53rd National Show Catalog, "No Place Like Home"

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No Place Like Home The 53rd National Exhibition of WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE WEST

a publication of Women Artists of the West

Christine Graefe Drewyer By the Light of the Silvery Moon

No Place Like Home

The 53rd National Exhibition of WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE WEST

July 22, 2023 - September 15, 2023

Opening and Awards Reception July 22, 2023



Show Chair ......................................................................................................... Joey Frisillo Show Chair ......................................................................................................... Burneta Venosdel Co-President ...................................................................................................... Amy Evans Co-President ...................................................................................................... Mejo Okon Advertising/Publicity Director ...................................................................... Mary Ann Cherry Catalog and Graphic Design.......................................................................... Nori Thorne Education Chair................................................................................................. Addren Doss Social Media....................................................................................................... Jennifer Hunter Juried Art Services Administrator ................................................................ Margaret Drake Sponsorship Chair ............................................................................................ Brenda Morgan

Thank you also to the panel of seven jurors who selected the works for inclusion in the exhibit

Liz Bonham Hold That Pose


ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS 2023 Amy Evans, Co-President Mejo Okon, Co-President Brenda Morgan, Vice President Barrett Edwards, Corporate Secretary Vicki Pedersen, Treasurer ADVISORS TO THE BOARD 2023 Jan DeLipsey Julie Gowing Hayes

Burneta Venodel Mary Ann Cherry


Joey Frisillo, Show Chair Burneta Venosdel, Show Chair

Vicki Pedersen, Mentoring Program Chair

Burneta Venosdel, Show Venue Co-Chair Mary Ann Cherry, Show Venue Co-Chair Don Pedersen, Accountant Donna Merchant Crooks, Membership Chair Mary Ann Cherry, Advertising/Publicity Director Brenda Morgan, Sponsorship Chair

Historical Committee: Patricia Rose Ford Barbara Parish Judy Fairley Mary Ann Cherry

2023 National Ad Committee: Mary Ann Cherry

Nori Thorne, Webmistress Deb Miller, Newsletter Editor Margaret Drake, Jury Process Administrator Cheryl Harley-Volz, Scholarship Chair Jennifer Hunter, Social Media Specialist Elin Thomas, Groups.io Site Director

Education Program Committee Addren Doss Nori Thorne


Nancy Crookston Nightrider


Table of Contents

Board Members ...........................................................................................................................................7

Co-Presidents’ Message.......................................................................................................................... 11

History of WAOW..................................................................................................................................... 12

Biography of Awards Judge...................................................................................................................13

Show Chairs’ Message.............................................................................................................................15

No Place Like Home Show......................................................................................................................16

Carriage Factory Gallery...................................................................................................................... 134

Sponsors for 2023 ..................................................................................................................................137

All WAOW Members ............................................................................................................................. 136

Amanda Cowan Back to the Barn by Sundown


Syri Hall Sittin’ Pretty



This beautiful catalog exemplifies the heart of Women Artists of the West (WAOW). For over 53 years we have worked to present the work of women artists through our shows. Women Artists of the West was formed in order to recognize the quality of women artists’ work in what was then a male-dominated art world. Today we are known as the oldest women’s national juried art organization and we continue to work toward more recognition for women in the art world. Our organization’s members are from all parts of the western hemisphere and have been juried into our membership. To be a part of our national shows they are juried again, and to receive awards their work goes through another jury process. The results are in this beautiful catalog. I hope you will enjoy seeing the quality and variety in style, subject matter, and medium in the work that is presented here.

Amy Evans Co-President, WAOW Master Signature Emeritus

I proudly welcome you to the Women Artists of the West’s 53rd National Juried Exhibition! The paintings and sculptures presented in No Place Like Home celebrate people, places, creatures, and moments in our lives. They serve to inspire and demonstrate the diversity and rich texture of our individual artists. More than 100 artists from across the county are featured on the walls of the Carriage Factory Gallery. Feast on the art!

Mejo Okon Co-President, WAOW Master Signature

Amy Evans Coming Home


WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE WEST WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE WEST (WAOW) is a non-profit organization of over 300 juried members across the United States, Australia, and Canada with the objectives of uniting women artists, elevating awareness of art created by women and encouraging technical excellence. WAOW supports members through education, workshops, and mentoring with a focus on encouraging both emerging and established artists in business and professional practices. WAOW members are publicly promoted through national advertising, exhibitions, online and social media. It is one of the oldest established organization dedicated to women artists in the nation. We are honored to be celebrating 53 years of exhibitions with this year’s national exhibit at the Carriage Factory in Newton, Kansas. We appreciate the generosity of Mary Lee McDonald and our sponsors for our 53rd National Exhibition. The fine artwork of various genres and mediums in this exhibition has been through a stringent selection process and features 115 artists from 28 states, representing three countries and two continents. Members are initially juried to become a WAOW member and then must submit work to a seven member jury for acceptance into the national exhibition. We are very pleased and proud to present the work of these outstanding, talented members of WAOW in our 53rd National Exhibition, No Place Like Home. The entire exhibition catalog and images of the award-winning paintings in the 53rd National Exhibition are posted on the Women Artists of the West website, waow.org .

