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Mary Leone

Mary LeoneMary was born in Carlisle and currently resides in Camp Hill. She has loved drawing and painting her whole life. In 2019, she received an MFA in Painting from the Marchutz School of Fine Arts at the American College of the Mediterranean, Aix-en-Provence, France. Prior to studying in Aix-en-Provence, Mary received an MA in Philosophy from KU Leuven in Belgium (2017), and a BA in English and Philosophy from Grove City College in Pennsylvania (2016).

Mary’s artistic practice focuses on painting and drawing from life and nature, with an attitude of continual exploration, disciplined attention, and openness. She primarily paints portraits, landscapes, and still lifes, as she sees all these deeply interrelated. She seeks to make every encounter with these visual experiences true to the moment of experience, rather than to traditional conventions. Her graduate work in painting and drawing explores color relationships and minimalist, expressive techniques. These serve the practice of painting from a “lived perspective,” which means trusting her eyes instead of the mind’s expectations. This has the sometimes unsettling consequence that she cannot know how a painting will look until it is finished: it is essential to her artistic process to seek to remove her own agenda, her own thoughts on what the painting “should be,” in order to paint with greater freedom, honesty to her experience, and care towards the world around her. Mary has painted in the fields of Aix-en-Provence (Cezanne’s home), hillsides of Giverny (Monet’s home), valleys of Switzerland, and the shore of Venice. She also loves painting portraits from life, seeking to express something true of people’s character in her work.

Mary has tutored students in drawing and painting, worked as a gallery assistant at Grove City College, and helped to organize and design the college’s Arts Festival. In graduate school, Mary was a teaching assistant for the art history course, “Crossroads in European Art”, instructing class sessions and leading a museum visit at the Musee Granet, Aix-en-Provence. In college, her art was selected as the cover art of The Quad literary magazine; Mary’s artwork has also been featured at the Marchutz School of Fine Arts Open Houses, Galerie ESDAC in Aix-en-Provence, GCC Arts Festival, and the Art Walk Exhibit in Grove City, PA.

Mary’s work is in private collections throughout the United States, France, Belgium, and Scotland.

Below is a Q&A with Mary:

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

I loved drawing and painting my whole life. My grandmother was a watercolor artist, and would give me and my sister art lessons as children. In high school, I took art courses that explored a variety of media, but in college I fell in love with oil painting. I found inspiration from my art history courses, and felt that my artwork grew and developed the more I studied the masters, like Cezanne, Vermeer, and Rembrandt. But I felt that my paintings didn’t have the same freedom and life as theirs did, so throughout my graduate studies in painting I pursued that freedom. The challenge of painting from life and nature (en plein air) has strengthened me as an artist, and helped me see more deeply into the beauty and wonder of the world around us.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

Using primarily oil paints, I do an extensive amount of color mixing every time I paint. I may spend 45 minutes or so in front of the subject, simply mixing colors. I usually begin with warm and cool blues, warm and cool reds, warm and cool yellows, as well as viridian, and up to three different whites. I often experiment with new colors as well, and sometimes mix my own paints from the pigments. I
usually let the subject before me determine which colors I use or don’t use. The more I’ve painted, the more I see how “broken” (that is, containing red, yellow, and blue) colors are in the world, and how complementary color pairings are true to our visual experience. I seek to reflect those aspects of my vision in my artwork. Every color I paint with, I brake with all the primary colors, so as to be true to nature and our experience of it.

Nick
“Nick”
Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

I love gleaning inspiration from the history of art. I’ve learned a lot from Byzantine era sculpture, in particular the bas-relief sculpture of St. Peter in the cathedral cloister in Aix-en-Provence, France. I’ve learned much from the color theory of the Impressionists, the precision and freedom of Vermeer, and the color relationships of Cezanne. I’ve greatly appreciated several authors as well, whose work
influence my art, such as Christopher Alexander, Flannery O’Connor, and Hans Urs von Balthasar. Three contemporary artistic inspirations are the abstract expressionist Makoto Fujimura, the oil painter Charley Neff, and the oil painter/watercolorist Christen Yates.

Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?

