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2014 Competition Artists




Melissa Arthur
Louisville Co

* Invited Artist in Port Aransas Coastal Paint-Out, 2013

* Juried Artist in Plein Air Rockies, Paint The Poudre Plein Air, and Paint The Town Marble Falls, 2014

* Accepted into Plein Air Southwest Salon, Plein Air Artists Colorado Exhibition and Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction, 2014




Tina Bohlman 
Waxahachie TX

* Signature Member of Outdoor Painters Society, Artists of Texas (Master), WAOW, IPAP, CFAI  

* Received more than 60 awards in 40 year career to include 5 Best of Show, 15 1st Place and other numerous awards  

* Paintings held by private & corporate collectors in 37 states, Europe, Australia, New Zealand & West Africa  



Nancy Ann Bozeman 
Kennedale TX

* Received Honorable Mention, The Pastel Journal 100, April 2014 issue of Pastel Journal

* All four entries into the Outdoor Painters Society Salon Show were accepted and shown in the Southwest Gallery in Dallas TX in 2014 

* Aims to portray a special moment of time in each of her pieces 




Hugh Campbell
SanAngelo TX

* Signature status-Pastel Society of America

* Signature status-Pastel Society of West Coast

* Salmagundi Club-Geo. Inness Jr. award-Best Pastel



Hiu Lai Chong
Rockville MD

* Awarded both Grand Prize & Artists’ Choice, PleinAir Easton 2012

* Signature Member of The American Society of Marine Artists & the MidAtlantic Plein Air Painters Association 

* Named one of ‘Three Artists to Watch’ Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Oct. 2011

 * Featured in 'Artist Profile' in Plein Air Magazine Oct/Nov 2012


J.R. Cook
Bowie TX

* Awarded 1st Place ‘Light on the Land’ Plein Air St. Jo, TX 

*Received Best of Show, Lake Country Art Show, Graham, TX 

* Accepted into Spirit of Texas Art Show at the OPOMAC in Graham TX


Russell Cushman
Navasota TX

* Lifetime professional painter & sculptor, leading leading plein air workshops for 28 years

* Respected historian & naturalist, painting over 10,000 sq ft of public murals in the Brazos Valley

* Collected works held by corporations including several Texas hospitals, oil companies, & Santa Fe Railroad



Fran Ellisor
Conroe TX

* Signature Member American Impressionist Society, Outdoor Painters Society, Dallas TX 

* Received Award of Merit, Plein Air Southwest, Dallas TX 2014

* Invited Artist, Plein Air Santa Fe, 2014




Jonathan Gaetke
Albuquerque NM

* Awarded "Honorable Mention"  Paint San Clemente 2014

* Awarded "Honorable Mention"  Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM)   Annual Juried show 2014

* Received "Honorable Mention"  Fresh Paint, Durand WI 2013



Nyle Gordon
Ethel MO

* Awarded both 1st Place & 1st place Lake Quick Draw, Penn Valley Park Plein Air, Kansas City MO 2014

* Received 1st Place Mayer Private Estate Award, Augusta Plein Air Festival MO 2014

* Awarded 2nd Place Plein Air on the White River, Cotter, AR 2014



Ray Hassard
Cincinnati OH

* Received Top Award in Plein Air Richmond 2012

* Received Pastel Journal Gold Award (2nd highest) for 'The Path to Giverny' & feature article in March 2014 issue

* Featured in full-length article in PleinAir Magazine October 2013  



Karen Ann Hitt
Venice FL

* Featured article Outdoor Painter PleinAir Magazine, July 2013

* Solo Exhibit, “At That Moment...” Pat Buster Gallery/Museum VAC, Venice FL 2015

* Founder Venice Plein Air, Member Plein Air Florida and PASC 




Myra Knapp
Seguin TX

* Selected to exhibit in Oil Painters of America National Show 2012; Oil Painters of America Western Regional Shows 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009

* Named Artist of the Year 2012, Coppini Academy of Art, San Antonio, Texas and selected to exhibit in Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011

* Selected to exhibit in the American Impressionist Society Show 2011, Carmel, California



Paul Kratter
Moraga CA

* Signature Member Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc (LPAPA) & won ‘Best of Plein Air’ LPAPA 2012

* Awarded Best of Show, Borrego Springs PleinAir Invitational 2014

* Awarded both 2nd Place, and 1st Place Quick Draw, Carmel Art Festival 2013 



John Lasater IV 
Siloam Springs AR

* Awarded Best of Show Plein Air Southwest, Dallas TX 2014

* Received Peoples’/Artists’ Choice Award, ‘Light on the Land’ Plein Air Saint Jo, TX 2013

* Awarded both Best of Show & Artists’ Choice, Plein Air Rockies, Estes Park, CO 2012 



Jimmy Longacre
Dripping Springs TX

* Honorable Mention in the 2014 Oil Painters of America Summer Online Showcase

* Awarded Best in Show, Outdoor Painters Society Assoc. Showcase 2012

* Master Signature Member, Artists of Texas





Susan Lynn
Kansas City MO

* Featured Artist at the 3rd Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo 2014 

* Feature article in 2013 June/July issue of Plein Air Magazine 

* Received both Best Plains Landscape award and Western Art & Architecture Magazine Publisher's Award of Excellence at the 2014 American Plains Artist Juried Exhibit 


Joan Mertz
San Angelo TX 

* Holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA

* Contributed an essay in 2009 to the Gene Kloss Catalogue Raisonne' published by De Teves Publishing of Taos, NM entitled “Gene Kloss: A Working Artist”

* Exhibits full time in a space near the historic downtown district in San Angelo, Texas where she continues to search for meaning in the dynamics of the drawing process