Cheryl Harley-Volz Sweet Nothin’s


53rd National Exhibition Judge Kim Casebeer

Kim Casebeer spent her childhood exploring the outdoors on her family farm and has a lengthy connection to the landscape. She travels across the United States to paint en plein air, gathering accurate color studies to bring back to her studio. Casebeer believes the simplicity of the landscape near her home in Manhattan, Kansas has helped her focus on strong design in a composition. Her work often focuses on big skies of the western United States. Casebeer is a Master Signature Member of the American Women Artists, and a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and the Pastel Society of America. She has participated in The Russell at the C.M. Russell Museum, Small Works, Great Wonders at the National Cowboy Museum, and Night of Artists at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. She has been featured in magazines such as Plein Air magazine, Art of the West , and Southwest Art . Casebeer is featured in Art of the National Parks book co-authored by Susan Hallsten McGarry and Jean Stern. Her work is featured on the cover of Fine Art Tips by Lori McNee. Casebeer has work in private, corporate and museum collections throughout the United States. She is represented by galleries in Arizona, Wyoming, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma.

Kim Casebeer Wild Roses


Burneta Venosdel Prairie Treasures



We welcome you to join us for our 53 rd National Exhibition, “There’s No Place Like Home!” as the Women Artist of the West are headed to the heartland of Americain Newton, Kansas. We are honored to be hosted by Carriage Factory Art Gallery residing in the historic carriage factory building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our hearts are full of gratitude for the enthusiasm shown by gallery director Mary Lee-McDonald, the city of Newton and the surrounding area! It’s a great pleasure to help celebrate the Carriage Factory Art Gallery’s 40th anniversary this year. 120 WAOW members have had their best work selected for this exhibit. There will be many opportunities for the public to meet and engage with visiting artists during the events we have planned for opening weekend July 20 -23rd . Our reception and awards ceremony will take place July 22. As a bonus, Newton will be having a 3rd Thursday event July 20 during which WAOW will be sponsoring carriage rides for our members and the public. Visiting and local artists are invited to a nocturnal paint out happening at the same time. A big thank you to all who helped to bring this show together! Now we can share it with you in this wonderful catalog and online at www.waow.org. We hope you can see it in person! If you can’t be there but see a special piece that you would like to purchase, please contact the artist. All sales will be through Carriage Factory Art Gallery. Sold art will remain on display for the duration of the exhibit. Thank you and enjoy!

Joey Frisillo and Burneta Venosdel, Show Chairs Joey Frisillo: 918-724-4832 joey@joeyfrisillo.com www.joeyfrisillo.com Burneta Venosdel: 580-744-0616 vburneta@gmail.com www.eaglechiefstudios.com

Joey Frisillo Stream Along



Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and

located next to the White House, The Hamilton Hotel opened in 1860s, in honor

of Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton.

This magnificent historic hotel retains the swanky, 1930s setting with its dark wood moldings and pan eled walls, elegant booths, seemingly endless dining halls and handsome bars. It is still is one of Washington, D.C.’s favorite gathering places

for music, arts, and innovative dining.

20” x 15” — Oil $2,900

PRIYA AHLAWAT • WAOW Associate • PA • www.priyaahlawat.com Priya Ahlawat is a Signature Member of National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) and American Women Artists (AWA). Priya’s award-winning paintings have been selected to exhibit in several national, international and regional juried art exhibitions. She has served as a juror for national and regional juried art exhibitions and been on the Board of Directors of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society. Priya has been featured by Southwest Art Magazine as an ‘Artist to Watch’. Her paintings are in private collections world-wide.



Carried Away is that state we all crave in this ever changing and rather chaotic world. While the world focuses on the art hanging in the museum (though never a bad thing), this young reader has found her bliss in the written word. The ability to immerse herself amidst the crowds is to be admired.

20” X 16” — Oil $2,250

DEBORAH ALLISON • WAOW Associate • NM • www.deborahallisonstudio.com Based in Santa Fe, NM, Deborah Allison has been focusing on portraiture and figurative painting in oils since 2006. The endlessly changing landscapes of the human face has intrigued and inspired her to become even more expressive in her design and paint application. Deborah is also a long time member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society.



10” x 13.5” — Watercolor $350

My ancestors homesteaded property in Northern Illinois, and the family farm continued into the 1940s. The stories, photos and heirlooms handed to my mother and then to me. As I drive through the countryside, I notice the many farms that have fallen into ruin and neglect. When the sun shines on the ruin, I often stop, take photos, and share my impressions in watercolor paintings. …passing of an era told in watercolor.

