Bev Doolittle

The work of an ad illustrator proved unfulfilling to Bev. She thrived on being able to conceptualize an idea, and see it through to completion. Her job did not allow for this, and she felt that the work was not her own. At the beginning of Grand Canyon1973, Jay and Bev left the agency. They decided to take to the road as traveling artists, and set out in an old pick-up truck with camper, head off to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Sequoia National Park. Perched atop the camper, she painted the Grand Canyon, and other sights, in a style very different from the way she paints today. Bev would paint two to three pieces a day, often selling them on the spot to people they met during their travels. She would never try to duplicate the paintings she sold, but instead she would take the idea behi...( Read More)


Bob Byerley

Bob Byerley (1941- ), spent his entire childhood in Kansas City, Missouri. He was an only child. His mother was a piano teacher and began teaching Bob to play at the age of five: When he was six years old he performed his first one man concert. Throughout his childhood, he continued his musical education. He also showed a strong interest in drawing. His musical endeavors were enthusiastically encouraged, his drawing interests, not. After high school, Bob decided to enter college, not as a music major, but as a pre-med student. He attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and in his junior year he was required to take three credit hours of fine arts for his pre med degree. He signed up for a three hour Introduction to Art class and when he walked into the art building, saw ...( Read More)


June Carey

Born in Takoma, Maryland, June enjoyed many hours with her family visiting The Smithsonian and The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. In 1984 she began painting full-time. As a self-taught artist she says "I just learned everything the hard way." June has recieved numerous awards for her California landscapes and coastal scenes, including the Arts for the Parks Region II Award in 1997 and 1998. Like many Californians, June started out on the East Coast. As a teenager, she came to California. In the 1980s Carey found herself painting desert scenes and became known for this, and participating in a lot of Western art shows and competitions. Then she met her husband David Thimgan, a historical Marine artist. The two began to enjoy frequent trips to the beautiful northern California ...( Read More)


Braldt Bralds

Braldt Bralds was born in the Netherlands, where he attended the Grafische School in Rotterdam. For a time, an art career was the last thing on his mind. In fact, his only art education consisted of a mechanical drawing class and on-the-job experience as a typesetter in a printing shop. Even so, he eventually fell in love with art and worked very hard to develop his own style. Soon Bralds was a popular and successful advertising artist in his home country. He spent two months in the summer of 1978 in New York, where his first job was painting a cover for Time magazine. That work gave him a "feeling of good fortune," so he came to the United States to live. Once he was established in his new home, his fanciful yet realistic style attracted many fans and clients. Since that time, Bral...( Read More)


Carl Brenders

Carl Brenders was born near Antwerp, Belgium, and has drawn since childhood. Brenders' paintings encompass every intricacy of nature, for he devotes equal attention to the detail of each wildlife subject, its habitat, and the mood created by light. Brenders first creates his art images from pencil sketches. Then, using a mixed-media combination of watercolor and gouache painting (a technique he developed during the last 25 years), Carl finishes up his images. His paintings are never complete however, until the feathers, hair, leaves, or pine thorns "get into his skin." Carl Brenders has studied at the Fine Art Academy in Antwerp and later at Berchem. His artwork is regularly exhibited in the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's prestigious "Birds in A...( Read More)


Charles Pabst

Arizona artist, Charles H. Pabst came to Arizona from northern California, where he was born and raised in Santa Clara Valley, California. He graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Fine Arts and then decided to remain in Arizona working as a commercial artist for seven years. In 1978 Charles began painting full time as a fine artist. Primarily a landscape artist, Pabst depicts the beauty of the American West. For subject matter Charles travels throughout the Southwest with his family to explore, photograph and paint the diverse panorama of the west. ...( Read More)


Collin Bogle

In the ten years since he burst onto the art scene, award-winning artist Collin Bogle has created a national following for his strikingly realistic wildlife and floral images. The son of a famous American artist, Collin learned the concepts of technique, composition and design from his father, later refining his skills and setting out on his own artistic path. His remarkable ability to capture detail and to master the use of light in natural settings became hallmarks of his work. "Light plays a major role in my work," states the artist. "An abundance of light and shadows creates a playground for me, and allows a painting to take on a life of its own. The artist's paintings are not limited to any one subject or medium and demonstrate great flexibility and technical versatility. ...( Read More)


Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith, one of America's foremost nature artists, enjoys wide acclaim for his spectacular depictions of landscapes and wildlife. Smith lives in the mountains of Montana where artistic inspiration surrounds him. He has been painting full time for over twenty years and has had more than 100 of his paintings reproduced as limited edition prints. He began his career designing conservation stamps. He has designed more than thirty stamps including the 1988-89 Federal Duck Stamp and was selected as Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year for the second time in 2002. In 2003 he received three prestigious awards from the Society of Animal Artists. These included an Award of Excellence, The Leonard J. Meiselman Award for a Realistic Painting Executed in an Academic Manner, and The...( Read More)


Greg Olsen

The art of Greg Olsen illuminates the soul and spirit of its subjects and uplifts the hearts and minds of its viewers. Olsen's diverse interests are deftly demonstrated in oil paintings that range from the realistic and historical to the whimsical. His luminous, delicate portraits capture not only his subject's likeness, but their spirit as well. Landscapes of scenes from America and the world over reflect the perfect beauty of the minds eye. Born in 1958, Olsen was raised in a farming community in rural Idaho. His parents, artists themselves, recognized and encouraged his early love of drawing. Later, the devoted tutelage of a high school teacher cemented his affinity and enhanced his technical ability. After studying illustration at Utah State University, he was hired as an in-h...( Read More)


Howard Terpning

Howard Terpning was born November 5, 1927, in Oak Park, Illinois, birthplace also of Ernest Hemingway. His father worked for the Northwestern Railroad. His mother was an interior decorator. As a boy he was torn between two ambitions: to be an artist or to be a pilot. His brother Jack lived out the latter ambition, becoming a B-24 bomber pilot in World War II. Unfortunately, he was lost in New Guinea. In 1945, at age seventeen, Terpning joined the Marine Corps and served as an infantryman in China. Afterward, he found educational institutions heavily enrolled with returned war veterans. He was told he would have to wait in line to enter the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. His father's friend and neighbor, illustrator Harold Mundstock, interceded with the academy. Later Terpning attended the...( Read More)


James Christensen

ames C. Christensen is one of the few people lucky enough to create worlds of their own and make you wish you could live in them. Inspired by the worlds myths, fables, fantasies, and tales of imagination, Christensen fills his prints with wonderful people, places, and things as real as your adult dreams and as beloved as your fondest childhood memories. He's created a Shakesphearean Island, an entire undersea world, and a village of Mother Goose characters. But when he isn't giving life to other's worlds, he paints a place of his own. The result is a unique kinetic kingdom where recognizable human emotions are often manifested as fish or fowl, utilizing the viewer's own imagination as no other artist does. Christensen was born in l942 and raised in Culver City, California, just after t...( Read More)


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John Weiss

"I enjoy painting things people can relate to," John Weiss says, "perhaps because I can relate to them myself. They're familiar things, part of an everyday life we can understand and enjoy." Weiss developed this appreciation during his childhood in Akron, Ohio. His father was a draftsman to whom John credits his disciplined approach to art. He drew throughout his childhood and developed his skill in high school art classes. On a trip to Maine, he saw an exhibit of Andrew Wyeth's work, which inspired him to pursue art while attending Kent State University. Weiss left college after two years to go into the landscape business, but he returned to full-time painting within four years. "My work is essentially self- taught," he maintains. "I study the work of artists I admire and learn from...( Read More)


Judy Larson

Judy Larson always knew she was going to be an artist. She was surrounded by them as a child, and was particularly inspired by her father, a professional illustrator. Judy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Art from Pacific Union College in Northern California, then spent the next 17 years as a commercial artist, illustrator and art director. In 1988, influenced by her love of nature and animals, Judy devoted her time to wildlife art. Her primary focus in each of her paintings is the animal, with the horse as a recurring subject. Her unique approach to her work is through the use of scratch board--a technique that can render magnificent detail but one requiring infinite patience. Scratch board, an old, but little used medium, consists of a smooth, thin surface ...( Read More)


Lee Bogle

In the life and career of Lee Bogle, an ilness that required a long recuperative period afforded him the opportunity to become well acquainted with his easel and to discover that time is a gift to be treasured. Bogle found teaching art in junior and senior high schools a rewarding career for 20 years. "I enjoyed the drawing and painting classes, and I used those years to experiment in the classroom, so that I could pass the things I learned on to my students," he says. "At the same time, I was developing my own painting career, and in essence, working two full time jobs." When illness struck, he was forced to take a leave of absence from the classroom for a year. "During that sabbatical, I could focus my full attention on being an artist rather than being a teacher by day and a paint...( Read More)