Lisa Mitchell
Sparks MD

* Member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters 

* Signature Member of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters

* Past President of the Maryland Pastel Society




Bob Joseph O'Brian
Euless TX

* Member of Outdoor Painters Society, Oil Painters of Texas, and the Association of 
Creative Artists

* Winner ‘Most Interpretive Landscape’ by judge Camille Przewodek PleinAir Easton 2006

* Working Artist for 30+ years with past 10 years focusing on landscapes in oil, taking 
workshops with Ken Backhaus, John Buidicin, Matt Smith, and a weeklong workshop with PAPA 



Stephen Parker
Austin TX

* Participated in 2009 Paint The Town Plein Air Event, Marble Falls, Texas

* Participated in 2013 Kerrville Outdoor Painters' Event, Kerrville, Texas

* Member of Plein Air Austin since 2008


Maren Phillips
Universal City TX

* Exhibited twice in the Salon International at the Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio

* Received President’s Award, San Antonio Art League plus numerous juried competition awards

* Leads Nature Journaling workshops & Plein Air workshops for beginners



Sara Linda Poly
Easton MD

* Awarded ‘Best Maryland Artist’  at Plein Air Easton 2011

* Received 1st Place Award & feature article in International Artist Magazine

* Member Washington Society of Landscape Painters, Oil Painters of America, & Salmagundi Club, NYC




Morris M. Reese, Jr
San Angelo TX

* Member of Oil Painters of America, Outdoor Painters Society and Plein Air Austin

* Studied in workshops with renowned Plein air artists Matt Smith of Arizona, Tim Lawson of Maine and Skip Whitcomb of Colorado

* Featured along with Matt Smith, Tracy Avant, Skip Whitcomb, Len Chmiel, Ralph Oberg, Dan Young,  John Budicin, Ray Roberts, George Strickland, in 2006 Southwest Art article on the groups' Big Bend National Park paint-out




Ann Rogers
Dallas TX

* Signature Member, Associated Creative Artists, Dallas TX

* Paint Out Director, Outdoor Painters Society, Dallas TX

* Member of Tutti I Lunedi Plein Air Painters & Dallas Plein Air Artists





Jason Sacran
Magazine AR

* Awarded Best of Show Door County Plein Air Invitational 2014

* Awarded both Best of Show & Quick Draw Winner, Mountain Maryland Plein Air Invitational 2014

* Awarded both Fine Art Connoisseur of Excellence & Quick Draw Winner, Carmel Plein Air Invitational 2014  


Richard Sneary
Kansas City MO

* Received Awards at PleinAir Easton for Best Architectural Award (2012), and Historic Preservation Award (2013), and Plein Air Richmond for Fast & Fresh 1st Place (2013), and Honorable Mention (2014)

* Missouri Valley Impressionist Society; Best of Show (2012), 2nd Place (2014)

* Featured in Artist Profile article in Plein Air Magazine, Aug/Sept 2014


Stewart White
Baltimore MD

* PleinAir Salon Grand Prize Winner 2014 

* President of MAPAPA Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. Past President of ASAI American Society of Architectural Illustrators 2012, Signature member of the AWS and NWS  

* PleinAir Easton Grand Prize Winner 2009 








Nancy Tankersley
Easton, Maryland

* Founder of PleinAir Easton & chief organizer for the first three years.  Awarded Second Place in Plein Air Easton in 2013

* One of five artists invited by PleinAir Magazine to paint on a 500 acre farm in the Hamptons with story in the Dec 2013/Jan 2014 issue of PleinAir Magazine 

* Will be featured in the 2014 August/September issue of PleinAir Magazine

* Serves as a Juror for numerous regional and national competitions and in 2013 was the October November judge for the Plein Air Salon

* Juried into international competitions such as the annual Salon International, the American Impressionist Society annual exhibit, and Oil Painters of America


David Csont
Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania

* Awarded best informal Sketch category award from American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI)

* Invited to PleinAir Easton 2010 - 2014, and received an Honorable Mention Award in the PleinAir Easton Festival

* Created and managed PleinAir Mt. Lebanon in 2012, a seven day plein-air and arts festival in Mt. Lebanon, PA

* Magna Cum Laude graduate of the State University College of Buffalo with degrees in design & art history.  Completed his Master of Fine Arts Degree with honors in 1995 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison




Francoise Valenti
Roussillon, France

* Born in the Aveyron Region of SW France

* Spent 20 years in Paris where she collaborated with the Maig Davaud Gallery, in the Rue de Seine

* Presented exhibitions of her work in Paris, Rodez, Sarlat, Grasse, London, Stockholm and San Francisco

* Owns the Francoise Valenti Gallery in the beautiful village of Roussillon, France, where she has welcomed daily visitors and international clients since 1992 

* Loves to paint in TEXAS!


Margaret Hoybach
Summerville, SC

* Lectures at colleges, museums, and professional organizations and has taught seminars throughout the United States for the last thirty years and in Europe for the last ten years

* Juries and judges art shows in the southeastern United States 

* Featured in a public educational television series,  “The Artistry of Margaret Hall Hoybach”, which was produced & aired in the Washington, D.C. area

* Published her book in 2002, “Colors of France – A Painting Pilgrimage”, the story of her trip to paint in Monet’s garden in Giverny, France



Mary Margaret Pipkin
New Market, VA

* Exhibited watercolors in one-person shows across the country, including The U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, the Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison, WI, the Museum of The Southwest in Midland, TX, and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

* Works are included in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Washington Post, National Institutes of Health, and the Fannie Mae Corporation

* Native Texan born and raised in San Angelo, received her BFA and MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973 and 1975 and studied painting at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in New York as the recipient of a Max Beckmann Scholarship