JEAN APGAR • WAOW Associate • IL • www.jean-apgar-art.com Jean Apgar lives in Illinois. She earned her B.F.A. and M.A. degrees in painting from Northern Illinois University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in private and corporate collections in seven coun tries and exhibited in two U.S. embassies. She is listed in Who’s Who in Ameri can Art and Who’s Who in America. Her work is included in the books, The Best of Silk Painting and The Fine Art of Painting on Silk .



16” x 20” — Oil $2,500

Big Storm Coming conveys the beauty along with the ominous specter of a heavy rain storm approaching an open expanse of the western plains. The newly mown yellow field at the horizon catches a brief ray of sun through the clouds that obscure the darker fields in the foreground. The low channel across the field in the foreground will soon be filled with rainwater!

CAROL AMOS • WAOW Master • AZ • www.carolamos.com Carol’s oil paintings of plants, landscapes and wildlife focus on vibrant colors, shapes, and contrasts between sun and shadow. They often include details, yet retain a painterly quality. Carol is a WAOW Master Signature member, a Signature member of American Women Artists and a member of the Salmagundi Club New York, Oil Painters of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, and Hoosier Salon. She also shows her work in western art sales such as at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Mountain Oyster Club.



I was invited to show at the Rock Creek Cattle Company near Deer Lodge, MT in late August. There was smoke in the area from recent forest fires which gave a red glow in the morning sun to the entire landscape. The lingering smoke created a beautiful atmosphere.

10” x 8” — Pastel $550

MARCIA BALLOWE • WAOW Associate • MT • www.marciaballowe.com Marcia is a traditional painter, working in oils and pastels and a member of the Montana Professional Artists Association, Montana Painters Alliance, NOAPS, Pastel Society of the West Coast, associate member of Women Artists of the West. Her pastels received numerous awards this past year. She loves to paint plein air using her favorite medium: pastels.



24” x 24 — Oil $4,950

Mountain Blooms captures two of my favorite features of Telluride – the flower boxes that line the center median of Colorado Avenue and the morning mountain blue beyond. It feels like heaven painting there.

JILL BANKS • WAOW Signature • VA • www.jillbanks.com J ill Banks’ award-winning Impressionist paintings capture life in oils. 2022 highlights include a Best in Show at Knoxville’s Artists on Location and the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Women’s Committee visiting her Great Falls, VA studio. Her 100 Faces in 100 Days Project (2011) led to painting moving subjects in plein air. Banks is a Signature member of American Women Artists and the Washington Society of Landscape Painters.



11” x 14” — Oil $1,000

This old fence-line dancing through the snow somewhere in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana caught my eye and appealed to my sense of pattern and rhythm that I enjoy in a composition. The play of light, shadow and color on the old slats held my interest. Sometimes a wintry day can be a great opportunity to observe the snowy simplicity and entropy in our environment. Beauty surrounds us!

TRICIA BASS • WAOW Associate • CO • www.TriciaBass.com Tricia paints with a painterly, expressive style with a touch of Russian influence. She lives in Colorado and enjoys painting throughout the Rocky Mountain West. Bass has won a number of significant awards and honors as seen on her website and has twice been a selected participant at the highly prestigious American Impressionist Society National Exhibition. She has been an artist for almost her entire life and a painter for over twenty years.



12” x 12” — Acrylic $1,200

My home patio is decorated with colorful Mexican Talavera pottery. My favorite flower is the geranium, and it has appeared in many of my paintings. The combination of the flowers, the colorful pot design, and the light casting the shadow on an adobe wall begged to be painted.

CAROLYN C. BELL • WAOW Associate • TX • www.carolyncbell.com Texas artist, Carolyn C. Bell, has been painting the colors, textures and architecture of the southwest and beyond since high school. Light and color dominate the realistic representations of this unique area of the country. Training in commercial art techniques, and workshops with notable artists have honed ar tistic skills. Inspiration comes in many forms with beautiful results. She is Associate member of Women Artists of the West and National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society.



On September 8, 2022, I went out for a Paint ‘n Swim excursion at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville along the Russian River in 107 degree heat. By the time I finished packing up my painting gear in the mid-afternoon, I was approaching heat exhaustion....which, ironically, made my plunge into the cool water afterwards nearly a moment of pure ecstasy. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it was one of the best swimming experiences of my life, partly fueled by having finished a painting of the waters I love!

12” x 9” — Oil $900

NANETTE BIERS • WAOW Associate • CA • www.nanettebiers.com After a successful 30-year career as a nationally-recognized commercial illustrator, in 2009 Nanette Biers shifted the focus of her career to creating fine art paintings, primarily landscapes depicting West Marin’s hills and ranches as well as other California locales. She also began painting en plein air, adding a new source of excitement to her work. Over the past decade she has been juried into many prestigious national exhibitions and won a variety of awards.



I really enjoyed painting our beloved model, Chuck, at an open studio session at the Scottsdale Artists’ School back in January. He always had a smile on his face or a witty joke to lighten the hearts of whomever he came in contact with. I was very sad to learn that Chuck passed away recently, on May 6th. I feel fortunate to have captured him and his spirit months before his pass ing. Rest in peace, Chuck.

