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Meet our 2013 Courage Card Artists

Collin Bogle, courtesy of MHS Licensing. Award-winning artist Collin Bogle has created a national following for his strikingly realistic wildlife and floral images. His remarkable ability to capture detail and to master the use of light in natural settings became hallmarks of his work. "Light plays a major role in my work," states the artist. "An abundance of light and shadows creates a playground for me, and allows a painting to take on a life of its own." Bogle uses pastels, colored pencils, watercolor and acrylics, whatever it takes to create the superbly-lighted, realistic and almost photographic images that have gained him an impressive reputation and following. See Colin's Card!

Michele Combs, Plymouth, MN. Michele is an impressionist, landscape oil painter who loves filling her canvas with color and thick paint. Her favorite subject is landscape which evolved out of her love for the plein air painting process. For Michele, "Painting has become a way of cataloging my life. Each painting is representation of what I'm drawn to, where I've been, and what I've experienced." Michele believes painting is challenging as well as calming. She enjoys the artistic process and the experience of sharing her passion for art with others through teaching. Michele says, "I'm thankful for my skills as an artist. The more I grow artistically, the more my gratitude increases!" See Michele's Card!

Elaine Dube, Mesa, AZ. Largely a self-taught artist, Elaine loved to drawn from a very early age, but began to take it seriously when her youngest child showed an interest in watercolors. She is an avid artist and art teacher and belongs to numerous watercolor organizations. Elaine believes that "painting is a gift that I can share through my teaching and the selling of my work. It is a very solitary occupation and I need that quietness. Watercolor painting is my passion." www.showcaseyourart.com See Elaine's Card!

Andrew Evansen, Vermillion, MN. Andy began painting watercolors in the mid 1990's, and is largely self-taught. "I strive for a convincing portrayal of the landscape, with an impressionistic touch." Andy recently won an international competition for his artwork, and he has a featured article in American Artist's Watercolor magazine. www.andyevansen.com See Andrew's Card!

Sharon Feathers, Ringle, WI. Sharon's interest in art developed after her professional career as a teacher. Retirement has since given her the time to pursue her interest in art, and her travels have given her the opportunities to take beautiful photographs which she uses as reference for her paintings. Sharon believes art is a personal statement about how we perceive the world. It is a point of view. It is a statement of what we want to convey to others. That means being in the moment of your surroundings. She says, "I am always looking for that found moment to capture." Sharon has received many awards and honors for her art and her work can be found in many galleries and exhibits. See Sharon's Card!

Susan Fink, St. Louis Park, MN. Always a lover of the outdoors, Susan expresses her appreciation of nature through her watercolor paintings. Prior to her spinal cord injury, Susan enjoyed participating in outdoor recreation with her family and friends. Today, she enjoys connecting with nature through her water paintings. "Art reminds me that there are things you can't control, and sometimes it's the surprises that give the most pleasure." See Susan's Card!

Cathy Friesenhahn, Austin, TX. Cathy received her BLS in art and business from Saint Edwards University, Austin, Texas, in 1985. She was a community art instructor for many years and today she teaches people from all over the world through her online art classes. Cathy lives with post-polio syndrome from which she has lost strength in her arms, hands and fingers, yet she remains inspiring and optimistic. She says, "The people I've met along the way have made my life interesting and even exciting. The memories I've made are priceless." Her paintings and prints are in both corporate and private collections and she is also a signature member of the Texas Watercolor Society. Away from her easel, Cathy loves music, animals, and travel. See Cathy's Card!

Parker Fulton, Gibson Island, MD. Parker first began painting as a young child in elementary school. She began with oils and later moved to watercolor. Today, Parker is a successful illustrator and designer whose wonderful images are featured on a variety of products. Her love for animals and nature is evident in her beautiful wildlife paintings. "I think almost all kinds of art are meant to be enjoyed by someone. My painting means to me that I have been blessed by God in a very special way." In addition to her painting, Parker enjoys hiking, swimming and nature related activities. See Parker's Card!

Ronald Girard, Romeoville, IL. Ronald began painting after taking an art class almost twenty years ago. Since then, he has enjoyed sharing pleasure and enjoyment through his many paintings and wood-working. Ronald says, "Painting is my way of self expression and being creative. I start with blank paper and end with a painting." He regularly participates in workshops, as well as local and regional art shows. See Ronald's Card!

Kathy Glasnap, Fish Creek, WI. Peaceful serenity captures the mood and tone of many of Kathy's watercolors. Her unique style of painting combines a traditional form with an impressionistic flair. Kathy is self-taught and has enjoyed a career as a professional artist for over 34 years. "My palette has become more colorful since I moved to Door County", states Kathy who appreciates living amidst the natural beauty that has so influenced her work. www.glasnapgallery.com See Kathy's Card!

