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Member Artists: Western United States

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Dee Fabian
Salida, Colorado, USA

To me, being an artist is the never letting go of child-like wonder.  It is that wonder which I feel is God’s gift to me. I love the creative process, whether it is through painting, printing, photography and the manipulating of photos into collages, and the tactile expression of sculpture.  Writers respond to the story in their head. I have to respond to what I see -  whether it is the beauty and grandeur of the mountains, the ebbing and flowing of the atmosphere in the landscape,  the patterns of buildings and plants, or the symbols, patterns and colors of cultures. When my eye catches it, I have to play with it in some creative form.


Painting by Dee Fabian

"View from Aspen Ridge"
12x24in, Oil on canvas board (plein air)

Painting by Dee Fabian

"A Walk Home After the Rain"
12x24in, Oil on canvas board

Pam Flanders   
Happy Valley, Oregon, USA

Pam Flanders is an award winning painter who resides in Portland, OR.  Her works are inspired by her natural surroundings from the ocean to mountains and valleys.  A Midwest native, Pam grew up in a rural setting with sensitivity for the natural world. Her love of drawing lead to travel and painting en plein air as evidenced in her variety of landscape subjects. Workshops with contemporary masters have influenced her present expressive style.  Pam loves painting in late afternoon when warm light and long shadows fill the landscape.  These many and varied studies done on site are the color notes used for larger studio works. 

Pam’s oils have been juried into national and regional shows and can be found in corporate and private collections.  She is a member of Alla Prima International, Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Oregon, among others.

Painting by Pam Flanders

"Sauvie Island Meadow"
12x16in, Oil

Painting by Pam Flanders

"Living in the Moment"
12x9in, Oil

Alan Flattmann   
Covington, Louisiana, USA

“In Flattmann’s art, everything evolves from an emotional reaction to the subject. He wants people to sense the excitement he has about the imagery that appears in his mind’s eye long before he commits paint to canvas or pastel to paper”.
  --Alan Flattmann’s French Quarter Impressions, by John R. Kemp

Alan Flattmann was born in New Orleans and studied art in the historic French Quarter.  In honor of the publication of the above book, the mayor declared September 28, 2002, as Alan Flattmann Day in New Orleans.

Flattmann was inducted into the Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame in 2006 and is a PSA Mastel Pastelist. Among his many credits, he also received an American Artist Art Masters Award in 1996, authored The Art of Pastel Painting (1987, revised in 2007) and his work is featured in the book, The Poetic Realism of Alan Flattmann (1980).

Painting by Alan Flattmann

"Tujague's at Night"
22x32in, Pastel on granular board

Painting by Alan Flattmann

"Napoleon House Bar"
34x48in, Pastel on granular board

Kathleen Frank   
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Raised in the lush and lavish Marin County, California; married onto the high plains of New Mexico; a full career spent in the forested hill country of Pennsylvania;  my paintings have spanned the nation. Back in the matchless light of old Santa Fe, I am again pursuing images of the American West.

An art teacher, woodcarver, print maker and now, painter, My paintings are landscapes with abundant, burning, red-orange and farms as a favored subject. I am in constant pursuit of the patterns of nature both planned and unplanned. My paintings can be seen at La Posada de Santa Fe in Santa Fe, NM and at The Madeline in Telluride, CO.

Painting by Kathleen Frank

"Boundary Peak"
49.5x49.5in, Oil on board

Painting by Kathleen Frank

"Sierra Sunrise"
41.5x41.5in, Oil on canvas

Gloria Fredricks   
Tempe, Arizona, USA

"To paint is to live! 

There is little more exciting to me than to see that distant glimmer of light in a broad landscape and to know that I must paint!  I must respond, immediately, with brush in hand, to capture that moment of brilliance, the excitement, the beauty!

Gracious patrons have used eloquent words such as "ethereal, emotional, sensitive, tranquil, expressive".  If my paintings have conveyed my visceral, emotional response of excitement, my pleasure from what I've experienced and painted, then, I have indeed earned the title, "Artist".  

Such exquisite feelings from nature have driven my desire to see the world beyond my summer home in Dakota with the majestic badlands, the flat, never ending line of plains, the rolling hills along the fierce Missouri River, and my other home in Arizona, with the magnificent Grand Canyon and the fearsome desert and it's very unique existence.”

