Luke Buck grew up in Indiana with a love for life, art and nature that is evident in his nostalgic watercolors of Americana. Traveling the back roads in search of scenic places, Buck will sometimes round a bend in the road, and the setting will find the artist.
Similarly, his vivid watercolors, the end result of his wanderings, reach out to the viewer. "I try to include the viewer in my paintings. The viewer is part of my work," says Buck. His captivating watercolors break out of their borders to welcome the viewer into their quietude, extending an invitation to roam.
Buck's distinctive borders evolved from vignettes. Finding that sketches were more interesting when surrounded by negative space, he began to design his paintings in much the same way.
His father was also an artist and, even as a child, Buck wanted to follow in his footsteps. He remembers the astonishment of visitors to their home when they saw the oil paintings that filled every available inch of wall space. Having been so surrounded by art at home, Buck thought it was customary.
After graduating, his high school placed him in a position where he worked as a commercial artist, and during his hitch in the U.S. Army he pulled illustration duty. Buck continued to work in commercial art until 1981, when he decided to devote his attention to fine art full time.
Each of his paintings has its own charm and tells its own tale. This is because a setting must have a certain appeal for Buck, either in terms of the subject matter or the feelings it evokes. And just as every locale has its own climate, its own "feel," Buck’s paintings all have a distinct atmosphere. It was his fifth grade teacher who taught him to keep in mind details such as: "Is the grass wet? Then paint it so you can smell it. Is the sunshine warm? Paint it so that you can feel its heat." An excellent teacher who loved art and influenced his life, she recognized his talents and helped him to hone his skills. She taught him principles and techniques that even some older, more advanced students did not know, such as perspective.
An intense painter, Buck loses himself in the experience. He prefers to work without any distractions, not even music. From the many reference photos he takes, he may select only a small section of a photo for a painting. Then he indulges in artistic license to entirely recreate it as a snow-covered scene or anything else that his imagination may conjure.
Although Buck has experimented with oils and acrylics, he prefers watercolors for their spontaneity and versatility. It is a medium that gives him the freedom to paint tightly and loosely within the same piece, blending realism with impressionism. The looseness in a piece allows the viewer to use his own imagination to fill in the details.
His father had once advised him to paint, not to please others, but to please each artist’s toughest critic: himself. "Satisfy yourself with a painting. If you’re happy, others will be happy, too." Remembering those words, when Buck is content with a painting, he always adds a personal touch to it in an inconspicuous place – his fingerprint.
"Each individual, personal place I have experienced through my life and travels, are etched in my mind and in my paintings. It is in painting these memories that I receive the greatest satisfaction. Through painting, I am able to add the emotion, spark or serenity of the moment that a photograph could never express."
Peggy Corthouts was born in 1959 in Coventry, Connecticut. In 1979 she moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking in 1983. There she sutdied under Wayne Kimball, a master printer from the famed Tamarind Atelier.
For eight years Corthouts was represented and published exclusively by the Winn Art Group in Seattle, doing original monoprints, lithographs, serigraphs and posters.
Among fine art printers, Corthouts is known as a printmaker of remarkable skill and sensitivity. Masterfully executed, her beautiful landscapes are contemporary, yet possess a softness and quality of light reminiscent of the Impressionistic Period.
In 1990, Corthouts moved her studio to Coaldale, Colorado, a small mountain town nestled in the Rocky Mountains. She spends most of her time painting on location throughout the impressive mountainous landscpae. Most recently, she has concentrated on original monoprints and oils on paper and canvas, which have received considerable recognition in the art world.
Corthouts' work has been exhibited in various galleries throughout the United States, and is featured in the collections of the Markland Corporation, National Medical Enterprises, Piedmont Airlines, John C. Lincoln Hospital, Metro State College, Smith-Krol Gallery, and many more corporate and private collections.
Irene Ferriman, a native of Ohio, is an active member of Western Ohio Watercolor Society and current member and past president of Fairborn Art Association. Her work is in private and corporate collections and she is represented in several shops and galleries. Irene exhibits in juried and outdoor shows and has had many one person shows. In 2000 her work was selected by Hipple Cancer Research Center in Dayton for use in making prints and note cards for the holiday fundraiser.
Irene began her art career while living in Fairborn two years before moving to Enon. When Fairborn Art Association was just forming in 1956, she joined them in workshops at the Fairborn YMCA. Since then she has taken many excellent workshops with nationally known artists and has worked in a variety of medias. These include oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, clay and pen and ink. Her interest in the outdoors is evident in her artwork and by joining Clark County Audubon Society with her family she enhanced her experiences with nature.
