Painting is not simply the passion of Scott Christensen, it’s his necessity, like breathing. Mind and body attune, he moves through the process of creating each landscape just as a river flows over rocks, and around islands, all the while seeking a mellifluous whole. Obstacles of composition, color, and tone are transformed into opportunities with each stroke of his brush. Christensen’s goal is to compose an aggregate vision of nature’s beauty, while also delighting in the journey. “The process alone,” he says, “is worth the effort.” After nearly three decades at the easel, Christensen is recognized around the globe, as evidenced by his invitation to show in Russia’s Ilya Repin St. Petersburg State Academic Institute for Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. His energy flows through his work, paintings that, in turn, move us, opening our eyes to the beauty of places as varied as the California coast at twilight, and the storied English countryside. They are luscious yet economical landscapes that beg to be explored.
In the absence of tradition, Winston Churchill said, “art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it’s a corpse.” Christensen’s work embodies both tradition and innovation. His singular vision is deeply informed by the masters. He has studied Isaac Levitan, Alphonse Mucha, and Joaquin Sorolla, among others, as well as Anders Zorn, whose luminous work inspired Christensen to adopt a similarly limited palette. Equally present in Christensen’s work, though harder to detect, are the effects of literature, music, and football. His net is cast wide on account of his scholarly curiosity and uncommon past. Largely self-taught, he came to art via a circuitous route.
Born in 1962, Christensen grew up in Lander, Wyoming, a place of extreme geography and wild beauty. There his aesthetic developed. It was not until college, however, that he would recognize nature as his muse. The shift was precipitated by a personal catastrophe. While attending Chardon State in Nebraska on a football scholarship he sustained a severe neck injury. It left him unable to compete. Bereft, he sought solace in fly fishing and visiting his grandfather, a wheelchair-bound amateur oil painter. The scent of oils stirred Christensen’s imagination, so he took a leap into the unknown and enrolled in art classes. He eventually earned a degree in art education, but chose to paint instead of teach. Now he does both. Over the years he has pursued painting with the discipline he once brought to sports. The atypical combination of athleticism, scholarly curiosity, and an ardent desire to experience nature became the alchemy of his success. Although finished at the easel, most of his paintings begin as plein air studies. They end up in prestigious gallery and museum shows, as well as in major collections, like Prix de West and in the permanent collection of Grand Teton National Park’s Craig Thomas Visitors' Center. Christensen now paints at the highest level and he has created a world to foster his work.
Meditate on a Christensen landscape, just as he did the place that inspired it. If it resonates with you, then he has succeeded as a conduit of nature’s true expression. He hopes that you too will get outside and be uplifted by nature’s beauty, but in lieu of that, his paintings will more than suffice. http://christensenstudio.com
Dominic Avant received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at Rhode Island School of Design. Upon completion at RISD he worked as a free-lance illustrator. He was then recruited by Walt Disney Feature Animation and worked on numerous feature films. It was this creative community that introduced him
to plein air painting.
He feels plein air painting plays an essential role in being a representational artist. His strong sense of light, vivid color, fluid brush work is a direct result of his many hours invested in the field. Because of this investment, even his larger studio pieces and figurative works show his grounding in painting from life. His plein air works include field studies to larger multi session pieces.
Dominic is also recognized as one of our finest figurative painters. He has won high honors in the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait competitions, Best of Show at the OPA Eastern Regionals, Raymar Fine Art, The Artist magazine, International Artist magazine and numerous other national awards. Dominic’s work is a fusion of realism and impressionism. He strives to evoke in his viewers the same emotions that compel him to paint from the first brushstroke. Dominic is a faculty member at Ringling College of Art & Design and an established painter with works in collections internationally. http://dominicavant.com/
David Boyd, Jr.