Painting by Gloria Fredricks

"Autumn Fields of Splendor"
16x20in, Oil on masonite

PAinting by Gloria Fredricks

"Bliss - An Italian Monastery"
16x20in, Oil on masonite

Anna Good
Kahei, Hawaii, USA



Bonnie Zahn Griffith
Walla Walla, Washington, USA

Bonnie Zahn Griffith is a landscape artist who works mostly in the medium of pastel.  Her landscape work is representational and focuses mostly on the western US.  She participates in juried shows nationally and has been given numerous awards including Best of Show and People's Choice awards.  She has had paintings win awards with the Pastel 100 show, Northwest Pastel Society and more.  Her work has been exhibited at such shows as the CM Russell Show, NPS International Exhibit and many regional shows. Bonnie's work is collected by individuals and corporations throughout the US, Canada, Australia and Sweden.

"Pastels let me present this world with rich color and texture. Basically self-taught, I experimented with a variety of media over time. I came to realize that my best representation of the statement I wanted to make was with pastels.”

Painting by Bonnie Zahn Griffith

"Velvet Underfoot"
14x11in, Pastel on pastelboard

Painting by Bonnie Zahn Griffith

"January Shadows"
8x8in, Pastel on Wallis

Steve Griggs
Centennial, Colorado, USA

My love of art started early in life. While other children would lament field trips to the art museum, that was my favorite day of the school year!

I have always been drawn to watercolor painting; the unique flow of paint, the melting color, the way light takes shape and comes alive on the paper. I have learned several life lessons from watercolor, such as acceptance and perseverance, letting go and pushing through, and how to be more free.

I paint landscapes because they are a part of each of us. They are the places we often take for granted. I believe paintings remind us to stop and take in the world around us. They reflect who we are through the smells, the sounds, the feelings, and the textures of our souls. This is what I am trying to capture when I paint.

Watercolor by Steve Griggs

"Coming Home"
21.5x14in, Watercolor

Watercolor by Steve Griggs

"Recurring Dream"
18.5x6.5in, Watercolor

Debra J. Groesser
Ralston, Nebraska, USA

Debra J. Groesser was born in England and has resided in Ralston Nebraska since 1970. Deb has had a great love of art since early childhood. She earned her BFA degree in painting in 1978.

Although Deb works in several media and paints a variety of subjects, her favorite is plein air landscape painting in oil. Deb is fascinated with the play of light, shadow and atmosphere in her subjects and strives to capture mood and emotion in her work.

Deb has won many awards and has participated in juried and invitational shows across the country, including Chicago, Seattle, Taos, Evergreen Colorado and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art in Montgomery Alabama. Deb is a professional signature member of the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters, an associate member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society and American Women Artists. Her artwork hangs in numerous private and corporate collections locally and nationally.

Painting by Debra Groesser

"Harbor Afternoon"
24x30in, Oil on linen

Painting by Debra Groesser

"Morning Light - Angles sur l'Anglin"
8x10in, Oil on linen

Weeda Hamdan  
McKinney, Texas, USA

My paintings are a celebration of color. I strive to paint with a rhythm which results in layers of color until the surface has a murmur that makes the subject come alive. I like to experiment with the boundaries of color and texture. Through color, light and composition even the most common things and places can become more than their parts and much more than common.

My favorite tool depends on my disposition and how my environment inspires me. Lately, oil has been an eminent communication tool where I sense richness, confidence and audacity. I enjoy using knives as I feel they reflect the energy within me onto a painting. Each stroke is an expressive touch in terms of its defined shape and color variation due to minor hue mixing.

Major influences on my work are the Fauvists and German Expressionists and mentors; Helen Karam and Jason Bowen.



Painting by Weeda Hamdan

"Reflection VIII"
30x53in, Bleeding tissue paper
and oil/panel


Painting by Weeda Hamdan

"Reflection VII"
48x72in, Bleeding tissue paper
and oil/panel



Darrell Hill  
Kamuela, Hawaii, USA

Darrell Hill lives in Kamuela, on the big island of Hawaii. He paints with oil, both in his home studio and plein air. Darrell has both studied and taught life drawing, painting and illustration through the College of the Sequoias, University of the Nations and numerous workshops. He is the past president of the Holualoa Foundations for Art and Culture. He was the vice president of a major publishing company for over 18 years. He is a member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, founding member of the Hawaii Plein Air Painters, Oil Painters of America, Landscape Artists International, and Plein Air Painters of Hawaii. He is and has been featured several magazines -  Hawaii Style, No Kaoi Maui, Elle, Island Dining and others.

