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Member Artists: Eastern United States (O-S)

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John O'Keefe  
Wallingford, Connecticut, USA

My name is John O'Keefe. Like every other artist I have loved viewing and creating art since as far back as I can remember. Growing up I was always drawing with pencils, colored pencils, watercolors, and I tried just about everything I could get my hands on. I received formal art training during my primary school years and I have placed within the top 5 at the state level student art competitions. I have studied watercolor painting with Connecticut artist Cathy Singer and I received training at the Pierre School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, all before graduating high school. I’m currently affiliated with the Cheshire Art League (Cheshire, Connecticut).

What direction am I heading in with my oil painting? I love the early American painters from the Hudson River School and Victorian era. Most of my landscape oil paintings are directed toward the styles of those early artists.

Painting by John O'Keefe

"The Field's Edge"
12x16in, Oil on canvas

Painting by John O'Keefe

"River Through the Adirondacks"
16x20in, Oil on canvas

Rae O'Shea   
Kendall Park, New Jersey, USA

Painting by Rae O'Shea


Painting by Rae O'Shea


Marty Parker   
Middleton, Tennessee, USA

Marty, a native Memphian, now resides at Rogers Springs Lake, TN.  Her paintings incorporate watercolors, rich oils, mixed media, and collage which are inspired by her lakeside residence views.  The artist received a Bachelor of Arts degree from UT, and post graduate work at Rutgers.  She is a platinum star Artist with the Memphis/Germantown Art League and a member of the Tennessee Watercolor Society.  Her work is represented in many private and corporate collections across the U. S.  She has received numerous awards and purchase prizes in regional and national shows.  Her works are currently displayed at Palladios and Market Central in Memphis, TN.

Painting by Marty Parker

"Molten Blue"
9x12in, Oil on panel

Painting by Marty Parker

26x30in (framed), Oil on paper

Barbara Perrotti  
Ormond Beach, Florida, USA

Combining a love of people and nature, you can find Barbara almost always painting en plein air, feeling just as much at home in the city, at the beach or deep into the landscape. She began her art career as a classical portraitist and switched to landscape.  Barbara is proficient in the mediums of oil, pastel and acrylic. Barbara has a regular following of students, and is often on the road teaching workshops and taking part in plein air invitationals.  She is listed in Who's Who in American Art and was photographed painting out on location for the premier issue of Plein Air Magazine. Commissions are welcome.

My first concern in painting is to establish abstract rhythms; that is when I can feel the music begin.  As I push toward reality, my thoughts are focused on consistency of stroke,  the simplicity of the impression and above all else, my love of painting.

Painting by Barbara Perrotti

"Historic River Path"
26x28in, Oil on canvas

Painting by Barbara Perrotti

"Time to Reflect"
24x27.5in, Oil on paper

Phillip Philbeck   
Casar, North Carolina, USA

North Carolina is the home of renowned landscape painter Phillip Philbeck. His subjects: mountains, rolling piedmont, and coastal views, hold great appeal with magnificent vistas, wide sandy shores, wonderful spring and fall foliage. Born in Washington, D.C., but a resident since very early childhood and presently living in rural Rutherford County, N.C., the artist enjoys the surroundings in which he grew up and is inspired to paint its farms, streams, ponds, coast or anything to which he feels an emotional attachment. Painting from his comfortable studio in his home, the artist only has to venture outside to find inspiration for his next landscape.

Philbeck’s canvases reveal his immense talent in a profusion of details, and he is especially known for the skies in his images. The artist loves to bathe his scenes in a dramatic light and atmosphere.Although Philbeck very much admires realism, he has a tendency toward the romantic, emotional types of images such as the Hudson River School brought forth.



Painting by Phillip Philbeck

"English Farm"
30x60in, Oil on canvas

Painting by Phillip Philbeck

"Fall in the Appalachians - Mt. Mitchell"
45x90in, Oil on canvas

Donna Pierce-Clark   
Springfield, Ohio, USA

"I love pleinair painting under the warm summer sun."

Many of Donna's paintings echo her childhood explorations of hills, meadows, and wooded areas in the southernmost regions of her home state, Ohio.  Visits along the Atlantic seascoast, have inspired paintings of rocky cliffs, waterfalls, serene beach scenes, and lighthouses.  As a result of recent travels, her paintings are now taking on the vivid colors of the southwest 4 Corners areas of AZ, NM, CO, and Utah.  Glen Canyon Canyon Dam, depicted here, was painted in 1 hour just outside of Page, Arizona.

