Meet the Artists

Amy Adams

I am orginally from Denver, Colorado, where I studied painting for many years at the Art Student’s League of Denver. I consider myself a “light and shadow” painter, meaning I look for situations to paint where the quality of the light and the beauty of the details in the shadows, reveals something special. I am excited by how the light and shadow shapes relate to one another, and it is along the edge of these shapes that I find the most interesting connection. Currently I am interested in the study of form, and how in my paintings that is defined by the shift in value relationships. I like to work with images that feel organic in some way. Images inspired from rural Ohio, specifically farm animals, are favorite subjects of mine.

Rick Akers

Highly regarded by both the public and his peers, central Ohio prolific landscape painter Rick Akers is well-known for his art painted “en plein air,” which is French for “painting under the open sky.” While the vast majority of rick’s offerings are created in and around the vistas of central Ohio, Rick has documented the varied scense in nature across the continental United States, producing artistic composition from Main to Montana and Michigan to Florida. Heavily influenced by Van Gogh, Gaugin, Degas and Monet, Rick emulates these Post-Impressionist/Impressionist visions of color and movement. The non-traditional application of paint using only a palette knife is rick’s preferred technique. Heavy paint is applied in mod-varying schemes, sometimes subdued and quiet, but more often, spontaneous and vivid. One can fell the energy exuding from Rick’s work.

Rick Akers studied at The University of Dayton, graduating with a BFA in Commercial Design. A 30-year career in the this field exposed him to countless designers and fine artists who ultimately developed his creative eye and artistic preferences. Another major influence in the maturation of Akers’ artistic ability stems from his extensive collection of 18th-20th Century Fine Art. His fondness for Ohio art, painted in the Impressionistic style, represents the majority of his collection. Since his first personal exhibition in 1998 with Sharon Weiss Gallery, over 500 private collectors, art dealers and patrons from across the country have procured Rick’s work. Rick has won numerous awards and consistently donated paintings to raise money for organizations in Columbus, such as Art for Life, BRAVO! For Children and Art of Recovery. Accolades include acceptance into the juried Ohio State Fair and All-Ohio Show; two of Rick’s paintings were accepted into a National Show, with one awarded 2nd place. Rick is currently working on his 22nd solo show for the Sharon Weiss Gallery in the Columbus Ohio Short North Arts District.

Brooke Albrecht

I grew up in the country outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, inspired by art and nature. Art filled our house; my mother who was an artist, taught me, and encouraged play. My father owned a bookstore, and he brought many books home. I’ve been drawing most of my life. The last few years I’ve transitioned to new loves of creating paper cuts, many incorporating words, and books arts. I make handmade books and stitch pages, that use pen, ink and embroidery thread.

My books are therapeutic for me to make, and I love the tactile quality coming from the thread and the touch of the paper. Some books are used as a daily dairy, while others are theme-based using quotes.

Brian Ballenger

 Brian Ballenger started painting with oils while attending Wittenberg University in the 1980s.  After graduating from Wittenberg, Brian earned a degree in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

Brian’s paintings have been in the 2018 National Midyear Show at The Butler Institute of American Art, the 2018 Fine Arts Exhibition at the Ohio State Fair, and the Toledo Area Artists’ Annual Exhibition in 1985 at The Toledo Museum of Art. 

His painting subject focuses on brushstrokes, working wet on wet with individual brushstrokes on top of differing backgrounds, some purely abstract and others inspired by the paintings of other artists.  The technique of material capture figures prominently and communicates depth, light, and a subtle beauty that can contain surprises and shift the viewer’s experience and perspective. 

Todd Bezold

The coastal environments and deep woodlands of New England are rich with refracted light, with intimate enclosed spaces surrounding pools and streams. I depict these subjects with a simplified application of color forms, adjusting tonality to imply space. A favorite subject is to paint distant Maine landscapes from Mount Agamenticus and then travel to those regions to paint the peak of the mountain itself.

Bachelors of Arts: University of Kentucky, Masters of Science: University of New Hampshire
Collections- Private homes in North America, Europe and Africa

Edmund Boateng

Art has been a part of who I am; as a child I discovered my love for creativity and often found myself passionately sketching images that I found fascinating, and writing down on paper concepts to explore. Growing up in the city of Kumasi, Ghana, art was always all around me. My father was a very talented shoemaker; my two uncles an architect and a painter. I have never taken any formal art or photography education, which means I have spent many long days and nights dedicated to my craft.

The adventures of life took me away from drawing, photography and film-making for a very long time—until I met my wife. Her interest in art brought me back to my love for art. As I say in my own words, “Being creative and putting smiles on people’s faces give me joy and happiness in my soul!” 

