Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival

2018 Participating Artists

Featured Article about PIPAF 2018


Adam Tragakis

Antigonish, Nova Scotia
  • Finalist in The Artist’s Magazine annual competition – 2014
  • Studied under renowned painter Casey Baugh – 2015
  • Received a Professional Development grant from Arts Nova Scotia to study under NY painter Alyssa Monks – 2016
  • Winner Best Seascape Award – Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival 2017
Adam received his BFA from the University of British Columbia and worked as an assistant to a sculptor in Toronto before moving back to Nova Scotia. He teaches drawing and painting at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish.

Alan Bull

NEWBURYPORT, Massachusetts
  • 2018 Publication of ‘Augustus and Me’ illustrated children’s book
  • 2018 Plein air painting trip, Bermuda
  • 2017 Solo Exhibition, Massachusetts State House
  • 2016 Cape Ann Plein Air Painting Festival
“I love painting all subjects. Painting en plein air is such a wonderful challenge…recording a moment in time with paint in the hopes of transforming those marks and colors into the illusion of light, form and atmosphere.”


HALIFAX Nova Scotia
  • 2nd annual “A Brush of Autumn Colour” outdoor painting fundraiser, hosted by Lunenburg Nova Scotia Art Gallery – Sept 30-Oct 1/2017
  • Paint the Gardens- Plein air event, Halifax Public Gardens, July -Sept 2017
  • Peggy’s Cove Plein Air Art Festival, NS, Canada, July 2017
  • Parrsboro International Plein Air, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 2017
Alexander Koltakov, is a Canadian artist, born in the Crimea, who now lives in Halifax, NS.
“When I start a new art project, I become obsessed with it. I dream it, breathe it, live it until it’s done”.


  • A degree in art history from the University of Maryland
  • A five month foray painting in Colorado national parks
  • In 2016/17, Alison attended 26 competitions and received 26 awards
  • Has studied art in Thessalonika, Greece and Amsterdam
A conceptual plein air painter, Alison her approach stresses the importance of expressing a true sense of light and place while showcasing the qualities of oil paint and brushwork.


  • Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, Honorable Mention, 2016
  • Group exhibit “A Sense of Place” Windsor Whip Works Art Center, August, 2015
  • Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, Third Place, June 2015
  • Roberson Art Museum, juried exhibit, Honorable Mention, 2009
Carlton is a true Plein Air artist who creates his paintings from his minivan using the steering wheel as his easel. Carlton’s use of colours are strong and very intense without being unrealistic.


  • Teaching a watercolor workshop aboard a historic schooner this summer.
  • Author of the seventh-ranked painting blog,, as per
  • Painted across Canada from Yukon Territory to Newfoundland in 2016 for Canada’s sesquicentennial;
  • Had a show of nudes censored and closed down in a university gallery.
“I find great peace in the natural world,“and I want to share that with others.”


HALIFAX Nova Scotia
  • Selected artist for Argyle Fine Art
  • Art Zone, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Craig Gallery and The Dart.
  • Solo Exhibition: This So Called Art (2016)
  • Selected Nocturne Festival: Remote Corners(2011) & Random Chance (2012)
Catherine Brown believes sunrise and sunset are overrated when compared to noon and 2 am. She has a fine sense of the absurd and that has been her off-and-on motto ever since. Influences: Unresolved emotions / Stillness .


  • Painting and drawing in Cyprus
  • 60 foot keynote mural at The Peoples Place Library in Antigonish
  • 25 years painting/teaching/drawing at STFX University, inspiring passion for the arts and the creative spirit.
  • Rediscovering the oil painting medium in preparation for this plein air event
I love colour. With the landscapes I try to respond to the physical and emotional quality of the subject and the environment, the way the light, the wind, the movement of the air, and the changing colours of the atmosphere make me feel.


Saint-Jean-de-l’ile-d’orleans, Quebec
  • Auseklis Ozols prize at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts – 2007
After her initial training, Cathy moved to New Orleans to perfect her technique. ” I like to immerse myself in nature when I paint, that is why I love Plein Air. I try to capture on canvas the essence of the landscape, and the impact light and colors have over me.”


  • “Best in Show”  Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival, 2017
  • The Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarships, awarded by OPA, 2016
  • SCA 1st awards of excellenceat the Leyton Gallery of Fine Art, St-John’s, Newfoundland, 2016
  • Twice a excipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant
”When I look at a landscape, an emotion arises, just waiting to be immortalized. Light becomes the trigger for the composition.I am looking primarily to produce an atmosphere to create an intense emotional dialogue with the viewer”.


