Excited for our 2020 event with these
great faculty members! Join us!
Peggi Kroll Roberts - Keynote Speaker
Award-winning artist, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, was trained at Arizona State University and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Peggi worked as a fashion and advertising illustrator before making the transition into fine art. Using intense color and value to accentuate her subject, she moved into fine art with a bold palette, a love for small paintings and a very loose style that achieves a lot with a few very energetic brush strokes. She prefers to suggest reality than render it.
Inspired by her children she paints beach scenes and other aspects of their lives. She also breaks away from the conventional still life by painting scenes of cosmetics and the occasional coffee cup or slab of butter. Peggi's work gives us a new appreciation of our own daily life. Peggi currently teaches still-life and figure workshops with Plein Air Liaison, PAL atelier™ in California, Scottsdale Artists' School in Arizona, as well as several other locations across the country and abroad.
See more of Peggi's work at her website https://www.krollroberts.com
Don Andrews is a nationally known watercolor artist and workshop instructor. He is a graduate of Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and a resident of Bastrop, Texas.
Don is an active member and past board director of the American Watercolor Society. His paintings have received numerous awards in national watercolor competitions including three awards from the American Watercolor Society.
Don has conducted painting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe for over 30 years.
Don is the author of the books, "Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor", "Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor" and "Rough Sketches: Short Stories of a Traveling Artist". He has also created two DVD sets that follow his figure and landscape workshop curriculum as well as his DVD, "Making Watercolor Glow" taken from his original video. Don is featured in the Watson Guptill publication "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor" and the North Light book, "Confident Color". He has had numerous feature articles published in American Artist magazine and the Watercolor issue of American Artist. See more of Don's work at https://www.donandrewsstudio.com
Suzie Baker is an award-winning artist whose paintings are regularly on display in magazines, prestigious national shows and plein air invitationals. She serves as the Vice President of Oil Painters of America and holds signature status in that distinguished organization as well as the American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, and others. In addition to being a still life and portrait artist, Suzie has been painting en plein air since she was a teenager. A sought-after instructor, for her humorous and informative style, Suzie teaches through her instructional video, Color Magic, and in workshops around the nation, Europe and close to her home in the Houston area. See more of Suzie's work at her website https://www.suziebaker.com
Anne Blair Brown
My goal in teaching is to encourage and empower. I want to share with painters the tools to be confident with the brush and to develop technique, discipline and inspiration on the way to a unique style.
In my PAS demonstrations, I’ll offer practical information and exercises to help you tap into your own strengths. I’ll illuminate my own process as a guide to show you how to see the “big picture” so you can move toward a more painterly style and find freedom in simplicity.
Anne Blair Brown is past president of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast and a Signature Member of both The Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society.
See more about Anne on her website at http://anneblairbrown.com
Originally from southern California, contemporary landscape artist, John Guernsey, moved to Georgia in 1993, and began a full time art career in 2006. Developing his drawing skills in college courses and workshop study, he now concentrates primarily on landscape painting. Most of his work is 'en plein air', or alla prima; although he is gradually increasing the output of larger studio paintings. His work reveals a keen observance of atmosphere and light and is inspired not only by nature, but city life and architecture as well. Mr. Guernsey maintains a busy schedule of workshops around the southeast, and regularly participates in nationally ranked plein air festivals throughout the country. Some of his recent plein air awards are, Best of Show , Olmsted Park GA 2019, Los Gatos CA 2019, 2017, and Richmond VA 2013 , with awards of excellence at Carmel CA, 2017, 2016 and 2014.
John's current website is http://johnbguernsey.blogspot.com/
John attended Washington University in St. Louis where he received a BFA in 1979. Following college, he attended a four month intensive printmaking workshop at the Institute for American Universities in Avignon, France. Returning to the States, he received an MA degree in drawing and painting from Purdue University in 1982.
For nearly thirty years, John worked as both a freelance illustrator and landscape painter. He has won awards from Print Magazine as well as having work appear in the Society of Illustrators annual show. He now paints full time. His paintings are held in private and corporate collections throughout North America.
