Meet our Courage Kenny Card Artists
Julie Allen, Minnetrista, MN. Julie is a signature member of the Minnesota Watercolor Society and has over 30 years of experience working in the medium of transparent watercolor. Her work has been exhibited in local galleries throughout Minnesota winning numerous awards and honors. Private and corporate collectors throughout North America have purchased many of her original paintings along with limited editions of her Giclée prints. Julie can be reached at her studio where she paints and teaches private classes. " I adore the medium of watercolor. It is the only medium that allows me to glaze on many layers of color and still reflect beautiful light.It has no limits in terms of subject, mood, or color." www.watercolrsbyjulieallen.com See Julie's Card!
Nancy Carney, Bluffton, SC. Nancy Patrick Carney's imaginatively stylized original paintings feature city-sea-and-land-scapes and the diversity of people who live in them. She works from Gallery G in the Northrup King Building in the historic arts district of northeast Minneapolis, and at Gallery G South in Bluffton, SC. Her images are colorful, quirky, playful expressions of 21st century life: bus stops, musicians, men and women and children at work and play. With an emphasis on design and expressive color, Carney's paintings in watercolor, oil, acrylic, collage and mixed media give visual form to the vitality and energy of modern life. Nancy has a degree in art education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has worked as a commercial artist, package designer, illustrator and art teacher. Nancy exhibits regularly at Gallery G and with a variety of art organizations and fairs. Her paintings have received numerous honors and awards and hang in personal and corporate collections. www.nancycarney.com See Nancy's Card!
Liz Chappie Zoller, Three Forks, MT. Liz is an award-winning contemporary western artist who uses light and color to create beautiful, tightly focused, "in the moment" oil paintings of the people, animals and landscapes sourced from her own Montana life. Her Pearl Snap Studio is located in a remote Missouri River valley north of Three Forks; she is a member of Mondial Art Academie in Aimargues, France; Southwest Montana Arts, and is a certified Coach for the Montana Arts Council's Artrepreneur Program. Her work can be viewed online at Mondial Art Academie and at FindArtMT.org. Liz has a BFA in Studio Art, and currently teaches for Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. www.LizChappieZoller.com See Liz's Card!
Joan Chlarson, Dutch Flat, CA. Joan has been a professional artist and watercolor instructor living in the California Sierra for the past 30 years. Nearing 80 years of age, she still feels like she is still growing in her lifetime passion in art. See Joan's Card!
Virginia Craig, Spavinaw OK. Virginia is a self-taught artist and has been drawing since she was in grade school. She has done work in photography, acrylics and oils, charcoal, and colored pencils. "I hope you enjoy looking at my art." See Virginia's Card!
Roger Dullinger, Sartell,MN. Roger began oil painting in the early 1980's, and is largely self-taught. He has completed numerous commissions for charitable organizations as well as businesses and personal clients and is a member of Oil Painters of America. Roger has a deep appreciation for nature that comes through in his paintings. "My goal is to create art that reveals my vision and inspires others," states the artist. "There is beauty and wonder all around us and I strive to call attention to it through my work." In addition to fine art, Roger has an outlet for his creativity through photography and a career in marketing and graphic design. See Roger'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!
Lisa Fertig, Arden Hills MN. Lisa Fertig grew up in Duluth, where she learned to appreciate the beauty of nature and the changing of seasons. Lisa received formal training in the Fine Arts Program at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois with further study at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Atelier Lack in Minneapolis. She has belonged to many art groups and served as Workshop Chair of the Northstar Watercolor Society in the Twin Cities. Lisa works in watercolor, acrylics, and oils and has produced a substantial body of work in a number of categories including landscapes, still lifes, and abstracts. Her art is shown in galleries throughout Minnesota, and has received awards in competitions, and is held by numerous private collections, businesses, and corporations. Commissions, teaching, participation in art fairs, and gallery representation keeps her enthusiastic about painting. See Lisa'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!
Margaret Freed, Wooster, OH. Margaret has worked in the children's book and educational markets for more than twenty years. She has several notable clients and her work has appeared in national publications. Her images are created in a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pencil, and digital. Animals are among her favorite subjects. Margaret's background includes degrees in Illustration from The University of the Arts, Syracuse University, and The University of Hartford. "I've always been drawn to narrative painting. I try to tell a story of some sort with every picture I create." Margaret enjoys painting outdoors and spending time on her family's farm in Ohio. www.margaretfreed.com See Margaret'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!
