I am a ceramic artist working in up-state New York. After earning a degree in the Fine Arts I have spent the last 12 years studying and learning about pottery and ceramics, with the last 8 specific to wood-firing clay. In 2009 I built a community wood kiln I currently fire my work in. I have always been an object maker, and explored different materials with art and function in mind. For me the discovery of clay and its soul moved me to become a fuller person. [Read more…]
The Laffer Gallery Artists
The Laffer Gallery is pleased to represent the following fine artists. To learn more about an artist or to see more of their work, please view the artist's page. In many cases, additional works by the artists listed below are available. For additional information, to schedule a time to view a specific artist's work or to make a purchase, please email us directly at [email protected] or contact the gallery at 518.695.3181.
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My nature-inspired paintings are more in the manner of a portrait, rather than a landscape. Looking at all different shapes and sizes of plants, mingled and tangled, yet keeping their own growing directions toward light, I find myself trying to identify simple truth and wisdom. [Read more…]
After high school I attended the Boston University School of Fine Arts and I received a Bachelor of Fine Art in May of 1973. Among my more influential teachers at B.U. were Reed Kay, who taught both Materials and Techniques and Drawing, and Jack Kramer, who taught Anatomy. [Read more…]
Valerie Craig has drawn and painted nearly all her life. Her oil and watercolor paintings are suffused with soft light and convey a sensitive approach. Craig’s subject matter is varied and includes still-life, landscapes and street scenes. Valerie Craig has had more than twenty years in the field to date. [Read more…]
Teri Malo’s landscape paintings primarily explore the sense of place, whether in her series on the mill towns of the Blackstone Valley, or in her more recent coastal New England series. Time spent on Cape Ann and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and in Lubec, Maine on the edge of the Bay of Fundy has profoundly affected her choice of subject matter. Her paintings capture large open spaces and the changeable atmosphere and seas of the New England region, as well as the rocky details of this familiar place. [Read more…]
Please allow us to introduce and congratulate the artists chosen for this exciting new exhibit: Anne Francey, Cheryl Horning, Compton Eden, Dan Greenfeld, Dana Matthews, Gail Nadeau, Gary Larsen, George Dirolf, Gina Occhiogrosso, Harry Wirtz, Jacob Houston, Jill Fishon Kovachick, Julie Branch, Kelsey Renko, Leslie Roy Heck, Linda Bacon, Linde Caughey, Mara Lefebvre, Mary Ellen Riell, Michael Valiquette, Michael Whitney, Paul Chapman,, Paul Mauren, Randi Kish , Renee Obrien, Rob Longley, Rob O’Neil, Robyn Morgan Giddings, Ruck Goldreyer and Wenda Habenicht.
Andrea Hersh holds a BS in painting and drawing from Skidmore College and an MFA from the University at Albany. Her work has been widely exhibited, including the Flash Art Show in Milan, Italy, the Albany Institute of History and Art, Gallery Boreas, and the AAF Contemporary Art Fair. She received a New York Foundation of Art in the category of Painting. She lives and works in Slingerlands, NY.
Christopher Murray’s paintings are influenced by graphic images of the early 20th century. His work is known for a bold simplicity of line, color, and hand-painted text. [Read more…]
My methodology of making art is exploratory in nature. It deals with the direct manipulation of materials and processes. My vessel or sculptural forms are elegant and classical. The surface painting, drawing, and textural treatment on the other hand, is out of the Abstract Expressionist and Post Modernist Schools. [Read more…]
Harry Orlyk was born in Troy, New York in 1947. In 1971 after graduating college, he went on to graduate school at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Over the next nine years, he was influenced by several Nebraskan artists. “Still-life painter Robin Smith taught me how to use paint without turpentine – to paint from the tube.” He also admits the influence of photographer Lawrence McFarland who taught him what spiritual space was, and how to emphasize it. Lastly he credits well-known Lincoln painter Keith Jacobshagen with having impressed on hm the importance of routine. He currently resides with his family in Salem, New York, near the Vermont border. [Read more…]
I belong to the tradition of vessel makers. I work in clay, on the wheel, forming containers for flowers, food, air. Clay is the skin to contain a volume, the line to draw a profile. I think of long tall vessels as forms that stand as a person, defining and incorporating space. I feel a kinship with Chinese ceramics and like to sketch vases to understand the success of their curves, the space they envelop and the space they exclude.
