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Lori Putnam

1st Place Winner of the Laguna Frame Contest 2012

 

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

“I strive to record my first impression, to capture a brief moment or everyday life. What strikes me is not a [particular subject], ‘noun,’ but instead an ‘adjective or even an adverb:’ the mood of a smile, the sense of place, or the movement of time.”
—Lori Putnam

 

BIOGRAPHY

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Lori Putnam travels all over the world, painting small to medium-sized plein air sketches and finished works. She also creates large-scale paintings in her studio located in nearby Franklin, Tennessee. Prior to becoming a full-time artist in 2005, Lori owned and managed a successful graphic design agency for 13 years. Although Lori has had an interest in drawing and other art forms since she was very young, she considers herself self-taught, having studied independently as an adult, with many of the nation’s best painters. Among them, Dawn Whitelaw, Quang Ho, Scott Christensen, and Kim English are a few she considers her most influential. In 2008 and 2009, she traveled to Italy for more than seven months with the sole intention of study, and growth. During this time she painted almost 200 pieces from the southeastern Adriatic coastline to the northeastern Italian Riviera and many towns in between.
Her intense work during this period brought a greater maturity to the paintings she creates today. She enjoys sharing this growth with her students across the U.S., the Caribbean, and in Europe.

Lori is a member of, and has exhibited with, many respected organizations including the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Oil Painters of America, the California Art Club, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, and the American Impressionists Society. She served as Show Chair for AIS in 2011 and is currently Vice President of the organization. Additionally, Lori participates annually in several juried and invitational plein air events, and recently won awards in Colorado, California, Wyoming, Florida, Georgia, and Ireland. Her work is in the permanent collection at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, the Jack Warner Collection, the collection of Plein Air Magazine, and in private and corporate collections, and galleries worldwide. Featured in numerous issues of American Art Collector Magazine, and most recently, Plein Air Magazine, Lori is recognized as one of the finest American Impressionists of our time. She was among those chosen as faculty for Plein Air Magazine’s 1st Annual Plein Air Convention in Red Rocks near Las Vegas in April 2012.

To find out more about the artist, visit www.loriputnam.com.

 

 

Pattern, oil


About the painting


Pattern was painted using a plein air piece painted during the Publisher's Invitational Plein Air Event in the Adirondacks. The movement of the clouds and patterns that changed every few minutes were a challenge to capture on location. The larger studio piece was created as a demonstration called "From Plein air to Studio."

2012 Bari Frame Contest Winners

 

Norm Daniels

1st Place Winner of the Bari Frame Contest 2012

 

I was born and raised in San Diego CA a long time ago.  Throughout my life I have dabbled in the arts, painting moustaches on posters, scribbling “Griffinesque” waves on the corners of my homework, even occasionally selling something to an unsuspecting public.  I studied Architecture in college and for several years designed many custom homes in the San Diego area. From 1989 to 2005 I took my family to the Sierra Mountains, to work as Artist/Architect for Hume Lake Christian Camps.  While in the Sierra I took up sailing and painting to console my longing for water and surf.  Many paintings done while there where a result of that longing.  I've been told that paintings from a tortured soul sell better.  In the summer of 2005 I came back in San Diego, had a series of small strokes, (that was a bummer) but it has allowed me the time to attempt being a full time artist. I find much inspiration on the occasional tropical surf safaris and of course in the beautiful San Diego area.

I have illustrated for Surfer Magazine and for a few children’s books. Currently I am represented in galleries in San Diego, San Clemente, Laguna Beach, Hale’iwa Hi, Kapa’a Hi, and Rincon Puerto Rico....as well as the trunk of my car.


Shark's Cove Shack, oil

About the painting
Last summer I went to O'ahu and Kaua'i to paint a series of plein air works I titled "I could live here". This painting "Shark's Cove Shack" is of a wonderful little home with a tin roof at the far end of Sharks Cove on the North Shore of O'ahu.

Not sure why they call this place "Sharks Cove" cause it was full of snorkeling tourists enjoying sparkling water. Maybe they didn't know the name or maybe it is just North Shore Marketing at it's finest. The clouds where huge and billowy as only tropical clouds can be, so the painting was a joy to paint. Hawai'i is Magic."

