Deborah Allison studied in France with Parisian artist Alexandra Georgeon-Colin for seven years, acquiring detailed studio instruction while working from life. Workshops with Timothy Wells focused on landscape plein-air painting in watercolor. Deborah was chosen to succeed Wells as teacher for the plein-air workshops in England, France and Italy. She started her studies of portraiture and figurative work with master artist, Anthony Ryder in 2007 and continued an intensive study at the Ryder Studio in Santa Fe. Throughout her career, Deborah has focused on drawing and painting in a classical representational style, working from life, sprinkled with forays into semi-abstraction from time to time.
Marie Maines is a retired first grade teacher who has always wanted to be an artist "when I grow up!" She was born, raised and educated in Kentucky, receiving her BS degree from Murray State University in 1959. She taught in Florida, North Carolina and Indiana and returned to school for her MA degree from Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, in 1988. She retired after 25 years of teaching to become a full-time artist.
During her teaching years, she participated in as many art classes and workshops as possible and devoted summers to pursuing her art. As she moved closer to retirement, she began doing occasional local art fairs. After retirement, she and her husband, Ray, traveled the country for about 10 years, doing multiple art fairs each year and gleaning material for paintings, primarily landscapes containing architectural structures. Marie currently lives near Fort Worth, Texas, to be close to son, Brant, his wife Jeanie and grandchildren, Erin and Jack. Another son, Chris lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his husband, Joe Kao. Marie continues to study and paint as she fulfills that lifelong dream of being a "real artist".
Marie says, "Being an artist revolves around my desire to tell a story. Unfortunately, I sometimes forget this goal as I get caught up in technique and materials. For many years, my struggle has been involved with skill development, especially as it applies to the medium of pastel. Now, I just want to tell the story. Although continuing to develop good technique is still very important to me, content must be front and center. As I am emotionally inspired by an idea or visual experience, I want to figure out the best way to share that idea or emotion with the viewer. The composition, light, color, values and mark making should still combine into a beautiful visual experience. The technique should be good enough not to get in the way, but hopefully the story will be what will cause one to pause and look...at least for a moment..."
She is living life as fully and well as she knows how. For Ann, the joy of painting is in the process (journey) and not the destination. Growth in life and art is the most exciting thing she can think of. You must be willing to risk and be at home in your own skin. For her it’s fun to be slightly?? eccentric (and she plays that to the hilt) by painting in a 12 by 12 foot treehouse, and the following: She has cooked for 6 others on a 51 ft. sailboat in the Grenedine Islands, drove a van of 8 women artists in Gwatemala, backpacking Scotland and England, rode up the Tetons horseback from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, tenting for a week, rode a 20 year old mule around Texas following a wagon train for 2 weeks, backpacking with daughter in the Rockies for several days, painting and drawing in Bali, Italy, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, France (Paris), Greece, France (Chateau du Soudin), Habitat for Humanity in Belise, King Salmon fishing in Sitka, Alaska, painting in Argentina, and the most precarious of all---decided to earn her livelihood as an artist.
Oil Painters of America Signature Member National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Signature Member Outdoor Painters Society Master Signature Member Texas and Neighbors Signature Member Accredited Creative Artists Southwestern Watercolor Society
American Impressionist Signature Member
Pamela creates representational oil paintings using the alla prima technique. With alla prima painting, a work is completed while the paint is still wet. Using this wet-on-wet technique, Pamela often employs thin, transparent washes along with impasto texture which add depth and interest to her paintings. The time limitation of this technique motivates an energetic pace to her work and helps to keep Pamela's inspiration fresh. Pamela prefers to paint from life and am inspired by the effects of light and shadow in the world around her. Black paint is not part of her palette. Pamela uses color mixes and complements for shadows and lowering color intensity. Her limited color palette offers a virtually infinite color range and helps her to organically achieve color harmony. Pamela enjoys exploring the new inspirations she finds each day.
Most of Donna's life, she's felt the internal tugging to paint and one of her inspirations were birds. From a young age, Donna had finches for pets and enjoyed just watching those small delicate creatures while trying to communicate and gain their trust. Donna feels she have a special connection to birds and often says that she must have been an oriental bird in her past life. Birds are so mysterious, intelligent, and beautifully delicate, all while having very sharp talons. There are so many unusual and beautiful bird species that Donna feels there is an endless supply of painting inspiration.
Oriental art, decor, and architecture always seems to capture Donna's attention so she has added Koi fish to her choice of painting subject matter. Donna has really enjoyed the challenge of painting flowing fins and how water moves while reflecting light and motion. Now that she have been focusing on painting for the past few years, Donna can now "see" all the different colors and shapes in daily life. She often thinks to myself, "how would I paint that?" and "how do all these color shapes fit together to make an image?"
Donna's jewelry designing has just started up again. She is currently working on a oriental inspired line with birds, Koi, Mandarin inspirational words with coral, turquoise, celadon and jade green semi precious gemstones.