2015 Artists

Our 9-day Invitational will feature 35 nationally renowned plein air artists.  Original works of art created throughout the week will be exhibited and available for purchase at the Collectors Soirée to be hosted at Tivoli Too on Friday October 23rd.  The Art Show will continue, open to the public, on Saturday and Sunday. These 35 artists will be competing for more than $20,000 in prizes, including the coveted $10,000 “Best in Show” award to be announced during Friday’s Collectors Soirée.  During the week the original artwork chosen for the special Art Catalogue, created exclusively for this event, can be seen at the Forest & Ocean Gallery.  The gallery will also host the “Fresh Paint Gallery” for the artists to display some of their wet paintings, as they’re completed.





imgEAminEbrahim AminLaguna Beach, CA

San Clemente Plein Air, 2007-08, 1st Place Quick Draw (‘08)
Laguna Invitational, 2002-07, Best of Show (‘07), 2nd Place (’04 & ‘05)
Signature Member, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
Artist Bio



1011629_10151629602181448_1268972002_nSuzie Baker, Shenandoah, TX

Suzie Baker is an award-winning artist with work held in public and private collections in the US and abroad. Her representational artwork is in a loose, expressive, alla-prima style with subject matter ranging from figurative to still life to landscape. Artist Bio  Artist Intro



Baron,CindyCindy Baron, North Kingstown, RI

A painter of the grand landscapes, she is a select few who is recognized by her peers in both oils and watercolors. Her paintings hang in private collections around the world and has been featured in numerous publications.  About the Artist



BoedgesMark Boedges, Shelburne, VT

“While I paint many different kinds of subjects, the landscape is my first and greatest love.”  About the Artist




Brenda Boylan, Portland, OR

“My art is a visual display of all my senses orchestrating at once. Every time I enter into another painting my surroundings come alive from the glow of light, the rhythm of my heartbeat, the structure of design and the dance of color.”  Artist Bio  Artist Intro



Caglayan-HeadshotSaim Caglayan, Kilauea, HI

LPAPA-Founding & Signature Member/Chairman
KOPA- Kauai Outdoor Painters Association- Founding Member/President
Founding Member: ISLANDERS-Hawaii Plein Air Painters, Kaui Invitational, Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational.  Artist Bio  Artist Intro



HiuLaiPhotoHiu Lai ChongRockville, MD

“I enjoy using vivid colors and sensitive brush strokes to express mood and feeling in my paintings. I’m often inspired by the people I meet, the history and culture I experience, and the beautiful nature we’re surrounded by.” About the Artist



Clements_MichaelHeadshot2Michael Clements, Maui, HI

“Being an artist to me means learning how to see light and color in its constantly changing status.  It is high drama that gets my hear pounding from the thought that I just might be able to ‘catch’ it.”  Artist Bio  Artist Intro



14770_414338mJohn CosbySan Clemente, CA

“When a person stands in front of one of my paintings, I want that person to feel the wind and the heat I felt when I painted it.”

About the Artist



Bill DavidsonBill Davidson, Atlanta, GA

“It is my intent to seize the viewer and hold their interest by allowing their own mind to explore the mystery, yet react to a sense of having known a sense of being there.”  Artist Bio  Artist Intro



1 canada closepRick J. Delanty, San Clemente, CA

“My artworks are about the dynamic landscape. I believe that the phenomenal beauty and perfection of Creation–either on earth or in heaven–cannot be imitated. Instead, I seek to use creative design to connect the worldly with the universal.” Artist Bio  Artist Intro



Jennifer Diehl

Jennifer Diehl, Mount Angel, OR

Jennifer’s parents, being artists themselves, shared their knowledge and philosophy with her at a young age. In her early teens, they sent her to study Russian Impressionism with Henry Stinson, her mentor.  Artist Bio  Artist Intro





A_Erickson_headshot006Aimee Erickson, Portland, OR

“My interest lies in the essence of things, in the beauty of nature, and in cycles of consciousness. My paintings include all sorts of subject matter–figures, landscape, still life–with draughtsmanship and design as a foundation.”  Artist Bio Artist Intro



Evansen-Headshot picAndy Evansen, Hastings, MN

Andy’s watercolors first gained recognition after winning an international 2005 competition through American Artist magazine. His paintings have appeared on the cover of American Artist’s Watercolor and in International Artist, Watercolor Artist, Plein Air and American Art Collector.  Artist Bio Artist Intro



Handell-HeadshotAlbert Handell, Santa Fe, NM

Since 1961, Albert has had over thirty one-man shows and has received over seventy prizes and awards.

