Our Award Winning Instructors

ALISON BAKER

Alison Baker graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BFA in Studio Art. Her concentration in Studio Art included Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. Also certified in Art Education, Alison taught in the West Shore School District for 24 years. Subjects taught ranged from Art III to Ceramics and 3-D Design. Alison’s choice of medium varies but is most often watercolor. She uses transparency and bold colors in her watercolor paintings. Her work reflects a love for nature and the outdoors. Her paintings can be seen in local galleries and venues with the York Art Association Gallery Group.

KATHLEEN BECKER

Kathleen Becker, an art educator with over 25 years of experience, is new to the York area. She received a degree in Art Education from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and a Master’s in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh, NY. She taught art to elementary children in Colorado, New York, and Pennsylvania, receiving the Outstanding Educator Award for the Montoursville Area School District in 2013. Studying watercolor since the age of 16 at Silver Bay YMCA on Lake George, NY, she is now the lead instructor for the watercolor classes and continues to teach each summer. On occasion, she teaches watercolor for the Roads Scholar program. Kathy continues to study painting at the York Art Association and participates in exhibitions there.

DANA BELLIS

A native of Millersburg, Pennsylvania, Dana Bellis started his portrait education in 1988 at the Art Association of Harrisburg. Studying figure drawing from live models, he worked under artists Tina Reiley-Phillips and the late Leo Gilroy. In 1993, he graduated from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. He acquired a Bachelor of Arts from Lebanon Valley College in 1994, majoring in Communication Arts. Over the past 25 years Dana has completed hundreds of successful commissioned portraits. In 2011, he started illustrating for PA Game News Magazine and he’s had several pieces featured on their monthly cover. In late 2012, he represented the PA Game Commission as the courtroom artist for the murder trial of Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove, in Gettysburg. Website

GLENN BLUE

Glenn Blue grew up in a family of artists in the suburbs of Philadelphia. His parents were art teachers for numerous school districts and adult classes, so he learned art at a very early age. By his teenage years Glenn was selling paintings professionally. Over the following thirty plus years, Glenn has trained in fine arts and shown in countless local, regional, and international shows. Glenn has traveled to numerous places in Europe, painting and collecting art. He has taken classes from Joseph Zbukvic, Alvaro Castagnet, Nita Engle, David Taylor, Gregg Allen, Tony Couch and others. Glenn has painted loose glowing representational watercolors on his many plein air painting trips. He has painted in Venice, Sienna, Pienza, Tuscany, Rome, Florence, Bellagio, Cinque Terra, Portofino, Naples, Salzburg and Innsbruck Austria, Prague in the Czech Republic and many places throughout the United States. His works have been shown in several galleries and he has been the subject of many newspaper articles. Glenn currently has paintings on display in his own gallery space at the Marketview Arts Center, York PA, and in the Chadds Ford Gallery in Chadds Ford PA. Glenn captures the artistic impression and atmosphere of his subjects. His paintings are representative without being photographic. He showcases the flow and glow of watercolor. Website

REBECCA BRODBECK

Rebecca Brodbeck has a Bachelor’s Degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA in Art Education. She currently works as a freelance soft goods designer for multiple juvenile products companies. Rebecca resides in Dover, PA, with her husband Paul and children Andrew and Regina. She has taught children’s classes at York Art Association for multiple years and looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for art with children. Her favorite mediums are watercolor, pen and ink, and collage.

BARBARA PILLETTE BUCHANAN

Barbara Pillette Buchanan is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She has exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, completed illustrations for Reader’s Digest Great Book series, the Bon Ton and Pfaltzgraff. She has won many national and regional awards and her work is in private and corporate collections along the east coast. Barbara and her husband Robert’s work can be viewed at the Garth Gallery in Columbia, PA.