Patty Glumack, Eden Prairie, MN. Patty is a self-taught artist who enjoys how art can be both relaxing and stimulating. "I desire to share the joy of the small details of life around me. It's an opportunity to close off the rest of the world for a while and focus only on the particular piece I am working on. It's a gift." See Patty's Card!

Jean Haefele, Chaska, MN. Jean has been creating art since she could pick up a crayon, and has been pursuing art-making full time for most of her adult life. She received her B.S. in art from Iowa State University, and has taught art for the secondary level, adult education, art center and private lesson. Jean works in a variety of media including: mixed-media painting and collage, assemblage, watercolors, and found-object jewelry. Jean says, "My favorite part of being an artist is that it allows me to escape easily to a magical place. Being a bit eccentric is readily accepted. I do not have to set aside my inner child... every day is a surprise!" Texture and color are her favorite elements, and most days you can find Jean in her home studio working on her art from early morning to late afternoon - following her passion. See Jean's Card!

Lavona Keskey, Plymouth, MN. Lavona's interest in art began as a young child with encouragement from her mother, and later evolved into her profession. As an award winning cake decorator, Lavona is best known for her portraits and scenes on cakes using airbrush painting and elaborate frosting techniques. Her many artistic interests also include figure sculpture, watercolor and oil painting. www.lavonakeskey.com See Lavona's Card!

Patricia King, Patricia's thirty year career has been built around art. In addition to being an elementary school art teacher she is also an award winning watercolorist. Growing up in Northern Illinois, she has always been drawn towards painting forests, flowers and landscapes. Through her travels, she was inspired to paint mountains, lighthouses and shorelines. Her love of nature is strongly represented by using light, textures and shapes to create dramatic and unique cityscapes and landscapes. Patricia's goal in creating a painting is to give the viewer as much pleasure as she had when she painted it. www.patkingswatercolors.com See Patricia's Card!

Maria Langell, Albany, NY. Maria is a Hungarian-born, naturalized citizen of the United States. Her love of art began at a very early age. Maria studied illustration in New York City, and made her career as a fashion illustrator and layout artist for newspaper advertising. Today, she is a free-lance artist and enjoys creating her unique art in the medium of cut-paper design. Maria enjoys cut-paper because she feels it gives traditional themes a colorful, happy, contemporary look. See Maria's Card!

Amy Larson, Park Rapids, MN. Amy received her Bachelors Degree in Art Education at Illinois State University. She moved to the Twin Cities where she and her husband raised their four children. During that time, Amy taught art around the metro area and also showed her work at many art fairs and galleries. Today, Amy continues to paint watercolors of the beautiful lakes of Minnesota. See Amy's Card!

Kairong Liu, Eagan, MN, was born in China and came to the United States when he was twenty-three years old. He received his M.F.A. degree from the University of South Dakota. Since then, his art has been in many shows and collections throughout the Midwest. Kairong says beauty can be found in the most unexpected places and he tries to reveal that in his work. "My paintings are my feelings and appreciation of what I see. I like to paint things that are very ordinary but beautiful in an artistic way." www.kairongart.com See Kairong's Card!

Christine Meany, Southern Pines, NC. Christine is a mother of three young girls and a self-taught illustrator. Her father, an accomplished artist, inspired her love of the arts. Her family encouraged her to dream that anything is possible. Christine says, "The Peace Tree is a reminder of our need to maintain peace in our country, peace in our homes and peace in our lives." See Christine's Card!

Leili T. Pritschet, Minneapolis, MN. Leili is a native of Iran (Persia). The raw material for her artistic expression comes from her own life, history and heritage. Events related to a major political change and revolution made her disabled from torture. The same events were the catalyst for her to become a better artist. The long journey to her recovery also became her road to self-discovery. Leili believes, "Art transcends my ordinary life and lets me imagine its extraordinary possibilities. Creating is not part of my life, nor it as addition to my life. Rather, it is the essence of my life. It fulfills me. I have accepted my disabilities and I am using them as my abilities." Leili is a dancer, choreographer, educator and an award-winning global artist. See Leili's Card!

Donna Race, Portland, OR. Donna grew up in the Adirondacks of New York state and started drawing at three according to her mother. She attended the New England School of Art in Boston after high school. She later went on to design for a greeting card company for one year and then to free lancing for the past 35 years, during which time she licensed her art worldwide in over 300 formats. She enjoys working mainly in gouche, but will often add colored pencil or other media where needed. "Nature is my favorite subject, its simplicity on one side and complexity on the other. I view the world as a puzzle, each piece being necessary." Donna's favorite pastimes are gardening, cooking, feeding her friends, foreign travel, designing with fabrics, refinishing furniture and listening to Jazz. Keeping fit, wine tasting and caring for her four rescued kitties along with the above, keep her very busy. See Donna's Card!