Jan Boone

Jan Boone was raised on a farm in Northwest Ohio. She received a BFA in painting and graphic arts from Miami University, met the love of her life, and went to work at Gibson Greeting Cards in Cincinnati. A couple of decades later, Jan had produced two children, ended the career in commercial art, and began painting again. Today Jan paints in her spacious home studio, teaches oil painting twice a week, and keeps her eyes open for the next painting. Not surprisingly, her favorite subjects are the flat farmland of Ohio, animals, river scenes, and people in casual situations. “Everyday life is inspiring. The only visual message I put into my work is ‘life is beautiful’. The only mood I’m looking for is joy.”

Kelley Booze

Urban Landscape artist Kelley Booze finds inspiration in the areas that have been forgotten, overlooked, or neglected. She is constantly constructing visual memories of her surroundings and how that reflects in human emotion and identity. Through sketching and drawing on site, she begins piecing together the essence of a place before working in the studio. It is there that the sense of memory and mood is captured. There are often elements of commonly overlooked objects such as utility poles, antennae, fences and guardrails. Roads, sidewalks and powerlines are a metaphor for ever-present connections that may no longer utilized.

Kelley graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009 from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Since then she has been teaching painting and drawing at the Springfield Museum of Art and other various classes and workshops. Her work is part of private and public collections in the U.S., France, Germany, and Israel. Kelley lives and maintains a studio in Springfield, Ohio.
Instagram: @kelleybooze

Mary Chamberlain

I am inspired by my rural and small-town surroundings - vintage homes, barns, and Appalachian scenery, but I also venture out to other places for inspiration as well. My emphasis is on color and texture, creating paintings with a fresh perspective on well-loved subject matter.

Originally from Virginia where I earned a BFA in Painting, I have now lived in Athens, Ohio, for over 20 years. I have come to love this area for its simplicity and beauty, where the inspiration it provides for me is endless, and I have made it my home.

I have had paintings in various shows in the region including OHIO+5 2014 – 2018; Athens Voices 2013 – 2019, and The Majestic National Juried Show 2013 and 2014. I won the Juror’s Award for “Yellow Chair” in OHIO+5 2013 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. Also, I was awarded Second Place for ‘Filling Station, Nelsonville’ in the Majestic National Show in Nelsonville, Ohio, in 2013.
Instagram: @mechamberlain.paints

Amanda Cook

Amanda Hope Cook is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. Highly influenced and inspired by her father, artist Marion B. Cook, Amanda spent her first years immersed in learning the disciplines of painting and drawing. In l 994, she was awarded a scholarship to the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, where she double majored in Fine Art and Illustration and minored in Visual Communications.

Since graduating with a BFA in 1999, Amanda has consistently practiced fine art with oil painting as her primary medium. She is currently producing a series of representational urban paintings with landmark neon signs as their subject matter.

Tn 2015, Amanda signed as an artist with ©Disney/Pixar and is currently producing a series of oil paintings available as originals and limited edition reproductions through Off the Page Gallery in Disneyland, Anaheim, California.

Anita Dawson

Anita Dawson is a painter of iconic still lifes and constructs assemblages and small sculptures. Her work is exhibited in the Midwest and eastern United States; in Chicago, Indianapolis, Lexington, Virginia and Winter Park, Florida, and can be seen in this year at the South Bend Museum of Art, Dublin Art Center and always at the Sharon Weiss Gallery. Research into imagery has taken her on numerous trips to Italy, Spain and France to study iconography. She has served as a visiting artist and art professor in Aix in Provence and Rome. She is Professor Emeritus at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, where she taught painting and drawing. Ms. Dawson grew up in Florida, an influence on her present work, earning degrees at the University of South Florida and the University of Florida.

“A still life is a marker and monument to a moment that trascends time. I explore and honor the lovely things that animate our world; birds, rabbits, books, fruit and flowers. They are used here as signs of a reverence for nature and our life in it, and also function iconographically as signs of a more profound reality. There is both comedy and serious intent in the odd juxtapositions which address our contemporary environment and understanding, one that is both transcendent and mundane. At the heart of this body of work is a belief that life affirming universal truths can be found in these juxtapositions.”

Debra Joyce Dawson

Debra Joyce Dawson is a widely published, internationally recognized artist who has been painting in oils, watercolors, and/or acrylics for 55 years! She is a lifelong learner who started her formal art education in Maryland at Anne Arundel Community College; and continued in Columbus, Ohio, at Capital University and the Columbus College of Art & Design, in addition to Denison University, Granville, OH. Debra continues her education in art by studying with renowned national and international artists in the fields of oil painting, drawing and printmaking.

