Suzanne Benedict, Rush, NY  I’m a faithful watercolor painter. I love the freshness and ‘painterliness’ of watercolor on various surface. I also love the contrast of pen and ink with watercolor. Recently I have used matchsticks, sticks, feathers and other items found on site while plein air painting. Life is a journey and an adventure.




Drayton Jones, Fayetteville, NY   I sketch/paint everyday.Really enjoy the plein air experience and work in transparent watercolor.Have achieved signature membership in Watercolor West , an international watercolor society , and have won three awards in their annual competitions. Also,a signature member of the Central NY Watercolor Society.




Elaine Liberio, Palmyra, NY  Liberio Art.  Elaine has always been in love with painting and was greatly influenced by her uncle, oil painter, Edward Lennon.  She studied painting and printmaking FLCC and Empire State College and currently is an active member of Wayne County Council for the Arts and the Western Wayne Arts Group in New York State.  She exhibits and sells her art and offers workshops and classes in oil painting, watercolor and drawing.  One of her most fun workshops is "Oil Painting with Rags.  No Brushes Allowed".  She has also developed a love for Plein Air painting, winning the People's Choice Award in 2013 at the Seneca Lake Plein Air Painting Festival.  Recently, Elaine has teamed up with two other artists, Tina Yannotti Burgess and Jan Romeiser to form "artiststhree" showing their work together around the Finger Lakes, NY. 



Jan Romeiser, Clifton Springs, NY  In 2012, I discovered Plein Air painting. I love being outside painting God’s beautiful creations, bridges, barns and other old buildings.



Steve Duprey, Phelps, NY  Steve Duprey is a landscape artist working and living in the beautiful Finger Lakes area.  He paints with acrylics and oils on canvas and board and finds great joy in creating depth in his paintings. He also creates speed paintings that can be seen on YouTube ( Steve has found that landscapes, specifically trees, are his "thing" and is affectionately known on the art show circuit as "The Tree Guy". His love of that particular form drives most of his work. When not painting, Steve teaches communications at Finger Lakes Community College, Acting at Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges and directs the Geneva High School theatre program. He's also well known in the Geneva area for his work as a director with the Geneva Theatre Guild. He lives in Phelps with his wife Cindy.



Bonnie McGown, Ringwood, NJ    "I was born a northern girl on Long Island in New York.  When I was in elementary school my family moved to sunny Miami, Florida.  Lucky for  me, Miami was a wonderful place to grow up.  I always loved art and even had some private painting lessons in grammar school.  Following my passion I went to college as an Art major.  I studied with such noted artists as Duane Hansen who stressed the importance of drawing and learning the basics.  A job transfer in my 20's landed my small family back up north.  We settled in the Highlands town of Ringwood in the Ramapo Mountains of New Jersey.  Heaven!!  Still having the desire to create I travelled to NYC and studied at the Art Student's League with various artists including Michael Burban for figure drawing and anatomy.  As exciting as the ASL was I began looking for something with an easier commute.  Lucky again, I found the Ridgewood Art Institute.  I studied traditional oil painting with Arthur Maynard, John P. Osborne and my beloved friend Betty Kaytes.  The RAI gave me the foundation I needed to build on in my pursuit of capturing the flow of light in my still life, floral and landscape paintings."




Kathy Ann Morris, Canandaigua, NY  Kathy Ann Morris, a retired English teacher of 33 years, always was an "art wannabe." Taking some workshops and classes fueled this desire to broaden her experience, in oil and watercolor, always seeking to improve and become more painterly.




Grant Lounsbury, Geneva, NY  I have spent a large part of my art career in the field of 2-D traditional animation working in television and animated feature films.  I have been fortunate to travel the world in this field, working with 20th Century Fox, Cartoon Network, Nelvana Animation and numerous European Studios.  Unfortunately, 2-D animation has become somewhat of a dying art. I began painting several years ago as I explored new mediums for my artistic expression. In my paintings I enjoy embracing a loose style that is quite different from animation.  I find that it feels more alive to me, and reveals to the viewer the movement, energy and compassion that I feel as an artist.  Having success as a landscape and wildlife artist, painting with oils has allowed me to explore my artistic vision with greater freedom and enthusiasm, and has given me more opportunities as a fine artist.



