Home · Articles ·Meet our Artists

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.watercolorsbyjulie.com See Julie's Card!
Julie Allen

Jeanine Bonine
Jeanine Bonine, Phoenix, AZ. Jeanne is known as a Romantic Realist for her soft and lush floral paintings. Her larger than life watercolors and oils draw you into the essence of her subjects from exotic birds and garden wonders to the majesty of a single rose or the dreaminess of a desert skyscape. Over her 50 year span of creating, Jeanne has earned the integrity that comes with that of a successful and seasoned artist. Her award winning watercolors are executed masterfully with multiple layers of transparency using "Purist" techniques. In both her watercolors and oils, the detail of her subjects along with her fluid approach to washed backgrounds create a magical combination that speaks of passion, strength, and softness, while capturing the romance of timeless beauty. www.jeannebonine.com See Jeanine's Card!

Lisa Budd,West Creek, NJ. Lisa Budd's paintings have won numerous awards in national and international exhibitions. She has achieved Signature/Artist Membership at the Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America and Audubon Artists, Inc. in New York City and in the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, NJ Watercolor Society, and Garden State Watercolor Society. Her work revolves around capturing the strong light on a subject, balanced by rich, vibrant shadow colors. She works in oils and watercolors, striving to capture the atmosphere of the location while creating a sense of calm - be it a city scape or the rural bayside of New Jersey where she lives. See Lisa's Card!
Lisa Budd

Carolyn Cardle
Carolyn Cardle, Wayzata, MN. Carolyn has always loved to paint, taking her brush and paints wherever she goes. Her artistic inspiration comes from her passion to portray the real meaning of the first Christmas, "that glorious, hope-filled event when God sent a Savior for the world." Carolyn has seen grandchildren who she loves to weave into her illustrations hoping to capture the innocence of children and create something that brings joy to others. See Carolyn'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!
Nancy Carney

Andrew Evansen
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.evansenartstudio.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!
Lisa Fertig

Susan Fink
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!

Suz Galloway, Plymouth, MN. Suz has two diverse styles of work ranging from loose impressionistic watercolor landscapes to tight realistic paintings and drawings of natural objects. In her words... "The natural world is my sanctuary. I am alternately regenerated and humbled by Nature's profound beauty, complexity and ruthlessness; in my art, I seek to pay homage to this power by interpreting my glimpse into our natural world." She studied in England, has owned her own art gallery and has been most influenced by Stephen Quiller who instilled in her the importance of value and color. She paints in a pure transparent style by glazing many thin washes of color and often pours paint onto the paper to let the mixing of colors guide her process. Suz's work has won many awards and been included in national and regional fine art exhibitions, invitational shows and galleries; she currently teaches watercolor painting and drawing at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts www.birchbriarstudios.com. See Suz's Card!
Suz Galloway

Patty Glumack
Patty Glumack, Waconia, MN. Patty is primarily a self-taught artist whose desire to create came out of a journey through cancer. "Prolonged illness brings with it a sense of loss; loss of control, loss of normalcy, loss of self. Life as you know it changes." It also brings clarity and the time to slow down and focus on God and the joy and beauty of His creation. Starting with charcoal, she quickly moved on to pastels and colored pencil and now works in watercolor, acrylic and photography, as well. She continues to grow and explore and each day appreciates the opportunity to create in ways that bring joy to others and give glory to God. See Patty'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!
Tom Griffithe

Jean Haefele
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 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!
LouAnn Hoppe

Debbie Hughbanks
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!

Linda Hutchinson, Kent, OH. Linda's works include drawings, watercolors and oils. Her paintings are in several collections throughout the Midwest and has received many awards. In 2008, her work was chosen for the First Night Akron button and posters, and her work garnered the gold medal of honor in Watercolor Ohio 2001. Linda teaches drawing and painting at The Cuyahoga Valley Art Center. She is a signature member of Akron Society of Artists and The Ohio Watercolor Society. Her work is represented by: Hudson Fine Art & Framing in Hudson, Ohio; The Sharon Weiss Gallery in Columbus, Ohio and Charlotte Fine Art Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina. Linda says, "My goal is to plunge beneath the surface in order to reveal true essence..." See Linda's Card!
Linda Hutchinson

John Keeling
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!

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!
Patricia King

Douglas R. Laird
Douglas R. Laird, Ontario, Canada. Doug was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1946. He became interested in art very early in life. By the age of fifteen, he apprenticed at an advertising agency/art studio in his home town. During that time he also attended the Edinburgh College of Art where he studied life drawing and draped life extensively. Douglas' travels throughout North America and Europe after his education have had a strong influence on the subject matter and medium now used in his paintings. He enjoys painting and feels comfortable in all mediums. His subjects include; landscape, nostalgia, still life, children and everyday activities. See Douglas' 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!
Maria Langell

Kairong Liu
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!

