Inspired by her mother, a portrait artist, and influenced by her only Aunt, a Chinese Brush Painter, Jane was surrounded by art and an inherent passion for the painterly process.
Jane grew up in Michigan, and was a BFA graduate of Denison University. She lived and worked in New York as a professional stage manager on Broadway for ten years and moved to Westchester where she returned to study painting and color.
When introduced to the press and process of monotype, it was as if she had returned home. Within the structure of the plate and the press, possibilities are unending. Finding form in the simplest line of nature, the personal and emotional venue of life, monotype is a tool for layers and depth, for light and movement. It allows for the unintended stroke and presence of the hand.
While traveling through rural New England, one will notice the beautiful landscapes that inspire the paintings of Shaunna Duffy Smith. She frequently paints New England scenes close to her heart and home. A native of Manchester, New Hampshire and now a resident of Merrimack, New Hampshire Shaunna enjoys creating "the ordinary landscape in an extraordinary way." She says, "My favorite places are common ones."
Her work reflects a variety of areas from lush wetlands to windswept winter scenes; all are everyday places that you and I pass by with just a glance. "I want to make people stop to really look at the beauty they are missing," she states.
Shaunna works primarily from photographs and sketches. In addition, she returns to each location several times to become immersed in the surroundings.
"When on location, I take in the atmosphere, colors, and mood of the setting, so I can capture the essence of a particular place," states the artist. Later… in the studio, she develops the painting.
Influenced by her artistic mother, Shaunna’s formal art education began early with private art lessons at the age of six and continued through high school. She graduated from Colby Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire with a studio arts degree in drawing and painting. After graduating she became an art teacher and currently teaches in the Manchester school system. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education with an art emphasis from Notre Dame College.
"I feel so fortunate, because art has enriched my life," states Shaunna. "Hopefully, through teaching art and exhibiting my paintings, I can help to enrich the lives of others as well."
As a child, crayons were my love...using colors rich and vibrant, deep and dark. Now as an adult, each color evokes an emotion within me that I portray through my work. Each piece of art that I create has a special ambience. In creating monoprints, it’s a little more fun and serendipitous whereas painting is a more direct and controlled process often done with just palette knife and my fingers. There’s a lot of throught, exaggeration, and excitement as part of the process of my art making.
The evolution of my artwork comes from a fascination of the outdoors, whether it’s walking down a wooded path, a city street or sitting long a river. From there I take my attraction to abstract shapes of colors- lights and darks and execute my palette knife visual studies rather quickly, trying to capture the moment by mimicking the scene and transpiring the sensual qualities of sound and temperature. After bringing these paintings inside to the studio, another painting, generally a more abstract, larger painting is born more loose and freeing.
Trish Hurley received her BFA in Painting from Swain School of Design and her MFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
As a native New Englander, she now resides in Newport, R.I. and instructs at Community College of Rhode Island and the Westport Art Group in Westport MA, as well as privately.
“Creating art is something I can't live without. I feel so fortunate to have the ability to make my living as an artist. I deeply enjoy the beauty in life. Beautiful feelings, colors, visions. That beauty I work hard to put into my art. The satisfaction of hard work, long hours painting, honing my skills, combined with spontaneity and freedom of brushstroke gives me the great joy of creating!
Ever since I was little, I've done all sorts of art projects. I came from an artistic family. My Father was a dancer and had a dance studio. My Mother was a superb craftswoman. My sister and I both grew up to be professional artists. We would spend our allowances on art supplies.”
Kendall Klingbeil is a versatile artist, creating landscapes, still lifes, abstracts, murals, portraits of people and animals that are enthusiastically embraced by collectors. The New York Times describes her as an "energy painter whose works make people feel good".
Some of Kendall's patrons have included John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Richard Gere, Dr. Robin Cook, and Christina Ferrara. She is currently a member of The Greenwich Art Society, Waveny Carriage Barn, and Rowayton Art Center. Kendall's teachers include Michael Aviano, John Osborne, Daniel Greene, Jon deMartin, and Scott Christensen.