David Boyd, Jr. b. 1973 attended the Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated in 1995 with a degree in Illustration. After teaching art at the middle and high school level for 18 years, Boyd shifted from the classroom to painting full time. In 2016, Boyd founded The Studio School at Three Hearts Farm where he teaches oil painting and drawing from life. Boyd also teaches workshops across the southeast. Boyd is an avid outdoor painter and is an active member of several groups including the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, Portrait Society of America, American Association of Marine Painters, Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and he is a Signature Member with the American Impressionists Society. Boyd has won awards on the national level and his work can be found in private collections across the globe. His work is available on his website at http://davidboydjr.com/
Anne Blair Brown
Anne Blair Brown lives in Nashville, TN. Her work centers on both rural and urban landscapes, people, and interior spaces. While she enjoys the quiet solitude of her studio, she delights in painting on location. 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. She is also an active member of The Cumberland Society of Painters and The Chestnut Group, a nonprofit group of artists dedicated to preserving endangered ecosystems, historic locales, and aesthetically and environmentally significant places. http://anneblairbrown.com/
I acquired an early appreciation for the fine arts, drawing, and painting, under the tutelage of artist parents. Early works resulted in scholarships from National Scholastics Magazine and the Croatian Fraternal Union, earning a B.A. in Fine Arts and Painting from Ringling College of Art and Design. A love of the out of doors combined with painting has produced numerous awards and recognition in plein air events. My work also includes still life, figurative, and wildlife, and has been featured on apparel and print for Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, The Billfish Foundation, Sarari Clubs International, and Gulf Coast Conservation Association. A member of Oil Painters of America,
American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Painters of the Southeast
(PAP-SE), and a signature member of American Women Artists, Women
Painters of the Southeast, and Plein Air Florida, my work has been
featured in American Art Collector, American Artists Magazine,
Southwest Art, and at the Museum of Florida Art and Culture in Sebring,
Florida. Juried exhibits and awards include those of Oil Painters of
America, American Women Artists, Women Painters of the Southeast,
Cumberland Society of Oil Painters, and American Impressionists. .http://dobsonart.com/
Mary Erickson studied at the University of Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University, and initially worked in small business management. Erickson's passion for painting, and a move to Florida in 1986, stirred the desire to pursue art as a career. She realized a long held dream, and in 1993, Mary began painting professionally. Preferring to work on location, in the tradition of painters since the French Impressionists, Mary travels extensively. Whether solitary excursions (like scouring the coast of Maine for painting sites with her rescue dog, Maggie) or group efforts with other professionals or students, Mary believes these painting trips are essential to an artist's career and growth. A lifelong conservationist, Mary's 39 acre residence in North Carolina is slated to be left as an artist retreat and bird sanctuary. It is listed on the North Carolina Birding Trail.. Mary is a founding member of SPAA (Southern Plein Air Artists,) a member of The Group of Eight, and The Florida Four, all Southern based alliances that are intent on recording the scenery of the rapidly vanishing natural southern landscape. She is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) In addition to Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists, memberships include the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. Mary has served on the board of Big Brothers / Big Sisters, and as an advisor to several national plein air events. Erickson currently maintains studios in Marshville, NC and Venice, FL. In the summer she rents a large house in Port Clyde, ME and shares the experience with other professional artists. http://maryericksonart.com/
Mary Garrish was born in Miami Beach, Florida in 1955 and served as the President of the American Impressionist Society for 2005-2007. Her major interest is plein air landscapes and other representational art. She paints annually around the world. When asked about leaving a career in surgery for full time painting, Mary replies “I was pulled to art, not pushed from medicine.” Mary has devoted intense study in both her studio and in regular workshop participation with many of the great landscape artists of this era. Her art hangs in galleries and private collections around the United States. Mary has been selected to participate in numerous national juried shows, and has had several one-woman shows at both galleries and museums. http://www.marygarrishfineart.com
John P. Lasater IV developed a love for art working as a designer and illustrator for a division of Hallmark Cards. Fine art was a natural transition after years of study and practice. John now paints full time, both from his studio in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and on the road painting “en plein air”. He also teaches workshops. John’s honors include national plein air painting awards, artist-in-residency’s, feature articles in both Southwest Art and Plein Air Magazine, and mentions in art magazines including Art of the West, Southwest Art, International Artist, and Plein Air Magazine. Part of John’s mission is to promote the arts in areas currently indifferent to it. He is accomplishing this through Heart of America Artists Association, an organization cofounded with artist and friend, Todd A. Williams. http://lasaterart.com/
I've been a Plein Air painter and instructor for a very long time. Before that I was an illustrator, a graphic designer and an art director, a career in visual communication that has spanned 45 plus years. One thing I've found is that to be unique, to stand apart, requires a mastery of method combined with a process of thought and self-discovery in order to achieve authentic expression. A process I'll be bringing to the PAS table. See you there.