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Susan Garrett, Canton, MI. As a young girl, Susan dreamed of being an elementary school art teacher, but as her senior year of high school approached, she opted to work in the medial field with the hopes of job security. Her love for art never waned, and as an adult Susan decided to take a watercolor class through her local adult education and became hooked. Today, Susan loves the freshness of watercolor, and the watery spontaneous blending of color and the variety of techniques she can use. Susan also enjoys taking workshops to continue learning from wonderful and generous professional watercolorists whose art she admires. See Susan's card!
Vera Graham, Kingsville, ON. Vera is a plein air painter undeterred by the bitter cold winters of Canada to capture a landscape. She typically works in acrylic on board and loves to add figures to her work. "When I'm in the field, I scan the environment, selecting elements and assembling shapes to create a quick value image with an engaging composition. Later, in the warmth of my studio, I will complete the work with carefully chosen colors and a variety of tools to enhance its texture." Vera believes being self-taught allowed her to learn about herself and to carefully guide the direction of her art. Maintaining her passion to exalt realism, she continues on her journey to bring harmony and tranquility to her work. Vera Graham has exhibited internationally and she has received awards for her artwork. www.veragraham.com See Vera's card!
Tom Griffithe, Anaheim Hills CA. Tom is a retired Art Director. He has exhibited as a featured artist at the City of Anaheim Center Gallery, the Hubbard Museum of the West in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico, as well as local art association gallery events. Currently, he has been accepted to exhibit at the John Wayne Airport Terminal/Santa Ana, CA. He has won awards at the Orange County Fair and Photographic Society of America photography salons. Tom has been published in the Photographic Society of America Journal, All Animals Magazine, California Beaches and Parks Directory, Victory Lane Magazine and the Orange County Register newspaper. Tom describes himself as an eclectic artist, trying to capture the "flavor" of each subject to enhance the viewer's experience. www.tom-griffithe.artistwebsites.com See Tom'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!
Dawn Hawks, Priest River, ID. Dawn Hawks is a self-taught artist. She has been teaching art to others since sixteen years old. She continues to teach art to both children and adults. "When one creates they touch the very pulse of the eternal." Her art has received awards and is in many private collections. It is her utmost hope that her art touches the hearts of others. She has also created a musical marionette theatre, teaches violin, is a photographer, and writer. See Dawn's Card!
Christine Helton, Portland, OR. Chris was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, a Masters of Teaching with an Art Endorsement from Lewis and Clark College, and a Certificate of Illustration and Design from the Art Museum School (now PNCA) in Portland, Oregon. She taught for thirty years, then retired to do art full time, and recently joined the Portland Art Museum as a Docent. Her medium varies from watercolor, pastel, acrylic and oil. Her subjects are wide ranged including, city scenes, nature, people and still-life. "I try to keep my work light-hearted, narrative, sometimes humorous, but always meaningful. All in all, I want my compositions to be enjoyed and spark with emotion." See Christine's Card!
LouAnn Hoppe, White Bear Lake, MN. LouAnn is an accomplished artist who can get lost for hours in a variety of mediums. Watercolors, acrylics, photography and fabric arts are her current passions often capturing nature in the beautiful state of Minnesota as well as other destinations. Water, rocks, trees, flowers and birds are consistent subjects. She has had displays in art galleries and shows and has artwork in private and public collections. LouAnn Hoppe is past-president of NorthStar Water media Society, and is a member of Minnesota Watercolor Society. She has twice been chair of an art show/sale involving 100 artists and is currently chair of an extensive exhibition in Minneapolis. She has been married to husband, Del, for 50 years, is mother of two and grandmother of two. Creating weighted blankets for people with autism has become a recent mission. Traveling, gardening, reading, golf and water sports keep her active. See LouAnn's Card!
