NSB Paint Out Artists



Natalia Andreeva
Natalia Andreeva

Tallahassee, Florida

Natalia Andreeva emerged as an artist from the rich and fertile artistic climate of Novosibirsk, in Siberia, after graduating from its most prestigious art college. During her classical education in the canons of European art she was greatly influenced by Eastern philosophy. Consequentially, Natalia’s work is a harmonious marriage between spontaneous expressions and classical realism.

Among Natalia’s favorite themes are exquisite landscapes, depicting the subtlety of nature,still life, where vibrant shapes and internal dynamics are shown in contrast to the commonplace subjects, and finally, figures and portraits brimming with humanity, and giving testament to the beauty and harmony of the human condition.


Cathy Berse
Cathy Berse

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Cathy Berse is a 29 year resident of Florida and a signature member of East Coast Plein Air. Cathy attended the University of Wisconsin, University of Tennessee and Milwaukee Area Technical College. In years past she has worked as a graphic designer, teacher and muralist.

Being an artist is not just a job. It is what I am. As an artist I interpret and analyze things I see. For example, a single tree is not just a tree, it is shapes, shadows, and values painted with feeling and emotions. Ninetynine percent of my oil paintings are done on site “alla prima”. I feel that it allows me to capture the light that caught my eye as well as the true colors of nature. I love what I do and it is my goal to pass that love along in my work.If a viewer can step into the scene I have just painted and get as much pleasure from it as I did painting it, I consider it a successful painting.


Susie Covert
Susie Covert

Bradenton, Florida

Susan Covert received her BFA from Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri. An illustrator for 30 years, her drawings and watercolors continue today as she still keeps her practice of a daily sketchbook. Now living in Florida since 2004, Susan paints full time and teaches at Venice Art Center and Renaissance School of Art.

Today Susan paints the domestic interior as inspired by the Dutch Masters finding inspiration from her own family and the places they live in the past or currently. She also began painting Plein air at a workshop in Corning, NewYork with Thomas Buechner in the early 1990’s. Since then she has painted en Plein Air in many locations, including Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, High Point, South Carolina, Rochester, New York. She has won numerous awards, most recently First Place in the Sarasota Sailing Squadron Competition, First Place twice at Manatee Art Center 2016 and First Place in the Studio at Gulf and Pine exhibition 2016 on Anna Maria Island.

I paint about the light in the interiors and landscapes around me. I thank God daily for bringing that light and his into my work.


Charles Dickinson
Charles Dickinson

St. Augustine, Florida

Charles Dickinson is a graduate of Paier School of Art with an additional two years of study at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Connecticut. Charles has always felt most comfortable in nature and began to paint on location early in his education. He has continued to study nature first hand throughout his career. He has worked as a professional plein air artist for more than thirty years.

Charles is collected by private collectors internationally and often participates in invitational and juried paint outs year round. Dickinson is an award-winning artist who most recently won awards in 2012’s Plein Air North Carolina and Plein air Vermont. His favorite subjects are varied and range from pure landscape, to marine, to architectural scenes, and to the unexpected compositions found in a plein air landscape.

Dickinson says he is challenged and inspired to create quality and lasting beauty in his work that reflects his love of nature and his love of exploring the pictorial possibilities nature provides.


Elisabeth Ferber
Elisabeth Ferber

Mt. Dora, Florida

Elisabeth Ferber was born in Belleville, Illinois but spent most of her adult life in Central Florida. Born of artistic parents and having spent much of her childhood in Europe, Elisabeth was exposed to a very classical art background which in turn influenced her current style.

My artwork can best be described as “classical representational”. I do not seek to change what is, but to paint it and present it as I perceived it at the time. I strive to create a painting that shows the beauty and character of wildlife and/or landscapes.

Although I do paint a little of everything, wildlife and their landscapes are my favorite. My landscapes are painted from life whenever possible and the wildlife is studied and photographed by myself. My goal is to capture scenes in the hope that others will see and appreciate the land that we have today.

Elisabeth is a member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Florida and Central Florida Plein Air Artists.


