Long Beach Island Rhapsody

~ Paintings of the Island by Sixty Contemporary Artists ~

Artists' Biographies

Susanna Anastasia is a native of New Jersey. She attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art and studied with noted New Jersey artists. Her paintings are images of the beautiful landscapes of the state. She paints people, flowers, colorful memories, and “flights of fancy.” She has been selected for Marquis Who's Who in American Art since 2001. Anastasia has made several cable television appearances as well as radio interviews. Her works have graced the country's most respected art shows and galleries. Her gallery affiliates are located in New Jersey, and she is available for commissioned portraits, original paintings, art classes, workshops, demonstrations, or critiques.

Ada Barber is the epitome of the “Sunday painter” who finds in retirement the time to attend workshops and classes and to just enjoy the creativity of painting for the love of it. Ada believes that every picture is a puzzle to be solved—a wonderful exercise requiring concentration, creativity, and expression of feeling. A retired teacher and counselor, Ada holds degrees from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is an active member of the Pine Shores Art Association and exhibits in oils, acrylics, and watercolor in several local venues. She has won ribbons for her watercolors and photography. Ada and her husband, Ed, reside in Manahawkin.

Al Barker was born in New Jersey and raised within the metropolitan area where he learned to appreciate the outdoors by hunting and fishing. These activities led him to pursue academic studies where he earned a B.S. and M.S. in Forestry and later received a National Fellowship for Doctorate work. For a few years, Al was a forestry-educator and taught post-secondary education; however, for the past thirty years, Al has been a full-time artist who specializes in smaller-sized paintings which are completed in both oil and watercolor. He has won over fifty awards in premier art competitions and has had a painting accepted into The White House Collection in Washington, D.C.

Don Bernhardt is a native of Highlands, New Jersey and has always lived, worked, and played at the Jersey Shore. He began painting at the age of eleven, with a few lessons from area artist Travis Neidlinger. As a teenager, Don won many awards and ribbons in local shows. Don prefers painting with watercolors, oils, and acrylics, and his artwork is a reflection of the things he loves most. He has incorporated many reminders of his childhood days spent on the Navesink River into some of his paintings. Recently, Don has rekindled his passion for painting and is finding more time to devote to his longtime hobby. He and his wife, Donna, live in Brielle, New Jersey and are almost finished raising their four children.

Frank J. Bernhardt is a retired advertising agency art director who worked on major national and international accounts, winning numerous awards for his concepts and illustrations. A graduate of Syracuse University in New York with both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Fine Arts, Frank has now devoted himself entirely to fine-art painting. He is a member of the Crestwood Artists Guild, the Manasquan River Group of Artists, the Laurelton Art Society, and a former President of the Ocean County Artists' Guild. Frank is also First Vice President of the American Artists Professional League, New Jersey Chapter. His work can be seen by appointment at his home and studio in Whiting, New Jersey.

Jeannette M. Bond, a resident of Beach Haven, New Jersey, studied Studio Art at Douglass College in New Jersey before making a career-turn to attend law school. She practiced law full-time until 1998, when she moved to Beach Haven. She now practices law part-time and paints. Jeannette is a member of the Pine Shores Art Association and an associate member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society and has won awards for her works in shows of both of these associations. She teaches watercolor and drawing at Jane Law's LBI Art Studios & Gallery. Jeannette exhibits her work on the Island at Solstice Gallery, North End Trilogy, and Island Arts as well as at various seasonal art shows on and near the Island.

Lisa C. Budd, a native of New Jersey, first came to appreciate watercolor painting after seeing Winslow Homer's work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during a high school class trip. In college, Lisa studied Interior Design and Architecture at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. As a self-taught artist, she credits the various workshops she has taken over the years at Pine Shores Art Association in Manahawkin for her continued growth and enthusiasm. Lisa is an associate member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society and a member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society and the Garden State Watercolor Society. She can be contacted through her website: www.lisabudd.com.

