Cincinnati artist Ann Geise worked as Artist and
Exhibits Manager for Cincinnati
for 19 years. With a Bachelor of Science
degree in biology from Northern
and love of nature, art and the outdoors, Ann came to CNC where she designed
and illustrated the center’s publications and educational exhibits. Accuracy
and realism have always been a standard for her work. Ann’s illustrations have
appeared in several books including “A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines” and “In Ohio’s Backyard: Bats”. She now devotes herself fulltime to painting
at her studio in Batavia, Ohio.
Ann works primarily in oils and paints a variety of subjects, from birds
and wildlife to rural landscapes and scenes from her travels. She has exhibited
her work in numerous regional shows.
is on an artistic journey exploring nature's infinite possibilities.
He is an
award winning artist specializing in landscapes and animal subjects. DeVere is
a former research biologist, science museum director, and founder of the artist
group, Masterworks for Nature.
Masterworks has helped nonprofit organizations raise money for
conservation projects. DeVere is inspired by the life and times of John James
Audubon, and he has created a collection of Audubon themed paintings entitled
"Audubon's River." He is
currently lecturing and exhibiting this collection around the Midwest.
Linda Howard Bittner
Bittner is forever trying to capture the charm and character of our natural
world. She has been a professional
commercial artist for over 20 years. Linda’s
work has graced many products including greeting cards, giftware, children’s
books, toys, games, puzzles and exhibits for zoos, aquariums and nature
centers. Linda also exhibits in the fine
art world. Her hope is to inspire people of all ages to get out into wild spaces and to
participate in conservation efforts for future generations.
recently launched a new adventure-safari business, Wild Art Safaris providing
exceptional opportunities for artist, photographers and those who have a
passion for nature to connect with professional instructors and guides in WILD
places all over the world.
Mary Louise Holt was an honors graduate from the College of
Mount Saint Joseph with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She started her career
as a graphic designer, illustrator and courtroom artist for local and national
television. Using those same skills she also created exhibits for nature
centers, museums and other institutions involved in environmental education
both here and abroad. With comprehensive formal training in the academic tradition
of fine portraiture she paints many portraits on commission. Her passion for
natural history has compelled her to combine all of these skills to bring to
life on canvas the rich natural history of the Eastern Frontier. Mary Louise
Holt’s historical paintings as well as her portraits, landscapes and wildlife
art can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. Her
work has also been exhibited in several prestigious museums in the United States and Europe.
John Agnew first established his
reputation as a muralist and illustrator for museums and zoos, but his
award-winning, realistic paintings of animals and landscapes are now in
collections around the world. In 2001, North Light Books published his book,
“Painting the Secret World of Nature.” He has served as artist in residence in
two national parks; Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in 2009, and Everglades National Park
in 2011, and has exhibited in US Embassies in Costa
Rica and Belarus.
He is a Signature Member and an Executive Board member of the Society of Animal
Artists, an international group, and a founding member of Master Works for
Nature, a group of Cincinnati
artists. His favorite subjects are reptiles and birds, and John has traveled
the globe in search of them.
Christopher Walden, originally from Auckland New Zealand, came to the States in 1979 for what was supposed to be a 30 day tour. Twenty–five years later he is still here and in the meantime has become a nationally known wildlife artist. Chris feels the need to give back to the lands and animals he paints by making sure that they are still around for many generations to enjoy. To accomplish this mission Chris has teamed up with several conservation groups in the US to lend his talents to help raise money and awareness to preserve the habitats that are in danger. Through donations of artwork in the past 20 years Chris has helped raise over 28 million dollars for conservation.
Cincinnatian John A. Ruthven returned home after Naval
service during WWII to attend the Cincinnati
After a successful commercial art career he began his own company Wildlife
Internationale, Inc. in 1970 and still maintains his gallery in Georgetown, Ohio.
Highlights of his accomplishments include the
1960-61 Federal Duck Stamp competition, 1st Artist of the Year print
for Duck’s Unlimited, Eagles for three U.S.
Presidents, Eagle to the Moon for the Neil Armstrong
and many private collections. Commission work and travel continue to provide a
busy schedule for this naturalist, lecturer and artist who is
also on the recovery team for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. John was awarded the
National Medal of Arts by the National Endowment for the Arts presented in the
White House. John is honored to have his new painting of Passenger Pigeons
painted as a mural on a building in downtown Cincinnati during the spring and summer of
2013 by Artworks.
Debbie Lentz, former owner/operator of the successful Wombat Art Works Gallery in Waynesville, OH is now dedicating her artistic career to producing and promoting her own works of wildlife and nature subjects. Debbie's early experience as a volunteer for the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens helped to fuel her passion to create her realistic wildlife art, particularly her big cats. Debbie is a Dayton based artist, graduating from the University of Cincinnati with her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She is dedicated, wholeheartedly to the preservation of wildlife as well as the habitats in which they live. Through her art work, Debbie has helped to raise money for such organizations as the Cincinnati Zoo, the Center for Endangered Wildlife, the Angel Fund, the Columbus Zoo, the Hamilton County Parks, Raptor Inc., the International Society of Endangered Cats, and the Fishing Cat Species Survival Program. She hopes that through her art she can inspire others to do what they can to protect the earth and all its inhabitants.
content of a body of works has much to do with the way an artist thinks.
