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Morgan Samuel Price - Keynote Speaker

Morgan Samuel Price has enjoyed a successful fine art career. Her enjoyment of working on location began before art school as a Plein Air Artist. Morgan’s first employment for Hallmark Cards began in the late 1960’s. Her pursuit of the beauty in nature has always been her inspiration.

Morgan has had numerous solo exhibitions, awards and honors. A complete list is on her website. She has been published over 25 times in national art magazines. Her election to these prestigious national art societies such as: The Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists, Pastel Society of America, American Society of Marine Artists, American Art Professional League and several more national art societies began in the 70’s. 

Recent Awards and Honors are:

Morgan’s most recent Plein Air painting awards include the following:
2019: Eureka Springs Plein Air Invitational 3rd Place 
2019: 14th Annual International Art Renewal Center/Salon/ Finalist
2018 The Gateway International Painting Competition 
Finalist for Rhythmic Waters
2017 13th Annual International Art Renewal Center/Salon/ Honorable Mention/ Landscape
2016 Light Chasers Plein Air Painters of the Sun Coast/ Master’s Exhibition 2nd Place
2015 Forgotten Coast Quick Draw/ 1st Place 
2014 Arts on the Green, Cashiers Plein Air Event/ 1st Place
2013 Forgotten Coast Quick Draw/ 1st Place
2013 Calloway Gardens Honorable Mention
2013 Cumberland Society of Painters/Honorable Mention/Nashville, TN
2012 Turquoise Shorts/ Quick Draw/ Pioneer Inn Lahaina
2012 Forgotten Coast /Quick Draw/ Honorable Mention

For a complete listing of all awards and honors visit

Perry Austin

I began formal training in the aerospace industry as a technical illustrator and worked for companies from California to Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. After graduating from Auburn University I eventually became Vice President of Marketing and Sales for RSG, Inc. an outstanding international process equipment company. During this period fine art was a passionate hobby and I developed representation at several art galleries. In 1998 I along with my three brothers were published in SouthWest Art and soon afterward I began the full time pursuit of fine art. Member of the American Impressionist Society, and Oil Painters of America. I am one of the original artists of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast. See more of Perry's work at

Millie Gosch

Millie Gosch is a highly accomplished and collectible artist. Her original oil paintings hang in the corporate offices of Synovus Bank, Bank of America, St Francis hospital, WellStar Health Systems, and Price Waterhouse Coopers, among others.  Her work also hangs in many private collections. Millie is a prestigious Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society.

As a Plein Air painter at heart she gets inspiration leaving the four walls of her studio to work in a natural setting.  Millie prefers painting from life outdoors, and when not possible a still-life set up in the studio provides the inspiration.

While some artists work from a photograph or memory,  plein air artist's work from direct observation to paint in nature, capturing their subject matter in real time. For Millie, this way of working is both her passion and her calling. The studies she paints from life are then used as references to paint a much larger format in the studio. Her goal is to invite viewers into her painting to have their own experience. Her work is known for its vibrant use of color and texture.

The beauty and quality of Millie's work reflects her lifelong appreciation of nature and the outdoors. Growing up in a small Georgia town, Millie developed a deep love for nature in general and particularly the South.  As an artist her favorite subjects are Lowcountry and pastoral scenes.

Throughout her life-long artistic journey Millie has drawn inspiration from not only her surroundings but also from the artist's whose work she admires. Granville Redmond, Edgar Payne, George Ennis, and Winslow Homer are some of her favorite American painters.  Contemporary favorites include Rodger Dale Brown, Ray Roberts, Kendall Ward, and Anne Blair Brown.

Millie owns the City Muse Gallery in College Park, GA. The space doubles as her studio and gallery.  Studio visits are welcome and available by appointment.

Millie is proud to be represented by the following galleries: Anne Neilson Fine Art, Charlotte North Carolina;  Huff Harrington Fine Art Atlanta, Georgia; Reinert Fine Art Charleston, South Carolina; and Two Sisters gallery in Columbus Georgia. See more of Millie's work on her website at

Michelle Held

Painting en plein air confirms Michelle's love for this beautiful world and the wonders of the ever changing environment. With an insatiable appetite for color, light, and texture! Michelle strives to inspire happiness, trigger your imagination and make an emotional connection with the viewer. She believes evoking a feeling of light, space and passion is key to any successful painting.

Michelle is a nationally known, award winning artist.  Michelle’s spirit comes through when teaching and sharing her love for Plein air. Michelle will encourage you to dive deeper and paint with passion on the coastline of Florida.

