Prescott Plein Air Art Festival :Artists
Celebrating Prescott’s Diverse Landscapes
The Prescott Plein Air Art Festival has been fortunate to attract the talent of 15 local and regional artists for the inaugural year’s event.
Click links below to learn more about this year’s artists and see samples of their work :
|Casey Cheuvront||Tom Conner||Bill Cramer|
|Maryhelen Ewing||Chrisanne Finefrock||Robert Goldman|
|Patrick Harper||Russell Johnson||Harold Nelson|
|Cathleen Rainey||Dorothy Ray||Eric Slayton|
|Matt Sterbenz||Dawn Sutherland||Charles Thomas|
My favorite shoes are hiking boots. For years I explored the wildernesses of the Southwest, hiking, backpacking, hang gliding and mountain biking. This has profoundly influenced my painting. I believe we are incomplete without a connection to, and appreciation of, the natural world. I create impressionist realism paintings of landscapes and wildlife in oils, so that my collectors can share that spiritual relationship, and sustain a deeper connection and respect for our vanishing wild places and the creatures that call them home.
More of Casey’s work can be seen here: https://www.caseycheuvront.com
Tom grew up in North Carolina and was drawing and painting from an early age. He graduated from N. C. State University’s School of Design with a degree in architecture and moved to Arizona to pursue a career in designing man made spaces. Here his informal arts education began, in the deserts and forests of the southwest. Developing a love of great open spaces, hiking & camping soon filled his free time, where he absorbed the beauty of nature and learned to observe his surroundings deeply. In 2013, Tom attended a local artists’ studio tour and was inspired to pick up the brushes in a serious way once again. Since then he has explored his love of the natural world through painting, both plein air and studio works, always in the pursuit of capturing greater truths. Tom & his wife split their time between Phoenix and Prescott.
More of Tom’s work can be seen at: http://tomconnerstudio.com/ .
Bill Cramer is best known for his striking oil paintings of the American West. Growing up in the west, Bill always had an interest in exploring nature and creating art. As a longtime rock climber, he spent much of his youth enjoying the more vertical aspects of the landscape. After receiving a University of California fine arts degree, he moved to Arizona with his wife Michelle to be closer to the scenery they both enjoyed. It was there that he discovered the delight and challenges of plein air painting, his outdoor experiences providing much of the insight and inspiration for his landscape paintings. Bill works in a style best described as Impressionistic Realism, where strong brushwork and colors are used to express the vitality and beauty of the natural world.
Selected Shows, Competitions & Awards:
- Phippen Museum Western Art Show & Sale (2019), Prescott AZ, 1st in Oils.
- Borrego Springs Plein Air invitational (2019), Borrego Springs, CA. Artist’s Choice Award.
- Oil Painters of America Annual Salon Show (2018), Landscape Award of Excellence.
Phippen Western Art Show (2018), Best in Show, 1st in Oils and Art of the West Award of Excellence.
- Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational (2017), Zion NP, UT. Artist’s Choice & Zion Forever Project Poster Award.
More of Bill’s work can be seen at: https://billcramerstudio.com/.
Maryhelen Ewing, oil painter, grew up in Oklahoma making art and studying piano and violin. Being accepted into Juilliard brought her to New York where she spent 33 years free-lancing and ultimately performing with the NY Philharmonic and Metropolitan Orchestras. Began art studies 1997. She has been represented by Agora Gallery New York, Grayleaf Galleria Prescott, Natural Accents Gallery both Prescott and Taos, and Bearstrap Trading Company Camp Verde. She has had guest exhibitions in Sunday at Schemer Scottsdale,’Tis Gallery Mezzanine Prescott, Prescott Arts Co-op, Raven Restaurant Prescott, Mountain Artist Guild Spotlight Room Prescott, Best Fest Arizona Centennial, Phippen Western Art Show and Sale 2015. Her awards are many, including 1st Places, Best of Show, People’s Choice, Featured Artist, and First Place Professional Painting Category at Sedona Center for the Arts. The last four years she has participated in the annual “Journeys in Spirit” exhibitions at ‘Tis Gallery Prescott.
