Artist Bios
Nelson, Terri  I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. I have taught art at the junior high school and high level as well as adult education. I have studied with the following award winning artist, Susan Spencer, Carrie Dru Tornatore and Delores Herringshaw. I enjoy working in the following mediums, pastel, colored pencil, watercolor as well as black & white and color photography.  (Back To)
OBrien, Anna I have always enjoyed drawing since I was a child.  When I was an adult I took classes here and there to practice watercolor painting.   However, there came a point when the medium was not as satisfying.  I tried to make the colors bolder.  The artist who was teaching my class suggested I try acrylic paints.  It was a very good choice.  I have continued to paint in acrylics.  I joined the Art guild to have access to classes and art shows.  I began lessons after joining the Art Guild.    Delores Herringshaw taught me technique and my skill continued to grow over the years.  Delores introduced me to pastels where more of my drawing skills were enhanced, along with my penchant for rich colors.  Another medium I have learned from Delores is scratch board. I rarely paint from anything but my own photos.  My subjects range is from flowers from my backyard garden to nature landscapes, barns and houses in the local area.  I often stop around the area if something catches my eye.   My art work provides me with total absorption while working to produce art that I find enjoyable and hope that others will enjoy also.  Thank you for this opportunity to share my pictures with other members of the Art Guild. (Back To)

Onderdonk, Elizabeth, I am a self taught artist, my preferred medium is acrylics and I specialize in small landscape paintings. While living on East Hampton, New York, I was a member of the Artists Alliance of East Hampton, the East End Arts Council and the Crazy Monkey Art Gallery where I have exhibited and sold in various juried shows. Other exhibits have been at the Guild Hall, Asawagh Hall, Sylvester's, Gone Local, the Golden Eagle, all in East Hampton. Since moving to Baldwinsville I have joined the Central New York Art Guild where I have won several ribbons in their Radisson juried art shows. I have also exhibited at St. Johns Fine Arts and the Liverpool library. (Back to)
Parrish, Cynthia,  I like to paint the beauty of creation. My watercolors are reflection of my interpretation of the world around me. I started painting about twenty five years ago after watching my little niece mixing colors and seeing her enjoying it so much. I particularly love to draw and paint the ocean, landscapes and dramatic skies. I studied three years with Nicora Gangi who helped me develop a deeper color sense. I also enjoy creating origami pieces and teaching art to others.
Paura-Chellis, Dian  I enjoy working in a realistic style which shows the beauty around us, whatever I create it's because it has struck a chord in me, from the beauty of a sunset to the intensity of a storm. My interest in pastels and the new water soluble oils comes from the vibrant colors and the flexibility of the mediums. Through various exhibits my work has won numerous awards, has been accepted in the Fine Arts and the Wildlife Division of the NY State Fair and one of my Equine portraits was chosen for the cover of the Arabian Vision magazine. Besides being a member and Treasurer of the CNY Art Guild I am also a member of the Canine Art Guild. I can be contacted at To see more of my works visit, or visit or  (Back To)

Peiffer, Jennifer,  has always loved and made art. Inspired by her love of nature, she explores stylized representation and abstract approaches. She paints in acrylics and watercolors, and has recently ventured into oil paint. Acrylics are her favorite and she loves experimenting with the rich textures that can be created with the various mediums. She has studied art at the University of Buffalo, LeMoyne College and the Munson William Proctor School of Art through MVCC. She has also studied with Patti Mollica, the highly celebrated spokesperson for Golden Paints. Locally, she studied with Frank Sweeney, George Welch and Susan Spencer. Through the years her work has been shown in juried and open exhibitions. Contact:                    or (315) 415-7338.
Picciott, Joanne
  I started painting 10 years ago after trading my dental hygiene tools for paints and brushes. I was hooked after only one oil painting lesson while I was in Florida. I mainly paint florals and tropical birds with my oils. My passion with pastels took off with one lesson as well, Delores Herringshaw has been my valued teacher for five years now. My accomplishments have been beyond my wildest dreams. I've done 14 portraits including 11 of my grandchildren. I've also done many Tuscan, Venetian and Irish scenes along with many family pets. One of my biggest thrills is creating my own personnel Christmas Cards every year. Delores has been my source of perseverance and inspiration for which I am truly grateful.  (Back To)

Pople, Joy
- Years ago I studied photography and had photographs accepted into an On My Own Time show at the Everson. Recently I have begun painting with water colors and alcohol ink. I am intrigued by translucence in nature and the challenges of conveying that in various media.

