montgomery, NY; Artists in the Parks, Bear Mtn., NY; The Orange County Art Federation; The Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters; and Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY. An award winning artist, she is represented by The Wallkill River School and Gallery in Montgomery, NY and The Gallery in the Bear Mountain Inn at Bear Mountain State Park. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections.
Marylyn has studied with Master Artists, Don Stone of Rockport, MA, Paul George of Gloucester, MA, Andrew Lattimore of Cornwall, NY and John P. Osborne at the Ridgewood Art Institute. She is currently studying with Rebecca Leer, The Ridgewood Art Institute. Marylyn spends as much time as possible living her passion, painting in her studio, or “En Plein Air.” marylynvanderpool.com
Karl J. Volk
Karl J. Volk was born in Brooklyn, NY. Because of the U.S. economic situation at the time, and family tragedy, he was sent to Germany when only 11 months old, to live with two paternal uncles. While he was in Aschaffenburg, Germany, he lived for a time in the house of Mr. Adelbert Hock, who was a well-known painter of Aschaffenburg scenes and altar pieces. This early influence sparked Karl’s interest in art.
Karl returned to the United States in 1947, after the war had ended, and enrolled in his first United States learning institution, Halsey Junior High School, and learned English while others were learning German. His growing interest in art was again influenced by his art teacher, Ms. Drew. Continuing his education, he graduated from Brooklyn College in 1955 with a B.A. in Art Education. His teachers while attending college included: Mark Rothko, Burgoyne Diller, and Kurt Seligman. In 1962 he earned his Masters degree from NYU.
After his schooling, Karl began a teaching career, moving through the upstate New York State district in Margaretville, then Island Trees, Long Island, and Brookfield-Oriskany Falls, NY. His longest and final tenure was in the Spackenkill School District in Poughkeepsie, NY, lasting over 25 years. He has also lectured and conducted classes for adults in community programs, both in oil and watercolor. To continue to further his skill and interest, he has attended evening sessions at Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, and summer sessions at the Woodstock School of Art, where he studied under Franklin Alexander, Alan Gavin, Margaret Flitsch and Chris Klingle. More recently, he has studied under Carolyn Edlund.
Karl’s style shows an enjoyment in working with watercolor, as well as the more studied approach demanded by his acrylic still lifes. He aims to spend more time doing landscapes of the scenic Hudson Valley. Karl is the curator for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie. He is also actively working to establish an Art Repository; a place where artwork from Senior artists can be cleanly and securely stored, in a climate-safe location; viewed and purchased upon request; and be available as a teaching and exploratory lesson.
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