Painting by Donna M. Clark

"Ohio Caverns Farm Vista"
9x12in, Oil on canvas panel

Painting by Donna Pierce-Clark

"Three on Duty"
7x5in, Acrylic on panel

Pamela J. Polley  
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

A native Chicagoan, Pam graduated with degrees in art and architecture from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  Obtaining her architectural license in 1989, she applies principles of architecture such as spatial composition, color theory and introduction of light to her unique landscapes, cityscapes and portraits.  She is interested in art--and in the creative process in general--as it impacts the state of mind in both the creator and the viewer and how this process of creation can validate a connectedness to a greater whole.

She has actively exhibited her work since the early 1990's and her paintings are in many public and private collections both locally and in France. She lives in Cincinnati and Sanilhac-Sagriès, France with her husband and son.

Painting by Pamela J. Polley

"Caeser's Camp"
22x28in, Oil on canvas

Painting by Pamela J. Polley

"Selhac Shortcut"
20x28in, Oil on canvas

Elizabeth Pollie   
Harbor Springs, Michigan, USA

Elizabeth Pollie received her B.F.A. from The College For Creative Studies, where she later taught. For years she worked as a freelance illustrator and has had her work published nationally. Captivated by the landscape, her studies of art have taken her to Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, Mexico, China and across America where she has worked with many renowned painters. Today she resides primarily in the waterside town of Harbor Springs, Michigan where she paints full time.

Painting by Elizabeth Pollie

"Ghost Ranch Revisited"
16x20in, Oil on linen

Painting by Elizabeth Pollie

"The Road Through China"
8x10in, Oil on linen

Sara Linda Poly   
Arlington, Virginia, USA

Known for her sweeping skies and landscapes, award winning artist Sara Linda Poly is inspired by local eastern scenes and the many other locations to which her love of plein air painting has taken her.
Though she grew up in the Philadelphia area she spent several years living in  California and the west.  She currently lives in Arlington, Virginia and is a full time painter and instructor, teaching workshops here and abroad.  Winner of numerous awards and participant in local and national plein air competitions, she is making her mark, both in the plein air movement and in the studio.

• The Washington Society of Landscape Painters
• Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters of America
• Oil Painters of America (Associate Member)
• Landscape Artists International
• National Association of Women Artists

“I have always been at home under the open sky, loving the outdoors and nature.  I love the subtle and dramatic atmospheric changes caused by the weather and the seasons and how that affects the quality of light.”

Painting by Sara Linda Poly

"In the Moments"
18x24in, Oil on canvas

Painting by Sara Linda Poly

"A New Morning"
12x12in, Oil on canvas

Lori Putnam   
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Lori enjoys working in many mediums. Her most recognized works are in oil, and embody creative composition, skillful brushwork, and masterful use of color.  Lori’s subjects, whether in studio or en plein air, can be anything that catch her eye or spark her imagination. Lori says, "It's about interpreting a moment. Painting from life and capturing light directly translates into form, mood, and meaning.”

The artist’s line of tutelage can be traced to Sargent, Carlson, and Dumond. World-class artists such as Scott Christensen, Michael Shane Neal, Dawn Whitelaw, and Everette Raymond Kinstler instruct and support her.  Lori carries on the tradition by teaching similar principles to her students. She is a member of many respected professional organizations, and a charter member of The Society of Master Impressionists. Her work is in the permanent collection at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, in private collections, and in galleries worldwide.

Painting by Lori Putnam

"Tour of Siena"
12x9in, Oil on canvas

Painting by Lori Putnam

12x16in, Oil on canvas

Sandra L. Randall   
Woodbury, Connecticut, USA

Artist Sandra Randall is a well known and respected New England painter. Her artwork depicts dreamy landscapes, bucolic meadows, riveting rivers, shimmering streams and rolling hills. Much of her inspiration originates in observations of her favorite places; the New England coast, picturesque little towns, shimmering lakes, quaint winding country roads, meadows, babbling brooks, and signature rolling hills. She's a free spirit at heart, a native New Englander, who easily connects with the deeper self and accompanying feelings when in the midst of a "typical" New England day. In addition, she shares with us her impressionistic paintings of the Caribbean, lovely florals, and sensitive still-lifes.

This award winning plein aire artist works in oil, watercolor and pastels.

Painting by Sandra Randall

"Tunbridge Covered Bridge"
22x27in, Oil on canvas

Painting by Sandra Randall

"On the Range"
24x30in, Oil on canvas

John Richards   
Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

John Richards is a retired High School Physics teacher of 35 years who was born, raised, and lives in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts.  He is self taught as an artist and prefers to paint oils on canvas, landscapes in the style of the Hudson River School and still life in the tradition of the Dutch painters of the 16th and 17th centuries.  More recently his landscapes have been highly influenced by the work of Swiss landscape painter, Alexandre Calame.