Tina Yannotti, Geneva, NY. After attending Plein Air Painting classes in 2006, I discovered that painting with oil was my passion.  Being able to mix paint on the canvas, and the fact that it didn’t dry right away, I could discover more colors and could move the paint around with more freedom



Kari Ganoung Ruiz, Interlaken, NY



Tarryl Gabel, Poughkeepsie, NY  Tarryl is an award winning Hudson Valley Artist, was born and raised on a cattle ranch on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, ND.  She was inspired and encouraged by her grandfather, a self-taught western artist.  Tarryl had the honor to be chosen to paint an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree.  At that time, "Our Country's National Parks" was the theme of the decorations and her ornament represented the Franklin D. Roosevelt's Home.  She was invited to and attended a special reception at the Whtie House.  The ornament will remain a part of their permanent colleciton.  Her work is displayed in many private and corporate collections around the country and abroad.


Drina Connors Kay, Cape Vincent, NY  After retirement as a theatre teacher/director in Virginia,  Drina Connors Kay, welcomed the opportunity to travel, write, and paint. Her love of set design & decor inspired her to take watercolor classes. Later she accepted house sitting assignments all over the US and Canada, and eventually settled in Cape Vincent, NY, telling friends and family that the Thousand Islands is the perfect spot to write and paint.




William Christopherson, Watertown, NY  plein-air landscape artist from Watertown, N.Y. who has received award recognition at many regional contemporary art showings. He has traveled to destinations including the Maine coast, Florida, and Europe/ Mediterranian to  create his unique artworks on location.




Jan Byington, Clayton, NY  Studio instruction in traditional oils, classes in watercolor, drawing and plein air painting led to being a founding member of Plein Air Painters Thousand Islands Region.  I share my love of nature by capturing the uniqueness of my surroundings in paint.  Oil - Water Music



Robert P Hedden, Wellesley Island, NY  Robert lives on the St Lawrence River near the US  Bridge Span to Canada on Wellesley Island NY. He finds much inspiration for his  Thousand Islands paintings along the River on Wellesley Island NY and the Canadian shoreline  along the Thousand Islands Parkway.  Robert has received many awards for his paintings, the most recent from the 2017 Spring Show of the  Arts Association on Northern NY (AANNY), Sackets Harbor, where he was awarded First Place Oil and also Outstanding North Country Theme (a watercolor).




Cheryl Simeone, Three Mile Bay, NY  NYS teacher Art K-12. Born in Amsterdam, NY. I am semi-retired and belong to a number of Plein Air groups PAPTIR(Thousand Islands Region and FCPAP(Florida)Jacksonville region. I recently won first place for a painting for an Acrylic Plein Air Painting done in the summer near Clayton



Susan Beadle, Queensbury, NY  I am a social historian at heart.  The combination of history, people and the events that bind them into a compelling story have been my passion.  When I stopped teaching I needed a way to examine history anew and art became my medium.




Donna Glahn, Mountain Top, PA



Catherine Whitehead, Glen Gardner, NJ  In 2016 she received the Artists' Choice Award and Honorable Mention in the Morristown Plein Air Festival. She also won a 3rd place award in Morristown in 2015.  She was granted two artist residencies this year, one in Maine and one in Illinois and presented a solo show at each.  Her paintings are done primarily outdoors. She says plein air painting gives her the ability to truly experience with all her senses the beauty she is painting. Catherine also loves the connection with community, the people she meets and many stories she is told along the way. She says “I can’t resist the urge to paint in nature. The experience of translating it’s energy into my work is exhilarating”.  


Stacey Pope, Baldwinsville, NYStacey was born and raised in Central New York. Working en plein air or in her studio using her own reference materials, she captures scenes of urban and rural landscapes. Stacey uses either oils or pastels to create her works of art.   Over the years, she has had several group and solo shows, as well as successfully participated in a number of plein air festivals in the state. Stacey is a member of the Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters and the Adirondack Pastel Society


Linda Palmer, Redwood, NI love the beauty of nature and am influenced by the play of light on
the scene.  Try to enhance my interpretation of the subject to draw
the viewer into the picture and strive to create peace and joy.



Chrissy Pahucki, New Hampton, NY  I love gardening, canoeing, hiking and rock hunting. Plein air painting is a change of pace for me. Painting gives me a great excuse to find a beautiful location and really soak in my surroundings.


