June Merrifield
Pine Shores Art Association offers classes with renowned instructors who lead their fields in skill and talent

Bob Heyer
Tom Rutledge
Mary Walker-Baptiste
Pat Morgan
Danny Ng
June Merrifield
Linda Coulter
Joyce Lawrence
Jason Ward
Al Stietzel

Below are this year's Featured Instructor profiles

Danny Ng
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 next 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 May. 
Mary Walker-Baptiste
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.

Mary 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.

Upon 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.

Pat Morgan

Jason Ward
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
Bob Heyer
Tom Rutledge
​Pine Shores Art Association is excited to have Jason Ward join our teaching team. Jason is an oil and acrylic artist with the experience necessary to nurture our beginning artists in either medium. His classes provide examples of how the masters used each medium followed by specific instruction, demonstrations and one-on-one attention. 

Registrations were strong for his initial classes and his students have requested additional classes so they can expand their skills with the mediums.

Jason is a fine art painter and illustrator inspired by both the Hudson River School painters of the 19th century and painters and illustrators working in the realistic tradition including Odd Nerdrum, Daniel Sprick, Doug Henderson, and James Gurney.

As an instructor Jason believes in the importance of demonstrating the principles being taught. Rather than a quick demo, Jason prefers to work on the assignment along with the students so they can understand exactly how to approach each new challenge of the art making process.

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.

See his website at jasonwardart.weebly.com 
for more information and to see more of his artwork.--Irene Bausmith
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 this September. 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.
Members can see Tom at work on May 1st (evening, after the Members Meeting) as he demonstrates his brush, pen and ink technique.
Linda Coulter
About 20 years ago, Linda Coulter joined Pine Shores Art Association in Manahawkin, New Jersey and during one of the life classes, borrowed someone’s pastels. She was hooked. She had always loved the “hands-on” feeling of drawing with pencil and charcoal, but now discovered the vibrant colors of pastels that one cannot find in any other medium. Linda has since and continues to take pastel classes and workshops with Master Pastellists, mostly with Richard McKinley, Hall of Fame Honoree, painting plein air and studio.

While enjoying commissioned portraits and the occasional still life, Linda especially loves painting landscapes, most especially on location, finding reflections in water, the drama of beach scenes, rocks and buildings fascinating. It all lends itself 
beautifully to pastels – with textures, the blending of colors, local and complimentary - all of which make for an exciting piece. She teaches at Pine Shores Art Association every Saturday morning (walk-in class) and 4 times a year 2-day workshops as well as at the Ocean County Artists Guild (weekly) along with private individuals and groups. Linda also teach plein air workshops, locations have included: Cozumel, Taos, New Mexico, Siena, Italy and Rhode Island. 

Linda is a member of the Pastel Society of New Jersey and has received local and regional awards, most notable having been juried in the International Association of Pastel Societies bi-annual show held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Pastel art by Linda Coulter. The Red Barn (left) and Winter Grace (right). See excerpts from her workshop here.
Joyce Lawrence
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.

Al Stietzel
Al Stietzel
Wood Miniatures