Frank Ferrante
Frank Ferrante

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Frank Ferrante graduated Rutgers University and the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, Newark, NJ. Ferrante started teaching plain air and studio painting in 1993. Prior to that he began his creative career producing educational programs for industry and spent many years in the fine arts, advertising, and marketing communications industries.

Ferrante has participated in many regional shows and has won many top awards. His paintings hang in galleries in New Jersey, Colorado, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, North Carolina and are in many private collections. He moved to Florida in 2011 and now teaches at the Art League of Daytona Beach and The HUB on CANAL, New Smyrna Beach. He has been associated with The Allied Artists of America, NY; the New Jersey En Plein Air Artists; The Community Arts Association, NJ; the Ringwood Manor Assocation of the Arts, the American Artist Professional League Inc. Salmagundi Club, NY., and The Artist’s Workshop, New Smyrna Beach.

He served on the Board of Directors, at The Ridgewood Art Institute, Ridgewood, NJ., The American Artist Professional League, Inc. Salmagundi Club, New York and currently on the board at The HUB on Canal, New Smyrna Beach, FL., where he is a studio artist.

When I paint outdoors I witness an orchestration of these elements, somewhat like a conductor experiences with an orchestra. I struggle with that ever changing light, color, mood and atmosphere of the composition (painting), from the Richard Wagner grays of a foggy day to the crisp and sunny yellows of a John Philip Sousa March. Painting is risk-taking and with this challenge comes vision, hope and development.


Michelle Held
Michelle Held

Sarasota, Florida

Being an active participant in painting events that directly support the preservation of our disappearing landscape ignited Michelle’s passion for wildlife, which led her on a journey of painting from life. Michelle feels working outside and on-site is most essential in fulfilling her craving for representational paintings and staying close to nature.

I envision a painting, seeking great composition, light and value. Once comfortable with that, I enjoy letting the painting direct me, instead of imposing my will upon it.

With an insatiable appetite for color, light, and texture, Michelle strives to inspire happiness, trigger your imagination, and make an emotional connection with the viewer. She believes evoking a feeling of light, space and passion is key to any successful contemporary painting.

Michelle’s work includes a wide range, from still life and wildlife to landscapes and seascapes, but her most sought after creations are her iconic paintings of birds.


Scott Hiestand
Scott Hiestand

Ormond Beach, Florida

Scott, a resident of Ormond Beach, Florida, is an avid plein air painter and creator of various bird and fish sculptures made from wire and various finishes.

Upon obtaining his art degree in Philadelphia, Scott was recruited by Hallmark Cards. He later worked for some 35 years as a graphic artist for various newspapers, including 15 years at the St. Petersburg Times, where he illustrated the outdoors pages.

Scott’s work has been recognized throughout the United States. He is a State of Indiana upland game bird stamp contest winner; was selected for the Paint America National Gallery Tour; and designed the Florida Bass Fish automobile license plate. Scott’s works are in many private and corporate collections.


Catherine Hillis
Catherine Hillis

St. Simons Island, Georgia

I paint. It’s the thing I do best. I create light, movement and drama in watercolor paint so that my viewers feel the light and experience the energy through my work. Many people tell me that I see color and light that isn’t there, but I contend that I’m observing things the way they really are. Whenever possible, I try to employ a playful twist or edge that a viewer can appreciate and I always find beauty in places where it is least expected.

Catherine Hillis lives on Saint Simons Island, Georgia. She’s won hundreds of awards and earned eight signature memberships from national watercolor organizations. One of 40 elected members of the prestigious Washington Society of Landscape Painters in Washington, D.C., the artist competes regularly in international watercolor exhibitions as well as plein air competitions and invitational shows. She served as artist in residence in Dinan, France in 2007, and at Hot Springs National Park in 2010.

Hillis works both in the studio and outdoors. She is drawn to scenes that are often forgotten or neglected, finding the intrinsic beauty in them. Her watercolor paintings are included in museum, corporate and personal collections and have been published in many venues, including Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, January 2019, Plein Air Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine, American Artist Magazine, Splash 12, Splash 14, Splash 18, the Artistic Touch series of water-media books, The Washington Post, the Best of America Watercolor Artists & Artisans, Volume 1 and the Best of Virginia Artists & Artisans 2005. Her most recent article was featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine’s April 2017 issue. You may see Hillis teaching a series of brief watercolor lessons on MonkeySee.com.


