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2017 Catalina: The Wild Side Featured Artists
 
Cindy Baron
Cindy is nationally recognized in both watercolors and oils, painting the grand landscapes of the western mountains and coastal shorelines.
Cindy was raised in South Bend, Indiana and has had the experience of living all over the country. Her art career started early when a teacher noticed her drawings, which lead to weekends assisting teachers at the Art Center in town. She is a full time artist and conducts workshops and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design in their Continuing Ed., Department.

Her passion in the arts began with pastels, which then led to watercolors and in 2000 was awarded signature status of The American Watercolor Society. In 2012, she became a signature member of Oil Painters of America, and is among a small group of artist that has received acknowledgment from her peers in both mediums. A plein-air painter enthusiast and her extensive travels, have given Cindy an abundance of information and knowledge, which she shares with her students. She has become a highly sought after instructor, teaching her skills around the country and Continuing Education classes to teachers. She has had the privilege of judging many award shows and has been featured in numerous publications.

Her paintings reflect the beauty that is found in nature, if you take the time to study the colors around you. She can capture beauty in a blustering storm or the tranquil air of everyday places. Her portraitures relay a story of human life as though they were family or friend. The versatility of mediums, subjects, keeps her energized, excited and creative. Her paintings are very much influenced and directed by the other.

Brian Blood

Brian Blood, a resident of Pebble Beach, California, is widely recognized as one of California’s most important plein air impressionist artists. Married to award winning artist, Laurie Kersey, they live their childhood dreams.

He began his professional life as a graphic artist and art director in Boston, Massachusetts.  Although Blood's career was successful, he was frustrated personally and realized he wanted to be a fine-art painter. A leap across the continent to California took him to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for both undergraduate and graduate studies.  Blood and Kersey were both later instructors at the Academy of Art University for 12 years.

From the 1990s, Brian Blood has been painting full time as well as conducting landscape painting classes at his alma mater.  He also conducts ongoing workshops in his studio, and surrounding areas of Pebble Beach, California.

Primarily a plein-air painter, Blood creates hundreds of studies directly from nature, observing the ever changing light of day.  He then takes his studies and supporting reference photos back to one of his two studios, either in San Francisco or Pacific Grove, to paint. He uses these studies as the basis for his larger scale works.

Blood has had his work featured in articles in Southwest Art Magazine (May 2002, and March 2005); Art of The West Magazine (March/April 2004); American Artist Magazine (January 2004); Plein Air Magazine (December 2005); and The Central Coast Journal (October 2005); to name a few.
Brian Blood - Biography

Don Demers

Don Demers was born in 1956, in the small, rural community of Lunenburg, Massachusetts. His interest in painting maritime subjects began while spending his summers on the coast of Maine near Boothbay Harbor. After finishing an exemplary high school art program, he furthered his education at the School of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA.

Don’s maritime experience came about as a crewmember aboard many traditional sailing vessels including schooners and square-riggers.  He continues to be an avid sailor.

His professional career began as an illustrator and expanded into the field of fine art. His illustrations can be found on many book covers and in national publications such as Reader’s Digest, Sail Magazine, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Yankee, and National Geographic.

Demers is a “Fellow” of the American Society of Marine Artists, an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists, an elected member of the California Art Club, and a signature member of PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America).  He has won a record seventeen awards at the Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic, CT. including the Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award in 2006.  Demers’ illustrations have been recognized by the Museum of American Illustration four times in their national competition representing the finest examples of work in the field. Recognized for his communication skills,  Don conducts workshops for artists as well as producing instructional  DVDs.  He also lectures on his landscape and marine art.  His audiences include museums, art associations, yacht clubs, historical societies and educational institutions.

Kathleen Dunphy

Kathleen Dunphy’s rapid success in the competitive art world was predicted when American Artist Magazine recognized her as one of the Top Ten Emerging Artists in 1998, just 2 years after she had closed her floral design business to devote herself full time to painting.  She is one of those rare people who have true passion, dedication, and a gift for transposing nature’s beauty to canvas.