INGONISH, Nova Scotia
  • Designer of the 1981 and 1987 Canadian Comemorative Silver Dollars
  • Brodock Award, Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolor, Old Forge, NY, USA
  • Second Prize, Watercolor Category, Juan de Fuca Arts Festival, Port Angeles, WA, U.S.A.
  • Signature member status Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) and La Societe canadienne de l’aquarelle (SCA)
Throughout his career, Chris has been interested in how light affects objects and subject matter. While in Parrsboro and the surrounding area, Chris hopes to continue capturing the elusive and specific light of the Bay of Fundy region

Crista Pisano

Nyack New York
  • Second Place: Annapolis Plein Air Nocturne 2017
  • Douglas S. Lewis Sr. Memorial Award: Bath County Plein Air 2017
  • Honorable Mention: Plein Air Easton 2015 & Small Painting Sunday 2016
  • Feature article in Plein Air magazine December 2015 – January 2016 issue
Crista is known for her small scale format.
“It is vital for a landscape painter to study outdoors to fully understand how to interpret nature. I am very grateful I was taught this at an early age and it is a practice I will never abandon.”


  • Art of New York–Arkell Museum, Canajoharie, NY Oct/Dec’17
  • Small Works–Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY Nov/Jan’18
  • 2017 International Juried Art Exhibit–Frederick Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg– October/January ’18
  • Under Adirondack Influence–Solo Exhibit Sacandaga Valley Arts Network, Northville Public Library – July/August ’16
 The dust of pastel has been under my fingernails since I was very young. Color is what grabs me and the lusciousness of pastel brings the immediacy of people and the landscape front and center to my canvas. It is my addiction.


Bedford, Nova Scotia
  • 2018 & 2017 – One of the artists invited to represent Canada at the Fabriano in Acquarello Conference in Fabriano, Italy.
  • 2017 – 3rd National winner, IWS Canada Contest, “150 Ways to Celebrate Watercolour.”
  • 2017- Participated in the 1st International Watercolour Biennale,Vancouver, BC.
  • 2011- Elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour.
“Expressing myself visually has always come naturally. My preferred medium is watercolour. I am an avid hiker and the rugged beauty of the Maritimes and the people who reside here are the inspiration for my work. My desire is to share this experience with others.”

Gilles Boudreault

Bedford, Nova Scotia
  • Participated in various group shows
  • Placed third in a juried show with CAS
  • Works can be found across North America- Current works exhibited in NL
Plein-air painting is a tremendous process that offers many challenges where ever changing conditions force the artist to work and think very quickly. My approach is an emotional response that guides me through the painting process. Working in oil and/or acrylic, my style is influenced by the great impressionist masters of the past – lights and movements are at the forefront.


GENEVA, New York
  • Juried acceptance into the Canadian National Exhibition art show
  • First Place winner at the Mystery of the Park, Algonquin Park art show
  • People’s Choice award Elora Plein Air Festival, Elora Ontario
  • First place quick paint award, Morristown NY plein air festival.
I paint to tell the story of an experience or an event. My paintings are derived directly from the emotional connection that I have with the outdoors, wildlife, and sometimes even structures. I will often find myself in a breathtaking environment looking to paint that certain scene that catches my eye.

Janet Sutherland

Ipswich, Massachusetts
  • A juried member of the Rockport Art Association & Museum and the North Shore Arts Association.
  • Select juried and invitational shows
  • Second Place 2017, Roux & Cyr International Fine Art, Portland ME
  • Honorable mentions in Castine Plein Air and Cape Ann Plein Air Festivals
“I believe that an artist’s goals is to portray the moment of time in which they live, seen through their own unique lens. In my plein air paintings, I strive to capture that moment with the hope of reminding my viewers of the magic that is woven into our everyday life’s tapestry.”

Janet Wilson

Tobermory, Ontario
  • Elora Plein Air, 2017, First Place
  • Paint Ontario, juried entry, 2017
  • Plein air Salon, juried entry, 2017 and 2018
Janet paints to capture a sense of place, a time of day, a season or changing weather. Her goal is to paint a memory that can be shared. Her paintings have been described to instill a sense of calm in the viewer. While her work is representational she prefers her brush work to be spontaneous.