12” x 10” — Oil $1,200

ASHWINI BHARATHULA • WAOW Associate • AZ • www.ashwinibharathula.com Ashwini Bharathula is a representational fine artist working mainly with oils and she currently resides in Chandler, AZ. Ashwini grew up in south India and her formal education was in science and engineering. After graduate school and working in the corporate world for a few years here in the U.S, she decided to pursue art full time. Ashwini’s art education has been primarily through workshops at the Scottsdale Artists’ School. She is currently an instructor at the Scottsdale Artists’ School and her work is represented by Ballard’s Fine Art gallery in Sheridan, WY. Her current focus is on painting portraits and flowers.



12” x 16” — Oil $1,675

All of my landscapes have always been captured in plein air, that is, on the spot, not from photos or in the studio. I spent a nice length of time in Zion National Park, attempting to capture the grandeur and beauty of this magnificent landscape. Late afternoons are usually my favorite time to capture the “soul” of any place.

BETTY J. BILLUPS • WAOW Master Emeritus • ID • www.bettybillups.com Billups has been in the fine art field since 1975. She was V.P. for the Society of Illustrators of L..A. in ‘72 and published their annual Illustration West Catalogue. From 1987 – 1996 she created a National Ad Campaign for Plein Air Painters of America, which was the cause of the coast to coast interest in plein air painting known today. In 2000 she published a catalog for her one artist exhibit at the Clymer Museum. In 2005 her book, Artist’s Projects You Can Paint~10 Projects in Plein Air was published. She was commissioned by Toppenish, WA., for a major mural, and also commissioned by Mt. San Antonio College, in L..A. for a 16 foot mural. She has work in the U.S. Air Force art collection.



16” x 16” — Oil $1,500

I draw inspiration from life and find beauty in things we see and do regularly. I search for beauty everywhere that is often overlooked by others.

BRUCE BINGHAM • WAOW Signature • TX • www.brucebingham.com “Painting is a celebration of creativity filled with color, texture and joy. I’m constantly seeking to capture the magical beauty that surrounds us everywhere, hidden in everyday life that is so often overlooked by others. As an artist, bringing beauty to light is my mission.” Bruce has been a professional oil painter for over three decades. Her artwork has been collected in 14 countries, both privately and publicly.



12” x 16” — Watercolor $1,800

I wanted to capture the protective nature of a mother goose as she shields her babies from a spring snow shower. The goslings, portrayed as fluffy balls of downy feathers, huddle beneath their mother’s wings, finding warmth and safety.

TINA BOHLMAN • WAOW Signature • TX • www.tinabohlman.com Native Texan Tina Bohlman, painting professionally for 50 years, is often seen painting in the historic districts of her home town of Waxahachie, Texas. Self taught, this award-winning artist prefers watercolor but occasionally works in oil. A frequent guest artist for painting demonstrations and workshops, her work is collected worldwide with her originals in private and corporate collections in 34 states, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Republic of Benin, West Africa.



11” x 14” — Oil $1,700

The inspiration for this piece was from photos I had taken at the Draft Horse Classic Show in Grass Valley, CA. I spotted this lovely Belgian just waiting to enter the arena. I couldn’t wait to paint this beautiful horse with such a kind eye. I love to capture the character of all the animals and people that I paint, and she definitely caught my eye.

YVONNE BONACCI • WAOW Signature • CA • www.yvonnebonacci.com Yvonne was born and raised on a cattle ranch, riding horses all her life and working cattle with her dad. “I love people and horses, it’s no wonder most of my paintings are of animals and people.” Yvonne has won numerous National and International Awards and has been inducted into the Elk Grove Hall of Fame and awarded the “Iris Award” for her success as artist and dedication to the arts in the community.



One recent fall morning, I painted en plein air at a Day of the Dead celebration where one of the dancing girls particularly caught my eye. I could not wait to get back to the studio to paint her in her flowing ruffled blue dress. Her pose captured a confident attitude that came from celebrating life and heritage.

20” x 16” — Oil $2,200

LIZ BONHAM • WAOW Signature • TX • www.lizbonham.com Liz was honored this year to be a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s 16th International ARC Salon Competition at Sotheby’s NY. She was also honored to be featured in Southwest Art magazine’s Artist to Watch October/November 2022 issue. Some of her recent shows include include the AIS Small Works Show, Lighthouse Plein Air (Best Seascape Award), Paint the Town Plein Air Marble Falls (Judge’s Merit Award), APA National Show, En Plein Air Texas Competition, OPS National Show, and Mountain Oyster Club Contemporary Art Show and Sale.



9“ x 12” — Oil $800

I loved balancing the delicate structure of the bird skull next to the vibrancy of the orange. One has turned into a beautiful sculpture and the other is ready to feed a life. The painting represents life and death, with the plump fruit and the fragile remnants of the skull.

