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A simple vacation can change a person's life. That is exactly what happened to me. I had been living in Florida for most of my life. I had graduated from Stetson University after studying Fine Art and Premed Biology in 2004. I had owned a flower business for 23 years. I had always called myself a painter since I was four. One day I decided to go to Monhegan Island, Maine for a ten day vacation.
Roger R. Milinowski, born 1946, in New York City, spent his early years in Peekskill, NY on the shores of the Hudson River. He received a comprehensive education in the visual arts and a degree in Industrial Design. Milinowski's natural artistic ability surfaced very early in his life and was nurtured by a rich interaction with nature while living amidst the exquisite beauty in the Hudson River Valley and later in a picturesque costal Connecticut town. He was further inspired by yearly trips to the magnificent coast of Maine that eventually led to becoming a permanent resident. His studio/gallery now boasts a view of one of the prettiest harbors in Maine.
His career has included working with prestigious design firms and clients as a designer, illustrator, and art director. His technical proficiency in his work combined with his sensitive observations of the world around him lead to producing paintings that calm the mind as well as speak to the emotions. The quaint settings of coastal America and rural country farms are perfect subjects for Milinowski realistic yet sensitive artistic style.
When I paint I love to drop below the clutter of today's busy images and bring out the suggestion of a quieter, more nostalgic time.
In viewing many of Milinowski's paintings, the observer is moved beyond the mere depiction of the subject matter into a reverie of bygone eras. Extended stays in the Charleston, S. C. area provides material, including wild life in the Low Country, shrimp vessels, and Charleston Street Scenes, that lends itself to Milinowski's insightful artistic expression.
Milinowski travels the coast of the Eastern United States and abroad painting en plein air and gathering field studies that are used as reference material for many of his compositions.
Although I create paintings under many different circumstances, I am most excited about painting en plein air. There is an immediacy about painting directly from coastal and landscapes - capturing a moment in time that I find very stimulating.
Both his two- and three-dimensional works have received numerous awards and are found in private and corporate collections in the United States, Israel, Canada, Australia, and England. Milinowski's work has been exhibited in galleries and art shows in New York City, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod, and Charleston, S. C.
Milinowski moved to Boothbay Harbor, Maine in 2000 with his wife Judy. Now his full collection of paintings are available for viewing at his studio/gallery, Head of the Harbor Gallery in Maine. His work can also be seen at Gateway Gallery, Wilton, CT, Geary Gallery Darien, CT, The Virginia Barrett Gallery, Greenwich, CT, Bartholomew Gallery, Chatham Ma. Cape Cod and CoCo Vivo, Charleston, S.C.
Hai-Ou Houwas born in Beijing where she studied painting and ceramics at the prestigious Central Institute of Fine Art and Design. She accepted a teaching post at the Hubei Fine Art Institute where she taught painting and design. After immigrating to the United States, she received her Master of Fine Arts from Towson University. Hai-Ou’s work has been widely published and exhibited both nationally and internationally and hangs in many museum, corporate, and private collections. She is the recepient of numerous fine arts honors and awards.
Sharon E. Allen
As the result of growing up in an urban area of NJ, Sharon developed a love of nature and all things not concrete and blacktop, and fell in love with NH on her first trip here in the 1960s. She jumped at the chance to make the move here with her family in 1988. She has been painting en plein air since 2002 and her passion for plein air painting led her to found NH Plein Air Artists in 2004. The group has grown from just a handful of members to over 300 members throughout NH and the region. Sharon exhibits in local shows and galleries and her paintings can also be found in private and corporate collections throughout the US as well as in Australia, Germany, and Russia.
Discover more about Sharon by visiting her website.
George Van Hook
George Van Hook was born and raised in Abington, Pennsylvania, a northern suburb of Philadelphia. He began painting very early and was able to participate in the vibrant artistic culture of the region. The family owned a farm in Bucks County, home of the Pennsylvania impressionists, and he became heavily influenced by their fine academic training coupled with a love of the prosaic landscape. Another early local influence was the “Brandywine Tradition”, the illustrative work of Howard Pyle and the generations of Wyeths. This was further enhanced by a close association with coastal Maine. George has spent many summers painting in the mid-coast area of Rockland and Rockport Harbor, and on North Haven Island where his wife’s family owned property adjacent to the famous Boston artist Frank Benson.
