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Meet The Artists

Debbie Abshear

Debbie Abshear is an artist specializing in Plein Air landscapes and abstracts. Her chosen medium is watercolor but is known to use acrylics and inks in her work. She has exhibited at the National Watercolor Society, Santa Paula Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, Fallbrook Art Center, California State University of Dominguez Hills, Muckenthaler Cultural Arts Center and at the Watercolor West Exhibition held in the City of Brea. She is currently exhibiting paintings at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles.

Fei Alexander

As a humbled contemporary fine art artist, nothing would of be more rewarding than experiencing a journey that commits with self-challenge, in order to reach what is beyond the limits continuously.
My work relevant in Painting, Drawing, Graphic design, Photography and Typography.
Artwork medium includes but not limited in Oil, Acrylic, Gouache, Watercolor, Pastel, Pen, Pencil, Chinese ink, computer software, etc.,
Please stop by at my online gallery:

Amelia Amell

Amelia Amell is a Sr. Art Director, Multidisciplinary Visual Artist and a Humanitarian Advocate with masters degrees in both Spiritual Psychology and Multimedia Communication. As an artist witnessing the emergence of the data era (coined Data-ism), she sees the issue of technology becoming more advanced than the policies that shape these movements. Inspired and concerned, she set out to create works of art that ignite awareness as to the implications of these crossroads from both a cultural policy and humanitarian point of view.

Lynn Attig

I paint with soft pastels, a direct and luminous art medium. My favorite subjects include landscapes and ranch animals, but I also enjoy portraits and still lifes. I am co-founder and president emerita of the Pastel Society of Southern California (, as well as founder and director of the Rejoice in Art! Fine Art Fair & Exhibition (

Emily Brantley

I am an acrylic painter, and typically my paintings are a celebration and exploration of nature with a focus on the ocean. My father is very proactive in environmental causes, and taught me about plants and animals, about our delicate ecosystem, and our responsibility to care for our planet. As such, I grew up with a love and respect for nature and the desire to do what I could to share this respect with others. Turtles, dolphins, fish, whales, penguins—I paint them gliding free in the ocean. I like to think that each painting is of a moment of encounter, evoking that moment when you come face-to-face with another creature that shares our world, and you look each other in the eye.

Robin Cowles

I am an oil painter and I paint in the realism style. My subjects are landscapes, still life and architecture. I am a member of the Palos Verdes Art Center and The Artists; Studio. You may find more examples of my work on my website:

Don Crocker

Don Crocker: local resident 45 years, 85 years old, took up Plein Air painting on retirement from a legal and crisis management career in 2000. Inspired by wilderness and Ca. exceptional varied beauty as captured by the early Ca. Impressionists/Expressionists. Am Artist Member California Art Club, Signature Member American Impressionist Society. My entry is a new medium: acid on copper framed in USGS topographic map.

Dan Demptster

Dan Dempster has achieved CA status in the Copley Society of Art, Boston “…a mark of excellent technique, hard work ethic, and superb artistry." He has shown in SoHo NYC, London and in eight Bermuda National Gallery Biennials, among others. Raised in Bermuda, living in California, his contemplative drawing, painting, sculpture and writing express deep familiarity with the coastal environment.

Bernard Fallon

Bernard Fallon, BA, is a graduate of the Liverpool College of Art and has spent a lifetime in the Visual Arts.
He is a contemporary impressionist working in oils and pastels with an interest in the natural world and its telling juxtapositions of objects and colour.

A member of the California Art Club, he teaches painting via the PVAC.

Deborah Giese

I paint with emotional and visual honesty. My painting is influenced by Cezanne, Sorolla & Van Gogh. I like to choose my subject matter which brings me delight during the painting process and I hope will allow the viewer to peek a little into my soul. I enjoy using palette knife, bold strokes, and the thickness of the paint.

Joy Gonzalez

I am primarily an oil painter, but I also love watercolors and have recently started using pastels. My goal is to paint expressively and capture the beauty we have all around us. The Eastern Sierras and the Pacific coastline are especially inspiring!
I have a studio in the Loft building in San Pedro and also exhibit at the Corner Store.