He is currently represented by the following galleries: Warm Springs Gallery; Charlottesville, VA; The Lily Pad Gallery; Watch Hill, RI and Milwaukee, Wi; Sorelle Gallery; New Canaan, CT; Christopher-Clark Fine Art; San Francisco, CA; The Greylock Gallery; Williamstown, MA and The Plasteel Gallery; Seattle WA.
His workshops have taken place from New Hampshire to California. Recent workshops have been held in the Bascom Center, North Carolina; The Falmouth Art League, Falmouth, Mass.; The Weathersfield Academy, Wethersfield, Conn.; and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.
Professional memberships have included the Creativity Coaching Association , Society of Illustrators, the Illustrators Partnership of America, the National Association of Plein Air Painters, the Graphic Artists Guild, Oil Painters of America, and the Salmagundi Club of New York. See more of John's work at http://jmacdonald.com
Nancie King Mertz
A life-long painter, Nancie produces approx. 150 oil & pastel paintings annually. You’ll find her work on Chicago-based television, on her website and in her Chicago gallery. Her work is based on plein air travels across Europe, China & the US and she is known for her urban scenes.
She’s been named a Master Circle and Eminent Pastelist with IAPS, having won the Prix de Pastel and their Gold & Silver awards. She teaches workshops for PSA in New York as well as demos for their Materials Fair. In October 2020, PSA will offer a destination workshop with Nancie, in New Orleans. Her works are in collections worldwide. Plein Air Magazine, Pastel Journal and The Artists’ Magazine have published feature stories on her work and she has juried several painting competitions in the US & Europe. She’s a faculty member of IAPS & PACE, teaches globally, has videos through Liliedahl, & Amazon offers her pastels. In May of 2020, she will be the Guest of Honor in Giverny, France, where they will host a show of her work and workshops.
Pastel Society of America—Master,
Chicago Pastel Painters--Master,
Palette & Chisel in Chicago,
Salmagundi Club in NYC
Plein Air Painters of Chicago,
Degas Pastel and AZ Pastel Societies
Visit www.NancieKingMertz.com for hundreds of images of Chicago & the World.
After graduating from Art Center College of Design in 1990, Terry Miura headed out to New York City to pay his dues. He began his career as a freelance illustrator, creating imagery for such clients as Time, Newsweek, Rollingstone, and Sports Illustrated, to name a few.
In between illustration assignments he painted and exhibited oil paintings, and continued his transition to becoming a full time painter after returning to the West Coast in 1996.
Miura’s evocative tonalist landscapes explore the relationship between memory, emotions, and identity. Out in the field, Miura paints en plein air to collect visual information. Back in the studio, these sketches are used as jumping off points for further exploration and development of larger studio works.
Miura’s works are represented by The Christopher Hill Gallery in St. Helena, Sekula’s Fine Art in Sacramento, Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston, Holton Studio in Emeryville, Ca, and Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara.
Fine artist/Instructor/Illustrator 35 years, Author
Larry Moore has been a professional visual communicator for the past 45 years, working from his roots as a mural and apparel artist in the surf industry into graphic design, advertising, illustration and fine art, achieving national recognition for his work in each of these areas of visual communication. He has been an instructor since 1990, college and workshop, and has just published a successful book on creativity for artists titled Fishing for elephants: Insights and exercises to inspire authentic creativity. Larry's work has been in many museum shows including Hunstville Museum of Art, Society of Illustrators Museum in New York, and the Laguna Museum of Art in Laguna, CA.. He has won numerous Best of shows, Best of various categories, Artist’s and Collectors choice awards while participating in plein air events around the country. He travels and teaches workshops across the country with the topics of "Plein Air, Finding your voice, Color theory, Abstraction from nature, and Studio methods and materials. "
See more about Larry and his work on his website at http://www.larrymoorestudios.com
Based in Shropshire, England, Vicki Norman received her BA in Fine Art in 2000 and went on to work as an illustrator, she later qualified for a teaching certificate specialising in post-16 education. In recent years, she has studied with master painters and sculptors around the globe, all the time searching for traditional skills and methods which can be applied to paintings of a modern world.
