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Member Artists: Western United States

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Kathlyn O'Leary  
Eureka, California, USA

Kathy O'Leary has been working as a professional artist for over 25 years. While her subject matter has varied over the years, her main focus has remained the landscape. After forays into other mediums, she now works exclusively in oil.  Her paintings are produced both in plein air and as large studio pieces from  field studies and digital photographs. 

O'Leary takes several trips a year searching out new material for her landscapes and has made connections with several California Land Trusts opening up opportunities to visit and paint in often unspoiled natural lands not accessible to the general public. As her plein skills have grown she has also begun teaching plain air painting to aspiring artists of her region. Kathy's work has won recognition and awards in regional and national exhibitions, and is represented by 3 California galleries.

"Refuge Creek"
11x14in, Oil on linen panel,
plein air

Oil painting by Kathy O'Leary

"California Backroad"
30x40in, Oil on canvas

Joy S. Olney   
Bellingham, Washington, USA

Joy was born in Bordeaux, France. In 1967 she enrolled as a full time student for 5 years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Joy enjoys a variety of all media and all types of subject matter. She has received numerous awards for her paintings.
"In my contemporary impressionist oil paintings I combine strong composition and value with a spontaneous application of colorful pigments to produce the effects of natural light. My Landscapes and human subjects are revealed in their essence, their spirit and energy, when I paint them. It is this essential beauty that I seek to convey through my work. I look deeply within each subject to find some inner beauty or deeper humanity. I combine a casual spontaneity with my classical training to produce truly original pieces. My work does not tell the whole story, but leaves hints and suggestions, and room for imagination to create interpretation.

Painting by Joy S. Olney

"Quiet Island Cove"
9x12in, Oil on canvas

Painting by Joy S. Olney

"End of the Day"
14x18in, Oil on canvas

Ann Painter   
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Ann Painter has had a life-long love affair with art that began at a early growing up near New York City's great art collections. The road to becoming an artist included; a BA and MA in fine art and 20 years working as an Art Director before focusing on her art full time.

"My work is not bound by any particular subject matter or medium, as they reflect my personal experience of the world I live in"

Over the years Ann's work has evolved from realism to pure abstraction and most recently, a kind of abstract-realism that strives to express the hidden essence of her subject. Ann's work is held in private collections in the US and Europe. In addition to painting, she teaches annual drawing and painting workshops at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.

Painting by Ann Painter

"Diane's Adobe"
15.5x12in, Oil on canvas

Painting by Ann Painter

"Mendocino Memory"
6x7.5in, Oil on board

Patricia Prendergast   
Sacramento, California, USA

I’m a native Californian and for the past twenty years have lived by the American River – the inspiration for many of my pastel paintings.

Although most of my work is done in the studio I enjoy painting out in nature to hone my ability to see the light and the colors. In fact, I feel the greatest benefit I derive from painting is how it changes how I see the world when I’m not painting. Everything is more vivid – the beauty of light and shadow in the trees, the subtlety of the color of clouds, the sparkle and reflections in water.

Over the years I have been fortunate to study with noted artists:  Susan Sarback, Glenna Hartmann, Gil Dellinger, Clark Mitchell, Richard McDaniel, Kim Lordier, Marianne Post, Robert Reynolds, Bill Cone.

I’m a member of the Sierra Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of the West Coast.  My pastel paintings have been juried into regional and national shows.

I’m represented by the Sutter Street Wine Works and Gallery in Folsom, Calif.

http://pprendergast.faso. com



"Waiting for the Sandhill Cranes"
12.5x25.5in, Soft pastel on sanded paper


"The Truckee at River Ranch"
18x21in, Acrylic/mixed media on canvas


Alisa Raines   
Loveland, Colorado, USA

Interpreting the beauty of a moment where you stop to appreciate all that surrounds you is what gives Alisa Raines the passion to paint.  Since childhood, she has always expressed herself through drawing and painting.  In 2004, Alisa began her professional career as a painter.  Primarily working in pastel and oil, she has found a love of the landscape that she conveys in her award winning work.

Most of Alisa’s more recent experience has come from plein air painting.  She enjoys the challenges of being on location and capturing the ever changing light. “I have always wanted to represent the beauty of this world thorough painting.  When I am on location absorbing all of the beauty surrounding me, I find that interaction between my senses and the subject literally takes my breathe away.  This is why I paint.”

Painting by Alisa Raines

"Cherry Creek"
12x9in, Oil

Painting by Alisa Raines

"Spring Thaw"
18x12in, Pastel

Carole Ranney   
Wichita, Kansas, USA

CAROLE RANNEY has been painting and teaching for more than 30 years. Her education has been self- directed utilizing books, workshops, classes and 100’s and 100’s of paintings over time. Her interest lies in the landscapes of her home state of Kansas and the varieties of landscapes she has seen in her travels throughout the United States and Europe.

Plein air painting is her favorite painting activity but when weather or time does not permit she also spends time in her studio working in several mediums including oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylics. Her interest in multiple mediums was acquired out of a need to constantly experiment and try new ways to create her personal vision of what she sees. Currently, Carole is working on painting a painting in every county (105) in her home state. She hopes to complete this project in 2010. When Carole is not painting she teaches private classes in her studio, workshops in the region and teaches classes for the local “ Center For The Arts”.