ROBERT BUCHANAN

Robert comes to us with over 40 years of teaching experience. He has been featured in national publications (SPLASH and The Artist’s Magazine), exhibited and won at national shows, and his works have been collected locally by some of York’s most prominent people. He has done commission work for the U.S. State Department and Reader’s Digest and his works and limited edition prints can be found locally in York’s new rehab facility at Apple Hill and the Harley-Davidson Museum. He has received over 75 awards for his paintings. Born and raised in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Robert E. Buchanan graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and later received his MFA from Syracuse University. Robert’s work is in prominent collections all across the United States. Robert has evolved into an eco- artist who uses his art to record and help people see the beauty of our vanishing farm and woodland landscapes. Website

WILLIAM CHAMBERS

William Chambers has done graduate level work in painting at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Gage Academy in Seattle. He received an M. Ed. From Antioch New England in 1999 and received his art teaching endorsement (k-12) in 2004. William graduated with a concentration in sculpture and Asia studies from Sarah Lawrence College In 1995. William has exhibited his paintings in Greater New England and now Pennsylvania. He most recently ran the art program at The Grammer school in Putney, Vermont. He is a teaching artist who now lives in Lancaster, PA. Website

OPHELIA CHAMBLISS

Ophelia Chambliss has been successfully working and exhibiting as a fine artist for many years. In addition to a number of solo and group exhibitions, she has participated in several distinguished juried shows. She calls her signature painting style realistic cubism, and paints a variety of subject matters. Her medium is primarily in oil, and her color palette is bright, colorful and energetic. Ophelia feels that life, like her art, is a process. She holds a Bachelors in Communication Arts and Sciences, and a Masters in Communications from Penn State University. She combines her visual communication with verbal and written communication to tell the story behind her work, in lectures and presentations that build art appreciation and cultural understanding. Several of her pieces are dualistic in nature, meaning there is more than one way to display and view the painting to get a different image or point of view. Most of her recent work has been in the realm of public art and murals. She is particularly fond of this because of the community contribution, collaboration, and the challenge of scale. Ophelia is originally from Chicago, IL but currently resides in York, Pennsylvania. Prior to her career in Fine Art, she was a business professional in the Publishing Industry, specializing in graphic design, and business development. Ophelia was recruited from Chicago to York, and held the position of vice president of publishing services, and as an independent contractor, worked as the business development director, for a publishing services company in Maryland. She continues to do freelance work in graphic design and print production.Website

GEORGE CLARK

George Clark is a graduate of New York’s School of Industrial Arts and attended the Newark School of Art and Design. George is an award-winning artist and instructor – both here and for surrounding Art Associations – and conducts workshops for different venues. He has garnered many awards from both Experimental and Watercolor Societies, both here and abroad. Mr. Clark is a signature member of the Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Alabama and Philadelphia Watercolor Societies, and a Nautilus Fellow of the International Society of Experimental Artists. George can be reached at Dingodad1@yahoo.com.

JILL EMERICK

Jill Emerick managed and operated an art gallery for over 23 years that has served and supported local and regional artists successfully for over 27 years. She is a member of the American Appraiser Association and USPAP Compliant.

MARGARET EVANS

Margaret Evans is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, and a teaching graduate of London University. Renowned for her pastel painting, Margaret Evans also tutors watercolors, oils, acrylics and other mediums. She is internationally known for her portraits in oil and pastel and is a member of the Portrait Society of America, featuring regularly in the International Artist magazine. Shinafoot in Scotland is Margaret’s home base and venue for her workshops, situated between Perth and Stirling.

Qualifications:

  • Glasgow School of Art – Diploma of Art, DA (Drawing & Painting)
  • University of London – Art Teachers’ Certificate, ATC.
  • Signature Member of Pastel Society of America – PSA
  • Member of Portrait Society of America
  • Member of Pastel Artists of Canada PAC
  • Member of L’Art du Pastel en France
  • Member of steering committee for L-A-I (Landscape Artists International) – incorporating International Plein-Air Painters

