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Meet Our Exhibiting Artists

Our show features 46 artists and almost 400 works of art for your viewing pleasure and consideration.
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PSA, MPS
Sandy Askey-Adams, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of Maryland, relishes the moments she spends taking walks with nature.

Through her art, she invites viewers to come along on those forays of serenity and peace through the serene greens of summer, the sweet blossoms of spring, the gold and rusts of autumn and even the blue and purplish grays of winter. Sandy sees the natural environment as an inexhaustible source of inspiration.

Her work has been featured and published in several national art magazines and art books. She has won national, regional and local awards.

My forever challenge is to interpret and offer the impression of what stirs my soul, so that it will stir the viewer’s soul with a feeling of serenity and peace. I want the viewer to be moved by my work…to stir an emotional response.
Nita draws on her printmaking and painting background to create graphic and abstracted works combining ink, colored pencil, paint and collage. Her love of nature and habit of “noticing the small things” center her work.

After receiving her BFA from the University of Connecticut in printmaking and watercolor, Nita taught art for many years before retiring to Hockessin, DE. She is a member of the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts (DFVA) and the National League of American Pen Women.
Nancy Barch has evolved from illustration, to watercolor and, finally in this last decade, mixed media. Nancy has been the recipient of a number of awards for work in a variety of media but has decidedly focused on a mix of acrylics, collage and transfers of all types.

Her work is in many corporate collections such as Morgan Stanley, Lincoln Investments, AIG, Scott Paper and Liberty Properties. She has also been featured in ‘100 Artists of The Mid Atlantic’ in 2011.
Artist and Educator, Dolores Bartholomew, originally from Buffalo, NY has shown her work locally and in the United Kingdom where she sold her work while pursuing her D.Phil at Oxford University. Dolores’s award winning “Meanings of the Heart” art has been added to several private collections across the United States. This stylized watercolor and ink form was conceived based on studies of visual perception and its impact on the brain’s functions of memory and learning. More recently, Dolores has been experimenting with water-based oils and sculpture as other mediums for pursuing studies pertinent to brain research on “plant blindness” and the social and ecological implications with regards to climate change. Working in collaboration with colleagues at University of Pennsylvania and students from PAFA and Jefferson, where she teaches SciArt, Biology, Botany and Genetics, she has proceeded to curate and produce work for shows focused on this issue.
I’m a signature member of The American Watercolor Society (AWS), Philadelphia Water Color Society (PWCS), Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (PWS), the Delaware Watercolor Socity (DWS) and the National and Regional Pen Women, where I have a painting in Washington at The National’s Biannual Show and also have a painting at the Biggs Museum’s DWS International Show. I am a member of the Howard Pyle Studio Group.

This fall I will be featured in a new art magazine in France. I received the first “Women In The Arts Award” certificate and pin from the DAR and will be in “Who’s Who”.
My painting is intuitive and includes the act of mark making, striving for harmony of color, form and line. Layers are built organically in tones that are broken, torn away, covered and pushed back. As an expression of accumulated impressions, visuals, and experiences this sensory process forms the basics of painting portraying a sense of vibrancy, joy and harmony.
Linda Campbell Arena is a local Delaware artist who strives to create a window of escape and relaxation within her paintings, a feeling she hopes to convey to those who view her art depicting a variety of subjects including landscapes, seascapes and florals.

First introduced to oil painting in high school, Linda reacquainted herself with visual arts upon her retirement from Du Pont.

She is a 1972 graduate of Philadelphia College of Textile and Science, now Thomas Jefferson University, were she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Textile Fabric and Print Design. Linda is currently the Co-President of Delaware Foundation for the Arts (DFVA) and a member of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW).
John started dabbling in woodworking in the late 1990’s while living in North Carolina. After falling in love with the hobby he quickly acquired a workshop full of tools and started challenging himself with larger scale projects. He has always been drawn to the natural beauty in wood and specialized in natural edge, slab wood pieces before it was the trend.

After moving to Cecil County in 2006 John took a wood turning class at a local woodworking store and fell in love with the process. “For me, it’s active meditation. I can get lost in it for hours and the finished product is so rewarding! I’m always challenging myself to try new techniques so my passion for the art is always burning.”

When not in his workshop John can be found spending time with his family and working to clean up the environment.
Julie Cargill with Ink Out Loud Studio is an alcohol ink painter living in Elkton, MD. Fairly new to the medium, Julie discovered alcohol ink about four years ago after taking a class at a local gallery. It was love at first stroke!

