Carmen Drake Gordon
Painter Carmen Drake (1964) was born in Lincoln, Maine and grew up in Meriden, Connecticut.
Since childhood, she has had a passion for drawing and painting, winning numerous awards as a young artist. In 1984 she attended the Paire College of Arts until she moved to North Carolina in 1986. With a child on the way, she put her focus on family and filled any extra moments with creating decorative pieces and custom work for a boutique shop, Rosemary Etc. of Pinehurst, NC. In 2003 she decided to combine her love of art and antiques and opened C.R. Drake Mercantile, a shop specializing in primitive antiques and reproduction furniture, where she sold her painted pieces. In 2008 she received the Special Operations Fund Scholarship making it possible for her to attend the Academy of Classical Design and study with D. Jeffrey Mims. After attending the school for nine months she became a student teacher, continuing her education at the atelier for nearly three years before studying under the direction of Paul S. Brown. During the summer of 2012, Carmen studied at the Grand Central Academy in New York City.
Carmen resides on a small farm in Carthage, North Carolina finding inspiration for her paintings by surrounding herself with antiques, her flower gardens, farm animals and nature. She operates Oak Hollow Studios out of the renovated 1901 original homestead to the property. Not only does the studio serve her for creating her paintings, she also offers lessons and hosts nationally known artists such as Robert Liberace, Colleen Barry, Katie Whipple, Michael Klein and Amaya Gurpide for workshops.
Carmen has exhibited her work at Ann Long Fine Art in Charleston, SC, East Oaks Studios in Raleigh, NC, Campbell House Gallery in Southern Pines, NC, Arcadia Contemporary Gallery in Pasadena, CA and Collins Galleries in Orleans, MA.
Katharine Krieg (b.1970) is a contemporary artist working primarily in the medium of oil but also accomplished in watercolor and charcoal. Inspired by her surroundings, she feels her paintings are her answers to what she observes. A quiet sense of Introspection and the passing of Time are themes that recur in her works of still life and landscape.
Katharine maintains a studio in Montgomery County, PA and holds an annual open studio in Maine each summer. She is honored to have been accepted into national as well as regional open juried shows and invitational shows. Her work can be found in collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Guilda has been painting murals for over 30 years, commercial residential and industrial, painting ceilings creating Trompe l'oeils, designing nurseries, faux finishing, textures and duplications of stones and marble. Exhibiting personal paintings in wide range of medium. Guilda studied at Academie Des Beaux Arts and has been the Production Artist for the past 21 years at Muralesque . She lives in the Metropolitan Area of Los Angeles in California.
Bill McLane is a native New Englander, born in Fall River, MA, and he began painting at age 16. Searching for apprenticeship in the style of the Old Masters he found little discipline at American Art Schools in the 1980s, and traveled to Munich, Germany, where he studied the techniques, palettes, and styles of the Old Masters in private ateliers.
McLane is a plein air artist in every sense of the word, drawing and painting exclusively out-of-doors to best capture a scene’s elusive light qualities. His work has been exhibited in Newport, Rhode Island, Block Island, and Martha’s Vineyard, his home for the last 15 years. His work has been shown and collected in Germany, France, Australia, and throughout the United States.
“My painting is simple,” he says. “It has to do with working the land and the sea and the overwhelming beauty that I see when I’m out painting every day. While painting outdoors on the Vineyard, Nantucket, and the Cape, throughout the year and at varying times of the day, I encounter what most people may not have the opportunity to experience, and work to capture its essence on canvas before it is lost.”
Anderson lives in Araraquara, a city in the state of São Paulo in Brazil.
For the discerning art collector, Ian Mastin creates still life paintings that are so realistic,
you’ll feel you can almost pick them up.
Perhaps most remarkable, however, is the fact that Ian’s entirely self-taught artist, only stumbling across this hidden talent at the ripe old age of 40, when he took the notion to pick up a paintbrush.
Over the past 30 years, Ian's artwork has built an enthusiastic following across the UK, Europe, the US
and Australia. It is regularly featured in international Art Fairs, including London, New York, Amsterdam,
Hong Kong and Singapore.
His paintings can be found in many private collections all around the world.
Olga Müller, née Pimenova, was born in the Soviet Union (now Russia) in the town of Sarapul, part of Udmurt ASSR (now Udmurtia). Between 1985 and 1989 she attended Penza K. A. Savitsky famous College of Art, where she acquired an academic education in the art of painting, and in particular she studied working in the manner of realism. After finishing the College in Penza, Olga taught painting in Izhevsk School of Arts in Udmurtia. She worked with Udmurtia Book Publishing, illustrating books of Udmurt poetry and prose. Moving later to Moscow, she would privately teach painting there, and she had her paintings exhibited at various locations in Moscow. Participating in an international painting contest by the name of Artex Awards (held by the Russian Union of Professional Artists together with Arden Gallery), she won four gold medals for her works that she submitted to the contest. In 2014 Olga moved to Germany to the federal state of Hesse, after which she continued her international activity participating in various "Art Projects" principally in Russia, but also in other countries. Since 2015 she has taken part in different art exhibitions and symposia variously held in the countries of Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, Russia, Romania as well as Jordan. In 2017 she was awarded the title of Honored Artist of Russia from the Russian Trade Union of Artists. Every year Olga participates in various collective and individual art exhibitions held in the German cities of Cologne and Munich, being a member of the Internationale Kunstagentur Zarifa Art. Olga's grandfather was an Udmurt shaman, and from her earliest age she has felt herself to be part of the Finno-Ugric world. She considers the wilderness of Udmurtia to be sentient, where every blade of grass has a story to tell. When she would wander in the woods, she would converse with the trees and the flowers as if with sentient beings. She would later author a series of paintings entitled "Floral Women", dedicated to the forms of flowers that take after the forms of beautiful women. Yet many other different themes are familiar to her; those include landscape painting, abstraction and paintings that depict the way of living of people of other nations.
David Bull lives in Sydney, Australia and divides his time between working in construction and oil painting. He’s particularly Interested in landscapes, still life and painting his dog, Penny. His main quest is to explore how colour changes when in shadow.
Joel Mitnick is a graduate of the High School of Music & Art in NYC, and graduated Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY with a BFA in Advertising Design and Visual Communications. Joel was an Adjunct Professor at Pratt and taught Graphic Design and Visual Communications for several years. While teaching he founded Joel Mitnick Design, Inc., a full-service graphic design firm located in Englewood, New Jersey. Joel has been honored with multiple design awards from the Art Directors Club as well as the AIGA, for his logo branding and creative work on Broadway shows and feature films.
Over the past ten years, in conjunction with running his successful business, he’s been actively pursuing his passion for oil painting, mostly Portraits and Still Life. Joel has pursued his passion for painting at the Art Students League in New York, where he has been the recipient of several “Red Dot” awards for excellence in Portraiture. He is also an active member of the Ridgewood Art Institute, New Jersey, where he received in a juried exhibition, The Hudson Valley Art Association Award for his still life painting. Joel’s Portrait and Still Life paintings have been selected multiple times as part of the FAV 15% (jury’s favorite 15% of the entries) in the Bold Brush Painting competitions. Additionally, Joel was honored to receive the Award of Excellence, Bronze Awards, Silver, and Finalist Award for his Portrait, Still Life and Landscape paintings from Camelback Gallery’s Juried Painting and Photography Competitions 2020 - 2021
Presently, Joel is teaching Portraiture and Figure Oil Painting at the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood NJ, and Still Life, Portraiture and Landscape oil painting at The Art Center of Northern New Jersey.