Jennifer Gibson

Upstate, New York
  • Eastern frontier / Norton Island Artist Residency, Maine, summer 2016
  • 3rd place, Finger Lakes Plein Air Community Paint-out (non-juried), 2017
  • Participant in VIC Paint-out, Paul Smith’s, 2017
  • Instructor at Yates County Arts Council, 2017
Jennifer Gibson is an artist and illustrator who loves drawing and working in gouache. Her work has been featured in CALYX, 805, The Sandy River Review and the Park Slope Reader, as well as galleries in New York state and Canada. While her training and focus right now is children’s book illustration, she loves outdoor painting and has begun to participate in Plein Air events.


  • Accepted into the 2018 American Impressionist Society juried “Small Works” show.
  • Awarded in 2017 The Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition and Festival
  • Accepted into the Columbus Museum of art 2017’s “Best of Plein Air” juried show
  • Placed 2nd in the Ohio Plein Air Society 2016 Competition.
Plein air painting has inspired and challenged Kathleen to paint as often as weather allows. “”When one paints outdoors, you not only see the image, you become immersed in it, feeling the heat, the cold; hearing the birds, wind and water.”


PROSPECT, Nova Scotia
  • Studied under renowned Smithsonian artist Eleanor Kish
  • Attended first annual Parrsboro Plein Air Festival, June 2017
  • Invited to enter work for “100 Years of Community an event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.
  • Participated in “Paint the Hydrostone”, a Plein Air event, Halifax, September 2017
My paintings are a record of some of the experiences I have had that I could best describe as transcendent. Where experience empties out and preconceptions fall away and you are left with a very potent silence.

Kirk Larsen

Hicksville, New York
  • Recognized with over 146 awards including the Museum purchase award for the permanent collection of the Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea (For a plein air painting of an 1883 Oyster Sloop)
  • Six time selected artist for Plein Air Easton
  • Grand Prize & Collector’s Choice Winner Easels in Frederick 2012
A true renaissance man, he is a painter, sculptor, writer, actor, sailor, cook, poet, motivational speaker and musician. “When painting, I seek to capture the serenity or drama I perceive and the emotional atmosphere of that location or moment. When painting,I have the feeling that all is right with world.”


  • Best Nature Award and Honorable Mention Award, Hudson Valley Plein Air, 2017
  • Signature Member, American Society of Marine Artists
  • Artist-in-Resident, Acadia National Park, 2016
  • Plein Air Magazine, Featured Artist, August 2016
The paintings Lynn Mehta creates are the art of Impressionism.
“It is important for me to give you the surprise of discovery when you look closely at my painting and then step back, allowing room for your imagination.


L’Anse-St-Jean, Quebec
  • Best of show – Crossing boundaries 2017 FCA exhibition in Vancouver
  • Arnold Knauth Award – Cape Ann Plein air 2017 Massachussetts USA
  • Best use of light Award – PIPAF 2017 Parrsboro NS
His work is characterized by beautiful atmospheric qualities, and impressionistic casual brushstrokes with rich colours. His work transcends the narrative, and becomes a basis for experimenting with gestures, color and light.

Margery M. Jennings

Amesbury, Massachusetts
  • Best in Show and Best Oil, 2018 Winter Members’ Juried Show, Newburyport Art Association, Donald Jurney and Todd Bonita, Jurors
  • First Honorable Mention, Laumeister Fine Art Competition; Albert Handell, juror, 2009
  • Exhibiting Member, The Newburyport Ten Plein Air Painters, 2008-2018
  • Juried exhibitor, The Crane Estate Invitational Art Show and Sale, Ipswich, Massachusetts, 2009-2018
Margery Jennings says this of her work: “As far back as I remember, I have felt a powerful emotional response to the natural world. Standing quietly and painting in one place is like bearing witness at that moment in time.”

Michel Doucet

Weymouth, Nova Scotia
  • One of the top doors painted for the Nova Scotia Art Gallery
  • Cape Ann Plein art festival won an award
  • Invited to paint with the Russians in Jeffersonville Vermont
  • Sold out shows
The creative process for me is “I want to bring the outside in” so others can see what I see. His body of work reflects an awareness of the history of art and the artist’s continuing passion for enjoying and creating that which is universally recognized as beautiful.

Mike Dorsey

IPSWICH, Massachusetts
  • Juried Artist, Castine Paint Festival, 2017
  • Juried Artist for the Annapolis Paint out 2016
  • Juried Artist for the Annual Cape Elizabeth Paint for Preservation 2010,14,15,16
  • Juried Artist in the Annual Crane Estate Art Show 2014,15,16,17
Motion and story inform his work. Each “handmade” image attempts to convey the “story” of the moment in landscapes, interiors and portraits. In doing so, he hopes to remind owners of the beauty and mystery of common moments lost in the bustle of daily life.

