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Congratulations to our 2017 artists from the United States and Canada! Check back soon for more information on each artist.

Olena Babak

2016, 2017

Olena Babak is an award-winning, classically trained artist, whose landscapes and figurative works can be found in numerous galleries and collections in the U.S. and abroad.


Some of her selected awards from 2016 include:  Best Representation of Rockies National Park, Artist’s Choice Plein Air Richmond, 1st place Quick Draw & People's Choice Award Finger Lakes Plein Air, Honorable Mention Art Renewal Center Salon, 1st place in Maine Art Show and many others.  


Olena was also a recipient of the Hudson River Fellowship, NY and her works appear in numerous publications including two versions of the “Strokes of Genius” series, the “Poet’s and Artist’s: 100 Great Drawings,” and the “Classicist.”

Formerly teaching graduate students at the Academy of Classical Design, Olena now offers private workshops and classes in her private studio and residence on the peaceful Great Moose Lake in central Maine.

Bruno Baran

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Bruno Baran is a painter and teacher of art for over 39 years practicing what he teaches with color, light and form utilizing strong compositions that make the viewer connect.

Bruno graduated cum laude from the Maryland Institute College of Art  in 1976, with a BFA in Art Education. He went on to become an art teacher in the Baltimore County Public School system, teaching at the elementary and high school levels. In 2008, Bruno retired from teaching and took on painting full-time. 

Bruno Baran was elected as a board member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association in 2010, and then as chairman in 2014.

Beth Bathe

2016, 2017

Beth Bathe is an artist currently residing in Lancaster, PA. She has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and has had her own graphic design business for 25 years. She studied oil painting at the Art League of Alexandria, and is influenced by contemporary painters Mark Hanson and Charlie Hunter. Her fine art oil paintings include figurative, still life and landscapes. Recently she has participated in numerous Plein Air Festivals, winning Judge’s Choice Award at Plein Air Easton 2015, Second Place at Mountain Maryland, Best in Show/Artist Choice Award at Paint Snow Hill MD 2015, Donald Lewis Memorial Award at Bath County Plein Air 2015, First Place and Peoples Choice Award in Gettysburg Fest 2014, Second Place in Plein Air Camp Hill 2014 Quickdraw and a juried artist in Plein Air Easton X 2015, 2014, Mt. Lebanon Plein Air 2014, Bath County 2015, Mt Maryland Plein Air 2015, Paint Annapolis 2015 and Camp Hill Plein Air 2013, 2014 and 2015.


Beth's artistic view is that “painting en plein air is painting what I see and feel during a moment of time. It is chasing the light, observing and recording my surroundings and taking a 360 degree real world view and expressing it in brushstrokes of color and shape."

Bob Beck


Bob Beck received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the UW- Eau Claire. Bob was born in Pennsylvania and migrated to the Midwest in his late teens. He accelerated in sports, and his love for the outdoors, and the beauty of the seasons of the Great Lakes area and the farming communities of rural Wisconsin, shaped his view of what he puts on canvas. His painting has evolved over the years, with a special interest in the tradition of the 20th century Russian Impressionist style, painting from life with isolated thick strokes of color, laid down with passion.

Lon Brauer


Lon Brauer is an American artist known for his work in figure and plein air landscape. Born in 1955 and coming of age in the early seventies, he has roots in the abstract expressionist movement. His work is a mix of the abstract with the representational, bringing an impressionistic use of paint and materials to create images that challenge the viewer with new perspectives on the landscape genre.

“I had a long and successful career as a studio photographer before getting back into painting. That experience – working with photo images – has influenced my approach to painting. The camera is mechanical but the artist’s mind is fluid. I’m always looking to find new ways to interpret perceptions of the world around us.”

Lon shows his work both nationally and in the UK. He travels extensively each year with plein air events. Home is in Granite City, IL where he owns and operates Lon Brauer Studios.