DESTINY BOWMAN • WAOW Associate • CO • www.destinybowmanfineart.com I create as a therapy, a way to communicate when it is difficult to do with words. I paint the beauty with the macabre side by side. Having my own experience with mental illness, substance abuse and anxiety I know the struggle of pushing through the dark to get to the light. I capture those feelings and paint them as strengths, as dreams, as patience, as goddesses, and life and death.



I have several friends in Taos, New Mexico, and one of them is Lyle Wright. His Taos Pueblo name is The Sound of Flying Grouse, given to him by the elders of the tribe. I greatly ad mire and respect this man who has overcome many of life’s adversities. He is a talented and successful silversmith and tireless advocate for artists and craftspersons of Taos Pueblo. He opened Lyle’s Creations, a gallery in downtown Taos to showcase their artworks, as well as his own. He is teaching his children to follow in his footsteps as silversmiths. In addition to his talents, he also a model for many nationally-known artists, and I had the opportunity to photograph him in the Taos Ski Valley forest several years ago. In my painting, he is wearing ceremonial regalia and jewelry that he made himself. I wanted to pay homage to his loyalty to the Taos Pueblo, his strength through adversity, and to his kindness of spirit.

20” x 16” — Oil $2,000

PATRICIA RIDGE BRADLEY•WAOW Associate•OK• www.patriciaridgebradley.com Patricia Ridge Bradley grew up on the plains of northwestern Oklahoma in the small town of Enid. She earned a BFA from Oklahoma State University, later learning design and illustration at an advertising agency. She founded Bradley Studios in 1980 and worked as a graphic designer for 35 years. Patricia returned to fine art, working and teaching in a variety of mediums in a representational style. Patricia and her husband reside in Coweta, Oklahoma.



12” x 16” — Oil $1,400

Dogwood trees are one of my favorite trees to have in a garden. When we moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland I planted four dogwood trees along the garden walkway...the white blossoms of the dogwoods are breathtaking beautiful when in bloom. How could I not paint them?

LANI BROWNING • WAOW Associate • MD • www.lanibrowning.com Lani Browning, an award-winning plein air oil painter for over twenty five years, is known for her distinctive skill with colors, and the quiet elegance and soft tonalism of her paintings. Her travels around the country and abroad, and her love of the land have contributed to her focus on the landscape. Her years of experience show in her confident and mature brushwork. While still enjoying the landscape, Lani is currently exploring a new vision of expressing herself by focusing on flowers and still life. She resides on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.



I’m compelled to bring awareness to the beautiful culture of the American Indians. I continue to be guided by individuals and tribal leaders. I find inspiration while attending an indigenous gathering or photoshoot, collecting reference material for my fine art paintings.

20” x 16” — Pastel $2,550

KATRINA RAE • WAOW Associate • MI • www.katrinaraeartwork.com Katrina Rae is an international award winning artist, born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, currently working out of KRae East Art Studio, VA. Katrina attended the Kansas City Art Institute, Memphis Collage of Art, and Eastern Michigan University. Katrina’s affiliations include, D’ Art Center, International Pastel Association, Mid Atlantic Pastel Association, and Associate member of the Women Artists of the West.



11.5” x 14.25” — Colored Pencil $1,950

Inspired by my granddaughter, Stella, who met her cousin, Cora, for the first time when they were two years old. They were visiting my mother at her retirement facility and found common ground at the baby grand piano. This piece has resonated with many who have viewed it - bringing back memories of their own childhood experiences with a sibling, or with music. For me, it has become a treasured memory of a special time with my family.

JEANNE CARDANA • WAOW Associate • OR • www.jeannecardana.com Oregon artist, Jeanne Cardana’s works are primarily done with high quality color and graphite pencils. Jeanne’s training as a biological/wildlife illustrator, attention to detail, strong connection with the natural world, and love and lifetime experience with horses translate into her work as an artist. Spanning 40 years, Jeanne has produced and exhibited award-winning equine, wildlife, and western art pieces. Jeanne is a WAOW Associate, signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and Cowgirl Artists of America, and an Elected Artist of the American Artists Professional League.



Our yard is full of birds and birdsong, and the redwing blackbirds are regular visitors. I also see these harbingers of spring at a popular wildlife refuge. I decided to paint them in their natural native habitat doing a bit of “story telling”

20” x 16” — Oil $2,800

MARY ANN CHERRY • WAOW Master Emeritus • ID • www.maryanncherry.com Cherry was raised in rural Montana. The country lifestyle led to an appreciation for nature and wildlife and a strong respect for the culture of the state’s Native Americans. Painting the Western subject matter is now Cherry’s way of giving back to friends, family, and art enthusiasts. In her spare time, Cherry writes an art mystery series.



This painting is one that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I wanted to capture the look of deep thoughts in this boy’s face and have the viewer ask “What is he thinking?” There is a poem by Amy Potter called “Give A Boy A Rope” which tells a story of a boy growing up with a rope in his hand starting at a very young age until he’s an adult. These are lessons learned through learning how to rope, and be successful at it. Long hours of practice, many roads traveled and many “If I would have just done that,” that lead us through life. I grew up with a rope in one hand and a paint brush in the other, really the lessons are still just about the same!

