The PSWC welcomes our new Regional Reps! These artists have stepped up to help the Society fulfill it’s commitment to promote art and art education in our communities and to have a little fun while doing it! They will be organizing Paint-Outs, Paint-Ins and social events in their geographic areas. If you live in one of these areas, contact them through their websites to find out about upcoming events. Traveling near-by? Here’s a chance to find out about events that will turn your vacation into an art trip! Interested in becoming a regional rep? Contact Sabrina Hill (here) or Karene Infranco (through her website Below) for more information!
Meet The Reps! (and their art)
Karene Infranco- Chairman of Regional Representatives
Karene Infranco is an artist working in pastel, oil, and printmaking. She earned a BS in Biology and Chemistry from the State University of NY at Albany in 1985. After owning an NYC-based healthcare advertising agency for many years, she is now focused on her craft. Her art education includes coursework at the prestigious Brooklyn Museum Art School, the New School at Parsons, the School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston, the Yard School of Art in Montclair NJ, Visual Art Center in Summit NJ, the Pastel Society of America and the School of Visual Art in New York. Karene is a juried artist member of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, a juried associate member of Pastel Society of America and an associate member of Pastel Society of the West Coast, Connecticut Pastel Society, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and Pastel Society of NJ.
Region covered: New Jersey, New York (greater Metro), Connecticut www.kareneinfrancoart.com
I’m originally from Oregon and now live in Arkansas. I’m a retired printer/graphic artist. I’ve taken numerous workshops under Richard McKinley, Mike Mahon, Christine Ivers, Richard Stephens, and Sheila Parsons. The life experience of living in Panama, Borneo, Singapore and Japan has influenced my art. I love doing landscapes with rocks. My paintings are in collections in Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Mexico and throughout the USA.
Region covered: Arkansas, Dallas, Texas, Missouri
Janis Ellison IAPS/MC, PSA, PSWC, PSO, NPS, SPS, PSNM
Janis has been a professional working artist and instructor for over 20 years. She began as a child, drawing on any scrap of paper she could find. Majoring in Art in College, her father convinced her to become a teacher, he said she would always have a job! Janis went on to teach special education for 30 years, her other passion, working with children and adults of all ages.
Janis became serious about her art when she took pastel classes from Albert Handell in New Mexico in the early 1990’s. She has never looked back, and has fallen in love with the medium. Janis has gone on to study with Richard McKinley, Gil Dellinger, Clark Mitchell, Terri Ford, and many other master pastelists.
I am drawn to the landscape in any form; mountains, oceans, plains, and of course her signature skies.
Janis has attained signature status in 6 pastel societies and granted International Association of Pastel Societies highest honor of Master Circle Status. She has been juried into many international shows and has won national awards in New York, The Butler Museum, and The Haggin Museum. She has been published in The Pastel Journal 100 as an award winner. Janis is represented by galleries across the US.
Region covered: Oregon
I am a plein air painter and landscape artist who mostly works in pastels, oils. This rich pigments of pastel and oil allows me to create paintings that have the brilliance and the bold color we see in the landscapes of the in the western United States and oils give one unlimited options of color and texture. These mediums lets me present this world with rich color and texture.
Region covered: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Region covered: Sebastopol, Napa, Sonoma
Jean Vineyard Myers
Region covered: Southern California
Denice Peters is an Iowa native and raised on a farm near LeMars and currently living in Denison. As a full time, self taught, pastel artist, she took it upon herself to hone and craft her talent and her unique realistic style. Denice is drawn to dramatic light and color in realistic styles. The effect light has on subjects and the landscape can be found in her work. The masters use of chiaroscuro and the Hudson Valley Landscape artists are her inspiration. She has been doing pastel exclusively for over 23 years, but has been an artist all her life. After she realized that she needed to follow her dream, she became a full time artist and teaches workshops and classes in her studio.
She exhibits regionally and nationally in group and solo shows and galleries, such as Las Vegas, Colorado, Oregon, Minneapolis and Cape Cod. She has attained many ribbons and awards over the years, including “Best of Show” and selected as a Finalist in “the Artist Magazine’s” Annual International Competition in 2014. Her work is in mostly private collections.
Denice is a Signature Member of the Mid America Pastel Society and a member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of the West Coast and also Iowa Pastel Society. Her work can be seen on her website, www.denicepeters.com and at Artisan Gallery 218 in West Des Moines, IA, also Clear Lake Art Center, Clear Lake, IA and Synergy Gallery, Storm Lake, IA.
Region covered: Tahoe & Reno, Nevada
Region covered: Sonoma, Wine Country