Brienne Brown

2016, 2017

From a young age, Brienne Brown loved art but pursued a career in science. After graduating with a Masters degree in Chemistry, she soon found that art was more than a hobby, it was a necessity. She left her toxicology job and began painting more consistently. Soon she was not only exhibiting and entering shows regularly, but also winning awards. She holds signature status in several Watercolor Societies. Brown's work can be seen in Splash 17: Inspired Subjects, PleinAir Magazine, and Watercolor Artist Magazine.

Brown's passion is watercolor and plein air. She loves using the slightly controlled chaos nature of watercolor in bringing the everyday to life. "I find beauty in everyday life, the so called 'mundane'. Ordinary people going about their everyday lives inspire me. I especially enjoy painting en plein air, where each painting reminds me of where I was, of the experiences I had, the sounds, smells, and the people I met. As I try and capture the essence of a scene, my paintings are always more about a moment in time than about a particular location. I enjoy sharing how I see the world."

John Caggiano

2015, 2016, 2017

Born in New York, John graduated from Brooklyn College and Pratt Graduate School, both with honors. He relocated to Rockport, Massachusetts in 1981, drawn by the unique quality of Cape Ann’s light. His colorful oil palette is applied with both brush and palette knife.  Aside from other galleries, Caggiano owns a gallery in Rockport, founded in 1981. He is an elected Artist Member of Academic Artists, Hudson Valley Arts, Lyme Art, North Shore Arts, and Rockport Art – Associations, as well as an elected Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists, and an associate member of American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America.


Some recent honors are a feature article in the September, 2017 issue of  Plein Air Magazine, Guerrilla Painter Award in the 2017 Wayne Plein Air, an online feature in Plein Air Today, (Plein Air Magazine), Third Place in the two hour Quick Draw in Eastern Plein Air, 2016, and the inaugural Purchase Prize for the permanent collection of the Bennington Center for the Arts (VT). He is often a juried artist in many plein air events, among them are Solomon’s Island, Easton, En Plein Air Texas, Easels in Frederick, Lighthouse Festival, Paradise Paint Out, Annapolis, Bucks County, Wekiva Paint Out, and Marblehead Plein Air.


John Caggiano’s greatest joy is painting with friends and colleagues who live and breathe art.

Henry Coe

2016, 2017

Henry Coe is primarily a landscape painter working in oils on a large and small scale. He prefers working en plein aire in rural and urban areas where the human presence is felt but often not seen. Light and shadow and their ever-changing dynamic through air and space are his major concerns. He works in the Mid-atlantic region, Maine and France. He received a B.A. from Roanoke College and a M.F.A. from MICA. He has done an artist's residency in China and three residencies in France.He received a Maryland State Arts Council Grant in 1992 and was featured in American Artist Magazine in September, 1993. His work is in both public and private collections and he has
shown extensively over the years in Chicago, Houston, and Baltimore.

Raymond Ewing

2010 - 2017

Raymond Ewing has been an art instructor, juror and guest lecturer in the Washington, D.C. area for over thirty years. He has ventured beyond the studio for the past six years, intrigued by the plein air movement and loves the challenge of capturing the ever changing landscape. He works in watercolor, pastels and oils. His realistic paintings have been featured in exhibitions and galleries throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. With attention to detail, his work portrays everyday images intimately by capturing light and shadows. He is represented by the William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor, NJ and the North End Gallery in Leonardtown, MD. He is a member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, the Baltimore Watercolor Society and the Maryland Pastel Society.

Palden Hamilton


Born and raised in Baltimore, Palden Hamilton attended the Gilman School, where he studied under Betsey Heuisler. After receiving his B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, he continued his education at the Art Students League of New York, where he trained in figure painting under figurative painters Ron Sherr and William Beckman. There he was awarded a Merit Award in Realism in 2003 and the Phylis T. Mason Grant in 2004. 

Hamilton has painted landscape extensively on location in his native Maryland, and on travels to his mother's homeland, the Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim. For the last three years, he has been juried to participate in Plein Air Easton, the nation's most prestigious plein air painting event. In 2015, his painting "Work is Done" received Second Place in the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association's Cityscape exhibition. 

He currently resides in Mount Washington, Baltimore.

