Artist Intros - introducing 17 artists to watch

Mountain Magic , 2018, acrylic on canvas, 42” x 52”

Mountain Magic, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 42” x 52”

Peg Bachenheimer paints intuitively, starting with an idea of the colors she wants to use. Then a memory seems to emerge and becomes part of the process of building layers of color and texture. Usually this memory is based in places she’s been, music she’s heard, or experiences she’s had. Finding colors, textures, shapes, and lines that create a harmonious world leads her as she work.

Loyalstock Trail

Loyalstock Trail

Diane Bielak is self-taught and has been quilting for 30 years. She originally worked in traditional designs but moved to art quilts when she began painting her own fabric. She has shown her work in both national and international shows and won several awards. Her work often reflects nature, the designs being inspired by her handpainted fabrics. Color has always been important to her and the handpainted and overpainted fabrics offer a lot of opportunity to feature that.

Slice of Life 3 , 2016, fused glass, 15” x 9” x 4”

Slice of Life 3, 2016, fused glass, 15” x 9” x 4”

Teddy Devereux’s inspiration stems from a lifelong fascination with biology and the patterns found in nature. During her scientific career, she was intrigued by the life forms studied under the microscope and by the beauty perceived in the research going on in her laboratory.

Enlightenment , 2018, acrylic, 24” x 30”

Enlightenment, 2018, acrylic, 24” x 30”

Jennifer Ferris hails from a creative family, having always loved art and always felt the desire to create. Color is her passion and she loves painting in joyful palettes. Jennifer is represented in several galleries, showrooms, and juried shows. She also teaches painting classes, which “I thoroughly enjoy, since it means I can talk about painting as much as I desire!”.

Shrimper Saturday , 2018, oil on Linen, 20” x 20”

Shrimper Saturday, 2018, oil on Linen, 20” x 20”

Bekah Haslett started painting en plein air about 10 years ago. That work led her to the next challenge of figurative studies. The female form remains one of her favorite subjects along with boats and water. She has started abstracting the landscape recently and is trying to convey a mood with a simplified and fractured design. The one constant in her work is change - she’s always experimenting and pushing to refine her craft.

When Pigs Fly , 2015, colored pencil on black & white photo, 18” x 24”

When Pigs Fly, 2015, colored pencil on black & white photo, 18” x 24”

Susan Jones loves to use photography to tell stories inspired by the things she sees and experiences every day. She uses colored pencils to colorize her black and white images, drawing attention to the parts that are important to her narrative.

Fall’s Kaleidoscope , 2018, oil, 36” x 36”

Fall’s Kaleidoscope, 2018, oil, 36” x 36”

Mary Kamerer has made the Carolinas her home since 1987. She enjoys capturing the various people and places around the Carolinas in an impressionist style, giving a new perspective to a subject through light, shape, and texture.

Altar, Duomo, Asolo, Italy , 2016, Japanese ink and acrylic paint on paper, 30” x 23”

Altar, Duomo, Asolo, Italy, 2016, Japanese ink and acrylic paint on paper, 30” x 23”

Nerys Levy’s is a plein air painter whose work is inspired by her travels. She has painted all over the world responding to landscapes, architecture, fauna, and flora in places such as the USA, the Norwegian Arctic, Antarctica, China, Italy, Russia, England, and her native Wales.

Stormy Weather , 2018, oil 16” x 20”

Stormy Weather, 2018, oil 16” x 20”

Barbara Lussier is a philosophically direct descendant of the Old Lyme and the American Hudson River School painters, and approaches her subject in a way that embraces these traditions - honoring nature and working from direct observation. Her landscapes explore the romance of color and light and have been described as “poetry”.

Brooklin Boatyard #2 , 2016, watercolor, 15¼” x 11½”

Brooklin Boatyard #2, 2016, watercolor, 15¼” x 11½”

Elizabeth Palmer is a mostly self-taught artist who specializes in watercolors of Mid-coast Maine. Elizabeth excels in representational art, using vibrant color and intricate detail to depict her subject matter. She seeks to elicit an emotional response to each painting she produces.

Dream Creek , 2018, acrylic 10” x 15”

Dream Creek, 2018, acrylic 10” x 15”

Jim Redhawk is a citizen of the Mvskogee (Creek) Nation. He composes freehand right on the painting surface for the pure pleasure of it. His latest artful venture is painting in the style of the Hudson River Painters and the old European Masters - particularly the darks and lights in their works.

Yellow Bird , 2017, encaustic, 16” x 16”

Yellow Bird, 2017, encaustic, 16” x 16”

Carol Retsch-Bogart is interested in exploring surface, color, and pattern. She builds texture by layering but will scrape away. Carol works with encaustic and cold waxes, oil pigments, sumi ink, and adds unexpected collage materials including painted papers, dyed silk, rusted bits, and anything else she might unexpectedly stumble upon.

Nightfall , 2017, oil, 24 x 36”

Nightfall, 2017, oil, 24 x 36”

Deborah Sisco is influenced by the pioneers of the modern art movement of the nineteenth century and by today’s’ Pop music. She approaches each new work with a vision of color that is intended to produce a poetic relationship to both the compositions and music that inspired each new work.

Dancing White and Gray , 2018, paper and acrylic paints, 48” x 36”

Dancing White and Gray, 2018, paper and acrylic paints, 48” x 36”

Kasia Szczesniewski enjoys creating projects which involve use of different types of paper. She also loves to make heavy textured, acrylic paintings. Her inspiration comes from the nature’s mysterious beauty, and from believing in the deep connection between all elements of the Universe. In a search for the special artistic language she discovered her own creative technique that combines versatile properties of paper and its warm energy, with the modern but cold medium - acrylic paints.

Endangered: California Condors with egg , 2017, acrylic and pastel on paper, 18” x 24”

Endangered: California Condors with egg, 2017, acrylic and pastel on paper, 18” x 24”

Lora Whelan is a studio artist living in Downeast Maine. Often through a series of works she explores the intersection of place and cultural and ecological history. Two recent series are Endangered/Extinct and Legacy. She works in different mediums including oil, acrylic, and pastel, depending on the subject matter.

The Sacred Witness , 2018, mixed media, 11″ x 14″ x 7/8″

The Sacred Witness, 2018, mixed media, 11″ x 14″ x 7/8″

Carla Woody has a narrative approach to art. A look at her work over time tells of travels around the world - and a distinct ability to distill place, culture, and the human condition. She works in oil and mixed media, 2-D and 3-D. Her 20+ years’ involvement with Indigenous peoples and ancient traditions is noticeable.

Hands , 2016, mixed medium, 27” x 27”

Hands, 2016, mixed medium, 27” x 27”

Steven Zwirn is an artist who explores painting using various mediums, developing an imaginative and unique style. His paintings are multi-compositions using acrylic paint with a variety of mediums and objects in 2D and 3D. He is a prolific artist fascinated with brilliant colors in intriguing patterns with jewels and Swarovski Rhinestones.