Featured Artist

Featured Artist - March 2018

Lisa Fricker

Website: www.lisafricker.com

Lisa Fricker is inspired by light, moved by relationships, intrigued by mystery, and seduced by color. Her first job was painting portraits from life at the age of 16 – at a theme park! Short poses recorded in charcoal, pastel and watercolor served as an introduction to life drawing and unexplored media. After this trial by fire, she attended art school in her native Nashville, continuing at Paier College of Art in Connecticut. She left behind a scholarship offer to hone her skills as a classical pianist, but was awarded a scholarship to the Scottsdale Artists’ School, to study with Bettina Steinke. 

Her work has been published in The Best of Portrait Painting, The Best of Flower Painting 2 and Painting More Creatively (North Light Books), as well as in Pastel Journal and Pastel Artist International magazines. She was profiled by the Portrait Society of Atlanta for their journal Folio, achieving Member of Merit status with the organization. She has been featured in live press and print coverage for many unveilings of her commissioned works, as well as her eight solo exhibits. And she has been interviewed for both television and radio programs in California, Alabama, and New York.

Lisa has portrayed 92 inductees for the Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center, CEOs, a Senator – and many children. She has also been commissioned by a dozen health care centers to produce paintings for facilities from Oregon to Florida, such as M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. 

A signature member of the American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society, she is a Distinguished Pastelist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society, and has completed requirements for Signature status with Oil Painters of America. She recently accepted an invitation to become an Inaugural Signature Member of California Plein Air Painters, acting as a juror for their Signature program. Lisa has had many gallery and consultant affiliations in her career. She exhibits in national juried exhibitions, and museums such as the Butler Institute of American Art and the Haggin. Her works are included in hundreds of private and corporate collections, including the American Cancer Society, Ortho McNeil Pharmaceutical, and State Farm.

Featured Artist - February 2018

Rick Delanty

Website: www.delantyfineart.com

Rick J. Delanty’s oil and acrylic landscape paintings are focused on the divine power of God as manifested in His creation. Rick has participated in the Laguna Plein Air Invitational and the Maui Plein Air. He has won awards at the Salmagundi Club in New York, the Laguna Art Museum, Best of Show in International Society of Acrylic Painters 2013 and second prize in the plein air category of the Art Renewal Center’s 2016 international show .
Plein air painting and drawing from life play an important role in achieving authenticity in his work.
Rick is a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society , Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, International Society of Acrylic Painters , Plein Air Artists of Colorado, and California Plein Air Painters, as well as an Artist member of the California Art Club. His studio is located in San Clemente, California

To see more of his work please visit www.delantyfineart.com

When asked what inspired his winning piece "Yosemite Snowfall", here's what he had to say "Shape, color and contrast are the design elements that drew me to this subject. Those elements against the white background of the snow create a pattern that is arresting and graphically clear. An encounter with the Yosemite wilderness is an encounter with purity, beauty and raw energy."

Featured Artist - January 2018

Thomas Kitts

Website: www.thomaskitts.com

Thomas is inspired by how light plays across his subject and he has devoted most of his life to capturing it in oil. Thomas prefers to work directly from life for its honesty and immediacy, incorporating many alla prima techniques developed by master artists such as Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn.


Thomas is a widely collected painter and sought after teacher. He travels extensively painting and teaching workshops across the globe. Thomas has been a guest lecturer at multiple Plein Air Convention & Expos.


He has won numerous awards at some of the very respected art shows and has featured in several Art Magazines. He has been named as an Artist to Watch by The Informed Collector.


Thomas is inspired by the quality of light and makes an honest attempt to to represent the moment in time. When asked what inspired the winning painting, he said “For me, it is the quality of the light that motivates me to pick up the brush, be it a strong, soft, warm, or cool light. Ideally, I try to paint a moment, not a thing, so whatever the subject may be is largely incidental. On one day, I might feel compelled to express the permanence of Yosemite's Half Dome as it is revealed in failing light. On another, I could be struck by the sight of free-range pigs rooting through a pile of trash left out in the street in a third-world country. Or, I could be prompted by something as prosaic as a stack of dishes left to soak in the sink. In the end, what I choose to paint isn’t as important as how it is painted – and of course, the light that illuminates the scene.”