Michelle Held


Michelle grew up in Maryland and knew at a young age, art was to be her life. 


She has been passionately working as an artist in Sarasota for 23 years.  With an eye for detail, her creativity and imagination fueled her success as a business owner and artist. Michelle is often commissioned to paint custom paintings which are unique and personalized to the space, to the extreme challenge and importance of authentic historical restoration.


Michelle discovered her passion for wildlife was what led her on a journey to plein air. Although primarily considered a self taught artist, attending plein air workshops has set her on fire! Michelle feels working outside and onsite is most essential in fulfilling a craving for representational paintings and staying close to nature.

"I envision a painting, seeking great composition, light and value. Once comfortable with that, I enjoy letting the painting direct me, instead of imposing my will upon it"


Michelle's love of color ranges from the golden hues of old world finishes to vibrant modern contemporary tones.  As her palette has range, so does her style.

Debra Howard

2014, 2015, 2017

Debra Howard spent her childhood in Miami, Florida, where she first discovered her love affair with color, light, painting, and sailing.  She is a graduate of Ringling School of Art with a BFA in Fine Art. She began her art career in San Francisco, where she opened her first illustration studio.  After 17 years as a successful illustrator in various cities, she closed her studio to concentrate on fine art painting.  “I realized that the career I had found so satisfying was being taken over by the computer.  I missed the feel of the brush on canvas.” Since 2012, Debra has directed her painting towards Plein Air Painting. “Plein Air” is a french term meaning “Open Air”, describing painting that is created out doors without the use of photography. She has been juried into Plein Air competitions in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan and Virginia and is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. 

Debra spent almost 30 years living, traveling and painting from her sailboat, she now resides in Crisfield, Maryland. She recently, sold her sailboat Ling Ling and now travels from April to November in her little RV trailer participating in Plein Air events. 

Debra is the 2006 winner of the Cooper River Bridge Run competition - the first T-shirt and poster design celebrating the opening of the new Authur Ravenal Bridge in Charleston, S.C.  She was also voted "Best Visual Artist in Charleston -- 2007”.  From 1992-2015, she lived and travelled aboard her 44 foot sailboat, Ling-Ling, with her husband, David and their dogs Amber and Swab until her recent sabbatical to Tangier Island.  From 2009-2012 Howard was the Resident Artist on Tangier Island and the Executive Director for the Tangier History Museum.

Kathleen Hudson


Kathleen B. Hudson operates a studio in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists and an Artist Member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA. This year, Hudson received the Grand Prize in the 6th Annual PleinAir Salon for her painting Bright Morning, Timberline Falls.

Hudson moved to moved to Boston in 2005 to pursue an undergraduate degree at Harvard University. During her years in Boston, Hudson came to love the beautiful New England landscape as she painted, studied mountain travel narratives, and led backpacking trips for fellow students.


Hudson now undertakes several national juried plein air competitions each year, and when she's not outside painting from life, you can find her in the studio creating larger scale landscapes that emphasize the dynamic interplay of light, shadow, and atmospherics. 

Neal Hughes

2015, 2016, 2017

Neal Hughes is a graduate of The Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) and resides in the historic town of Moorestown , New Jersey. A former illustrator, Neal has been painting professionally for over 30 years. His work has been accepted into many local and national juried exhibitions such as the Oil Painters of America National and Regional Exhibitions. His work has also been juried into the International Marine Art Exhibition at the Gallery at Mystic Seaport, the ARC Salon and the National Exhibition of The American Society of Marine Artists.

Awards include an Award of Excellence from Oil Painters of America at the 2012 Eastern Regional Exhibition, the Maritime Gallery Yachting Award (2005) and Awards of Excellence (2006 and 2013) at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at the Gallery at Mystic Seaport. He was also awarded a Certificate of Excellence at the Fourteenth Annual Art of the Portrait Conference by the Portrait Society of America. In addition, Neal was the grand prize winner of the Utrecht 60th Anniversary Art Competition, winning the top prize out of over 12,000 entries and his work has been featured in Plein Air Magazine, American Artist Magazine and other publications.