JONATHAN FRAZIER

Jonathan Frazier is a native of Dillsburg, PA. He was accepted into the Harrisburg Arts Magnet School in his senior year. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Kutztown University, where he received his BFA. After serving 4 years in the Air Force, he returned to the Harrisburg area as an artist and performing musician. He is often commissioned for pen & ink architectural renderings. and is primarily known for his vibrant landscape paintings. He is the youngest member of the Seven Lively Artists, and has exhibited with them throughout central PA, including the Governor’s Residence and the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Massachusetts. His recent plein air works of the Skyline Drive have been selected for juried exhibitions in the Shenandoah Valley. His work has appeared in International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, The ‘Burg Magazine, and Central PA Magazine. Website

PHYLLIS DISHER FREDERICKS

Phyllis Disher Fredericks, a highly accomplished artist, received her degree in Fine Arts from Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, Newark, NJ. Additionally she has pursued private studies in California, Arizona, and the Barnstone Studios in Coplay, PA. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group and juried exhibitions and appears in private and corporate collections. Phyllis taught beginning to advanced painting courses at York College for ten years.

PAUL GALLO

Paul Gallo grew up in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, a small coal-mining town near State College, Pennsylvania. Paul’s education is varied and includes studying at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, an AA from Harrisburg Area Community College and MFA from Syracuse University. Working as an art director and creative director for several advertising agencies, Paul has won numerous awards for his illustration and graphic design. He now owns his own freelance illustration and graphic design business. Plein air oil painting is his primary area of interest. Painting in a representational manner he enjoys utilizing the tactical quality of oil paints. He also teaches illustration and design at the college level and currently teaches at Art Institute of York, HACC and Penn State York.

BRETT GREIMAN

Brett Greiman is a graduate of the York Academy of Arts. He has been working full time in the art services business since 1998 after working two decades in the pre-press industry. Brett has instructed students in drawing, painting, color theory, illustration, and rendering as well as the Adobe CS computer programs. In his business he works as a muralist, illustrator, and graphic designer. You can see some of his work through his website link below. He was chosen by The Cultural Alliance of York County as one of York County’s foremost artists and invited to exhibit one of his paintings at The Governor’s Awards for the Arts on April 8, 2010 in downtown York. In 2004, Kimberly Camp, YorkFest juror and CEO of the Barnes Foundation chose his painting for the Best of Show award and he was the featured artist for 2006 YorkFest. In 2008, he was featured in a video documentary produced by faculty from Pennsylvania College of Art and Design entitled “Community Muralists” which focuses on his working with young people, helping them produce murals in Harrisburg, PA. You can see that video here. Brett’s work continues to be interesting and varied, working on everything from safari dioramas to church altar restoration. Website

MARYEL HENDERSON

Maryel Henderson is a Pennsylvania artist who currently works from her studio in the Marketview Arts building in downtown York, PA. She graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh before continuing at Mansfield University where she obtained a B.S. degree in Art Education. After living in four other states and three years in Japan, family ties drew her back to PA. She also has a studio in her home that is a renovated church from the late 1800s. She currently paints with liquid acrylics and recently introduced alcohol inks into some of her pieces. She paints fluid abstract backgrounds and uses more detail in focal areas of the paintings. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Arts Experience and can be found on their website. She is known locally for her “stinkbug” jewelry where she encases real stinkbugs, hand painted, in her pendants. Although this made big news here a few years ago, she is still getting requests for these pieces. She hides a stinkbug in all of her paintings.
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KATE HUFNAGEL

Kate Hufnagel has had a long and active career in the fine arts. She received early instruction from her artist mother, Jeanne Cousins Hugnagel, and continued to self educate throughout her life. Since her first exhibition in 1968, she has shown and competed actively, mostly in northwestern Pennsylvania. She pursued her B.A. and an M.A. at Penn State in Speech Communication, Rhetorical analysis and Criticism. Kate worked for many years constructing public education campaigns promoting historic preservation and arts education. She opened her first art gallery in Port Townsend, WA before returning to Clarion PA to raise her family, and opened a new business featuring an art gallery, professional picture framing, and art instruction. In clarion she taught art for eleven years at a private elementary school, and was a guest teacher at Clarion University. She was a founding member of Clarion County Arts Council, and worked to promote art appreciation and conservation. She also wrote a newspaper column “Eye on Art” about local events in theater and the arts. Kate has been an active artist since 1968, with a broad background in collage and assemblage. In addition to her numerous prizes and commissions, she is equally proud of her work in developing a docent program that expanded public appreciation of local art exhibitions. She was awarded a commission by Clarion County for a large public sculpture (on permanent display at clarion free Library). Now retired, she lives in York County, PA and serves actively in committee and Board work at York Art Association.

THOM KULP

Thom Kulp is a graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College where he studied painting and drawing with the colorist painter, Edith Socolow. He has attended Lebanon Valley College and Millersville University and is retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Currently he works part-time at Stauffers of Kissel Hill in Linglestown, where he indulges his other passion of horticulture. After having taken the Experimental Mixed Media class with Linda Benton-McCloskey for several semesters at the Art Association of Harrisburg, Thom began teaching this class during the summer semester of 2010. He has conducted an Experimental Mixed Media workshop in State College, PA, this past January and judged the York Art Association’s abstract show this past February. His work is primarily an exploration of acrylic-compatible mediums. He is currently being represented by Garth Gallery in Columbia, Pennsylvania and Gallery @ Second in Harrisburg. Thom has also participated in numerous group and solo shows in the Harrisburg area.

LINDA BENTON McCLOSKEY

Linda Benton McCloskey paints from her heart and from wonderful memories of growing up on a Lancaster County farm. Her subject matter ranges from abstract to realistic but almost always relates to nature in its many forms. Linda’s most recent works are experimental watermedia (abstract), mixed media, encaustic, and collage with lots of texture and exciting color. Her works have been juried into numerous exhibitions and shown in well-known art publications. Website

DEBORAH NELL

Deborah Nell is a native of Southern California who currently resides in East Berlin, Pennsylvania. She is a prolific painter who began painting at the age of eight. She learned to paint portraits in oils as she stood alongside her father, Herman Sillas, as he painted also in oils at his easel. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Design from UCLA in 1981 and a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Trinity College of Graduate Studies in 1986. She is known for her acrylic, faceless paintings which she paints on Yupo paper. She began painting on Yupo, a slick, synthetic paper in 2007. Her paintings are in many private and corporate collections throughout the country. She has also sold original paintings to individuals in Europe. She has been accepted into juried shows in Laguna Beach, CA. Her work can be seen at Hanover Area Arts Guild, Hershey Medical Center and Hillside Medical Building F in Hanover, PA. She has received awards of Merit and Honorable Mention at the Hanover Area Arts Guild as well as an Honorable Mention Award at York Art Association.

CAROLYN OPDERBECK

Carolyn Opderbeck studied art at the Entwhistle School of Art and the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, New Jersey, under master artists and teachers for many years, painting in watercolor and oils. She has exhibited paintings in fine art galleries in New Jersey, Naples and Key Largo, Florida, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, MA, and in juried exhibitions in New Jersey. Her paintings have been purchased by clients all over the United States and Europe. She enjoys painting plein air in oils and teaches workshops in both oil painting and painting with alcohol inks on Yupo. She teaches weekly classes in her home studio. Several years ago, Carolyn wanted to try ”something new” and took an introductory workshop painting with alcohol inks on Yupo. She discovered a challenging new medium and new painting surface which resulted in paintings filled with exciting jewel like colors creating beautiful patterns and design. After much experimentation she has developed and improved upon the methods and techniques she uses to produce beautiful, vibrant, unique alcohol ink paintings and now teaches workshops. She has gained national interest for her skills and ability to teach and inspire those who take her workshops. Carolyn has written a guide to painting with alcohol inks on Yupo.
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NICOLE DANIELLE  OSBORNE

Nicole is a local York County resident and recent graduate from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s in Art Education and Minor study field of Special Education. Nicole was provided many exciting teaching opportunities through Penn State, including Saturday Art School as well as student teaching experiences in Pittsburgh Public Schools and Falk Laboratory School in Pittsburgh. Her personal studio interests lie primarily in oil painting and portraiture, but Nicole loves to experiment with 3-D media and has recently explored doll making and ceramics work with her students. Nicole has displayed work in multiple Penn State galleries and held a joint show with a fellow Art Education student at Penn State that featured her doll making work and series of portraits derived from vintage mug shots. Nicole loves conveying and questioning the human experience through art and enjoys challenging students to do the same.

