Below are this year's Featured Instructor profiles
In an organization of 300 artists, it is unusual for a relative newcomer to immediately capture the respect and admiration of fellow artists as completely as Danny Ng has done. Now he is sharing his talent as one of Pine Shores' instructors. His first acrylic class, was quickly filled and those who attended could not say more about his enthusiasm and willingness to share his techniques and experience.
This talented retired professional has earned a Best in Show award for his powerful painting of the N.J .Korean War Memorial and First Place for his Fabulous Fakes humorous rendition of a SANDPAPER cover in the style of Norman Rockwell.
Ng is a master of acrylic, watercolor, oil, and pastel. His career began in his native Hong Kong where he apprenticed at 17 and owned an advertising company at age 25. He achieved great success in painting posters and promotionals for movie houses, some paintings two stories high. Although he never attended college, he taught in universities in Hong Kong.
When Hong Kong became part of the Mainland, Ng migrated to Canada and now resides in Tuckerton where he maintains his studio and “paints for the love of art.” The subjects of his paintings are universal and are masterfully executed. They cover every field from portraiture to landscapes, statuary to animals. All exhibit his exceptional talent and superb craftsmanship.
He is now one of our incredible family of instructors. Look for his acrylic classes this year. Check out Danny Ng's mural at the Tuckerton Seaport. Recently, Danny painted a new 4-wall mural in the lower level of the Tuckerton Seaport Visitor Center. The original mural, which was about 1/3 smaller in area, was severely damaged by a leaking fire sprinkler system head last year.
As a painter, Pat Morgan was quite the late bloomer. Following her retirement, she began classes in watercolor and it was love at first stroke. Pat has studied with well-known artists Janet Walsh, Charles Reid and Mel Stabin, a wonderful painter and teacher, having the most influence on Pat’s work.
Pat has received several local and regional awards and has had many Kindred Spirit Exhibits with her friend and colleague Janet Campbell. She is a signature member of the North East Watercolor Society, an elected member of the Salmagundi Art Club and the New Jersey Watercolor Society. Pat has also had paintings accepted into the Hudson Valley Art Association and the Garden State Watercolor Society juried exhibitions.
Pat’s watercolors are included in her husband’s two recent poetry books: I Am Sea Glass and Sea Glass People by Richard Morgan.
Walker-Baptiste achieved a Minor in Art in her undergraduate days, and
she has taken an eclectic mix of Adult School art classes, including
clay work on a wheel, stone sculpture, gold jewelry making, Ukrainian
egg decorating, and mirror etching.
retirement in 2005 from teaching elementary students, Mary attended her
local Ridgewood Adult School, this time in an acrylic painting class.
For that year, Mary explored still life, figures, and landscape, being
able to use some of her parents' brushes and art tools, which made it
even more precious to renew her love of painting. Mary moved to Waretown
in 2006, and was so pleased to find Pine Shores Art Association in
Manahawkin as her new “art home”. There she studies drawing, watercolor
and oil painting. She has won awards in their Juried Shows, Student
Shows, and the Photography Show.
Mary shows at many of the local venues
and has acquired a following for her miniature oils. In 2008 she
accepted the position of Director of the Children’s Art Classes at Pine
Shores, and has used her skills from over 30 years of teaching, to
inspire young artists of Ocean County.
See Mary's gallery of paintings and photos. Click here.
"My favorite subject to paint is whatever I'm going to do next," says June Merrifield, our January Featured Artist. "I love to do portraits when I have the opportunity and, of course, landscapes are always good subject matter for watercolor." How does she characterize her style? "Controlled chaos."
June's educational background, including a Master's from Rutgers in Public Policy, suggests the business orientation that led to a position as Camden County Comptroller and another as a Nursing Home
Administrator, licensed in New Jersey, Nevada and Maine.. In retirement, June devotes her time to her artistic and musical talents. A prolific painter whose mantra is that successful artists must learn the basics, June teaches basic watercolor at Heritage Point and the Waretown Recreation Center. She is scheduled to teach a basic watercolor class for Pine Shores in March.
Born in Nova Scotia and adopted by Americans, June began piano lessons at age four. Today she plays the saxophone and sings with the Happy Days String Band in Neptune. She and husband George sing in their church choir.
PSAA has awarded June five ribbons, and she also exhibits at Heritage Point and in local venues. She has demonstrated for non-profits twenty times and frequently donates her work. Know that each painting is a favorite of this dynamic, multi-talented and generous lady.
When asked what motivates her to paint, June's eloquent explanation captures the feelings of many artists: "Painting is a form of meditation for me. The process takes me to a place of comfort and peace where I can focus on my own thoughts and impressions. There is also the great joy of the unexpected! Who knows what the next stroke of the brush will produce? Whatever the outcome, the journey is delightful."