She is a founder of Ohio Plein Air Society, a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, a Silver Award winner at the Art in the Open Plein Air Competition, Wexford, Ireland; and has served as Artist-in-Residence: Hiawatha National Forest, MI; Arc of Appalachia, Bainbridge, OH; and La Grande Vigne, Dinan, Brittany, France. Her work is in the Permanent Collections of the Columbus Museum of Art, OH; The Richmond Art Museum, IN, among others; and is included in private collections around the world, including Frm. Gov. Arnold Schwartzenegger. Look for Debra’s Artist Profile article in the 2016 Oct/Nov issue of Plein Air Magazine.

Renate Fackler

Although a graduate of The Ohio State University School of Journalism, I found myself drawn to the tactile medium of sculpture. By communicating through both figurative and impressionistic styles, I strive to bring my sculptures to life, engaging my audience in an emotionally uplifting experience.

 In addition to expressive facial features, I enjoy capturing dancers’ gestures, expressing energy and joy, using a minimal amount of information. My dancers exhibit qualities of tension, and abandon, simultaneously, as they spin on moving turntables.

My most popular sculpture is a life size bronze of Brutus on a bench, at The Ohio State University Student Union.  In addition to Brutus, a life size bronze of Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly around the world, can be seen at John Glenn International Airport, as well as at The Works Museum in Newark, Ohio.  The Columbus Foundation gives my maquette of Jerrie Mock as the “Spirit of Columbus” award to community leaders.

Some noteworthy clients are The White House, Washington D.C.; the Museum of Women in the Arts; Wendy’s International, The Ohio State University, and The Herb Society of America.

Jane Flewellen

“I paint because I love beauty. While we experience difficulties and pain in life, we can also have pleasure and joy in beauty. Something remarkable will catch my eye...I’ll think, ‘Wow, I want to paint THAT!’ My oil paintings capture these visualy-unique moments to share with others.” 

Jane Flewellen is drawn to natural subjects, especially landscapes and people. Having grown up in the densely-wooded hills of New York, she loves trees and clouds. Jane is drawn to painting light and contrasting shadows. She relishes in nuances of color and the exquisite interplay of lines and shapes. Often painting from her own photographs, she is also exploring the challenge of painting from direct observation of figures, still lifes and outdoors "en plein air". She finds inspiration in the Columbus, Ohio, Metro Parks, the Ohio landscape, her neighborhood, and on vacations to Canada, Maine, Italy and Scotland.

Fred Fochtman

Frederick Fochtman is a painter, art restorer and painting instructor from Columbus, Ohio. Fochtman’s painting work is primarily observational and focuses on the arrangement of interesting color/value shapes found in life. Often drawing in addition to painting, Fochtman feels that exploring other media including graphite, watercolor, gouache and monotype printing creates a breadth of experiences that inform his oil paintings. Fred travels annually to Vermont, the Atlantic Coast and throughout Ohio in order to create work in the observational plein air style. Figural and still life works are created in a variety of local studios as well as his Clintonville bungalow and a separate art restoration studio.

As an art restorer Fred and his work partner repair and restore a variety of art objects with their focus on historical oil paintings. Their clients include a long list of public institutions as well as private businesses and personal collectors. He finds restoration endlessly interesting as it forces him to be an inventive problem solver as well as a skilled painter. Between painting, teaching and restoring art, Fred finds his work very rewarding.

Michael Fowler

Michael Fowler, Professor of Design and holder of the Mary Durban Toole Chair of Art, teaches fine art and graphic design at the University of South Carolina Aiken. His graphics students have gone on to careers in dozens of graphic-related fields, having worked on designs for scores of entities as students in his classes as disparate as the Aiken County Government, The South Caroline Academy of Authors, Historic Aiken Foundation and the Green Boundary Club of Aiken.

He served previously as instructor of design and the fine arts in both liberal arts and professional design colleges in Nebraska and Tennessee. Fowler actively exhibits in regional and national exhibits, his landscapes paintings residing in public and private collections nationally.

For a portion of his career he has designed signage and wayfinding systems for the built environment, including healthcare, hospitality and sports venues in a half dozen states. His principle scholarly interest involves how the character of Abraham Lincoln, a historic figure who has captured Fowler's interest since boyhood, has been exploited in fine art and material culture. Fowler has two daughters and lives with his wife Kathryn in North Augusta, South Carolina.

David Gentilini

David Gentilini is the Director of The Schumacher Gallery at Capital University. Receiving his B.F.A. from Capital, Gentilini also received a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from The Union Institute and University. He has spent the past twenty years working on building relationships between the community and arts organization.