Painting by Carole Ranney

12x16in, Oil on canvas

Painting by Carole Ranney

"Early Morning - Flint Hills"
11x14in, Oil on paper

Chuck Rawle   
Richmond, Texas, USA

Almost without exception, fine artists insist on working from life whether they are painting still life, landscapes, or figures.  For Chuck there is no acceptable substitute.  When it became apparent that working from life was the best way to paint convincing landscapes, Chuck began painting outdoors at every opportunity.

Painting outdoors in most of the western states (including Hawaii), the Canadian Rockies, and Mexico almost everyday has been essential to his understanding of the natural world.  Nature is indeed the best teacher, and a demanding taskmaster.  When Chuck puts his brush to canvas, he wants the viewer to be transported with him to some of the world’s most magnificent scenery.  He hopes the viewer will feel the sun on his face, relax with the tranquility of placid waters, revere the majesty of towering mountains, sense the dampness of a muggy afternoon, or the clarity of clean mountain air.

Painting by Chuck Rawle

"On the Big Wood River"
27x30in, Oil on canvas

Painting by Chuck Rawle

"Ouray October"
8x10in, Oil on canvas panel

Gerrye Riffenburgh  
San Diego, California, USA





Lelija Roy 
Denver, Colorado, USA

Denver-based artist, Lelija Roy, offers glimpses into the western landscape.  Lelija’s mixed-media work expresses texture as color and color as texture.  She works with acrylic paints and a long list of other water-based media pigments. Her textures combine various rice papers, lace, silk, fibers, handmade paper and metals with acrylic mediums. The painting process includes mono-printing, watermarks and numerous painting techniques.
Resulting pieces can include as many as twenty layers.

Each piece expresses unique rhythms and textures of the living earth. She seeks out the interconnectedness of organic and inorganic elements. These glimpses encompass: the hazy light of early morning, the wind in an aspen grove, the silent struggle of a pinion pine on a canyon wall or the rush of the waterfall.  

Her formal art trained started in the 1970s at the Art Students League in NYC and a BFA from the University of Bridgeport, CT. She started her full-time art career in 2005 in Florida. Since moving to Denver her work has appeared in numerous national juried shows and galleries. Currently her work is exhibited by galleries in Sedona, AZ; Santa Fe, NM; and Breckenridge and  Denver, CO. Public collections include the cities of Westminster, CO and North Port, FL. Her work is held in private collections throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries. She offers demonstrations and workshops on experimental mixed media collage techniques to local art groups.  Lelija frequently donates artwork for environmental and arts organizations. Commission for larger works are welcome.



Painting by Lelija Roy

"Aspen Dreams"
20x60in, Acrylic/mixed media on canvas


Painting by Lelija Roy

"Early Launch"
12x48in, Acrylic/mixed media on canvas



Mary Ann Stafford   
Maumelle, Arkansas, USA

Mary Ann Stafford has always been involved in art as teacher, student, and professional artist.  Although she often works with watercolor, ink, collage, and mixed media, her chosen medium is pastel.  The brilliancy, versatility,  and immediacy of the medium are the main reasons.  Her main subject matter is the Arkansas landscape.

Mary Ann attended the Kansas City Art Institute and  the University of Arkansas, where she earned an EdD in Education with an emphasis in art.  She taught English, humanities, and art in  high school level before becoming an administrator.  Since her retirement, she has studied with  nationally recognized artists, and teaches pastel painting and drawing workshops throughout Arkansas.

Stafford is a signature member of the Pastel Society of the Southwest, Mid-Southern Watercolorists and Arkansas League of Artists, and a charter member of the Arkansas Pastel Society.  Her work has won awards in  state, regional, and national competitions.  Galleries include Gallery 221 in Little Rock, Eurekan Art in Eureka Springs, and Art on the Green in Conway, Arkansas.

Painting by Mary Ann Stafford

21x25in (framed)

Painting by Mary Ann Stafford

"Surf Watchers"
23x29in (framed)

Mary K. Stahl   
Palo Alto, California, USA

Mary Stahl is an award-winnng painter who strives to capture the beauty of the landscape. Living in the San Francisco Bay area, she marvels at California's golden hills and blue skies, foggy days at the ocean, winter rain clouds over the Bay, and is inspired by the endless variety of subject matter nature has to offer. Mary creates her paintings in pastels and oils.

Mary earned a B.A. in Art from West Liberty State College in West Virginia. In addition, she has studied with Brigitte Curt, Jim Smyth, Ted Goerschner, Alexander Zimin, Kim Fancher-Lordier, and Van Waldron, among others. She has participated in a number of one-person and group shows and plein air painting competitions. Her paintings are in private collections throughout the US and Europe.

Painting by Mary K. Stahl

"Bridal Veil Falls"
10x7in, Watercolor

Painting by Mary K. Stahl

"Foggy Day at Pescadero "
9x12in, Pastel on archival paper

Kazuko Stern  
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA






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