Franklin Galambos is world renowned as an artist and is revered as a master of the medium of etching. But, Galambos is so much more than the master of his craft. He is the maestro of his subject. Never has the forest been in greater harmony and never have trees been orchestrated in such a symphony as when they are brought under the hand of Franklin Galambos.
"Franklin's forest" is enchanted indeed! A sprig of rose hips or a branch of barberries will lure you across the snowy forest floor. The clever composition of forest elements will lead you ever deeper down a pleasant pathway. One can almost feel the fog or mist as it lays on the landscape. Be cautioned, the works of Franklin Galambos will smite your heart, enchant your mind, and mesmerize your memory. Trees, once seen through the eyes of this artist are never forgotten.
Frank was born in 1944 in Morristown, PA. He resides in the Oley Valley of Pennsylvania. Many of the pristine settings come from the surroundings near his home. Frank renders his work on copper plates at his sutdio, which includes a printing Atelier operated by his wife, Leslie.
Although collected around the world, the best recommendation of a Galambos etching or original is to simply see one. The beauty and quality of this speaks for itself
Born in Montreal, Canada in 1959, Alison Goodwin moved with her family to Portland, Maine when she was nine years old. Determined to be an artist from the age of five, Alison studied art at the University of Southern Maine and at Portland School of Art.
Following her studies, Alison created traditional landscapes, and after several years, evolved a highly individual style using acrylic paint, oil bars, and oil pastels to create works that explode with color and movement.
The skewed perspectives, rich texture, dramatic color and expressive drawing in Alison's work recall Van Gogh and Matisse. Like her great predecessors, Alison reveals with striking spontaneity and directness the personal and spiritual world she has discovered. This is not unexpected in Goodwin, who seems to find her artistic sense of self in a space between living and dreaming.
Alison Goodwin's works of art are popular with collectors from 12 to 92 and can be found throughout North America and Europe.
Due to the popularity of her originals, Alison now creates these handpulled, limited edition serigraphs.
Quiet and tasteful are the key words to L Gordon's art. Paintings that are comfortable to live with for a long time. His subjects are summer idylls, gardens with children ...landscapes influenced both by the impressionists and a lifetime of balancing compositions of color and narrative.
"I have taken from the impressionists, yet my work is not impressionist. Rather, I have added a contemporary style that I developed over a lifetime of discovery and change. Visual narrative and colors that fit the contemporary style of our homes and offices," says Gordon.
In developing his unique style, Gordon says: "The artists I have most admired are Manet, Degas and Monet. Those painters struggled to find a new look. I am a continuation of that school of painting. I recently sent a number of large canvases to a one man show in Dallas, Texas. Although the theme was water lilies, they were quite different from Monet's water lilies in both style and color".
Gordon says his style first took root around the time he was living in New Orleans in the early 1960s. Having finished his college work and after living in Europe for four years as a member of the U.S. Air Force, Gordon found life in the French Quarter an easy transition, not too dissimilar from studies at the Academy of Fine Art in Munich, Germany where he was allowed to sit in on life drawing and painting classes. It also allowed him to study privately under a nationally known teacher, Ms Violet Moulin. He now believes these classes in portraiture put him on the track to his current style of painting.
After five years of serious work in the portrait field, and feeling limited by the nature of the work, he began to produce large works for the elegant restaurants of the city. These paintings of the romantic south featuring plantations and southern belles, led to his first sales of Romantic Realism paintings, a dramatic change from the traditional style he was exposed to at the art academy in Germany.
Gordon's life took several twists and turns over the next several years. Life in New Orleans was becoming more stressful and the French Quarter was changing. Looking for a quiet retreat he discovered the high bluffs on the east side of Mobile Bay. After purchasing a large old home overlooking the bay he eventually found the art world didn't extend to the crab traps and pier houses. Life was better, art sales were slower, still a choice was made to stay as a partner in a local advertising agency. The upside was financial rewards and a great lifestyle for his family. At the end of five years and with the children grown and married, Gordon returned to New Orleans for a short time and then moved on to New Mexico and fresh challenges to paint Romantic Realism, western style. It wasn't until the 1980s, when he moved to Dallas, that his career as an international artist took off. Gordon says: "I found immediately that the top people in the art business traveled through Dallas from Paris, London, and New York to Los Angeles and they were picking up my work. I started to get national recognition and collectors began to attend my gallery shows. In 1987, I was discovered by a major art publishing firm that reproduced my original paintings, which in turn led to hundreds of galleries offering limited edition prints and canvas transfers of the paintings to collectors".
Today Gordon and his wife, Jill live on a wooded hillside in the Farms of West Mead at the edge of Nashville, Tennessee. "Its very scenic", says Gordon. "We have wonderful thickets full of birds and large deer that roam the ridges and stroll through the yard from time to time".