Julie enjoys the challenge of the unpredictable nature of alcohol ink and has honed her signature style using unconventional tools such as coffee stir sticks, a toothbrush, credit cards and canned air! Ink Out Loud Studio is proud to offer wall art, jewelry, ornaments, winestoppers and more!

When she’s not in her studio, Julie can be found spending time with family and snuggling her pup.
A native of Philadelphia, Catherine’s love of art began in the advertising field & transitioned into a career as a full-time fine artist in 1988. Catherine’s personal visions are expressed through finely detailed paintings &complex copperplate etchings. Although she explores a variety of subject matter, her work is recognized & appreciated for depictions of the serenity & elegance of nature & its many moods.

Catherine’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the United States & abroad & has garnered many awards of recognition. In addition, her work is included in many private &corporate collections & has been the subject of many art publications, newspaper articles, & has also been featured on PBS & showcased in a feature story about Philadelphia artists on Fox News.
Susan Conner intends her artwork to remind the viewer of the many beautiful and good things in the world. She loves color and paints landscapes, flowers, people, waves and whatever else strikes her eye. She paints in oils most often but has also worked in pastel, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, ceramics, photography, and art quilting.

Susan studied art at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and University of Delaware, where she earned a BS in Graphic Design. She has worked in graphic design and teaching. She has taken and taught assorted additional classes.

Susan has shown her work in a variety of group and single-artist shows such as DFVA, Hardcastle’s, Christina Cultural Arts Center, and Delaware Center for Horticulture.
I have been a professional Studio Potter all my life making mugs, vases and tableware on the wheel. In 2007, I decided I wanted to explore creating something other than pottery so I took a watercolor class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and fell in love with painting.

Several years ago I switched from watercolor to mixed media and said good bye to making pots. Mixed Media gives me the challenge of bringing color, texture and shape into a coherent design. I have won prizes for my paintings from the Community Arts Center in Wallingford and The Chester County Art Association and am a Signature Member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.

My studio is in Kennett Township where I live with my husband and two Maine Coon cats.
NWS, TWSA
Doris’ paintings are frequently exhibited in museums and colleges throughout the world. Recently her work was represented in juried exhibitions in China and Spain. Jurors note that strong design and vibrant color are hallmarks of her work.

She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Articles about Doris and her creative process have been published in the books “Splash 8, Watercolor Discoveries” by Rachel Wolf and “Speaking for Themselves, The Artists of Southeastern Pennsylvania” by Daphne Landis, as well as in the magazines, “Chester County Life”, “In New York” “International Artists” and “Chadds Ford Neighbors”.
Michele M. Foster is represented by local galleries and small businesses. She also participates in many community art exhibits. Her recent paintings have been created using oil and oil sticks; painted on wood or canvas panels. Focusing on landscapes, florals or abstraction, Foster chooses the medium that will best express her artistic, vision at the time. “My idea is to break down shapes using design, color and composition,” explained Michele.

To achieve the richness and depth of her images, the artist builds thickness with the oil paint or oil stick. Then she scrapes, scratches or stamps the surface to expose the substrata of colors below. Her images unleash one’s imagination to ponder the depth of color, compositional balance and details within her paintings. These things all work together to create a sense of life and energy.
I have been interested in creating artistic work all my life. In the past 20 years I have concentrated on the most flexible mediums – oils. I enjoy using oils in plein aire and still life paintings. For me oils bring out the color and reflection that light casts on all subjects indoors and out. Recently I have been finding mementos in my home and putting them in still life paintings.

My main struggle is that I try to make no attempt to make my work like a photograph but rather to show a painterly quality using palette knives and wider brushes and sometimes my fingers! I hope to bring a bright happy atmosphere to all my viewers and leave them feeling better after they have seen my efforts.
As a plein air oil painter I love to capture the qualities of light and color that I see transforming the space and forms in the scene before me. My style of painting is Impressionist although I’ve had some say it is ‘Romantic Realism’. My subject matter includes the ocean, the bays, marshes, landscapes and gardens of the Delmarva Peninsula. My husband and I have created our own cottage garden that figures prominently in many of my works.

A graduate of Skidmore College, I received an MFA at the University of Delaware in 1980 when I was teaching painting and drawing at Cecil Community College. Now I devote myself entirely to painting and gardening. My work is in many collections both private and public including the DuPont Co., BA, Marriott Corp., Cigna and The Univ. of DE. I am represented by The Station Gallery in Greenville, DE.
Betsy Greer, a Delaware native and a graduate of the University of Delaware, has studied oil painting with Ruth Anne Crawford and has also spent two years as a student at the Barnes Foundation. She is a member of the Studio Group and the Diamond State Branch, of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc the Portrait Society of America and the DFVA. She has exhibited at the Delaware Art Museum, Hardcastle Gallery and other local venues and juried shows at the Biggs Museum and juried shows nationally through NLAPW.

Betsy enjoys painting landscapes and the still life but she especially enjoys portraits and figures. “When painting a portrait or a figure, what I am looking for is something that speaks to the figure’s personality or humanity. Children in particular are fun for me. I like to show them just being children. Grandchildren are fair game.”
Mary Lou Griffin is a Delaware Valley artist who finds inspiration in nature for many of her paintings: the movement and reflection of light on water; the movement of storm clouds in the sky; or the movement of waves on the shoreline. There is always a scene waiting to be captured. There are times when a favorite teapot can inspire a colorful statement, and other times when playing with color and mark making turns into a playful nonobjective piece. Color and line are important aspects of her work.

Mary Lou works in oils, acrylic and pastel. Her work has been accepted into International, National, and Regional Shows. She is a member of local art organizations: DFVA, DVAL, CCAA, PPS, PWS. She is a member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW.org). NLAPW is the oldest (since 1897) national organization for women in the Arts with it’s headquarters in Washington D.C. She is the current NLAPW Diamond Sate Branch President and the current NLAPW National Art Chair.
Mary Lou has been drawing and painting since childhood. Her early attempts included illustrations for the high school yearbook, college publications and nursing school brochures. She always wanted to be a medical illustrator. She is a clinical nurse specialist and taught in nursing education for over 47 years at St. Francis Hospital, and Delaware Tech Community College and University of Delaware. While at UD, she developed and taught a course in Creative Arts Therapy.

After retirement, she has been taking art classes at UD’s Osher Lifelong Learning in Wilmington and developed skills in a variety of media including pastel, acrylic and watercolor. She currently co-teaches a class in acrylic painting. Recently, she has been making her own papers and using them in collage applications. She has exhibited locally and is a member of DFVA and the Newark Arts Alliance.
After receiving an MFA from Catholic University in Washington DC, Frances Hart studied at the Art Students League in NYC. She later took courses in weaving, welded steel sculpture, etching, and lithography at the Delaware Art Museum and the University of Delaware.

Flowers, their colors, forms, variety, and patterning in their shapes and in the spaces between them, have always fascinated Frances. She has an intuitive approach to each painting and allows the flowers to determine her interpretation of them. The works evolve, permitting her to explore forms and their variety.

Frances is interested in the visual relationship between the shapes of the petals, leaves and interstices. The positive spaces she paints are very fluid, by bleeding pure color into a pale wash, it creates an intensity which then becomes diffused.
Art has been a focus of Paula’s life from an early age. With degrees in art education and art history, she has shared her love of creating with children and adults of all ages, specializing in drawing out the playful creativity and inherent aesthetic of each individual student. Paula’s substantial career includes directing programs and developing imagery for faith communities. Now retired, Paula spends her creative hours between figure drawing and exploring the exciting possibilities of monoprint and mixed media.
I have been a fine art studio jeweler for 40 years and delight in making work that is both artistic and functional. I am a self proclaimed “stoneaholic” as I love to buy , cut and use stones in my pieces. I also love to do commission work with special items that my clients bring to me. I teach metal smithing at The Delaware Art Museum and am a juried member of The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. My work has been featured in books and other publications. I currently have a piece in the “The Art of The State “ exhibit at the State museum in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.
Harold Ellis Howell’s fascination with art began at an early age and is completely intertwined with his love of nature. Early work was spontaneous, largely intuitive but undisciplined. Later he studied with several masters at the Delaware Art Museum who helped him become more organized in his approach, but more importantly taught him how to see.

For the rest he is mostly self taught, believing that the way to learn to paint is to paint. He has also gained much insight from long time friend and mentor E. Jean Lanyon.

“I believe art is a calling, not a hobby, or a pastime, it is a dialogue with the universe and ends only when one can no longer hold the brush”.
Debbie is an emerging artist in Chester County, PA. She primarily paints with Alcohol Ink and enjoys how bright and vibrant the colors are in this medium. Favorite subjects to paint are animals, flowers, and landscapes.

