John Kane has been fascinated by art as far back as he can remember. He has a long-standing appreciation and love of landscape painting, working primarily outdoors rather than in his studio. With bold, thick brushstrokes, John keeps the viewer well aware of the atmosphere and climate.
Impasto, color temperature and composition beckon the viewer to experience the artist's journey.
Joseph Barrett has painted Bucks County landscapes for over 40 years, and his current work highlights a surreal touch. Born in Midland, NC and raised on his maternal grandmother's plantation in Virginia, Barrett is heavily influenced by Fern Coppedge's Fauvist style and George Sotter's moonlit snow scenes.
He designs, hand carves and signs many of his own frames finished in metal leaf.
Desmond McRory is a local artist, born in Bucks County and now living in Hunterdon County, NJ. He's been painting for 25 years. He learned painting largely through self-study, which included visits to major museums in America and Europe. His recent works concentrate on the landscapes in and around Bucks and Hunterdon counties.
Anita Shrager, is a Bucks County and Colorado plein air painter. She lived and worked in the New Hope area for over 40 years. Her paintings are a softer, blended version of Impressionism, oils thinly applied in transparent layers, building up to a depth of color and shape infused with her lightness of touch.
Christopher Willett,born in 1959, is a Bucks
County painter with a family lineage dating back to
ancestors arriving in this country aboard the
Mayflower and Victory, settling Plymouth. The
family history is interesting, as another Willett
ancestor, Augustine Willett was a Captain of
historic repute under the command of General
Washington, and is recorded in history books.
Additionally, in more recent history, Willett artisans
became renowned for their designs and beautiful
works in stained glass that adorn the Bryn Athen
Cathedral- fof the Pit Cairn estate.
Willett, is also a descendant of the renowned
painter Edward Hicks, known for his work entitled
Peaceable Kingdom, and whom after the Hicks
Art Center of Bucks County Community College
From early childhood to the present, Willett, a
natural talent carried on the tradition in the arts.
Currently as a painter in the New Hope, Bucks
County Impressionist style- he works full time in
the mediums of oil on board or canvas, and
watercolor. His recent work has been compared
to Edward Redfield both in subject and style.
Earlier works by Willett are reminiscent of the
photographic representational influence of Andrew
Wyeth- his revered friend and mentor.
Upon reviewing Chris's portfolio that spans 3
decades, one can see the gradual evolution and
development of Chris' own unique method and
artistic language- he portrays the landscape and
daily lives of the people that live and have lived in
this locale- spanning the region from Bucks
County, New Hope, Lambertville, New Jersey,
French Town, Point Pleasant, and such- still the
most popular subject matter of local contemporary
impressionists today. Chris captures the beauty
and simplicity of an earlier time- horse drawn
carriages, families working together, villages and
farms, and friends taking walks together- and many
are depicted in recognizable historic settings.
Chris prefers to use a color pallet of rich warm
earth tones; consistent with the traditional Bucks
County Impressionist style.
Chris attended Hartnell University in California,
and Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art. Chris
served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years aboard an
aircraft carrier and is a decorated veteran.
Chris's work is in corporate collections, and in
many private collections.
Jennifer Hansen Rolli began painting as a child, inspired by her father on numerous country outings. Influenced by John Folinsbee's early works and William Lathrop's poetic sensitivity, her work has a "Kodachrome" look with vibrant colors that causes them to have a life of their own.
"Her brushwork is exquisite," says Barth. "She puts a lot of emotion and feeling into them."