Quilter, J David,  Veteran & Artist, is a self-taught artist who has worked in oils and now is focused on acrylic and watercolors and improving my skills.  At different times I have taken advantage of classes at The Art Students League of NYC, Onondaga Community vet College and with various artists.  I am also a member of the Central New York Art Guild.  I am a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran who recognizes the therapeutic value in painting.  I volunteer at The Art House at Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango, NY as a means of giving back to those who have also served.   I can be reached at or on my cell at (315) 720-7036    

Rose, Constance I have always been a dreamer. Although I spent my whole very responsible  adult life in business management, that is only a very small piece of who I really am. It is important to me to give back to society so when I retired in 2010, I began volunteering at St. Joseph’s ER.  My job title is “Angel”.  I provide comfort and companionship wherever the need is and am so grateful.  I absolutely love all kinds of painting. I have taken classes in acrylic, pastel, alcohol ink, batik and my current passion watercolor. I have been fortunate enough to attend workshops held by several gifted presenters from around the country.  Last year I flew to Italy to join a workshop held in a Tuscan villa, where we traveled each day to paint plein air in scenic vistas and villages, to return to work in studio. Magical I always paint from my heart. I believe we all have a story to tell and each piece I create  has a meaning and a purpose. Life has come full circle, and for me the daydream becomes reality daily. I can be reached at or 315-452-1362

Rusaw, Margaret  I grew up on a dairy farm in Phoenix, NY and now live in the town of Volney. I took art classes in high school and have continued to improve my art work over the years. I enjoy painting animals, landscapes, barns, butterflies, flowers, birds and especially cows.Acrylics, prismacolor pencils and mixed media are my mediums of choice, I like to work in a realistic style and many have commented that my paintings look very much like photographs.  I am the treasurer of the Fulton Art Association and have received awards from the FAA and the Oswego County Fair. (Back To)
Ryan, Marie  I became interested in photography at a young age, I started with point and shoot cameras and eventually went to SLR camera with  different lenses and still shoots with film. I have attended several photography conferences in the US and Canada. I like all types of photography and have won several awards in the Syracuse Camera Club, CNY Art Guild, PSA and the NYS Fair winning various awards. I have shot several weddings and had seven pictures published in a book for the Landmark Theater in Syracuse. I am also a member of the Beaver Lake Nature Photographer's Group.
Schillawski, Norm  Is an award winning fine art photographer, he lives near Syracuse, New York with his wife Laurie. My fine art photography features the Finger Lakes and the Adirondacks of New York.  When I am not photographing, I am often found teaching others how to better use their camera. Asked what makes fine art photography, I would answer, "It's being able to see the beauty or the emotion of a scene and transform it into the wonderful visual language of photography. Photography is the communication from the photographer to the viewer. It’s making a moment, a way to speak forever."I began photographing with film at high school events and weddings. Film was filled with limits.You only had so many shots. I became extremely disciplined; making the best possible choices while photographing.  Today, many photographers shoot with disregard to good technique focusing on quantity instead of quality in their work. I believes the lessons I've learned using film carried over to his digital approach to photography. "It is extremely important to capture the image with the right stuff. Digital capture and processing has more creative tools however, it does not fix a poor image capture.  The best captures with the right post processing truly make a moment speak forever."  See more of my work at my website:     (Back To) 

Seib, Donald  I am pretty much a self taught artist. I had a brief time in art school but, due to circumstances I went out on my own. I started out painting backdrops for plays and selling paintings in Central Park. When I moved back to Syracuse, I hung up my brushes for quite awhile. After a couple decades of just casual sketching here and there I have been reborn! With the passing of my wife in 2007, my passion has come back full force! I love painting in all mediums but lately, I have fallen in love with watercolors. Now, everyday I am painting or sketching.  I plan on retiring soon and will be painting full time. When the good Lord decides to take me, my main goal is to leave a piece of me behind. (Back To)

Shuba Gale,  I am retired and love to draw.  I have done photogrphy, oils, and pastels.  My new found love is colored pencils.  I have decided, because I am so happy with them, that I will stick with this medium and keep working on improvement.  Fortunately I get to practice alot and have already seen improvement.  Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed producing them (Back To)

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