 
Becky Joy

2nd Place Winner of the Bari Frame Contest 2012

My memories as a child are sitting on the floor with my day rolling out paper and he and I spending hours drawing. Then it was painting on the window and the car. Eventually, I moved onto canvas at about age 12. I painted off and on for many years as a hobby not taking art too seriously. After all, I needed to get training for a "real" job. I worked as a hairdresser for about 18 years until I couldn't take the boredom anymore. It was time to move on. I started with classes at the local college in Portland. But still wondered, what am I going to do with art. All I wanted to do was paint, but it was too impractical.

It wasn't until 1993 when I moved to Arizona from Oregon, that I attended classes and workshops at the Scottsdale Artist’s School. I started hiking and painting like a crazy woman. I participated in outdoor shows and the Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale for several years. I reassessed my life and direction after some major changes in my personal life and my two kids were long gone. I found that I had become complacent and was not painting what I wanted to paint. Three years ago I committed to improving as an artist, refocusing, finding new direction and working harder than I had worked before. It has been very rewarding for me as I started entering national shows two to three years ago and have been accepted to most of them. I thoroughly enjoy what I do now and appreciate my life so much more.

About the painting
The painting "Winery at Dawn" 8x10 was painted in Oregon at obviously dawn. I was in the Willamette Valley visiting my family. I got up early to drive into Portland to visit friends. I wanted to miss the morning traffic, but instead pulled off to paint south of Portland at this vineyard. The light behind the building and trees caught my interest. After painting, I drove into Portland in the traffic.

Arizona Centennial, 5 C's Art Project Copper, Superior, AZ



Sharon Weaver

3rd Place Winner of the Bari Frame Contest 2012

Sharon Weaver discovered the thrill of plein air painting after moving to Los Angeles from New York City. The immediacy of painting outdoors and the beauty of the California landscape compelled her to embark on a journey she is still following today. “I find painting outside, plein air, a compulsion. When inspiration takes over, the painting reveals itself on the canvas, as if it were there all along. It is a wonderful and exciting experience.” Capturing the atmosphere with a study is her first step to completing a larger work. In the studio, Sharon uses the study to relive the experience, translating that excitement onto the canvas.
Plein air events in which Sharon has participated include Carmel Art Festival 2009, 2010, 2011; Los Gatos Plein Air 2011; PAS Plein Air Invitational 2011 in Sedona; California Art Club South Pasadena Plein Air 2010, 2009; San Clemente Plein Air 2010; and Victor Celebrates the Arts 2009, 2010.

Highlights of the year include being juried into the Oil Painters of America 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition, winning an honorable mention at the Carmel Art Festival and having her work included in American Art Collector magazine in the June and September issues.

Awards and Honors
  • Winter SFVAC Show 2011, NoPac Gallery, Best of Show for “Along the Kern River”
  • Oil Painters of America 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition, National Juried
  • Exhibition, Devin Galleries, Coeur d’Alene, ID; June/July 2011
  • Carmel Art Festival 2011, Honorable Mention for “Harbor Reflections” judged by Jean Stern, director of the Irvine Museum, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Spring 2011Exhibition Gallery 800, Best of Show for “Hangin’ at the Mini Mart”
  • 2010 VAG Fall Exhibition, First Place for “Morning Hits the Rocks”
  • Viva L’Art, Canson Merchant Award for “Autumn Path” judged by David Gallup
  • Thousand Oaks Art Association 2009 Open Juried Show - Honorable Mention for “Morning on the Rocks” judged by Michael Zakian, director of the Frederick R.
  • Weisman Museum of Art

Art Training and Education


Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Graduate of Parsons School of Design, New York City, New York
To learn more about Sharon, visit her website: sharonweaver.com


About the painting
Above the Arroyo was painted at the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena with a plein air group that meets every Thursday in different locations. It was a beautiful but windy day. I decided to paint the sky since it is so unusual to have big puffy clouds in Southern CA. The bluff we were on got very windy so painting was a challenge. I can take the cold, I can take the heat, I can even paint in the rain but I hate the wind. Amazing that I managed to get a nice painting. Thanks to everyone who voted for me.