Greg Johannesen

2014, 2015, 2017

The outdoors and nature have always been part of my art experience. Early on I showed an affinity for nature by drawing wildlife. Later on, that interest manifested in drawings and paintings of beach and waterway scenes. I followed that passion for art and received a degree from Tidewater Community College for Advertising Design with a minor in Drawing before attending Virginia Commonwealth University where I earned a BFA in Illustration.


I have been working as an illustrator and graphic designer for over 20 years. It was not until I married and moved to Southern Maryland that I opened my own studio where I currently work full-time as a fine artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. I can now freely work on expressing my art using the Chesapeake Bay area as my inspiration.

I am a member of the Illustrators Club of Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, the Society of Children's Book Illustrators, American Society of Marine Artist, and the Maryland Pastel Society.

Allen Kriegshauser


“I’ve never met a color I didn’t like, so my challenge is to harmonize those colors.” I prefer to paint directly from life scenes with a strong light source that have deep defined shadows. I use composition and bold directional brush strokes to create a sense of movement.


I am figurative oil painter, who is not driven by a particular subject or object. My interest is in the process the final image evolves from that process.


When selecting a subject, I look for the overall visual stimulation to provide me the vehicle for a new and interesting creative experience. I view the entire painting process as abstract leaving the subject to take a back seat to the process.


A St. Louis native, and graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, I teach workshops and have actively competed for the last 12 yrs. Recent Plein Air events include: 2016 Easels in Fredrick, 2016 Plein Air Richmond, 2015 Plein air Texas, Door County Plein Air 2015 & 2017 and 2017 Wayne (PA) Plein Air.


I supported my painting habit by owning my own consulting firm. Since I traveled extensively I took my paints with me as consolation.

Kirk Larsen


“When painting, I have the feeling that all‘s right with world, those that have my art on their walls, say it has the same effect...” It’s extraordinary to be able to create a piece of art that can bring such joy and pleasure to others. It is an honor, a blessing and a privilege to be an artist. Known for his maritime & landscape paintings, he’s passionate about capturing the feeling & sense of place. It He is truly inspired by the camaraderie, intensity and fun of Plein Air Competition. Naturally prolific, Kirk has been recognized with over 138 awards for: oils, acrylics, watercolors, graphite, mixed media, sculpture, photography & ice carving including 3 OPA Awards, Grand Prize & Collector’s Choice at Easels in Frederick, best depiction of water Plein Air Salon and Museum purchase award (permanent collection of The Museum of America and the Sea). 6x Plein Air Easton, 5x EIF. Olmstead, New Hope, Paradise Paint Out & Forgotten Coast Plein Air invitationals; Jurist for Adirondack Plein Air. Memberships: ASMA, CAC, Salmagundi & OPA Signature. Actor, Writer, musician & motivational speaker.

Christine Lashley


Christine Lashley's artwork is filled with lush brush strokes and sparkling light. Her paintings represent a fusion of reality and abstract exploration. Creating artwork on location allows her to see engaging color harmonies and watch how a subject changes over time. As an outdoor enthusiast, knowledge of the earth finds it's way into her artwork with implied detail and deft strokes. Christine's paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent juried exhibits include 26th Oil Painters of America National and the Salmagundi Club NYC. Her work has won numerous awards, including Best of Show for both landscape and portrait work. Her most recent international award was at Principal Gallery's juried show "Root to Bloom." During the 2016 season of Plein Air (outdoor painting) juried competitions Christine won awards at all events she attended. An art teacher for over 20 years, she teaches workshops locally and internationally.

Patrick Lee

2015, 2016, 2017

Patrick Lee is an award winning artist who has exhibited work at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH, the State Museum of Pennsylvania,The Hoyt Institute and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. A nationally collected artist, he has been involved in numerous group and solo exhibitions.


