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.
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.