Painting has a lot to do with life experiences, often more than how brush
strokes are put on a canvass. Painting reflects life experiences; learning
about new places, seeing a new species for the first time, meeting interesting
people, and then relating these experiences on canvass. We often see people on
the street and do not realize the vast chamber held within that person until we
engage in conversation about art, music or nature.
divided between several favorite projects; teaching at the Richmond Art Museum, freelance classes in-studio, Indiana Plein
Air Painters Association, Masterworks for Nature, and the Susan K. Black
Foundation, and instructor for the Dubois High School Mentor Program, Dubois
WY. Editor for two magazines, Fine Art Connoisseur and Legacy News required
contact with artists and events in both the West and Cape
Ann areas. The summer classes at Shreinner
University, Kerrville TX
is a two week intense education project with invited students and exhibition of
Award winning sculptor, Christine
Knapp, a native of Dayton, Ohio, has been a professional artist since 1990. She
is best known for her realistic bronze creations of both animal and human
subjects. After attending art classes at the University of Dayton and studying
with several well- known painters and sculptors, such as Lincoln Fox, Veryl
Goodnight, Guy Coheleach, and John Seerey-Lester, Christine found her true love
Art is an intimate way of communicating a message, feeling
or emotion to others. My goal is to spark a fond memory, inspire an idea or
enlighten my viewers of the varied subjects I have chosen to portray. Of
ultimate interest to me is that special bond that develops between people,
animals, and each other. – Christine Knapp
Response to her work in this medium
has proven so successful that she now devotes all her artistic endeavors
exclusively to sculpture. All of her bronzes are created by utilization of the
age-old lost wax casting process. In order to better convey the spirit of her
subjects, she travels extensively to obtain first hand knowledge through
personal observation and her own photography. Of special interest to her is the
wildlife of Yellowstone and Teton National Parks ecosystems. Native American
culture is also a very inspirational force behind her work.
Christine currently maintains her
studio and residence near Lyons,Colorado with her husband & three dogs.
Harper (1922-2007) painted a bird, he didn't count all the feathers in the
wings — he just counted the wings. He reduced his subject to the simplest
possible visual terms without losing its identity. He described his style as
“minimal realism.” And he claimed to be the only wildlife artist in America who had
never been compared to Audubon. Combining the skills and drafting tools of the
architect with the aesthetic sense of the painter, he began to develop his
distinctive style that aims to help us want to preserve the natural treasures
that remain. Charley’s paintings have appeared in nature-oriented
magazines and on over 50 posters for conservation-minded organizations, among
them the National Park Service, Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati
(Ohio) Park District, Cornell Lab of
Ornithology, Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve in Costa
Rica, and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania. Charley produced two books of
his prints and paintings, Charley Harper’s Birds & Words, and Beguiled by
the Wild: The Art of Charley Harper. He also illustrated The Golden Book of
Biology (1961) and The Animal Kingdom (1968). Celebrity designer Todd
Oldham produced two later books, Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life (2007) and
Charley Harper's Animal Kingdom (2012). Other works include ceramic tile
murals for the Federal Building and Convention Center in Cincinnati
and the Microbiology Building at Miami
University in Ohio. He designed interpretive displays for Everglades National Park. In his 60-year
career, he created hundreds of limited-edition silkscreen prints,
giclees, and many lithograph open-edition prints. Today, Harper's
international reputation continues to grow larger through the licensing of his
images on a wide range of products respectful of the artist's legacy.
Denzler’s interest in birds, particularly hawks, eagles, falcons and owls goes
back as far as he can remember. Since
1983, Gary has
trained birds and directed the Great American Wings of Wonder show at the
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.
His art career began in 1979, first carving a Peregrine Falcon from a
piece of white pine. In 1988, Gary won Best in Category, Professional Class for
Miniature Birds of Prey at the World Competition at Ocean City, MD. That same year Gary
began a 3-year project sculpting birds for the Ice Age at the Cincinnati Museum
Center. When the Zoological Society of Cincinnati
established a conservation award recognizing individuals who have made an
impact on preserving our natural world, Gary
was selected to design it. He sculpted “Martha” the last passenger pigeon, to
represent this annually presented award.
The list of recipients includes Roger Tory Peterson, Jane Goodall,
Richard Leakey and Ted Turner.
Masterworks for Nature is a group of Cincinnati area artists dedicated to raising awareness and funds for conservation. Originally conceived in 1999 as "Wildlife 2000," the group has expanded and grown into Masterworks for Nature, maintaining the same mission. The current group of twelve members work together to partner with conservation and nature education organizations to hold exhibitions and to raise money through sales and auctions. To date, they have raised over $1.2 million in gross receipts for various conservation organizations in the Cincinnati area.
The artists include plein air painters, illustrators, sculptors and fine artists, each with a special interests and styles. Many Masterworks for Nature events include “Quick Draw” of “Quick Finish” sessions where the artists work, live in front of the patrons, creating magical works of nature art right in front of people’s eyes. These works are almost always donated at 100% to the host organization and are auctioned off at the events.