Elizabeth Case, a uniquely American artist, was born in California and has journeyed throughout the eastern and western United States. She studied at the French Institute and the Art Students League, both in Manhattan, as well as at Elmira College in New York. Her early career included animation work on Disney's classic, “Sleeping Beauty.” Recognition followed her art as well her writing. She performed Beat poetry in San Francisco and painted murals, the best known of which is “The Wrong Elf” located in Old Bridge, New Jersey. As a Navy Combat Artist, her commissioned paintings of submarine operations are now part of the Smithsonian Archives. Maintaining a passion to paint it all, write it all, and live it all, her widely exhibited works reflect landscapes and seascapes derived from where she has lived and raised her children—always with brush in hand.

Janice Collinson graduated from Georgian Court College in New Jersey and taught art in the schools of Point Pleasant Boro, New Jersey. Her studies include watercolor workshops with Frank Webb, Mel Stabin, Jean Uhl Spicer, James Toogood, and Marge Chavoosian. Janice's favorite subjects include flowers, landscapes, and historic buildings rendered in watercolor, pencil, and pen and ink. She is a member of the Manasquan River Group of Artists and the Ocean County Artists' Guild. For over twenty years, her designs have been used by Historic Allaire Village as their special Christmas postal collection. Her paintings can be seen at the Anchor & Palette Gallery in Bay Head, Thistledown Gallery in Spring Lake, and Chetkin Custom Framing in Red Bank.

Carol J. Colvin was born in Summit, New Jersey and raised in Chatham. She has been a resident of Ocean County since 1968 and has lived in Toms River since 1977. Carol's belief is that life can be harsh, but art, music, and faith are there to keep us balanced. She believes people want images around them that create a feeling and evoke an emotion that is of a positive nature. Having been accepted into several juried exhibitions, Carol has been the recipient of the New Jersey Chapter American Artist Professional League Award for Representational Art. In 2005, she was awarded a ribbon for merit in the New Brunswick Visual Arts Juried Art Show.

Marlene Craig has painted many historic sites in South Jersey. Her paintings can be found in the permanent collections of Burlington County government offices (acquired with Purchase Awards from the Board of Chosen Freeholders) as well as in professional offices and the homes of collectors across the country. Since 1996, she has been commissioned by a publisher to create art for calendars and cards, which are sold at shops along the seashore, for the towns of Cape May and Ocean City. She is a member of the group “Hanging Together,” six women who paint and exhibit together. In 2004, they won a County Award for their traveling show “South Jersey Past and Present.”

Kate Leigh Cutler is a native of beachfront Bay Head, New Jersey. Inspired mostly through observation, her watercolors express her lifelong fascination with the natural landscape of light and color mingling to create emotionally charged waterscapes. An Honors graduate of Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, and recipient of creativity awards in past design related careers, painting has become her medium of choice and passion. Her clients include Lenox, Inc., Tiffany & Co., and Continental Airlines. Kate's art has been installed in coastal galleries from the San Juan Islands in Washington to the East Coast and Bermuda.

Cathleen Engelsen is an Ocean County native with a deep appreciation of New Jersey's rich, historical background and its breath-taking coastal scenery. She studied art at Samuel Fleicher Art Memorial in Philadelphia and Philadelphia College of Art. She also studied at Stockton State College in New Jersey. Cathleen paints in watercolor, acrylic, and oil, and is noted throughout New Jersey for her historical paintings. Each project reflects detailed research into the state's past. Her sources include historical societies, libraries, and a treasury of rare, old photographs. She was commissioned by several corporations to create historic paintings of New Jersey towns. Cathleen maintains a gallery in the Historic Tuckerton Emporium in Tuckerton, New Jersey. Her website is: www.CathleenEngelsen.com. (Editorial Credits: David R. Engelsen, George Svelling, Herman Joorman, Paul Rosengarth, and John Larson.)

Dede Esenlohr is a lifelong New Jersey resident and a self-proclaimed naturalist and conservationist. She is committed to making her statements on behalf of the environment and historic places through art and actions. Her acrylic, palette-knife technique incorporates muted tones and the subtle side of nature in a semi-impressionistic style. Esenlohr's work reflects a decisive, energetic attitude as she promotes wildlife by celebrating its habitats. Her work is influenced by the seasons, weather, the ocean, and history. In recent years, she has devoted energy and efforts to environmental issues.