Jan Lucking, Vancouver, WA. "Having been introduced to art at an early age by my mother, I've been drawing and creating art for most of my life. During my journey through the art world, I've truly enjoyed the various challenges encountered while learning both basic and advanced techniques in a variety of art classes: pencils, acrylics, pastel and water color. As a result of this experience, my horizon continues to expand. As a fine-artist, one amongst the many, I endeavor to stand out by using imaginatively conceptualized and realistically portrayed subject matter, created with the technical experience gained in a lifetime of drawing, painting and composition. By mixing my media, I increase my flexibility to illustrate a story. Craft, composition, creativity and content are my guides in creating art. Art is a field where there are few limitations of media or subject matter, whether it's capturing the peaceful calm of a still-life or depicting the abstract tension in a political opinion. I relish the freedom of letting my imagination run unbridled to create images that express a mood or provoke dialogue." See Jan's Card!
Jan Lucking

Rachel Malone
Rachel Malone, Slayton, MN. Rachel is a 29-year-old vibrant young woman with Spina Bifida who has a keen eye for photography and love of travel. Rachel has a photography degree from Central Lakes College. The Minnesota native has never let her disability get in the way and has traveled to more than 13 countries, advocating for disability civil rights and works closely with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related programs in her community. Malone is by nature a very curious person, and is continually exploring, researching and discovering the world around her. See Rachel's Card!

Joe Mamer, Minneapolis, MN. Joe is a Minnesota based photographer and artist specializing in landscapes, nature, and cityscapes. Combining his love for the outdoors and passion for photography, Joe creates dynamic images that bring out the often overlooked beauty in simple everyday locations. Since making his first image more than 30 years ago, Joe has learned his craft through formal education, professional work, and hands-on experience. Joe's images have been published worldwide in a variety of media. Continually excited to photograph the beauty of life, Joe is motivated by the grandeur of nature, the beauty of the everyday environment, and the rich hue of life. His objective is to create photographs that bring an original perspective to the world around us. See Joe's Card!
Joe Mamer

Patricia McLamore
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!
Hal Moran

Heidi Nelson
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!
Jeff Pittman

David Rickert, Carlsbad, CA. David Rickert has won several national awards and is a Signature Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, past-President of the Minnesota Watercolor Society, and was featured in a 6-page article in The Artist magazine. He is accomplished in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor and is at home with both impressionistic and abstract styles. Recently he has been active in plein air events, and is currently painting along the California coast near his home of Carlsbad. He welcomes commissions of any kind and is available to teach workshops anywhere in the USA or abroad. of any kind and is available to teach workshops anywhere in the USA or abroad. www.davidrickertart.com See David's Card!
David Rickert

Deborah K. Ronglien
Deborah K. Ronglien, Eden Prarie, MN. Deborah is a professional artist who paints in several styles from realism to abstraction. After earning her B.A. in Fine Art, she found watercolor and collage to be her true passion. "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." She especially enjoys creating custom pieces for her clients. "I love the collaborative process- creating Fine Art Memories." See Deborah'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!
Barbara Sartorius-Bjelland

Deanna Schnaidt
Deanna Schnaidt, Thornton, CO. "Always the student, I hope to capture a fleeting moment, to express an emotion, to feel fulfilled through the loveliness of sketching and painting. I am able to explore the corners of my imagination sitting quietly at my easel. I have had severe rheumatoid arthritis for about 35 years. Fortunately, I have had great medical care, and I am able to not only function day to day but to express my passion through painting and various other art mediums. I do not take my present abilities for granted. Every day is a good day when I am able to participate in it!" See Deanna'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!
Isaac Smith

Susan Solomon
Susan Solomon, St. Paul, MN. "I am a freelance paintress living in Saint Paul. My formal education was at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the first and oldest art school in the country. Primarily a landscape painter, I paint wherever my current surroundings may be. I also love working with poets, painting their words and creating small books. Lately I have been involved with the Healing Arts programs at some local hospitals. I will never run out of scenes to paint, and if people say they'd like to enter one of my paintings, I feel I have succeeded." www.susansolomonpainter.com See Susan's Card!

Hal Sutherland (1929-2014), Hal followed his childhood dream of becoming an artist. He has enjoyed a successful career in animation and received many awards for his work. Hal began his career as a Disney animator in 1954, and gained industry recognition in the 1960s as co-founder and animation director at Filmation Associates. He went into semi-retirement in 1974, and moved to Washington to focus on fine-art painting. He created several pieces for Courage Kenny Cards over the years. Hal enjoyed being an artist because "an artist gets to participate in things you may not have dreamed of doing. It is a wonderful sensation to paint a bit of sunlight into the shadows of someone's dream." See Hal's Card!
Hal Sutherland (1929-2014)

DiAnne Tracy
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." DiAnne's paintings are featured in private collections throughout the United States, and in Canada, England, Japan, Ireland and Germany. DiAnne's paintings portray the sensual beauty of nature. "I love to paint nature...all of it...birds, animals, flowers and peaceful landscapes because, as I paint, I can retreat from the business of life." 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!
Gail Vass

Allen Zumach
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 Card!

back to top