June Merrifield' was Pine Shores Artist of the Month for January 2017 !
Paintings by June Merrifield
About Our Instructors
Jason Ward is a fine arts painter and illustrator inspired by both the Hudson River School painters of the 19th century and painters and illustrators working in the realist tradition today, including Odd Nerdrum, Daniel Sprick, Doug Henderson, and James Gurney.
He received his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and currently teaches painting and exhibits his artwork around southeastern PA and NJ.
Bob Heyer is a master of watercolor. His paintings are often showcased in exhibits at Pine Shores, where he has won many awards. He is a full member of the Garden State Watercolor Society, fellow member of the American Artists Professional League in New York City, signature member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society and full member of the New Jersey American Artists Professional League.
Heyer has won awards too numerous to mention for his paintings, including the prestigious NJ Water Color Society Silver Medal Award. His most recent award was the Ida Wells and Clara Stroud Award in the NJ AAPL 2014 Open State Juried Exhibition. His work has also been featured in many artists' magazines.
Watercolor media artist Thomas Rutledge knows he has been fortunate to be able to continue painting all of his adult life. From a tragedy he suffered as a young man in Vietnam when he lost the use of his hands, he went on with his wife’s encouragement to a duel career as a successful commercial and fine artist.
Rutledge is known for his precise paintings of local landscapes and haunting portraits of the down and out in his hometown of Newark. He’s also known for his work at Pine Shores Art Association as Gallery Director, teacher and past president.
“Even when I was a kid, I always felt I would be an artist one day. I always drew and painted. I didn’t have art classes in high school, but my wife Barbara encouraged me. We met in East Side High School in Newark. I did a pastel portrait of her and she said ‘Why don’t you do this for a living?’ She showed it to her art teacher and I was offered a scholarship to the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts. I was the first student to go there.”
Rutledge was trained in the Howard Pyle style of illustration. Pyle is known as the “father of American Illustration.” Rutledge’s teacher, artist Charles Waterhouse, was taught by William James Aylward, who was taught by Howard Pyle. “So I’m fourth generation. Aylward was a student with N.C. Wyeth.”
Tom is a master of many fine arts media and loves sharing his knowledge with PSAA students. He is always encouraging and patient, and his classes are among the first to fill when the calendar comes out.
Members saw Bob at work on April 3rd (evening, after the Members Meeting) as he demonstrated his watercolor technique with bay and boats subject matter.
On May 1st (after the Members Meeting) Tom demonstrated his brush, pen and ink technique.
PINE SHORES ART
A S S O C I A T I O N
Joyce Lawrence, a well-known oil painter of the Jersey Shore, has received many awards for her landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. She studied art at Stockton State College, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and Studio Incamminati of Philadelphia, PA. Her paintings have graced the covers of books, magazines, greeting cards and have been published as limited edition prints.
Currently, Joyce both paints and teaches painting from her Bay Moon Art Studio, located at 311 Harbourtown Blvd, Little Egg Harbor, NJ.
I am a New Jersey artist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Hunter College, New York City. I have been a member of the Ocean County Artists' Guild in Island Heights, NJ for over 30 years and a past Trustee. Having a deep passion for the architectural beauty of our Historical American structures, I began creating miniatures of various and well-known structures in New Jersey. Each miniature is created from an actual structure and are accurate to the most intricate details.
I begin by creating a pen and ink drawing and coloring that with watercolor markers. I use photographs and on site sketches to insure the detail and accuracy of the structure. When complete the original art is laser copied and decoupage to 3/4” pine. Final cutting is done on a band saw and the raw edges of the wood are sealed and painted with acrylics. A brief history of the building is attached to the back of the miniature and signed by the artist.
I have completed more than 32 different miniatures, called "facades" with others presently on my drawing board.
Kim Cesaretti is a freelance artist, designer, and art educator with a very diverse work and education background. Kim holds a Certificate of Eligibility in Art Education (N-12) in New Jersey. She was a graphic designer for many years at Naval Air warfare Center Aircraft Division Lakehurst and also served as an Adjunct Instructor at Georgian Court University teaching Web Design Graphics.
Kim has been an artist since she could pick up a crayon. Painting has always been her first love and her favorite medium. She earned her B.A. in Art Education from Georgian Court College, now Georgian Court University (GCU). In her senior year, she received GCU’s Art Award and the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.
She also donates her time and talent to other community organizations and non-profits including her church, Girl Scouts of America, and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. She has led many art party fundraisers and has designed logos, t-shirts and banners for the Berkeley-Lacey Relay team, Team Callis.
