Meet the 2016 Easels in Frederick Artists

We're delighted to present the multitalented group of 29 plein air painters who will compete in the 2016 Easels in Frederick event. Jason Sacran, as the 2015 Easels in Frederick Grand Prize winner, is automatically invited to return. We are grateful to acceptance juror Jim McVicker for evaluating artwork submitted by painters from 26 States, Washington, DC, and Canada. Jim also selected 7 alternate artists who can replace an accepted artist unable to participate.

Follow the links below, meet the juried 2016 artists and alternates, and see examples of their individual work in oil, watercolor, and pastel. Awards judge Dee Beard Dean will award 6 of 9 cash prizes—including the $5,000 Grand Prize Award—at Friday evening's Collectors Preview, June 17. Who is your favorite to win?

Paul Bachem, Locust Valley, NY
Brienne Brown, Julian, PA
John Caggiano, Rockport, MA
Jackie Clark, New York, NY
Katie Dobson Cundiff, Bradenton, FL
David Finnell, Maurertown, VA
Ellen Gavin, Millevill, NJ
Neal Hughes, Moorestown, NJ
Charlie Hunter, Bellows Falls, VT
Kathleen Kotarba, Baltimore, MD
Allen Kriegshauser, Kirkwood, MO
Anne Kullaf, Oldwick, NJ
Kirk Larsen, Hicksville, NY
John Lasater IV, Siloam Springs, AR
Courtney Lee, Jefferson, MD

Patrick Lee, Pittsburgh, PA
Beth Marchant, Richmond, VA
Kirk McBride, Berlin, MD
Dan Mondloch, St Cloud, MN
KT Morse, Ipswich, MA
Charles Newman, Haddon Township, NJ
Deborah Richardson, New Market, MD
Jason Sacran, Magazine, AR
Patrick Saunders, St. Louis, MO
John Slivjak, Philadelphia, PA
Chad Smith, Durham, NC
Richard Sneary, Kansas City, MO
Paul Tooley, Braddock Heights, MD
David Williams, The Plains, VA
Vladislav Yeliseyev, Sarasota, FL

The 7 alternates are listed in order:

  1. Raymond Ewing, Swan Point, MD
  2. Russell Jewell, Easley, SC
  3. Beth Bathe, Lancaster, PA
  4. Paul George, Ipswich, MA
  5. Tim Kelly, Baltimore, MD
  6. Michael Kotarba, Baltimore, MD

2016 Easels in Frederick Prospectus

Meet the Judges

Acceptance Juror, Jim McVicker. A native Californian, Jim discovered 19th Century French landscape paintings at age 21—and he was hooked. He studied art history, painted copies of French impressionist landscapes, and took life drawing and painting classes at Chaffey Community College. Jim has been a full-time artist since 1975, working from life, from direct observation of nature, looking at and studying great art from the past, and learning from more accomplished artists. Jim paints most of his landscapes, small and large, on location. He may complete a small work in one sitting, but he also loves to take these small and large works back to the location for many sittings—sometimes over weeks, sometimes not until the following season. Jim continues to paint daily, following his passion for painting from life to capture the light, atmosphere, space, and the mysterious beauty all around us. Jim's work hangs in numerous public and private collections and he has earned numerous awards for his plein air work. Awards Judge, Dee Beard Dean is a nationally recognized artist who has been painting since her childhood in northern Indiana. She began her formal studies at Kendall College of Art and Design and the New York Academy of Art. Earlier, Dee was a well-known fashion designer and manufactured her own clothing line and sold in stores nationwide. Dee later escaped the hectic fashion-world lifestyle and returned to her first love, painting. Her greatest inspirations come from painting en plein air where her elevated senses guide her in creating painterly landscapes filled with evocative light and dramatic shadows. Her highly collectible work hangs in corporate and private collections throughout the United States. Dee is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, an Honorary Signature Member of International Plein Air Painters (IPAP), a member of Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists. She is the founder of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE).