Alt has the distinction of being the first American artist to be invited to participate in “Le Salon 93" Sociéty des Artistes Francais Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées-Paris, thereby shattering a tradition excluding non-French participation which had held since Louis XIV. Through the years, Alt’s style of painting has gone through a transition – as he explains, his palette has become lighter and he has become interested in the vibrations in the light areas of the painting and the burst of color activity within a dark area.
David Bareford has achieved international recognition with his large portfolio of marine paintings and his many commissioned works. He is an elected member of many professional art organizations including the Copley Society in Boston. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists where he has served as the managing Fellow and is a member of the board.
Sandi Blanda, self-taught folk artist, was inspired in 1983 when she discovered a sailors’ valentine for the first time. These sea shell mosaics in octagonal cherry or mahogany cases were originally intended as souvenirs from whalers during the Victorian Era. Sandi’s intent is to express her romantic compositions in a lacy and sometimes “funky” statement. A love of Americana, nature and especially flowers, coupled with the changing seasons, provide the inspiration continually reflected in her work.
Ronalee’s work is rooted in the classic Dutch and French traditions of fine detail and elegant composition; however her choice of subjects and her fresh view of them is entirely American. Her interest and inspiration also lie within the traditional Boston School of Painting. She paints luminous still-lifes with a strong sense of composition and a rich, sensuous use of color. Using a limited palette, her goal is to inspire the viewer with her personal true-to-life version of nature in its most beautiful and perfect form.
William Davis’ work is firmly rooted in the realist tradition and he credits both the Hudson River School painters (of which he is often considered a descendant) and the Tonalists of the late 19th century as strong influences. “I have a kindred feeling to those painters, the same outlook,” he says. “They wanted to show off the beauty. They would argue whether to put man in or not. I like to put man back in, make the figures really small and insignificant. It makes nature seem huge by showing how small we really are.”
Gazette du Bon Ton was a legendary Paris fashion magazine that provided inspiration for designers and dressmakers all over the world from 1912 until 1925. Each month, a group of major Paris fashion houses, including Worth, Lanvin, Poiret and Vionnet, collaborated on a monthly portfolio of up-to-date designs for dresses, hats and outerwear.
Herb Edwards was born in Brownsville, PA in 1940. He grew up in a home where his father, who had a great appreciation for the arts, encouraged his son’s creativity. He found early inspiration at home, where impressionist reproductions hung on the wall and Stevan Dohanos, a famed Saturday Evening Post illustrator and friend of his parents, was often a guest.
After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York with a degree in illustration, Carol Fortunato continued her studies at the Art Students League with teachers David Leffel and Greg Kreutz, under whose tutelage she discovered an interest in chiaroscuro (use of light and shade) painting.
Reading her notes, from an early age Lillia was drawn to art, deciding to be an artist before she even knew such a thing existed. But it was only after an undergraduate minor in art history and a serious study of the Modernist masters - Cezanne, Van Gogh, Matisse and Bonnard - that she fully understood the potential power and freedom that painting, as an art form, might mean to her. Lillia Frantin's paintings are uniquely her own and yet keep within a Modernist tradition that places emotional response at the center of art.
Igor Galanin began as an artist in Soviet Russia by illustrating children's books and designing sets for the Moscow ballet theater. As a successful artist, book illustrator and theatrical designer in the former Soviet Union, Galanin enjoyed professional success and recognition-without freedom of expression. Yet he had an inner mechanism that understood what freedom was all about. Within his personal, painted kingdom, Galanin let freedom ring. If he wanted a chair to rest on water instead of a floor, he put it there. If he thought the fruit in a still life should go floating out of its bowl, away it went.
Russell Gordon was born in 1968 in Maryland. He began drawing at an early age. He says “In those days in school you could read or draw as soon as you were finished with an assignment so I learned that the benefit of doing well in class was the privilege of being left alone to draw. I loved drawing and found art to be the best way to record what I saw in nature and to express ideas and emotions.”
Curtis Hanson is one of the foremost painters who can truly capture the imagery of New England. His deep love of nature and New England landscapes has led him to create breathtaking artwork. It’s these paintings that are highly sought after by art collectors from around the world.
Ted Jeremenko is a completely self-taught artist. “I paint primarily for myself,” Ted says, “but it is very gratifying to know that my artwork touches other people.” Following a tremendous reaction at the first exhibition of his paintings, he decided to devote more of his energies to his painting.
Fi Katzler was born in Malta and grew up by the coast in Hampshire. She has always had a love of the beautiful landscape around her and for as long as she can remember she has had a passion to be creative. Fi paints quickly with bold, painterly strokes, attempting to capture the suggestion of forms rather than stating the obvious. Being inspired by the Masters such as Monet and Van Gogh, she likes to think of each painting as a trip into the unknown – a journey – remaining constantly open to the changing nature of the evolving painting and fast-moving wind and light, building a sense of mystery and involvement between artist and viewer.