Tom Foster first pursued his interest in art in 1958, taking an oil painting class in Beach Haven. A graduate of Philadelphia University, he designed fancy woolens for the high-fashion market in New York City before operating an automobile dealership in Pennsylvania. Upon retiring, Tom revived his artistic abilities, attending Jane Law's Art Studios & Gallery in Surf City, New Jersey, the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, Florida, and the Von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Florida. His work has been exhibited in several juried shows and recently has won awards at the Pine Shores Art Association in Manahawkin, New Jersey. Tom now specializes in watercolors creating marine subjects and seascapes.

Carol Freas grew up on Long Beach Island, summering first in Surf City at her grandfather's cottage which was brought over on a barge in 1927. Historic buildings and vacation memories are preserved in her colorful watercolors. Graduating with a B.A. in Art Education from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, she teaches at the Long Beach Island Foundation Of The Arts And Sciences and the Pine Shores Art Association in Manahawkin, New Jersey. Carol is a signature artist with the Philadelphia Water Color Society, exhibits locally, and is available for commission work. Her paintings have a wide following and are in collections across the country.

Ellen A. Gavin is an oil painter living in the Glasstown Arts District of Millville, New Jersey. Born in Philadelphia, she received a B.F.A. from Temple University's Tyler School of Art in 1976. After a successful design career in New York, Ellen wished to be “just an artist,” and in 2001, opened Green Boots Studio. Enjoying an energetic painterly style, her works have been awarded and collected throughout the United States and Europe. She is an Associate Member of the Oil Painters of America, the American Academy of Equine Art, and the Society of Animal Artists. She has continued to study at the Scottsdale Artist School in Arizona, The Art Students League in New York, and the American Museum of Natural History. Ellen currently teaches oil painting at the Pine Shores Art Association in Manahawkin and by appointment. Her website is: www.greenbootstudio.com.

Beverly Golembeski was the President of the Ocean County Artists' Guild in Island Heights, New Jersey and a Board Member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society. She is a Fellow of the American Artist Professional League and an Official Artist of the U.S. Coast Guard. Beverly is also listed in Marquis Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who of American Women. Beverly recently returned from giving a workshop in Tuscany, Italy and will be conducting workshops in Rome, Italy and the Catskills in New York in 2006.

Tine Kirkland Graham, a self-taught artist from Morristown, New Jersey, did not begin her career as an artist until her adult life. She was inspired by her childhood summers spent in Bay Head at the Jersey Shore and loves to paint seascapes and beach scenes. Tine also paints portraits of children, beach houses, and dogs, all done in her unique, bold style and each taking on its own personality. Painted in brilliant, potent colors, brushed with strength and life, her images are intended to dance and sway with rhythmic color and emotion in celebration of life as a joyous occasion. She is represented by the Anchor & Palette Gallery in Bay Head.

Stephen Harrington established his business, Coastal Guardians, in 1994 for the sole purpose of presenting our nation's lighthouses from an historical perspective. Each light is visited, photographed, and researched for historical accuracy. Working in cooperation with the light's historian/director, a time period reflecting the lighthouse's peak operation is selected, and the details are refined to present a rendition that is as historically accurate as possible. Each print is accompanied by a one or two page history. Stephen resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Ann Hayes has been painting the beaches and beach-goers of the Jersey Shore since childhood. Working entirely in transparent watercolor, her compositions are built in layers of glazing and washes to create paintings filled with light and color. Collected for their technical virtuosity and heartwarming subjects, her technique of natural realism draws the viewer into the paintings. Best known for her porch scenes, her paintings of everyday life and beach landscapes capture the places and objects that give our lives warmth and character. Commissioned paintings and portraits are done from candid photos taken on location and completed in her Seaside Park, New Jersey studio.

Theresa Troise Heidel's watercolors reflect excellence in drawing, powerful color, and a fascination for the fantastical elements of great architecture. She is a graduate of Saint Peter's College in New Jersey and did postgraduate work at the Accademia delle Belli Arti in Florence, Italy. More than fifty of her watercolors were published in To The Shore Once More, Volumes I and II (Jersey Shore Publications), and she has been featured in American Artist magazine. Theresa is represented in New Jersey by When Pig's Fly Gallery, Asbury Park; The New American Gallery, Princeton Junction; Thistledown Gallery, Spring Lake; and Lakeshore Gallery, Bolton Landing, New York.

