Category Archives: 2017 artists

Diane Grguras


Diane Grguras has a B.S. in Medical Illustration from The Ohio State University and an A.S. in Scientific Illustration from San Bernardino Valley College.  She has worked in graphic design, illustration, and has taught art classes for adults and children. Her work in pastel considers color temperature and the effect of light, allowing her to see light, color and atmosphere in their true appearance. She is represented by the Gallery on 43rd Street in Pittsburgh and Glass Growers Gallery in Erie, PA.

Tara Will


Tara lives in rural Carroll County Maryland. She paints predominantly in soft pastel, but occasionally ventures into oils or watercolors. Tara uses references in both plein air and in studio from a 15-20 mile radius of her home. Most of her work is inspired by things she sees from day to day in her travels. She is inspired by nature, architecture, light, and color. She prefers to work large, and has a special love of color.

Vladislav Yeliseyev

Yeliseyev is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, National Watercolor Society and Florida Watercolor Society. His work was featured in the February 2016 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine and also appeared on the cover.  Winner of the American Watercolor Societiy 2015 Annual International competition and of the November 2015 The Bold Brush Award, among other awards, Yeliseyev has participated in about twenty national paint out events over the past three years, including Plein Air conventions where he was a demo and teaching artist. He is represented by Troika Gallery in Easton, Massachusetts, Stakenborg Fine Art Gallery, Galleria Silecchia in Sarasota, Florida and Le Prince Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina.

Richard Sneary

Sneary started his career as a painter in 2011, painting primarily en plein air, after forty years as an architect, architectural illustrator and educator. He likes subjects that reflect mankind’s presence in our environment—buildings, bridges, industrial structures, fences, telephone poles—and the natural landscape. He has won numerous awards in Plein Air competitions and was the featured artist in Watercolor magazine’s June 2016 issue. Faculty member for the 2016 Plein Air Convention and Expo in Tucson, Arizona, participating artist in Paint Cuba! Publisher’s Invitational 2016, Sneary is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Outdoor Painters Society and President Emeritus of The American Society of Architectural Illustrators.

Kari Ruiz

Ruiz was raised at the edge of The Finger Lakes National Forest in Central New York State, which set the stage for her deep connection to the natural landscape. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Fine Art from Ashland University in Ohio, she worked as a decorative painter, faux finisher and occasional muralist. Eventually Ruiz began to shift her focus to working en plein air, feeling the need to learn about light and shadow directly from the natural world. Her current body of work was created during several years of transition, trading in the commotion and energy of a small village for the peace and scholarly solitude of the woods.

Lynn Mehta

Mehta lives and works in Alexandria, Virginia. She grew up along the Pacific Ocean and began painting at an early age. With a BA in Art from San Diego State University, Mehta continued her studies in workshops of internationally acclaimed artists. A member of the Washington Society of Landscape Artists, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Association, the American Impressionist Society, the Salmagundi Club, and an Elected Artist Member of the American Artists Professional League, Mehta competes in numerous juried shows and Plein Air competitions, receiving many honors and awards. In 2016, she was featured in PleinAir magazine and Washington D.C.’s Hill Rag. Her artwork is held in public and private collections.

Benjamin Lussier

Lussier is a painter and a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, where he studies Russian language and literature. Lussier’s paintings are inspired by his international travels, the city where he lives, as well as his deep affection for the sea. He is represented by The Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor, Long Island.

Ray Hassard

Good Morning, Tred Avon!
Plein Air Easton 2016
Painted on site at the Bellevue Ferry landing
Pastel on PastelMat 14″ x 18″
Pastel on Ampersand
16″ x 12″
Done on site, San Angelo TX
Oct 30, 2014
Pastel on Ampersand 12″ x 12″
Done on site, John MIddendorf’s farm, near St Leon IN

Internationally known pastelist Hassard grew up in the New York City area and studied at Pratt Institute. Since 1985 he has lived in Cincinnati. A Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, he has been designated Master Pastelist by the MidAmerica Pastel Society and is in the Master Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies. He participates in Plein Air competitions frequently, winning top awards. His work has been featured in PleinAir magazine and in Pastel Journal as winner of the Gold Medal Award in the Top 100 competition. He is represented by Oxford Gallery, Rochester, New York, Patricia Hutton Galleries, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Cincinnati Art Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Katharine March

March is an oil painter based in Staunton, Virginia. She has studied at Beverly Street Studio School with Ron Boehmer and has taken workshops with Carol Marine, Matt Klos and Liz Geiger.  A member of several galleries, she participates in juried shows and has won awards at the Bath County Art Show, Lynchburg Art Festival and others. She paints outdoors in several regional Plein Air events.

Henry Coe

Coe holds a BA in English from Roanoke College and an MFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art. He began painting seriously while working as curator in a small museum on the Eastern Shore and teaching at Chesapeake College.  His work has been featured in American Artist magazine and the book 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic, and shown regularly in galleries in Chicago, Houston and Baltimore. He works in oils, preferably en plein air, painting the lengthening shadows and lowering light at the end of day or the softer light of early morning.