Meet the Plein Air Artists in the Suffolk Plein Air Invitational 2021!
Meet Plein Air Artist Amelia Cheuk!
Amelia did her studies in Los Angeles, CA under the instruction of world renowned painter, the late Larry Gluck. She relocated from L.A. to northern Virginia, where she joined the Nova Plein Air Artists and enjoys the fun and fellowship of frequently painting with all the fine painters of the group. She also cherishes the chance of being able to regularly paint at the National Gallery of Art museum, being one of few painters with a museum permit to copy directly from original master paintings.
Meet Plein Air Artist Betty Huang!
“The elegant beauty in nature draws Betty Huang to paint as she travels worldwide. She encapsulates the essence of her subjects through her distinctive interplay of color, light and composition; while expressing her feelings and emotions of her worldly encounters. She effortlessly blends western and eastern cultures in her art work.
An award winning artist whose paintings don the walls of patrons across four continents, Betty has been described as an artist whose work provides a window into her soul and love of traveling the world. Throughout the year, Betty represents national and international award winning artists, showcasing their work at her Studio B Gallery in Easton Maryland, and organizing painting workshops nationally and internationally.”
Meet Plein Air Artist Marilyn Miyamoto!
Marilyn Miyamoto is the co-founding member of Nova Plein Air Artists. Her work features landscapes, still life, and portraits. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and continued her graduate studies at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and California State University at Long Beach. Marilyn focused primarily in Jewelry/Metalsmithing while in graduate school showing at galleries throughout the United States, but has transitioned to oil painting. She was an art teacher for Fairfax County Schools and was the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Power of Art Award, for Teaching.
Meet Plein Air Artist Karen Sallaz!
Karen has enjoyed painting since 2012 and has had the opportunity of learning and being inspired by the many talented artists in the Hampton Roads community. Her artistic goals include growth and technical skill with each new painting. She is a member of The Elizabeth River Artists, The Suffolk Art League, and The Suffolk VA Plein Air Society.
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Meet Plein Air Artist Karen Spaulding!
After earning her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design and getting her feet wet in advertising, Karen ran her own freelance graphic design business for over 20 years, where she designed ads and corporate identity and wrote advertising copy for several Virginia companies while being home with her children. She has explored the decorative arts, from murals, portraits, and pen and ink commissions to custom-painted roof slates and floor cloths. Influenced by childhood summers painting with her uncle on Lake Huron, and many years spent sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, then Mobile Bay, many of her paintings reflect her spontaneity and love of the water. While living on the Gulf Coast for 11 years, she was able to focus even more on her painting, attending workshops, plein air paint-outs, and selling work in several galleries in the area. From 2018 to 2019, she served on the board of the Mobile Arts Council, which is at the forefront of raising awareness and funds for the arts, sponsoring art shows and promoting local artists. She also served on the Religious Arts committee of Spring Hill Presbyterian Church and introduced an outreach painting program in 2011 to help reach out to those suffering from depression. That has evolved into a fellowship of new and seasoned artists who continue to meet every week. She continues to explore and pursue various surfaces and subjects, most recently dedicating time to plein air painting and studying botanical dry brush watercolor. She believes in always having a sketchbook or journal handy. Karen is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, Virginia Watercolor Society, Virginia Plein Air Painters, Chesapeake Bay Watercolorists and Newport News Sketch group. In addition, her love of cooking and baking led her to start teaching pie-baking workshops four years ago, hoping to eliminate the fear of baking a homemade crust.
Meet Plein Air Artist Eric Thingstad!
Eric was born in Norfolk, VA. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Old Dominion University. As a Plein Air painter, he is inspired by the beauty and power of the landscape. Influenced by the impressionists’ style, he tries to capture the light and atmosphere of the natural world as an expression of color. Short impasto brush strokes are used to capture the essence of his subject rather than the details. With the use of brushwork and broken color, he creates an illusion of movement and spontaneity with emphasis on the effect of the whole scene. He works mostly in Plein Air, not copying nature but interpreting its beauty. Nothing is more rewarding to him than painting directly from nature.
Meet Plein Air Artist Jenny Windsor!
Jenny was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. She graduated from the College of William and Mary. After working for five years in Washington, D.C., she moved to Virginia Beach, began raising a family and studying art at Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University. She has studied at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA. She has been painting for more than 30 years.
Her works have been featured in numerous galleries and juried shows, selected by jurors as diverse as artist Faith Reingold, artist William Berry, curator Brooks Alexander, artist Sondra Freckelton, and Tom Armstrong, Director Emeritus of the Whitney Museum. She received awards from many jurors including Best-in-Show Award at the Mid-Atlantic Show in Norfolk, VA, selected by William Hennessey, director of the Chrysler Museum. Her works are held in more than a dozen corporate collections, including Norfolk State University, Duke University Hospital, Austin Peay State University, Central Carolina Bank, and Smithfield Foods.