More of Maryhelen’s work can be seen here:
The impulse to create is so much a part of me that I cannot remember when it wasn’t there. I have been a full-time artist for over 50 years, have graduate degrees in fine art and art history and studied at The Art Students League in New York. My paintings and murals can be found in public and private spaces throughout the U.S. and abroad – including the homes of notables such as the actor Robert Duvall, The Honorable Kenneth Kaunda (late President of Zambia), Jacqueline Mars and Warren Buffett. I have traveled extensively, exhibited on three continents, and, aside from several years in Africa, I have spent most of my adult life in the Washington DC area. I now live and work in beautiful Sedona, Arizona where I can often be found hiking and painting among the red rocks.
More of Chrisanne’s work can be seen here: https://chrisfinefrock.com/
Robert Goldman is a landscape painter known for his bold use of color and light in his paintings. He has been a professional artist for 50 years. He resided in San Diego, CA for 20 years before he and his wife Barbara moved to Tucson Arizona, and in 2013 they moved to Prescott Arizona so he could be closer to the areas he likes to paint. Robert attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and has studied with numerous artists including Ray Vinella, John Asaro, Wolf Kahn, Wayne Thiebaud, Matt Smith, Phil Starke, Ray Roberts, Bill Anton, and Ned Jacob. Robert has received numerous awards, including a 2000 award from Wayne Thiebaud at the Lana International Watermedia Competition, Best of Show at the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art 2019, second place in the Fall 2019 Oil Painters of America Online Showcase, and a one man show in 2020 at the Maynard Dixon Legacy Museum in Mt. Carmel, Utah.
More of Robert’s work can be seen here: https://robertgoldmanfineart.com/
Patrick has over 38 years experience teaching college-level courses in Art, Design and Sculpture at UCLA, FIDM (Fashion Institute) Otis College, Mt. Sierra College, Dreamworks Animation Studio as well as private painting classes in Los Angeles and currently in Prescott, Arizona. He has conducted Plein Air workshops at landmark sites including Malibu, Angeles Crest Forrest, Mt. Baldy and Vasquez Rocks at Agua Dulce California. Exhibitions have included Oil Paintings and Bronze Sculptures exhibited at galleries in California and Arizona including painting created in Scotland, Prague, Main, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Patrick’s major influences include “Western” and “Abstract” art. The combination of realism, abstraction plus masterful drawing and painting are combined with Southwest colors to create a blend of these influences.
More of Patrick’s work can be seen here: http://pharper.faso.com
Russell Johnson grew up in Prescott, AZ and enjoyed the closeness of the outdoors. Today, he is an avid hiker, seeking out trails to explore. On these explorations, Russell will paint “en plein aire” as well as photograph and sketch subjects for future studio paintings. Russell studied art at the University of Arizona, receiving a BFA. He continued his studies later at Prescott College, receiving a Master of Arts degree. Russell is an award winning artist and has artwork in a museum collection. He regularly participates in two annual shows in Prescott: The Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale, and the Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour. His work is represented by the Raku Gallery in Jerome and The Frame & I in Prescott. Russell’s paintings are vibrant and energetic, often painting with a palette knife. He is a colorist, emphasizing light and color as a dramatic force in his paintings. Russell apprenticed with accomplished landscape painter Robert Knudson during the years of 2009
More of Russell’s work can be seen here: https://russelljohnsonart.com
As a native of rural Nebraska Harold Nelson has always had an appreciation for the rich beauty of the native prairies of the southwest and American coastlines.
His paint style has been defined as luminous realism. “My intention is to do paintings of the more gentle side of life, to bring a smile, maybe a lost, but fond memory, using glimpses of peaceful events and day-to-day experiences.”
More of Harold’s work can be seen here: http://haroldnelsonart.com
Like the artist herself, Cathleen Rainey’s art is born out of the desert. It’s colors, textures and light inform and weave their way through the wide range of her subjects. From the mountains of South America to the jungles of Hawaii, she feels the warmth of her home and attempts to capture that melody on canvas for others to experience as well. Cathleen knows the greatest gift she has been given is to see the beauty in the world around her, and has made it her life’s purpose to share that with others. As past President of Mountain Artists Guild, board member of Scottsdale Artists League and the Director of Community Outreach for the Arizona Art Alliance, she believes in sharing her passion for art with the community. Outside of art, she travels, eats, cooks, enjoys her friends and lives life with as much love and authenticity as she can.
