- Diane Breaker – Portraiture Painting
- George Bruce – Watercolor
- Christine Milostan – Watercolor, Paper Arts
- Kimberly Mullarkey – Drawing
- Sarah Rehmer - Photoshop
- Rosemary Smillie – Painting
- Alyce Van Acker - Acrylic Painting
- Rosalie Vass - Life Drawing
- William Worcester – Oil Painting
Carol is a Chicago area based mixed media artist and instructor in hand papermaking and collage. Her artwork revolves around the themes of the natural world, landscape and the past. She holds a B.A. in art from North Central College and exhibits her work extensively in the Midwest. Her work is in the collection of the Kane County Judicial Building, the Hines Veteran Administration Hospital and is also in many private collections.
Laverne’s love of nature began in a small town on Lake Erie where she was born and raised. As a three year old, she was found with crayon in hand, absorbed in scribbling on the walls in her bedroom. She studied art in college and spent summers working as a portrait artist at an amusement park. Her formal art training was at The University of Michigan where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While attending Michigan, her education was directed towards the basics of art as applied to abstraction. Additional workshops with Doug Dawson, Jimmy Wright, Nina Weiss, Susan Sarback, Marla Baggetta, Michael Chesley Johnson, Terri Ford and Tom Nachreiner focused on a more realistic depiction of the natural world.
Using pastels or oil paint, Bohlin’s work mainly depicts the landscapes and flora in the Midwest. “I look for areas where nature has been allowed to flourish in addition to painting cultivated gardens,” she says. “Living in an urban area has caused me to focus on the remnants of natural areas that are close to my home. Classes in horticulture taught me plant identification and helped me realize the importance of the local ecology. I am inspired to make art that shares my love of the natural world and heightens others awareness of the environment.”
Her poetic paintings and drawings exhibited over the years have appealed to many private collectors. Her preference is to work plein air, and both pastel and oil paint allow her to do that. In addition to participating in local and national shows, she teaches and conducts pastel drawing workshops in the Chicago area.
SISTER MARY BOYD
Sister Mary Boyd, a School Sister of St. Francis, has been in the field of education for 49 years. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Alverno College in Milwaukee, an M.S. in Education: Guidance and Counseling, from NIU, a studio art major from NIU and an M.A. in Art History from NIU. She also has about 45 credits in Spanish from various places. Most of her education work has been as an art teacher. For the past 12 years, she has been teaching Spanish at the elementary level. Sister Mary loves teaching art history and making original dollhouses. In 22 years, she has created 30 houses and 9 stables for nativity figures.
DIANE S. BREAKER
Diane is an award winning graduate of Illinois State University, where she studied art, business, and fashion design. A passionate artist, with a true love of life, she is elated to share her talents and enthusiasm with all who come her way. Diane credits her late father, a creative art director, for establishing her early interest in traditional oil portraiture. Her desire to study the best examples, led her to visit many top European and American art museums. She also feels fortunate to have painted under some of today’s most acclaimed portrait artists, including David Leffel, Nancy Guzik, and Rose Frantzen. In addition to her commission work, Diane enjoys exploring different art mediums such as clay, sculpture, jewelry, and Chinese water brush. She loves being a part of the Fine Line family and is committed to fostering an interest in traditional oil portraiture for the ‘beginner’ artists in our community. Diane instructs oil portrait workshops for regional art associations and has volunteered for a number of school presentations. Her commission work is on display in private homes, businesses, and schools across the Chicago land area.
George thinks of himself as a designer and painter. He became interested in drawing and art at a young age. George’s childhood on the farm in Central Illinois encouraged his love for nature and the world around him. Over a lifetime, his career in the graphic design world sharpened his approach to layout and composition. His earlier educational years expanded his knowledge and techniques. George strives to combine his life experiences into his paintings, from realistic interpretations to the abstract. George paints in watercolor and oil pastel.
Principal of Milostan Creativity, Christine has taught young and old how to be more creative. She serves as an adjunct faculty member of DePaul University and College of DuPage where she teaches watercolor classes and several courses on creativity. Her artwork has been exhibited locally and internationally. She has a BA from DePaul University. She has attended professional art workshops as well as courses at De Paul University, Fine Line Art Center, and School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. Her creativity workbook, Breathe, Push, Create, was published in 2006.
Kimberly Mullarkey received her BFA in drawing and printmaking from University of California, Santa Cruz and her MFA from NIU. During her studies at NIU she traveled to the southwest of France to study Northern Rennaisance oil painting. She also completed the Botanical Art Certificate program at The Morton Arboretum. She is a Signature Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Her work is in numerous collections across the United States and is published in The Best of Colored Pencil series.
Kimberly works in several mediums and continues to make sketching a daily part of her day. When she is not making art she is busy teaching at several places and traveling the universe.
Sarah Rehmer is an independent artist residing in the western suburbs of Chicago. She earned her B.A. in graphic design and photography in 2003 from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She teaches courses in both Photoshop and Encaustic painting at a number of suburban arts organizations. Rehmer's photography has been shown as far away as New Mexico, Georgia and Italy, her encaustic work has been awards first place in a show at La Grange Art League as well as receiving a materials grant from the paint manufacturer for her efforts in educating others about the medium.
Rosemary is a full time free lance artist of wall hangings in brass and paintings in oil, watercolor and pastel. She has signature status in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. A commercial art graduate, she has furthered her education in the Fine Arts. Rosemary's work has hung in the House of Representatives, Washington D.C., private and corporate collections in Texas, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, California as well as England and Russia. Two of her large brass wall pieces are hung at the Math and Science Academy, Aurora, Illinois. Although she works in multi-mediums, she particularly enjoys the freedom of watercolor. Beginning with an abstraction of colors, she develops shapes and spaces until the finished painting materializes... a transposing of images from the subconscious to the paper. See her work at www.egos4.com.
ALYCE VAN ACKER
Alyce was born and grew up in Wayne, IL. After entering the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, she became a teacher, working in Michigan, California and Florida. After acquiring an MA in painting, she partnered in an art gallery shop and became an instructor at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center.
Vass grew up in the glacier area of Wisconsin. Her hometown was small and her roaming range quite large. She was fascinated by the changes in the sky and the colors of the seasons. She watched the cows and sheep graze in the pastures and all of life seemed amazingly slow and multi-colored. She was content to scan her environment to find the colors, textures, moods, and compositions that she would later paint.
Her paintings burst with the reflections and experiences of her childhood adventures and adult travel. The desert, the ocean, the mountains and the architecture of her world travel all find a place in her work; never as one scene from one location but a blenderful of images from many times and places. She has painted flocks of sheep, herds of cows, choirs of angels, and countless towns, cities, palaces, bridges, and cemeteries. Her paintings are like random pages out of the diary of her life; come experience the joy of her art.
William Worcester was born in Oak Park, Illinois and has had an art career for most of his adult life. He has a B.A. in Art from North Central College and has also studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and with the portraitist George Lambrinides. He is represented currently by four Illinois art galleries and his work is in numerous national and international corporate and private collections. He is a juried member of the Oil Painters of America. His website is www.wworcesterart.com.
Carol Zack is a Chicago area artist whose background includes a BA and MA in Art Education. She started her career teaching art in Rantoul, Illinois and also taught art at the University of Illinois and Ball State University. Carol also worked as a visual merchant at Sears Corporate, but recently started her own art business, creating oil pastel paintings, teaching, and exhibiting. She is a member of the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, the Chicago Artist Coalition, and the Oil Pastel Society. E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.zackartistry.com.