Leslie Reid Brasher
Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, and now residing in the Auburn area, Leslie Brasher earned a degree in graphic design at Auburn University. Although she worked in graphic design for a number of years, when she quit her job at Auburn University to home school her son, she began to fit painting into her schedule.
She finds great enjoyment in painting with watercolors, and loves to sketch or paint just about anything, but especially the beauty she sees around her. She enjoys painting nature from life – using fresh flowers as inspiration or sitting in a shady spot and painting the view before her. She loves to travel and paint, and her style is representational.
Leslie is a member of the Alabama Plein Air Artists, a group that travels around the state to paint together several times each year. Her greatest desire is to glorify God with her artwork, and she prays that by painting the beauty of His creation she is pointing viewers toward the Creator, and ultimately toward salvation through Christ.
I’ve drawn and painted for as long as I can remember and enjoyed watercolors since high school. Through the years I’ve been blessed to be asked to do many watercolor portrait and home commissions, earned a degree in art and worked as a medical illustrator and at several ad agencies as a graphic designer and illustrator. When my daughter started school I painted murals for businesses and private homes. That continued for 15 years and the highlight was getting to go on two mission trips to Guatemala to paint murals in an orphanage. Eventually I had to give up murals and stick to smaller paintings due to a neck issue. I discovered plein air painting and APAA which led me to trying oils for the first time. Now I enjoy painting watercolor, gouache and oils for pleasure. This art journey has truly been a blessing and I’m thankful for God’s provision of jobs throughout my art career.
Jill Floyd Holt
2462 Gunston Ct.
Auburn, Alabama, 36832
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I have a BA degree in Fine Art from Auburn University. I have studied under renown masters, like Daniel Greene and John Howard Sanden. After fifteen years of portraits by commission, I began to learn about plein air painting with Roger Dale Brown in 2009, Gil Dilenger in California on the Northern Coast when I turned 50, and recently with Craig Nelson in The Dolomites and Venice Italy.
Today, after working in the family business for twelve years, I am returning to life as an artist in Auburn, Alabama, painting en Plein Aire, commissions, originals. and teaching workshops.
Joan lives in Northwest Florida, in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, calling Point Washington home. Since 2015 she has been the volunteer coordinator for the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters, who paint every Wednesday morning somewhere in her two-county area. Three times honored as a Florida’s Finest en Plein Air Ambassador for the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air annual event, and once as the Artist-in-Residence, Joan finds plein air painting to be the most humbling of artistic experiences. She practices it at least weekly for skill-building but also finds it beneficial to the spirit. Recently retired from a business career, Joan hopes to learn to paint the scenic areas of the country, currently eyeing the rocky coastline of New England. Joan also enjoys stand-up paddleboarding and flatwater kayaking.
Glenda M. Adams
130 Lake Forest Drive
Montgomery, AL. 36117
(334) 288-4861 Home
(334) 301-3158 Cell
Glenda has been privileged to take classes and workshops with many excellent artists including Samuel Morgan Price, Barbara B. Davis, Clark Walker. and the late Mary Jo Mullen. However, her life-long love of art led her to teach art as an elective at Calvary Christian Academy for 3 years. Now working almost exclusively in oils she has been a member of the Alabama Plein Air Artists since 2004, and has taught classes and workshops with The Pike Road Arts Council for many years.
65 Gaddis Beach Dr
Titus AL 36080
Facebook is Alicia Chambliss
Durinda is a professional artist who paints in
watercolors and oils. She specializes in architecture and
landscape painting. Her work is represented in several
southeastern galleries. Painting en plein air is a passion of
hers. Besides teaching painting classes she is the director
of Visual Arts for the Alabama Institute for Education in the
Arts. She also conducts workshops abroad yearly in France
and Italy. Her on-line gallery is Durinda.com.
Elegant Architectural and Landscape Paintings
2727 Ossa Wintha Drive
Birmingham, al 35243
Face book: ronlewisart
I am a signature member of the American Watercolor Society. I have paintings in the permanent collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile, Alabama, Columbus Museum, Columbus, Ga. My paintings have been published in Revue Moderne in Paris France, Southern Accents magazine, The Artist Magazine, American Artist magazine and American Artist Acrylic Highlights magazine. I am also listed in Who's Who in American Art.
Although Etta has lived in Alabama 40 years, she grew up in southern Indiana.
Early on she was fascinated to learn about the early Plein air artists of Brown County,IN. They started in the early 1900’s around the same time Monet and his atelier were Plein air painting in France. She often returns to visit TC Steele’s home, gardens & studio that were donated to the state of Indiana. Etta works in oil, watercolor, gauche, acrylic, pen & ink & pencil.
