As a carpenter for over 40 years, I worked with architects who were very creative. Their work fit my sculptural way of thinking which was the basis for my original studio work. For the last few years I have done some reliefs, but for the most part my work has been in very large 2 dimensional format. Most of my bicycle and bird paintings are larger 6’ x 5’, 5’ x 5’.
I have a philosophical interest in the topic of beauty. My drawings and paintings represent my unending appreciation for nature, around and within each of us. Drawing and painting are passionate endeavors and, like having an insatiable sweet tooth, the more I draw and paint, the more I need to. Working from life means being close enough to a subject for a direct and palpable felt-sense, while observing from far enough away allows me to see the design of the “whole picture.” Feelings for my subjects are implicit in each mark, insuring the work takes on a life of its own.
I’m an observational painter, interested in light, color and values. Recently my main focus has been studying how colors interact. I try to paint a simple representation of the scene I’m observing, not getting too descriptive and detailed. Painting in the Catskills is a great challenge because the light changes so much and the feeling of a place varies so widely depending on the light. I love the feeling of time gone by in the hills and structures here.
Ron’s paintings strive to provide joy, mystery and a sensitivity to places, people and objects. He wants to honor his subjects for their accomplishments and service by removing distractions and painting in a celebratory light. Subjects may be organic or man-made, commonplace or grandiose, newly-minted or weathered over many years. He usually paints familiar surroundings and that means rural subjects in the Catskill mountains and urban NYC scenes.
Capturing the beauty of nature that surrounds me inspires me to create my art. Whether it’s in the solidarity of a rock formation or in the delicacy of the flower petals that bloom in the spring for only a short period of time, there’s a magnificent canvas to experience every day. All one has to do is take the time to look, see and experience. The Catskills provides many opportunities to experience the bounty of nature.
Lesley A. Powell has been an artist all of her life. She was first a dancer, choreographer and now a painter. The love of movement, space, texture, the body, color and nature are major influences on her art. Lesley’s art deals with the ability to expressively change the space, whether it be the stage or the painting.
Lesley’s art journey ranges from watercolors, oils and collages. Working on the canvass is now the stage for movement, line, color, texture and expression.
My work begins with nature observed. History, literature, intuition and emotion help me interpret the experience visually. Mark making, and color set the mood. The palette, while related to reality is not necessarily naturalistic. It often emphasizes the subtlety and power of a single hue. Gradually, the work evolves from an observed landscape to one of personal feeling, dreams and memory.
Much of my art work is painted directly on site (plein air). I aim to capture a sense of the region, the old barns, the remaining farms, the waterways, the hills, the forests. I work in oils and, occasionally in pastels. My style is loose, impressionistic, ,focusing on color and light.
“I paint my surroundings and strive to provide the viewers with just enough suggestion and information, always respecting the characters of the subjects.”
Alan Powell has been a practicing artist for over 40 years. His main body of work consists of single channel videotapes and video installations.
In the 1990s, Alan returned to painting, developing a painted diary in which he painted a picture every day for three years. He has exhibited his work at MOMA, Museum of the Moving Image, Kitchen, Everson Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Sharon Suess, local artist and writer, is known for her playful approach to creativity. Her style varies depending on what inspires her at the moment. She has created intricate pen and ink drawings; watercolor landscapes and trees; fun, colorful mixed media paintings; fine tip marker and colored pencil illustrations, detailed pencil portraits, realistic and imaginative acrylic paintings, and whatever else catches her attention.
As an artist I work in several mediums, drawing, painting, printmaking, painting and collage. These different processes inform each other in my work and sometimes exist side by side.
My work is always based in observation. I am both a plein air artist and a studio artist which means I work on location when I can and otherwise in my studio from my sketches and photographs.
My subject matter is the natural world, which sometimes includes the man made elements that become a part of the landscape.
As owner of Mountain Girl Photography & Design, a company specializing in lifestyle photography and the promotion of local brands and musicians, and a free-lance reporter, Rebecca focus on documenting the real stories of the mountains through her lens and pen. She has written for local news outlets like Watershed Post and is currently the food and lodging writer/photographer for Kaatskill Life. She is best known for telling the stories of Irene survivors, the demise of the Ulster County’s rails and the reconstruction of the Blenheim Covered Bridge.