Bonnie McGown’s landscapes, often of the Highlands area, are lush with nature’s ripeness while simultaneously suggesting its mystery in the shadows. McGown has studied in the USA, Canada and abroad. She has been strengthening her plein air work by participating in many Plein Air Events. She is continually striving to preserve the uniqueness of the Highlands, and has been referred to as “The Painter of the Highlands”. She is trying to save the beauty of our lakes, mountains, trees, and even log cabins, one painting at a time. Providing a record to inspire future generations to preserve and remember the beauty that surrounds us today.
Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival 2018 Artists
Deliece Blanchard’s impressionist style paintings are characterized by color and an expressive brush stroke. With degrees in music and biology, she uses elements of rhythm and lyrical shapes, combined with a sharp observation of the landscape. Her prize-winning work has been featured throughout Virginia, can be found in corporate and academic collections, and was recently accepted into the 2018 Oil Painters of America Salon Show. Two fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, VA, gave Deliece an opportunity to make large paintings, which were exhibited in a solo show at the Lynchburg Academy Center of the Arts in December 2017. “I am particularly influenced by the intense, discrete color shapes in the work of Van Gogh, Diebenkorn, and Welliver and the small plein air studies of Carl Rungius, who also demonstrated the tough resilience of a true plein-air painter.” Deliece is married, has two grown children, and serves as a docent at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art.
Janet Campbell has always had a love of art and nature. Her initial art education was in the Botanical Illustration Program at the Bronx Botanical Garden. In the 1990s she fell in love with watercolor in her first class taught by Mary Whitehill. She has had many inspiring teachers and among them found Mel Stabin most helpful in her evolution. Her paintings reflect a transparent and loose style. Early watercolor experiences and plein air painting classes focused her on landscape painting. Living on the Shawangunk Ridge and close to the Bashakill Wetlands in Sullivan County NY offers her rich subject material. Along the way she expanded into figure work and the painting of shelter animals. More recently she has developed a passion for color pouring with watercolors. Janet teaches workshops and classes in watercolor at the Wallkill River School of Art in Montgomery, NY. She also teaches Painting-by-the-Sea workshops with her colleague Pat Morgan on Long Beach Island, NJ. Janet has had solo shows hosted by Newburgh City Hall, Vino 100 in New Windsor, the Berkshire Bank in Bloomingburg, NY and the Glen Rock NJ Public Library. She has exhibited in several “Kindred Spirits” shows with Pat Morgan in the mid-Hudson area and at The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ; she partnered with David Munford for their “Oil and Water” exhibit in 2014 in Hasbrouck, NY. Her work has been accepted into the American Watercolor Society Exhibition, the North East Watercolor Society International Exhibition, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America Exhibition, and the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors where she has won numerous awards. She is a Signature member of the North East Watercolor Society. She is represented by the Wallkill River School and Gallery in Montgomery, NY. Locally she is a member of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance, the Middletown Art Group and the Community Art Association of Allendale, NJ.
John J. Capowski
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, knowing the difficulty of a career in art, he earned a law degree at Cornell and has made his career in public interest law and as a law professor. At Hamilton 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.
Primarily an equine artist for over 35 years, Sharon has branched out to add plein air painting to her portfolio. As a long-time track artist during the summer at the Saratoga Race Course, a request from management to paint in the saddling paddock ignited her love for the genre. She explains: “very hesitantly, I agreed to try it out. I was so nervous and self-conscious among the crowds but many people encouraged me to continue and expressed a genuine interest in what would become a new direction.” That was five years ago and Sharon has since pursued outdoor painting as her main focus, studying with other artists and traveling to exhibit her new body of work. “I’ll always paint horses, but now my horses are in a landscape instead of racing around a track.”
Her parents wanted her to be a scientist, not an artist, so she went to college and got a BS degree in Environmental and Forest Biology. She loved learning about nature and even enjoyed memorizing a lot of Latin names for flora and fauna, but mostly, she just loved being outdoors. She had been drawing and painting flowers and trees since she was a little girl and so it was only natural that she kept painting. She started her serious study of watercolor and oils after receiving several scholarships to study at the Woodstock School of Art. This is where she fell in love with watercolors. In 1988 she was accepted into the Jane Burr House for artists in Woodstock, NY. That same year, one of her paintings was selected for a juried exhibition with the Hudson River Watercolor Society. Her work has been exhibited in solo and juried shows locally and regionally ever since. She continued at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies studying botanical illustration. Then later earned a BFA in painting and a MS in Education from SUNY New Paltz and became a certified art teacher. She now works as both a professional artist and a part time teacher. She is represented by The Mohonk Mountain House Gift Shop and Maglyn’s Dream (both in New Paltz, NY). Currently, she teaches art classes for both adults and children at her studio in Kingston, NY, at the Art School of Columbia County (in Ghent, NY) and for Mill St. Loft Arts Camps for kids (in Poughkeepsie, NY) and in the community.