Van Hook’s love of the European tradition also began early. He spent two summers during high school filmmaking throughout France and England. This allowed him to visit many of the great museums, and further increased his commitment to become a professional artist. Following college, he left for Paris and spent nearly a year copying at the Louvre and travelling through France, Italy and Holland making numerous paintings “en plein air”. He returned to California, where he continued painting the landscape and figure out of doors. After marriage and the start of a family, George returned to the East Coast, eventually settling in Cambridge, NY, a beautiful nineteenth century village in the Hudson Valley. His wife is a Mycological Consultant for Ecovative. Their three daughters, often models for his paintings when younger, are now grown and successfully independent.
Van Hook thinks of his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure”, he says. The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response.
For the last five years, Van Hook has been involved in Plein Air competitions, and has won numerous awards.
Artist. DIYer (yes, I can fix a toilet). Master procrastinator. Creative cook - bad at housework. Lover of gardens, but sad owner of a black thumb. Passionate about animals in general, dogs in particular, with a thing for moose.
I did take art classes in college, but pursuing a career in art wasn’t practical, so I got my degree in Psychology (yup – definitely practical!) Worked in that field for a few years and then became – wait for it- an accountant. Do not ask. Eventually the need for a paintbrush took over and I never looked back.
I need color. There are no beige walls in my house. Everything I have is decorated with (at least) a dab of paint. This includes all of my family members.
I paint whatever catches my eye. Plein air in the spring, summer, fall. Not winter - even though I’m a hardy New Englander I don’t paint outdoors when the temperature dips below freezing (well- actually – below 50), so then it’s time for still lifes. Treasured objects, memories, Happy Meal toys.
I am a juried member of the Oil Painters of America and a long time member of NH Plein Air Artists. My paintings like to travel and have found homes across the country and are making their way overseas.
Artist and curator, T. A. Charron is a native New Englander. Charron was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and was brought up on his grandparent’s farm, in South Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Charron studied with painters Norman Baer, Walter Marks and Murray Wentworth, at the Art Institute of Boston and graduated in 1972. He did additional studies in sculpture at Providence College and with sculptor Veryl Goodnight and stone lithography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He has studied with some of North America’s prominent artists; portrait painter Daniel E. Greene, Canadian wildlife artist Robert Bateman, watercolorist Nita Engle and Boston School eminent senior member Robert Douglas Hunter.
Nationally, he has received over 100 awards for excellence in both painting and drawing. Charron has been elected into many American art societies and organizations including the Salmagundi Club in New York, the Copley Society of Boston, the Lyme Art Association in Connecticut, and the North Shore and Rockport Art Associations in Massachusetts.
His artwork is in the permanent collections of museums and other public and private collections worldwide. His commissioned painting of Dr. Martin Luther King and other significant portraits have been unveiled to thousands of people. Charron paintings have been published in five historical books, and his art has been featured nationally on PBS and on regional and local cable programs.
As curator, Charron put together “New England Impressions, Painting from Life” - 1989, for the Attleboro Arts Museum and was asked by the Harvard Club of Boston to curate the exhibition, “New England Painters of Today” - 1999. He was also the advisor for the exhibition, “Hounds of Heaven” - 1996, a series of paintings by R.H. Ives Gammell held at the Attleboro Arts Museum. At the Rockport Art Association in Rockport, Massachusetts, Charron was on the exhibition and book committees for the W. Lester Stevens – 2003, Harry A. Vincent – 2006, and the A.T. Hibbard – 2012 national exhibitions. Presently, Charron is on a committee working on a 2014 exhibition and catalog for the North Shore Art Association.
Charron served three years as President of the Board of Trustees, of the Attleboro Arts Museum, in Massachusetts. Besides being President of the Attleboro Arts Museum, Charron has served as Vice President of the Rockport Art Association and presently he is Recording Secretary for the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic and is on the Acquisition and Exhibition Committee, at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Charron is one of the two founders of the New England Plein Air Painters (NEPAP) formed in 2005. Charron has also served on the board of the Attleboro Land Trust.
T. A. Charron has conducted workshop classes and painting and drawing demonstrations for over 30 years, teaching students both on location and in the studio.
Charron paints in a north light studio in southeastern, Massachusetts and on location throughout the eastern parts of the United States.
Born and raised in Camillus, New York, Edward graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a BFA in Communication Design. After an established career as a graphic designer and art director in upstate New York, Chicago, Tulsa and Greenville, South Carolina, he and his wife moved to Arizona. Captivated by his new surroundings he began making art, working in oil and public art mural painting. In 2012, they moved to Maine where he travels the state painting its bucolic landscapes and rugged coastline. Yearly excursions to paint in the desert Southwest have kept me tied to a place of searing raw beauty of which he will never tire.