More of Cathleen’s work can be seen here: https://cathleenraineyart.com
Dorothy Ray is a native of Arizona. Her interest in art began in high school, and has played an ever-changing and important role in her life. In addition to college studies, she participates in local workshops, ongoing figure sketch groups, and self study. She has also traveled abroad to Italy, France,and England, attending workshops gathering reference materials to include in her repertoire. In addition to watercolor and oil painting throughout the years,her activities have also included instruction in both mediums, and participant as a juror for art exhibitions. Past and present memberships include Arizona Artist Guild, Arizona Watercolor Association, Oil Painters of America and Mountain Artist Guild. Her work has been purchased and displayed in both private, corporate collections and galleries in Scottsdale and Sedona. She was also a participant in Scottsdale Celebration of Fine Art for a 12 year period.
More of Dorothy’s work can be seen here: www.dorothyray.com
After twenty seven successful years in marketing communications, advertising, trade show design and commercial illustration I ventured out into the world of fine art. When I reached the point in my career here I was more manager or art director, and found myself hiring artists to do what I had always enjoyed doing, I knew it was time to return to my passion, to creating fine art. My art is a representation of what I see combined with how I feel about the subject at that given moment. Painting should be more than a portrait of the subject matter; it must evoke an emotion that connects with the artists’ heart, only then can it touch the viewer. My wife Marlene and I currently live in the central Arizona Mountains around Prescott. We are just a couple of hours drive from The Grand Canyon where we spend a few relaxing days every December. For us it is a place of renewal, an inverted cathedral, if you will, where you can sit quietly with God.
More of Eric’s work can be seen here: http://www.slaytonfineart.com
Matt Sterbenz grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He spent most of his childhood with a pencil in hand, drawing his surroundings. After receiving an oil painting set at the age of ten, the pencil was always accompanied by brushes. Matt graduated from Arizona State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. He frequently finds himself hiking and painting outdoors; a process which he believes is critical for producing effective studio work. Matt Sterbenz is the former president of Arizona Plein Air Painters. He has participated in some of the nation’s top plein air invitational events, including the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art and the Sedona Plein Air Festival. Matt was an invited member of the teaching faculty at the 2016 Plein Air Convention and Expo in Tucson, Arizona. His work has appeared in publications including Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine. More of
Matt’s work can be seen here: http://www.msterbenz.com
Dawn Sutherland is a painter of Southwest landscapes. A teacher in her first life, a college counselor in her second, Dawn began her third life as a painter in 2001. An avid gardener and hiker, Dawn, her husband, Stan, and their cats moved to Arizona in 2003. There, her paintbrushes met the challenge of intense blue skies, distant horizons, canyon mazes and crazy quilts of wildflowers blanketing the earth. “Painting outdoors, en plein air, uniquely captures the depth, definition, and feeling of the landscape before me. I feel there is almost almost always a near-perfect composition provided by nature” When not painting, Dawn can be found either in her gardens “painting” with plants or exploring hiking trails. 2020 will be her seventh year participating in Grand Canyon Celebration of Art. A founding member of Arizona Plein Air Painters, Dawn is also a member of The Nature Conservancy, Grand Canyon Conservancy, Best Friends, and Morris Animal Foundation.
More of Dawn’s work can be seen here:
Charles Thomas, born 1960, began his career as a graphic designer for a software company. He became an illustrator in 1988, creating paintings for advertising and editorial clients nationally. His work has won numerous awards including pbulication in the Society of Illustrators Annual of American Illustration. In 1999 Thomas left the advertising world to devote his energies full time to fine art. Since that time, his work has been recognized by the Scottsdale Artists School in the Best and Brightest competition following the 2002 workshop, and by the Oil Painters of America, Southwest Art (First Place Award of Excellence), and the American Impressionist Society as a finalist in their national juried competititions. His work hangs in numerous private and corporate collections.
More of Charle’s work can be seen here: http://www.charlesthomasfineart.com