Linda Hejduk was born in the small New England town of Stoughton, Massachusetts. After graduating in 1965 with a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, she studied pastel portraiture with the Robert Arthur Studio in Brockton and watercolors with Marshall W. Joyce in Kingston, both in Massachusetts. Linda then began a long, successful career in advertising graphics, storyboard illustration, and design in New York City. Her acrylics and watercolors have appeared at various venues in New England, New York, and New Jersey. Linda is a member of the Ossining Arts Council in New York and the Manasquan River Group of Artists in New Jersey. She resides in scenic Mantoloking, New Jersey.

Scott D. Henderson, thirty-three, has been painting since high school. His favorite medium is watercolor. Scott usually works from photographs and enjoys adding minute details to his paintings. Most of his work has a nautical theme, as he grew up in the towns of Freehold and Manasquan at the Jersey Shore. Scott also does paintings of individual homes on commission. His paintings are presently on display in Manasquan at Main Street Gallery and Manasquan Art Gallery.

Gwenn Hotaling began her “house portrait” career painting watercolor and ink pictures of beach houses back in 1977. Selling her first drawings for fifteen dollars, Gwenn approached homeowners by going door-to-door. Today, she sells her work out of her Ship Bottom gallery. Over the course of her professional life, Gwenn has completed and sold nearly one thousand commissions of private homes and businesses, all located on Long Beach Island.

Russ Johnson, a Princeton Junction, New Jersey resident, is a full-time artist best known for his landscapes and seascapes of New Jersey and Maine. Working almost exclusively in watercolor, in order to capture his impressions of the world around him, he generally combines loose background washes with sometimes highly detailed drybrush work. Russ is also director of The New American Gallery, one of the country's leading online art galleries, and a member of the faculty of the Somerset Art Association in Bedminster, New Jersey. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wagner College in New York. More of Russ's work can be seen at: www.newamgallery.com.

Beth Alyse Kantor was born in Aberdeen, New Jersey and studied art at Princeton University. Her watercolors have been displayed in numerous solo and group shows, including exhibits at the Forbes Gallery in New York City, the John Pence Gallery in California, and the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri. Her work is part of many private and corporate collections, including Johnson & Johnson, the Forbes Gallery, and the Bay Head, New Jersey Town Hall. Her awards include Best of Show in the New American Gallery's national competition. Beth is represented by the Anchor & Palette Gallery in Bay Head and Island Art in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. More of Beth's work can be viewed on her website: www.fineartanddesign.com.

Rose I. Killmer was born and raised on Long Beach Island. She graduated from Georgian Court College in Lakewood, New Jersey where she obtained a B.A. in Fine Art. In addition to working as a graphic artist, she is as a freelance painter specializing in florals and portraiture and a children's art instructor at Riverview Art School in Island Heights, New Jersey. Rose can be contacted by email at: J.C.3@hotmail.com.

Sandra Kunz had early art training at the Lyman-Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut and received an Associate of Arts Degree from Principia College in Illinois. She had additional training at The Art Students League in New York and worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sandra traveled abroad and painted at Montmartre and the Tuleries in Paris. She is a member of both the New Jersey Watercolor Society and the Garden State Watercolor Society and has received numerous awards. Additional credits include acceptance into The National Academy of Design Show in 1990; being published in The Best of Watercolor 2 in 1997 and The Complete Best of Watercolor in 2000; and being named in Marquis Who's Who in American Art in 2005-2006.

Steve Kuzma received a B.F.A. with honors from Parsons School of Design in New York and went on to study further in Paris, France and Siena, Italy. Steve's career began in illustration, specializing in travel, sports, and landscape. With strong use of color and movement, he gained popularity and won many awards. His paintings have appeared in print and television with special features on PBS, CBS, ABC, World Cup Soccer, and Olympic events. Although his paintings look simple, there are many layers of color that resonate a beauty and essence of light. Steve teaches workshops in water-mixable oil techniques and exhibits his artwork nationally. More of his work can be seen at: www.kuzma-art.com.