Mathew Hillier

Matthew Hillier's extraordinary wildlife paintings offer the viewer a unique vantage point. His paintings express more than the physical characteristics of a species; they reveal something of its personality. Now living in the U.S., Hillier was born in Buckinghamshire, England, in 1958 and grew up near Windsor Castle. Drawing and painting animals is something he has loved to do since he was a child. Hillier's father was a museum designer who taught his son the rudiments of painting with watercolor, a medium Hillier used during his years as an illustrator, along with gouache. In recent years, when he made the transition from an illustrator to a wildlife artist, he also switched to acrylic because it involves a looser painting process. Traveling widely in search of subjects to study an...( Read More)


Robert Bateman

Born in Toronto, Robert Bateman has been a keen artist and naturalist from his early days. He always painted wildlife and nature, beginning with a representational style, moving through impressionism and cubism to abstract expressionism. In his early thirties he moved back to realism as a more suitable way to express the particularity of the planet. It is this style that has made him one of the foremost artists depicting the world of nature. In the '70s and early '80s, his work received critical acclaim and attracted an enormous following. In 1982, his first one-man show in the United States took place at Gallery One. He soon was commissioned by the Governor-General of Canada to create a painting (Northern Reflections - Loon Family) as the official...( Read More)


Steve Hanks

Steve Hanks is known for paintings that are meticulously drawn with great attention to detail and that reflect a moment in time, often a token of the artist's memory. The goal of the artist to achieve an interconnectedness between these moments and the viewer, allowing the viewer to reflect on his/her own favorite moments. "Steve Hanks is a man driven by private passions, writes the author of an introductory biography to "Steve Hanks; Poised Between Heartbeats". "He never painted to sell, but only to survive and follow his star. Each painting is a momentary glimpse through the moving curtain that hides the secrets of his craft. Each painting is a mystery that needs to be sorted out and unraveled." These words suggest something of the complexity that is Steve Hanks. A product of the ...( Read More)


Terry Isaac

Artist Terry Isaac is a native Northwesterner, living in Oregon. Isaac paints the wildlife and landscapes of North America. Although Isaac, who paints in acrylic, received a formal art education, graduating with honors, he believes his best training has come from being outdoors and from studying the work of his favorite wildlife artists. Isaac particularly admires the art of 19th century painters Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt. Isaac has been selected to participate in several important art exhibitions, including the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's prestigious "Birds in Art" exhibitions. He was also commissioned to produce 14 waterfowl drawings for the 1987 "Audubon Bird Handbook."...( Read More)


William Phillips

"Aviation was my first artistic love," says William S. Phillips, "but my true, enduring love remains my Christian faith, home and family. So it is my pleasure to combine all of it in my work. The historical aviation subjects, I research; the contemporary and nostalgic subjects, I live." Phillips grew up loving art but never thought he could make it his livelihood. At college he majored in criminology, and he had been accepted into law school when four of his paintings were sold at an airport restaurant. That was all the incentive he needed to begin his work as a fine art painter. Bill Phillips is now the aviation artist of choice for many American heroes and the nostalgic landscape artist of choice for many collectors. Bill's strengths as a landscape painter are what gave him an edge...( Read More)


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Rocky's Art and Framing

Welcome to Rocky's Art and Framing Main Street Location Rocky's Art & Framing is a premier art gallery and framing company established in 1983. We have two convenient locations in Placerville. We are your source for fine prints & custom framing. We also carry a wide range of ready made frames and art supplies. Our high quality service includes custom framing using conservation methods, using all acid free materials. All work is done on premises of Rocky's Art & Framing and is overseen and personally handled by the owner and certified picture framers. Our computerized matt cutting allows for a fast turnover on large orders or commercial accounts. Wholesale and commercial accounts available. We also carry a large variety of collectible gift items, including calendars and plates. Artists can ...( Read More)


Lesley Harrison

Lesley Harrison's Sacramento, California girlhood was shaped by animals and art. "I was born loving animals, she says. "It seems to be in my blood." She remembers an ongoing menagerie from cats to chickens. She started drawing animals in 2nd grade. "I was taken to the principal's office more than once, because I was drawing horses instead of paying attention to the teacher," she laughs. "In 1975, I picked up a stick of pastel and it was instant love. I had tried other mediums, but Lesley Harrison - Working on a new paintingnothing ever clicked." By 1983 she was selling enough paintings to quit her day job. Talking about getting her work into galleries, Lesley relates, "Whenever I'd approach a gallery about showing my work, the first thing they'd ask was what was my medium? I'd say paste...( Read More)