Errol Gordon

Errol Gordon has studied at the Scottsdale Artist’s School in Scottsdale, Arizona, and he has taken numerous local, national, and international courses in oil painting, pastels, and sculpture. Errolis an avid painter, however, sculpting is his passion. He has studied sculpture with nationally known sculptors such as George Carlson, John Coleman, and Mehl Lawson. He has also studied with Italian sculptors Bruno and Paul Lucchesi.

Judy Herman

I work in various mediums, separately or mixed. My style ranges from loosely representational to non-objective. In both painting and photography light, color, shapes and texture are what count. Subject matter is secondary. A cantaloupe rind is as good as a landscape.

Carol Hungerford

Carol Hungerford is a classic contemporary artist living in San Pedro. She studied at Otis then four years at Associates in Art, focusing on painting and drawing from models, followed by another four years under landscape artist Joseph Mendez. She works in oil, acrylic, and charcoal. She gravitates to figure work and is passionate about color.

Carolyn Liesy

I am a printmaker working on the lunatic fringes of printmaking. I am always experimenting with techniques and am highly skilled at making mistakes. Affiliations: LA Printmaking Society, PVAC: PV Painters.

Margaret Lindsey

From the moment I scumbled a pastel stick across the page, I've been hooked on the immediancy and vibrancy of soft pastels! As the Founding President of the Pastel Society of Southern California and of Destination: Art I enjoy encouraging others on their artistic journeys.

Drica Lobo

Brazilian born Drica Lobo makes modern landscapes, transforming familiar vistas into a joyful scenario, manipulating shapes through a ​composition of colors.  

Lobos’ aesthetic enhances a unique perspective in dynamic strokes, bold colors, and intricate texture. 

She currently lives in Hermosa Beach. Her art is included in public and private collections around the world, including Brazil, United States, Singapore, and China. 

Larry Manning

Mr. Manning was born and lives in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, California and is a third-generation Californian.
He paints western landscapes with oil, acrylic and pastel that are inspired by his lifelong relationship with nature and love of wildness.
Mr. Manning currently serves as Co-President of the Palos Verdes Painters, Palos Verdes Art Center.
His electronic portfolio and contact information for sales of his art can be viewed at or on Instagram account ‘Manning Rides Again’.

Stephen Mirich

Stephen Mirich was born in 1954 in San Pedro, California and began competing and exhibiting in art events regularly by the age of fifteen. In college, he briefly studied architecture, but then focused on a career in fine art. He studied under the noted artist, Theodore N. Lukits (1897-1992) at the Lukits Academy of Fine Arts, Los Angeles. He also studied privately with Julian Ritter (1909-2000). Mirich gained national recognition with his marine and historic maritime paintings. In 1995, he started to focus on landscape painting en plein air.
Mirich is a founding member of the Portuguese Bend Artists Colony and a lifetime member and past President of the San Pedro Art Association. He is a Signature Member of the California Art Club, and was its Vice President from 1997-2003 and currently serves on its Advisory Board.

Margaret Missman

Margaret Ann Missman has had a passion for art her entire life. Her family remembers being impressed with her precocious drawings she would do as early as 1 year old. She received her BA in Fine Art at Long Beach State. Missman continues her education by studying American Impressionism and Illustration. She also receives guidance from artist Stephen Mirich.

Her favorite subjects are people and portraiture, and the unique basking light of Southern California, the bright light and the colorful shadows.

Margaret Mohr

After majoring in art at Santa Monica City College, UCLA and Art Center, I began 40 years of commercial art by inking Hanna-Barbera comics, went on to design stuffed toys, bedding and clothing for children. Between these jobs I did floral arrangements for weddings. Now my paintings depict my real love - of God who created our beautiful world.

Hung Viet Nguyen

Honors include the Juror's Choice Awards at the San Diego Art
Institute Biennial International Award Exhibition 2013 and 2015.

Lois Olsen

I enjoy exploring different mediums and techniques: drawing, painting, collage, and printmaking, are some of the techniques I have studied and use in my abstract work.
My early paintings were watercolors done in a fresh, loose style
and I try to keep that feeling in all my paintings.
I use photos for inspiration but most of my paintings are memory paintings.