John McNally, Annandale, NJ  After studying with Delaware Valley artists, John began successfully attending Northeastern plein air events, where he enjoys discovering beautiful scenery and making new friends



Diane Leifheit, Paul Smiths, NY  It is the spirit in landscape – the feel of the sun, the riffle of breeze.  I work hard to paint what I see, fair witness to what the land is telling me at that moment.To capture the essence, to create resonance in the image. That is the goal.




Janet Marie Yeates, Northville, NY  explores new regions and makes new friends while creating oil paintings on location. "I've observed so many exquisite sights that challenge me to think fast and work fast. Although I've enjoyed life as an artist and designer, plein air painting provides the most excitement and personal rewards. Plein air festivals build community pride and afford people an opportunity to meet artists and see works unfold."


Lee Hanford, Fair Haven, NY

Judy Soprano, Rochester, NY    “I opened the door to my creativity and found my soul.”  I grew up on a farm so my love for rural scenes is easily seen in all of my paintings.  I love the way farmers construct barns and sheds on their farms.  It seems to me to be very creative for one barn to be built then the add-ons come as the years go on and as the needs arise.  My next love is trees.  I love them in winter when you can see their bones.  And next comes the shadows.  The way shadows run across the land…I can see them moving when I paint them into a winter scene.  I work in both oil and watercolor but I love to draw…my sketch pad is my constant companion.  I can’t think of a better way to say it and it sounds like very poor grammar but I can’t NOT paint…I feel that my life has been enriched in many ways; my husband, my children and my obsession of creating art.




Lori McCall, Liverpool, NY



Fred Holman, Brant Lake, NY  Fred Holman started painting in 2005.  What began as an interest in refining his drawing skills turned into a passion for exploring the joys of nature and the challenge of the inanimate object through painting.  He is a Landscape Architect and Planner by profession, so the outdoors and creating beautiful, functional spaces have been part of his life for over 40 years.   A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design Painting and Drawing Certificate Program in 2007, Fred obtained the knowledge needed to use his natural talent in his paintings.  He has explored many mediums, but today oil is his preferred medium to paint still life’s, portraits or landscapes. Fred’s studio is located on the Schroon River in Brant Lake, New York.   Fred currently sits on the Board of Directors of the North Country Arts Center and is a member of the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council and the Saratoga Arts Council.  His work has been shown at these venues and in the juried art shows in the southern Adirondack region.  In 2012 he won the “Artists Guild Award” at the Adirondack Plein Air Festival in Saranac Lake, New York.


Amy Forgit, Hammond, NY  Amy grew up in the North Country spending summers on the St. Lawrence River. "The River is a special place for me where I feel connected to nature and it helps me feel relaxed and grounded. I studied Political Science and minored in Art at SUNY Cortland.



Bell Chevigny, NY, NY Bell has been named an Honorary Lifetime Participant.  This unique honor comes to her by her own merit; sharing the plein air concept with us, guiding the process and supporting the festival financially.   When Bell retired from teaching literature, she took up painting.  She has come north all of her life to a cabin that her grandfather built in 1914, and has recently begun to paint there.  




Jerry Russell, Liverpool, NY  I have been a Central New York resident all my life, and grew up surrounded by woods, streams, lakes, rolling hills, and the Adirondack mountains. I have a long history of studio painting in acrylics and watercolor - and in digital media for my professional illustration work - so, plein air painting oils is a fairly new endeavor. I have always been inspired by the impressionists and, through plein air painting, I seek to respond more immediately and directly to the light, shadow and color of the subject. I have a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University where I minored in painting, with a focus on watercolor.


Jerry Merrill, Rodman, NY.  Jerry Merrill has been painting since he was old enough to hold a brush. He enjoys all art forms, including snow sculpting.  But he is happiest when painting in his beloved Adirondacks. Jerry is a member of the Arts Association  of Northern New York and exhibits at the Sackets Harbor Art Center.


Kendra Schieber, Corinth, NY.  Kendra Schieber loves capturing the feeling of the outdoors, the morning light and mist, the blowing wind and blue skies.  She studies plein air with Thomas Torak in Vermont, Takeyce Walter in Saratoga Springs, and studied portraiture with Frank Mason at the Art Students League.  She lives in Corinth NY where she drives a school bus and creates signs in addition to her oil painting work.