Kendall was a decorative painter for 24 years. She created a line of children’s furniture for FAO Schwarz, and her work sets the scene in many restaurants and countless homes. She's designed and built sets for Magical Music for Life, and illustrated a children's book, "Guardian of Dreams". In 2000 she had her first solo fine art show. The success of this event compelled her to concentrate solely on painting.
Kendall received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University, graduating cum laude, studying Theatre and Dance with a minor in Art.
“What excites me most about creating an original watercolor or acrylic painting is the element of surprise that comes with each piece of art I work on. I may start out with an idea for a landscape or seascape painting, but the medium may take me in a whole new direction. Sometimes painting can be challenging, but overall I find it very rewarding.”
Joan was born and raised in Burlington, Vermont. She was first exposed to the arts as a young teenager when her older sister offered her the option of piano or painting lessons for her birthday. Joan opted for painting lessons and has continued on that path for forty years, continuing with private art lessons until she started college. She studied fine arts first at St. Michael’s College in Vermont, and later studied fine arts and interior design at the Mississippi University of Woman in Columbus, Mississippi.
In 1989, her family moved to Southern New Hampshire, where she opened J.T. Art & Frame, a frame shop and art gallery, which she ran for 15 years. In 2003, Joan switched focus from her art gallery to becoming an artist rep with a West coast company. In 2011, she co-founded Artists by Fine Leaf, to represent contemporary artists that create original works of art that are not reproduced. “My favorite part of being an artist agent is each time an artist delivers new original works, it reminds me why I love what I do each time.”
In 2012, Joan moved back to Vermont. “I feel like I’ve come full circle and revitalized after being away from Vermont for so long.” Joan continues working as an art dealer, and painting in watercolors and acrylics from her home studio and while on the road, traveling to art galleries, frame shops and interior designers throughout the US in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.
Always striving for a sense of rhythm and movement within his work, Gabriel Boray brings to painting a background in writing and music composition. A self-taught painter working in oil and acrylic, Gabriel developed his methods from years of experimentation - for the first few years avoiding all instruction and relying instead on long days and nights of experimentation. A year before beginning to paint at 27, after a particularly difficult winter, Gabriel destroyed all of his past writing and music, and everything he owned, and spent months trying not to create, wanting to see life as it was without always trying to interpret or re-imagine it. The urge to paint came completely by accident and soon occupied every minute of his day. Nearly two-years after he began, he sold his first painting, quit two jobs and pursued art full-time. After painting exclusively in oils for the first ten years, he found that acrylics offered him a way to execute more specifically representational works that he could complete in relatively short periods of time - a few weeks or months. Now the oils he works on generally take anywhere from six -months to three or four years to finish.
Gabriel was born in Boston, Massachusetts and lives in northern Vermont with his wife and two daughters. He began taking notes about his progress in painting soon after he began, and the parallels with music composition and writing. He expanded those notes over the years until he arrived at something he felt would be of some help to other artists which took shape in his blog Secrets of A Modern Painter, starting in 2009. In 2011, the blog was expanded with more specific examples into his Secrets of Powerful Painting, Book I.
“Inspiration comes from a variety of places; nature, family photos, my inner journey and a passion for spontaneity. Vibrant color, abstract shapes and a desire to explore who I am as a painter keeps me on this quest to move the brush with exuberance and flair. This longing to find my true voice is what keeps nudging me forward in hopes of hearing its roar.
Born in Cambridge MA, moved as a young child to the MD area with her family. Went on to get her BS degree from the University of MD and her MA degree from American University in Washington DC.