He has served as Gallery Director for MadLab Gallery and as a consultant for the Gateway Film Center Gallery. He has also assisted in the curation and preparing of over 750 exhibits and displays around the Central Ohio area. He is also a practicing artist that shows regularly around Columbus and the state of Ohio. He is represented by Sharon Weiss Gallery in the Short North Arts District. 

“I am fascinated with the play of light and shadows. I love how it creates a beauty in what many perceive as an ordinary and mundane scene. Painting cityscapes at night provides more energy and opportunity within a limited focus. The light directs you to what it wants you to see. What it wants you to experience. I want to help to convey how a dark and lonely alley becomes almost beautiful and inviting when looking at it through the right lens.”

Instagram: @dgentiliniart

Kaitlyn Gilham

I have been inspired by the surfaces of decrepit abandoned architecture in both urban and rural settings; these surfaces have suffered through a long process of destruction to become what they are today. I find these extreme weathered structures to be beautiful and intriguing not just because of how they look but what they have been through. This is the same excitement I hope to convey with my paintings, this idea of layers of manipulation. Through these layers I hope to create a whole new space one in which the viewer can become lost attempting to understand how it became.

Process is defined as a serious of actions whether it is a series of natural occurrences or fallowing a procedure. Process is an important aspect in every artists work; I find it to be particularly important in my work and I feel that my viewer should be able to find ruminates of my process when examining my work. The ideas of the raw construction and showing all parts of the process inspire me and roots back to my exploration of craft in the ceramic medium; from ceramics I have brought my ideas of construction back to my painting practice.  

The tools that I use to paint, such as the squeegees and palate knives, leave part of the results up to chance; it is hard to tell where the paint may catch or drag. With this sense of chance in a way my tools can define my paintings. I commonly use a stencil resembling a floral pattern, which I feel creates a unique divergence within my paintings. These floral patterns, hidden among the raw painting scrapes and marks, allows for a necessary balance of control and chance in my works. I want viewers to enjoy the physical mark making in my paintings and understand each tool’s mark as an extension of my own body.


Lisa Parks Godfrey

As a long time art collector, I was always drawn to still life paintings. This became my starting point in becoming an artist. There are endless opportunities to explore color relations. The most favorite moment for me is when I glaze my paintings in oil, and all of the color shines through.

Ruth Gless

I am an architect who paints. As an architect and a painter, I celebrate urban space. Even the smallest village, rural location, or ruin can be urban. Grain elevators and old mills hold a particular fascination for me. They are the skyscrapers of small towns; they integrate into the fabric of the town; they hug the train tracks; and they and their dependencies make place.

Recently, I have studied chairs and collage. Chairs display the intersections between design and human use interiors, portraits of chairs, cups. They have long held a particular fascination for architects. Their design seems infinite, yet it is restricted by necessity. Collage is for me an exploration of composition, color, and figure-ground relationships in space.

Michael Guinane

The emotion of a single moment in time is what motivates Michael Guinane to paint.  Whether it be a  still and quiet moment of an individual, or capturing the total environment created by multiple figures in one place,  his work  allows you to see deeper in to this time and place.  Michael paints to create an atmosphere for the viewer to feel.  Whether it be a moment in history or the artist's personal experience, a quiet winter night in the park or a busy city street, these works  capture the feeling and mood one gets from being in a certain place or time.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Michael Guinane moved to Columbus in 1996 to attend the Columbus College of Art and Design. He graduated in 2000 with a BFA, majoring in illustration.  Michael continues to live and work in Columbus showing in galleries, public venues and doing privately commissioned works that are shown throughout the country while also teaching courses in painting at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.  He is represented by the Sharon Weiss Gallery in Columbus.

Hiroshi Hayakawa

Hiroshi Hayakawa moved to the US from Japan in 1991 to study art. He works in various artistic expressions including drawing, painting, sculpture, alternative photography, and paper crafts. He has exhibited his art nationally and internationally. His art works are owned by many public and private collectors.

He owns a BA in French Literature from Keio University, Tokyo, BFA in Photography from Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH and an MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He teaches at Columbus College of Art & Design.

He is the author of 4 paper craft books: “Kirigami Menagerie”, “Paper Pups”, “Paper Birds” and “Paper Monsters & Curious Creatures” all published through Lark Crafts.

Michael Hoza

At Youngstown State and The Ohio State University I studied sociology and philosophy, giving much thought to what might be called the social construction of reality and the ways in which we assign meaning to what we see. This concern for social issues along with an interest in the visual led me into the business of film making. However, as time passed I sensed that my real interest had less to do with narrative and more with trying to understand single moments. That focus on the moment returned me to my childhood love of drawing and painting. As good writing or movie making can condense time (a lifetime, history) a painting can expand time and enrich the experience of a single moment. My paintings are careful considerations of particular moments and places, most especially in the Ohio landscape.