Richard received formal training in Fine Art and Illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While at Kendall he was invited to study at the Royal College of Art in London, England. There he gained experience in plein air painting and found direction in his work as an oil painter. He graduated from Kendall College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1995 and moved back to his home state of North Carolina to pursue his dream of becoming a professional artist. Richard's purpose in painting is to provoke the viewer to interact with
his pieces. His paintings are his voice, and stroke by stroke, he
composes a whole that relates his vision. He is a member of several organizations such as the Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, and The American Impressionist Society. http://richardoversmith.com/
Morgan Samuel Price
Morgan Samuel Price’s career began in 1968 with Hallmark Cards as an illustrator, but in 1972 she focused on becoming a fine artist. Her motivation to paint is energized by the light as it flows across the scene. Morgan sees light as a tool to explore the visual pleasure of the movement of light over the objects. Painting is not about the objects rather it is a narrative of the scene and the mood created by the artist. Techinically this can be accomplished by the manipulation of the academic principles of painting. Observation is an acquired skill that constantly needs refinement through your lifetime as an artist. Her 40+year career as an artist has been sustained by an overwhelming desire to elevate each moment with uplifting thought. Sharing her knowledge through teaching has brought endless rewards on all levels of her life. www.morgansamuelprice.com
Recognized for her expressive brushwork, intelligent composition, and superb use of color, Nashville Tennessee native, Lori Putnam paints small to medium-sized works en plein air and creates large paintings in her studio. She travels extensively to paint, teach, and share her work around the world. Prior to becoming a full-time, fine artist in 2005, Putnam owned and managed a graphic design agency for 13 years. In 2008 and 2009, she and her husband sold all of their belongings and traveled to the Italian countryside to live for more than seven months with the sole purpose of the painter's self-study and artistic growth. A catalyst for Putnam's artistic career, the concentrated work accomplished during that period culminated in an impressive breakthrough. Advice from artist friends Scott Christensen, Quang Ho, and Dawn Whitelaw, has further impacted the artist's development and success. Featured in numerous issues of American Art Collector Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Art of the West, Putnam is recognized as one of the finest American Impressionists of our time. As an Artist Faculty Demonstrator for the Annual Plein Air Convention, she shares her philosophy and painting methods with its 700 attendees annually. Lori is a member of, and has exhibited with many respected organizations including the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein air Painters Association, the California Art Club, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, and is past Vice President of the American Impressionists Society. Additionally, Lori participates annually in several invitational plein air events, and winning awards in Colorado, California, Wyoming, Florida, Georgia, and Ireland. Her studio work has also received many awards — most notably from the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Portrait Society of America, The American Impressionist's Society, and the Oil Painters of America. Putnam's art is in the permanent collection at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, the Jack Warner Collection, the collection of Plein Air Magazine, and in private and corporate collections, and galleries worldwide. She keeps a studio in Charlotte, Tennessee. http://www.loriputnam.com/
Jason Sacran has a BFA in painting from Tennessee Tech University, and
credits towards an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San
Francisco. Jason and his family live in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he
was the curator for the Fort Smith Art Center for almost three years. In
2010 Jason became a full-time artist/painter, and part-time instructor
for the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Jason is also the Arkansas
state ambassador for the Portrait Society of America. He has had several
exhibitions and been awarded many times for his works and achievements. Although known for his
figurative and portrait work, Jason is quickly rising as a top plein air
painter, and considers plein air one of, if not his favorite subject. http://jasonsacran.com/
Phil SanduskyPhil Sandusky will deliver this year’s opening presentation entitled, “Narration and the Fleeting Moment.” Characteristics of plein air painting such as its immediacy and succinctness can seem to be at odds with narration, which unfolds over time and often recounts past events. This presentation will examine the innate properties and strengths of plein air painting and how to narrate en plein air while holding true to them.
For more information visit his website at http://www.philsandusky.com/.