She is especially known for her heartfelt paintings of iconic Florida birds, wildlife and seascapes. Working en plein air her work is characterized by the exciting brushwork and luminous effects on nature!  See more of Michelle's work at

   Nancie King Mertz

A life-long painter, Nancie produces approximately 150 oil and 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 and the United States 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 and Silver awards. She teaches workshops for PSA in New York as well as demos for their Materials Fair. Her works are in collections worldwide. Plein Air Magazine, Pastel Journal and The Artists' Magazine have published featured stories on her work and she has juried several painting competitions in the US & Europe. She's a faculty member of IAPS and PACE, teaches globally, has videos through Liliedahl & Amazon offers her pastels. 

She is a member of Pastel Society of America (Master), Chicago Pastel Painters (Master), Palette & Chisel in Chicago, Salmagundi Club in NYC, Plein Air Painters of Chicago, and Degas Pastel and AZ Pastel Societies. See more of her work at

 Kathie Odom

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 (Spring 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

Steve Puttrich

Steve Puttrich started his studies at the American Academy of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his degrees in architectural illustration, graphic design and fine art. Steve studied watercolor painting under the Academy’s Director, Irving Shapiro, and Oil Painting under Eugene Hall. After a 35-year career as an artist, designer, and creative director for Parsons Corporations, Steve is now teaching various workshops at Chicago’s Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art. Steve enjoys demonstrating his craft, and judging various local venues and has won several awards in Plein Air painting events, as well as quick painting competitions. 

Steve is a member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the Plein Air Painters of Chicago and the National Watercolor Society.

“Art for me is a way of connecting shapes to tell a story. My intent with each piece of art is to capture and connect to the moment; connecting people in shared experiences, to this place and time. I’m partial toward painting landscapes. These beautiful scenes provide amazing contrasts of light, shadow, color and grays all offering great illustrations of life’s own journey. As elements of light and time displays shapes and movement, these same elements often mirroring our own storyline.”

See more about Steve on his website

 James Richards

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 about James and his work at

Carol Roark 

After receiving her BFA from Mississippi State University, Carol spent several years as an equine illustrator and portrait artist. She created cover designs for The Chronicle of the Horse, Equine Art News and helped illustrate the biography America’s Horse - based on the life of famed quarter horse Rugged Lark. She was the official artist and program cover designer for the Dixie National Quarter Horse Show from 1995 through 2005, becoming very successful and receiving much recognition.

With a passion to paint the landscape, she was introduced to artist Sammy Britt during a week long workshop in 1997. This was a defining factor in becoming the artist she is today. Britt, a professor at Delta State University, studied extensively under famed colorist Henry Hensche. Until then, she had never worked plein air and was not even familiar with the term, but for the next 10 years she studied under the direction of Britt.

Through the study of the colorist theories and working strictly on location, Carol learned to see color, light key and atmosphere in a way she had never imagined. The enjoyment of plein air rekindled her admiration for the Mississippi landscape. That love has become evident in her portrayal of the Southern landscape. When asked what she feels is most important in her art, Roark says “I just want to show the world the beauty that is right in front of them. I love the South and the Southern landscape and I think the beauty here is overlooked. It’s all about finding the extraordinary in the ordinary”.

Carol is a member of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, the Mississippi Oil Painters Association and a founding member of the Mississippi Plein Air Painters. She is represented by Oxford Treehouse Gallery Oxford, Mississippi; Pinehurst Rathskeller Gallery Laurel, Mississippi and Alley Cat Gallery in Baldwyn, Mississippi. She is also the owner of Roark Studios where she has taught weekly classes and workshops since 1994. You can see more of her work at

Manon Sander

Manon is an award-winning contemporary impressionist, born and raised in Berlin, Germany, who now resides in Southern Florida, which presents a cornucopia of inspiration for her. However, more important than the subject matter itself is Manon’s goal to capture the effects of light on a subject and the feeling it evokes, expressing it through interesting patterns, luminous color, and juicy brush strokes. Right now, shiny things get her all excited and make her run for her brushes.

Manon participates in plein air events and exhibits frequently in juried shows. Her works are in private collections on three continents and have been included in publications such as American Art Collector and Plein Air Magazine. Manon is a sought-after instructor teaching weekly plein air classes as well as national and international painting workshops to a loyal following of students who value Manon’s enthusiasm, passion, and ability to clearly convey her process in a fun manner. Her work is being represented by Lost Art Gallery in St. Augustine, Arsenault Studio and Banyan Arts Gallery in Naples, and The Village Art Studios in Tequesta, FL.

Ultimately, Manon aims to communicate her joie de vivre through paintings that reflect the color, light, and joy Manon feels surrounded by and is ever so grateful for.

See more about Manon on her website

Tara Will 

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, mark making and composition to achieve this. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband and four young children. See more of Tara's work at

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