11” x 14” — Oil $1,700

SHERRY COBB-KELLEHER • WAOW Associate • CO • sherryspaintedhorsestudio.com Growing up, some of Sherry’s earliest memories were watching her mother and grandmothers paint. They patiently taught her how to look at the world with an artist eye by tapping into her abiding love for animals and life well-spent working the land. Being born and raised on a ranch in Colorado gave Sherry the intimate knowledge of her subject. She continually seeks out the moments that “tell a story of the animals and people” that inspire her.



20” x 20” — Oil $1,500 This willow tree takes in the refreshment of the water below. It reminds me of a wedding bouquet in all its fullness. It graces its surroundings, unaware of its beauty or significance.

BETH COLE • WAOW Associate • NE • www.bethcoleart.com Nebraska-based artist, Beth Cole, creates contemporary landscape paintings in oil. Her work centers on fields, trees, streams and buildings, and the effects of atmosphere and light upon them. Beth has exhibited widely in her home state including Museum of Nebraska Art events and the Nebraska Biennial Exhibition hosted by Omaha’s Gallery 1516. A small rural community near the Nebraska Sandhills is where she lives with her husband, Gary, and their beloved pup dog, Willow.



16” x 21.5” — Watercolor $2,500 This is one of many beautiful old homesteads found in Wyoming where children had lots of room to play out-of-doors, take care of their animals, play in the dirt or grass with their favorite toys and use their imaginations. The inner peacefulness and quiet beauty of these old places is disappearing, but still appeals to me many, many years later.”

JANE COLEMAN • WAOW Signature • AZ • www.janecolemanart.com Jane Skaar Coleman paints the western landscape with its people, animals, wildlife, flora and old barns and ranches typical of the western lifestyle. Her watercolors and oils have sold in various galleries throughout Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona. Jane is a traditional painter and a signature member of Women Artists of the West. Her major exhibitions include Cowgirl Up!, the American Academy of Equine Art, the Oil Painters of America, and the Mountain Oyster Club.



16” x 20” — Oil $2,500

I took the photo for this piece after a long day of moving and working cows in the fall. The attitude shown fits my horse Speed perfectly. He was standing there, waiting to be unsaddled, and showing his displeasure at having to wait for me to finish what I was doing.

AMANDA COWAN • WAOW Associate • WY • www.amandacowanart.com Amanda Cowan has been expressing herself through art her entire life. Self taught, she paints in watercolors and oils. Some of the shows she has participated in are CowgirlUp!, in Wickenburg, Arizona, the Best of the West show in Great Falls, Montana, and the America’s Horse in Art Show in Amarillo, Texas where she won the Steeldust Award in 2018. Her art is in private collections in Korea, Australia, Canada, France and the US.



I’ve been studying nocturnal painting lately and found it difficult yet fascinating. I have loved some of the old illustration artists understanding of doing a night scene and I really studied their ideas. After working on quite a few paintings it finally felt like it was looking like the night. Western has always been a draw for me and combining them seemed to really work. At the last minute I decided to make him a sheriff and to have the moonlight glisten off his badge.

20” x 10” — Oil $3,000

NANCY CROOKSTON • WAOW Associate • CA • www.nancycrookston.com “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined,” by H. D. Thoreau is Nancy Seamons Crookston’s favorite quote, and one she has lived by. She loves to paint, sculpt, sketch with pen and ink and draw with charcoal and to grasp as much as possible while living life.



12” x 24” — Oil $1,225 Taos Overlook was inspired by the vibrant colors and dramatic vistas of New Mexico’s high desert. The scene itself spoke to me, inviting me to immerse myself into its magical harmony of land, color and form. There’s a reason they call New Mexico the land of enchantment. It casts a spell. It’s impossible to look away.

LORI CUSICK • WAOW Associate • TX • www.loricusick.com Lori Cusick has a passion for plein air painting that influences everything she creates. This award-winning artist takes inspiration from the world around her, adds a stylization from her own imagination, and using vivid colors and broad brushstrokes, transforms it into something new. A native New Yorker, Lori earned her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and currently resides in Dallas. Her work can be seen in galleries, plein air shows and private collections nationwide.



I love seeing jack rabbits on my morning hikes. Their big ears remind me to have selective hearing, not to let others define me or decide my path in life. These hikes provide time to take in inspiration of wildlife, landscapes and beautiful sunrises. It also gives me a chance to plan

and navigate my daily path in life.

14” x 11” — Oil $2,950

JOYE DeGOEDE • WAOW Associate • AZ • www.joyesart.com Joye DeGoede is the artist behind the original “JoyEful Party Animals”®. Her works juxtapose reality with fantasy, inspiring the viewer to see the fun in the mundane and the vast opportunities for joy in our everyday world. Joye, says “I love paint ing the surrealistic mixture of animals imitating human habits and in their natural habitat. DeGoede is a juried member of several professional organizations and her works have been featured in multiple shows, corporate and private collections across the U.S. and abroad.