 


 

Sharon Weaver

3rd Place Winner of the Golden Frame Contest 2011

Sharon Weaver discovered the thrill of plein air painting after moving to Los Angeles from New York City. The immediacy of painting outdoors and the beauty of the California landscape compelled her to embark on a journey she is still following today. “I find painting outside, plein air, a compulsion. When inspiration takes over, the painting reveals itself on the canvas, as if it were there all along. It is a wonderful and exciting experience.” Capturing the atmosphere with a study is her first step to completing a larger work. In the studio, Sharon uses the study to relive the experience, translating that excitement onto the canvas.

Plein air events in which Sharon has participated include Carmel Art Festival 2009, 2010, 2011; Los Gatos Plein Air 2011; PAS Plein Air Invitational 2011 in Sedona; California Art Club South Pasadena Plein Air 2010, 2009; San Clemente Plein Air 2010; and Victor Celebrates the Arts 2009, 2010.

Highlights of the year include being juried into the Oil Painters of America 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition, winning an honorable mention at the Carmel Art Festival and having her work included in American Art Collector magazine in the June and September issues.

Awards and Honors

  • Winter SFVAC Show 2011, NoPac Gallery, Best of Show for “Along the Kern River”
  • Oil Painters of America 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition, National Juried
  • Exhibition, Devin Galleries, Coeur d’Alene, ID; June/July 2011
  • Carmel Art Festival 2011, Honorable Mention for “Harbor Reflections” judged by Jean Stern, director of the Irvine Museum, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Spring 2011Exhibition Gallery 800, Best of Show for “Hangin’ at the Mini Mart”
  • 2010 VAG Fall Exhibition, First Place for “Morning Hits the Rocks”
  • Viva L’Art, Canson Merchant Award for “Autumn Path” judged by David Gallup
  • Thousand Oaks Art Association 2009 Open Juried Show - Honorable Mention for “Morning on the Rocks” judged by Michael Zakian, director of the Frederick R.
  • Weisman Museum of Art

Art Training and Education
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Graduate of Parsons School of Design, New York City, New York

To learn more about Sharon, visit her website: sharonweaver.com

 

Harbor Reflections, 14x11, Oil

About the painting

The painting, Harbor Reflections, was painted one beautiful morning in Monterey during the 2011 Carmel Art Festival. This last year was my third time being asked back for the plein air event but it is the only year that the sun came out during the two days of painting. I painted this Honorable Mention winner from a waterside dock used to unload commercial fishing boats. I expected to be run off at any time but the dockhands didn’t seem to mind my trespassing and let me stay to finish. Harbor Reflections sold the first day at the silent auction with a bidding war going on between two buyers. It was my best plein air event to date with four of the five paintings selling and two (Harbor Reflections and Playtime at China Cove) being bid over my asking price.

 

 

 

Sergio Lopez

3rd Place Winner of the Golden Frame Contest 2011

 

Biography

Sergio Lopez, born in 1983, is a graduate of the Academy of Art in San Francisco - and is an exemplary painter in a variety of mediums. His artistic knowledge ballooned when he discovered his love of oil painting and charcoal drawing. He filled sketchbook after sketchbook with observations from life as well as drawings from his imagination. The Golden Age illustrators, Bravura painters, contemporary artists, concept designers, graffiti writers, and photographers have been some of his strongest influences in his pursuit of painting. He continues to study by visiting museums and observing the Great Masters, which he strives to learn lessons of beauty from.

Sergio continues to work in a variety of mediums and styles. From oil and gouache landscapes, to acrylic illustrations, to nude gesture studies in newsprint, he enjoys it all. Sergio especially enjoys discovering new vistas, setting up his easel, and creating a piece on the spot. He believes there is no better way to discover the truth and essence of a scene than by standing before it and studying it carefully. Sergio is a native of Sonoma County. He finds the area ever-inspiring, and never ceases to find a new gorgeous area no matter how often he explores.