Dick LaBontÈ began to paint professionally in his fifties after he took early retirement from Business Week magazine in New York. His neo-primitive acrylic scenes of bygone days at the Jersey Shore caught on quickly. These and other prints are sold along the eastern seaboard, from Virginia to Cape Cod. “Cocktails At The Whitehouse,” depicting a gathering of all the Presidents and First ladies, has been hung in the executive mansion. He is represented by the family-owned Anchor & Palette Gallery in Bay Head, New Jersey, where the artist resides as well. A website of his work is located at www.dicklabonte.com

Louis Lanzafama was raised in the urban environment of Irvington, New Jersey. At age seventeen, his parents decided to move to Toms River at the Jersey Shore. Louis's high school teacher, Mr. Stacey, saw that he had a natural talent for art and guided him toward it. He graduated from Toms River High School North in 1979 and went on to graduate from DuCret School of Arts in Plainfield, New Jersey in 1983. He won a scholarship of merit to go on to the National Academy of Fine Arts in Manhattan and has been a professional artist ever since.

Jane Law is celebrating thirty years in her studio-gallery in Surf City. The gallery was voted “Best Gallery in Ocean County, 2005” by the Asbury Park Press. Jane received her M.A. from New York University and assisted in classes there. She also earned a graduate degree at Ohio State University and a B.A. from Otterbein College in Ohio (her home state). She was an Assistant Professor of Art at Union College in New Jersey. Jane has won various “Woman Of The Year” awards from Long Beach Island, Ocean County, and New Jersey, and is listed in Marquis Who's Who of American Women, N.J. and East. Her paintings were featured in American Artist magazine and Color Publications.

Joyce Lawrence, a well known artist of the Jersey Shore, has received many awards both locally and nationally for her landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. Her oils and pastels have graced the covers of books, greeting cards, and magazines. Many of her originals and limited edition prints can be seen at the Joyce Lawrence Fine Art Gallery located at the Village Shoppes in Tuckerton, New Jersey. Joyce attended both Stockton State College in New Jersey and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and currently resides in Tuckerton, working from her gallery and her Bay Moon Art Studio. Joyce can be contacted by email at: baymoonart@comcast.net.

Theodore “Ted” Marko retired in 1980 after thirty-nine years of employment by the U.S. Government as a Supervising Engineer at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. He turned to painting as an avocation, boosted by interest in his wife Eleanor's editorial and art career at the former Red Bank Register. In the art classes of Anthony Ventura, Ted focused on seascapes, marine scenes, and crashing surfs. His drafting and mechanical engineering background led to his drawing proficiency, and Ted became known for his renditions of footprints in the sand. He was an exhibiting member of the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury and the Montauk Art Associa-tion in New York. His watercolors were in local and state juried shows, including the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft. More of his works can be viewed at: www.guildofcreativeart.com.

Joyce C. McAfee. Painting has always been a part of Joyce McAfee's life. Subjects include landscapes, still lifes, figures, and historic buildings and sites. Watercolor is her favorite medium, but she also works in oil, acrylic, and pastel. Her paintings are realistic renderings and range in size from two-inch miniatures to larger formats. Her historic buildings and sites are included in a touring exhibition “New Jersey Past and Present,” which features the “Hanging Together” group of artists. This show has been exhibited in many area galleries and schools. The group's goal is to use their artistic abilities to preserve these images for future generations.

Julie McGowan grew up in Springfield, New Jersey but spent every summer at the Jersey Shore. Always painting and drawing, she took courses in science at Rutgers University and Cook College in New Jersey. With two separate degrees in Geology and Landscape Architecture, she has a keen appreciation of the wonders of nature. Since becoming a licensed Landscape Architect and Certified Tree Expert, she has returned to art studies, attending seminars all over the United States. For Julie, painting in watercolor and oils is a passion that is forever, and capturing the mood of a seascape or landscape is a thrill. She resides with her husband, Tom, in Colts Neck, New Jersey.