Debbie Hughbanks, Loon Lake, WA. Debbie is a professional artist specializing in wildlife, equine & domestic animal paintings, as well as figurative and western themed pieces. Painting most often in pastel or acrylic she still finds time to explore other avenues including scratchboard and mixed media work. Debbie is an artist that is passionate about the creation of art and finds her inspiration all around her. Fascinated by animals, nature and interesting people she meets along the way there is never a shortage of subject matter to spark her creative flame. The connection she feels for the subjects she paints, as well as the passion and joy she experiences in the actual creation of the work, is evident in each unique completed piece of art. "I paint because I must paint. The creation of art is a passion, a need and a desire that I feel I must meet on some level every day. My hope is that the joy I feel in the creation of each piece will come through to those who view my art. Who could ask for more as an artist?" www.hughbanksart.com See Debbie's Card!
John Keeling, Kansas City, MO. Ever since I was a small child in Salina, Kansas, I've loved to paint and record what I find beautiful in life. I earned a BFA in Visual Communication from The University of Kansas. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, I enjoyed a career with Hallmark Cards for over twenty-five years. I am currently the Creative Director at Trapp and Company. Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, playing the piano and spending time with my family, including our three beagles. I'm continually inspired by my garden and love painting floral subject matter, ranging from traditional botanical illustrations to looser, more expressive stylings. I also enjoy painting animals and have a custom pet portrait business. www.johnkeelingpaintings.com See John'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. See Lavona's Card!
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Mary Anne Kinane, St. Paul, MN. Mary Anne Kinane, a Midwesterner, is the oldest of 10 siblings and born in Chicago, Illinois. Mary Anne loved making paintings as a child, a student, and a young adult. She was serious when she told her parents that she would become an artist (age 12). Mary Anne's paintings and other artwork reflect her love of nature, outdoors, gardens, and landscapes. Mary Anne married, had two children, and kept making art. In the 80s Mary Anne sold and traveled throughout the Midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and North Dakota), Canada, and the New England States to show and sell her work. Grain elevators, individual houses, churches, restaurants, are some of the custom architectural structures she drew in pen and ink or water color. Between the mid 80 s to 1999, she ran an art studio/gallery at Bandana Square in St Paul. Ms. Kinane now operates a private studio in St. Paul, Minnesota and teaches art through various community programs, public schools, or independently. See Mary Anne'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!
Robert Lebron, (1928-2013), was a native of New York City. He delved into the arts at a very young age and began his formal studies at the New York High School of Music and Arts. After three years of study, with youthful impatience, he joined the armed services (under age). He soon found himself drawing cartoons for the local paper and quickly graduated to the animation department of the motion picture unit. Returning to New York, he attended the Arts Students League for five years, a prestigious arts school. Later, during an extensive stay in Spain ''to find himself,'' Lebron developed his personal painting technique. He possessed an incredible talent to render the buildings, the people in action, essentially the entire painting with the palette knife. He had a tremendous grasp of color and the ability to capture the essence of the moment. Lebron had a passion for painting street scenes of wonderful cities around the world. Each painting is full of life and actually tells its own story. See Robert'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!
Patricia McLamore, Southfield, MI. Patricia has always loved art. Artists run in her family. She has received her degrees in Business and Communications, but her passion is art. Patricia has had the privilege of having her art on display and has sold many pieces. Her favorite medium is oil, but she also enjoys pencil and charcoal. About her art, Patricia says, "As an artist you have to feel with your gut and see with your mind's eye. It doesn't always turn out the way you want but when it does it's a good feeling!" See Patricia's Card!
Hal Moran, St. Louis, MO. Hal's aim is to "make images that matter. "When I capture and image, I'm really capturing the metaphors and untold hidden stories in creation that are often missed by casual observation. Why does that matter to me? I grew up with and still struggle with Tourette syndrome, ADD, and dyslexia. That makes the visual world around me of great importance. Seeing is how I learn. And, visually is how I choose communicate. With photography as my medium I focus on the nature of light and its various properties along with a wide array of subject matter. This has given me a diverse body of images. My artwork is open to interpretation with the hope of leaving the viewer with a bit of mystery." Hal has exhibited nationally and internationally while receiving various award. He and his wife, Kathleen, are lifelong residents of Missouri. www.halmoran.com See Hal's Card!
Heidi Nelson, St. Paul, MN. "Currently obsessed" is how Heidi Nelson describes her passion for transparent watercolor. "Awesomely fluid" is how she describes the way each pigment flows in the water then settles according to its own unique personality. "Sparklingly transparent" is how she describes the way traditional watercolor paper glows through the layers, illuminating the rich colors she builds. www.heidisite.com See Heidi's Card!