Since he began participating in plein air events in 2010, Sergio has won multiple awards, including Epperson Gallery’s Valona Paint Out best of show award two years in a row, 3 awards in the 2010 Paint San Clemente Festival and Honorable Mention in the Alameda Plein Air event two years in a row. He uses the knowledge gained from painting outdoors in his studio paintings.

 

Awards

  • The Artist's Magazine 28th Annual Art Competition (Portraits/Figures) Finalist, 2010.
  • Valona Paint Out, Best of Show, 2010-2011.
  • Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout, Honorable Mention, 2010-2011.
  • Marin Fair Plein Air, 1st Place Award, 2010-2011.
  • 9th Annual Paint San Clemente, 2nd, 4th, Honorable Mention Awards, 2010.
  • International Artist Magazine: Seascapes, Rivers and Streams, 2nd Place Award.
  • Horton Iris Garden Paintout, 3rd Place Award.
  • Mare Faire Plein Air, 1st and 3rd Place Awards.

To learn more about Sergio, visit his website: http://themainloop.com

 

Down The Walkway, 9x12 oil on canvas mounted on board.

 

About the Painting

Done at the Allied Arts Guild at Menlo Park. Won 3rd place at the Paint Allied Arts Plein Air Paintout.

 

 

 

Lori Putnam

3rd Place Winner of the Golden Frame Contest 2011

Artist's Statement
“I strive to record my first impression, to capture a brief moment or everyday life. What strikes me is not a [particular subject], ‘noun,’ but instead an ‘adjective or even an adverb:’ the mood of a smile, the sense of place, or the movement of time.”

Biography:
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Lori Putnam travels all over the world, painting small to medium-sized plein air sketches and finished works. She also creates large-scale paintings in her studio located in Franklin, Tennessee. Prior to becoming a full-time artist in 2005, Lori owned and managed a successful graphic design agency in Nashville Tennessee for 13 years. Although Lori has had an interest in drawing and other art forms since she was very young, she considers herself self-taught, having studied independently as an adult, with many of the nation’s best painters. Among them, Dawn Whitelaw, Quang Ho, Scott Christensen, and Kim English are a few she considers her most influential. In 2008 and 2009, she traveled to Italy for more than seven months with the sole intention of study, and growth. During this time she painted almost 200 pieces from the southeastern Adriatic coastline to the northeastern Italian Riviera and many towns in between. Her intense work during this period brought a greater maturity to the paintings she creates today. She enjoys sharing this growth with her students across the U.S., the Caribbean, and in Europe.

Lori is a member of, and has exhibited with, many respected organizations including the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressionists Society. She served as the Show Chair for AIS in 2011, and will be the new Vice President in 2012. Additionally, Lori participates in several juried and invitational plein air events, and recently won awards in California, Wyoming, Florida, Georgia, and Ireland. Her work is in the permanent collection at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, the Jack Warner Collection, the collection of Plein Air Magazine, and in private and corporate collections, and galleries worldwide. Her work has been featured in numerous issues of American Art Collector Magazine, and most recently, Plein Air Magazine’s Artist Profile. Part of an elite faculty she will be serving as a mentor for Plein Air Magazine’s 1st Annual Plein Air Convention in Red Rocks near Las Vegas in April 2012.

To learn more about Lori, visit her website: http://www.loriputnam.com

Rock Star, Oil, 9x12


About the Painting
"Rock Star" was one of those paintings that just appeared on my canvas in little more than 30 minutes. The key, the design, and the ready-made color harmony were already present. All I had to do was paint.

 

 

 

 

Kathryn Townsend

2nd Place Winner of the Golden Frame Contest 2011

 

Artist Statement
I paint landscape, figure, portrait and still life, both in the studio and outdoor on location. My intent is the exploration of the visual/painting language in whatever way and with whatever subject matter moves and challenges me in the moment. I find the best relationship to painting is to consider everything that I do as an experiment and exploration in learning-to paint, to understand visual concepts, and to see and appreciate what exists in the world around me as well as my own vision.

