Local Artists From the Springfield Area


Eunice Bronkar

Eunice Bronkar, from Urbana, received her B.F.A. and M. Art Ed. degrees from Wright State University. Additional studies were completed at the Dayton Art Institute. She has participated in twelve workshops with nationally recognized teachers from 1972-1993.

Before retiring in 1994 from Clark State Community College, Eunice was an adjunct instructor from 1984-1994. She obtained assistant professor ranking in 1989. In 1992 Eunice won the Teacher Excellence Award. She has also, taught art at the Springfield Museum of Art.

Her works are held in many public and private collections. They have been accepted in over one hundred juried state and national shows receiving fifty awards, including three "Best of Shows".

   

David Catrow

David Catrow, a self-taught artist and political cartoonist, has twice had books chosen for New York Times Best Illustrated. His nationally syndicated cartoons appear in over 900 newspapers and were featured in Draw! Political Cartoons from Left to Right as compiled by the National Archives Trust Fund. With wit and empathy, he has brought dynamic visual flair to such popular children's books as She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!, How Murray Saved Christmas, and Stand Tall, Mary Lou Melon, where "his pictures fill the pages with wild perspectives, goofy-looking kids, and hilarious details". (Kirkus)

David and his wife, Deborah, live in Springfield along with their two children and Bubbs, a springer spaniel that keeps sneaking into his books.

   

Mike Copeland

Mike Copeland's landscapes will stir anyone's imagination. His luminous style is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary qualities. He works with opaque watercolor, acrylic and oil, producing intimate or vast formats. Please explore this site and exercise your imagination! Inquiries are welcome.

After studying professional arts at Kent State University, Mike took a position as illustrator in 1980 for a printing company in his hometown of Springfield, Ohio. He ended his career as senior illustrator for Marcal Paper Mills. .

n 1991 Mike turned independent and produced opaque watercolors of local landscapes. His traditional style gained instant acclaim. He was honored in 1991 with a retrospective showing at the Springfield Museum of Art. Museum Director Mark Chepp was most impressed by Mike's self-training. Through an esteemed agent Mike secured sponsorships and began to experiment with various styles and mediums. By the end of the decade Mike produced and sold hundreds of originals. Several of his works became reproductions. Mike's numerous commissions include Wittenberg University, The Clark County Heritage Museum, George Rogers Clark Park, Springfield Regional Cancer Center and many private collectors nationwide. The Short North Gazette, featuring artists in the Columbus, Ohio art community hailed Mike as a "damn good emerging artist". Frame Haven Gallery proclaimed his works as best sellers.

   

Ronald L. Stephens

Ronald L. Stephens, a native of Springfield, Ohio, is fast becoming one of our community's leading portrait artists. Ron has had limited formal training, developed his own unique style and technique by which he has managed not only to capture an amazing likeness of his subject, but also the spirit of the person.

He started drawing at an early age to fulfill his inner need to create, but then busied himself with everyday living to support himself and his family, putting his natural gift aside, not realizing that his talent was marketable and that people wanted to display his creations in their homes and shops. At the age of 40, after a period of several years that his artisitc ability lay dormant, Ron was encouraged by his family and friends to pursue and share his God-given gift and his creative juices again began to flow.

Ron's first print, "Freedom's Dream", a pencil drawing of Dr. Martin Luther King, won a first place Charles White award at the Black Cultural Festival in Dayton, Ohio. From that time on Ron has received other honors and recognition for his portrait drawings which can be found at Universities, Schools, churches, businesses and private homes.

Ron donated a print of his prize winning drawing "Freedom's Dream" to the MLK Foundation in Atlanta, Ga. Portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King and Dr. Benjamin Hooks were on exhibit at the National Afro American Museum in Wilberforce, Ohio. Ron's major works have included portraits of Dr. King, John F. Kennedy, and Malcolm X. He likes portraying great men and women who have played important roles in our history.

The father of four children, he enjoys doing drawings depicting children. He has added to his collection of prints five more drawings of which he hopes to make available to galleries and distributors of art throughout the country and abroad.

   

Kathyrn Welch

Kathyrn Welch, native Springfielder, began painting following her retirement as a public school speech therapist. She holds a B.S. degree from Ohio State University and a master's degree in speech from Northwestern University. She has studied pastel and water color at the Springfield Museum Art School and Arrowmont School of Art in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Many of her landscapes depict scenes from Colorado where she visits her two children and grandchildren.