Annamarie Trombetta is an artist who has created works in printmaking, watercolor, oil and pastel and is known for working “en Plein Air”. She attended numerous schools such as Parsons School of Design, The New York Academy of Art, The National Academy of Art, The Art Students League ,The W.B. Yeats School in Ireland and The Ercole Alber DeFois in Vihers France . Her one woman solo exhibitions include Richmondtown Historic Museum, The Staten Island Museum, The Garibali-Meucci Museum The Union League Club, The Italian American Museum and Wagner College Art Gallery. She has exhibited extensively in many Museum Group exhibitions such as The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, The Arnot Museum, The Ormond Museum,The Fort Wayne Museum of Art , The National Museum of Sports and the Packwood Museum.
Anne Gunthner graduated from the Univ. of North Texas with a major in Clothing and Textiles and a minor in Art. While serving as a retail advertising art director in New York City, she continued to pursue her fine arts passion through additional class studies at The Art Students League, The School of Visual Arts and FIT.
Upon retiring from advertising to raise a family, she began painting and teaching art classes privately. It was during this time that she discovered immense gratification in passing on what she had learned to others. For the past 15 years, Anne has been teaching classes and workshops to children, teens and adults. She works in a variety of mediums including pastel, watercolor and oils. Regardless of the medium used, Anne aims to capture the soul and essence of her subject while keeping the compositions fresh and alive to the very last stroke.
Caleb studied Art at the Lyme Academy in Connecticut and with his father Don Stone,NA. Since then has been regularly teaching, traveling and painting and has held workshops in the US, Italy and Alaska. He works in both oil and watercolor. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the John Stobart Fellowship Award, the New England Heritage Award, and the Wood Award for Excellence in Watercolor. He was fortunate to have grown up in the Art Colony of Rockport, Massachusetts and exposed at a very early age to plein- air painting by his father Don Stone. His attraction to the French and American Impressionists and choice of art as a career grew from and was nurtured by this environment. He currently resides on Cape Ann in Massachusetts.
Born near Paris in France, Catherine travelled all around the world in her twenties, a great human and personal experience... She did some sketches on the way, which disappeared with her backpack one day, a good lesson of letting go ! Back in France, Catherine settled in the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence, not far from the Mediterraneen sea, where she held many exhibitions and gives art classes. Her proposal is "travel logging", the sketchbook becoming a memory and record of the day. The technic makes it accessible to everyone - accomplished artists and complete beginners, as we play according to our sensibility, with a very personal page composition, while using drawing, watercoloring, writing and collages. We need to learn to look and understand what surrounds us to be able to express it. It is a lot of fun, and creativity is our best friend to make up with the inevitable mistakes of sketching directly on the spot !
Francesco Fontana is a professional artist with many years experience in oil, watercolor, acrylic and dry media. After art school, he followed a bohemian dream and started his artist journey in bohemian Paris, making a living by drawing tourists' portraits. In the years to follow, he exhibited his art in Italy and France and his paintings are now in many private collections in Europe, USA and Asia.
Before becoming a full time painter, Francesco worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for International cultural events such as theatre, classic music, jazz festivals, and symphonic orchestras. Other specialty works include large watercolor renderings for major architectural projects in the Middle-East.
Since 2008 Francesco is the co-founder and director of Fare Pittura Atelier, based in Milan Italy, where he teaches regular classes, of watercolor, oil and life drawing. He travels intensivly as a workshop instructor and presenter. Frequent painting destinations include Provence, Paris, Giverny, Normandy, Sicily, Umbria, Puglia - Invitations include Bali, Indonesia, and USA.
Gail Sibley is a popular workshop instructor and has beena professional artist for more then 25 years. She delights in the experience of painting from life, whether a landscape en plein air, or a still life in studio. Her work is characterized by bold colour achieved with a limited palette.
A traveller at heart, Gail offers workshops internationally with a focus on how understanding values leads to freedom with colour. She guides participants to hone their unique artistic voice and gives strategies for dealing with negative self-judgement.
Born and brought up in Jamaica, Gail Sibley moved to Canada to complete a BFA (Fine Arts) followed by a MA in art history. Yearning to create, she then returned to painting after university. Experimenting with a small box of pastels, Gail was hooked by their vibrancy, immediacy, and luminosity.
