Chad Smith

About the Artist

ChadSmith2 1Smith participates in plein air events across the country winning Best of Show honors in the Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, Upstate Invitational and various other awards. Chad has enjoyed multiple solo and group exhibitions and holds a BA in drawing and painting and MFA in painting from the Academy of Art University. His training also includes two years of classical academic atelier work along with various workshops. The artist also invests time giving back through teaching workshops and private students. Smith is currently represented in Naples Florida, Hillsborough North Carolina, Saratoga and Old Forge New York. Chad resides in New Hartford New York with his wife Erin and chocolate lab Sargent.

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Jeremy Sams

About the Artist

jeremy samsJeremy's personal inspirations come mostly from the play of light and atmosphere and their effects on objects and landscapes. His most favorite areas of subject matter are the rolling hills and mountains of North Carolina along with its waterways, and special array of trees and meadows. It's not uncommon to see Jeremy with his outdoor easel set up on the side of the road or on a river bank somewhere with brush in hand.

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Diane Pike

About the Artist

diane pikeDiane paints full-time at her Lake Norman studio and also teaches several workshops a year---Texas, New Mexico, Alaska, North Carolina and Ireland have been recent workshop locations. She is a Signature Member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Colorado and a member of the Piedmont Pastel Society in North Carolina.

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Dottie Leatherwood

About the Artist

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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Dottie has always had a passion for art. From drawing what amounted to thousands of pictures of horses and dogs as a child to studying art in college, it has always had a place in her life.

Painting allows her to put the memories of time and place down on canvas with luscious color and expressive marks. It's a way of permanently recording just one brief moment in time. And the challenge of that is what drives her. She prefers to paint plein air whenever possible to get a feel for her subject and try and capture that elusive energy.

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Aaron Johnson

About the Artist

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I’m a painter from Jonesville, North Carolina, and I’ve loved to draw for as long as I can remember. I was inspired to purse art as a living after receiving the book The Art of Star Wars, Episode II - Attack of the Clones as a gift.

For years I studied art by working digitally. This allowed me to do hundreds of full-color studies (pixels being very cheap) and experiment with different concepts and techniques that I gleaned from books and demos.

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Jane Chapin

About the Artist

Jane at principlecropA nationally recognized artist, Jane's work has been exhibited in Art Renewal Center International Salon, Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Salon International, Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, and the Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction. She has participated in juried plein air events in Easton and Frederick, MD, Richmond, VA, Wayne, PA, Callaway Gardens, GA, Forgotten Coast, Aspen and Telluride, CO among others. She has also served as an entry and awards juror for regional shows and as an instructor in both classroom and private venues. Her work hangs in corporate, university and private collections.

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Paul Keysar

Paul KeysarAbout the Artist

Paul Keysar is known for his classic, representational oil paintings and drawings of landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. He has received numerous awards for his portraits, including, a 2014 Certificate of Excellence and 2015 Honorable Mention from the Portrait Society of America, Best in Show in the Richeson75 Figure/Portrait 2014 Competition, First Place in The Representational Art Conference 2015 competition, Honorable Mention in the Artistic Excellence 2015 Competition from Southwest Art Magazine, 2nd Place Overall in the Dec 2015/Jan 2016 Plein Air Salon, and finalist in the figure/portrait category of The Artist's Magazine's 2014 Annual Competition. For his plein air paintings, he has received First Place in the 2016 Plein Air Easton Quick Draw Rehearsal, Best Work Overall in the 2015 Plein Air Crush Weekend, and Honorable Mentions in Plein Air Richmond 2016 and the 2016 NC Open Plein Air. His painting, Jacob in Winter, was featured as the cover of Southwest Art Magazine's December 2015 issue.

He has a passion for the land and is intrigued with the interaction of man and nature. "As an artist, I am continually observing life around me. I am fascinated by the effects of light, atmosphere, and weather. The figures I am currently working on reflect a moment of stillness and thought—a reflection on the subject's place in time and their hope for a better future."

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