Nancy Tankersley

EASTON, Maryland
  • Invited 2016 & 17 to exhibit in the Salmagundi Club Masters Exhibit in NYC
  • Demonstrator at Plein Air Convention Santa Fe, 2018
  • Multiple Award Winner at plein air competitions 2008-2017
  • Grand Prize winner at Lighthouse Plein Air 2017
A founder of Plein Air Easton, Nancy travels worldwide participating in competitions, judging and teaching. She is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters, and the Washington Society of Landscape Painters. As she searches for the unpredictable, she remains faithful to her impressionistic style.


Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • Reconnaissances Officielles Prix / Honours, Awards
  • Honorific Awards, All Categories, autumn Expo AAPARS, 2017
  • Laureate, Art Competition, La Prairie, 2017
  • Finalist, National Art Contest « Rêves d’automne » Baie-Saint-Paul, 2014
“I am a painter of nature. In all weather, under blazing sun, in icy cold, in rain, in snow, I scour the countryside in search of that special place to portray on canvas. My palette and brushes are at the ready”. Pour ça, il faut prendre le risque de chercher ma vérité et apprendre à vivre en conséquence”.


Digby, Nova Scotia
  • Finalist, 13th Annual ARC Salon
  • Best Watercolour Award, Bermuda Plein Air Festival 2017
  • Finalist, BoldBrush Painting Competition, September2017
  • Best Vehicle 2017 April/May Plein Air Salon Competition
A Canadian watercolour artist living by the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Most of what she paints is either inspired or shaped by the sea. “I feel incredibly lucky to live where I do and I use my art to share how joyful my surroundings make me.”


EASLEY, South Carolina
  • Doctorate in Art Education with a Fulbright Memorial fund scholarship to Japan.
  • $5000.00 Grand Prize with Easels in Frederick
  • $1000.00 John Singer Sargent Award from the Transparent Watercolor Society, 2016
  • Tilghman Island Artist’s Choice Award with Plein Air Easton in 2017
Russell Jewell Ed.D., NWS, TWSA, is a nationally recognized plein air painter with signature memberships in the National Watercolor Society and The Transparent Watercolor Society of America.


Beach Point, Prince Edward Island
  • 2007 Maxi juried Show Moncton First Place
  • 2014 selected to paint P.E.I. Commission gift for Canada House London U.K.
  • En plein air awards
  • 2014 Montague Plein Air Festival Grand Prize
  • 2017 Montague Plein Air Festival Second Prize
Sandi lives in beautiful Beach Point P.E.I. Canada.She paints and teaches
in acrylic, watercolour & oil.
‘My artistic intention is always to ‘capture the essence’ no matter what the subject. Allowing the viewer to entertain their imagination.”


DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia
  • Elizabeth Greenshields Grant to study painting in England.
  • Nova Scotia Arts Council award to study plein air at Grand Central Atelier.
  • Capture 2014, Nova Scotia Realism Exhibition juried by Tom Smart and Peter Dykuis.
  • Several finalist awards with Boldbrush, International Artist Magazine and Art Renewal Center.
“I do detailed studies of landscape, florals and everyday objects, and get great pleasure from slowing down and intently observing to capture the incredible beauty that surrounds us”. Susan’s work can be seen across Canada and in collections all over the world.
Susan’s work has been exhibited extensively across Canada and is in collections all over the world.

Suzanne Morris

RICHMOND, Virginia
  • 3rd Place for painting Women Artists of the West 2016 National Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona
  • Best of Plein Air, Laguna Plein Air Painters AssociationLaguna Beach, CA
  • “Best Landcape’ award Cityscapes 2016, MAPAPA, Baltimore, MD
  • “Judges Choice” award Oil Painters of America Great American Paint Out
Suzanne looks beyond the literal interpretation of a scene to capture the spirit of her subjects. Drawn to a scene that is magically transformed by the light falling across it, she uses a limited palette to create harmonious paintings that tell a story of a particular time and place.


  • Third Place, Wayne Plein Air 2018
  • Honorable Mention Pastel Journal 100 top 100 pastels 2018, 2017
  • Earned Master Circle Status 2017 International Association of Pastel Societies
  • Juried Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London for the annual Pastel Society
Tara resides in Maryland, and has participated in several national plein air competitions painting from East coast to West. She enjoys painting quickly, trying to capture the essence of the space using bold colors and strong marks.

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