10” x 20” — Oil $2,275

The tree in this painting lives in Grafton, Utah, just south of Zion National Park. I adore this tree and have stood under it many times painting. On my most recent visit though, I just wanted to celebrate this magnificent Cottonwood which is close to 300 years old. Indigenous people tell a story of a little star who hid in a Cottonwood tree so as to hear the sounds and songs of humans. I think about this story when I paint close to a Cottonwood and I always sing a bit so as not to disappoint the little star.

JAN D E LIPSEY • WAOW Signature, Emeritus • NM • www.jdelipsey.com Jan Marie is a celebrated and award winning landscape oil painter of the West who loves the land. She has been a featured artist in Art of the West magazine, Western Art Collector magazine and participates in several national juried exhibi tions across the country every year. Her work is represented by Worrell Gallery in Santa Fe, NM and The Karen Wray Gallery in Los Alamos, NM.



7.5” x 6.5 x 10” — Bronze $1,995

“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.” --Frances Hodgson Burnett

PHYLLIS MANTIK DeQUEVEDO • WAOW Master • OK • www.mantikstudio.com Phyllis Mantik deQuevedo makes her home in Oklahoma City. She is native of Canada and a graduate of the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Alberta. Phyllis believes it’s the transforming experiences in life such as tenderness, intimacy and spirituality that enable artistic growth and motivation for her sculpture. To her, the most powerful art involves the human figure. The inspiration for her current figurative series is flora and focuses on representing botanical forms through metaphor as they relate to human forms and human experiences.



Though this pandemic era painting represents death, it was important to me to present it in the context of beauty and reverence. As I walked through fear and loss, threads of light and love remained. Even the raw edges of pain have something redemptive, human, and behovely in them.

20” x 20” — Oil $1,900

CRYSTAL DESPAIN • WAOW Associate • CO • www.crystaldespain.com In a world that loses itself in things that mean little or cause wreckage, Crystal believes that her role as an artist is to preserve and create beauty and connection. We all need a little more joy, a little more love. Crystal studied with several renowned artists including Tina Garret and Casey Childs. She is the Colorado Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America.



18” x 18” — Oil $2,125

I met this handsome boy a number of years ago while painting on the farm where he lives. This farm is a protected conservancy property in central North Carolina and is home to a beautiful herd of Texas Longhorns and rodeo stock. This prize bull is the son of another famous rodeo bull named Machine Gun. I was attracted to him because of the way he was looking me right in the eye, and all his beautiful markings.

ADDREN DOSS • WAOW Master • NC • www.addrendoss.com Award-winning North Carolina artist, Addren Doss, works in oil and pastel. She has been painting professionally over 30 years and teaching for 15 years. Her representational and abstract works are filled with bold strokes of color, texture, light, and movement. Addren is a master member of Women Artists of the West.



Once in a blue moon, or a silvery one, for that matter, a special relationship, that has no right to exist does… A few years back--four to be exact, I began to leave raw eggs out under a large sycamore tree in my backyard for a fox family that shared my domain. As the Queen of this particular realm, all of my subjects are adored and protected. I can’t rightly say how that blossomed into a full-fledged love affair where Pavy and I – short for Pavlova- referencing Pavlov’s salivating dogs, came to become family for each other. We meet every morning and evening where I often sing “You Are My Sunshine”, or “Buffalo Gals Won’t You Come Out Tonight!” This painting was the result of one frosty December morning when the moon had not quite set, and was shining through the woods behind her, I knew I had to paint it.

24” x 18” — Oil $6,200

CHRISTINE G. DREWYER • WAOW Master, Emeritus • MD • christinedrewyer.com Christine Graefe Drewyer is the current President of American Women Artists. She has been President of WAOW 2014-2017 and an advisor to the Board for 8 years. She is the Publicity Chair of Washington Society of Landscape Painters. Recent awards include Purchase Prize Award at the Haggin Museum, 2nd Place Masters Award in WAOW’s America the Beautiful Exhibit and 2D Award of Excellence at the AWA-2022 Customs House Museum Exhibition. She is a member of many fine art organizations.



12” x 18” — Acrylics $2,900

I love painting early morning scenes, & this one is a Hill Country scene with running water flowing through it. I also love watching horses early in the morning so I put one of my son’s mares with her colt into the scene. To me this is a beautiful, peaceful, tranquil scene, and I hope the viewer will enjoy it as well.

JUNE DUDLEY• WAOW Associate • TX • www.junedudley.com Growing up on my family’s “Texas Century Ranch” as my Dad’s cowhand gave me the love of land and a passion for the cowboy way of life. Continuing that tradition through my children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren has been instrumental in my art. My sensitive sense of color along with my love of subjects enables me to capture in my paintings the passion I have for my subjects while creating a mood that the viewers share. A previous Jones Award, Best of Show, and Popular Choice Award, and recently The Silver Award in Acrylics winner at the Bosque Art Classic.