"My art is based on the harmony and variety of color, form, texture, value and perspective, that I see and feel living in this amazing American landscape. Plein air painting has been an extension of my love of nature and my experiences outdoors.
Classically trained, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Janet loves the challenge of making art. Her art is a creative expression of herself, and how she wants to be viewed in the world. Janet believes works of art can have multiple interpretations. Images can display simplistic beauty and decoration for sheer enjoyment, and can also be confronting and thought provoking, taking the viewer on a journey to find a deeper meaning.
Her preoccupation is the drawn image. She is attracted to the spontaneity, tactility, and intimacy of the drawing process, and it is for her, the fundamental basis of serious art, and has legitimacy in it's own right.
Whilst her art is predominantly semi-abstract and lyrical, with whimsical properties, she also enjoys working in a very detailed manner, producing traditional representations.
Todd fell in love with the ocean as a whipper-snapper, growing up around the salty air of the small New England harbor town of Winthrop, Massachusetts. After graduating from the Art Institute of Boston, he continued post baccaulaurette study of classical painting and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. A twelve year career as an illustrator that included a creatively-explorative period working as a muralist, sculptor and designer followed until he focused full time on fine art oil painting in 2006.
He currently maintains a small studio space at The Button Factory artist studios in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He loves painting coastal New England imagery outdoors in plein air equally as much as crafting more involved compositions in my studio. Above all, he loves the process and simple joy of being with his tools and painting.
Kathryn Field was raised in New York City, educated at Temple University's Tyler School of Art, and earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
She has taught sculpture and design at Ohio State University, Washington University in St. Louis, the School of the Chicago Art Institute, Western Michigan University and Lake Forest College; was a Lecturer in Art at Plymouth State College in Plymouth, New Hampshire and taught for many years at the Holderness School in Plymouth, New Hampshire.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the Midwest, the East Coast, and Sydney Australia. She executes commissions for public and private nonprofit institutions as well as for corporate and private collectors. Her paintings and sculpture are in numerous private collections worldwide. She has her home and studio in Sandwich, New Hampshire.
Awards Bath County Plein Air - Third Place Havre de Grace Plein Air - Best Maritime Havre de Grace Plein Air - Best in Show Mountain Maryland Plein Air - Artist's Choice Plein Air Vermont - Best in Show Paint Annapolis - Best in Show Bucks County Plein Air - Third Place Plein Air 757 - Award of Merit
Galleries McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD Lemon Tree Gallery, Cape Charles, VA
Artists Residencies Les Amis de la Grande Vigne, Dinan, Brittany FR - June, 2015
Press "Preparing to Paint Impulsively," Feature Article, Plein Air Magazine, March 2015
Instruction Weekly oil painting classes offered Thursday's 10-noon at Canvas Studio Art, Rumson, NJ. Faculty Member at the Beverley Street School in Staunton, VA. Contact Lauren for her workshop schedule.
Photo Credits Frederick Eberhart Photography - Home Page Murray Smith - Plein Air Paintings
Rollande Rousselle is an artist whose passion is spending most of her time learning, looking, studying, hearing, admiring nature and then trying to put as much as she can on canvas. Painting is more important to her than bread. After Rollande successfully started growing flowers in her garden, she realized what she wanted to share with people, “I want them to see beauty all year long”. She frequently returns to the lady slippers because they are natures’s gift to us. “When people stand in front of my 'Fields of Ladies' painting and see the lady slippers, it often sends them back to a simpler more pleasant time. I was inspired to start painting ladies slippers because I love the beautiful greeting of these orchids when I take my much loved walks in the woods.”
Her greatest inspirations have been from the woods in the North East area. Using oil paints and the palette knife allows Rollande the spontaneity of happy accident. “It is amazing to see a square centimeter of the painting and be able to identify more than 10 colors in the background or the floor of the forest.” She makes some of her own tools with handles as well as other things like snipped aluminum and the head of a nail to paint with. “I usually prefer to work on a board because I am afraid to get overzealous and rip a canvas with a palette knife.” Standing in total admiration in the Museum of fine Arts a few years back in front of Monet’s and Vincent’s painting has left Rollande desiring more and more to learn how to go in the direction of impressionistic painting and using no brushes has facilitated this in leaps and bound.