Artist Charles Bremer has explored a wide breadth of creative medium in his career ranging from photography, drawing and sculpture, to theater stage sets and experimental sound. His work has been exhibited in art centers, galleries, and private collections both in the United States and internationally. [Read more…]
Born in Atlanta, Leslie Ferst studied ceramics at Boston University (MFA cum laude), Art History at Skidmore College (BA) and Syracuse University in Italy and Amsterdam. For artist residencies, she traveled to Montana (Archie Bray Foundation), Georgia (Ossabaw Island Foundation), and Maine (Watershed Center) where she was a founding Board Member.
John Van Alstine is an American sculptor living and working in Wells, NY in the Adirondack region of New York State, best known for stone and metal abstract sculptures exhibiting exceptional balance and poise. The works are often multi level with references to the figure, classical, nautical, celestial and western mythological themes. [Read more…]
Erik Laffer’s abstract personal narratives are logical and experimental explorations of place from the past into the present and future. His paintings re-describe the world with a language of symbols, reminiscent of map-making. Laffer’s symbols identifies his own inner struggle to understand self, family and society. [Read more…]
Among the many awards Ann Larsen has won are an Award of Excellence given by Quang Ho at the Paso Robles Invitational 2014; First Place, Master’s Division, 63rd Adirondack Art Exhibit, Old Forge, NY 2013; Second Place, Finger Lakes Plein Air, 2013; Juror’s Award, Randy Higee, 6×6 show 2013; Award of Merit, Outdoor Painters Society Southwest Salon, Dallas 2014; two Honorable Mentions, Oil Painters of American On-line Showcase 2013.
Born in New York City, Virginia McNeice attended Pratt Institute of Art and has studied at the Art Student’s League, SUNY Albany, Skidmore College and the Vermont Studio Center. McNeice’s work in pastel and oil is inspired by nature, and her primary focus is upon color relationships, contrast and the effect of light at various times of the day. She lives and works on an old farm in Cambridge, New York which is surrounded by her personal garden.
Whether painting out in plein air, or in my home studio; whether painting birds, landscape, or views of nearby farms; in all of my paintings I hope to convey my reverence for the land, its wildlife, and our rural heritage. But while the subject matter may reflect my passions in life, the thread that ties all of my work together is more conceptual.
Josh Smith graduated from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University with honors in 2014. He was first introduced to ceramics while at Alfred and felt an immediate connection with the material, and the pottery wheel. A few weeks before graduating from Alfred, Smith was recruited to help open the first US branch of Spin Ceramics in New York City. He completed a four month residency at Sculpture Space NYC during my time in the big apple.
My work is the epicenter of my human experience. It is my witness to our current situation as a people at the precipice of self-destruction, on the verge of self-awareness, the eruption of emotion, an effusion of expression to convey my deepest fears and hopes. My paintings are reverence for, and anticipation of our possibilities.
Elisa Sheehan lives with her 2 kids, 2 dogs, and lovely husband. Together they explore the world and place a premium on their time together. She prefers to do her exploring outdoors and almost all of her inspiration comes from nature. She and her husband home school their 2 children and seeing them learn in their own ways informs Elisa’s own process and artistic growth. The sky really is the limit and sometimes making a giant mess is the best way forward!
Gary Zack has been involved with glass since 1978, as a successful commission stained-glass artist and, more recently, as a blown glass artist in Upstate New York. Zack has been involved with blown glass since 1990 and is mostly self-taught. His love of hot glass is founded on the immediacy and spontaneous nature of the material, as well as the interplay of color and light. [Read more…]
Russell Serrianne lives in Glens Falls, NY where he has maintained his studio at the Shirt Factory since 2006. Raised in Niagara Falls, Russell attended the New School of Art in Toronto, Ontario with a concentration in drawing and screen process printing. He then studied printmaking at the Center for Music Drama and Art in Lake Placid, and lithography at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Anne Diggory has worked out of her studio in Saratoga Springs, New York, for almost 40 years. She is known for her combination of accurate detail with expressive painting and strong abstract structure – an outgrowth of education at Yale and Indiana University and many years of exploring and painting the natural world. Her work has been seen in over 35 solo exhibitions and 75 group exhibitions in the United States, Panama and Germany.
Janice Medina is an artist, designer, and educator living and working in Albany, NY. Raised near Syracuse, she studied Building Conservation (MS, 2008) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute after attending Syracuse University (BFA, 2006). She is committed to design education and has taught interior design at the college level for over seven years. She has a passion for materials and the built environment. Her work is influenced by architecture, landscape, and the passage of time. Recently, she has been exploring the use of concrete as a sculptural medium.