Linda Hutchinson

Linda Hutchinson has been making art for the better part of her life, originally in the greeting card and print markets, and currently through her fine art drawings and paintings. Awards include: Ohio Watercolor Society Gold Medal in 2001; First Night Akron button artist in 2008; and twice the recipient of The Kaleidoscope Award. She teaches drawing and painting at The Cuyahoga Valley Art Center and through continuing education programs at Kent City Schools. Her affiliations include: Akron Society of Artists; The American Watercolor Society; Gallery C in Raleigh (NC); Hudson Fine Art and Framing; Ohio Arts Council; Ohio Watercolor Society; Oil Painters of America and The Sharon Weiss Gallery in Columbus. Most recently her work was featured in The Art of Watercolour Magazine, issue 26, which is published in Paris. She holds a B.A. in French from Miami (OH) University. For an extended exhibition history, or to view more work, please visit her website.

David Jewell

David Jewell’s paintings are poetic in the truest sense–the subject is at first familiar and deceptively simple but when examined they reveal an undercurrent of emotive power. In his images, the representation of the still life does not demand central stage, rather the subject of his work lies within the surface of the painting. The surface presents a myriad of layers created by the physical painting process, an articulated palette of eccentric color and impressions of a geometric system of measurement. Through these elements, Jewell unveils a desire at work to establish harmony both within the painting and in the mind of the viewer. Each layer of the painting reveals an undertow of revisions and recalculations of proportion in a nurturing effort to establish unity between the objects and environment they reside in. Jewell turns our focus from the stillness of a commonplace subject to the tension created by the disruption being raised beneath the surface. There is a rumbling of opposition at work. Masked by the lush patina and atmosphere of color lie an agitation of corrective decisions that have repetitively altered the face of the painting. Behind the placement, scale and arrangement of each object are lyrical movements that slowly shift the viewer’s attention of an assumed world of happenstance and static life into a fluid space where all things are intentionally positioned and are in a state of constant reconciliation. What remains are a collective pairing of painted marks that are woven together by the representation of the image.

—Philip R. Jackson, Professor of Painting
The University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS)

Philip Joseph

I have long been a painter with roots in the landscape, and branches that lead outward in directions that often surprise me. The visual world gives me inspiration of forms and emotional ties and endlessly teaches me about color.  In my present mode I move back and forth between the landscape as subject matter and as inspiration for abstract wanderings.  I search for, and occasionally find, a middle ground between the two.

     I received training in Art at Manchester University, and had the good fortune of working with Angelo Ippolito while earning an MFA in painting at Michigan State.  For thirty years I was on the Art faculty at Miami University.  Now retired, I have returned to NW Michigan where I paint daily in my studio and when not there explore the dunes and forests or go sailing on nearby lakes.

Jeff Kallet

Jeff Kallet is a collage artist who lives in Athens, Ohio. Found papers, most of them old magazines, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera, are the materials Jeff uses to create pieces. Abstract, narrative, expressionist, pop--the style depends upon the materials at hand and the inspiration of the moment.

Sophie Knee

Vision has to do with what we see; perception is about how we think about what we see.

 The current body of work consists of paintings and prints, with photographic reference.  While the prints don't necessarily look like the paintings, they are connected by shared themes; some of these are perception, authorship (ownership), and taste (beauty).  

 While the overall size of these works is relatively small, it matters that the subject matter is presented about life-sized, or slightly larger; you are deliberately “drawn close” at human scale, into juicy color relationships and luscious surfaces. 

 Sophie Knee was born in England, and emigrated to the United States as a young adult.  She lives and works in Columbus, Ohio.

Linda Langhorst

Linda Langhorst paints the places where people gather: the nooks and crannies of musical towns, bustling cities, farmer’s markets, waterways, and park lands. Ms. Langhorst works primarily in oil, weaving strokes of color into some generally recognizable and personally satisfying memory of  life around her.

Perhaps best known for her body of work celebrating the Blues Highway and American musical heritage, Langhorst’s cityscapes and landscapes chronicle travels in the American heartland.

These days she paints inside her husband’s guitar shop, where she is surrounded by musicians and fine craftsmen who build  and repair fretted instruments. Langhorst believes musicians and artists have some important things in common. They both play with rhythm, harmony and color. Both search for effective compositions that can relay specific impressions to others. And artists and musicians each work inside the confines of their own mediums, trying to reveal something bigger and deeper about life together. It’s not a bad gig.

