Favorite American Artists
AK Artist of the Year 2011–2012
Dot Bardarson is a leader in the world of Alaskan arts. She served on the Alaska State Council on the Arts for six years. Watercolor is her favorite medium. Her two current styles reflect working in the studio and in plein air.
To date, the Alaska’s Percent for Art Program has commissioned 18 works.
She was recently named “Queen of Arts” by the Seward Arts Council, not only where she designed 13 sets for plays, but for acting as well, and for her leadership in making Seward the Mural Capital of Alaska. (She was master artist for 3 of the murals, and has painted on all of them.) Her 59 prints and many giclees can be ordered from her website.
AK Artist of the Year 2013–2014
Since appearing in these pages in 2013, Alaskan artist Carol Lambert has continued to explore how human beings connect to the natural world. She describes “Wing and Antler” (2016) as a meditation on the ways wild creatures help us to appreciate both life and death.
Carol earned her BA in Art and Art History at Brown University, and went on to study at several academies and studios, including the Art Students League in New York and Gage Academy in Seattle. She has exhibited in many solo, juried, and group shows. Her work is in private collections worldwide. To see her most recent paintings, drawings, and etchings, and to read her essays on collecting and making art, go to http://carollambertarts.com.
AL Artist of the Year 2014–2015
A deep-south Alabama artist and architect, 60-year-old Durand Seay escapes from traditions that label artists by location. His paintings offer a plastic, flowing, and unpredictable expression, ever changing like water in a stream.
As an architect, Seay delivers an understanding of space and the movement within. Therein, time and movement is an essential factor which affects the participant. He builds these expressions from structures intuitively found in nature. There is a language with a quantum perspective, past, present, and future all at once. Like the fluidity of waves he harnesses a viewer’s subconscious to instill insight, achievement and the ascendancy of understanding.
With numerous exhibitions all over the southeast since 1978, Seay receives consistent award recognition such as Directors Award, LaGrange Biennial 2016.
AR Artist of the Year 2012–2013
Starting from a black canvas, I acknowledge that one must experience darkness to truly see light. I seek out the light in every aspect of my life, searching for that sliver of illumination in the midst of even the darkest moments. This longing for light drives and transforms the spark of inspiration to the fire of creation.
I strive to create a vibrancy through my use of color; an enveloping experience that washes over the viewer and draws them in to the work, filling them with lush colors, rich textures, and thought provoking imagery.
I paint echoes of my life, the ripples that life’s moments leave behind, giving the viewer a glimpse of my mind and soul, and a window to look within themselves.
CO Artist of the Year 2015–2016
Joan Fullerton grew up on the vast, slow-paced plains of Eastern Wyoming. With an MFA degree in painting from the University of Wyoming, she was able to be a college art instructor at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming for many years. In 2003, she made the leap of faith to relocate and paint full-time in Taos, NM. During her 8 years in Taos, Fullerton made her mark and established her reputation as a respected artist and teacher. When not traveling for her innovative art workshops, she lives and paints in the Denver area.
Fascinated with the power of ambiguity, she distills, describes, and then obscures images, working until she senses a certain “aliveness” on the surface. She endeavors to create something bold, with subtleties to be discovered over time, an elegance that uplifts.
CT Artist of the Year 2011–2012
Penny Putnam’s paintings have often been described as joyful, upbeat and optimistic. They are abstract tapestries of sophisticated color and marks that celebrate the natural world with a nod to the unknown. Though hints of landscape can be seen in many of her paintings, they tease us to imagine something more profound captured in layers of rich pigment and mysterious textures.
Penny earned a degree in Art at the University of Florida and enjoyed a successful career in graphic design in New York City before becoming a full-time fine artist. Penny lives and works in Connecticut. Her paintings are included in numerous corporate and private collections. More of her work can be seen on her website.
FL Artist of the Year 2011–2012
Focused on the energy and spiritual essence of the landscape, his award-winning work has been exhibited and featured in the Florida State Capitol Building, public art, museums, art centers, galleries, books, magazine covers, newspapers, and websites. He is included in the permanent Art Collection of The State of Florida, The University of Florida and many other prestigious private and corporate collections worldwide. Throughout 2017 his work will appear on billboards with Art Pop Street Gallery throughout Orlando and Central Florida.
Besides painting, Gary is a horseman and raises cattle on his ranch in North Central Florida.
More paintings, photos and information at garyborse.com.