In the late 1980s, David began taking watercolor classes at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. Since then, he has taken workshops with watercolorists Tom Lynch, Tony Van Hasselt, Frank Webb, Judi Wagner, Ron Ranson, Marilynne Bradley, and Lee Heinsen-Ligocki. David enjoys the challenge, fun, and camaraderie of plein air painting. As one of 30 national artists juried into Plein Air Richmond 2017, David won an honorable mention and the Nita Enoch Interiors Award for his painting “Ambling in the Alley.” In 2016, 2014, and 2013, David was a juried artist in Easels in Frederick in Frederick, Maryland. In Easel’s quick-draw competition in 2015, David took first place honors in the non-juried category. David has also participated in plein air events in Alameda, California; Cumberland, Maryland; Falls Church, Virginia; and Lexington, Virginia. In August, he will take place in the Floyd (Virginia) Plein Air Festival. David’s work appears regularly in regional art shows, including Waterford, Virginia, where his painting “Meandering down Main Street,” took both Best Watercolor and Best Waterford Scene in 2014. David lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He retired from teaching English at Sherando High School in Stephens City. He and his wife plan on moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2018.
Stephen Gary Frisk
Gary started learning about art at an early age when visiting his grandmother. He would look in her art books and sit at her easel. She oil painted like a master and he loved her work. As one of life’s ironies, he never took any lessons from her. Gary pursued a degree in engineering; however somewhere in his God given DNA, there was a yearning that pressed him towards practicing art. Gary started this journey as a way to spend time with his daughter, taking a Saturday morning class, Beginning Oil Painting, at the Glassel School of Art in the fall of 2005. Continuing his formal training by eventually taking 7 classes there. Additionally, Gary has taken workshops from nationally recognized artists V. Vaughan, C.W. Mundy, Jeffrey C. Legg, Kathleen Dunphy and Stapleton Kearns. His work has won awards in local shows and he has entered and been accepted into national shows to gain experience. Gary still works full time as an engineer and project manager. However, he makes time for putting in the mileage & finding his style. He continues to grow and learn.
Jennifer Gibson is an artist and illustrator based in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. She works in a variety of media and primarily pencil, gouache and digital. Currently, she is focusing on children’s book illustration and plein air and portrait painting from life. She received a Bachelor of Humanities and Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon. She has participated in a number of exhibitions and plein air events. Her illustrations have been published in 805 Literary Magazine, Children and Libraries, CALYX Journal, Sandy River Review, and Park Slope Reader.
Air, earth, water and light mix together to form our living world. Elissa Gore captures these elements as she has seen them in landscape paintings for over thirty years. Formerly a scientific illustrator and college professor of fine art living in New York City and the Catskills, she paints and sketches outdoors in the city and the country. She makes larger works from her studies in the studio. Her work is in over 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. She’s a prize winner in plein air painting events. She has taught watercolor workshops for the New York Botanical Garden for 20 years. In New York City, she is represented by Markel Fine Arts.
Alchemy, metamorphosis, and the power of the imagination characterize the work of Janet Gunderson. Her art is about giving form and substance to the metaphysical. With a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s in Sociology, she has always been fascinated with observing and communicating. It was this fascination that intuitively led her into the realm of art. After a career teaching English as a Second Language for the New York City Board of Education (with a few years spent in Washington, D.C. and Osaka, Japan) she embarked on a new journey as an artist in the Hudson Valley. In her own words, “The language of art is magical. Time doesn’t exist. Colors merge together, textures are built up or carved into, shape takes form, space is created, and energetic movement is evident.” She does not confine herself to one medium or subject. She uses various techniques and tools and is always exploring and discovering. The intuitive sanctuary of her artistic practice gives meaning and purpose in this increasingly chaotic world within which we live.