One of my favorite paintings is the portrait “Nick.” I felt that this painting pinpointed Nick’s character and manner in a deep way. Throughout my studies in France, I painted dozens of portraits, and found portraits to be perhaps the most challenging yet invigorating type of subject matter. I painted or drew Nick, an artist friend and musician, around a dozen times. Musician portraits are some of my favorite to do, because I seek to express not only the character of the person, but the music itself in these paintings. Hearing the music, as well as seeing the musician, adds another dimension to my painting experience, and I find it really incredible to pursue. I hope to paint many more musician portraits throughout my career as an artist.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?

Paint what you see, not what you think you ought to see. But true to the visual experience before you, and challenge yourself not to allow conventions, “tips and tricks”, or other techniques to prevent you from trusting your eyes and hand. Your eyes and hand may know better what the painting needs than what your mind thinks it needs. Study artworks—spend 2 hours sitting in front of one painting, and allow it time to open up to you. It’s incredible what you can find in the relationships of color to color, stroke to stroke, that may only open up after long waiting and looking. And as you continue painting, allow every painting you make to be a new experience, as if you’ve never painted before. As Shunryu Suzuki wrote, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

Mary Leone’s website
 

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Clare Klaum

Clare KlaumClare is a Central Pennsylvania Pastel artist. She has cultivated a passion for art through most of her life. It has only been over the last 12 years that she has studied under award-winning artists and perfected her skills in Pastels. She loves the vibrancy and intensity of chalk Pastels. They are made of pure pigment held together with a binder and produce intense color the few media can match. Her paintings evoke the pure joy of life and all that God has created. She takes her own photographs and those shared by friends and uses them as subject matter for her paintings. Flora and Fauna are among her favorite subject matter. Pet portraits are one of her specialties.

Clare resides in Mechanicsburg, PA. with her loving husband and both she and her husband are avid bird watchers and she loves to photograph and paint many of her backyard birds and critters. She also loves spending time with her 2 children and their families. She enjoys creating treasured works of art with her 6 grandchildren. She hopes you will be touched by her paintings as much as she has enjoyed creating them.

Below is a Q&A with Clare:

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

As long as I can remember, I had a passion for art. Drawing and painting in my younger years. But it has only been over the last 12 years that I have seriously pursued art as a career. I took classes and studied under award winning artists in several different mediums. When I took a few classes in Pastels I fell in love with them and I was hooked! Now they are my medium of choice.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

Chalk Pastels are pure pigment and produce intense color that most other media can’t match. They lend themselves so well to painting wildlife, florals and landscapes. The colors are so vibrant and can be blended with your fingers or color shapers. Pastels are especially wonderful for painting fur or feathers getting very fine detail. I am an avid bird watcher and photograph and paint my backyard birds and well as many birds that we have seen on trips my husband and I have taken. Pet Portraits are one of my specialties. Layering many colors on sanded paper with rich undertones of fur brings the animal alive. I always start with the eyes for they are the window to the soul.

Oriole Splashdown
Oriole Splashdown
Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?

Currently my favorite piece is “Oriole Splashdown”. This painting was created for a color themed member’s show for Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC) in 2017. Their color theme was Orange Crush. Because I lean towards birds I chose Baltimore Orioles eating oranges. It has a surreal twist as the orange sections are floating on a pool of splashing orange juice. This painting was juried into Art of The State Pennsylvania 2017. It sold the very next day after the show opened in the State Museum in June 2017. It remained in the exhibit until it closed in September 2017.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?

Take a few classes to get started. The Art Center in Mechanicsburg and CALC have excellent classes and teachers with years of experience that can guide you. Once I took a few classes I was hooked and have been painting exclusively with pastels ever since.

Clare Klaum’s website

Awards & Honors
Pennsylvania Artist of the Year 2018. Explore TOSCA Magazine Spring/Summer 2018
Art of the State Pennsylvania 2017 painting “Oriole Splashdown” juried into exhibit
Plein Air Camp Hill Juried into Festival &Competition 2013, 2014, 2015.
Plein Air Camp Hill 2013 Purchase Award for “June’s Delight”
Keystone National Works on Paper juried into competition 2012, 2013, 2015

Clare Klaum’s Memberships
Carlisle Arts Learning Center & Gallery
Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society
Daily Painters of Pennsylvania
Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters
The Art Center School & Galleries

“Whatever things are true, whatever is noble,
Whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever
Is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything
Is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these
Things.” Phil. 4-8 NIV

David Thompson

Below is a bio of photographer David Thompson, Cornerstone’s artist of the month for June 2019.