Gordon says "I like to do paintings that are serene while also adding details so the viewer can continually discover new things in a painting". Gordon's paintings have a picturesque quality and subject matter...often scenes of the French Riviera or lakes of northern Italy, city streets of Paris, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco as well as his traditional works of gardens and flowering vistas. The artist says "If I had to pick one area to paint, it would be northern Italy. The Italians are friendly, although driving can he hazardous to your health. Even though l enjoy traveling around the world, my basic interest in life is painting. I am truly contented when I get back home to my studio".
Dramatic color and a contemporary sense of composition exemplify the work of British artist Loren Grey. The energy and unique flair of her floral paintings form a focal point in any space, and draw us in to experience their unique textural surfaces.
After studying Fine Art in Wincchester, England, Grey moved to the West Coast of England where she now lives and works. Her passion, other than painting, is her wonderful garden in which she grows the original flowers that end up in what she calls her "flower portraits". The colors and themems of the work often depend on what flower is a particular favorite of the season.
Loren Grey is always experimenting with new techniques and materials, though her specialty is her own personal development of an encoustic method. The color in the painting is enhanced with layering "washes" of wax and paint.
A Springfield, Ohio native, Thomas Harwood is a highly respected Ohio painter. Mr. Harwood graduated with a degree in fine arts from Ohio University in 1968, where he majored in painting, printmaking and art history.
Mr. Harwood taught art in the Springfield Local School District and was a summer art instructor at Wittenberg University and the Springfield Art Center. In 1972 he joined his father at Springprint Paper Products and became a part of a four-generation printing tradition. In 1985 he became its President.
As a painter, Mr. Harwood is well-traveled and paints the American scene. Great old barns, moss-coated bridges, open fence gates shadowed by overhanging oaks, deserted school buildings, churches bright with hope, sycamores towering above a fast-running brook are all subjects that are viewed by his keen eye and painted with his sure hand.
Mr. Harwood's paintings and prints may be found in private collections from Hawaii to Portland, Maine.
For over 40 years, Edna Hibel has been referred to as America's best loved and most versatile artist, and best colorist. Since being commissioned by the Foundation of the U.S. National Archives in 1995 to commemorate 75 years of women receiving the universal right to vote, Hibel is now acclaimed the "Heart and Conscience of America." when Ms. Lucy Baines Johnson, of the U.S. National Archives described her as such.
Born in 1917 to Abraham and Lena Hibel of Boston, Massachusetts, Miss Hibel grew up in the Boston area. She was educated at Brookline High School where she met her future husband, Theodore Plotkin. She spent many summers at the shore in Hull, Massachusetts and in Maine studying watercolor painting. She began painting at the age of 9 in elementary school. In addition to art, Miss Hibel was very proficient in tennis and she had a wide circle of friends many with whom she still stays current by telephone.
Edna Hibel was educated at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, from 1935-39, and was a special graduate student later. In 1942, she was honored with the Sturtevant Traveling Fellowship to Mexico.
Edna began "pulling" stone lithographs in 1966 in Boston and then moved to work in a fourth generation 'atelier" in Zurich in 1970 and she still works in Switzerland. Lithography is a drawing medium and it is especially suited to her draftsmanship and exquisite control over "the line." She innovated in creating works with up to 32 stones (or colors) on paper, silk, wood veneer and encouraged her porcelain manufacturers to allow her to create color separations with stone lithography which were transferred in a "secret" complicated process onto Bavarian hard paste porcelain. These works are now called lithographs on porcelain. Ms. Hibel has created the "Arte Ovale" series, and various plaques with this technique. With both lithographs on paper and on other materials, she often segments her editions of lithographs by colors, papers or the use of gold.
Today Edna paints each day in her studio at home beginning early in the morning and hand enhances her original stone lithographs, serigraphs and giclee with pastels, oil paint, gold leaf, pencil, ink, conte crayon and charcoal. She normally works in oil paint. However, she is also working in watercolors again on a limited basis since she had mastered the techniques as a young person.
The work of Edna Hibel has been exhibited in prestigious museums and galleries in more than 20 countries on four continents. She has received medals of honor from His Eminence Pope John Paul II and the late Belgian King Baudouin, and has received five honorary Doctorate degrees. In addition to her numerous artistic awards, Edna Hibel has received many humanitarian honors for her more than one half century in raising donations with her work for children's and medical charities. She has also used her humanistic and compassionate work to bring peace through cultural understanding between China and the United States, Yugoslavia and the United States and Russia and the United States with her "Golden Bridge" and " Peace Through Wisdom" exhibits in those countries.