Jeff Pittman, Fletcher, NC. Originally from Greenville NC, Jeff grew up observing his father paint rural and coastal scenes of Eastern NC. Now, the self-taught artist resides near Asheville and has been painting in the area for over a decade now. After studying engineering and then earning a degree in music, Jeff returned to North Carolina and began his journey into visual arts. He primarily works in oils because of the luminous colors he can achieve in this medium. "In my paintings, I strive to capture my subject in bold, expressive colors that represent the views of Western North Carolina as I see them. I particularly enjoy the play of light against the buildings, and the ever changing color in the skies and mountain ridges that surround us. My goal is not to present my art as realistic, but rather to cast a unique light on my subject as I commit it to canvas to share with others." www.jeffpittman.com See Jeff's Card!
Barbara Sartorius-Bjelland, Grand Rapids, MI. Barbara grew up in Minneapolis, and Cuernavaca, Mexico - places that gave her a lifelong love of sky-blue waters and richly-colored folk art. She studied art at South Central College, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Barbara's artwork conveys a sense of wonder, mystery and imagination. She has shown her work in several solo and group exhibitions, and writes, illustrates and designs books. Barbara lives with her husband, son, daughter, and golden retriever. www.barbarabjelland.com See Barbara's Card!
Isaac Smith, Bowling Green OH. Isaac has had a love for art throughout his life. Currently, he is working towards a BFA in drawing at Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and plans to pursue a master's degree in hopes of a career in fine art higher education and his own studio practice. Isaac prefers drawing as his medium because it is accessible and immediate. "I enjoy taking something as simple as a pencil and creating something complex and stimulating. I find inspiration in everyday life, and enjoy capturing the emotion, nuance, and nostalgia in the moments we experience with a touch of humor, irreverence, or quirkiness that I hope brings to the viewer's mind a fond memory or the inspiration to create one." See Isaac's Card!
DiAnne Tracy, Salem, MA. DiAnne is a self-taught watercolor artist who has been painting since she was in the fourth grade. Her favorite subjects are landscapes, then song birds and then flowers. For DiAnne, "I love being an artist because I can do it anywhere, anytime, forever. I follow my passion in life and it gives me life." From the many people that have purchased her paintings, she has had letters telling her how much joy or peace of pleasure they have while viewing them. See DiAnne's Card!
Gail Vass, Maple Plain, MN. A "Glad heart with a good theme" is how Gail likes to describe her watercolor paintings. At five years old she made the bold statement, "I'm going to be an artist!" And while growing up in Golden Valley, Minnesota, she began carrying out her love of art by drawing and making her own greeting cards for family and friends. At every occasion, sharing her heart with love, fun and a bit of humor on a personal note, she continues designing cards to this day! After college, she spent many years working in advertising and since began fine art painting using watercolor. "It is a flowing medium that is 'alive' with water, "she says. "Its qualities bring out movement and life in the birds, animals and flowers in my gardens as well as the country landscapes around my home with a soft atmospheric effect." She joined the Minnesota Watercolor Society in 2011 and won Best of Show in the juried spring exhibition for her painting. She quickly became a signature member the following year and has won other top awards, sold numerous originals and prints nationally and internationally for private and commercial venues. She does not like to glory in herself, but to the One above who gave her the gifts to use. She hopes everyone who views her work will be uplifted with a glad heart while unlocking the hidden message behind them. www.GladArt.net See Gail's Card!
Lauri Waterfield Callison, Martinsville, VA. A self-taught artist, Lauri was a successful Textile Designer for over twenty years, creating artwork for a range of clients. Formerly a professional fly fishing guide & Captain of the "Remington Girls" sporting clays team for Remington Arms, Lauri's deep love of the outdoors shines through her work in every landscape and each wildlife scene that she paints. Her artwork hangs in several galleries and corporate collections across the nation and abroad and has raised funds for several charitable organizations. "I particularly love the medium of oils for their richness and luminosity of color. My aim with my art is to share nature's beauty & power with the viewer- if I can bring you along on a sunny day in the mountains or portray the soft swish of a wingbeat through the morning mist, then I am truly honored!" www.TheLittleGallerySML.com and www.SeasideArt.com See Lauri'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 - along with many of life's other possibilities - more often. 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." www.zumach.net See Allen's Cards!
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