My parents met in George Bridgman’s class at the Art Students League of New York. My father was a professional cartoonist of note, my mother an exceptional painter who didn’t pursue a career in art. With their support I spent the better part of six years drawing and painting the figure in art school, and after leaving, continued painting the figure in the interior. My goal was to create a visual diary that would be a pictorial record of artists and friends. Then, as now, I was intrigued by the portrait and figure as a most sacred subject.
I never formally studied landscape painting. If you discount the thousands of hours spent poring through books and walking through museums, I suppose I am self-taught. Since moving to Connecticut in 1994 and painting outdoors in earnest, I’ve become more appreciative of the role of abstraction in the representational process—if the shapes aren’t interesting to begin with, no amount of elaboration will save the composition.
Whether painting the portrait, figure or landscape I work from life. I like to paint fairly large and rapidly.
Jerry Weiss studied drawing with Roberto Martinez in Miami, Florida, and drawing and painting with Harvey Dinnerstein, Robert Beverly Hale, Mary Beth McKenzie, Ted Seth Jacobs and Jack Faragasso at The Art Students League and the National Academy in New York City. He has had numerous one-man exhibitions in museums and galleries, and his paintings are represented in public, private and corporate collections. Jerry teaches figure drawing and painting year-round at the Art Students League of New York, as well as intensive workshops there and in other venues around the country. He has taught and lectured at art schools and art associations in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, and Washington, and was an instructor at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts for fifteen years. Weiss is a Contributing Editor for The Artist’s Magazine,for which he writes features, and the ‘Master Class’
“Painting in plein air is what I do best—alone or surrounded by crowds. I sit in the flatbed of a pick-up, painting open fields and salt marshes and fighting against wind. I stand on a crowded street in Philadelphia and paint the bustling Italian bakery across the street. Painting is my passion; it is what I do. My work is done in two different mediums, but I treat both in the same way. I paint with my watercolors as I do my oils; straight out of the tubes. Intense color in the watercolors is achieved by this technique. I’m equally rewarded by both styles. I’m a Kentucky girl and bluegrass music, colorful quilts, and big skies with bright green rolling hills are in my blood. My childhood home was in an historic Victorian Louisville neighborhood and my paintings today continue to reflect my love of fanciful architectural details, color, and open landscape. My father and grandfather spent most of their lives in Nigeria, and my love of brilliant color, pattern, and tilt toward abstraction come from the West African sculptures and paintings that decorated my childhood home. I’m a prolific and fast painter and create detailed renderings of local scenes quickly. Big paper and big canvases are my loves.”
Annette Adrian Hanna has been painting since childhood. Originally interested in fashion design and illustration, she developed an interest in portraiture and studied at the Art Students League in New York with Daniel Greene, George Passantino and John Howard Sanden. Subsequently she was in a Master painting class with Sanden, and then private study with Burt Silverman. She became interested in pastels and now is both an oil and pastel painter. Spending a lot of time outdoors hiking, she started plein -air painting and now landscape, as well as portraits, are her favorite subjects. She manages to capture obscure, often overlooked outdoor scenes, and the personality of the individual subject in her portrait and figurative work.
A member of the American Artist’s Professional League of New York, the prestigious Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Portrait Society of America, the Pastel Society of America, the Northwest Pastel Society, and other professional societies, this multi-award winning artist has been published in American artist magazine, International Artist magazine,
Portrait Highlights magazine, The Best of Pastels, as well as her own book on “How to Paint Portraits in Oil”. Among Hanna’s awards are five Gold Medals from the Salmagundi Club, the Hudson Valley Art Association, the American Artist’s Professional League, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Grumbacher, First Prize from the American Society of Portrait artists, and winner of a Winsor Newton national painting competition. She is on the faculty of Morris County Art Association and Center for Contemporary Art in New Jersey, and has shown her work nationally and internationally.
My name is Keith Maynard. Welcome to my portfolio. I am a sculptor of stainless steel and stone. I was, by trade, a construction diver that transitioned into a water/stone/steel inspired artist. I live with my wife and daughter on the coast of Maine and enjoy creating beautiful things. I hope you enjoy my work.