Susan Walsh McLean studied art at Caldwell College in New Jersey, but did not begin to paint seriously until her children were grown and she retired from teaching English. Her floral art has hung in Lincoln Center in New York and her golf art graces the grill room at Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune, New Jersey. A past president of the historic Manasquan River Group of Artists, she is also a member of the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury and the Art Alliance in Red Bank. Susan accepts commissions for portraits and other subjects and can be contacted through her website: www.geocities.com/susan005.

John T. Meehan III was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University's Tyler School of Art in 1982 with a B.F.A. in Painting. He started painting on the beach in 1988 and has continued every summer since. John received an M.F.A. in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 1993. Since then, he has been in exhibitions in ten states and has won numerous awards. John has his work in galleries in southeastern Pennsylvania and along the New Jersey Shore. He is presently teaching at the Community Art Center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania and at Temple University.

Carla Coutts-Miners received a B.F.A. from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. She became an art director in San Francisco and was graphic designer at Philadelphia Magazine. Other stops along the way include Marketing Director and designer for Peddler's Village in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and later, for Tuckerton Seaport in New Jersey, and then Outreach Director for the Barnegat Bay Estuary Program. Miners currently resides in Chesapeake City, Maryland along the C&D Canal, watching the ships go by and publishing the annual editions of Northeast Boaters Almanac. She is currently a member of the Chestertown, Maryland Arts League.

Margie Moore has spent most of her life working on creating art that she always hopes will make an impression. Growing up in the diverse seaside town of Belmar, New Jersey, there was much to stimulate her imagination, and she fully used all of her resources to cultivate her talent. Her main area of art is illustrating children's books, an art form that captivated her from as far back as she can remember. Her endearing style has merited her numerous titles, including A Gull's Story and A Gull's Story, Part 2 (Jersey Shore Publications). Margie and her husband live very near to where she grew up at the Jersey Shore.

Raymond Moran has been painting in watercolor for thirty years. The foundation for his work comes from past studies with noted local artists and continues today in workshops with talented artists from across the country. Ray can be found participating in art shows throughout New Jersey and is an active member of the American Association of Professional Artists as well as three other art groups. He teaches at various community and group settings throughout the Jersey Shore. Ray has won many awards and his works can be seen at Anchor & Palette Gallery in Bay Head, ArtEffects in Spring Lake, and Bridge Point Gallery in Point Pleasant.

Joyce Motyka resides in Hope, New Jersey and on Long Beach Island where she paints and instructs. The country and Island settings have inspired most of her watercolors. Her work has been seen in juried shows throughout the state. Joyce has received several awards including “Best Of Show” in the 2005 Warren County Art Association's annual art show for her painting “Lilacs.” Her painting “Summer Porch” was on the cover of the Beachcomber newspaper in 1999. Joyce is a member of the Warren and Sussex County Art Associations. Her work can be seen in galleries in several New Jersey counties. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from William Paterson University in New Jersey. Her email is: jdmotyka@earthlink.net.

Sue T. Oliver is a native of New Jersey. She grew up in Matawan and now lives in Ocean. She studied art education at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in New Jersey and currently teaches art in Avon-By-The-Sea. She developed her fascination for old homes, water, and landscapes in Matawan. Currently residing by the ocean, her specialty has become house portraits, local scenes, and boardwalk scenes. Her style tends toward realism, showing depth and detail with light and shadow; her landscapes often features a touch of impressionism. Sue's work can be seen at Thistledown Gallery in Spring Lake (www.thistledowngallery.com).

Donna Reid-O'Neill's father, artist Robert Reid, instilled in her at a young age a love for art and nature. She received a scholarship to the National Academy of Fine Arts and Design in New York City. Internationally known instructors, Mario Cooper and Leon Kroll, enhanced her techniques in watercolor and oil painting. Bronn of America Studio afforded Donna the opportunity to work on a Theo FabergÈ Porcelain Egg. This was a White House 200th Anniversary commemorative piece, the first ever done in the United States. Having worked in three different mediums, she enjoys oil painting the most. The Sea Holly Art Gallery in Brielle, New Jersey displays her ongoing works. Donna also accepts commissions of floral, still life, and local scenes.