Darrell is currently working on a number of commissioned and special show paintings, and his original oils are being shown at the Lahaina Galleries Inc., Hawaii, Newport Beach, San Francisco, Bend and Maui.

Painting by Darrell Hill

"Psalm of the Sea"
12x12in, Oil on canvas

Painting by Darrell Hill

"Tropical Essence"
48x72in, Oil on canvas ( three panels)

Lisa Joyce Hill
Roseburg, Oregon, USA

As a young girl, I was introduced to the work of the French and American Impressionists. Their use of color and "ordinary life" subject matter interested me and coincided with my love of poetry. The idea of capturing a moment in time was moving to me, as I have always been a hopelessly sentimental person. However, I am not only drawn to the sentiment of a moment or place, but the artistic freedom that the impressionistic interpretation of it provides me as an artist. In my landscapes, I seek to capture the initial impression of the scene, trying to avoid details that I feel are not necessary in expressing it.

I have been a painter in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years. This diverse region provides unlimited resources for inspiration. I have worked in a variety of mediums, with the square format as my primary choice for landscapes.

Painting by Lisa Joyce-Hill

"Quiet Distance"
48x48in, Acrylic on canvas

Painting by Lisa Joyce Hill

36x36in, Acrylic on canvas

Rose Hohenberger   
Houston, Texas, USA

Rose is an award-winning painter who makes her home in Houston, Texas. Her work has its genesis in field studies and photographs from the nearby Gulf Coast as well as her plein air paintings from across the U.S. and abroad. In each painting, she strives to present a space that is both accessible and beguiling to the viewer.

Rose’s work has been juried into national and regional shows such as Arts for the Parks top 100 and 200, Oil Painters of America, and Women Artists of the West. Her paintings hang in corporate board rooms, hospitals, and private collections.

She is a member of Alla Prima International, Oil Painters of America, Outdoor Painters Society, Women in the Visual and Literary Arts, Houston Civic Arts Association, and the newly formed Houston Art Gals (HAGs).

Painting by Rose Hohenberger

48x54in, Oil on canvas

Painting by Rose Hohenberger

"Hard Livin' "
48x48in, Oil on canvas

Jean Levert Hood   
Brackettville, Texas, USA

I paint with bold, clean strokes, thick with rich, sometimes surprising, colors that express what I see and feel when painting. My hope is that in the end I have engaged the emotions of those who look at my work. I begin long before I pick up my brushes using design and composition principles to outline the work. I then paint with abandon and joy. The resulting work shows my personal application of impressionism with a minimalist quality.

Often inspiration comes from what I see walking on my ranch on the historically rich, brushy edge of the Texas Hill Country. Here daily, I encounter constant contrasts and variety in texture and color - the dichotomy of harmony and discord; lushness and barrenness; serenity and energy.

My challenge is to show the complexity of creation by painting intimate, personal portraits of nature. Whether choosing a landscape or still life, close observation reveals the ordinary as extraordinary.

Painting by Jean Levert Hood

"Prickly Pear Cactus in Yellow"

Painting by Jean Levert Hood

"Hill Country Autumn"

Julie Houck   
Paia, Hawaii, USA

 “I am primarily interested in the transmission of light in my paintings.”

Julie studied with classical realist painters Ted Seth Jacobs and Anthony Ryder whose teaching instilled the principles of light, color and form relationships based on direct observation of nature.

Exhibited extensively in Hawaii, Julie’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Hawaii State Art Museum. She was one of the featured artists at the commemorative “Artists of Hawaii” exhibit at the Honolulu Academy of Art in 2000 and has been juried into Art Maui seven times.

A recipient of a Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Acquisition Award, as well as many exhibition prizes for painting, Julie is a Signature Member of the Plein Air Painters of Hawaii and teaches plein air painting on Maui and in France.

