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 juried work has been exhibited in local galleries through out Minnesota winning numerous awards and honors. Private and corporate collectors through out North America have purchased many of her original paintings along with limited eidtions of her Giclee 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!
Julie Basche, Brooklyn Center, MN. Raised in southwestern Minnesota, the middle of seven children, Julie enjoyed arts and crafts while growing up. When she was high school age, her Dad bought her one black and one brown fine lined felt tipped markers to use for her drawings. These simple gifts along with encouragement from her Dad and the rest of her family started her art journey. Julie's background includes a degree in Commercial Art, various workshops and longtime memberships to The Northstar Watercolor Society and The MN Watercolor Society. A strong connection to the beauty that surrounds us influences her paintings, especially landscapes; however she enjoys painting a wide variety of subjects. See Julie's Card!
Nancy Carney, Minneapolis, MN. Nancy Patrick Carney's imaginatively stylized paintings feature urban landscapes and the diversity of people who live there. Working from her studio/gallery in the Northrup King Building in the historic arts district of northeast Minneapolis, she creates images that are colorful, quirky, playful expressions of 21st century life: bus stops, musicians, men and women and children at work and play in the city. 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 contemporary urban life. Carney 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. Her paintings have received numerous honors and awards and hang in personal and corporate collections. See Nancy'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!
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!
Linda Frankenstein, St. Louis Park, MN. Linda received her BA in Studio Arts at the University of Minnesota. She has worked as an artist for over 30 years. She is always working to enhance her skill and expand her artistic perspective. She recently added surface design to her skill set which she acquired at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Linda's goal as a painter is to make joyful art. Linda says, "I want my art to give people a lift and make them smile." Her paintings are always filled with bright vibrant colors, whimsical themes and her unique lighthearted motifs. Linda has Retinitis Pigmentosa, which is a degenerative eye disease. This disease has demanded that she adapt her technique and limit the length of time that she works on each piece. She has been successful at developing strategies to accommodate her changing eyesight. She plans on making joy filled art for at least another 30 years. See Linda's card See Linda'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!
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!
LouAnn Hoppe, White Bear Lake, MN. LouAnn Hoppe has worked in a variety of mediums. Watercolors, acrylics and photography are her current passions. Her work reflects her surroundings and nature in the beautiful state of Minnesota as well as visits to other destinations. She is especially interested in depicting the many colors reflected on snow and its shadows. She enjoys photographing the big picture of whole scenes and the fine details of nature in every season. These often become the subjects of paintings. LouAnn's art can be found in art galleries and private collections throughout the upper Midwest. She recently illustrated a children's picture book, and has provided artwork for other book covers. In the past, she has worked in oil painting, has been involved in creating costumes for community theater, has worked as an interior designer, and has also worked as a floral designer. LouAnn Hoppe is currently a member of the White Bear Lake Arts Council and is president of Northstar Watermedia Society. See LouAnn's Card!
Ted Johnson, Duluth, MN. A retired physician, Ted Johnson began painting almost 20 years ago. "... His understanding of color and appreciation of nature give him a depth that expands past his time creating art." Ted first gained his great admiration for the serene beauty of the northern landscape during his time spent in Maine before moving to Minnesota for his professional life in medicine. He has enjoyed time in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, sailing and skiing, and his paintings consistently reflect that appreciation. Ted has always been interested in art, and has taken advantage of the many opportunities to learn more. His work may be seen at his home studio and local galleries in Minnesota. "The peace and quiet of the boreal forest stands in contrast to our busy lives in urban settings, and people accustomed to the northern landscape often feel at home in the presence of birch groves. "Autumn Splendor" was created not only as an interpretation of the splendor of the northern woodland, but also as a tribute to the courageous beauty of the child bearing the Autumn name." See Ted'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!
Cathy Kuczyhsik, Bloomsburg, PA. Cathy's love of photography dates back to the 1980's with her first camera. Using her film camera and a dark room, she was able to create award winning photographs. Now the digital age has given her even more opportunities to create a different type of art, one which uses a digital camera and computer software instead of a paint brush and paint. All of this would not be possible without the support of her family, her husband, two children, and the friends that have taught her so much along the way! See Cathy'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!
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!
Cindy Markowski, Wausau, WI. Cindy Markowski is well known for her unique style of wildlife painting. Cindy's work has received considerable publicity most notably at the Leigh Yawkey Art Museum's "Birds in Art". Wildlife is Cindy's specialty. Living in the woods of northern Wisconsin has supplied her with an unending supply of natural inspiration and backyard "models". The animals seem almost alive in her paintings. "...I spend more time on the details of the face, fur, and eyes of every creature I paint. The eyes of all my wildlife have a real life force glowing in them. It seems as if they look back at you." says Cindy, commenting on her work. Having painted since age fifteen has given her opportunities to paint in a variety of mediums, such as oils, acrylic, and watercolor. Often times she will work on several pieces at once, "I'm more stimulated when I work on three to five paintings at one time, rotating between them, looking at each with a new attitude. Some take years to finish. It's ok, I will paint for the rest of my life." See Cindy'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!
David Rickert, Staples, MN. Following a career as an advertising designer/creative director, David Rickert became an award-winning painter and teacher in the Twin Cities area and president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society. He is a Signature Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. See Davids' Card!
Deborah Ronglien, Deborah is a professional 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 art 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!
Gail Speckmann, Plymouth, MN. Gail Speckmann is an international award-winning watercolor artist, instructor, judge, and author. She had conducted classes throughout North America and several European countries. Gail's travel experiences have had a broadening influence on her painting. Her subject matter includes landscapes, florals, still life and abstracts. She is most recognized for her wet-into-wet technique, strong color, and composition. Gail's paintings and reproduction prints are hung throughout the country in both residential and business environments. She has her signature membership in Watercolor West, a national transparent watercolor society. She has judged several state and regional shows including Minnesota State Fair Art Exhibition among others. In recent years, Gail has written a considerable volume of poetry and has had work published in written form, in addition to public performances of her work on stage and as musical lyrics. www.gailspeckmann.com See Gail'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!
Aremy Stewart, lives in the Netherlands with her partner and two small children. Originally from Minnesota, Aremy has an arts degree from St. Cloud State University. As an illustrator her focus is currently on children's book imagery and her original paintings have been featured in solo exhibits in Scotland, the Netherlands and the United States. Her work has also featured in Juno, and Duality magazine. Some of her goals for 2015 included learning some Italian and exploring many art museums with her kids. See Aremy'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!
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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