Mike Jakubowski
Mike Jakubowski

Ocoee, Florida

Mike Jakubowski’s deep appreciation of the outdoor world began as a sportsman and explorer in the wilds of upstate NY; it led him to an education and career practicing environmental stewardship and conservation. As a Florida resident for more than a dozen years, he exercises environmental passions for the natural world through an oil palette and canvas.

Mike is an avid outdoor painter whom prefers to complete alla-prima paintings in one sitting, capturing the true natural light, tone and mood of the moment. Viewers of his work have often related a likeness to Hopper for a still and reflective quality but, he feels that his best work represents the boldness and wildness of the outdoors when loose, suggestive brushstrokes are applied. He has won several awards during the last few years and has been participating in many juried plein-air events and exhibitions.

Mike has a unique way of not just capturing the beauty in the surrounding nature but also the places we dwell and the footprints we leave behind. His work explores this dynamic between man and nature in a poignant and alluring way.


Stewart Jones
Stewart Jones

Orlando, Florida

Stewart Jones began drawing at an early age in life and winning awards in art competitions. In his high school years he enjoyed art classes and excelled at mechanical drawing. This would become the foundation for many of his paintings, which include architectural structures. He later attended Ferris State University in Michigan where he graduated with a degree in graphic arts. He also took additional courses at college to strengthen his skills at painting in both oil and acrylic. After his college years, Jones elected to take a painting class in watercolor and thus began a rewarding career as a watercolor artist.

Jones has created plein air landscape paintings on a frequent basis. His love for vast open landscapes is the inspiration for many of his paintings. “I feel it is important to paint scenes of nature so that I can share that moment in time with others,” says Jones. He realizes our world is quickly changing and he takes opportunities to paint architecture and landscapes that he knows may not be here for our future generations to enjoy.

He has participated in plein air events throughout Florida and in many outdoor Art Festivals. When not painting outdoors on location, he is in his studio at Gallery on First in historic Sanford, Florida.


Jane Keeling
Jane Keeling

Bradenton, Florida

As a Contemporary Impressionist Jane fills her paintings with color and light. She paints elements of an alluring seaside life with whimsy and charm, enticing the viewer to linger over that particular moment. Many of Jane’s paintings are done in the Plein Air tradition.

I look for dramatic light effects on my subjects which often include colorful skies, various birds, and stunning varieties of Florida’s tropical flowers. Loose brushwork and color harmony play a key role in my work.

BFA Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Sir John Cass School of Art, London, England

Chairman of Paint the Town Bradenton paint out,
Teaching Art, Interior Design, Muralist


Chris Kling
Chris Kling

Stuart, Florida

Chris Kling graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and has worked as a professional artist since 1978. She has received numerous awards and commissions for her landscapes and portraiture throughout the US and with the Portrait Society of America. Chris has exhibited with the Oil Painters of America and in September 2019 she was honored to show in the American Impressionist Society’s 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition in the historic Salmagundi Club in New York City.

Chris works primarily in oil in a contemporary impressionistic manner. She also teaches Plein Air and Oil Portraiture in classes and workshops. Chris has a gallery and studio in Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor in Stuart, FL and is represented by Palm City Art & Frame. Painting, to her, is reaching out to find the common emotional connection between all of us.

Being an artist is my lifelong career and an integral part of me. It is something I have always been compelled to do – like the need to breathe! I work representationally in oil with a painterly, contemporary flair creating portraits, landscapes, and cityscapes using color, value, and brushstroke to sing a visual song to viewers and connect on an emotional level.


Barbara Ortiz
Barbara Ortiz

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Barbara enjoys the challenge of working in Plein Air. Due to theever-changing light, holding onto that original visual image andincorporating a sense of weather and time of day takes immense focus. Barbara says ”This is my happy place.”