His main focus in painting is the realistic portrayal of light and shadow in compositions.  Being able to capture only about 20% of the natural intensity of light with paint forces the artist to fool people’s perception in order for them to see a scene realistically in observing a painting.  It is this ability that Richards strives for.

Richards has participated in many New England Art Exhibits over the last few years, including juried shows such as Vermont’s Deerfield Valley “Art on the Mountain” Exhibit and is represented by the Lenox Gallery of Fine Art (Lenox, MA.). He is a member of Artisans of the Berkshires, the Housatonic Valley Art League, and West River Artists of Vermont.

Painting by John Richards, Jr.

"Inner Peace"
24x30in, Oil on linen

Painting by John Richards

"Acadia Storm"
12x16in, Oil on linen

Linda Holmes Richichi, IPAP, NYPAP  Charter Member
Newburgh, New York, USA

L. H. Richichi  travels the world painting "en plein air" ( in open air). Whether in the breathtaking Hudson Valley, NY, near castles in Tuscany or on a warm beach in Maui, her intention is to capture the brilliance of creation and a love of life. 

Her unique style of working using rich colors and abstract marks enables her to create works that  lift the spirit.  You may share in experiencing this peace filled energy in your home or office when you include a Richichi original or print in your collection.

* Signature Status with the International and New York Plein Air Painters
* Juried membership in the Pastel Society of America
*  International Artist Magazine included her under Master Painters of the World in 2005

Pastel by Linda Holmes Richichi

"Tuscan Distant Castle"
8.5x5.5in, Pastel on paper

Pastel by Linda Holmes Richichi

"Study for Yellow and Pink"
9x6in, Pastel on paper

Stuart Roper   
Asheville, North Carolina, USA

North Carolina native and award winning artist, Stuart Roper studied at The Art Students League of New York with Thomas Fogarty and John Howard Sanden. While living in Philadelphia, he further received tutelage under the direction of the late Gerry Wright.

After a move to France in 1991 , and living only minutes from Monet's beloved Giverny, Stuart's focus was clearly upon capturing the light and atmospheric effect on the landscape. In 1993 he moved to Fayence, in southern France, and during the next 5 years, he refined his limited palette and en plein air techniques. Stuart is fluent in a number of mediums; watercolor, acrylic, oil and sculpture in wax and terra cotta. "I feel that my job, as an artist, is to always be open-minded to new and undiscovered avenues of self expression."

Stuart is a member of The Oil Painters of America, The Western North Carolina Plein Air Painters, Past President: The Transylvania Art Guild, Past Vice-President: The Hendersonville Art League, and a member of Landscape Artists International.

Painting by Stuart Roper

7.6x10in, Oil on panel

Painting by Stuart Roper

"Early Snow at Turkey Creek"
24x30in, Oil on linen

Lawrence Rudolech   
Hanover, Indiana, USA

Larry received his BFA from the John Herron School of Art and worked for more than 35 years as a graphics designer and illustrator in Indianapolis and Louisville. He did not pursue his fine art's career until the late 90's, entering his first Hoosier Salon in 2000. Since then he has won numerous awards and was one of the artists featured in the book Hooiser Painters of the 21st Century. He is a member of the Madison Art Club, the Hooiser Salon, the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, and the Cincinnati Art Club. Larry's only goal for painting is simple, have the viewers feel his work more than see it.

Painting by Lawrence Rudolech

"Crooked Creek"
24x36in, Oil on panel

Painting by Lawrence Rudolech

"Going Home"
24x36in, Oil on panel

Philip Salvato   
Carnegie, Pennsylvania, USA

Painting by Philip Salvato

"Settlers Summit"
16x24in, Oil on canvas

PAinting by Philip Salvato

"Nevillewood Field"
20x24in, Oil on canvas

Marsha H. Savage   
Woodstock, Georgia, USA





Charles Schaefer  Charter Member
Palm Coast, Florida, USA

Painting outdoors has always been a part of my lifelong ambition. Finding scenes in nature has let my vision open to new vistas everywhere I look, the sky and the marshlands around me reveal new colors that one does not see in the studio. I make quick vibrant strokes of many colors that are integrated in my paintings. I now stretch to see how far one can push the palette of color and yet make the scene pleasing to view. Plein air is the only way I can achieve the needed vibrancy and spontaneity in my work.

"Murat House"
9x12in, Oil on linen

"On the Loop"
8x10in, Oil on linen

Dorothy Schildknecht   
Des Plaines, Illinois, USA

Early in my painting career, I met artist Ted Smuskiewicz and went out painting and discovered nature's music, her beauty, her complexities, her rapidly changing weather. I was hooked. Perhaps it was the challenge of painting outdoors using my knives and brushes to communicate my feelings, my colors being the catalyst to connect to the canvas.