To see more of his work please visit http://thomaskitts.com/


Abreviated List of Prestigious Collections:                                                              

Maryhill Museum of Art, Washington | permanent collection Fleischer Museum, Arizona | permanent collection

Kaiser Permanente, Oregon | permanent collection

Mariott Corporation, California | permanent collection

Paul Allen Foundation, Oregon | permanent collection


Select List of Museum Exhibitions (2011 - 2017):                                                                

Booth Western Art Museum, Georgia

Maryhill Museum of Art, Washington

Laguna Art Museum, California

Academy Museum of Art, Maryland

Curacao Maritime Museum, Curacao, Caribbean

Featured Artist - December

Lisa Mozzini-McDill Plein Air Paintings and Statement

Website: www.lisamozzini-mcdill.com

Lisa Mozzini-McDill graduated from San Diego State University with Honors, Distinction in Art and a BA in Graphic Communications. She worked as a graphic artist, illustrator, and portrait artist for over 10 years in San Diego. Lisa has continued her education with workshops by Elizabeth Tolley, John Budicin, Ken Auster, Michael Obermeyer and Joseph Todorovitch. Today she works primarily in oil on plein air landscapes, larger studio work and commissioned portraits. Her paintings are very expressive with loose brushstrokes. In addition to teaching in her studio and at Parkhurst Galleries, Inc., she demonstrates for various art groups and gives workshops. She has been published in Orange County's Best magazine and was featured in the artist's spotlight of The Press-Enterprise, July 14, 2008. Lisa is an Artist Member in California Art Club and a signature member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

“What I think about when painting is emphasizing an exciting play of light and shadow, an interesting composition, and enhancing a scene that evokes a deeper meaning or emotion in me. It is my intent that this depth and emotion I feel will also be communicated and resonates with the viewer.”


Lisa is featured in the October 2017 issue of the Southwest Art Magazine. Please check it out!

Her work is represented at the following galleries:

Hillside Fine Art, Claremont, CA

The Lake House, Cedar Glen, CA

Crystal Cove Alliance, Newport, CA

SAGA Fine Art, Monrovia, CA

Parkhurst Galleries, Inc., San Pedro, CA

"April Thaw" “Clearing Skies Ahead" “Cliffhanger Sphinx"

“Down to the Beach"

Featured Artist - August

Shuang Li Plein Air Paintings and Statement

Website: www.shuangliwatercolors.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/shuangliwatercolors/

Born, raised and classically trained in China, Shuang Li received her BA Degree in Graphic Design and Master Degree in Art History. After moving to the United States, Shuang then received her MFA (Master of Fine Art) Degree from The Department of Art, University of Oregon in 1991.


Following the traditional “En Plein Air” Impressionism approach, Shuang paints watercolor both on locations and in her studio, portrays the extraordinary variety of life with her unique perspective.  With masterful classic and contemporary techniques, Shuang recreates nature’s beauty in her paintings by capturing moods and moments of light and color with her singular poetic expression.

A signature member of National Watercolor Society and San Diego Watercolor Society, Shuang's watercolor paintings have long been favored by collectors, also regularly exhibited in national and international galleries and group shows, with many honorable awards.

With her extensive teaching background, Shuang has been regularly invited by art organizations for her popular plein air painting demonstrations, art workshops and classes, and frequently served as an invited juror for art competitions and art exhibitions.

Shuang Li lives with her husband in Escondido, California. She can be reached via:

Email shuangli@shuangliwatercolors.com, or visit her website http://www.shuangliwatercolors.com

Recent Exhibitions (partial)

2017 “Near Mission Bay”, Salmagundi Club 39th Open Annual Non-Members' Exhibition, NY, NY

2017 “Daybreak”, 42th Exhibition, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies

2017 “Wet Evening, Paris”, American Impressionist Association Small Work Exhibition

2016 “Dawn at River, Southern China”, National Watercolor Society 96th International Exhibition

2016 “Sunny Florence, Italy”, American Impressionist Association 17th National Exhibition, 

2015 “Summer Small Works”, N.A.W.A Gallery, National Association of Women Artist, NY, NY

2015 “California Dreaming”, L Street Gallery, San Diego, CA

2015 “Painting the Town (Solo Exhibition)”, Lehman Gallery, Fallbrook, CA

2015 35th International Exhibition, San Diego Watercolor Society

2014 “The Road Traveled (Solo Exhibition), Junkang Museum, Xinjiang China 2014

2014 34th International Exhibition, San Diego Watercolor Society 2014

2013 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors 2013

2013 Watercolor West International Exhibition

2012 32th International Exhibition, San Diego Watercolor Society

2012 Watercolor West International Exhibition



National Watercolor Society (Signature Member)

San Diego Watercolor Society (Signature member)

Watercolor West (Signature member)

American Watercolor Society

American Impressionist Association

California Art Club

California Plein Air Painters

Drizzle at Park 15”x22”, watercolor on paper. Painted at Balboa Park, San Diego “Kit Carson Park” 16” x 24”, watercolor on paper. Painted at Kit Carson Park, Escondido California “Awaiting at Shelter Island” 12”x18”, watercolor on paper, Painted at Shelter Island, San Diego California “Morning at Grassland” 15”x22” watercolor on paper. Painted in Ramona,California.


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