Being an artist is my joy. I am drawn to plein air painting for the opportunity to travel and see more of God’s creations. My goals are to continue to develop my drawing and painting skills and capture a variety of subjects. I am a founding member of the Society of Painters in Water Mixable Oils.
Instagram at Karen Bennett Art
website at www.karenbennettart.com
Karen is an award-winning studio and plein air artist. Most
of her inspiration comes from the many travels with her wonderful
husband and the great outdoors of her family farm. Karen’s paintings
captivate all the senses of the observer. Her desire is that when you look
upon her paintings, you will see, feel and hear the serenity of the scenes.
Karen has studied under many renowned artists from across the
nation and is a member of local and national art associations. Her
paintings can be found in art galleries throughout Mississippi and have
appeared in episodes of HGTV’s Hometown.
Norma J Gober
8433 Tate Mill Rd
Dora, AL 35062
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Gayle Dunn Hurley
Facebook: Hurley Honey
My career as a French teacher took a sharp turn upon hearing the words “you’re having twins” just six weeks before the due date. Later on in order to escape toddler mayhem, I found an art class on drawing portraits which I thought to be an impossible task but one worth pursuing given my built-in adorable subjects.
Ever curious, I explored portraiture in every possible medium - Pencil, watercolor, oil, acrylic, charcoal, and clay. A focus on oil painting led to the joys of painting out in the open or “en plein air” especially in my current home state of Alabama.
Ever curious I have pursued a love of abstract painting and most recently encaustic painting which fits in nicely with my beekeeping hobby since the principal medium is beeswax!
Everyone views art from a unique perspective. When you see my work, I hope you feel the underlying sense of adventure and curiosity.
512 Dogwood Place sw
Robin has lived in several states, but North Alabama roots keep her grounded. Especially inspired by ordinary views from the side of a road, she looks for nobility in the everyday scenes we encounter. Her southern landscapes draw us into the excitement and mystery of light and shadow, bringing to life that delicate time of day that is so fleeting. Robin participates in all possible Alabama Plein Air Artist events, and learns from each artist there. Her works are found at Dragonfly Gallery in Fayetteville, Tn, and Kathleen's Fine Art in Decatur Al.
Amy P. Collins
Amy has worked as a full time artist since1982. She studied fine art at the University of Virginia, followed by a MS in Medical Illustration from the Medical College of Georgia. For over 30 years she incorporated her artistic skills into a career as a medical illustrator, providing illustration services for clients in the healthcare industry. Now her concentration is on oil painting. Much of Amy’s time is spent painting en plein air. Her paintings encompass a variety of subjects - landscapes, cityscapes, figures, still lifes. Her goal is to paint quickly and expressively in order to capture changing color shifts, scenarios and expressions that she can share with the viewer.
Amy also teaches weekly classes and workshops in her hometown of Birmingham.
9812 Whisper Trace Court, Montgomery AL 36117
New to plein air. Painting since the 80’s. Mostly self taught. Painting for me is fun and a gift to be shared. I paint to escape the stress of this crazy world.
816 Rosewood Circle
Gardendale Al 35071
2048 Lake Drive NW
I am a Christian. Also, I am a wife and mother and I am also a third generation retired Alabama Public School Teacher. I went to Phillips High in Bear Creek, Alabama and I attended several colleges/universities: MUW, Northwest Shoals Community College, University of North Alabama-BS, University of Alabama, and Auburn University-MEd.
After I retired from teaching I have started oil painting and I have been fortunate to attended several art workshops with some excellent artist/teachers. I have pursued oil painting like a career! Lol More importantly, I have met many people in my pursuit of art and have made some enduring friendships.
Mary Sue Kirkpatrick (I go by Sue)
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raised in Gadsden Alabama and Graduated from Emma Sansom high-school in 1981. Join the United States Navy as a advance Avionics Technician and electronic operator. Retired after flying for the Navy for 23 years. Attended Athens State University for BS degrees in Management of Technology, aerospace administration, and Supply chain/logistics management. Received a BS degree in aerospace Avionics engineering with University of Maryland.
Retired now and hobbies are studio and plein air painting, fishing, hiking, camping, and radio astronomy.
Have always had a love art from an early age. Have attended multiple workshops and private painting lessons with well known artist like Roger Dale Brown (Nashville TN), Lori Putnam (Nashville TN), Dimitri Proshkin (Chattanooga TN), Craig Reynolds (Gadsden AL.), the late Steve Temple (Gadsden AL), John Gernsey (Marietta GA), and Terry Strickland (Birmingham AL).
My dream is to paint everyday, and the day the Lord takes me home, to have a brush in my hand,
711 Tanglewood drive, Athens Alabama 35611
David M Jones
10 Bergman St. Monroeville, Al. 36460
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Artworks By David M Jones .