George Leach

My artwork is reflective of the people and places I travel to and work with.  As a former elementary school teacher and now as a Family Lawyer I have an opportunity to meet people in varying levels of conflict and turmoil within the legal systems of Family, Juvenile, and sometimes Criminal law.  I see first hand the heightened emotions of families in turmoil and/or transition, and I try to capture the real-life emotions in my paintings.  I am fortunate to have nearly 50 paintings in several county court houses that are viewed by thousands of families each year as they enter into and negotiate through the specific legal system they are in.

Stacy Leeman

Stacy Leeman’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Her work is held in public and private collections, including Princeton University. Ms. Leeman has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She received grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Vermont Studio Center. She is represented by the Sharon Weiss Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, and Rutledge Street Gallery in Camden, South Carolina.

Ms. Leeman earned her BA in studio art from Oberlin College and her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her studies abroad have included a year in Jerusalem and a semester at Parsons School of Design in Paris. Ms. Leeman lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her family.

Karen LaValley

My approach to painting is to evoke impressions of my world…. earth, objects, florals and, especially people in all their variety. I strive to give my viewers a representation of my  subjects done in a painterly, passionate, intuitive style .

In Springfield, Ohio , where I was raised, my early  life was filled with excitement every time I performed in  yearly recitals with my father’s dancing school. Years later my paintings reflected  the rhythm, flow, and music of my early life. I  graduated with a BFA from The Ohio State University in the Vietnam Era. There I was fortunate to study with my favorite professor Robert King, with Hoyt Sherman as my advisor. After my graduation I interned in art therapy at Upham Hall.  Watercolor became my medium until a workshop with Chuck Marshall opened my eyes to the benefits of oil.  Through friends I also became enamored with Plein Air and continue to paint everywhere I travel.

 I am a signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, a charter member of the Ohio Plein Air  Society and an associate member of Oil Painters of America. I’ve studied with Rose Frantzen, Scott Burdick, and Marc Hanson to name a few. Among the juried exhibitions I have shown in are: the Butler Institute of American Art; the Riffe Gallery; the Ohio State Fair; the Ohio State University Faculty Club; and plein air exhibitions in Colorado and Door County, Wisconsin. My paintings can be seen in both public and private collections.

Mathew McFarren

Mathew McFarren was born in Wooster, Ohio. McFarren’s family relocated to Wheat Ridge Colorado in 1964. He currently resides in Granville, Ohio.

McFarren graduated for Colorado Institute of Art in 1980 and worked as an in-house illustrator for a Denver graphic design studio. In 1987 he started his own free-lance illustration studio, McFarren Illustration. He has taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver and Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design.

His art works have been featured in Communication Arts Illustration Annual, International Artist Magazine and by The Portrait Society of America.

“As an artist, there are moments when I struggle for inspiration. I find it best not to fight the inspirational morass. A “creative quagmire” is a place where I find I always learn and grow. I’m of the opinion that the secret to sustainable productivity is to create for yourself. Creating works for a particular market, or following trends undermines the creative impulse.” 

Nina Menduni

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My relationship with sculpture is about something greater than myself.

I am drawn to broken vessels that have been transformed.  Sometimes the vessels are strong and victorious, and other pieces are so delicate and thinly carved that the light seems to pour out of them. 

My primary medium has been stone carving, but in the last few years I have begun to experiment with ceramics as well — gravitating to old methodologies and techniques that embrace the history of the material. I find reduction firing especially intriguing.  When the piece is starved of oxygen, it must take it from within the clay itself.  The result is a blackened, sensual and worn form. 

I also experiment with wood firing, embracing the unexpected way that the fire licks the forms.  I do not have complete control of what happens in the fire.

 I choose materials and processes that contribute to and amplify my voice as an artist.

Ronald Mlicki

Award-winning Columbus artist Ronald Mlicki graduated from Cooper School of Art in Cleveland, Ohio, and received a bachelor’s degree in business from the Ohio State University. Shortly thereafter, Mlicki built, a thriving commercial design practice where he and his team developed advertising campaigns for clients locally, nationally, and globally.

Upon selling his business, he returned to his first love – drawing and painting people. He rekindled his passion by studying with Jason Clary, Charles Hall and nationally noted artist Burton Silverman. Ron’s work is held in private collections and has been featured in the Butler Institute of American Art National Mid-Year Juried Show several times and numerous other Juried venues and awards.

Jim Murrin

Jim is an Ohio native who has been painting for thirty years.  Geometric structure and color are central in his works, which are principally oil renderings of street art,  cityscapes, landscapes, and still life.

