Artist Bios
Ames, Tim,  I am a landscape painter.  I was inspired me to give painting a try after watching numerous artists on my local PBS station.  I soon discovered that while painting, I became so immersed in the process that all else was erased from my mind.  Before long, my new hobby became my avocation.  Although I have had no formal training, to say that I am "self-taught" is a bit of a stretch, since I have benefitted from the instructions of many great artists through an accumulation of a library of art books and taped lessons. I began with oils, but found the slow drying time was not to my liking.  I was drawn to fast drying acrylics which seemed better suited to my style which is a combination of impressionism and realism. Since my retirement, I have devoted most of my free time to my painting avocation and the establishment of an artist cooperative in my hometown of Oswego, New York.   Lakeside Artisans Coop opened for business in March of 2011 to provide a much needed venue for local artists and artisans to display and sell their work.  (Back To)
Arnold, Eileen  After retiring from the US Navy in 2004 I turned my attention to more creative pursuits. I attended SUNY New Paltz full time for four years graduating in 2008 with a BA in Anthropology and a BS in Visual Arts. Returning to my home town I divided my time between gardening and art. In 2013 I successfully challenged myself to complete an artwork a day for the entire year. I specialize in unique, colorful portraits but I am always open to new subjects.  (Back To)
Arnold, Peggy Lynn
,  I live Baldwinsville now but I did enjoy living in Georgia and Indiana for a while. I’m a self-taught photographer, and have always loved photography. I haven’t put my camera down since 1996 when I took my first picture. I love taking pictures of anything outdoors or nature related.
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Bacich, Dan
  My art career dates from my homecoming in 1997 to care for an elderly parent and younger sibling who are both in wheelchairs. I am know principally for my acrylic paintings of autumn leaves and my assemblages of found objects. In 2008 my work was shown at the Cooperstown Nation, the Everson Biennial and the Schweinfurth Made in New York exhibits. For more information please visit my website:    (Back To)
Blount-Gowan, Marnie My art is currently focused on painting and photography, while I continue a career in advertising, print and video design, video production and writing. I work primarily in watercolor, ink and watercolor and photography while exploring other forms of visual espression. Visit my website at       ((Back to)
Brink, Allie For my 10th Christmas I  received an oil paint set (I  still use that box!). Work, school  and family pushed the  pleasure of painting to the back of the closet. I dabbled in a few classes over the years and painted in spurts; mainly self-taught. Now retired, much of my time and energy is devoted to my art.   Winning a couple of awards has boosted my self-confidence  and excitement.  I paint mostly in acrylics, some oil and watercolor; favoring nature inspired landscapes
Butkins, Laurel,  I’ve been told before that I can find beauty in absolutely anything and I completely agree with that… From the intricate detail of a snowflake or the delicateness of a flower about to bloom, to the intensity of a skyscraper or the power of a battleship, there truly is beauty in everything, everywhere, all around us… And I try to capture that in each of my photographs…  I am inspired by nature and intrigued by technology and with my camera I try to find the perfect balance of both…  A large majority of my artwork is associated with nature inspired images such as flowers, birds, landscapes, sunsets and moons, though I also do event and portrait work not only of people, but also of pets, classic cars, motorcycles and boats… I am very fortunate to travel to Alaska and work with Ice Alaska in creating photo books, calendars, dvds, notecards, postcards, flyers, banners and framed artwork of their yearly World Ice Art Championships located in Fairbanks Alaska and featuring Ice Sculptors from all over the world. Please enjoy my website at: and I am always available for hire at Any day I have my camera in my hand is always a good day… (Back to)
Campbell, Jan,  I can find such beauty in color and have tried through my work to incorporate what I learned after attending Onondaga Community College to bring out my understanding of how color can convey so many elements of a painting from mood, temperature, movement and perspective.  It is an always an oongoing process and learning experience for me and that is why I attend as many seminars and workshops as possible to further help me through this wonderful art expience. (Back To)