Barbara grew up in New Milford, New Jersey. She began drawing at an early age influenced by her father, an amateur oil painter. Living close to New York City, her family spent many weekend exposing her to the art museums, galleries and abundant street art. Barbara has taken classes at Crealde School of Art, Winter Park, Florida as well as The Longboat Key Center For the Arts, Longboat Key, Florida. She has had the privilege of honing her skills in classes and workshops under renowned artists, David Leffel, Greg Kreutz, Morgan Samuel Price, Calvin Liang, Lori Putnam, Don Demers and Mary Erickson.

Those moments when you see a beautiful splash of light on an object or the violet haze of a foggy morning or the orange glow of a humid, summer sunset, these are my inspirations.

I work primarily in oil and pastel. My paintings are representational and I often work in plein air. Even in the studio, I work alla prima, except when creating larger paintings. My desire is to capture what I initially had a strong visual response to and to express in my chosen medium what I envisioned. I greatly admire and am influenced by masters such as Sargent, Zorn, Sorolla, Cezanne and contemporary masters Richard Schmid and Don Demers.


Joe Palmerio
Joe Palmerio

Sarasota, Florida

Joe is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and The Barnes Foundation, Phila. Pa. He is a roofer by trade, spent 11 years as a professional boat captain, and holds a Master Captain’s license, and a private pilot. He is in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the country. He has been the Artist in Residence for the Everglades National Park, and The Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.

His article on the National Parks was published in the May-June 2018 on line edition of Plein Air Magazine. His mural commissions include the Duval House B & B in Key West Fl., Motivation Inc. the Mel Fisher Atocha Expedition, and Murphy Recreation Center in Philadelphia, Pa.admire and am influenced by masters such as Sargent, Zorn, Sorolla, Cezanne and contemporary masters Richard Schmid and Don Demers.


Barbara Perrotti
Barbara Perrotti

Ormond Beach, Florida

Combining a love of people and nature, you can find Barbara almost always painting en plein air, feeling just as much at home in the city, at the beach or deep into the landscape. In college she excelled in classical portraiture and soon sought to pose models in the open air. Barbara is proficient in the mediums of oil, pastel, and acrylic. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and was photographed painting on location for the premier issue of Plein Air Magazine. She took formal drawing lessons at the age of seven. Later studies included the Paier School of Art (CT) and workshops with such notables as Robert Brackman, Burt Silverman and Lois Griffel. She currently teaches at the Art League of Daytona and participates in Plein Air Events throughout Florida.

Ms. Perrotti is in several corporate collections to include the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Epcot, Orlando, Florida Hospital and Halifax Health Care to name a few. Commissions are welcome.

My first concern in painting is to establish abstract rhythms while developing my composition As I push toward reality, my thoughts are focused on consistency of stroke, the simplicity of the impression and above all else, my love of painting.


Randy Pitts
Randy Pitts

Jacksonville, Florida

Randy Pitts graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Florida in 1982 with a concentration in drawing and printmaking. Having a career in the commercial arts, it wasn’t until 2001 that Randy began painting. Since 2001, Randy has become devoted to painting “en plein air” and the challenges of capturing the light, form and shape the landscape provides. He has continued his education by attending numerous workshops, including Scott Christensen’s intensive ten-day workshop in 2008.

Randy exhibits in many local and regional shows. He has earned several first place awards in the Jacksonville Coalition for the Visual Arts juried exhibitions and earned an Award of Excellence in the 2012 Art of the Trees juried exhibition of which 70 artists from the region participated. His artwork was also chosen by “Southwest Art” Magazine to promote the Art of the Trees in their “Beyond the West” section. His artwork has been featured on the cover and inside “Arbus” magazine, Jacksonville’s local Arts publication. In 2014, Randy was awarded First Place and Best of Show at the Create! Home and Garden Plein Air Paint Out and was awarded 3rd Place at the St Mary’s Paint Out. He was awarded First Place in the “Outside In” exhibition at Southlight Gallery, Jacksonville, and was a solo exhibitor for the month of May, 2014 at the Vandroff Gallery inside the Jewish Community Alliance of Jacksonville.