She has won several awards for her paintings at the Lancaster Art Association exhibits, selected as an emerging artist for the Brandywine and the Mount Gretna Art Festival, and has had her art on display and won awards at several international and national art events in the USA.
Nestled in the hills of the Brandywine Valley sits the studio of Tamarah. Splitting her time between studio and plein air painting, where she discovers a never ending source of beauty. Tamarah has been an active artist her entire life, getting her beginning studies with her Mother, Elnora. She began taking classes in NYC as a young adult and continues her education and mentorship with some of the best artists in the North Eastern Region of the United States.
I think I was born drawing and painting. By the time I was eight, I put my poems to paper. I studied at Goddard College, VT; Chouinard Art Institute, CA; U of D, DE; MICA, MD; Vermont College, VT. Widowed young, I began teaching in 1959 to support my daughter and myself. I have 25 years in the field of architecture and engineering; many years in graphic arts; illustrations; and 22 years as Poet Laureate for the State of Delaware. I received DDOA Established Artist Grant in 1995. I was honored by three governors. I have published 10 books. I had a retrospective exhibit “As the Poet Paints” at the Biggs Museum in 2012. I was featured on PBS channel 12 in 2018.

I am still going strong!
After training through Salem Community College’s Scientific Glass Program, Greg worked during the day in a local scientific/production glass shop for about 5 years while getting Losco Glass off the ground. Drawing inspiration from patterns in the natural world and his own experiences, Greg seeks to evoke feeling through the various colors, flow, and sculpture of hot glass; often reflecting upon his own personal growth catalyzed by extended periods of solidarity with the flame.
Painting allows me to retreat to a private world.

How exciting to let color and shape fill a blank space, the paper vibrates as one color meets another. I am influenced by the impressionist painting style which makes chalk pastel a perfect medium. I paint subjects that resonate with me and am always pleasantly pleased when others respond to my art in the same way.
Shah is a retired general surgeon and has been painting since his high school days. He has been practicing surgery in New Castle County, Delaware since 1967. He is mostly interested in painting landscapes, seascapes and florals. A self- taught artist, he regularly attends workshops with contemporary masters in the United States. He has had private as well as group shows in this area. His works hang in many private and corporate collections. Dazzling light and vibrant color distinguish his paintings.

“Because of the luminosity and reflective quality of watercolor,I prefer it above all other media. I enjoy painting scenes of all seasons. The white winter snow reflecting the golden glare of the sun inspires me. Spring, summer, and fall provide the opportunity to record the glorious colors of life. I am infatuated with the simplicity of the landscape of downstate Delaware and the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania. I primarily paint for personal satisfaction and recreation. It provides me peace and enjoyment of life.”

Shah resides in Chadds Ford, PA, with his wife, Ruth.
I retired after 42 years of teaching Art in the PA public school system. I now spend my time happily developing my talents. My efforts have been rewarded by recognition and awards from local, regional and national watercolor societies. All my paintings are done using distilled water. They are professionally framed using all archival material.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT
Signature membership in major art organizations and awarded for outstanding success in juried shows.
BWS Baltimore Watercolor Society – signature status
PWCS Philadelphia Watercolor Society – signature status
PWS Pennsylvania Watercolor Society – signature status
DWS Delaware Watercolor Society – signature status

Erika’s work has been exhibited in juried shows of the National Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, the Bigg’s Museum of Art in Dover, DE, and the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, DE. Her sunflower painting “Exuberance” was chosen for the American Watercolor Society Traveling Show. Erika is an active member of the Howard Pyle Studio Group and the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts
As a child, Joyce often had a crayon or pencil in hand and has always had a strong interest in creative endeavors. Joyce is grateful that her parents, her earliest teachers, encouraged this interest. Joyce taught first grade, math, technology, and art in Delaware public elementary schools over a 36-year career. “I am still inspired by my former art students who reveled in the sheer delight of art making.”

Joyce is a member of the Howard Pyle Studio Group and DFVA, and regularly paints with the Darley House group. Her work was accepted in the juried show, Creativity Multiplied, at the Delaware Art Museum, and she shows her work in local galleries and shows.