Virginia Perle, a lifelong artist, works primarily in watercolor. She has exhibited widely in the northeast, is represented by several galleries, and recently opened her own, the Virginia Perle Art Gallery in Toms River, New Jersey. Her paintings depict the scenes of her life at the shore, her travels abroad, her love of sailing, and the activities and visual memories that excite and motivate her. Color and light are important elements, as she attempts to represent not only the factual reality of her subjects, but also the personal essence between subject and artist. Her work has been included in To The Shore Once More, Volumes I and II (Jersey Shore Publications), and most recently, A-Cats, A Century Of Tradition (Nomad Press).

Lael Rutherford, a former art teacher, has worked at Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. for twenty-five years. An avid craftsperson, she has recently begun to focus on watercolor painting. Her talent continues to grow through private instruction and exposure to juried art shows throughout the area. She has developed a love for architecture, florals, and other inspiring subjects. Lael resides in Medford, New Jersey and has great love and affection for Long Beach Island, where she has spent many summers.

Thomas E. Rutledge of West Creek, New Jersey, received a scholarship to the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art in New Jersey. Upon graduating, he began working as an illustrator. At twenty-three, he was offered a solo exhibit at the Bay Head (New Jersey) Cultural Center, but was drafted by the U.S. Army. He was wounded in action, and after years of therapy on his arms and hands, resumed work as an illustrator. Since then, he has illustrated magazine covers, books, and advertisements, and has done architectural renderings and sculptures. Thomas has received numerous awards and is a signature member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and the New Jersey Watercolor Society. He is also a member and past President elect of the Garden State Watercolor Society.

Robert Sakson, a Trenton, New Jersey native, is a nationally known painter, author, instructor, and Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society. He has extensive exhibition experience and is the recipient of numerous awards including the 1998 Philadelphia Water Color Society Board of Directors Award, the 1983 Gold Medal for Watercolor at Allied Artists National Exhibition in New York, and the New Jersey Watercolor Society Norman Webb Award. He is a member of numerous national and international art associations. Although his paintings are highly realistic, they are still very much watercolor paintings. A great illustrator and watercolorist, Robert has been a working artist his entire life.

Linda A. Saladino began her twenty-seven year professional career teaching in Jersey City, New Jersey with a major in Elementary Education and a concentration in Art. Time off to raise her two children took her to Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey to earn a second degree in Art Education. In 1978, Linda returned to teaching in her hometown of Lakewood until retirement in 2001. Upon moving to Barnegat and setting up a studio in her home, Linda began painting watercolors and pastels, which she loves. Linda has won awards for her work. Inspiration for many of her paintings comes from travels here and abroad. She feels blessed to have a wonderful family and to be able to spend time creating art.

Gloria Salmestrelli has been painting since early childhood and focused on oil painting while attending Trenton State College in New Jersey. Over the past thirty years, she developed and marketed her style of painting and has won numerous awards. Her subjects include local sites of interest, gardens, seascapes, landscapes, and all aspects of shore life. Her colorful palette and soft style have been described as “joyful” and “full of life.” Her paintings are currently being exhibited in restaurants and retail establishments along the Jersey Shore. Gloria's work is included in private and corporate collections across the United States, Europe, and Japan. Now residing in Seaside Park, New Jersey, Gloria is a prolific painter inspired by the beauty of her surroundings.

Sandy Sandy, author and artist, has become well known as “The Singular Artist With A Double Name.” “Yes,” she says, “it is my real maiden name, and I've always loved it! I even attribute some of my success to it.” In 1996, Sandy left a career in commercial art to paint full time in her New Jersey pinelands studio. Collectors of her work can be found throughout the United States and abroad. Some of her clients have accumulated more than two dozen originals in their collections. On Sandy's website, www.sandysandy.com, her currently available original watercolors, limited edition prints, and new Spirit Art book can be viewed and purchased.

Pat Shepherd, after moving to the Jersey Shore in 1981, was inspired by its beautiful scenery to begin painting and pursue a career in art. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Ocean County College and Georgian Court College, both in New Jersey. Pat paints in oil, watercolor, and acrylics, as well as pen and ink and also does desktop publishing. Pat says watercolor is her favorite medium as it offers a greater challenge and its elusive quality lends itself to her subject matter: seascapes, lonely beaches, wildlife, boats, and area landmarks. An award winning artist, she teaches watercolor, exhibits locally in several galleries, and her work can be found in many private collections.