After being influenced at an early age by my father's interest in art, I went to the American Academy of Art in Chicago.  Later, I painted at the Palette and Chisel Academy using the model.
My paintings have been widely exhibited in shows such as Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Women Artists of the West, Mountain Oyster Show, and Old West Museum.  Galleries have included Hilligoss Gallery, Long Grove, Illinois; DeLind Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Rosequist Gallery, Arizona.

Organizations include International Plein Air Painters, Women Artists of the West, and Indiana Plein Air Painters.  I also teach oil painting at the Studio in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.

Painting by Dorothy Schildknecht

"Snowy Red Barn"
8x10in, Oil on board

PAinting by Dorothy Schildknecht

"Wandering Stream "
8x10in, Oil on board

Jean K. Schwartz   
McLean, VA, USA

"I have always lived close to a major metropolitan area. I grew up in northern New Jersey, just outside New York City and currently live in McLean Virginia, just over the Potomac from Washington DC. World renowned museums and galleries of those cities have introduced me to artists who have inspired me since I was a child. Those who influenced me the most taught me that there is no better teacher than nature. Being outdoors, observing and experiencing the beauty of light and the color it brings to life in the landscape is the thread that connects me to these artists of the past and to more of my contemporaries than I can count."

Jean’s paintings are in numerous private collections and on loan to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara Turkey. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, The Art League of Alexandria, Falls Church Arts and Landscape Artists International.

Painting by Jean K. Schwartz

"Summer in the Wasatch Mts."
20x16in, Oil on canvas

PAinting by Jean K. Schwartz

"Morning Glory"
30x40in, Oil on canvas

Colette Odya Smith   
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA

Colette Odya Smith works primarily in soft pastels to create her ‘intimate landscapes’ that convey a sense of the mysterious and the profound.  She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of New Mexico, Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors, and the League of Milwaukee Artists. She has received numerous awards in national exhibitions, multiple prizes in The Pastel Journal, International Artist (formerly Pastel Artist International), and was featured in the July/August 2005 issue of American Artist magazine. She is in the permanent collection of the Wichita Center for the Arts.

Ms. Smith majored in Fine Art, Humanities and Education at Macalester College and studied soft pastels at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.  She is represented by the Katie Gingrass Gallery in Milwaukee, Woodwalk Gallery in Door County, WI, and the Jack Richeson Gallery in Kimberly, WI.

Painting by Colette Odya Smith

"Going Deep"
30x30in, Pastel over watercolor on 4-ply museum board

Painting by Colette Odya Smith

20x20in, Pastel over watercolor on 4-ply museum board

Mary St. Germain   
Jacksonville, FL, USA

As a child growing up in coastal New England, I was very aware of the sensory world that I occupied. The clean, fresh smell of salt air and ocean, the fresh mown lawn, the crisp autumn leaves that crackled as they were raked into piles. These smells and their visual counterparts compelled me to draw and paint images that would remain fresh in my mind for a lifetime.

Although I started painting at the age of 11, it was while living in Louisiana in the early 80’s that I had the opportunity to pursue my art in earnest. There, while attending Louisianna State University, I encountered a group of nurturing, supportive artists who were committed to the creative process and the artistic growth of others.

As I continue along the creative path I seem to choose subjects that bring me a joyful spirit or encircle me with warm loving feelings.

Painting by Mary St. Germain

"The Dunes at Hanna Park"
12x9in, Oil on board (plein air)

Painting by Mary St. Germain

"Sizzling Marshlands"
30x40in, Oil on canvas

Todd Starks   
Milton, Wisconsin, USA





Gina Strumpf   
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

As far back as Gina can remember she has had a brush in her hand and a vision in her mind. While the familiar forms of her landscapes, street scenes and still life’s reflect that which we see in nature: Gina chooses vibrant hues and colors that bring out the excitement of their natural beauty. Interpreting a moment in time with confident brushwork and masterful color is her signature style. Her award winning works are produced both in the studio and en plein air. Gina is particularly drawn between the light and shadows of her subjects and wants her work to be as intense, beautiful, and spiritual as life itself, always offering a wealth of emotion for the viewer to consider.

Gina exhibits in numerous galleries and her art is collected by many corporate and private collectors and is a member of The American Impressionist's Society and Landscape Artist International.

Painting by Gina Strumpf

"Spring Lane"
30x20in, Oil on canvas

Painting by Gina Strumpf

40x40in, Oil on canvas


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