A bit cold, a bit wet (from previous day’s rain), but a clear sunny day for our first paint out of the season with Cheryl Keefer leading the way. We were even joined by a large group of students from A.C. Reynolds High School.
About Richard: Richard’s purpose in painting is to provoke the viewer to interact with his pieces. His paintings are his voice, and stroke by stroke, he composes a whole that relates his vision. He strives to achieve a mood in every painting through the use of such visual stimuli as color, edges, value and drawing. He allows the setting to speak to him, creating only as many brushstrokes as are needed for the viewer’s eyes to understand and connect. richardoversmith.com
In a blend of realism and impressionism, artist Deborah Squier, creates an intimate interpretation of the landscape around her. Her luminous, atmospheric paintings capture the subtle light, time of day and tonal shifts in both color and value.
Lindesay Harkness grew up in England, where she developed an affinity for English countryside, gardens and wildflowers and a love of the beauty of the natural world. In 1975 she moved to Cambridge MA where she completed a PhD. In 1978 she discovered a pocket of knowledgeable, representational artists with direct links to the Boston school at its zenith. She studied portraiture with one of them, Robert Cormier, at Fenway Studios. When she was offered an opportunity to study full time with another member of this group, Paul Ingbretson, she abandoned her post- doctoral fellowship, purchased a studio at Fenway studios and began a life-transforming apprenticeship. Two years later she moved to Chapel Hill, where she has lived since.
North Carolina landscape artist Scott Boyle is a visual explorer, a promoter of plein air painting, and the founder of the North Carolina Plein Air Painters, which organizes numerous outdoor painting events around the state each year. Additionally, he teaches workshops and frequently speaks on subjects relating to outdoor painting.
Jeremy Sams is an award winning representational artist residing in Archdale, NC. Jeremy’s primary subject matter is landscapes while working in acrylics. He also loves the challenge of portraits and his work varies in size from just a few sq. inches to murals measuring upward of 40’x60′.
Artist, Brennen McElhaney was born in 1968 in Santa Barbara, California. He studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1990.
Ann Vasilik, a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania has lived in Asheville, North Carolina since 1988. She received a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Philadelphia College of Art. Ann has worked as a painter, illustrator and teacher in Virginia, California, Hawaii, North Carolina and the Republic of the Philippines. She has had numerous one-woman shows and has received many awards and commissions. Her work is contained in private and corporate collections.
Julyan Davis is an English-born artist who has painted the American South for over twenty five years. He received his art training at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. In 1988, having completed his B.A. in painting and printmaking, he traveled to the South on a painting trip that was also fueled by an interest in the history of Demopolis, Alabama and its settling by Bonapartist exiles.
Davis now lives in Asheville, North Carolina. His work is exhibited internationally, and is in many public and private collections. Recent acquisitions include the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, the Greenville County Museum of Art (South Carolina), the Morris Museum (Augusta, GA) and the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion and Western Residence. His newest work, interpreting traditional American ballads through the contemporary South, has been touring museums with accompanying lectures and musical performances.