Joyce enjoys exploring the expressive potential of many bold colors or a single soft brushstroke. She hopes this joy shows through her work and brings a smile to those who view it.
In the last few years I have enjoyed visiting gardens both professionally landscaped as well as visiting home gardens on various garden tours. Painting at these sites Plein Air is wonderful. The light is so magnificent compared to working on a photo however there can be challenges. This past spring I developed poison ivy on my face which was the first time I ever had it. It was well worth it because I was finally out of my home masked and enjoying fellow gardeners. Working in different mediums also gives the images different moods and feelings. I am personally downsizing and may not have a large garden area but if I can continue to paint in others gardens I will be happy. If you like to commission me to paint your garden please contact me by phone or email and I can show you some other pieces.
Steve has been doing art most of his life, but for the past thirty-five years has enjoyed a rewarding career as a wildlife and nature artist. His Steve’s inspirations come from his curiosity and love for all living things and his personal experiences from his travels to places all over the contiguous states, Alaska and his recent trip to Africa last Fall.

Known for strong compositions using details to accurately capture animals and the natural world. Close attention to light, color, atmosphere and mood are also consistent in Steve’s artwork. While very proficient with several mediums, he works primarily with acrylic paints, but frequently combines the paint with colored pencils and ink. For many years, Steve has been painting on Strathmore illustration board, but for the past two years, he has been working on large canvases.

In addition to receiving numerous awards and much recognition for his animal art, Steve is a longtime signature member of the worldwide organization, The Society of Animal Artists and has taken part in many regional, national and international wildlife art shows.

Steve is also the Executive Director of the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Shows in Philadelphia, recently voted the number 1 art show in the entire country by Sunshine Artist magazine.
Beth Palser is the creator of Graphic Realism.

Her background in Graphic Design and her years spent working for a print-maker doing color separations for the screens, played a huge influence in Palser’s painting style. The combination of these methods and her early years painting in oils, gave way for this sophisticated watercolor style. Her paintings have dimension, and the fractured brush strokes demonstrating a clean graphic quality, emit emotion from the viewer. Texture, contrast, detail and vibrant color are elements which have become signatures in her paintings. Palser’s subject matter varies from Landscapes to the Urban scenes of Philadelphia to the many beaches around the US and Caribbean where she vacationed, but her Style is consistent and evident in each piece.

Palser received more than 50 awards for her watercolors and achieved signature membership status from the prestigious Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The Pennsylvania and Baltimore Watercolor Societies.
Elizabeth attended the University of Delaware obtaining a degree in biology. While there she also studied design and drawing. She paints watercolors in a unique fashion using a wax resist technique. This produces lively paintings with a fresh contemporary style. She is an associate member of the Studio Group in Wilmington Delaware and is a member and past president of the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Elizabeth has taken part in numerous local art shows. These include Art and Antiques at the Hagley Museum, the DFVA Fall Art Show and the Greenville Outdoor Show.
Art has always been an intricate part of my life. I minored in art at the University of Delaware and I have also studied art with many local artists.

My art ranges from realism to abstract. I enjoy experimenting with almost all mediums but I prefer pastel or acrylic. I enjoy the creative process and the satisfaction I have when I can say… “It worked!”

I have had several one person shows and I have exhibited in numerous group art shows with various organizations. I am a docent emeritus of the Delaware Art Museum and I have been a member of the Delaware Foundation for Visual Arts since 2011 and I have been a member of Pen Women since 2015.
Shirley L. Rigby was a past President of both The Howard Pyle Studio and The National League of The American Pen Women-Diamond State Branch. She also acted as Co-Chair of The Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts Fall Show.

As an abstract artist, Shirley experiments with a variety of unusual tools to achieve results. Trowels, spatulas, mica, cooking, and scraping tools, and sometimes, brushes, to name a few. Much of her art features strong vibrant colors, focusing on blues, bright oranges and often Chinese black.

Also, she mixes oils and cold wax developing unique abstracts. Recently, Shirley was introduced to sculpture—making nine metal faces, featuring clay faces and attaching Pinocchio-like three-inch noses. She has painted whimsical chickens that were featured in several art shows. Shirley continues to make collages for children based on nursery rhymes such as Humpty Dumpty and Noah’s Ark.
Kathy paints the beauty of the surrounding areas of Chester County, PA and northern Delaware. She paints on the traditional cotton watercolor paper and also on new surfaces, including Yupo, clay board and watercolor ground, which allow the paintings to be varnished and framed without the glass, yet still capture the luminosity of watercolor.

“I believe that in today’s hectic world it’s important to fill your home with art that will relax your mind and lift your spirits,” says the artist.