Artist Bio  Artist Intro



7182_430066lJeff Horn, Costa Mesa, CA

“I prefer to paint directly from nature and I love being outdoors where I can see, hear, feel, smell and even taste the scene around me. For me, the painting is a translation of nature and my experience of it. If I am successful, I take the viewer with me to feel the moment.” About the Artist



deb headshot 2010Debra Huse, Costa Mesa, CA

“I’ve been blessed with the talent of seeing and the passion for painting. Oil is such a luscious medium. Applying lots of paint – moving it around and carving out areas is fascinating.”  Artist Bio Artist Intro



TJK Frontal headshot_fullThomas Jefferson Kitts, Portland, OR

“I paint, therefore I am.” (with apologies to Descarte)

Artist Bio  Artist Intro




Paul paintingPaul Kratter, Moraga, CA

“It’s still a thrill every time I go outside to paint. There’s always an internal clock ticking away that keeps me moving rapidly, making decisions and hopefully keeping my painting looking fresh.”
Artist Bio  Artist Intro



1511747_10203029164356774_1506378075_nPeggi Kroll-Roberts, Angels Camp, CA

California Art Club, Laguna Plein Air Painters, Signature Member and American Impressionist Society, Master Signature Artist.
About the Artist



LaRockBWMugSquareGreg LaRock, Newport Beach, CA

Grand Prize: Easton Plein Air; LPAPA Invitational 2006, 2008-2013
Signature Member: LPAPA & American Society of Marine Artists
Artist Member: California Art Club
About the Artist



LiangHeadshotCalvin Liang, Corona, CA

Calvin Liang is a Master Member of Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society, and a Signature Member of California Art Club and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.  About the Artist



McGrew-HeadshotJames McGrew, Lake Oswego, OR

“I use my art as a vehicle to communicate to a wider audience than I can via an interpretive naturalist program. My goal is to inspire others to appreciate natural beauty to hopefully generate a sense of stewardship.”
Artist Bio  Artist Intro



_MG_5951Jim McVicker, Loleeta, CA

“At the age of 21, upon seeing nineteenth century French landscape paintings, I had an awakening to art. The beauty and sensitivity I saw in those works changed my perception of the world.”
Artist Bio Artist Intro



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Ned Mueller, Renton, WA

Ned is a very accomplished and highly respected artist, having been drawing and painting for over 60 years. He is a graduate of the prestigious Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles. He has participated in many of the major invitationals in the country.  Artist Bio  Artist Intro



obermeyerheadshotMichael Obermeyer, Laguna Beach, CA

“As an illustrator, I created art to fit others needs. Painting, however, offers the opportunity to create for myself, to allow others to see how I perceive life around me, and to totally escape from the real world for awhile. I enjoy painting outdoors, working quickly. It keeps my paintings fresh and spontaneous.” Artist Bio  Artist Intro



Pacheco HeadshotRita Pacheco, Carlsbad, CA

Best of Show, LPAPA “Best of Plein Air”, July 2013
1st Place, Carlsbad Oceanside Art League, May 2013
California Art Club 102nd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, June 2013
Artist Bio  Artist Intro



Colin PageColin Page, Camden, ME

Colin Page does the majority of his work outside, working from life to capture the light and atmosphere of his subject matter. “Through painting, I share unexpected moments of beauty that I find in the space around me. Painting is how I share the poetry of experience.” About the Artist



Jesse Powell, Carmel by the Sea, CA

A third generation artist, Jesse’s love for art stemmed at an early age, mostly from the influence of his father, artist John Powell.

About the Artist



Putnam HeadshotLori PutnamFranklin, TN

“It is much less about the actual subject itself, and more about color harmonies, rhythms, patterns, and shapes. As a modern American Impressionist, I capture the expression of a person, the feeling of a place, or the effect of light.”      Artist Bio  Artist Intro



April RaberApril Raber, Laguna Beach, CA

“My mind is always at work painting – even when I am not. I consider where light falls, the division of space, and most of all, the atmosphere. I infuse the paint with life as I feel it. “  About the Artist



Roberts-headshotRay Roberts, Angels Camp, CA

Signature Member – LPAPA, PAPA, CAC
2011- Best of Show- Laguna Plein Air Invitational
2011- Best of Show- Maynard Dixon Country Invitational
About the Artist



Jeff SewellJeff Sewell, Costa Mesa, CA

LPAPA Signature Member; CAC Artist Member
Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational – 2009-2013
Collectors Choice Award, Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational – 2011
Artist Bio  Artist Intro



Michael SituMichael Situ, Laguna Beach, CA

“Seascape Award of Excellence”- OPA National Juried Exhibition, 2014
“Award of Excellence” – Plein Air Master Invitational, 2013
“First Place” – Carmel Art Festival, 2012
Signature Member: LPAPA, OPA, CAC, AIS.  About the Artist



Situ.WJW. Jason Situ, El Monte, CA

Jason is a Signature Member of the California Art Club, the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Association, Oil Painters of America, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and an honorary member of the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society.  About the Artist





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