Presently, in addition to her continued charity work, Kim enjoys being a freelance Art Instructor and teaches drawing and painting in watercolor and acrylic as well holding private instructor-led art parties (canvas and glass). Kim enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of art with people of all ages. It gives her great joy to help others become the best artists they can be! You can learn more about Kim and her work at
Lisa Budd is an accomplished artist in several media - including traditional watercolor, oils, and watercolors on yupo. She attended FIT in New York, and has an impressive list of honors including signature memberships in the Salmagundi Club, Audubon Society, Allied Artists of America, and several state and regional watercolor societies.
Lisa has won dozens of awards for her beautiful work and her work has appeared in half a dozen publications, including Who's Who in American Art (2015). Her paintings are in galleries and public buildings in Texas, Tennessee, and several locations in New Jersey.
We are fortunate to have her here at Pine Shores as one of our instructors. Look for her upcoming classes later on this year.
Jill DeFelice is primarily a self-taught artist. She has dabbled in acrylics, gouache, and bronze sculpture but paints mainly in oils. She first started painting in 2001 with Russian Impressionist Valery Gueraskevich. In 2003, she relocated to Hong Kong and China where she continued her art education under NY Students Art League member, Patricia Pitts.
Jill is an associate member of Oil Painters of America and her works are in private collections in New York, Moscow, Saudi Arabia, Beijing, Toronto, Brisbane, and Hong Kong. She painted Asian themes for a number of years as an expatriate. Now permanently back in the USA, she is enjoying exploring local themes here at the Jersey Shore.
An experienced elementary school teacher, Jill has also taught art in small group instruction to adults in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China. Her approach to teaching encourages students to relax, have fun, and step outside their comfort zones to try new things. Painting, in her mind, should be a joyous experience, an exploration.
Jennifer Tabor LaVeglio is an artist working mainly in color pencil. She is a member of the Color Pencil Society of America and has been a member of Pine Shores Art Association since 2012, where she currently teaches color pencil and drawing workshops.
Since childhood, Jennifer Tabor LaVeglio has always enjoyed drawing, painting and creating in various types of other media. She has always combined this with her love of nature and the human form. She furthered these passions at Kean University where she earned her BFA in studio arts.
Currently, LaVeglio is furthering her same passions for the human form, portraiture and nature with her works in color pencil.
Working in color pencil is both challenging and liberating to the artist. “Color Pencil demands patience and understanding of both the medium and subject matter along with a knowledge of color theory.” In using color pencil the artist is able to examine the details of her subjects, break them down and reassemble them into an image that translates the idea of the entire atmosphere of a drawing.
LaVeglio’s work can be seen locally on occasion at Pine Shores Art Association. It has been shown in various other venues within New Jersey and has also been featured in Colored Pencil Magazine. If you wish to contact her or see more of her work, you can visit her website JLaArtbug.deviantart.com or check out her Etsy shop jenniferTlaveglio where she has artwork and portrait commissions available.
Renee Leopardi was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and after 12 years of Catholic school, she decided to immediately join the work force. Within a year after high school, she decided it would be best to continue her education and worked her way through night school to achieve an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Cincinnati.
During those years, she met many wonderful people, one of which is her husband, who grew up in southern New Jersey. In 2002, she relocated to southern New Jersey to start a family and has never looked back.
From early childhood, Renee has always been interested in art. However, art was never pushed or nurtured as a possible career path, so art became her hobby for years. In 2008, she took an Advanced Painting workshop at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia. From then on, she knew her focus had to change. Since that first workshop, she has continued to further her art education through workshops and independent study including Life Drawing and plein air painting sessions with fellow local artists.
Her newest works are primarily pastel paintings. Through her studies, she realized that painting with pastels has pushed her to explore and create more than she thought she could. Working with pastels can be quick and expressive in a way she wasn’t finding before. Working with pastels has also altered her overall painting style by giving it a turn toward impressionism.
She finds inspiration in the local seasonal landscapes of southern New Jersey; from the ocean and marshes to creeks and woods to farmland. When the weather isn’t so friendly, she and her painting friends move indoors to work on still life or the figure. Recently, she has found new inspiration in teaching pastel and charcoal.
A Botanical artist with over 30 years experience. Dianne Sutherland has exhibited internationally and is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists, a regular exhibitor with the Royal Horticultural Society. She has her work in the permanent collection at the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh. She is also a member of the Sydney Florilegium.
She writes a regular art blog and teaches online courses to students, as well as delivering in person workshops all over the world.
She held a one day workshop at Pine Shores Art, which provided an introduction to the drawing and watercolor techniques used to create realistic portraits of plants, where, as botanical art, subjects need to be both scientifically accurate and aesthetically pleasing. During the workshop she taught the requirements of working in Botanical Art, such as drawing and painting a simple subject such as a small piece of fruit or flower.