Mikel Wintermantel is an artist schooled in tradition and raised in a modern world. He has been able to cross the advancement in modern materials and tools with his deep respect for old world methods. Through years of exploration his method and materials have become almost transparent in the creation process.
Takeyce Walter is truly inspired by the landscape. This is ever apparent when standing before any of her paintings. Walter’s work in oil and pastel present the landscape of the Northeast in all its glory. There is a great sense of familiarity, calm, and peacefulness in each piece.
Karen Elem received her degree in art education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. After retiring from a 37 year career teaching ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting at Saratoga Springs High, she is now a resident studio artist at the Saratoga Clay Arts Center in Schuylerville, NY.
Operating out of her home in Saratoga Springs, NY, Nancy Magnell specializes in the art of reverse glass painting. Very few people in the country practice this form, and even fewer use it to paint landscapes. Working initially on canvas, landscape painting has been Magnell’s specialty since her 20s, when she replicated the works of Hudson River artists.
Celeste Susany is recognized as one of the nation’s premier equine artists. Her formative years were spent among the pageantry of Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar. Celeste received her degree from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. After graduation, she became an art director for Nehi, a large record distributing company.
Born and raised in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, David Hill has had a relationship with nature that he translates through oil paintings. Being surrounded by water in St Thomas, David found water and waves to be the inspiration for the subject matter that he continues to focus on. David studied painting in many locations including Hawaii, Italy, and Boston. (BAF, Art Institute of Boston). In 2005, David opened his own gallery in St Thomas that he owned and operated for six years.
Leslie Peck, a New York native, was educated at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art. She then spent a year studying art in Italy at the Scuola di Lorenzo De Medici in Florence, before apprenticing in Rome with renowned illustrator Alessandro Biffignandi. Peck began a freelance career in romance book cover illustration in 1988. While still sucessful in the publishing field, her love for portraiture of people and animals has found its expression in her most recent oil paintings. [Read more…]
“I spent most of my childhood moving back and forth across the United States. I can still remember the endless vistas from days of car travel. The beauty of the varied landscapes left a real impression on me. I gain inspiration from the change in season and the light of any given minute of the day. To paint landscapes I feel more connected to the world, and endless observation constantly informs my work. I tend to paint what is around me and as I live in an agricultural landscape that is what I paint.” [Read more…]
Audrie Sturman works full time in two studios. One in Albany and the other at The Saratoga, Clay Arts Center. Audrie’s works are represented in numerous collections in the United States, as well as private collections in Canada, Europe, Israel and Australia.
Peris Carbonell has made more than 60 solo exhibitions and 30 permanent exhibitions in Europe, including the Peris Carbonell Museum opened to the public in July 2012 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The permanent exhibition displays a collection of paintings and sculptures created by the artist since 1999. Thirty books have been published about the artist and his artwork. Peris Carbonell frequently travels to the United States of America, being especially inspired in his artworks by the urban landscapes of New York City.
John van Orsouw is completely self-taught which is not to say that he is not schooled. His schooling, however, has been the museums, the ideas, the movies and the streets of urban life both in the U.S. (New Orleans, New York City) and in Europe including his childhood home in Holland. Presently he is selling his work in New York City. His recent exhibitions include the 2011 New York Outsider Art Fair, The 6th annual Outsider Art Exhibition at Galerie Belage in West Hampton Beach, New York, Musee de la Creation France and Van der Plas Gallery in New York City.
Allen Grindle received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maine at Portland-Gorham in 1973 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. After graduating college, he received his Master of Arts (studio art) from the State University of New York in Albany, New York in 1978. Over the years Allen Grindle has produced many works of art including sculptures, black and white prints, and paintings. [Read more…]
Mary Pat Wager has been a sculptor for over thirty years. Her work is included in many public and private collections. Her sculpture employs the use of found objects, as well as, fabricated metal components. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has received numerous awards for her work in sculpture. These include a National Endowment for the Arts grant and representing the United States with her work at the Small Works International Exhibition in Budapest, Hungary. Mary Pat Wager lives and works in upstate New York. [Read more…]
Gyula Varosy was born in Hungary and came to the US as a refugee in 1957. After receiving degrees in Architecture from Pratt Institute and Harvard University, he lived and worked in NYC, with housing design as the work focus. Setting up a sculpture studio was parallel to this. He and his wife, a toddler and a baby moved to Greenwich, NY in 1990. In the years that followed, apart from architecture, there was more time in this beautiful environment to make art. Finally sculpture became his main focus.