Studied art at Auburn University concentrated studies in graphic design , illustration and advanced painting . Have taken numerous workshops over the last seven years with the best artists/instructors I could find(specifically en plein air) Currently live and paint in Monroeville,Al. Married to Cindy Jones .
Scheria (Sherry) Houston
I am relatively new to painting but love trying and getting together with the group.
5356 Bluff View Rd
Mt Olive, Al 35117
Glencoe, Alabama 35905
Facebook: Joyce Palmer Artist
I am a retired art teacher I graduated with a BS in Art Education from the University of Alabama. Later I got my Masters from Alabama in Early Childhood.I have worked with students from K-12. Most of my career was spent in Elementary Schools. I retired from the Gadsden City School System.
Shortly after retiring I started painting with the Alabama Plein Air Artist. I enjoy painting outdoors and do some studio painting. I have done a few portraits but mostly landscape painting. I work in oil and also have worked with pastels.
FB page Delores Holmes Falls
Instagram: Dee Falls Art
2109 Greenside Way
Hoover, Al 35226
Dee Falls is an Award-Winning Artist and American Impressionist Painter, who seeks to capture light, life, and color with each brushstroke. As a painter for 25 years, she established herself in juried competitions throughout the Southeast and her works have been acquired by private collectors across the U. S. and abroad. Through international workshops and master classes, she defined her skills with "alla prima" thick juicy color and painting En Plein Air garnered her with the skill to capture light in a fast-changing environment. While much of her work has been defined by rich oils, she also dabbles in watercolors, acrylics, and pastels. She has painted extensively in-studio and on location (En Plein Air) across the US, and Europe. Dee's introduction to painting was by happenchance, but she attributes the natural found talent and opportunity to flourish to God's blessings. She has had the fortune to paint with many talented artists whose experience and teachings have nurtured her skills, and their guiding hand has truly attributed to her great success as an artist.
For details on her past honors and awards, go to her website at deefallsart.com
Dee's current works can be seen at her studio in Hoover, Alabama, or at Tricia’s Treasures, Alabama Treasures Art Gallery by appointment
Oil and acrylic paintings in an impression style. I am mostly self taught except for studying in workshops with artist Roger dale Brown, John Sandridge and Craig Reynolds. My art has been exhibited and sold in art shows in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. I have painting for 35 years and loved every minute of it.
Theresia McInnis Facebook: Art Creations by Theresia theresiamcinnis.com Theresia McInnis, is an artist who helps collectors obtain art pieces that exalts that special experience or priceless memory that families will value for years. Her oils and watercolors blur the boundaries between photo realism and impressionism and have been purchased by collectors right off the easel at PleinAir venues both domestic and abroad. She routinely participates with established PleinAir groups in Alabama, Mississippi and along the Emerald Coast of Florida. Her work has been featured in posters for the Destin Seafood festival and in numerous local juried art groups’ shows, where she’s won awards. Her paintings can be found at the gallery, “Artful Things Niceville”. Her collectors have said “There is so much heart and soul in them, that her paintings are captivating. The overwhelming emotions I experienced when the image was captured come to mind and causes my eyes to well over every time that I look at the painting; it brings me to tears. There is just so much emotion that comes through.” K.P. Her depiction of a grandparent’s affection for a child not only won the CAA 2015 Honorable mention and People’s Choice awards, but resulted in multiple commissions for “personality portraits”. Her business is all about “Stirring emotions in paint.”
Barbara was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, She has painted since the age of fourteen. She obtained a degree in Fine Art from Auburn University Montgomery in 1987.
She painted portraits full-time in the mid-1990’s, but in 2004, She began painting en plein air and it changed my life and opened many doors to meet other artists and join painting groups. Studying through workshops and seminars with many artists helped enable me to achieve the life-long dream and goal of being a full-time professional artist.
"I paint mainly in oil and, since I love to paint the effect of light, my subject matter is across the board…landscapes, still life, portraits, figures, animals… but I find my heart is always drawn to the skies."
1515 North Fountain Blvd.
Springfield, OH 45504
Robine is a national award-winning artist. Among her active roles within art associations, she holds the position as past-president of the Western Ohio Watercolor Society. She is an active member of the Marketing Development Committee of Springfield Museum of Art. She is in gallery at Terra Gallery in Dublin, OH in the Columbus area and Roanoke VA. She has been in gallery at Aldridge Gardens, University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB), Energin Company, Columbus Museum of Art and area businesses and churches. She has placed and won awards in plein air paint outs in New Harmony, IN, Steamboat, CO and other area paint outs. She has juried into national paint outs across the country from Knoxville TN, Richmond, VA, Steamboat CO, Palm Beach FL, Mountain Maryland to name a few.
