With a degree form the Rhode Island School of design and after work experience as a graphic designer in New York City, Stephen G. Maka made a major career change thirty years ago and became a full-time nature photographer. Since then he has been able to travel to many undeveloped locations around the world. These remote, vast and fragile ecosystems have not only inspired his imagery but have had a profound influence on his personal philosophy and outlook on life. Reviewing his work produced over long periods of time, Steve found reoccurring themes. These themes have led to the development of personal projects that, at times, are philosophically driven while others are based on the interrelationship of images or subject matter. Most of the images are fairly spontaneous, allowing nature to dictate time, light, and subject. More conceptual images may take months or even years to create. His images reflect a strong sense of his fine art background producing statements with a bold graphic impact evoking an emotional response. Steve's photography is published internationally and has been used in most print forms including books, magazines, billboards, cards, calendars and posters. In addition to publishing, Steve¹s professional commitment has led to teaching, instructing workshops, leading field trips, guiding, consulting, slide presentation, gallery exhibitions and fine-art prints. As a charter member of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) Steve now serves as treasurer.
Millions of people have seen Michael Kahn's stunning seascape and sailing photographs exhibited in art galleries and museums throughout the world. His art has been featured in over 30 national and international magazines. Michael's sailing images have been collected in his second book titled The Spirit of Sailing -- Courage Books, 2004. Michael's handmade photographs are held in private and corporate collections worldwide, including the Yacht Club de Monaco and the American embassy in Katmandu.
With his 1950's designed camera, Michael travels extensively to photograph the world's finest boats and pristine seascapes. He collects his images on traditional black and white film; then, he produces his luminous silver gelatin photographs in his darkroom using skills that he has refined over the years.
Michael Kahn’s traditional technique united with his distinctive sense of form, composition, vision and technical mastery has helped him to become one of the most collected photographers of our time.
Suzanne M. Payne is an award winning artist residing in Kennebunkport, Maine. She attended Boston University's School for the Arts (SFA) where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Painting. She belongs to many art associations including the Pastel Painters of Maine (PPOM), where she has received Signature Membership status. She has served as Secretary for PPOM (2004-2008), Vice President in 2009, and currently serves as PPOM’s International Exhibition Co-Chair. Other societies include The Pastel Society of America (PSA) where she is an Associate Member, the Pastel Society of New Hampshire (PSNH), Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod (PPSCC), and the Art Guild of the Kennebunks (AGK). She participates in numerous invitational & juried shows, paintouts and auctions. Suzanne has also conducted summer workshops at Heartwood College of Art. She enjoys painting with both pastels and oils. Suzanne is highly inspired by nature and creates her works either plein air or in the comfort of her home studio.
Greg Currier is a Camden resident who has had a decades’ long interest in photography, beginning with a developing and printing business for the neighbors at age 10. He has studied both the technology of image making and the art of capturing light. He discovered the rich and varied landscape of Maine when he attended college here. His interest in nature and landscape photography developed over many years as he traveled and hiked throughout the country recording images from the expanse of the Rockies to the reflections in a single drop of dew. He kept coming back to Maine and in 1974 moved here, where the scenery captivated him the most. He settled in Camden in 1989. His work has appeared in exhibitions, competitions, magazines, books, and advertising campaigns and he has also exhibited at numerous juried art shows. His work is carried by several galleries here in Maine and he is the author of three photographic books: The Colors of Lobstering, Camden at Its Best, and Reflections of Maine.
Jill is a self-taught painter with a love for the architecture and style of New England. Though now a studio painter, she has also worked extensively with photography. The viewer can see that influence in how she captures lighting and character in her intimate portraits of rural and coastal details of New England life. Jill is working deliberately with contrast and color to create pieces which engage the viewer and invite quiet nostalgia. Her work preserves moments of captured time, and the time she spends on her paintings is a meditation on each moment.
After 25 years as a graphic designer and illustrator, Dan began painting full-time in 2008. The majority of his work is produced on-site at locations near his home in Hanover County, Virginia. He typically works for 1-2 hours on location, and then applies the finishing touches in the studio. "My approach to painting involves hundreds of scumbled strokes and marks of pigment, organized into patterns of shape and value, the result is a representation of reality. These arrangements of pastel marks go beyond the mechanical process of building, they are orchestrated to try and capture the elusive qualities of light and atmosphere that display the extraordinary characteristics of common subject matter."
"Back Road Sunrise" 24 x 12
"Muddy Creek" 14 x12
Drybrush is the technique I use in most of my watercolor paintings. I lightly draw my composition on either 140 lb. or 300 lb. cold press Arches paper and begin painting thin layers, creating the desired balance of lights and darks. I often feel that I'm drawing with the brush rather than painting. Using less water allows me greater control of the medium making it easier to reach the level of detail I like.
Harry Thompson graduated Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida in 1971 and, after touring North America, worked as an architectural renderer and then creative designer. He ended his commercial career compelled by a strong desire of freedom to pursue his artistic expression. He has received many awards for his work, which has been exhibited throughout the eastern United States and has been purchased by numerous private and corporate collectors.
As an artist, I believe in practicing the sound principals of painting that I have learned and currently teach, but I also believe that an artist should strive for something more than just the technical skill in their work. There is a feeling, or reaction, that one gets when standing in front of a painting or a piece of art. Sometimes, it`s not an easy thing to describe. It might be the sense of place in a landscape, the light on the subject, or a fleeting expression in a portrait. These are the types of reactions that one hopes are communicated in his or her paintings. The best scenario is when the technical and the emotional part of painting is inseparable.