Randy won the Artists’ choice Award at the 9th Annual Wekiva Paint Out and placed second at the 2015 Summer Guest Series exhibition “A New Leaf,” held at Southlight Gallery. He was awarded Third Place in the 3rd Annual Piedmont Paint Out, held in High Point, NC. He is represented by On the Waterfront Gallery in Apalachicola, FL and First Street Gallery in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Randy resides in Jacksonville.


Antwan Ramar
Antwan Ramar

Orlando, Florida

I tell my stories with the ephemeral moods of the light. My goal is to excite my viewers through an atmospheric mood, and authenticity that evokes emotion and connection. I am always looking for the subtle poetry of each subject, trying to paint “adjective” not the “noun” of the scene.

Originally from rural Wisconsin, Antwan Ramar has always been inspired by nature’s beauty. Growing up in a small town with a culturally rich community, Antwan always found himself surrounded and inspired by creative types. Antwan started his career as a Caricaturist, drawing people face-to-face, attempting to capture more than just the physical traits of the individual. As he deepened his knowledge of caricature and its history, he began to understand the qualities of hyperbole and see that this art form is, in fact, what all great artists strive for; to reveal and exaggerate the universal truths of your subject through your own perceptual lens. He takes those lessons with him into all of his artistic ventures, listening to his first impressions, and working to emphasize the aesthetic poetry in nature.

While Antwan remains a life long student of art, early on he spent much of his academic years in southern California studying in some of the finest ateliers under teachers with extensive experience in their fields. In that time his curricular focus was on concept art and illustration while learning the fundamentals in drawing and painting, giving him the tools to take his art in any direction. Today Antwan is a full-time painter, splitting his time between the studio and plein air works. He loves to travel and paint but spends most of his time in sunny Orlando, Florida.


Patrick Rausch
Patrick Rausch

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, Patrick grew up with tropical and ocean surroundings. Numerous visits since childhood to the Florida Keys and years of diving and sailing along with having a home in the Ocala National Forest for a number of years has had a strong and lasting influence on the subjects Patrick chooses to paint.

From beautiful cloud formations at sunset, to a quaint cottage in the Keys, to tranquil back country landscapes, to soothing seascapes, he finds and captures a feeling that relates to the beauty around us.

Patrick has been sharing and teaching others to paint for over 10 years and currently teaches classes at The Artists’ Workshop in New Smyrna Beach.

I have been painting and drawing most of my life and
continue to get a thrill every time I paint. In addition, I get a great deal of satisfaction sharing with others what others have shared with me. Painting and drawing are very teachable and in time, creativity will follow and flow.


Orit Reuben
Orit Reuben

Orlando, Florida

Award-winning artist Orit Reuben is an impressionist landscape pastel painter. She started out painting the figure, but in recent years, she has focused on plein air landscape painting. Orit likes sunny day painting and is inspired by light effects. Her favorite locations include a combination of architecture and nature.

Born in Israel to a family of artists, Orit is greatly influenced by her grandfather, who was an impressionist painter. As a child, she painted at the side of her mother, who is also an artist. Orit immigrated to the United States in her teens with her family and settled in Minneapolis. There she attended the University of Minnesota and embarked on a full-time career as a licensed interior designer.

In 2009, after moving to Central Florida, a traffic ticket led Reuben back to the arts. She contested a speeding ticket and was allowed to perform volunteer work instead of paying the fine. She studied at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, where volunteers receive classes in exchange for hours worked. There she advanced in her craft, getting an artist fellowship and later a studio artist position. She continues to grow her skills through workshops with masters and artists she admires. A resident of Orlando, she finds beautiful scenes throughout the region and regularly displays her work in galleries and shows.

Orit is represented by Artscapes. She belongs to The Florida Painters. She is a member of Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of Central Florida, and a Member of Excellence of the Southeastern Pastel Society.


Craig Reynolds
Craig Reynolds

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Coming from a family of artists, I have been associated with painting and the art business for many years. My dad was a well-known water colorist in our area and taught me how to draw and paint at an early age. As years went by and his health declined I would take him on long countryside drives where we would stop and paint or take photos of the old barns and landscapes that he loved so much.