Shari is fairly new to the artist world. She began painting, just for fun, in 2007 and has quickly become a collected artist. She enjoys capturing scenes of the picturesque fishing towns of Deer Isle-Stonington and other surrounding islands where she has lived her entire life along with her family who are lobstermen. Mostly working with oils, her paintings are known for their bright, vivid colors that show the unique beauty of the coast of Maine. “Having a person admire my art and know that they are so excited to hang one of my paintings in their home is so rewarding to me.”
Carol Collette is an internationally known printmaker and painter. Living in rural New England, surrounded by familiar and favorite subjects, Carol’s pen and ink and watercolor sketches served as the foundation for her early etchings. Soon she became fascinated with delicacy of detail and richness etching provide and devoted her time to increasing her knowledge and skill to that difficult medium. Carol Collette continues to create the familiar landscapes which she loves and has become known for and also finds joy in painting rural images with oil paints. In both her limited edition prints and paintings, Carol Collette explores a fine line between control and spontaneity, creating images which capture the ephemeral combination of fleeting light and shadow which makes her art truly magical.
My work is my impression, interpretation and concept of the many aspects of my environment-cities, beaches, waters, mountains, woodlands, flora and the creatures that people them.
The settings morph endlessly into my textural paintings. Each of my images focuses on the conditions that surround us and affect the way we live-all the external factors influencing our lives such as light, heat, wind, movement and precipitation.
My focus recently has become my analysis of natural forms as they evolve into abstract shapes.
I paint in an impasto impressionist technique with both brush and palette knife to express immediacy, light, movement, and surface, leaving the work open to construal.
I invite the viewers’ participation and visceral interaction. I look for responsiveness to the environmental impact of the work.
Elaine majored in Fine Arts at Emmanuel College, Boston and went on to receive Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of Massachusetts. Her lifelong focus has been the visual arts, as an art teacher, an art director and as a college professor.
Elaine is currently a full time artist and also works as an Educational Consultant in the Boston Area. Elaine is represented by Gallery 302 Bridgton, ME, www.gallery302.org. Elaine’s artwork can be viewed at the Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable, MA as well as on the Melrose Arts www.melrosearts.com/mcmichael. She was named one of 20 Best Massachusetts Contemporary Artists in 2013 at the Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA. A member of several art associations, Elaine’s paintings have won awards and have been exhibited throughout New England and the Eastern United States. Her paintings hang in numerous private collections. Elaine can be contacted at email@example.com.
Richard’s series of contemporary abstract paintings using oil and acrylic on canvas and paper explore a visual language of fragmented landscapes, cartouches, and ruin like structures that signify inner and outer realms. The series As Above So Below focuses on rural Maine as a metaphor of protection shown in images of sleeping cradled deer in a reoccurring theme of personal homage to birth and spiritual healing. Richard is influenced by the Expressionistic compositions and Primitivism of artists such as Mondrian, Klee, and Chagall. All works reference Richard’s original concept of Simultaneous Gravities and chronicle the movement of imagination and fragments of memory as they become real, symbolized in rows of trees that blossom one direction and decay in the other. With over 35 years of painting behind him, he has created a canon of techniques from a luminous and subtle color palette to a layered brushwork bridging a unified vision of hemispheres, trees, houses, stars, heavens and animals encompassing each other’s worlds.
Jane Croteau has been painting since 2002. “As a stained glass artist for 35 years, I am captivated by the play of light. Painting with a brush allows me a freedom of line and direction not usually associated with the restrictions and mechanics of working in glass.”
An avid sailor, Jane spends as much time on the water as possible and her paintings of skies and water demonstrate her love of bold color as well as the vibrant reflections and contrasting shadows. Sailing the Maine coastline provides inspiration for so many possible paintings.
Jane works in acrylic, pastel, watercolor, and printmaking.
Giclee prints available of selected images
Works are shown at Gallery 302 (Bridgton, ME) and Digital Literacy (Portland, ME)