Jason A. Saunders began his art journey early. Always doodling and watching his oldest
brother draw, were some of Jason’s earliest memories of art. As he grew older his family, teachers, and peers were vital to his growth. There were the occasional school awards and accolades that went along with being the class artist. But, the most significant part of Jason’s journey began in college. In 1991, Jason began his studies at David Lipscomb University, in Nashville, Tennessee. There he started taking painting classes under the watchful eye of Dawn Whitelaw. “Dawn was a very patient and helpful teacher. She let me grow and make mistakes. I got a great foundation that has been invaluable.” From there, Dawn invited a few of her students to attend a workshop, taught by Everett Raymond Kinstler, in Montana. That was a crucial point in Jason’s development. Jason continued to study under Mr. Kinstler for several more years. In 1995, Jason began to take on a few portrait commissions. A few turned into a lot. Unsatisfied with commission work, Jason began to work with galleries to sell his paintings. Through the late 1990’s, Jason traveled to study with acclaimed landscape artist, Scott L. Christensen, in Wyoming. There, Jason began to hone his skills as a landscape painter. Since then, Jason has painted thousands of plein air paintings from California to Maine, but he loves the landscape of Tennessee. His paintings are in fine collections throughout the world. http://www.saundersfineart.com
Marsha Hamby Savage has been painting for over 40 years, living in Georgia all her life. Painting plein air, on location here and abroad, has been the largest inspiration for her work. It teaches her to observe correct value, color, atmosphere and light. Her favorite saying is “It’s the journey, not the destinations.” She believes the journey of the mind is as important as the journey of the feet!
She credits several wonderful workshop instructors and
mentors for sharing their knowledge and pushing her forward,
telling her to slow down and “sit on her stool” more, thinking
about why she is painting a particular piece. Marsha is often asked to demonstrate her techniques and to speak about marketing for the artist. Her colorful paintings inspire students to seek her out to learn more about color theory and edges. She discusses “viewer participation” and how students might not spell it all out for them, allowing that viewer to finish and see what is not detailed for them!
Marsha has been accepted into and won numerous awards at regional, National and International Juried Exhibitions. Her paintings can be found in personal art collections, a museum, the offices of the Speaker of the House - Georgia State Capitol, along with commissions for hospitals and restaurants. She is represented by several fine art galleries, and loves teaching studio and plein air workshops around the United States. Marsha is often asked to demonstrate her techniques and to speak about marketing for the artist. She is a Signature Member of several art associations, a Masters Circle Member of the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies, and has been featured in national art magazines. Marsha has a set of pastels named after her by Terry Ludwig Pastels. http://www.marshasavage.com
Dawn Whitelaw divides her time between painting, both in the studio and on location, and teaching workshops. She is currently on the faculty of the Peninsula School of Art and the Portrait Society of America, where she holds the office of Vice Chairman. She was a featured instructor for the National Plein Air Conventions in Nevada and California. During 2014 and 2015 she received six awards in national Plein Air painting events. In 2016 she was awarded Master status with the American Impressionist Society. She is one of ten American women artists invited to participate in "Inspiring Figures” Exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in 2010. http://www.dawnwhitelaw.com/
Widely known for his watercolors of Southern culture, Wyatt Waters creates paintings of the roadside South. Waters' works have been featured in ART & ANTIQUES, AMERICAN ARTIST, WATERCOLOR, MISSISSIPPI MAGAZINE and DELTA MAGAZINE. His paintings are held in private and corporate collections. He's had solo shows at the MS Museum of Art, The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, The Meridian Museum of Art and The Jackson Municipal Gallery. He owns and operates the Wyatt Waters Gallery in Clinton, MS. He has collaborated with Robert St. John on A SOUTHERN PALATE, SOUTHERN SEASONS, and AN ITALIAN PALATE. He received the MS Institute of Arts & Letters Award for AN OXFORD SKETCHBOOK and the MS Library Association Special Award for Art for his collaboration with Robert St. John, A SOUTHERN PALATE. He lives with his dog, James in Clinton, MS. http://www.wyattwaters.com
Walls Fine Art Gallery
Walls Fine Art Gallery was founded in 1984 in Wilmington, NC and moved
to White Sulphur Springs, WV in 2012, where owners David Leadman and
Nancy Marshall continue to work with great people - artists and clients -
to further the understanding of beauty as a necessary aspect of an
enjoyable life and fine art as a remarkable and remarkably convenient
way to achieve and celebrate a beautiful environment. http://www.wallsgallery.com/