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. (

Arnold, Eileen: I have been taking photographs my entire life and wenBack to)t completely digital in 2002. In addition to straight photography I use Photoshop extensively to alter and combine photographs with painterly results. My subjects range from landscapes, floral and bird close-ups to colorful abstracts to whatever catches my eye. Portraits are my favorite thing to paint. I use either acrylic or oils or both. My style tends to saturated colors or even to unnatural colors used according to tone quality.  I paint as small as 4 x 6" up to 36 x 42".  I’m happy to take commissions. (Back To)

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       (
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Bogardus, Jean,  I started creating collages after retiring from the Liverpool school district and moving to Florida. I immediately became active in two art guilds. Entering my first juried art show in Tampa, Florida, I won first place in my category-collage, I was hooked. Other art forms that I love are pastels, water colors and photography. These mediums are often used in my creations. Being able to create beauty everyday just doesn't get any better. Life is good.  (Back to)

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)

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.
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Dahlin Deb, I have recently retired from teaching Elementary Art after 28 years. I am focusing my attention on a series of works on certain subjects. I am relearning as much as I can about the subject through extended photography and observation and then drawing. I have been doing some preliminary work in acrylic and water media and using water media  as the underpainting for the pastel. I have been influenced by some incredible artists and think Degas and Monet would like my current works. They are smaller in size to create a more intimate view of the subject that is common and everyday, such as a single flower or piece of fruit. By using pure color I hope to elevate the everyday object to a higher level and connect with my viewer as they share the moment when the ordinary becomes the extraordinary. I can be contacted by email at        (Back To)


Dilday, Tre`I began my love affair with creating art in high school. I started out by sketching and drawing in pencil and later taught myself to hand carve, paint and wood burn walking sticks. I ventured into working with acrylics and later watercolors. Recently I discovered scratchboard and I have learned an appreciation for the variety of mediums as they offer different qualities I like exploring. I am still enjoying this love affair with making my artwork, I love it, I hate, I know it’s a part of me so I love it again. Please visit me at (Back To)

Dlugolecki, Deborah Florentino, Discovering my artistic passion has put me on a wonderful new path in life, and it all began at the urging of a very close friend who had recently started working in pastels.  I immediately took to the unique textures and vibrant colors.  I have my camera with me at all times, always on the look-out for my next painting inspiration.  I love the challenge of capturing a moment in time or an interesting subject matter, like an abandoned barn or a secret pathway, and telling a story – but always leaving a little mystery to inspire the viewer’s imagination.  Expressing myself in such a unique and personal way is very fulfilling. Awards & Exhibits: National Northeast Pastel Exhibition – 2012 Everson Museum OMOT Exhibit - 2011 & 2012  & NYS Fair Honorable Mention   2011  (Back to)




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