Robert Gullie of Cohoes, NY creates in the mediums of mixed media collages, hand-tinted photography and in the photopolymer gravure printing process. His work has been included in over eighty exhibitions including over twenty-five solo exhibitions. [Read more…]
Mark Tougias is a self-taught artist who has been busy painting since childhood. His earliest surviving drawings and paintings date back to when he was eight years old. From an early age he learned by studying the masters and at age sixteen he began exhibiting. At the University of Massachusetts he studied education and art history. He began painting full time in 1990.
George Van Hook’s paintings have been exhibited for over 35 years throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Van Hook’s painterly style follows in the tradition of the impressionists. Inspired by both a love of nature fostered by long hours painting “en plein air,” Van Hook paints with gusto and passion, bringing a freshness and immediacy to the rural scenes where he lives in upstate New York. [Read more…]
Jim Sankowski lives in Ballston Lake, New York where he has maintained his studio Ballston Lake Pottery since 1975. He attended Central College, Iowa (BA-Art ‘72) and Bowling Green State University, Ohio (MFA-Ceramic Art ‘74).
A former professional illustrator and college instructor, Mary Ellen Riell received her art training at the Art Student’s League in New York City, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Brooklyn College, where she studied with painter Sam Gelber and sculptor Sylvia Stone, before receiving a Master’s degree in art education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
Chad Smith prefers a direct yet studied approach to plein air painting. It has been said of his work: “Not just ‘a scene’ but a real statement about something, yet not forced or melodramatic.” Smith has gallery representation in New York, Colorado, Florida, South Carolina and is collected internationally.
JoAnn Axford lives and maintains her studio in Glenmont, New York. She received her bachelor degree at the University of Bridgeport, Conn. and her masters from The College of Saint Rose. Her interest in botanical imagery led her to post-graduate study in Botanical Illustration at The New York Botanical Garden.
Austrian-born Caroline Ramersdorfer studied philosophy in Paris and sculpture in Carrara, Italy, and her sculpture is rooted in both disciplines. About ten years ago, a grant for a multimedia project led to the series Inner Views, works in marble that use light and space to create physical and spiritual interiors. Both large and small scale, her work is a study in contrasts—tense and fluid, weighty and ethereal—and speaks to the mutability of perception and experience.
Jenny Kemp received her Bachelors degree in studio art from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her MFA in Painting from the University at Albany. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, most recently at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, NY, a two-person show at Middle Tennessee State University and an invitational exhibition at The Painting Center in NYC. [Read more…]
Stylistically influenced by the great 19th century artists who first visually glorified this area, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams brings an updated view of the landscape with the color, composition and a sometimes iconographic imagery. Dramatic, transitory moments and a deep connection to Nature inspire her work. While experiencing these fleeting moments on site, the artist is infused by the mood and atmosphere. Later after some tempering and distillation, Bloodgood-Abrams creates works over time using layers of paint and glazes to evoke the emotional essence of the scene, through the veil of memory.
Jill Fishon-Kovachick is a renowned local clay artist and owner/director of the Saratoga Clay Arts Center located in Schuylerville, NY. Fishon-Kovachick utilizes Raku, Sagger and High Fire techniques to create subtle yet resplendent tones of earth and sky in her work. In her own words, “[The] natural coloration, reflected in my work, brings everything together for me.” [Read more…]
Yuta Ishino creates paintings where tiny figures interact with animals among the natural world. What remains is a beautiful world in which we all share, bringing our own personal stories to the collective experience. [Read more…]
Born in Lithuania, Paul Kant experienced the war and refugee camps first hand. He attended school in Germany as a refugee until 1953, when he immigrated to the United States. Paul attended high school in Albany, and graduated from Niskayuna High School in 1959. His teaching degree was earned at SUNY Buffalo. [Read more…]
Nick Patten is a native of Troy, NY and received his B.A. in Fine Arts of the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. In addition to dozens of solo and group shows nationwide at a variety of venues, Patten’s work can be seen in many private and public collections throughout the world. [Read more…]
Susan Stuart was born in Worcester, Mass., and lives and works in Albany, N.Y. She earned an MA’76 from UAlbany and a BFA’69 from Syracuse University and studied with Rudolf Baranik at the Art Students League from 1991-1996. [Read more…]
Tracy Silva Barbosa’s paintings create delicate narratives that address issues of age, sensuality and transcendence. Whether it a spare flight of birds or twisted stalks of flora, there is a lyrical motion that reflects the passage of time. Often sequential moments of time are animated with asymmetrical compositions, creating rich psychic realms full of color, balance and harmony. [Read more…]