Gail participates in national and international juried shows and has won various awards including the Grand Prize for Painting On The Edge (POTE), an annual international juried exhibition at the Federation Gallery in Vancouver. Her work is in private and corporate collections in several countries. She is a Signature Member with the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and a Master Pastellist with Pastel Artists Canada (MPAC).
Gail shares her knowledge and that of others in a highly-regarded blog at HowToPastel.com and can be seen on YouTube at youtube.com/GailSibley. She also offers online courses. Gail was a primary contributor to the recently published book, DK’s Artist’s Drawing Techniques (August 2017).
Gail lives in Victoria, BC, Canada with her partner Cam in a 1910 character home.
Geralyn Robinson born and educated in Ireland & USA , moved to the US in 1988 and is currently living and working in Maplewood NJ . Geralyn is a mixed media artist working with pastels, oils, acrylics, wax pencils and encaustic. Her art is characterized by vibrant landscapes and bold skys, she has a highly developed sense of color and composition and a keen attention to detail. She has exhibited her art work at the Maplewood/South Orange Artist Tour, Gallery 1978, GAS Gallery and at the Annual Maplewood Art Walk.
Geralyn is the owner and head teacher at her art studio in Maplewood NJ. There are currently 145 students ages ranging form 4 years to 97 years and 6 professional artist/teachers working alongside her. The art studio and gallery has been open for 15 years. Geralyn’s relaxed teaching method is wonderful for an art trip, and for artists of all levels beginners to professional. Photography , sketching and painting are a large part of the trip. “Fun through art” is the tag line for one of Geralyn’s classes.
American-based Inya Chehade leads a non-profit foundation dedicated to assisting individuals and families who are experiencing a variety of challenges in their lives(www.thebridgenj.org). With a background in social work and philanthropy, she has served at other foundations and non-profit organizations which have raised over $30MM annually and have been recognized by then First Lady Hillary Clinton. Inya is also a practicing life coach who is passionate about helping others on their path towards wholeness. Inya is trained in IMAGO therapy, a modality which focuses on fostering deep connection and dialogue between two people. She has delivered numerous seminars to women’s groups and provides her wisdom and insight to individual clients
Thomas Xenopoulos Peccini, Ph.D. (A.B.D.); host of cerines.com Although Cyprus-based Thomas Xenopoulos Peccini spent over a decade studying Italian Literature and cinema and the past 15 years teaching in public education, Thomas found an outlet for his passion for food and living in March 2014 when he launched cerines.com, a website dedicated to his Cyprus-based family of four boys and their lifestyle, growing a following to over 14,000 unique viewers in over 140 countries worldwide. Its Facebook page reached over 1,000 organic likes in just under 20 months. Simultaneously with the launch, he and his wife Ioanna hosted a supper to gather twelve like-minded people interested in connecting over great food. What was formed as a club to bring together foodies, the Cerines Supper Club is now in its second season and has hosted more than 700 participants over 36 suppers. They also have welcomed visitors from four continents at their on-site bed and breakfast.
Janet is an established Melbourne based professional artist with works secured by international and Australian collectors. With painting experience of over 25 years, Janet graduated from Ballarat University majoring in graphic design. Janet’s current works are an indication of her dedication to her passion and her field.
With her connection to nature and the environment Janet's unique personal skills and interpretation she always manages to finish a piece with a unique style all of her own What sets her apart is the diversity in the expertise as an accomplished, award winning artist in Acrylics, Oils, Pastels and Watercolour With just as much versatility with application, technique and style Janet pushes the element when learning new styles and teaching various techniques to her students
Frequent trips to Europe enable Jann to capture the feeling and sense of the subjects she paints with a fresh and vibrant handling of the medium, light and texture are primary to her compositions.
Jann is a signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Society and the Society of Western Artists and has become a popular teacher in her workshops. She was recently awarded the Outstanding Achievement award from the California Watercolor Association. Her work was shown in a feature article in International Artist Magazine, Feb/mar 1999 and Landscapes in Watercolor, Thames and Hudson, 2002.
Her works are in private and corporate collections internationally.
Jann recently retired from teaching in order to pursue her painting, but she remains with Tuscany in the Frame as Administrative Assistant.
Jessica Henry is a nationally recognized artist, having won numerous awards and honors. Jessica has been teaching for 25 years and her work has been shown and is eagerly collected from coast to coast and has been featured in many publications, including the December 2016 and 2017, 2018 issue of “Western Art Collector” as a featured artist in an articles, “Western Art East of the Mississippi”. For 2 years Jessica has been featuring art instruction videos on her YouTube channel and other social media platforms.