Carolyn Soltys' love of the outdoors and nature, especially the shore, is the driving force behind her lifelong passion—art. She started painting at a young age, working plein-air as well as from memory and photographs. Carolyn delights in bringing an impressionist influence to her work—capturing a moment in time, while incorporating her own unique feeling and expression. She is also an accomplished photographer and graphic designer, exhibiting and freelancing in these fields. A New Jersey native, Carolyn is employed as a production coordinator at The Star-Ledger in Newark, and is an oil/acrylic painting instructor at Union County College. Through her art, she hopes to inspire others to find beauty in their natural surroundings.

Judith G. Stach is a life-long resident of Monmouth County in New Jersey who currently calls both Florida and New Jersey home. Judy focuses on oil paintings of landscapes and seascapes. She paints from photographs and ein plein air, often combining both techniques to complete a painting. Her approach to landscapes and seascapes is impressionistic, representing the full range of colors, values, and light found only in nature. Judy is a signature member of the Plein Air Painters of the Treasure Coast, founder of the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast, and an Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club. Judy's website is: www.judystach.com.

June Ann M. Sullivan is a native of Princeton, New Jersey. She has also lived in New York and currently makes her home in South Jersey where she is the owner of the Watermark Gallery in Tuckerton. June is a signature member of the Northeast Watercolor Society and a member of the National Association of Women Artists and the Oil Pastel Association. She was the founder, former board chairperson, and C.F.O. of the Piermont Fine Arts Gallery in Piermont, New York. She has a B.A. in Fine Art from Winthrop University in South Carolina and an M.A. in Art History from New York University. June has won awards in national exhibitions, including the Northeast Watercolor Society and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She is listed in Marquis Who's Who in American Art.

Joseph S. Tarella is a New Jersey native and practicing architect who splits his time between Long Beach Island and New York City. Inspired by his long time observations of the Island's unique and changing contours and his love of maps, Joe labored to accurately render specific moments in the Island's history. The excitement and satisfaction of creating his compositions has led to continued exploration of more coastal areas and an expanding, on-going creation of more art maps. In addition to his artwork, Joe designed his home in Barnegat Light and enjoys beach activities, gardening, and ballroom dancing with his wife, Lee. Joe can be emailed at: jtarella@sawickitarella.com and his work can be viewed at: http://stores.ebay.com/Original-Coastal-Art-Maps.

Helene B. Thorpe says, “All art is simply a combination of color values and shapes. It is the color that most inspires me.” Although she had a life-long interest in painting, Helene became truly serious about her art in 1975. At that time, she began to study with nationally known watercolorist Domenic DiStefano. Helene says, “Light and movement, especially of the ocean, compel me to wet my brushes. I have loved Long Beach Island since the age of seven and continually find exciting subject matter here.” Helene is a Pennsylvania resident, and spends time at her vacation home in Barnegat Light throughout the year.

Lee Wagner is an award winning, international artist who resides and maintains a year-round working studio in Barnegat Light on Long Beach Island. Over the years, he has won numerous awards, including many “best-in-show” for his acrylics, pastels (both soft and oil), and watercolors. His paintings are held in private collections all over the world. Lee is best known for his bold utilization of color as well as his innovative concepts and designs. Now painting in a “modern impressionistic” style, his realistic landscapes/seascapes/florals stimulate the viewer's imagination whereas his “abstracts” take on an air of realism.

Susan Zoon enjoys a successful, eclectic career in the arts. Artist, writer, and conservator, she has been called America's greatest living cubist painter. Her paintings are in many private and corporate collections, including those of Summit Bank and former President William J. Clinton. A sought after muralist, she has also worked as a costume and set designer for opera and ballet companies and is a nationally recognized expert in antique restoration. In 2005, she published her illustrated novel Vampire Lover, set on Long Beach Island. Her illustrated short story anthology, Post-Crypt, will be published in April 2006. Susan's websites are: www.vampirelvr.com and www.vampirelvr.com/zoongallery.