Kathleen’s early art education included workshops by Kevin MacPherson and Dan Gerhartz. In 2000, Kathleen was awarded a full scholarship at the renown Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  She maintains strong ties to the Academy, where she has been offered a faculty appointment and participates in the annual Alumni Auction. Further study with Scott Christensen and T. Allen Lawson helped hone her skills and refine her own unique style of painting.

In 2003, Kathleen designed and built her own studio in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California, where the pristine setting of her home provides endless inspiration for her work.  Kathleen’s landscape paintings can now be found in galleries from coast to coast. Her honors are considerable and include important juried shows in California, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, and Maine; Best of Show from the American Impressionist Society; an Award of Excellence from the Oil Painters of America; ten California Art Club Gold Medal Shows; eight magazine articles including being featured in Southwest Art’s plein air issues in 2009 and 2013; the Federal Duck Stamp Competition; Birds in Art; Arts for the Parks; Grand Prize at the Acadia Invitational Exhibition in Bar Harbor, Maine; and many others. In 2014, Kathleen’s painting “The Flotilla” was purchased by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum for inclusion in their permanent collection.  Kathleen has attained signature status with the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, Laguna Plein Air Painters, the American Society of Marine Artists and Artists for Conservation. Her highest honor to date came in 2013 when she was elected to join the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America as one of only 35 Signature Members. In a short period of time, she has earned an impressive and growing reputation with galleries, private collectors, and art magazines across the United States.
Painting in the Oatgrass

Debra Huse

Debra Huse is a contemporary American Impressionist. She uses rich color and bold fluid strokes to capture the light and drama in her plein air and studio paintings. Huse enjoys working in oils and is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, the American Society of Marine Artists, Laguna Plein Air Painters & Pastel Society of America.  
Debra enjoys painting on location and has painted in many plein air events across the country. Huse and her husband Randy enjoy traveling on their sport fishing boat GROUPER where Debra often paints scenes from the water. Huse currently has a studio in a Newport Beach, CA Boatyard. Debra Huse has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, Plein Air Magazine and Art of the West Magazine.

Laurie Kersey

Artist Laurie Kersey loves the dramatic coastal landscape of the Monterey Peninsula that she and her artist husband, Brian Blood (www.brianblood.com), call home. For a painter, the West Coast offers a great deal of diversity, from sandy beaches and rocky coastlines to rolling farmland and golden hills dotted with oaks.

Currently, Kersey’s work includes the dramatic coastline and quiet countryside of California; elegant, traditional still lifes and florals; figures in quiet moments; and horses at work and play.

After an early education at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a 15 year career in commercial art, as an Art Director and Illustrator on the East Coast, she relocated to San Francisco and studied painting at the Academy of Art University. She later taught painting and drawing in the Fine Art Department at the Academy, as well as conducting private workshops near her home on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula.

Kersey has participated in gallery shows, national juried shows, and museum invitational shows, including the Greenhouse Gallery Salon International, California Art Club’s Gold Medal Exhibition, Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Cowgirl Up! Museum Invitational, Torrey Pines Plein Air Invitational, Maui Plein Air Invitational, and the Oil Painters of America’s National and Western Regional Exhibitions.

She has been honored with awards in the OPA National Juried Exhibition, Greenhouse Gallery Salon International, Carmel Art Festival, American Women Artists National Juried Exhibition, Hudson Valley Art Association National Juried Exhibition, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Plein Air Painting Festival, San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Festival, and Torrey Pines Plein Air Invitational. She has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, Plein Air Magazine (now Fine Art Connoisseur), American Artist Magazine, USEF's Equestrian Magazine, Horses in Art Magazine, and has been a first place winner in the Artist’s Magazine’s annual competition.

Kersey is an Artist Member of the California Art Club and the American Impressionist Society, a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America, and is represented by Jones & Terwilliger Galleries in Carmel and Palm Desert, CA, K Nathan Gallery in La Jolla, CA, Garden Gallery in Half Moon Bay, CA, and Fairmont Gallery in Sonoma, CA.