Keith Gunderson has had the opportunity to study with many talented and original teachers, both in Chicago and in New York City. In Chicago he studied drawing with George Sotos at Tree Studios while working as a staff illustrator at the Chicago Tribune. In New York City, he studied at the National Academy of Art, The New York Academy, and the Art Students League of New York where he studied with Frank Mason, David Leffel, Harvey Dinnerstein, Gustav Rehberger and Nelson Shanks. Working in Mason’s studio at the League, he learned the craft of drawing and the mechanics of painting, most notably about the phenomena of the light effect and shadow. Mason’s June landscape painting workshops introduced him to Plein Air and ever since then it has been the great focus of his painting methodology. Mr. Gunderson currently teaches popular classes in artistic anatomy, plein air painting, still life painting, and has classes in drawing. He also conducts workshops and painting demonstrations throughout the Northeast and Florida. His aim is to instill the concepts of volume and light to his students, providing a way to expression beyond mere imitation.
Debra Howard has been an artist and adventurer her entire life. She studied at Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, and began her career in San Francisco, where she opened her first illustration studio. After 17 years as a successful illustrator in various cities, she closed her studio to concentrate on fine art painting. Needing a break from the computer, she provisioned her 44’ sailboat with art supplies, her dog and her 4 year old daughter and began painting and cruising. She eventually, arrived on Tangier Island in 2009 to accept the position of Artist-in-Residence, which lead to the position of Director for the Tangier History Museum. Tangier is a isolated, swiftly, disappearing island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Her work was featured in The American Scholar Magazine, “I paint now with more energy, passion and immediacy which coincidentally reflect the very nature of the island. This island is raw.” After years of traveling and painting from a sailboat she switched from sailing to camping. “I now travel from April to November exploring and participating in Plein Air events in my little RV trailer. It’s a completely different world for me, going from sea level to inspirational landscapes with height and grandeur!” She has been juried into Plein Air competitions in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan and Virginia and is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. She was voted Best Visual Artist in Charleston, SC in 2007 and was the 2016 Artist-in-resident for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. She now resides in Crisfield, Maryland and Omena, Michigan in the summer.
Hudson Valley artist Janet Howard-Fatta creates a variety of works from landscapes in oil depicting place and time, to figurative works in wet and dry media. Light, color and a love of nature are the driving forces behind her work. She strives to create a visual representation of what she experiences through her senses. Painting events on location such as weddings, parties to create a keepsake and artistic experience has become a main focus in her work. Telling the stories of others through creating art celebrates our cultural history. Janet is a Pratt graduate, currently a board member of the Orange County Arts Council, and facilitates the Warwick Life Drawing Group. She lives in Warwick, NY surrounded by the beauty of a rural landscape that includes farms, mountains and state parks.
Jean-Pierre Jacquet is a French-American painter and an occasional film animator. He likes to paint what he sees, rather than what he knows, and tries to uncover the hidden designs in his nature scenes and urban landscapes. He is partial to free and bold brushstrokes, which helps him keep a certain sketchiness to his paintings. Two of his films are part of two museums. Flagrant Délit is part of the MoMA in NYC, and Contrapunto is part of the Tanz Museum in Düsseldorf in Germany. His work has been part a number of group and solo shows, and he has received a multitude of notable awards. He is a member of the Organization of Plein Air Artists of America, Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, and Salmagundi Club of New York.
Shawn Dell Joyce
Shawn Dell Joyce is the founder and former executive director of the Wallkill River School of Art, a nonprofit arts organization with a mission of preserving agricultural history while creating economic opportunity for local artists. The Wallkill River School brings cultural tourism to the region through plein air painting classes on local farms, historic sites and open spaces. She has won many prestigious awards for her art and environmental activism, is a signature member of New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP), and has been featured in many national newspapers and magazines like the New York Times and Plein Air Magazine. She has participated in many national level plein air festivals and IPAP international.
Laurie grew up in Monticello, NY, and has been an active artist, painter, and art educator in her beloved Sullivan County for all of her life. She graduated with a B.S. in Art Education and a Masters in Studio Art, with a focus in Painting, from SUNY New Paltz. She has participated in several group exhibitions including her Thesis Show Ten, in Poughkeepsie, New York, Roark’s Tavern, in Monticello, New York, and the Basha Kill Vineyard in Wurtsboro, New York. This past year, she displayed her work at group shows through the Catskill Art Society and Tivolli Artists’ Gallery. She has created Public Art Murals in Hurleyville, Monticello, and Rock Hill, New York and has painted several murals, signs, and outdoor paintings for Sullivan Renaissance Projects. Those projects include outdoor murals on the main street of Rock Hill, New York, paintings of Roark’s Tavern in Monticello, a series of signs and outdoor murals for the Town of Thompson Park, and historical murals at the Sullivan County Historical Museum in Hurleyville. She currently teaches Art at the Monticello Central School District and Nesin Cultural Arts and she creates original Art in her studio-business, Kilgore Artistry in Monticello, New York.