In 2011, he was selected as one of only fifty finalists in the America China Oil Painting Artist's League's nationwide competition, Exhibition of Contemporary American and Chinese Realism. Additionally, he participated in PleinAir Easton in 2013 & 2016, the largest and most prestigious plein air painting event in the U.S., held each year in Easton, MD. In 2015, he received Grand Prize and First Place quick-draw awards at the Solomons Plein Air Festival as well as several awards at the 2016 festival. He was also chosen as a participating artist for the 2016 Door County Plein Air Festival, in Door County, Wisconsin, the largest event of its kind in the midwest. His work has appeared in Plein Air magazine and is included in many private and public collections, both nationally and internationally.

In addition to painting professionally, he teaches drawing and painting both privately,and part-time as an adjunct professor of art at Community College of Allegheny County. He currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Krista and their son, Tiernan.

Andre Lucero

2016, 2017

2015, 2016 and 2017 have been busy years for Virginia plein air artist, Andre Lucero, who was cover artist for the Plein Air Magazine Feb/Mar 2016 issue. Andre has participated in many exhibitions and plein air events including the American Impressionist Society Annual Show; Door County Plein Air Festival 2016; Plein Air Texas 2016; Olmsted Plein Air Invitational 2016; Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival 2016; Lighthouse Plein Air Festval 2016; Plein Air Richmond 2016; Plein Air Easton 2015, 2016; Bath County Plein Air Festival 2015 Quick Draw First Place, 2016; Boothbay Harbor Plein Air Invitational, Best in Show; Where in the World is Plein Air Invitational Plein Air Show St. George, Utah; Cabell Gallery Solo show Lexington VA; Coco Vivo Fine Art Two Man Show Charleston, SC; Plein Air Painters of the South East, Juried Group Show Anderson Fine Art St. Simons GA; Paint North Carolina Plein Air Juried Show, Germanton, NC; JM Stringer Gallery Two Man Show Bernardsville, NJ; For Art’s Sake Gallery Solo Show Richmond, VA; and JM Stringer Gallery, Two Man Show Vero Beach, FL.

Susan Lynn


A Kansas City native, I worked for 15 years as an architectural illustrator before transitioning to fine art.  Over the last several years, I have participated in many of the top juried and invitational plein air events throughout the country.  Recent awards include Honorable Mention at the 2017 Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational, Honorable Mention at the 2015 Plein Air Southwest Salon, the Best Use of Light Award at the 2015 Mountain Maryland Plein Air, the Award of Recognition 2-D at the 2014 American Women Artist's National Juried Exhibition, an Award of Merit at the 2014 Plein Air Southwest Salon,  and both the Best Plains Landscape Award and the Western Art & Architecture Magazine Publisher's Award of Excellence at the American Plains Artists 2014 Juried Exhibition.  The subject of a feature article in the June/July 2017 issue of International Artist Magazine, my work was also featured in the June/July 2013 issue of Plein Air Magazine, and I was one of 12 women artists featured in the October 2015 issue of Southwest Art Magazine.  I am a signature member of American Women Artists, the Outdoor Painters Society, the Missouri Watercolor Society, and the Kansas Watercolor Society, and am a charter member of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society.

Stephanie Marzella


Stephanie Marzella has been a painter of landscape and still life since receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1984. She was born and raised outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Soon after receiving her BFA she moved to Rhode Island. Upon moving to the “Ocean State” she began to focus solely on landscape and quiet water. As of 2016 Stephanie has relocated to the thriving arts community of Charleston, South Carolina where she now resides on Johns Island. She is looking forward to painting the Low Country and discovering all it has to offer. The driving forces behind Stephanie’s work are her love of nature and interpretive use of color.

Stephanie has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the country and won many awards. In 2016 she has received The John N. Lewis Memorial Award, The Emil Carlsen Award and the prestigious Annual Purchase Prize Award at The Salmagundi Club in New York City. In 2014 she received The Juror's Choice award from Peter Trippi the editor and chief of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine at Plein Air Easton. She has also been featured in Pastel Journal Magazine. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, The American Impressionist Society, The Salmagundi Club and the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast.