I operate in the space between painting and photograph — object and print. These works of horses represent a new starting point in the continuum of my process. In each work, collage functions both to break the image down into component parts and to create a cohesive whole. At the heart of my process is the desire to see things differently; to build an image literally in order to come to an understanding of the visceral nature of form. [Read more…]
For me, the “creation of unknown beings” requires the collaboration of my companion, CLAY. I do not approach CLAY with a preconceived notion of what will result from our encounter. The process of handling the clay stimulates and informs my creative process. Much depends on the plasticity of the clay, which can vary considerably. Much also depends on the tools which I use to shape the clay and create textures. [Read more…]
Despite the psycho-sexual suggestion of many of the pieces, Savett’s work emphasizes the paradoxical nature of his chosen material. Steel is both plastic and rigid, creating objects of a certain permanence. Most metals can be mass-produced but start out liquid; it seems natural to Savett to bring that liquid or plastic quality into fabricated sculpture. This isn’t a language spoken by many sculptors of steel. [Read more…]
Laura Von Rosk received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY at Purchase. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally in both solo and group shows. [Read more…]
For the past 20 years I have been exploring the place where fine art and folk art intersect. My subject matter draws from the local experience of community, family and immediate surroundings as well as an internal dream place. Although some of the imagery is very personal, I am always striving for the universal. The figures in the pictures are simultaneously ‘me’ and a sort of ‘Everyman’. [Read more…]
Drawing, painting and ceramics form the artistic base for Troy, NY native, Wendy Williams. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Ms Williams began exhibiting across the Northeast United States beginning at the Cutler-Stavaridis Gallery in Boston, MA and has been the recipient of several grants through the years, including the Elizabeth Foundation and Yaddo. [Read more…]
Julia Zanes mixed media paintings read like fairy tales unfolding in intricate visual patterns. Rich interiors and lush, fertile landscapes are populated by ethereal figures, birds, and houses. [Read more…]
Robert Moylan works masterfully in gouache. His panoramic landscapes are brightly colored celebrations of the rural beauty of Rensselaer and Washington counties in New York. [Read more…]
Randi Kish retired from a lifelong career as a public school art teacher in the Saratoga Springs City School District in June 2010. She has been working as a full-time ceramic artist in her studio at the Saratoga Clay Arts Center since. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the region. [Read more…]
My work is an ongoing account, a product of negotiating stimuli from “everyday” happenings I refer to as “visual education.” I respond to the varied visual phenomena with forms and ways of marking. To be clear, it is the organization of the elements that I am interested in. To arrange and record is to acknowledge and to reconcile. [Read more…]
Cheryl Horning’s sculptures, both figurative and botanical, are about movement, memory and storytelling. Her botanical sculptures are loosely based on Nepenthaceae and Sarraceniaceae, more commonly known as pitcher plants—colorful and graceful carnivorous plants that have interested her since she was a child. [Read more…]
“The creative process for me is varied and yet finite. I have my boards, my paint and my solitude, which stimulates me. Painting is a private, intimate and passionate obsession. I feel blessed to have this time to create a piece of art that someone else can enjoy.” [Read more…]
Victoria Crowell is a porcelain artist. In 1975, she received her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Her work is collected from upstate New York to Australia, throughout Europe and the Far East. Galleries, museums, and private collections house more than a quarter century of her art. [Read more…]
Elizabeth Coyne was born in Minnesota, raised in California, Canada and Indiana, before moving to New York in the early 1980’s. Ms. Coyne had numerous exhibitions in New York during the 80’s and 90’s. She has been a working artist for more than 30 years. She has Masters of Fine Arts in painting from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, a B.A. in fine arts from Purdue University and has studied and lectured at the Art Institute of Chicago. [Read more…]
Painter Robert Cartmell, who is also a renowned roller coaster enthusiast, works in a tradition that could be loosely connected to Philip Guston and other members of the so-called second generation New York School, who preferred a more lyrical variation on the blood-and-guts formula of abstract expressionism. [Read more…]
Bob Augstell, a New York native, received a BA Applied Arts from SUNY at Albany. Upon graduation he created custom jewelry, which ultimately led to a business that provides international designers and architects with fine metal furniture. In 2008, he received a Master of Science in Education for the visual arts from the College of Saint Rose. Since then, while continuing metal work he has been actively sculpting. [Read more…]
David Miller is one of the most well-known and respected artists in the upstate New York area and is included in a wide range of both public and private collections, including Carnegie Museum of Art, School of The Art Institute, Key Bank Headquarters, Pepsico Corporation, Siena College, among many others. Miller’s work can best be described in the words of noted writer and poet John Yau: [Read more…]