David Thompson display

Photography has been a passion of mine for nearly 40 years and began when I first stepped into my high school darkroom. I was fascinated by the process of exposing a piece of photographic paper, slipping it into a tray of developer, and watching an image appear. It wasn’t long before I had purchased my first SLR and 5 rolls of Kodachrome 64.

As with many young photographers, I initially found myself trying to duplicate iconic images of imposing landscapes, stunning sunsets, flowers, and cityscapes cloaked in fog. Capturing these images on film in the “pre-digital” era was considerably more challenging than it is today with digital sensors, image stabilizers, and built-in autofocus. Despite years of trying to perfect “the big picture”, I accepted the fact that I just wasn’t very good at it and instead, became more intrigued with pieces of landscapes, unique perspectives, and capturing what many photographers often overlook.

In recent years my focus has shifted to urban and street photography. Photographing urban landscapes and capturing everyday life in the faces of people going about their daily routines created a result that was static reminder of an ever-changing world. The uniqueness of each image is what I find most appealing.

Leica photographers such as Henry Cartier Bresson, Diane Arbus, André Kertész, Vivian Maier, Thurston Hopkins, Rui Palha, and the singer, Lenny Kravitz, continue to provide a never ending source of inspiration…though my images pale in comparison.

I hope you enjoy viewing these images as much as I enjoyed capturing them.

David Thompson lives in Camp Hill with his wife Rose Eskin and children Julia and Jack…and dogs Katy, Maisey and Milo. All images were taken on a Leica M240.

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John McNulty

John McNulty grew up in the steel town of North Braddock outside Pittsburgh. From age ten he attended Saturday drawing and painting classes at the Carnegie Museum. With a BS in Graphic Design from La Roche College, and an MBA from Lebanon Valley College, John served as art director and illustrator for several advertising agencies, and in print production for Giant Food Stores.

As a member of Central Pennsylvania’s painting group The Seven Lively Artists, he has exhibited at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and many galleries in the region.

John has enjoyed teaching oil painting classes in Lower Paxton Township and Hershey, and Digital Illustration at Messiah College. His original poster illustrations for Open Stage of Harrisburg have been part of the local arts scene for three decades. His own painting finds inspiration in the landscape and the human figure.

Experienced in several media, John accepts painting and illustration commissions, and shows his own paintings at the Millworks studios in Harrisburg.

John McNulty display

Here is a profile of artist John McNulty, Cornerstone’s artist of the month for May 2019.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

Ever since my early childhood I have been fascinated with color and visual phenomena. Like many artists, I have been drawing my whole life, but it wasn’t until high school that I realized that art was something I could dedicate my life to. For college I attended tyler school of art, and I will receive my BFA in painting this spring. I had never touched oil paint until 3 years ago and found it extremely frustrating at first, but very quickly I fell in love with the possibilities of the material. I am still learning every day, but the more paintings I make the more I feel in control of and find freedom with in the medium.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

Mixing specific color has been my most recent challenge to overcome, but the process of mixing paint has become a meditative one for me. It is the time when I can really settle into thinking about the painting I plan to make. It takes a lot of thought and attention to detail, but the specificity of color is very important in my work so I love this part of the process.

Recently I have been focused on the color green and how can I make a green painting that feels the way green functions in a landscape. I also think alot about the quality of light and how to paint aspects of the natural world in a way that feels familiar to the viewer.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

I am constantly seeking inspiration from other contemporary artists, it would be difficult to par down into a small list. However the one artist who has been the most influential to the way I am thinking about painting now, is Vincent Van Gogh. Everyone loves Van Gogh and rightfully so, but about a year ago I got to visit his museum in Amsterdam, and the experience gave me great insight into him as an artist, as well as inspiring me to mix more specific color and to develop my own language as a painter.

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?

My favorite piece I have created is titled “Light Rising” it is a fairly large diptych, informed by the abstraction of the landscape reflected in creek water. the painting is a very abstract field of brush marks in various greens, browns, blues and colors which reference light. The process of making this painting was very physical and allowed me to work loosely and quickly and I think that this kind of energy, coupled with very specific color, resulted in a painting which has a profound spiritual and enlightened energy.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?

It is difficult to give advice to other young oil painters, because I feel as though I have just started using the medium myself. However, one thing I have learned is that every painting made was worthwhile. All of the ugly, bad paintings I have made have taught me something and it is most important to always be working and setting goals for yourself in order to learn and improve your craft.

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