ROBERT OUGHTON

Robert Oughton studied in the studio of his father, illustrator and painter, Taylor Oughton of Bucks County. His work draws from his knowledge of the qualities of light and influences from working with a master artist. To date he has twice exhibited in Art of the State, won awards at YorkFest and at York Art Association. He co-owns Weavings, Ink. in Wrightsville with his weaver wife, Phyllis Koster. His work may be seen at Weavings, Ink. Website / Facebook

NICK PASTAL

Nick Pastal  graduated from the York Academy of Art. His work has been exhibited throughout the South Central region of Pennsylvania and his work has been exhibited at Studio gallery 234 in York, PA and the Garth Gallery in Columbia, PA. Nick won Best of Show in 2011 at the York Fest Juried Exhibition. Website

REBECCA PURVIS

Rebecca loves to draw. It is as simple as that. She sees lines and angles before color. That is the basis of all of her work, with color a strong second. She started studying as a young teen in Coplay, PA at the Barnstone Studios. There she learned the Golden Section, Fletcher Color Theory, contrast of light and the line quality of the Old Masters. This is the basis of her art. Each is as important as the other in any of her paintings. With this very classical background she then learned to have feeling and energy in her art at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. It was the landscape and how people alter it that first inspired her. Living in a variety of areas in the US has allowed her to study and paint the changing landscape around her. Capturing the feel of the wind in the grass or the river cutting its way through the country side has become her passion. Since moving to the UK, she has become engulfed in the beautiful views of Northumberland. The breathtaking sea coast and the wilds of the countryside are her focus at the moment. She is attempting to capture the light and contrast of the color found in the subtlest of places. With bold compositions she balances theses subtle themes. She has shown in a number of galleries in the US as well as the UK, currently exhibiting in Hallgate Gallery in Hexham, UK and selling her paintings through her website, as well as local shows and markets in the UK.

JULIE YONTZ RUPP

Julie Yontz Rupp is a graduate of York Academy of Arts, York, PA. and participates in many juried, solo and group exhibitions. She has won numerous awards including first place in the 2012 International Society of Experimental Artists juried exhibit held in Gloucester, MA., Best of Shows and the 2008 Rottler Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts. Julie is a member of the Art Center Manatee, the Florida Watercolor Society, the York Art Association and a signature member of the International Society of Experimental Artists and Baltimore Watercolor Society. She continues her studies yearly by attending workshops with international artists Carla O’Connor, Mary Todd Beam, Pat Dews and Maxine Masterfield. Her artwork is currently being used in all First Watch Restaurants nationwide with the originals being purchased to be displayed at their corporate headquarters in Sarasota, FL. Julie’s original paintings can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad. She is currently being represented by Gallery 234 in York, PA. and Garth Gallery in Columbia, PA.

ANDRENA SMITH

Andrena Smith is a self taught artist and has been a preschool teacher since 2007. She enjoys having the opportunity to teach and care for young children. Projects done with the children in Andrena’s classroom are inspired by books, music and historic artists the children learn about. Andrena encourages her students to use nature, recycled materials, watercolor, tempera paint, and wire for artwork. Andrena is originally from Catonsville Maryland, where she received her certification in Early Childhood Education at Catonsville Community College. Fine Arts has been a part of Andrena’s life since childhood. Her abstract acrylic paintings are inspired by music and often express an upbeat mood by incorporating vibrant color. Andrena continues to gain knowledge of art history by reading, researching and observing the styles of the Old Masters. In 2012, as a young artist pursuing more experience, Andrena placed her abstract paintings in a Fine Arts & Wine Festival in Sykesville, Maryland where she successfully sold three of her paintings for the first time. She humbly looks forward to becoming a part of the York Art Association.

