About the Artists
About the Artist
LIST OF ARTISTS AND BIOGRAPHIES
After a successful career in corporate and securities law, Larry rediscovered his passion for photography. He uses natural light and high-quality digital equipment to capture wildlife and landscapes in distinct manners that illuminate their unique characteristics. In his wildlife photography he tries to capture an emotional connection with his subjects. In his landscape images he tries to find light and angles to add magical or mystical perspectives to his images. More of Larry's work may be seen at www.classvimages.com.
An award winning watercolorist and resident of Palo Alto, Curl paints the landscapes of the High Sierras, Rockies, Bay Area and Mexico. He teaches watercolor painting at the Palo Alto Art League and the International Elderhostel Organization where he instructs on-location painting classes in Mexico. Curl is the Editorial Cartoonist for the Palo Alto Daily News. To see more of his work please go to www.stevecurl.com
Frances is an emerging photographer specializing in portraits of people, wildlife, nature and architecture from her travels to more than 45 countries. Through her photography, she hopes to educate people about our world, and to inspire them to get out and experience it for themselves. She's particularly drawn to scenes that express beauty, excitement, humor and diversity, whether through a brilliantly colored blossom or a poignant face in the crowd. Her photographs can be found in galleries and in private collections worldwide, as well as online at www.francesfreyberg.com
Marsha Heimbecker is an emerging fine artist who paints with risk, creativity, and emotion. Her unique use of vivid colors and bold brushwork reveal her passion for self-expression.
Marsha was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in the Bay Area. She has taken art classes at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and many Bay Area colleges, and she has attended art workshops around the country.
Storytelling often becomes her inspiration -- the journeys of life. She hopes to unfold adventures, images, and tales that challenge our senses and awaken our histories. Marsha's paintings express movement and invite individual interpretation where emotions are captured, rather than explained.
"I fondly remember childhood stories shared by my father and family. My favorite memories are these little things. I am taken with the beauty of life. I am fortunate. I paint passionately and enjoy sharing my life stories." Her paintings can be found in private collections around the country and on her website. Additional information and artwork by Marsha can be viewed at www.MarshaHeimbecker.com
Carolyn Jones is best known for her California landscapes focusing on local mid-peninsula scenes including the Baylands, Pacific Coast, and Coastal Mountains. She paints quickly in oil, using brush, rag, fingers, and palette knife to capture the moment with changing scenery and weather conditions. She recently discovered the magic of transparent oil colors, which add mystery, mood, and depth to her paintings. She lives in Menlo Park. More of Carolyn Jones' paintings can be seen in her studio at the Redwood City Art Center or on line at
Check out the recent Article about Carolyn Jones, posted on "In Menlo":
Misako Kambe, a ceramicist, is influenced by traditional Japanese and Chinese ceramic and kimono designs.
Kristen Olson is an award winning painter residing in Palo Alto. California's beautiful scenery offers infinite inspiration for her landscape paintings. An American Impressionist, Kristenʼs landscapes are rich in layers of color and full of texture and light. Each painting is a depiction of her love of nature. Familiar with a variety of mediums, her primary medium is oil on linen. “My paintings are my visual language. Through expressive brushstrokes, I strive to capture what inspired me to paint the subject. When viewers look at my paintings, I want them to feel that they are looking at something that is exceptionally well done, luminous and makes them feel good”. Her paintings can be found hanging in many corporate and private collections throughout the world including the white house collection. She works both "en plein air" and in the studio painting a wide variey of subject matter. Commissions are welcomed. Kristen teaches weekly classes and workshops at The Allied Arts Guild. This garden setting is perfect for painting yearound. To learn more about this artist or inquire about classes or commissions, please visit her website at: www.KristenOlson.net CLICK HERE to read "Leaving an Impression", a recently published article in The Almanac Online.
Jerry Peters, a retired Menlo Park fire battalion chief, paints in acrylics.
Jan Prisco is an emerging pastel and oil artist. Most of her paintings are
begun plein air with an emphasis on capturing vibrant color and light. After a
twentyfive year career as a technology sales and marketing professional, Jan
considers herself fortunate to achieve her dream of devoting her time
fully to art beginning in 2012. In preparation, she has studied under
leading pastel and oil painting professionals over a period of several years and
has completed classes and workshops focused on figure and portraiture at the Bay
Area Classical Artist Atelier (BACAA) and local colleges. She is also active in
several professional art organizations. Additional informatin and artwork by Jan can be viewed at
After a career as an executive in higher education, Linda Salter now devotes herself full-time to pursuing her interest in and exploration of art. She has studied under a number of Bay Area artists who teach at local colleges as well as with visiting artists from out of state. Linda works primarily in pastels and oils and is especially drawn to portraiture. She resides in San Mateo and has a studio at Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica. She has exhibited and received awards at community and college art shows and has had solo shows at Avenue 25 Gallery in San Mateo and at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Additional information and artwork by Linda can be viewed at www.lindasalter.com
A California native, Teresa Silvestri is an award-winning watercolor artist whose love of animals and nature inspires her artwork. Her representational painting style is known for its softness, utilizing many layers of washes and glazes. While many of her animals and pet portraits are painted in a realistic manner, she also enjoys adding whimsical touches. In addition to exhibiting in and curating many juried group and solo exhibits, Teresa is the Curator for the San Mateo County Arts Commission. She resides in Belmont with her husband and their two rescued dogs. Additional information and artwork by Teresa can be viewed at www.SilvestriStudios.com
Jared Sines has enjoyed a long career as a fine and commercial artist. He began showing his work at Shreve and Co. in San Francisco at the age of 20, and has been represented by fine California galleries and retail establishments on a continuous basis ever since. Presently, his oil paintings also hang in the New Masters Gallery in Carmel. His art education began formally at the Richard Stephens Art Academy (now the San Francisco Academy of Art) when he was eight years old. His father, also an artist and an owner of an advertising agency, provided him with art materials, instruction, and resources. He also taught him the basics of advertising art and copywriting. Jared studied still life drawing, portraiture, and still life painting at various institutions thought his formative years, and he earned his degree in fine arts and creative writing from San Francisco State College.
MARY K. STAHL
Mary K. Stahl, of Palo Alto, works in soft pastels creating impressionistic landscapes and still life paintings in her studio and in plein air. Mary records her emotional reaction to a subject on paper or canvas, creating a visual harmony that inspires. She participates in juried plein air events, group shows, and has had several one man exhibits. Her paintings are in many private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Additional information and artwork by Mary can be viewed at www.marystahl.com
BARBARA VON HAUNALTER
Barbara von Haunalter, resident of Los Altos Hills CA, paints impressionist plein air landscapes in watercolor and oil. Her strong design and subtle use of color offers a unique view on the traditional landscape.
Alice Weil, a third generation Californian, grew up watching the fog rolling in over the Coastal Range, the California hills changing from spring green to warm gold and all the changes in between. Always in awe of these vistas, capturing these fleeting moments and vanishing open spaces on canvas became the inspiration for her paintings. Additional information and artwork by Alice can be viewed at www.aliceweil.com
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