Professional Affiliations
Oil Painters of America Associate Member
American Impressionist Society Signature Member
Plein Air Washington

Education
1979 Art Institute of Boston, Boston, Ma
1970 University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1969 B.A. in Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR
Awards
2010 FineArtViews Painting Competition, October Finalist
2010 San Juan Preservation Trust Paint-Out, 2nd Place, Lopez Island, WA
2010 High County Artists Plein Air Festival, 1st Place, Cle Elum, WA
2009 US Plein Air Open, Award of Merit, Whidbey Island, WA
2009 High Country Artists Plein Air Festival, Ambiance of Kittitas County (Best of Show), Cle Elum, WA
2009 High Country Artists Plein Air Festival, Edward Jones of Cle Elum Award, Cle Elum, WA
2008 American Impressionist Society 2008 Juried Exhibition, Dana Gallery Award
2007 American Impressionist Society 2007 Juried Exhibition, 3rd Place
2006 Amerian Impressionist Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Jerry's Artarama and Dick Blick Award
2006 Plein Air Washington 2006 Juried Show, Honorable Mention
2005 Allied Artists of America Annual Juried Exhibiton, Alden T. Bryan Memorial Award for Traditional
Landscape
2005 Barnsite Gallery, "Barns and Farms", Top Three of Show
2005 California Art Club "Our National Heritage", Special Recognition
1990 Art of California Discovery Award - Silver and Bronze Awards

 

To learn more about Kathryn, visit her website: http://www.KathrynTownsend.com
and her daily blog:http://www.kathryntownsend.blogspot.com

Falls from Grinnell Glacier, 10 x 8 ", Oil on Museum Board

 

About the painting: It was painted at Grinnell Lake in Glacier National Park. We took a boat up the lake from the Lodge at Many Glacier, hiked over the isthmus to the second lake and a second boat trip, then hiked a mile up to Grinnell Lake. The lake is nestled at the bottom of some large peaks and just below the Grinnell Glacier, the source of the water fall. The next day I hiked approximately 4 miles from the end of the 2nd lake with my friend Mary Bee Kaufman from Alaska, up to the glacier--a stunningly beautiful scene. We encountered mountain sheep and saw from the boat on the way back a mama grizzly with three cubs running along the lakeside trail. I remember when I was doing the painting that I was thinking about color and distance. This was a wonderful trip with a group of painters from Plein Air Washington.

 

 

 

Lisa Mozzini-McDill

1st Place Winner of the Golden Frame Contest 2011

 

Artist Statement
Creating artwork that is realistic but loose, expressive as well as meaningful is an ongoing endeavor. The books by Kevin Macpherson have had a great influence on me as has the work of past masters such as John Singer Sargent and William Wendt. What I think about when painting is emphasizing an exciting play of light and shadow, an interesting composition, and enhancing a scene that evokes a deeper meaning or emotion in me. It is my intent that this depth and emotion I feel will also be communicated and resonate with the viewer.

Biography
Lisa Mozzini-McDill graduated from San Diego State University with Honors Distinction in Art, and a BA in Graphic Communications. She worked as a graphic artist, illustrator, and portrait artist in San Diego for over ten years. Today she balances family with commissioned portraits in oil and colored pencil, plein air landscapes in oil and instruction. In addition to teaching in her studio and en plein air she has demonstrated for various art groups. Lisa has continued her education with workshops by Elizabeth Tolley, John Budicin, Ken Auster, Michael Obermeyer and Joseph Todorovitch. Lisa's work has received many awards including the 2008 & 2010 Top Dog Award by The Riverside Art Museum and Juror's Choice by The California Art Club. She has been published in Orange County's Best magazine and was featured in the artist's spotlight of The Press-Enterprise, July 14, 2008.

 

Grace, 10x10, oil

 

From the artist: "The painting, "Grace" was painted near my home on a rainy day while teaching. Despite the rain and some students canceling, the day and the time painting turned into one of my favorites. When the sun came out and those clouds lit up it was pure joy to paint! Everything just fell into place that day. Wish it was that way every time!"

To see more of Lisa's work, visit her personal page or go to her website:  www.lisamozzini-mcdill.com.

 

 

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