Dan Simoneau was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine, where he began formal art classes at 11 and at 13 joined the Androscoggin Valley Art Association as its youngest member ever. By the time Dan was a sophomore in high school he was exhibiting and selling his paintings in local summer art festivals. In 1980, Dan began studies at the University of Southern Maine. There he was influenced by artists such as Caravaggio, Chuck Close, Richard Estes and Philip Pearlstein. Of these artists, the influence of Caravaggio, Close and Pearlstein are still evident. Dan graduated in 1984 with high honors and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. His majors were painting, pottery and printmaking; his minor, art history.
Dan has continued exhibiting his work nationally and internationally, winning many awards. His paintings have also been published in many national and international publications. He is currently a Signature Master in the International Society of Acrylic Painters and a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society. He is also a Fellow in the American Artists Professional League. He is the current President of the International Society of Acrylic Painters. He has also been recognized for his achievements by being listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Art since 2005.
Dan’s primary subject is light as it falls on objects. The object he uses to represent light is the male figure. He prefers the male figure due to its musculature and sculptural qualities with its just under the surface tension and strength. Because no person looks like any other person, the multitude of expressions and body positions provides an infinite source of subject matter and inspiration.
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Bernice is a lifelong resident of Kenosha County. A graduate of UW-Parkside where she studied drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. After graduation, Bernice became involved in a gallery on the Kemper Center grounds in Kenosha and later at the Anderson Arts Center there, where her work is shown with other members of the Area Artists Group.
Bernice’s early years were filled with hours exploring the shores of Lake Michigan and Paddock Lake at her family’s summer cottage. Swimming, fishing, boating and exploring the landscape filled with berry bushes, wildflowers, lily pads, and cattails where red wing blackbirds found their perch gave her the opportunity to see nature’s bounty and beauty day and night.
Her paintings are highly influenced by these experiences. Early in Bernice’s career, she painted water scenes with lily pads and flowers. In addition, cat fish have been included in other paintings. At present, she is painting birch trees and stars at night. They will be shown at the Anderson Arts Center late in summer.
The paintings in this exhibit were created from experiences outdoors at sites such as 4 Mile Park and Lighthouse on Racine’s Lake Michigan shore, Door County, Rock Lake in Trevor Wisconsin, her neighbor’s garden and the Kidera’s beautiful property, a short distance from the Red Oak.
All the paintings shown here are created using acrylic paint on canvas. After the early years painting in oil and watercolor and exploring varied creative experiences, Bernice settled on acrylics as her favored medium. She likes the vibrant hues available to her and the ability to paint without dangerous mediums.
Travel with Betty to the Grand Canyon, Arizona, Utah, Palo Duro, Texas, New Mexico, and Western Canada. She painted landscapes that reflect her enjoyment of our beautiful country and each and every one relives for her the experience of being there. Betty uses her camera to capture those moments that she frames, first in her mind, and then at home when she makes a painting to set those memories in acrylic or gouache on canvas or gesso board.
Betty lives here in Kenosha County just up the hill from the Red Oak Restaurant. Her land, with its woods and ponds, inspire her. Betty’s studio is called the Blackwood Gallery.
The Anderson Art Center’s Area Artists room in Kenosha has played an important part in her art career as they have showcased her paintings over a period of at least twenty years.
Betty has been called an ‘’intuitive painter’’ by her art professors at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside where she taught for eleven years Intro Spanish courses as an ad-hoc instructor. This was in the eighties and now being in the eighties herself, she still enjoys creating landscape art.