I majored in art at our local junior college and throughout
my career studied under some of the artist that I admired, such as Donny Finley, Dmitry Proshkin, Roger Dale Brown, Greg LaRock and Jason Saunders.

I became very active in my art business in 1984 while
also working in the steel industry. I participated in many juried shows and art events. In 2006 I opened Craig Reynolds’ Studio and Gallery at which time I became a full time professional artist. I believe that being an artist is a never-ending learning process and I continuously experiment with new techniques and design principles.


Manon Sander
Manon Sander

North Palm Beach, Florida

At a young age I loved spending my days either roaming around the Bavarian village and later metropolitan Berlin where I grew up, or drawing and painting. It’s exactly the same combination that turned out to fulfill me in the adult part of my life: Scouting out new painting spots or going on a walk, just to discover by chance a scene or a subject that is just waiting to be painted feels like a great day. Actually painting what grabs my attention turns the day into fantastic.

During a decade and a half of painting murals professionally in Chicago and
studying oil painting under the tutelage of well known Californian painters in SanFrancisco and southern California, I developed my own distinct style, cherished by collectors and students alike.

In August 2010 I entered a new phase when once again my family and I moved,
this time to sunny, buggy and wonderful Florida. I am thrilled because it provides me with a never ending stream of inspiration. Having always been drawn to water and feeling a strong connection to the ocean I’m inspired by many things you find when you visit the sea shore: The sunlight creating lavender shadows on people’s white clothing when they walk by the water’s edge, by surfers and paddle boarders catching an aquamarine wave, by boats, sea creatures and birds calling the ocean and beach their home. When the “sunny and buggy” part about Florida gets a little too much I still have no shortage of things to paint in the studio. I paintthings in my neighborhood, things of my daily life which seem ordinary, but for me it’s less about what I’m actually painting and more about my fascination with the effect of light on objects.

Painting in oil, oftentimes from life, I put my impressions down in thick juicy
brush strokes, aiming to capture the essence and the light on my subject matter and the feelings it evokes in me. I aim to share my love of life through paintings that reflect the color, light and joy I am surrounded by and am ever so grateful for.


2019 Paint Out Cover Artist

Ruth Squitieri
Ruth Squitieri

Port Orange, Florida

Ruth Squitieri was born and raised in a small town in Germany, before settling in Florida in her early 20s. She always had art in her life. While her family was very musical, she was the only one who always had a pencil or brush in her hand. After painting in watercolor and acrylics, she discovered oils about 20 years ago. In 2008 she took her first plein air workshop and has been hooked to on-site painting ever since. Ruth currently includes quick pen and ink sketches in her repertoire, especially when traveling.

Ruth loves to share her talent and knowledge and has been doing demos at artists’ groups as well as during paintout/plein air festivals in the Central Florida area for years. She currently teaches on-going classes in Composition and Perspective, Pen and Ink Sketching, and Oil Painting. She is also active as a volunteer instructor during the summer camp for kids and teens held at the Artist Workshop. Ruth has participated regularly at the NSB Paintout, was an invited artist at the Epcot “Art in the Garden Festival” by Disney for 6 years, and was juried into the Winter Park Paintout 2017.

I believe that working from life allows me to put the most
truthful statement onto the canvas, and also the most interesting. The camera doesn’t capture all the light and details in the shadows, but does put everything in focus. That is not how we see the world. To this point I study the scene that’s in front of me and put down what nature presents me with, carefully repositioning certain elements, eliminating others, but always focusing on the quality of light. I want to have the viewer say: “Yes, I can feel the atmosphere and the warmth of that summer afternoon.” Or: “I have been to this location and this is exactly what it feels like being there.”


About This Year's Cover Painting...
About This Year's Cover Painting...

It was the last day of the Paintout. Since I live and paint a lot in the NSB area, I know all the great painterly spots intimately. I set up at the marina and actually had some of my students come by. I turned the painting session into a learning demo for them, with many mistakes being made and corrected on the spot. When I took the painting home, I thought something was missing and I decided to add the pelican on the left. I usually don’t put wildlife in my art, but I think that just added the winning touch.