Thomas Rebek, Boston, MA. Thomas displays his love for cityscapes in his warm watercolors, sensitively depicting each scene. "Watercolor painting inspires me to explore color and form in a fresh way." When he paints, Thomas takes frequent breaks because scoliosis makes standing for long periods of time challenging. "My art reflects the human celebratory events of the city. I hope I convey each scene with a sense of allure, charm and fascination." Thomas would like to dedicate this card to his cousin, Donna Rebek, who lived for many years with myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune neuromuscular disease. www.thomasrebek.com See Thomas' Card!

Olive Reich, Olive studied painting at Mount Holyoke College and at Art Students League and Parsons School of Design. Her paintings are a harmonious blend of pastel colors over an irregular grid of rhythmic lines and forms. "I believe that the real purpose of art is the state of caring. I want to take those who look at my work away from the anxiety of worldly inputs and problems and give them some joy. I hope that I have been successful in this purpose." Olive has studios in Shelter Island Heights, NY and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn NY. www.oliveart.com See Olive's Card!

Deborah Ronglien, Deborah is a professional Eden Prairie artist who paints in several styles from realism to abstraction. Despite a congenital degenerative spine disease, Deborah continues her artistic work with the help from a modified studio. Watercolor and collage are her true passions. "I love the luminosity and fluidity of watercolor". Nature is her constant source of inspiration. "I enjoy recording the beauty of nature through my paintings. It's the bridge that connects us all." www.deborah-ronglien.artistwebsites.com See Deborah's Card!

Marlene Schwartz, Rio Grande, NJ. Marlene has been interested in art since early childhood and has pursued many mediums working equally well in pastels, watercolor and oils. Eventually, she decided to concentrate on watercolors. "Painting for me is truly a miracle," states Ms. Schwartz. "When I paint, it amazes me to see the beautiful images appear almost magically as I work. Cardinals in the winter snow bring cheer even on the stormiest days." See Marlene's Card!

Rose Marie Starke, Farmington Hills, MI. Rose Marie is an artist and illustrator working with greeting cards, watercolor paintings, collage, and calligraphy. "A lot of my artwork reflects my love of nature, animals, design and letters. With my graphic design, calligraphy and multi media teaching backgrounds. I am able to create in a variety of styles. My work is a personal statement made through the innovation of color, texture and design elements with which I express my moods and ideas. I am hoping the viewer shares some of my inner feelings that inspired me to create my art." See Rose Marie's Card!

Carol Stott, North Mankato, MN. Carol loves the challenge and continual learning process of creating art. She is busy creating her wonderful artwork from her studio in Southern Minnesota where she has lived the majority of her life. Carol's favorite medium is watercolor which she often combines with other mediums. "I feel good if my art sparks an emotion, a memory or causes someone to pause for a moment." www.carolstott.com See Carol's Card!

DiAnne Tracy, DiAnne is an award-winning artist who as been painting with watercolor for over twenty years. She wears a wrist brace wile painting to ease the pain of severe arthritis. "Art is the best medicine for me as I get lost in the experience I forget about everything else. Upon completion, it gives me a feeling of accomplishment. The creative process brings me so much joy and enhances my life. I am so fortunate to be able to share this beauty with others." See DiAnne's Card!

Margaret Werlinger, Sartell, MN. Margaret has been drawing and painting since she was very young. She attended Southwest State University in Marshall, MN and participated in many workshops and art classes. Her love for nature and its beauty provides the endless inspiration for her paintings. Margaret enjoys working with watercolor and taking license to make a painting interesting by moving elements and playing shadow against light. "Painting is an absolute joy for me. I love the artistic process: First the planning, then the drawing, and finally adding color. I love seeing people enjoy my work." See Margaret's Card! See Margaret's Card!

Allen Zumach, St. Paul, MN. The seed of photography was planted in Allen's life during his late 20's. It grew into a desire to grasp the essence of a scene and tell visual stories. Retirement now allows Allen to pursue his passion for photography full time. As a photographer, he is intrigued with capturing a city's character. "Dusk is my favorite time of day. It's a delight to watch the city in just 30 minutes get painted with new colors. I feel driven to capture what my mind sees." Allen displays his photographs and presents slideshows throughout the community. He also produces and sells photo notecards of the Twin Cities. www.zumach.net See Allen's Card!

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