IL Artist of the Year 2011–2012
Olivera Pudar, before settling down in South Florida, had been running the Art Project Gallery in Chicago, and the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in Italy with her husband Marc Servin. When not homeschooling her musician son, she enjoys painting, studying history, and gardening.
IL Artist of the Year 2014–2015
Faith Patterson paints images that she feels a connection to, that bring her comfort. Her goal is to convey her perception of an actual scene or idea so that others can see what she sees and (hopefully) feel what she feels, when they view her work.
She paints in both traditional and abstract styles, enjoying the process of both. Relying heavily on the palette knife in her painting, she also tends to gravitate to brighter colors. Living in Illinois, her paintings are greatly influenced by her Midwest surroundings.
NE Artist of the Year 2012–2013
Virginia spotted some horses near her Council Bluffs, Iowa, home. Two white horses on Cathy Lane appeared like apparitions in the hills. The spirit of their horse-friendship has been captured in Virginia’s acrylic painting, Dinner Date. “The two horses seemed so comfortable and close, they would graze and spend their days, always just inches from each other,” Virginia mused.
Virginia received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, K-12 Education, and Master degrees from the University of Nebraska. Retired from teaching school, her artistic passion remains the figure in space. She reminisced about her childhood drawing horses and how Degas’ sculpture, “The Little Ballerina”, influenced her art career. Virginia now returns to her love for horses. Her art works are displayed at Artists Cooperative Gallery in Omaha, Nebraska, www.artistsco-opgallery.com.
NH Artist of the Year 2014–2015
Pamela R. Tarbell has a lifelong passion for the visual art, and has a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists, and has participated in several of their juried exhibits. Her new series “Marsh Kaleidoscope” focus on the wetlands and their tangled environment that is so important to our ecosystem.
Tarbell curates and is director of her own gallery, the Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, for the past twenty year. She gives of her free time promoting the visual arts in her area for non-profits. In 2015 she was awarded the one of six women for “Outstanding Women in Business.”
Kathy Lynn Goldbach
SC Artist of the Year 2012–2013
As an impressionist painter, Kathy can honestly say that a lifetime of creativity has led her to where she is today, for her creativity is a need for expression which cannot be denied. She has always admired the works of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There is a looseness, beauty and casualness of this period she finds mesmerizing.
Although Kathy enjoys painting a variety of scenes and subjects, soft impressionist bridal portraiture and artwork is a passion of hers. She strives to create timeless, heirloom-quality artwork with a fresh, loose and romantic style. Her commissions require no advanced sittings!
Please visit her website to view her collection and to learn a little more about Kathy, her process and why she paints.
SC Sculpture Artist of the Year 2013
Tom Supensky is Professor Emeritus at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, where he taught ceramic art. During his 35-year tenure, he taught on Fulbright exchanges in Bristol, England, and Oldenburg, Germany. He was guest artist at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin. He also taught in Florence, Italy, and Tasmania, Australia. He continues to give lectures and workshops as well as exhibiting his work. He makes his clay sculpture at his home in Aiken, South Carolina, where he lives with his wife, Pauline. He is the author of the book, Looking At Art, Aesthetic Concepts Fundamental To Being An Artist, Tate Publications and Enterprises, LLC. Learn more by visiting his website at www.tomsupensky.com.
SD Artist of the Year 2012–2013
My work explores the relationship between the female body and contemporary cultural, political,and societal manifestations of gender. These autobiographical paintings use allegory to illustrate a greater narrative: I examine religion’s role in the depiction of women and often draw on art historical portrayals of the female nude. Visual cues point the viewer towards ideas surrounding the history of women in art: gender identity, religious and political ideologies governing the rights, roles and responsibilities of the sexes. I choose ambiguity of symbolism to allow a broad reach for my images, as I wish to open dialogue on difficult topics surrounding the conceptual underpinnings of my work. Aestheticized and nuanced visual cues offer insight on the dialogue I strive to elicit about the ideas that compel me to paint.
William Hugh Jennings
WY Sculpture Artist of the Year 2013
Our natural world and its inhabitants are not only the subjects of his wildlife art, but also his teachers. This one-on-one contact between artist and animal play an essential part in his artistic process. Thus, the spirit portrayed in his wildlife art is more honest and believable. William Hugh wishes to touch the viewer/collector of his artwork in a way that will remind them of an event, feeling or memory from our natural world. Thus, during the fast pace of a hectic day, pleasure or relief can be found in simply viewing his artistic reminder of a shared experience.