A keen traveller, Vicki is fascinated with the unique combination of light and landscape in each location as she makes paintings that seek to capture the essence of the day and the sense of place through the colour, shape and light. Inspired by both contemporary and past masters, Vicki’s paintings employ an historical skill set with a fresh, personal approach. Her works have won awards in the UK and Ireland and she is a regular contributor to plein air events and competitions on both sides of the Atlantic. Vicki has exhibited with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in London.
A popular tutor and demonstrator, Vicki is recognised for her clear communication and boundless enthusiasm.
To view more of Vicki’s work please visit www.vickinormanstudio.com
After graduating from The University of Tennessee in Art Education and Fine Arts, Kathie received early recognition for pastel works. But it was 2009 when she found a home in painting oils en plein air.
I call myself a “Nostalgic Impressionist” as a way of identifying the subjects and style of painting that interest me most. Also I am really passionate about plein air painting and allow myself to get lost in the wonderful process of it all!
Kathie resides with her husband and maintains a studio in Knoxville, Tennessee. She travels extensively and spends much of her time oil painting in the great outdoors. Also, teaching workshops and participating in plein air events occupies much of her calendar. Most recently she received Best in Show from The Olmsted Plein Air Invitational in Atlanta (April, 2018). Kathie’s original works have sold internationally and she is quite proud of her fine art gallery representation. Find out more about Kathie and see her work at https://kathieodom.com
James Richards (AIS) is an American Impressionist painter who specializes in oils. He was born and raised in rural Georgia and spent the days of his youth exploring the farms, fields and forests of his hometown. Driven by a passionate connection with nature and a deep sense of obligation to relay his vision in the most truthful manner possible, he began painting at a very young age; by the time he was a young adult living in Athens, GA, he had already won numerous awards for his pieces.
James has spent years studying the nuances of paint and developing a keen sense of understanding and control over the medium. He is now regarded as one of the top oil painters and instructors in the country. He considers teaching and sharing his knowledge to be his primary purpose and true calling as an artist. He is a highly sought-after teacher around the world, conducting workshops across the US and Europe. See more of James' work at https://artistjamesrichards.com
Jason Sacran is an Arkansas artist/painter, most known for his outdoor work. He has been invited to many exhibitions and awarded many times. Some of Jason’s more recent awards include Best of Show’s in the 18th Annual American Impressionists Society, 2017 Bucks County Plein Air, 2016 Maui Plein Air Invitational, 2015 Plein Air Easton, 2015 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, 2015 Easels in Frederick and 2014 Door County Plein Air. Jason has also had featured articles with publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art Magazine, International Artist, PleinAir Magazine and most recently Artist Magazine where he was on the cover. To see more of Jason's work, check his website at https://jasonsacran.com
Dawn Whitelaw is one of the artists in residence at On Track Studios in Franklin, Tennessee. Whitelaw is currently on the faculty of the Peninsula School of Art in Door County, Wisconsin and the Portrait Society of America where she holds the office of Vice Chairman. She received Second Place awards in the Door County Plein Air Festival in both 2014 and 2015. in recent years she has also won awards in the Olmsted Plein Air, Piedmont Plein Air Paint out and Plein Air Richmond. The American Impressionist Society recently elected her to Master status and invited her to judge their 19th annual National Juried exhibition. Recent awards include American Art Collector’s Master Award of Excellence 2017 and the Master’s Award of Excellence AIS Small works Showcase 2017.
Whitelaw was one of 10 American women invited to exhibit in “Inspiring Figures” at the Butler Museum of American Art. She is an active member of PleinAir Painters of the South, the Chestnut Painters for the Land and a founding member of the Cumberland Society of Painters.
Tara started working in plein air in 2014, building a portfolio to apply for juried events. Working in pastels, using bold, colorful, expressive marks, Tara seeks to capture the “essence” of her subject. She earned her “Master Pastellist” designation from the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2018, and has exhibited in London, China, Canada, and across the US. Since first working in plein air, Tara has fallen in love with painting outside. Beautiful light, endless subject matter, and vibrant colors provide endless inspiration. Her goal is to provide students the tools they need to find their own voice, and be more confident in their work. She focuses on color, markmaking, and composition to achieve this. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband and four young children. See more of Tara's work at https://www.tarawill.com