JEAN UHL SPICER

Jean Uhl Spicer is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has 7 signature memberships, including AWS and NWS. Jean has served as juror for many of these organizations. Her many awards (over 100) include 5 gold medals. She is listed in “Who’s Who in American Art.” She is the author of “Bright and Beautiful Flowers in Watercolor” for North Light Publications. Her work has also been represented in American Artist “Watercolor 94”, “Watercolor for the Serious Beginner”, 1998, “Splash #5”, 1998, “The Best of Flower Painting #2”, 1999, and “International Magazine,” 2002”. She has conducted workshops nationally and internationally, and loves to share her gifts with students and art associations.

JOANNE YOUNG STEPHAN

Joanne Young Stephan is an artist with a passion for hand-lettering. She incorporates many painterly techniques as part of the presentation of the artwork to appropriately express the meaning of words and their message. Joanne designs and produces full-color artwork for local and national clients. Her skills range from painting and illustration, to the lettering and decorating of large custom resolutions. Many of these pieces are designed to honor the recipient for accomplishments in their field. She alsocreates artists’ books. Joanne Young Stephan is a graduate of Pennsylvania School of Art and Design with an Associate Degree in Communication Arts. She has studied extensively with nationally and internationally acclaimed calligraphic artists. Joanne’s work has been accepted into many Juried Calligraphy and Art Shows, including the International Calligraphy Engagement Calendar, the Berks Art Alliance Annual Juried Show and the Philadelphia Calligraphers Society “Philadelphia Flourishes” juried show. Using both acrylic and water-based media her inspiration comes from many personal life experiences. “My great joy is in the making of letters.”

JASON TAKO

If there is one thing to describe Jason and his art it is passionate. While being a committed husband and father, he spends his remaining time enveloped in drawing or painting whatever he finds beautiful. As a devout Catholic, you could say his main artistic goal is to become the best artist he can be and express the beauty of God’s creation through his brushstrokes. Jason started drawing at a young age. It was discovered by his teachers and peers that he possessed a knack and desire for artwork, a desire that he pursued until his senior year when he switched to playing electric bass. About 10 years later, after realizing how much he missed being outdoors and recording his observations, Jason bought a sketchbook. He painstakingly worked his way from pencil to watercolor while using nature and wildlife as his subject matter and teacher. A love for wildlife and landscape came naturally being that he was born and raised in rural Minnesota. Jason went to college and earned his degree in Applied Visual Arts and was encouraged by his teacher Bara Arens to pursue a career in fine art. Jason furthered his studies under renowned landscape artist Scott Christensen and a constant passion for plein air painting. Using a soft and limited palette that usually consists of only the three primary colors plus white, Jason seeks to portray reality in both form and light. “Light affects form, but form also affects light. We do not paint light only, we also paint what light illuminates. Even light needs something to shine on for us to see.” Jason’s use of soft edges, textures and varied thicknesses of brushstrokes shows his search for creating paintings that combine lighting along with a strong feeling of texture, form and solidity. This gives his work a look and feel that is refreshing and unique among today’s wildlife and landscape art. “The human eye doesn’t see every single feather, hair or branch in perfect outline, it sees masses and shapes or color, it sees structure and light. These objective images translate into a subjective emotional human response. This is what I want people to see and feel in my work.” Website

PATRICIA TELLER

Patricia grew up along the east coast of the United State, the oldest of six children. Her father was a bridge builder and in the early days, the job required moving the family almost once a year which meant a different environment and school for the first thirteen years of her life. These temporary homes were in small towns within walking distance of fields and woods which provided endless exploration and later inspiration for her creative life. While living in Greece as a Navy wife in the early 1970’s, Teller began studying oil painting and photography both of which continue as her favorite means of creative expression. Teller has a business degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University and studied studio arts at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland. Retired from 22 years as part-owner of a commercial construction business in 2008, Teller is active as an artist with the York Art Association where she exhibits, volunteers, and participates in workshops. She has also exhibited at Creative York, City Arts (Creative York), Hive Artspace, and Parliament Arts Organization, all in York, PA. In August 2016, Teller will be teaching her second photography workshop at the York Art Association—this one entitled Creative Digital Photography.