Painting by Julie Houcke

"Les Alpilles, Aprés-midi"
12x16in, Oil on Linen


Painting by Julie Houcke

"Les Péniches 'a Beaucaire"
9x12in, Oil on Linen


Brenda Howell   
Tesuque, New Mexico, USA

Award-winning artist Brenda Howell is inspired by the wild, natural landscape. Her emphasis is the American West and the Grand Canyon, where she lived in the national park for four years doing graphic design work for the lodges on the South Rim, and then made the transition to painting full time. She works primarily in oils both plein air and in the studio. Her work speaks of fascination with rock structure and dramatic light on complex natural forms. Making her first landscape painting in oils at age five, she got an early start, being blessed by her mother’s passion for art and teaching her children along with teaching private art classes. Howell is best known for her exquisite paintings of the Grand Canyon but also travels in her paintmobile to various locations in the west

Painting by Brenda Howell

"The Gossips"
12x12in, Oil on canvas

Painting by Brenda Howell

"Pima Point"
9x12in, Oil on canvas

Priscilla Humay  
Austin, Texas, USA

"Returning to my favorite themes, I find excitement in nature's ever changing rhythm, form, and color.  I long to capture and transcend that feeling making it my own."

Priscilla received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MS from Illinois Institute of Technology, and Post-graduate Study at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Her art is in private and corporate collections: Cole Taylor Bank, International Travel, Harris Bank, Illinois Bell, College of Lake County, Household International and archives: Bauhaus Germany, Chicago Historical Society, University of IllinoisShe exhibited in the Signature Showcase Invitational at Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach Florida, 2006.

An award winning artist and 5-year merit Signature Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, she is published in "The Artist's Magazine" March 2005. She teaches for the certificate program at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Painting by Priscilla Humay

"March Billows"
22x30in, Colored pencil on Stonehenge

Painting by Priscilla Humay

"Matanzas Sky #5"
22x30in, Colored pencil and watercolor on Strathmore 500

Scott Jeffs
Portland, Oregon, USA

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah where I spent my summer vacations in the Utah mountains sketching and painting the scenery surrounding my grandparent's cabin. After graduating from high school I lived in Japan. I moved to Portland, Oregon in 1977 and graduated from Marylhurst College with a Bachelors degree in Art and a minor in Japanese. I have been employed at Oregon Health & Science University as a graphic designer and illustrator since 1983.

In 1999, after more than 2 decades of working in pencil, I took a trip to South Africa where I was overwhelmed by the landscape and atmospheric lighting. Upon my return home, I immediately began working in pastel. It was a career-changing experience. I strive for simplicity of composition in my pastel landscapes where I use a limited color palette, along with light and tonal value, to create mood and reflection.

Painting by Scott Jeffs

"Tranquility II"
Pastel on paper

Painting by Scott Jeffs

Pastel on paper


Michael Chesley Johnson   Charter Member
Sedona, Arizona and New Brunswick, Canada

One of the country's top plein air painters, Michael works in oil and pastel in the American Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He has been an invited artist to many national plein air painting events over the years and has competed in challenging locations such as the Grand Canyon.

Elected a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, he is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of America and a juried member of Oil Painters of America. He is the author of Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel and Through a Painter's Brush: The American Southwest. A long-time contributor to The Pastel Journal and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, he lives, paints and teaches on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Sedona, Arizona. Michael also specializes in teaching small-size plein air workshops in oil and pastel for the intermediate and advanced level painter and for painters desiring mentoring.

Painting by Michael Chesley Johnson

"Mojave Point Morning"
18x14in, Oil, en plein air

PAinting by Michael Chesley Johnson

"Pirate Cove"
12x16in, Oil, en plein air

Russell Johnson
Prescott Valley, Arizona, USA

"Russell Johnson is an Arizona native landscape artist.  Russell acquired his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona in May of 2003 and finished his Master’s of Arts in 2011 from Prescott College. Through artmaking he finds outlets to release expressions of the mysteries of nature. His work is exhibited at the Frame & I gallery in Prescott, AZ where he actively participates in shows. Russell’s masterpieces are part of various private collections.
Russell’s personal vision strikes an emotional chord through his energetic use of color. Just as the nature has made an impression on him; his paintings, drawings, and photographs serve a similar purpose: to captivate and invite an exploration of the intricacies of its majestic beauty."

Painting byRussell Johnson

Grand Canyon Sublime
48x60 in, Oil

Painting by Russell Johnson

Night's Torment
24x28in, Oil




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