Plein Air South is a group of plein air artist's groups, organizations, individual artists, plein air event organizers, and related businesses who have joined together to highlight the plein air talent and resources of America's Southeast and beyond!
Event Co-Chair - Faculty Coordinator
Sharon Gates, from Birmingham, AL, is an accomplished artist who has been painting and teaching art for over 30 years. She has been on the Planning Committee of Plein Air South since it began in 2016. Sharon enjoys the challenges of planning such an event, the interaction with her fellow event organizers, and getting to know the talented attendees and incredible faculty members. When not working on PAS she paints and considers plein air painting to be key to improving artistic skills. Sharon is also a past president of the Birmingham Art Association, the Watercolor Society of Alabama, and holds Signature status in that organization. She is also a member of the American Impressionists Society, Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters and has been a popular instructor at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
Member Show Coordinator
Stephen currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida. His day job for the last 30 years has been a Certified Bench Jeweler. He works with all precious metals and all precious stones, doing every thing from repairs to designs. He is the President of the First Coast Plein Air Painters of Jacksonville, FL. Currently he has a studio located in the CoRK Art District in Jacksonville. He has been doing studio art for many years, but now his new love is plein air painting. He mainly paints in oils although he has tried other mediums. He is a self taught artist and teaches oil classes and does commissions as well. His love for the outdoors helps him to see what has been created to put it onto canvas.
PAS Technical Director
This year we also have a dedicated Audio/Visual Technician in the form of Mark Branigan; he will be assisting all our faculty members and volunteers with projectors, microphones, lighting and other technical queries throughout the conference. Mark can normally be found plugged into WiFi somewhere running “More Creative Time”, which is his own company offering Internet and IT services to small businesses, creatives and professionals. Outside of his business Mark continues to use his previous stage/lighting/sound technician experience to run free music and outdoor cinema events in his home town of Bridgnorth in the United Kingdom and now he’s using those skills here. Working from anywhere with an internet connection allows him to travel with his partner and Faculty member Vicki Norman and be at PAS this year to assist with the technical aspects of the conference.
Marissa was born and raised in Montana where a love for the outdoors instilled an emotional connection to the landscape. She currently lives in Charleston, painting the marsh, children at the beach, or tractors on a constructionsite. Her use of thick paint and bold brushstrokes brings an emotional vitality into her work. Marissa studied graphic design and fine art at Montana State University. She has studied under artists such as Bill Davidson and Karen Hewitt Hagan. She has been recognized by Charleston Magazine as Artist of the month, July 2013, and Art Galleries and Artists of the South as Emerging Artist for October 2014. Marissa is co-owner of the Meyer Vogl Gallery in Charleston, SC.
Laurie Meyer has lived and painted in Charleston, SC for 37 years. Following careers in education and corporate sales, Laurie devoted her life to her first love – painting – in 1997. Life in Charleston has provided Laurie with countless subjects and rich inspiration for her award-winning paintings. Her frequent travels have also given Laurie varied and interesting ideas for many of her works. She paints with rich color and broad “brushy” strokes and palette knife to express the unique and recognizable softness in her work. Art has also played a role in community involvement for Laurie. She is the past president of the Mt. Pleasant Artists Guild, serving two terms. Laurie also served eight years on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association and originated the Art of Alzheimer’s exhibit, now under the auspices of the Charleston Artist Guild. Laurie is past Program Director and past Director of Artistic Growth for the Charleston Artist Guild. She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, the SC Watercolor Association, and the Portrait Society of America. Painting has been part of Laurie's life since she was a child, and she still lives for the artistic journey. She loves rich color and textural strokes painted with gesture and spontaneity. She seeks interesting designs with playful shadow structures in her street scenes and rich natural colors in her landscapes. Laurie is co-owner of the Meyer Vogl Gallery in Charleston, SC.
Linda is a self-taught artist born and raised in Mississippi. She currently lives in Oxford where she founded Mississippi Plein Air Painters and is an active member of the Oxford Artists Guild. Linda often paints rural wooded and agricultural scenes with bold, brightly-colored oils. She credits her success to workshops, studying the plein air masters, and constantly reading books on color theory. Linda loves the Plein Air South community and is looking forward to working with event volunteers.
Dana Phillips is an attorney retired to Virginia after more than 20 years as the General Counsel of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency. He began painting seriously in 2007, encouraged by artist friends in Sacramento. Dana has taken workshops and classes with Bay Area artists including Don Hatfield, Terry Miura, Deladier Almieda, Philippe Gandiol, Fongwei Liu, and Robert Gant Steel. In 2013, he moved to Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, and began exploring the challenges of a new landscape and art scene. Dana is president of Plein Air Roanoke, and he is past president of Bald Knob Artists of Franklin County, Virginia. He is a member of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, the Oil Painters of America. He has been an associate member of the California Art Club. Dana has participated in shows and plein air events in California and more recently in Virginia and North Carolina. He has been juried in events including Los Gatos Plein Air, Frank Better Plein Air Paint Out, San Luis Obispo Plein Air, and Piedmont Plein Air, and he has won several awards for his work. His works are offered in The Little Gallery and Gallery 202 in Roanoke, Virginia. Dana was born and raised in Texas. He received a BA degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a JD from the University of San Diego.
Robine is an award winning, national artist. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Ohio Watercolor Society, Alabama Plein Air Association, Ohio Plein Air Society, and President of the Western Ohio Watercolor Society. She currently showing a collection at Springfield Museum of Art. As a member of the museum, she is also active on the Marketing Development Committee. She is in gallery at Terra Gallery in Dublin, OH. She held the position of Holiday Show Chair in 2012 for the Mountain Brook Art Association in Birmingham AL. She is the liaison Chair for OPAS with Springfield Museum of Art. She has been in gallery at Aldredge Gardens, University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB), Energin, Columbus Museum of Art, Springfield Museum of Art and area businesses and churches. This year she placed second at New Harmony, IN national plein air paintout and has been juried into Knoxville, TN, Mountain Maryland VA and other national Plein Air Paintouts.
Her career reaches beyond the artistry to bring awareness to many non-profit organizations. She has worked with Make-A-Wish, American Cancer Association, Susan G. Komen, Camp Smile-A-Mile, Multiple Sclerosis and Muscular Dystrophy Association. She believes giving back and making a difference is one of the most important things we can do for one another.
Her primary medium is acrylic, oil, watercolor and pastel. She enjoys looking at each painting as "telling a story". Whether it is capturing the light or bringing a character and emotion to the canvas. She enjoys color and contrast and the ability to invite and capture the moment. She has been fortunate enough to have studied with Ron Lewis, who is a member of Watercolorists of America, for over a decade and Terry Strickland, recognized for her portrait work by the Portrait Society of America, for over two years.