JENNIFER VONSTEIN

Through color and form, I celebrate life, its pattern and its passion, creating representational and mixed media pieces. My paintings explore the magic of memory, by capturing present/past moments in the landscape and the figure, and past/future dreams through collage. The depiction of forgotten, beautiful spaces and found text/imagery bears witness to the reality of the outer and inner worlds, always telling a tale once told, once remembered and once forgotten. Influenced by artists as varied as Monet, Cornell, Wyeth, Johns, Heffernan and Helwein, my work develops along two distinct paths. Although they may seem disparate, my paintings and collages are stories with a subtle narrative thread. They are connected to each other in the way that an experience, and the memory of that experience, are related, but not the same. A graduate of Loyola College with a B.A. in Fine Arts, I show regionally and my work is in private homes and collections. A Resident Artist for Chroma USA, I lead workshops and conduct demonstrations nationally. Website

DEBI WATSON

Debi Watson is a self-taught artist who paints small town scenes in a contemporary realist style. A full-time artist, Debi has exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the nation. Her work has been featured in magazines and books over a dozen times. Debi is active in the art community, volunteering and teaching. She’s a signature member of many national groups including NWS, the Watercolor USA Honor Society and Allied Artists of America, among others. Website

PAT WERTZ

Pat Wertz attended the Maryland Institute, College of Art and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Moore College of Art. Pat has worked as a graphic designer in advertising and magazine publication in Boston, Philadelphia and California. Additionally she had a long career in the corporate world working as a product designer and colorist before devoting herself to her passion for painting. Pat’s work can be viewed at Red Raven Art Company.

ROBERT DALE WILLIAMS

Robert Dale Williams is a graduate of the New York Academy of Art Graduate School of Figurative Art. Upon completion of his MFA degree at the Academy, he furthered his studies under the internationally recognized Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum. Since 2005, he has provided drawing, painting, and anatomy instruction at five art centers, and authored two feature articles on oil painting techniques for International Artist Magazine. Featured in collections worldwide, he has exhibited in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, and Norway.

NANCY WISEMAN

Nancy Wiseman, residing in the quiet countryside of Felton, PA, is a classically trained artist who takes her inspiration from the objects and nature that surround her. Trained in the style of the Dutch Old Masters, Nancy’s sensitivity to light and form gives her work dramatic clarity. This contemporary realism is the result of her many years of painting and as a teacher as well. Nancy Wiseman developed her style while studying with instructors from the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, MD. She is a member of the International Guild of Realism, The Oil Painters of America and The Baltimore Watercolor Society. Nancy also held the position of Vice President of The Charcoal Club of Baltimore for many years, organized in 1883, the 2nd oldest art club in the United States. Nancy’s work has been exhibited at group and solo shows in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. She also won the “Award of Excellence” from the York Art Association. She is represented by PM Design Group Inc., Applejack Publishing and Bentley Publishing among others. Her work has been translated into poster art, floor and wall coverings and is distributed throughout the US and Europe.

“The way lights falls on my collection of antique objects combined with fresh fruit or flowers gives me continuous inspiration for endless paintings,” states Ms. Wiseman. Using the time-tested method of grinding my own pigments and Maroger paint medium, gives her paintings rich and vibrant hues with the crispness of fine detail.

LYNNE YANCHA

Lynne Yancha has achieved national recognition, as is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. Her methods have been featured in Splash: America’s Best Contemporary Watercolors, and Splash II: Watercolor Breakthroughs, published by Northern Light Books. Lynne is a trained teacher, loves people and is willing to share her world and talent with anyone who is interested. In her own words: “I always begin my work with musings and I use the same technique as always in a layered, lost and found way. My media continues to be mixed: watercolor, ink, white acrylic, colored pencil and of course graphite. I still love edge to edge interest, and a story: yours and mine. Mostly I am absolutely in love with the mystery of inspiration and how it affects the process. The painting will be entirely different from the image with which one begins and it will always tell its own story.”