Pat St. Onge
Pat's constantly evolving "tool-box" of painting techniques has grown out of her years of experience in both fine and commercial art. Having worked in acrylic, watercolor, pastel, digital graphic design, and ceramics, Pat’s favorite medium is usually whichever one she is currently creating in. Over the past five years, she's enjoyed incorporating paint-pouring methods with traditional brushwork.
She finds teaching and sharing her knowledge a great source of satisfaction, and a lot of fun! She’s taught classes for adults and children at art leagues, art studios, galleries, nursing homes, and in private settings since the 1970's.
Pat grew up in Lakewood Ohio, where she attended Cooper School of Art in Cleveland for her foundation classes. She earned her BFA at Quincy University in IL, and her MA at Findlay University. She learned digital art pre-press and basic web design while attending Rhode Island School of Design in RI.
Graduated from Mt. Mary University, Milwaukee with a degree in Art and Elementary Education. After 28 years of teaching she retired and began taking workshops in watercolor painting from Karlyn Holman and others. While living in the woods of Northwest Wisconsin, she painted a series of the historic buildings on Red Cedar Lake built by Frank Stout (Lumber Barron). The originals and reproductions appeal to vacationers and locals to the area. Her donated prints have helped raise funds for the local food pantry, the school district, the Pink Ribbon of Barron County and other organizations over the years. Prints with her artwork can be ordered from her Fine Art America site https://patricia-ricci.pixels.com/
Pat moved to Cape Coral get away from the cold winters up north. At the Cape Coral Art League, she took classes and workshops to “brush up” on skills to use back in Birchwood teaching senior citizens in the summer. She now teaches Watercolor for Beginners Plus here at the Art league during the winter.
Seeing colors change as paints are mingle or layered; watching a sprinkle of salt create a sparkle; and realizing there are ways to fix mistakes for the better are some of the mysteries found in painting with watercolor. She has seen firsthand how engaging in this new activity has helped in other areas of life for students: renewing a sense of wonder, building confidence through the challenges of new learning, meeting new friends, and just having fun.
Dennis Morton’s initial work in New England was as a portrait artist. He began his formal training as an apprentice under Richard Whitney in 1973. He worked on portraits of the Secretary of the Navy James Webb, Cardinal Medeiros and other high-profile portraits. In 1988 Morton was honored by Governor John Sununu at the New Hampshire State House where twenty-five of his paintings were exhibited for two weeks.
Moving to Hawaii in 1991, he continued to receive commissions in portrait painting. He painted portraits of three circuit judges, Father Damien for the catholic church in Molokai, William Waddell the last Buffalo Soldier, John Lydgate and family in Kauai, and Father Mackey of Chaminade. He was also fortunate to paint Glen Campbell and family.
In 2012 he was commissioned to paint Patty Hastie, George Clooney’s wife in the movie “The Descendants”. The portrait of Patty ended up on the cutting room floor. The director Alex Payne did a follow up entitled “Real Descendants” in which he interviewed John Morgan the head of Kááawa’ Valley along with others about the Hawaiian Alli and merging with wealthy foreigners. Alex sent Cammy Spenser from Fox in Los Angeles to John Morgan’s office where she saw the painting of Púu Ohulehule. She decided to show the painting morphing into reality to start her documentary.
Dennis has sold paintings to Richard Chamberlain, John Travolta and Glen Campbell. Some of his landscapes have been sold to wealthy clients on Óahu and have been in the background of at least six episodes of Hawaii Five O. In the mid-90s he began aggressively pursuing his interests and talents in landscape painting. Many of his pieces reflect the area of Windward Óahu and Kauai. Thru the years he moved back and forth from New England and Hawaii painting many studies and paintings in Plein Air. He refers to his style as visual impressionism, which can be explained in Richard Whitney’s book “Painting the Visual Impression” whereby it is a combination of classical realism and impressionist color notes.
Dennis is now painting Florida landscapes and is continuing to paint portraits & landscapes.
He now resides in Fort Myers and is teaching art classes at The Cape Coral Art League and private classes.
I started painting when I was 50, came home after my first lesson and told my husband Fred: “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
I studied with a great teacher, Sharon Wilson, for 7 years. When I retired from teaching in Bloomington, MN after 35 years, I combined my love of teaching and watercolor. I started a new retirement career teaching watercolor to adults.
I have my own studio at our lake home in Minnesota, where we live for 6 months over the summer, called Cottontail Studio. During the winter 6 months, I teach here at the Cape Coral Art League, the best club in the area!
Teaching watercolor has enhanced my retirement beyond my wildest dreams. I get to share my passion with people from all over this country and from other countries who live here in Cape Coral and at my lake home up north.
I continue to improve my watercolor techniques by taking lessons from many nationally ranked watercolor artists.
If you would wish to buy a painting or take lessons, please contact me at 218-330-8946.