"Over the past few years, I have actively been pursuing my passion for watercolor and in the process developing a wonderful circle of like-minded people who have inspired and encouraged me. I sincerely hope that I may continue to be inspired by these persons, and others as yet unmet, as I improve along my path of being the best watercolor painter that I can be!"
As a young man, Craig learned a deep appreciation for the outdoors, old farms, and barnacle-laden harbors with their history told by well-worn scars and patina earned from years of hard work. His father taught him to use his talents to record these memories with paint and canvas. Craig began painting professionally in 1984 while also maintaining his professional career. He began his full-time professional art business in 2005.
Alison is a Plein air painter who has recently settled in southern Maryland. As a part of a Navy family, she moved around the country many times throughout her life and has been inspired by the different terrains, lights, and architecture she was encountered at each new place.
A native of Maryland, Carol has lived in the Metropolitan DC area and now lives in Annapolis. Carol began her career as an accomplished art director/graphic designer working at national advertising agencies. Eventually, she started her own design business and her primary client was National Geographic. Her design background has given her a solid foundation of the value of strong ideas, composition, and color in her approach to painting.
Catherine Hillis has always been an achiever in the arts. As a youngster, she won awards for her artwork and she acted and modeled in print and television ads, majoring in Theatre at the University of Georgia. She knew she would always be involved in the arts in some way.
Raymond Ewing grew up in the scenic mountains of western Maryland. The southern Maryland landscape now serves as inspiration for many of his paintings. For the past ten years, Ray has taken his painting outdoors. His interest in painting en Plein air has coincided with the revival of the movement. He has been juried into prestigious events along the east coast and has earned several awards.
Beth Bathe is an artist currently residing in Lancaster, PA. She has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and has had her own graphic design business, Bathe Design, for 26 years. Her fine art oil paintings include figurative, still life, and landscapes. She has become very involved in the Plein air movement and also teaches classes and workshops at her studio, Short Dog Studio, in Ephrata, PA.
Lon Brauer is an American artist known for his work in figure and Plein air landscape. Born in 1955 and coming of age in the seventies, he has roots in the abstract expressionist movement.
"My work is about seeing the beauty in creation while making a connection between art and nature. To work as an artist is a blessing, and for myself, painting is a process in which I explore new ways of working while sharing my vision of the subject in a personal way."
New York-based artist Jackie Clark was born in Natick, Massachusetts, and raised in Edgewater, Maryland. She is a life member of the Art Students League of New York and a member of the American Impressionist Society. Jackie has studied extensively with master painters, Frank Liljegren, David Leffel, and Mary Beth Mckenzie. Her other areas of study within the field of the arts include photography at ICP, scenic painting, and design with Lester Polakov, and the decorative arts with Mark Gardereau in Paris.
Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Crista began painting in oils in 1989 under the instruction of John Phillip Osborne at the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, NJ. She graduated from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2000, receiving a Bachelors's of fine arts painting, and in 2003, she received a Master's Degree in Fine arts Painting from the New York Academy Graduate School of Figurative Art.
David Diaz is a Plein air painting who works in oil and pastels and currently lives in Annapolis, MD. He received his undergraduate degree at Frostburg State University as well as formal training at the University of Maryland, Towson University, and Catholic University.