Laurie Kersey - Biography

Kim Lordier
Native to the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Kim Lordier combines keen observation and sensitivity to create her award winning landscapes. After college, Lordier flew for a major air carrier, experiencing many domestic and foreign locales, while keeping up with painting and portraiture. After the events of September 2001, she turned to painting full time.

Inspired by the turn-of-the-century California Impressionists and Tonalists, Kim paints in the plein air tradition. Fascinated with California's unique atmospheric qualities, Kim strives to capture the beauty, depth and energy of the land and sea. She is currently a Signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters, the Pastel Society of America, a Distinguished Pastelist in the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and Artist Member of the California Art Club.

Michael Obermeyer

A native of Southern California, Michael Obermeyer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at California State University, Long Beach. A twenty year career in illustration included works for Disney Studios, the Anaheim Angels, McDonnell Douglas, Coldwell Banker, and the United States Air Force. Because of his illustration background, he is equally comfortable with the landscape and the figure. Many of his paintings are in the US Air Force Historical Art Collection in the Smithsonian Institute and the Pentagon.

Michael was presented with the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association "Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2015. He recently won the "Collector's Choice Award" and the “Fine Art Connoisseur Award” at the Laguna Beach Invitational Plein Air Competition as well as the "Best of Show" at the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art and the Kern County Plein Air Festival, and the Gold Medal at the Carmel Art Festival. Collectors include the Marriott Hotels and Resorts, The Irvine Company, Hoag Hospital, California State Parks and many corporate as well as private commissions.

Michael is a member of the Oil Painters of America, The Society of Illustrators, and a Signature Member of both the the California Art Club and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

Currently, his paintings are showing at galleries in Carmel, Sonoma, Claremont, and in Laguna Beach, where he is a regular exhibitor at the Festival of Arts.

He maintains his studio in Laguna Beach, California.

Ron Rencher

The summers of Ron Rencher’s youth were spent on the family ranch, which provided him with the rewarding experiences of country life. These were experiences that helped to shape the character of a boy who would later turn to the brush and canvas for inner peace. After moving from a small Utah town to Orange County, California, as a child, Ron felt like a fish out of water in his new environment. His salvation was finding the paint box that his father had used in college over twenty years earlier. Ron recalls, “The paints, brushes, palette, and mediums were all still intact and viable. Dad took good care of his painting gear, so I was able to use what he left to get started. I was twelve at the time, and my first inspiration was from paintings he had done in college that were hanging in our home.”

Ron’s interest in art continued throughout his school years. He graduated from Southern Utah State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art in 1975. It was during his college years and for eight years after that Ron took on the responsibility of maintaining the family ranch. During his post-collegiate years on the family ranch Ron made attempts at painting, but in his words, “A career in painting demands that you devote yourself at least 100% to the endeavor. You can’t be half-hearted or have the distractions of other occupations." He eventually made his break and turned the responsibilities of the ranch over to my brother.

After leaving the ranch, Ron worked in watercolor for five years in and around Zion National Park with excursions to the Grand Canyon and the Indian Country of Northeastern Arizona.

Brian Stewart
Before becoming a painter, Brian Stewart had a successful 25-year career in advertising
doing award-winning work on national corporate and packaged goods accounts. He was recognized for his excellence in graphic design and advertising art direction in print and broadcast.

He received his early art training at The Art Center in Los Angeles, and later at Atelier LeSueur in Minneapolis, where he learned the classic, academic fundamentals as they were taught in Paris a century ago. Teaching has also been a major part of his art career. He has taught at Pasadena City College, the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and lectured and taught workshops throughout the US and abroad.

Brian has received many awards for his plein air work including ARC International Salon awards, Best of Show at Coos Art Museum, California Art Club and more. His work has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine, American Artist and The Artist Magazine among others. He has served as juror and lecturer for
national plein air shows and judged prestigious online art competitions. Brian has also been the subject of TV and online interviews about museums and being a contemporary artist.

He is a Signature Member of the Plein Air Painters of America, as well as a member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America and the American Society of Marine Artists. A visual raconteur, Brian is known and collected nationally for his unique vision and the story-telling quality of his paintings. This native Californian, who now makes his home in Minnesota, can be found playing the banjo when not painting.



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