Kelly was born in 1946 in New Orleans and began his art studies at the University of Nebraska, where in 1973 he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Drawing, and then a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and Printmaking from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico in 1975. Soon after, he attended the Arts Students League in New York City and finally traveled to Europe for museums studies at the Louvre and Tate Gallery.
Marjorie Mason was born in New York City and grew up in Florida and Massachusetts; she now lives year round on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. “I have greatly enjoyed taking the knowledge and experience of a lifetime of studio work outside with me when I paint. Plein Air painting is the ultimate challenge and also the most rewarding of painting experiences, with all of nature to decipher as it constantly unfolds in changing color and light. This close examination of our extraordinary Island landscape is nothing short of full immersion into beauty itself.”
Liz Mumford's style is influenced by American Folk Art, as well as, Flemish painters of the 16th Century, primarily Breughel. Her “signature” is a black painted border with bronze stenciled corners and red letter text wrapping around the painting. Liz feels as though her paintings develop like a play. The text reflects the setting, which she paints first, sketching out a rough idea of what each figure is doing to complement the verse. However, as a painting develops, stories evolve from the actions and settings; it seems that the painting takes off on its own to tell a story Liz may not have intended.
Jan Pawlowski was born in 1949 in the small rural village of Jozefowo, which is seventy miles from Warsaw, Poland. His drawing ability was apparent at an early age and he enjoyed experimenting with various art forms. During his early life he did not have a formal instructor, so nature became his teacher while painting in the countryside near his home. His sense of sight may have been sharpened as a result of having been born with a hearing impairment. In time he learned to decipher the secrets of color, light and form in the landscape around him.
When you examine John Powell's work closely, you discover a unique, self-taught approach which is unlike any other artist. Watching John at his easel, one can see that it is the minutia of detail that is a hallmark of his paintings. His brushstroke catches the light on a bird’s feather, a petal - every leaf is important to the balance and harmony of his composition. Layers of depth give intensity - a losing and finding of edges, a drama unfolds. With John’s ever-increasing popularity, there are many who attempt to imitate his work; however, they are unable to duplicate the energy of the mind that creates these sparkling, decorative conceptions.
In 1804, Redoute was appointed painter to Josephine, Empress to France. While Napoleon was in battle, Josephine bought a property called Malmaison. The property included a small park, some horticultural land and vineyards. Josephine’s great love was the rose and she set out to grow every variety in existence and even had the gardeners creating new hybrids. The rose garden at Malmaison had over 250 varieties. During this time, Redoute began work on what would be his most famous work, Les Roses.
Renoir was born in 1841 in the town of Limoges, in south-central France. His father was a tailor, and in 1844, relocated his family to the artistic and cultural center of Paris. Renoir showed interest in music and art at an early age, and was apprenticed at the age of fifteen as a porcelain painter. He spent two years learning to decorate plates, teapots, and vases in ornate detail until the china works store closed in 1858. At this point, Renoir decided to take his talent and interest beyond commercial employment; he wanted to become a serious artist.
Beginning with finger paints and progressing to national acclaim, Marilyn Simandle has been a painter since age 6. Originally taught and encouraged by her mother, herself a painter and musician, she grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. Marilyn received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from San Jose State University.
Aleta Steward began drawing as a child, while growing up in New York, on Long Island. Many trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium awakened an interest in art and science at a young age. It was this unusual combination that drew her to a career specializing in wildlife and animal paintings.
Since she was small, Kate Tortland was always creating. Eventually, what started as a simple hobby, developed into her passion. Now, Kate is a full-time painter living in New England. Working both en plein air and in the studio, she seeks to represent the beauty she sees in the natural world in various ways. Throughout her painting career she has been able to spend time living in Italy and Japan as well as painting in both France and Ireland. These travels helped inspire in her a deeper understanding of art and its impact on humanity.
John was born in 1961 and spent his early years growing up in Chester and Mendham, New Jersey. His classical training began at the Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey, and afterward he continued his art education at Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. As a merit scholar, John studied figure painting with Frank Mason at the Art Students League of New York. He concentrated on his understanding of form while studying drawing with Carroll Jones in Stowe, Vermont and then ventured to Florence for a year where he studied sculpture with Brother Jerome Cox.
The years between the end of the American Revolution and the beginning of the Civil War were pivotal ones in the development of American coastal charting. The country was expanding, the population was resettling and the coast lines were lengthening. Industrialization in the north east encouraged the export of manufactured goods and the import of raw materials and with the discovery of gold in California, the country had grown from one coast to the other and maritime traffic had increased significantly.
Contemporary artist Lori Zummo paints in a style evocative of the American Barbizon School. After receiving the first place award in oil painting from the New York chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters in 1986, Ms. Zummo was granted a full scholarship to the New York Academy of Art’s Master Class program. The NYAA’s extensive study program, based on the Italian Renaissance and the French Academic training tradition further enhanced her style and technique.