Her primary medium is acrylic, oil, watercolor and pastel. She enjoys looking at each painting as "telling a story, "Whether it is capturing the light or bringing an emotion to the canvas. She enjoys the ability to capture the moment through color and contrast. Robine has been fortunate enough to study with Ron Lewis and Terry Strickland.
At this point Robine's best painting is the one she has not painted....yet!
Nancy M. Paden
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An artist who grew up on a farm in Shelby County and enjoyed exploring the outdoors. She began sketching at an early age and later attained a degree in Art and Interior Design from Judson College. After years working as a designer she was approached by a client to paint a mural ,after she mentioned that she painted. This ignited her desire to paint again and she soon found herself enjoying the physical creation process. She continued several years to create murals and custom finishes for clients. In 2005 her husband accepted a position with his company in North Carolina. After settling into her new home, she enjoyed exploring the Greensboro area she was inspired to paint again. This time she chose her first love watercolor . She joined the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and the Alabama Watercolor Society. Within 4 years she had paintings accepted into both societies' shows (3 times) and had attained Signature status in each. Since 2010 she has won numerous national awards and a 1st place in WSNC Exhibition 2016. The most recent award was 3rd place in the 80th National Exhibition of the Watercolor Society of Alabama’s 2021show. As fate and time would have it she and her husband relocated/ retired to her home farm in Shelby county. She continues to work primarily in watercolor or acrylic for her studio work, but is enjoying working with oils in Plein air. She states-“ My journey with oils is just beginning. I love to explore new mediums and hope I never stop learning. I find nature constantly inspires my work and being back on the farm is such a joy!” To see more of Nancy”s work visit her website- NancyPaden.com
Website : http://rhonda-hancock.pixels.com
Rhonda Hancock’s work expresses an eclectic range as she continues to venture into different approaches and techniques with water based mediums. “The true enjoyment of art to me is more in the process than the product. I love the sense of accomplishment when I take a glance of inspiration and express it on paper.”
Formerly a member of Citrus Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society and West Coast Plein Air, she was the Art Coordinator of the City Hall Art Gallery in beautiful downtown Brooksville, Florida.
After relocating to Alabama in 2015 with her husband Harry, Rhonda is currently a member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, The Eufaula Art Scene, and Alabama Plein Air Artists. Her paintings are in private collections in Washington, Massachusetts, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alaska, Florida, as well as Alabama and the Netherlands.
I have always been interested in creating. Did tole painting in the 90s and then switched to quilting. Started painting again a few years ago. Currently it is only a hobby as my husband and I are full time caregivers for my parents. But my goal is to start selling paintings in the future.
Lisa Price Fine Art
Lisa’s love of art began as a young girl and has continued throughout the years. She believes God's extravagance surrounds us everyday and it is up to the artist to express her emotional response to this beauty on canvas. Lisa says, "My inspiration is light, shadow, simple forms, and the excitement and challenge of drawing the viewer into each painting to create a unique and emotional art experience". Lisa is a Signature member and serves on the Board of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, is an associate member of the Oil Painters of America, and a member of Alabama Plein Air Artists. Her greatest pleasure and where she finds the most peace is in the studio creating or in the field painting en plein air.
Gail Thrasher Cosby
Watercolors & Gouache
I want viewers of my artwork to experience my awe of our natural world. My background in advertising taught me to find the “essence of place" in front of me so I work to paint that focus. If I can share some of my love for the special outdoor places, here in Alabama and elsewhere, then I have succeeded.
Bio: Born in Decatur, Alabama, Gail graduated cum laude with an art degree from Mississippi University for Women. During a successful 35-year advertising career, she was an award winning graphic designer as well as an account manager. She is currently pursuing her first love of painting full time (and is attempting to improve her guitar and ukulele skills part time!)
Alabama native Melissa Moore Root admits to enjoying drawing and cartooning in school when she should have been listening.
Eventually, Melissa’s artistic preoccupation enabled her to earn a BFA from Auburn University, concentrating in drawing and printmaking. With an eye toward making a living, she also took technical courses that led to work as graphic designer. Working as an art director in advertising and public relations in and around Mobile, she was active in the Ad Federation, winning several citations and awards. From time to time, she has taught graphic design at Spring Hill College and the University of South Alabama.
Although her pursuit of “fine art” took a backseat until her daughter went to college, Melissa’s creative zeal lived on. A workshop taught by Robert E. Frank ignited an enthusiasm for pastels, and Mr. Frank graciously took her on as a private student. Melissa has since benefited from pastel workshops with Nancy King Mertz and Sally Strand.
Most recently Melissa enjoys painting in oil and pastel. She now admits to having drunk the plein air “Kool-aid” and participates enthusiastically in plein air events across the Gulf Coast.
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