My artistic mission is to enlighten the viewer, to create a clear awareness of the inherent spirit of the animals I portray. I strive to use my talents and skills to capture their individual essence. I believe each painting must have its own life and existence. I also believe the animals I paint must be portrayed with the detailed accuracy they deserve. Then art and animal are both honored and well served.

20” x 16” — Pastel $1,500

DONNA DUTRA • WAOW Associate • CA • www.donnadutra.com Contemporary painter Donna Dutra lives and works in Northern California. A native of the foothills and country living, her paintings reflect her early upbringing. Surrounded by wildlife and animals, she developed a passion for painting them and placing them in their natural habitat. Always going beyond portraying just the visual likeness of her subjects, Donna’s main intent has always been to capture the spirit within each animal.



Some artists need frenzy or loud music to create. I have needed a peaceful, quiet mind. It is likely that this is one of the things that attracted me to much to this scene, captured in the Georgia Low Country. The low sun, the water reflections, the silence of the marsh all told me I needed to paint this. When the egret landed on the dead branch I took that as c onfirmation. This painting, I hope, speaks to all who seek a sense of calm in our hectic world.

20” x 16” — Oil $1,400

BARRETT EDWARDS • WAOW Associate • CA • www.barrettedwards.com A fourth generation artist, Barrett drew her first portrait at the age of 3. It was of her father wearing glasses and her smiling mother. Both had large, flat rectangles centered in their foreheads representing sunlight. Barrett has been making art ever since, even using it as an aid in her undercover work for the CIA. Once free of government duties, Barrett eventually was represented by seven top galleries in the U.S., teaching workshops along the way.



As an artist I am intrigued by the qualities and shades of light figuratively and spiritually. I find working with a light source fascinating and challenging. This painting plays on that fascination with light but also as there must be opposition in all things, I used a warm blue-gray underpainting to counter the light.

30” x 20” — Oil $3,900

BARBARA EDWARDS • WAOW Associate • UT • www.edwardsfineartstudio.com With a BFA in illustration, Barbara evolved into a fine art painter. Commonly portraying figurative imageries of her western homeland, her painterly, realistic paintings have received numerous honors. She is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), American Women Artists (AWA) and American Plains Artists (APA) and an Associate Member with Distinction of Women Artists of the West (WAOW). Five galleries from Texas to Utah represent Barbara, including Mountain Trails Gallery in Jackson, WY and Legends of the West Fine Art in Santa Fe, NM.



14” x 18” — Oil $2,200

Mountain lions are often seen as symbols of power, strength, and grace. This is Conrad, who I have met and painted often. Conrad was a young male caught (and tagged “502”) by California Department of Fish & Wildlife while roaming near an elementary school in Redlands, California. Lions Tigers & Bears, in San Diego rescued him so that he would not be euthanized.

MARLA EPSTEIN • WAOW Associate • CA • www.marlaepsteinart.com Marla is an award winning artist who has exhibited in museums and galleries across the country and is collected both nationally and internationally. She studied Art at SUNY Oswego and the Copenhagen University in Denmark. Attended workshops with acclaimed artists Greg Beecham, Julie T. Chapman and Johanne Mangi. Living within walking distance to the Pacific ocean and driving distance to the desert and mountains enables Marla to experience, photograph and paint what she enjoys most...wildlife.



I love the grand scenery, true, but my heart is in the intimate views of woods and water. It’s like being so close you can smell the soft vernal scent of the creek.

16” x 12” — Oil $1,050

GWEN M. ETHELBAH • WAOW Signature, Emeritus • NM • joyouslakestudios.com Gwen is a signature emeritus member of WAOW. She was raised in California, where she studied the West Coast impressionists. She loves painting landscapes of the Southwest, and even owned a gallery for several years. Now living in the mountains of New Mexico, she enjoys the wide open spaces, although the forests and lakes of Arizona keep calling her back. She was active on the WAOW Board as president, treasurer, and show chair of several events, and now is on the Board of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico.



16” x 20” — Oil $2,100

Coming Home was inspired by the first WAOW Gathering at the Wolf Creek Ranch in Oklahoma this past fall. I loved this scene as we entered through the gates and began to drive into the ranch. Roads can be mysterious as well as welcoming. To my surprise the owner took me back to this road as she showed us the ranch noting how special this drive was to her. I loved it also as it revealed the vastness and variety of this beautiful place.

AMY EVANS • WAOW Master, Emeritus • CO • www.amyevansart.com Amy Evans is a national award-winning oil painter who holds a B.A. with Distinction in Art from Rhodes College, Memphis, TN. She has also studied with some of the top artists in the country including Doug Dawson, Frank LaLumia, Fran Larsen, and Kevin MacPherson. Amy has served as a WAOW president and is currently a master signature emeritus member of WAOW and a signature member of Plein Air Artists of Colorado. Amy resides in Breckenridge, Colorado.


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