When I was a teenager, my mother would invite several women and a wonderful French painter, Gustav Trois, to our house for art lessons. Gustav with his French Beret, blue painter’s shirt and a great sense of humor would tell stories and demonstrate his way of moving the paint and brush across the canvas. He made me feel like I too could be a painter. Years later and many conversations with my siblings revealed how they too were mesmerized with this person who showed up in our home to teach art. My mother, with her love for art and her willingness to invite other artists into our home nudged all eight children into becoming artists; two musicians, three painters, two fine wood artists and a graphic artist/film maker.”
In 1997, after retiring from teaching Performing Arts, Dance and Choreography at both the High School and College levels, Marion had a longing to continue her journey with the arts. She began taking watercolor lessons under the guidance of Martha Siegal for three years. From there, she continued taking classes at the Frederick Community College where she studied under Irina Smulevitch, Peter Whitting, Cynthia Bausch and Dave Moreland. During these informative years, as she searched for what and who she was as an artist, exploring the world of drawing, watercolor, oil and acrylic, she came upon many artists who were quite giving and influential including Mark Brockman, Skip Lawrence, Stewart Cubley and Janet Schmeider. During the last couple of years, under Ed Ramsburg’s guidance she has fallen in love with abstract expressionism.
Kasey Michael Child is a co-founding artist agent with Artists by Fine Leaf. He was raised in a family art gallery and frame shop from the age of four until he left for college. “Art was a part of everyday life for me. My mother is a professional artist, so I was exposed to my mother’s artwork and her process, as well as many different artists that were represented in the gallery. Seeing an influx of new art in our house and in the art gallery was normal back then. Most days after school, my first stop would be to go into the frame shop to see my mother. That constant creative surrounding really influenced me. All of which have shaped me as an art dealer, giving me a natural sense for interior design and an appreciation and love for fine art.”
In addition to working as an artist rep, Kasey is an artist working in photography, watercolors, acrylic paintings, pen and ink and pencil drawings. “I find myself drawing and painting scenes of nature; birds, animals and forest scenes. Before working with a pencil or paintbrush, I’ll go seek out subject matter with my camera to get reference material.
Since I shoot digitally, I’ll initially takes hundreds of photographs in a session, anything of slight interest and then filter through the images to find subjects to paint and potential fine art photographs. When I’m really focusing in on fine art photography, I follow a motto I once read by a photographer or an art critic, something along the lines of, ‘If you didn’t take a good photograph, you probably weren’t close enough.’ It’s a simple statement, but evident in the work I try to portray. I really like to get up close with my photography, and see the texture of a building that’s falling apart, or capture the anatomy of a flower as the sun shines through. I like to find old, rusty buildings and barns, old boats, or even the side of a dumpster, as long as there’s interesting color and composition, to create somewhat abstract photography. From something decrepit, I try to convey beauty.”
Kasey received his B.S. in Business Administration from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at UNH and studied fine art at Champlain College. Kasey was born in New Jersey, but spent most of his life in New Hampshire. He currently lives in New Jersey.
Sandy Wadlington was
born October 4th, 1951, in Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up in Westwood, a
suburb of Boston, in an old farmhouse with a pond in the back yard and woods
nearby. As a child, she did all the usual kid things- rode her bicycle, played
with dolls, built forts and tree houses, went ice skating on the pond, and did
lots of drawing.
Sometime around 5th
grade she began to take seriously the idea of becoming an artist, perhaps
influenced by the legacy of her great-great-great grandfather, Alvan Fisher,
who was an artist in the first half of the 19th century.
In 1969 she enrolled
in Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts. This was during a time of social
and political change, and the world of art was in turmoil as well. Somehow,
drawing pictures of trees and farms was no longer encouraged or even
acceptable, and she wasn’t sure which direction to take. After two years, she
took some time off from art school to gain some “life experience” and to earn
some money. She continued to read art books, visit galleries and museums, and
to draw and paint, but on a more casual basis. Her drawings were interiors of
her surroundings, and landscapes.
She worked as a school bus driver, gardener, waitress, and print shop coordinator.
In 1978 she married a
photographer she met in art school and moved to his home in San Antonio, Texas.