Jim Laurino began painting as a teenager and eventually studied design and color theory at the University of Connecticut. Over time he formed a more lasting interest in painting landscapes, and particularly enjoys working on-site, or “en plein air”. Through workshops and self-study, Jim has cultivated a unique representational painting style that balances the impressionists influence with contemporary subject matter. Jim constructs frames for all of his paintings. The frames, which are made out of reclaimed wood material, fashion a rustic window into each piece, subtly complimenting his work. Jim’s paintings are in numerous private collections. He exhibits in galleries and events throughout the Northeast, and recently received top prize in the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival (2016)
Taking his first painting lesson at age 8 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 6 years, he moved to New Jersey, where, from 1997 thru 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.
Edward Miller was born and raised in the District of Columbia, completing high school in Millbrook, NY and earning a B.A. in History from Reed College. He apprenticed under Pacific Northwest sculptor Philip McCracken before embarking on a twelve-year career as a social studies teacher, including five years in Quito, Ecuador. In 2009, he quit teaching to focus on painting, completing his MFA at SUNY New Paltz in 2015. He has mounted multiple solo shows in DC, NYC, New Orleans, and in the Adirondacks. He resides and maintains a studio in Tarrytown, NY.
A professional fine artist in San Francisco for over 30 years, Mark first painted outdoors as a teenager in Columbus, Ohio. After a time in engineering, he moved to California to complete his art education, eventually earning a BFA, an MFA, and taking numerous plein-air workshops. He has pursued his loves of outdoor and studio painting ever since. He follows in the classic traditions of the 19th-century romantic landscape painters, inspired by the Hudson River School, Early California painters, and American and California Impressionists. His work is best described as tonal-colorist, Craftsman style. With heavy emphasis on plein-air (outdoor) painting, he seeks to capture the many moods of the atmospheric landscape, from picturesque to sublime, always with a warm sense of place.
Chrissy Pahucki was born in Goshen, NY. She is a painter living in the Hudson River Valley. She loves the outdoors and spends much of her summer painting en plein air. Using acrylics, she captures the natural essence of her subjects. Chrissy is especially interested in the relationship between land and water and how water affects the colors, shapes and dynamics of landscapes. Her plein air awards include: 2016 Honorable Mention at the Easton, MD Quick Draw preview, 2015 Chrissy won The Best Depiction of Nature award at Paint It! Ellicott City, MD 2015 Honorable Mention in the Camp Hill, PA Plein Air festival’s Quick Draw Competition, 2014, 3rd Place – Adirondack Harvest Plein Air Festival, 2014 Honorable Mention – Castine Plein Air Festival, ME, 2014 People’s Choice & Honorable Mention – Morristown Plein Air Festival, NY, 2014 Will Roger’s Award – Adirondack Plein Air Festival, NY. Chrissy has been a Represented Artist of the Wallkill River School Gallery and has had an annual show at the gallery from 2009 to 2015. Her paintings hang in many homes across the United States.
He started to learn to paint at 9 years old and trained until he was 14. He received many awards in local and nationwide painting competitions. Until he immigrated in 1999, he was a member of the plein air painters’ society in South Korea. Closely associated with the leading plein air painters in the country, he built up his career with oil painting techniques. He had four solo exhibitions, one in Korea and three in the USA and participated in numerous group shows and art fairs. He is now fully concentrating on painting and teaching in a group since he retired in 2016.
Olya was born in NYC and raised in Philadelphia in a bi-cultural setting. Olya’s adventures in art began at the Ukrainian Art Institute which was the artistic space for Ukrainian artists in diaspora. Here she had her first workshops in drawing, wood-carving, watercolor, lithography and making Pysanky. She pursued her love of art, taking college art classes and also discovered sculpture at Temple’s Tyler School of Art and PAFA-PA Academy of Fine Arts. After teaching and getting her MBA, Olya came to NJ to work for AT&T. She embraced retirement and dove into pastels a couple years ago, explaining…..”I wanted to explore dense color down to the fingertips and its seemed less complicated than oil painting”! Olya devotes her time to pastels and painting outdoors; she is currently a member of the PSNJ and the PSA and heads up the NJSPAP- a group of local PleinAir artists.
