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Lynn Wrona



Lynn’s oil and pastel paintings have received more than 30 regional and national awards. Selected pastel awards are the Diane B. Bernhard Art Spirit Award, CT Academy of Fine Arts; Frances and Marguerite Walker Award, Rockport, MA; and Richard Reccia Award, North Shore Arts Association.

One common description of her work is that it is “nostalgic” and shows a love of people and places of peace and beauty.

Lynn is a Signature Member and past membership chairman for the Connecticut Pastel Society. She is an Elected Artist Member of Rockport Art Association and Museum, North Shore Arts Association, and an Associate Member of Lyme Art Association.
Lynn is an artist member and former president of Academic Artists Association; and a group member of the Connecticut River Valley Artists.

Rita Kirkman

Rita Kirkman has been using pastel since she was 11 years old. Her work is defined by light, color and composition, and since 2003 has consistently won major awards in national and international competitions. She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the Master Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her work is in public and private collections all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Africa and Australia. In recent years she has become a popular workshop instructor.

“I’m blessed to be able to find beauty in almost everything I see. My work has evolved into an observation of light and shadow, and recently I’ve been playing with more adventurous ways to portray light with color, value, and temperature. Along with themed portraiture, a popular subject with my collectors has been ranch animals. This works rather well because ranch animals are ideal models of sunlight, and as Claude Monet said, ‘The subject matter, my dear good fellow, is the light.’”

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John B. Conroy

John’s award winning paintings have been featured in many regional exhibits from The Academy of Fine Arts Exhibit in Mystic to The Pastel Society of America and Salmagundi Club in New York City. In addition to private collections, John’s artwork is part of the collections of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda and Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY. He is a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, as well as a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York. John studied art at the Arts Students League and The School of Visual Arts in New York City and has been a student of nationally known painters, including Robert Brackman, John Howard Sanden and Daniel Green. Focus of John’s paintings is to bring subjects to life through the relationship of values, composition and supported by the elements of light and color.

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Clayton Buchanan

Clayton Buchanan paints those pieces of nature that speak to him through light, color, structure, and emotion. He has been fascinated with the Impressionist color concept for over 35 years and is still visually learning from nature. Looking for moments that come and go with a blink of an eye are a challenge for him to capture. Many of his figurative paintings are those moments, frozen in time, that capture life in movement, and give us a chance to recognize that fleeting beauty of light and color so easily lost forever. Pastels are his medium. Applying these brilliant colors layer upon layer, mixing on the painting surface, and doing so with energized strokes enhances his visual imagery.

Clayton Buchanan’s paintings are in private and corporate collections including the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Foundation, Montreal, Canada, and Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck, NY. He has done numerous portrait commissions throughout the Northeast and South and is currently conducting demonstrations and workshops. He received Best In Show, Connecticut Pastel Society Annual Member Show, 2011, and has won awards on a regional and national level. Memberships include the Guild of Boston Artists, Connecticut Pastel Society, Kent Art Association, CT, and Orange County Art Federation, NY. Clayton Buchanan studied Impressionist Painting with Henry Hensche in Provincetown, MA; Figure/Portrait Painting with William Draper, Art Students League, NY. He has his studio in Newburgh, NY.

Please email Clayton Buchanan if you would like more information about any of the works depicted in his website gallery.


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