Mick McAndrews

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

I am a passionate painter who believes that time spent painting is precious. My goal is to draw and paint every day and I believe that the fastest way to artistic growth is through the activity of painting.

I paint outside to take advantage of outdoor surroundings, natural light, and the sights and sounds that influence each painter's creative nature. It is outside in nature’s studio where I find both the greatest challenge and the greatest reward. Outdoors I am challenged to capture the moment because light and its effect, reflection and cast shadow changes continuously. I’m forced to simplify, to reduce the overwhelming complexity of a scene into only the most important shapes and values.

My nature is to be spontaneous, so working loose and fresh appeals to me. I believe in the partnership between artist and medium, of finding a balance between the knowledge, technique and skill of the painter while leaving room for the magic that makes watercolor so distinctive.


Above all, painting is great fun and when we’re having fun I believe that it can be seen by the viewer in our finished work!

Suzanne Morris


Working in an alla prima method, Suzanne Morris looks beyond the literal interpretation of a scene to capture the spirit of her subjects. Drawn to a scene that is magically transformed by the light falling across it, she uses a limited palette to create harmonious paintings that tell a story of a particular time and place. She has been awarded signature status withfthe American Society of Marine Artists, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, and Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. She is an artist member of the CAC, LPAPA, OPA, MAPAPA, OPS, and WAOW. She served as Show Chair for AIS in 2013. Recent awards include “Best Cityscape” at MAPAPA’s Cityscapes 2016 and 3 rd place in WAOW’s 45 th national exhibition. Her work continues to be juried into national shows and plein air events. She has mounted at least one solo gallery show every year since she began to paint full time. Most notable of her corporate collectors are Duke University Hospital, The UCLA Medical School at Irvine and the Comandant of Mid Shipmen at The US Naval Academy. Her work has been featured in American Art Collector, Southwest Art and Plein Air magazines.

Charles Newman


Charles Newman received his Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  There he studied the early French Impressionist painters, fueling his inspiration to be an experiential painter focusing on outdoor painting. 


“At PAFA, I was given a studio to work in, but I barely picked up a paint brush there.  I felt compelled to go outside riding my bike with my French easel strapped over my shoulder, and paint the urban landscape of Philadelphia.”


Charles currently resides in Haddon Township, NJ and continues to paint en plein air around his neighborhood, out in nature, and in Philadelphia.  Charles is represented at F.A.N. Gallery in the Olde City section of Philadelphia.  Charles participates in numerous Plein Air Festivals, received the “Best Use of  Light” award at the 2016  Mountain Maryland Festival, and won best in show at the Philadelphia Sketch Club’s 150th Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings.

Devin Roberts

2016, 2017

Devin Michael Roberts is an American contemporary realist oil painter based out of the Midwestern United States. Primarily known for his unique blend of Tonalist and Impressionist techniques both in his landscapes and his still lifes. Although primarily considered a self-taught artist, Devin has been fortunate enough to study at Gage academy in Seattle as well as various
workshops under nationally recognized oil painters such as Jim Lamb, Susan Bari Price and Jeffrey Watts.

Devin Roberts has a broad range of influences; however he considers both Isaac Levitan and George Inness to have had the greatest impact on his philosophy regarding landscape painting and paint application.

“George Inness opened me up to the spiritual aspect of the landscape. Understanding that emotion can be brought about by manipulating edges, texture and color. Understanding that our purpose as artists lay in distilling emotion into a readable language. A form that helps non artists to see the landscape in a different way; as the artist sees it.”

William Rogers


William Rogers is a plein air artist working in oil and watercolor. He is past President of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC)  and a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA), and the Société Canadienne de aquarelle (SCA).  He has won numerous awards from all these societies and from plein air events since 2009.


In 2016 Bill took home 2nd Prizes in Mountain Marland Plein Air, as well as awards in Paint Annapolis, and Paint the Peninsula. He also was given an Award of Excellence for his work in the Oil Painters of America Salon Show in September 2016 and the Dorothy Corson Award from the CSPWC in October.


Another highlight came in 2014 when Bill served as the official Tour Artist for HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on their Royal Tour of Canada. Many of the completed works were acquired by His Royal Highness for his personal collection.