Kathy has won several awards for her paintings. She has been commissioned to create paintings for corporations and institutions including DuPont, PNC Bank, Wilmington University and the Wilmington Flower Market. She is a former president of the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts, and a member of the Howard Pyle Studio Group and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.
Andy Smith has been blessed with a gift that has supported him full time as an artist for 40 years. He specializes in realistic transparent watercolors. Hand drawing his subjects, he then paints in a series of washes building color and texture and is well known for his strong use of light.
Joy is a native of South Carolina and has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.After a long nursing career she has retired and now serves as a Volunteer Chaplain at Nemours, The duPont Hospital for Children. Her love of painting in pastels and in oils began with portraiture and she now has developed interests in still life and plein air painting. At this time she spends most of her painting time on commissioned portraits of animals. She began painting in Houston, Texas with Marge Brichler and has continued through the years with Russell Finley of Newark, Jo Ridge Kelley of Waynesville, NC, Morgan Samuel Price in Cashiers, NC, Jenny Buckner, Waynesville, NC, and California artist Ken Auster. Until the pandemic she painted most Wednesdays with Nancy Tankersley at the Easton Studio in Easton MD. She paints now on Zoom once a week with Nancy and others.

Her works hang in private collections in Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Gijon, Spain.
“I began to work with watercolors after moving from Virginia to northern New Mexico. How is it possible to live in the that landscape and not paint? Returning to the east coast and choosing to call the Brandywine Valley home, the impulse to express a connection to nature continues. I’ve added dip pen and ink to my work with watercolors…always searching for a means to capture a moment, light and shadow, an impression of solidity, or a landscape, that might reflect something larger and more permanent.”

Helen’s work has been seen at the Newark Arts Alliance, The Square Pear, the Center for Creative Arts, the Kennett Weekend of the Arts, and at Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Amy Stewart was born in Chester County, PA., having lived there most of her life, she has traveled widely and lived in Europe and New Zealand. Her first memory of art training was at her grandfather’s painting studio in Bryn Mawr, when she “borrowed” a pencil and began sketching. He actively encouraged her early drawing endeavors, and so began her lifelong love of art.

Her eclectic pursuit of art has taken her around the world.She recently completed a four year studio course in realistic oil painting with master painter, Neilson Carlin.

Amy paints directly from life, and is an “unapologetic realist.”
I started drawing as a child and have not looked back. I majored in art in college at Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY., working in many different mediums with oil painting as my favorite. After graduating, I painted sporadically, working around a schedule of raising 3 sons and various jobs. My favorite job was as a kitchen designer, but when I retired, I rekindled my passion for painting.

Landscapes and nature are my favorite subject matter especially painting plein air. I enjoy depicting the beauty of this area from the farms to the shore and have discovered some beautiful spots I had visited before. I love manipulating the textures of the paint on the canvas and the challenge of all the local summer greens.

I exhibit with DFVA and have shown my work at CCarts, Newark Arts Alliance and various other venues around the area.
About 20 years ago when Kerstin was introduced to Wilmington artist Edward Loper Sr., Kerstin realized that she loved Loper’s sense of color drama and ended up taking lessons from him over a number of years. “Loper’s rich color palette, combined with light, line and space in addition to his teaching about art in general was inspiring.” On his advice Kerstin attended the Art Appreciation classes at the Barnes Foundation in Merion for two years. Kerstin has then built on this foundation and tried to develop her own technique working towards simplification. Kerstin’s favorite medium is oil on canvas painted plein air and in the studio. She also enjoys soft pastel. She is a member of the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Howard Pyle Studio Group.
All of my tea bowls are hand formed and carved without the use of a potter’s wheel. I strive for organic forms that are unique ceramic sculptures, that are comfortable in the hand, and feel natural to hold and drink from. I try to give each piece a complex, naturalistic surface by adding materials such as small stones, ground up rocks, sand and ground up iron to the clay and glazes, and by firing with wood whenever possible to add wood ash to the surface instead of, or in addition, to glaze. Many of my pieces are fired multiple times to build up layers of wood ash, or to layer glazes over wood ash, or other glazes. I follow the same process for all of my ceramic art.
Bonnie White says “Making art is an exciting obsession. It keeps me challenged, and makes me look at things in new ways. I start with strong compositions. Then I take chances with the colors until the end, trying for images that are bright, structured and clean.” She has been exhibiting in the Mid-Atlantic Region for many years.

Bonnie White’s subject matter includes sports, landscapes and memory paintings. She is a Signature Member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, belongs to the Howard Pyle Studio Group and was elected a Master Artist by Delaware by Hand.