Kirk McBride's oil paintings are inspired by the relationship of light and shadow on a variety of subjects. He has been painting for over 40 years with an emphasis on "plein air" painting over the last 18. Travels to Italy, Mexico, New England and the Western US provide many of the subjects for his vibrant impressionistic landscapes, seascapes and city scenes. He is a popular teacher, passing on the knowledge and techniques he has learned over the years in workshops and demos. Kirk studied oil painting with the great American painters, Ken Auster, Kim English and Randall Sexton. A Signature Member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and the American Society of Marine Artists, he has painted in many prestigious plein air events including the Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational (four times) and Plein Air Easton (four times). McBride's work is represented in seven fine galleries along the East Coast of the US. His home and studio are on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
The aim of this workshop is teach you how to enjoy the process of plein air painting. Color relationships, composition, simplifying the scene, and the benefits of painting outdoors will be covered as well as how to design a painting that conveys your interest in that scene. We will also cover values, shapes, edges and color relationships as well as paint handling and materials. I will do a brief demonstration each day and provide one-on-one advice in the field. We will also have group discussions and critiques so participants can learn from individual instruction as well as each other. We will paint at beautiful locations in the towns and countryside of central Tuscany and have time each day to both paint and enjoy all the other benefits of Tuscany.
Lana Ballot is a professional artist and pastel painting instructor, known for her landscapes and seascapes. Lana is working primarily in pastels preferring this medium for its immediacy, spontaneity and unparalleled luminosity of color. Based on years of experience painting outdoors, confident and expressive use of color and painterly mark making are characteristic of Lana’s work.
Lana is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. Her work has been exhibited in National juried shows, including the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City. In 2015, she received an Honorable mention in the Pastel 100, the annual international competition held by the Pastel Journal. In 2016, she won The Yang Family Award in the Pastel Society's annual show Enduring Brilliance.
Lana is living on Long Island, New York. To see Lana’s work please visit www.lanaballot.com
Margaret Evans is internationally renowned as one of Scotland's leading contemporary artists. She is a respected tutor and author of several art books and DVD's, She can also be seen in art programmes on satellite television. Margaret is fully trained (Glasgow School of Art) to teach all media and is particularly well known for her pastel work.
Students will have plenty of individual tuition in any medium and Margaret will demonstrate using pastels, watercolours and pen wash, showing how she uses her sketchbook travel diaries to collect informative studies to paint from in the studio. The ideal tutor for learning how to enjoy the fun of plain air painting.
Born in Yorkshire, England in 1953, Phil Hobbs qualified as an Art Teacher in 1974 and later worked as a designer for the Lake District National Park, before becoming a full time artist in 1979.
Now an internationally respected artist working largely in pure watercolour he has gained an enviable reputation for the amount of light, depth and reality he is able to incorporate into his work. He exhibits regularly in the United States, The Mall Gallery exhibitions in London and annually in the Summer exhibition of the Lake Artists Society of which he is currently president.
Satoko was born in Kyoto, Japan, and educated both in Japan and the United States. She moved to the US in 1980, and currently is living and working in Eugene, Oregon. She works with watercolor, Japanese calligraphy ink, oil, and other media.
In addition to teaching at Lane Community College for 30 years, she has an extensive experience in teaching oversea programs. In 1996 she created the Siena Art Summer Program through the University of Oregon, and was active as a director and instructor until 2005. From 2006 to 2016 she was invited to teach in the Kyoto Study Abroad Summer Program, offered by the University of Oregon. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Japan and Italy.
She has been coming to Italy, especially to the Tuscan area for more than 20 years. Her artistic journey is intimately tied to the natural beauty of Italy from which she has drawn her concepts and fluid watercolor painting style. She loves to share the joy of plein-air painting, which she thinks is one of the ultimate ways of enjoying life.
Over 25 years Tom Wood has built up an enviable reputation as an artist of great skill and originality. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the world.
Most recently celebrated portraits of Professor Lord Robert Windsor and Alan Bennet, where on display at the Australian National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. He has shown his work in solo exhibitions at various international locations. Commissions include portraits for HRH Princess of Wales, Yale University and National Trust, The Universities of Warwick, Lancaster and Birmingham, The Harwood Trust and Barlaston Hall.
A versatile artist and experienced teacher, Tom is a fellow lecturer of Sheffield University and visiting Professor of Fine Art at Leeds University.