Tom Redfield

Thomas H. Redfield Jr. is the great grandson of the famous American Impressionist Edward Redfield and this early bond set in motion his life-long appreciation for art. While a significant body of his work is Plein Air denoting work done outside taking into account varying light and shadows, he also has a “tour de artifice” that spans many genres. His work has been exhibited at the California Art Club Gold Medal show and is in many permanent collections including at Terranea Resort and private collections.

Janice Schultz

Painting and art have always been apart of my life. Although I pursued a career in educational administration art was always apart of what I was doing. I am an abstract painter. I focus on color and texture, usually in a large format. When I describe my work, I quote artist Frank Stella. "What you see is what you see."

Nancy Sewell

Nancy Sewell is an award-winning watercolor artist with paintings in private collections throughout the US and around the world.
Her paintings portray a spectrum of art ranging from realistic visions of flowers and fauna to expressive collage artworks using vibrant watercolor layers and Japanese papers for texture.
Nancy also serves on the Board of Trustees at Palos Verdes Art Center.

Steve Shriver

Steve was at Wesleyan University in 1981, graduating with honors in studio art. He has been making art, in one form or another since that time. For about 20 years or so, he worked as a decorative painter, making many murals and faux finish items. He is now back to making his personal art, following a horrific car accident that almost killed him in 2016.

Val Simon

All my life I have had opportunities to use my talents in many ways, portraits, murals, faux finishing stage props, costume design, computer graphics, casino and restaurant design and building. I also exhibit in galleries and outdoor events. I have many different styles and use many different mediums. Art is all creation and I enjoy so many aspects of it. Follow Val on Facebook

Richard Stephens

I’m a free thinker, determined to go my own way with my own style.
But, I had a revelation about painting when I joined the class of Sergei Bongart, and his students Sunny Apinchapong, and Joe Mendez.
I love painting soothing landscapes, but my portraits are so different they repel my clients.
Read all about it in my new book.
Contact me for more information about my book at:
Phone me at: 310.291.5316

Bronwyn Towle

Bronwyn was born and raised in Hawaii; the second generation of Chinese immigrants. It is the natural beauty and richness of the Hawaiian culture that is a part of her roots. Keenly interested in primitive and ethnic art, Bronwyn is drawn to vibrant color and active textural brushwork. Subject matter for her work is the human form and its ability to convey emotion. Bronwyn Towle studied art at Chouinard and Otis Art Institutes and ultimately pursued a career as an artist and art educator simultaneously.

Katrina Vanderlip

From the time I was little my mother considered me the artist in the family, which was great as she never cared about my grades; and, when we lived there, she even hired the Time and Life magazines editor in Paris to give me private art lessons.

I got my BFA from Cornell University and then went to Harvard to become a painting conservator until eleven years ago, when I started painting again after Mother and my first husband died, just two months apart. What great therapy! I have been happier and happier ever since thanks to my creativity and painting.

Watercolors take less time than oils so I can paint the whole series when I get inspired, such as of children in their Junkanoo costumes in the Bahamas, farm stands in the Hamptons, life in the Out Islands in the Bahamas, landscapes of Palos Verdes and the Villa Narcissa in Portuguese Bend.

Joyce Welsh

Anything with watercolor! I love to paint local scenes and nature. I normally create in traditional watercolor, stained paper collage, and watercolor batik, a process done with wax and watercolor or a mixture thereof. Member of The Artists Studio, Palos Verdes Art Center, So Bay Watercolor Society, San Pedro Art Assoc and National Watercolor Society.

Karen Wharton

I paint with Oils in the Realism style. My subjects are animals & my focus is on African wildlife & wildcats throughout the world; also domestic animals. I am a member of The Artists' Studio of Palos Verdes. You may find examples of my wildlife artwork on my website.

Susan Whiting

As an artist, my work explores the meaning and connections in everyday life. Having spent eight years as a Disney artist, I am inspired by Norman Rockwell, Degas, and all things Disney. My oil paintings have often been classified as part of the new Romantic Movement, or Neo-Realism, because of the desire for the classic in an ever modernizing world.

Jody Wiggins

My passion for art gives me a purpose and substance to create . Mixed media is my favorite because I can create a painting using a variety of materials. Fortunately I’ve had excellent teachers from various universities and privately. Otis College , USC, Dominguez U, Harbor College teachers taught me how to methods and design.
Loa Sprung and Gemma Taccogna were the most inspirational.
Art is my life!

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