Jeremy Sams

2016, 2017

Jeremy Sams is an award winning acrylic artist residing in Archdale, North Carolina. At the age of 19, he began his art career through painting murals and commissioned paintings. In 2011, his art found new inspiration when he was introduced to painting en plein air. “Here, I can enjoy God’s creation and relish in the beauty He has given us to enjoy. It is my aim to replicate the natural world and the emotional impact of a scene through capturing the effects of light and atmosphere.”

Well known for his “oil-like quality” to his acrylic paintings, Jeremy’s primary subject matter is landscapes, but also enjoys the challenges of portraiture. In February, 2017, he was a featured artist in “Plein Air Magazine”.

Elbert Shubert


Elbert Shubert was born in Kansas in 1963, raised in Jacksonville, Fl. He is primarily a self taught painter. His style is a painterly approach with emphasis on light and shadow. Ever since he can remember, Elbert has wanted to be a portrait artist, but has fallen in love with Plein air painting in recent years. He works almost exclusively from life and his works also include portraits and still life. Plein air combines his love of creating with his love of the outdoors.

He likes nothing better than to go out with like minded artist friends and interpret the world around him.

Robert Simone

2016, 2017

Robert J. Simone has been described as a highly-skilled representational painter who possesses an innate sense of color and composition. He has a way of seeing, an artistic vision, which is uniquely his own. Robert made a mid-life decision to pursue fine art as a career. He supported himself through several years of intense study with businesses that kept him close to nature and near the sea. Now, his blend of sensual colors and confident brush strokes convey the captivating light which is characteristic of his award-winning paintings. Simone was recently elected to Signature Member Status with the American Society of Marine Artists. He received First Prize at the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival 2017 and Artist Choice Award at Plein Air Easton’s Tighlmans Island Event 2016.

Chad Smith


Chad Smith participates in top plein air events across the country winning Best of Show honors in the Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, Upstate Invitational and various other awards. Chad has enjoyed multiple solo and group exhibitions and holds a BA in drawing and painting and MFA in painting from the Academy of Art University. Smith is currently represented Naples Florida, Hillsboro North Carolina, Saratoga and Old Forge New York.

Richard Sneary

2016, 2017

Richard was born in Baltimore, raised in Kansas City, and educated at the University of Kansas, with a major in architecture. He began his career as a painter in 2011, painting primarily en plein air, after 40 years as an architect, architectural illustrator, and educator. He enjoys painting subjects that reflect man kind’s presence in our environment... buildings, bridges, industrial structures, fences, telephone poles, people... and the natural landscape.


Richard is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Missouri Watercolor Society, and a President Emeritus of The American Society of Architectural Illustrators. He is a member of the Artist Faculty of the 2016 Plein Air Convention & Expo in Tucson, Arizona. Recent awards include 1st Place Quick Draw at the 2016 Plein Air Festival Lighthouse Art Center; Best Plein Air Only at the 5th Annual Plein Air Salon of August & September, Best Architectural Award at En Plein Air Texas 2014; Honorable Mention at Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival 2015 & 2013; .and many others.

Richard is currently represented by Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas, and McBride Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland.

Stewart White

2016, 2017

Stewart White is a watercolorist from Baltimore, Maryland. He is one of the rare plein air painters using the medium of watercolor. His background in architectural illustration adds to his skill set and his paintings reflect his knowledge of good design. Stewart’s paintings have the pleasing combination of good structure with a painterly style. He is a transparent watercolorist in the purest tradition of watercolor painters. Where as watercolor expresses its nature as fluid oil paint is stiff and seems to want to be expressed in a thick and buttery way.


He studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and after serving 3 years in the US Army he returned to graduate from UC Berkeley with a BFA. He works as an architectural illustrator and designer. His watercolors both in his architecture illustrations and in painting competitions have won him many awards. In June 2009 he was invited to teach a workshop in Paris on his techniques for architectural watercolors to an organization of architects. He continues to teach in Paris every other year.

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