His work has been exhibited at The Century Association (New York, NY),  ArtConnect (Matanzas, Cuba), Columbus Museum of Art, Springfield Museum of Art,  OSU Urban Art Space,  OSU Faculty Club,  Reed Arts (Columbus), Georgian Museum (Lancaster), and Sharon Weiss Gallery. 

His paintings are found in many private and public collections including that of the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  In 2016 Jim was awarded The Community Arts Partnership Award by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Paul Pedulla

Paul Pedulla’s contemporary paintings are representational yet minimal. There’s a simplicity that draws you in and a depth that finds you frequently discovering something new.

What you see is a moment, often revealing a relationship between neighboring houses, a building and the sky, a road and the landscape, the sky and a lake or the sea, figures in an environment or a window and the world it views.

The artist is drawn to an uncluttered sensibility, both on his canvasses and in day-to-day life. What he leaves out of his work is probably as important as what he puts in.

Paul’s paintings have been singled out by art professionals, educators and interior designers from Seattle to New England, and can be found in collectors’ homes and businesses from California to Germany.

Naichuan Peng

A native of China, I began painting in 1973. I studied art in Shanghai, trying a variety of mediums, and later worked as an art designer at the Technical Institute of Shanghai’s broadcast TV. Initially self-taught, I began with drawing and painting. My emphasis was on landscapes and still life. After exploring many different mediums and continuing my studies, I experimented using watercolors painted on rice paper. I am now working primarily with oils.

I describe my style as a modern realist integrating elements of abstraction and expression. Because I emigrated from a big city, I like to paint street scenes with ordinary people in daily life. The feelings of the people are best conveyed in evening light or artificial light coming through doors or windows. I like to in corporate the American flag when possible. I take photos only for reference. I snap the action with my camera and manipulate the material by sketching in my studio and changing the composition. My personal challenge is to paint something that does not look like a snapshot.

Some artists plan their paintings carefully, while others work more spontaneously. I use both approaches to make effective pictures. Every interpretation has a strong personal component – Even the most realistic and apparently objective one. In addition, interpretation is essential in conveying authentic interest to the work. It serves as a means for awakening the viewer, their curiosity and the appreciation for the painting.

Stephanie Rond

Stephanie Rond is a Columbus, Ohio, based street artist whose colorful and feminist work can be seen on walls around the world, both inside and out.

Stephanie attended Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University.

Rond had the distinguished honor of representing all of North America in “She’s a Leader,” a street art project created by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society based in Paris, France. She is the founder of the website Women Street Artists and owns and operates S.Dot Gallery.

An award-winning documentary has been created about her work. The film, Tiny Out Loud, studies Rond’s gender-gouging street art and dollhouse art galleries. The film is a fun but evocative exploration of making gender roles smaller and the art world’s accessibility larger.

Jeff Stahler

I'm a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist (35+ years), the creator of the syndicated comics panel, 'Moderately Confused' (17+ years) & an active watercolor artist who enjoys plein air painting. 

I'm currently a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society & an active  board member of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society. I'm also an active board member of the Ohio Plein Air Society & have exhibited in several regional exhibits. I'm out painting every chance I get.

Rachel Stern

I am an intuitive and interpretive artist, one who paints my impression of reality. My focus is on things in our everyday world that are quickly passed with scant notice. Landscapes, figures, quiet and active, and objects translated through still life, provide inspiration and energy that enable me to create. In a sketchbook that is always with me,

I draw various views of the subject before selecting a composition to develop into a painting. For me, color, light, form and texture provide the most important elements in a painting. I apply paint loosely and thinly; using brush and palette knife, the subject begins to emerge. I continue with thicker applications of paint, allowing the painting to ‘speak’ to me. I listen, and together we work to complete the image. I strive to awaken the magic in the ordinary. My art is described as classic art re-presented in a contemporary style.

I have studied at the Chicago Art Institute, SACI (Studio Art Center International, in Florence, Italy and Columbus College of Art and Design. My almost 30 years as a Docent at the Columbus Museum of Art, coupled with classes at the University of Maryland and The Ohio State University, have given me a rich education in art history, as well.

Dave Terry

Dave Terry is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He is a self-taught painter and artist, and Columbus’ renowned art restorer of 35 years. He has been a staple of the fine art community in Ohio, not only through his expert restoration, but through his experience as a collector, appraiser, auctioneer and philanthropist.

He is a lover of all art forms and pushes to experiment and develop through creating in all mediums. It is his initial love of paint and color, however, which enable him to develop his distinctive painting style, capturing the beauty in landscapes throughout Ohio, Indiana, Maine and the Midwest. He has evolved over the years from a more illustrative feel to one that is still representational but less defined.