Christine Rapa’s art is inspired by nature, ordinary objects, and the effect of light. She works in oils, painting still life arrangements in her studio, and landscape paintings outdoors, or en Plein Air. She states, “My goal is to translate the beauty I see and experience in nearly every aspect of life, into images that are visually appealing, and in the case of commissions, also meaningful to the owner. I hope that my paintings will be like charming postcards from moments in my life; visual records of something I gazed upon, and was thankful for, and found beautiful.” She was a 2018 Knoxville Museum of Art Painters on Location Juried Artist and 2018 Mountain Maryland Plein Air Juried Artist. Her work was included in the 2018 Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show, and in the 2018 Kent Island Figurative Show where she won 1st Place, Oil. Her professional memberships and affiliations include the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Maryland Federation of Art, National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society, American Women Artists, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association
Mitchell Saler is a fine art painter who lives in Middletown, New York. In 2009, he graduated with an Associate Degree in Visual Arts from Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York. In 2011, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at New Paltz. The university awarded him the Alex Martin Scholarship, and he has received awards in various art exhibits. He has been exhibiting in a number of venues and is a represented artist at the Wallkill River School. His works emphasize vastness, dramatic lighting, and atmospheric effects. He is a Board Member of the Goshen Art League and the Wallkill River School and Art Gallery, and a member of the Orange County Arts Council, the Middletown Art Group, and the Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters.
Entranced by the Hudson Valley, Mary enjoys plein air painting, portraiture and still life in pastel and oil. A third generation San Franciscan, she received a BA in painting from UC, Santa Barbara and a MA in printmaking from NYU (Thesis: “The Photographic Image in Silk-screen and Intaglio Printmaking”). She currently teaches at SUNY Orange, The Wallkill River School and Museum Village. She has also taught at the Star Gallery in Middletown, the Northern Lights Academy in Warwick, NY, and Pike County Arts, Millford, PA. Her work was featured in several shows at the Wallkill River Art Gallery, Montgomery, NY; the Beck Gallery, Hurleyville, NY; Kenridge Farm Gallery and The Arts Alliance, Cornwall, NY. In New York City she pursued a career as Art Director and designer for various publications and companies. She also studied at the School of Visual Arts, the Art Students League and with noted regional artists including John Osborne at the Ridgewood Art Institute, NJ. Her paintings and prints have been exhibited nationally and internationally and won numerous awards. Her painting of children on the beach “Beach Memories” was used on the August 2008 cover of “Natural Awakenings” and a pastel, “Bairds Cows” was featured on the 2004 Warwick Valley Telephone Cover. She was videotaped painting the replica of Henry Hudson’s 1609 “Half Moon” while it docked in Newburgh in November 2008 as part of thirty Orange County artists interviewed for the FreeArtinNY.org web page.
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 at the Wallkill River School. Her plein air landscapes and pastel still lifes reflect the technical expertise of her years of work experience.
John is a Pennsylvania artist who was born and remains based in Philadelphia. His career has been devoted to painting landscape and figure. John’s paintings are his attempt to understand nature and relate its lessons. Each work begins with a search for an idea, concept, or vision, and he considers his work successful only when he is able to communicate these concepts. Plein air painting and color studies from life are important initial steps in John’s understanding of a subject and a painting is complete when it remains truthful to the subject. His goal as an artist is to grow and improve with every painting. John has been invited to many competitions as both artist and juror, and his art has been featured in such publications as PleinAir Magazine.
“The movement of the liquid watercolor is exhilarating. The medium itself guides me in making the painting—It does its thing and I react. I do my thing and it reacts, and so a dance is established. Painting with watercolor is like the waltz, or sometimes the tango: two moving rhythmically across the floor as one,” states Alix Travis. In warm weather, Alix Travis is found outside, painting familiar subjects that most of us have ceased to notice because we see them every day. In colder weather, she retreats to her studio to paint fruits and vegetables directly, without sketching. With her painter’s eye, she looks for shapes, angles, light effects, and interesting lines that take the subject beyond the ordinary. Travis uses large brushes on very wet paper to create distinctive, loose, and transparent paintings of vibrant color. Her technique is gestural. She paints quickly with broad strokes and only a passing attention to detail. Travis does not paint from photographs. It is her immediate, direct, and personal response to the subject that accounts for the freshness and immediacy of the paintings. Travis entered the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1999 with a portfolio award. After two years of study, she moved to The Art Students League, New York where in 2007 she was awarded a Merit Award to study in Paris. She maintains a studio in the Catskill Mountains where she exhibits regularly.