The marriage didn’t last, but San Antonio did. She worked in the Production
Department of the Institute of Texan Cultures- a museum dedicated to exhibits,
publishing and research on the 40 or so different ethnic groups which make up
the population of Texas. She ran the graphic darkroom and silkscreen shop, and
did some illustration and design. She illustrated a book called Who Are the Polish Texans?.
For a few years, her
job filled most of her needs, but gradually her desire to draw and paint- not
just on weekends- returned. She had also married again, a carpenter she met at
work named Tom Wadlington. Tom was very supportive of her desire to “be an
artist”, and the two of them moved up to Massachusetts so she could finish art
school- this time at Massachusetts College of Art. She studied George Nick and
in 1989 she received her BFA in Painting.
Studying with George
Nick was intense, stimulating and exciting. Nick’s emphasis was to make
paintings that were interesting, and to make them from direct observation. The
problem was that Wadlington is a studio painter who does landscapes and works
primarily in pastel, so that meant working from her photographs. It took her a
few years to reconcile her art school training with her preferred methods of
influences are color, light, composition and sense of place. She lives in
Bradford, New Hampshire and is surrounded by woods, farms, ponds, lakes and
create paintings that express my intense fascination with the natural world and
the ways that we, as humans, interact with both constructed and natural environments
. I work primarily in oils, often from the model or
outdoors. Solitary figures in commercial settings and natural landscapes that
show evidence of human presence are constant interest for me. Increasingly I
find myself studying the interaction of multiple figures in outdoor settings.
From my earliest years I drew and painted; interests which led me to study at
Boston University’s School of Fine Arts. I received my B.F.A. in painting in
1973. I continue to study and develop my skills today and have studied with
many excellent instructors including William Davis, Donald Demers, Tom
Deininger, Kris Donovan, Albert Handell and Yves Parent.
One of my earliest memories is of an afternoon spent playing in the sunlight as it fell upon a quilt that my great grandmother had made. As I traced the designs, I marveled how the patterns and colors twisted around each other in harmony. The joy I felt that day is what I try to recapture each time I paint.
Primarily self-taught, the majority of my art education has come from working in galleries and frame shops. For over 20 years I have worked alongside dozens of artists of all ages and abilities with whom I have had countless discussions about technique, composition, materials, color and style. Many of the pieces of art we work on are the origin of these discussions. I am inspired and motivated by all the original and creative art that I see daily.
Currently living in Massachusettes with the support of my husband and two daughters, I try to paint every day. My paintings range from intimate still-lifes, to traditional landscapes, to sculptural abstracts. They can be found in private collections through out the United States.
A tentative attempt as a pianist, in early childhood, was frustrated by the inability to translate the energy of color and sound that was influencing my initial desires to express myself creatively. The instrument needed was to be found in color, shape and the excitement of brush movements with music as its catalyst.The natural sound of nature provided that sound track while playing in rural fields and exploring lakes in upstate New York as a child.!
Relocating to New Jersey,”down the shore”, after I graduated from The University of the Arts, (Philadelphia College of Art) with a BFA in Graphic Design,I began a career in the commercial arts. Freelance and teaching assignments ranging from coloring books to spot illustrations later evolved to include employment in signage and display. !
While raising three daughters, leaving my commercial work behind, my interest returned to painting.!
A textural approach developed out of a need to “feel” the physical process of painting. I walked those fields and played in the lakes,brooks and hiked those mountains as a child and it was the remembrance and love of the tactile excitement of that experience that I wanted to communicate to the viewer. Three dimensional use of rice papers, torn paper and textured gels combined with watercolor, gouache, pastels, inks and acrylic paints, created the rocks, trees, mountains, marshes and oceans. These elements grounded my work in strong emotional childhood memories while adding the vistas of the ocean, sands and marshes of New Jersey adulthood and have been the foundation of my painting as a Mixed Media landscapist.!
Enjoy my past, my present and return again for my future work! - Helen
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