Clift, Sandy (Elizabeth)  I am a retired elementary school teacher. After retirement I returned to SUNY at Oswego to study art.   My work has been exhibited locally and nationally since 2003. Presently my work is exhibited at Design Accents in Fulton, NY and True North Gallery in Hamilton, Massachusetts.  My work can also be found online at -  (Back To)

Clift, Phil  I am a retired high school teacher and amateur photographer. Since I retired my works have been in shows sponsored by the Fulton Art Assn., the Art Assn. of Oswego and the 2004 Central NY Art Guild. My photography has won awards in these shows, I also volunteer for the Friends of History in Fulton, NY. (Back To)

Connolly, Cheryl, My heart and soul has always been art but life got in the way of any formal education in that particular field.  In spite of the road blocks, I found ways to be creative and express myself through sewing, quilting, tole painting, knitting, crocheting, creating garden art, cards and other crafts for my friends and family. About 4 years ago, I finally took my very first water color class while wintering in Florida and fell in love with the medium.  Previously when asked if I was an artist, I would say “I dabble”.  But through the encouragement of my art buddies, joining various art guilds and showing and selling my work, I can finally say, “Yes, I am a true artist.” Most recently I was blessed to go with a group of artists and paint in southern France for 10 days.  We did “plein air journaling” throughout the region, another step on my artistic journey. My friend then turned to me and said, well you need only one name.  He noticed I had a sweatshirt on from a local art show and asked me what it said on the back.  I told him the show was called “Images”…you may see some of my work signed as Imâge’ (im â j).... feel free to ask me why. (Back To)

Dahlin Deb,
After teaching art for 22 years I have retired and begun painting almost everyday. This has been a year of learning how to paint the colors of the desert with acrylics and pastel. I have also begun a series of large flowers that show the influence of Georgia O’Keeffe and my love of gardens. I have begun a sculpture series of large cactus. When I discovered pastel, it opened my eyes to the potential of creating composition with color. I enjoy combining colors and putting them next to each other to create a vibrant communication.  Many of the new papers allow for an under-painting technique that I like to use because I began making art as a painter. Under-painting also allows me to see if the values are working before I begin applying pastel. I enjoy making art as much as I loved teaching it and sometimes feel as though I am just beginning to really learn to express myself artistically. The ability to communicate visually is a gift from God. I am thankful I have been able to do this all my life.  Katherine Graham wrote, ‘to love what you do and feel that it matters, how could anything be more fun?’ This describes my lifelong relationship to art.” I am a member of CNY Art Guild, Onondaga Art Guild. Lakeview Art Club, Adirondack Pastel Society, Syracuse Pastel Artists, and International Pastel Artists. I recently participated in the Everson Museum’s 60/60 Show, The Story Show at the Tech Garden and the New York State Fair. I can be reached at:   (Back To)

Doolittle, Jerry,   Near retirement I decided to begin doing something I had always wanted to do but could never seem to find the time.  I wanted to learn to draw and paint.  I started taking classes through a weekly workshop program offered by the town of Dewitt for senior citizens.  There, I have learned through some excellent volunteer instructors as well as through the critique of others in the program.  I work in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, scratch-board and sometimes acrylics.  I am always challenging myself to try new ideas, mediums, and techniques (and sometimes they work out).  (Back To)

Dlugolecki, Deborah Florentino, Is a native of Utica and now lives in Syracuse with her family. She is a pastel artist whose artistic
process began as an adult when she started taking private art lessons with well-know artist. Almost exclusively she works from photographs she has taken in her everyday activities or during her travels across the country. She finds inspiration from the dramatic beauty of light and dark shadows in the landscapes. Currently she is represented by Skaneateles Artisans Art Gallery in Skaneateles, NY. Most notably she has been juried twice into the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition 2012 & 2014 with Outstanding Small Format Award in 2014. Also juried four times into the Everson "On My Own Time Exhibition" 2011- 2014, CNY National League of American Pen Women honorable mention in 2014. CNY Art Guild, 2nd place, 5th place and People's Choice 2013-2014, and Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts Solo Show Recipient Award, 2014(Back to)





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