Dave has a profound love of nature. He never tires of the simple beauties found in the shape of a tree, the female figure, the poignant colors actually present in dark shadows and in the expanse of a sea of clouds. These are the bounties he appreciates that fuel his craving to continue exploring the landscape and the objects within it.


Nathaniel Underwood

Nathaniel Underwood received his BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design and MFA in Painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Upon graduation, Underwood served as an adjunct professor at the Columbus College of Art and Design, teaching figurative painting, color theory, drawing anatomy and structure and two dimensional design.

Today, Underwood works as an artist, illustrator and educator. He is also the founder and organizer of the Open Figure Painting Sessions at the Ohio Art League. Drawing inspiration from nature with perception being the absolute foundation of his practice, Underwood's creative pursuit is stimulated by viewing the world in an objective manner. His work can be found in numerous private collections including the Weaver Foundation N.C. and the Ohio University Eastern.

My studio practice typically involves representation of actual observed spaces through analytical and objective questioning. My subjects include figuration, interior scenes, and urban landscapes. While documenting the quality of a place or moment in time, or portraying an observed figure, I am also visually capturing the conscious decisions of my making process. Sometimes my work preserves acts of measuring or constructing form. My painting and drawing strategy is not a means to an end but a method of personal discovery, research, and invention. Through observation, I hope to gain a better understanding of how I relate to the seen world.

Michael Walek

University of Cincinnati: Two years, School of Design, Architecture, and Art; Ball State University: World Architecture Workshop; School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA: Four year degree; Tufts University, Medford, MA: BA degree; Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities; Workshop - S. Patricia Benson Print Studio, Alfred, ME: Apprentice - University of Southern Maine: Printmaking Class

Harcus Krakow Rosen Sonnabend Gallery, 7 and 127 Newbury Street, Boston MA; Design - Sonnesta Hotel Corporation of America, Boston MA; Teacher: Pine Bank Arts Center, Boston MA; Teacher: Kennebunk High School, Kennebunk, ME; Manager: Pracilla Hartley Gallery, Kennebunk, ME; Owner and Manager: Michael Walek Gallery, Kennebunkport ME 1980-1983; Owner and Manager: Michael Walek Gallery, Cape Neddick, ME 1978-1986; Architectural Painting, Design, and Restoration - Walek & Hardy 1985-1987; Partner - Fancy Painters 1987-1991; Review Board, Maine State Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Regional Grants 1989; Curatorial Consultant: Ruthmere Museum, Elkhart, IN

Noble High School, Berwick, ME; Maine State Commission on the Arts & Humanities Grant 2002; Meadowmere Hotel, Ogunquit, ME; Private Homes in Boston, Charlestown MA; throughout New Hampshire and Maine; Faux wood graining York Historical Society Remick Barn, York, ME; Faux wood graining Harbor Candy Shop, Ogunquit, ME; Faux Marbleizing Private Homes

Steven Walker

“I didn’t come from a family of artists, I wasn’t top of my class or win a lot of awards but I’ve always had a strong work ethic and the passion to work on my craft.”

Born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and raised in Richmond, Virginia he discovered his love for art at a very early age. With little interest in anything else, Steven took the next big step towards his pursuit of a career in art when he earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. He would later earn his masters in fine arts from Marywood University, where he also met his wife/ fellow artist Evelyn.

Instant success was not in the cards as Steven continued showing at a string of coffee shops, libraries and other businesses. Eventually his hard work paid off with a few local awards that soon caught the attention of two gallery owners. Since his venture into gallery life, his landscapes have been well received by collectors as his paintings are part of several private collections such as Airstream Inc., Hilton Hotels, the Boy Scouts of America, Dominion Resources, Virginia State Department, the National Parks Service, the Columbus Convention Center and the United States Air Force.

Since going full time as an artist in 2008, Steven has been included in several local and national juried competitions including the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional show, Richeson 75 Landscape Competition, Plein Air Salon, the International Salon Competition, the Oil Painters of America Salon (Award of Excellence) and the Art Renewal Center. Steven also had the privilege of being a part of a statewide traveling exhibition with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

“I should have quit years ago but that would have proven so many people right.” – SW

Kris Worthington

Subject matter for my works range from whimsical to landscape to spiritual abstractions. Places, people, canines, emotions in actual or imagined scenarios provide me with inspiration.

I like working with fabric, preferably cotton. I use commercial fabric and hand-dyed by myself, and by Marie Wylie. My work incorporates hand and machine stitching, beading and collage. I like to experiment with new and old ways of combining process and technique.

Working with fabric is basically a “No Rules” adventure in creativity that has been artistically liberating for me. The endless possibilities makes this a never-ending journey.