Stephen Leed is a self-taught artist who was born in Lancaster, PA in 1951. He was an asthmatic child who spent much of his time drawing birds and animals and reading wildlife and nature books while other children his age were playing sports. In 1961 at the age of 10 he engaged in cartooning and other types of art projects.
He began painting with oils as a hobby in 1971, while working at local factory jobs. In 1974 he exhibited his art for the first time. It was at the "Lititz Outdoor Art Show". His work has been exhibited at this well-known local PA show on a regular basis ever since, showing a specialization in wildlife themes beginning in 1977. During this time he worked full-time at a local hardware/home center where he managed the advertising department.
His work began getting the attention of the "Pennsylvania Game Commission" and he was invited to show at their First Annual Middle Creek Wildlife Invitational Art Show in August of 1986. He has been invited back every year since. This show has grown to become one of the most prestigious of all Wildlife Art Shows in the East. This also led to Stephen being commissioned to paint several special works for the PA Game Commission.
His interest in exotic birds (he owns two parrots and also breeds Gloster Canaries) led to his first, of many more to come, National Magazine Covers. That first cover was for the January/February 1991 cover of "Bird World" magazine. Stephen is one the very few American artists who does a great deal of art of Exotic birds.
Stephens' philosophy of "taking whatever time it takes" to create a great painting, and a love for his subjects make his work unique. He has made art his full-time commitment since February 1991
His art background included: two years Art School in New York City; Staff Artist for two years recruiting Publicity Bureau, New York City; two years as the artist for an advertising firm in St Joseph, MO.; for six years he was the art director at KFEQ-TV Channel 2, St Joseph, MO.; one and a half years with TV Palm Beach and Miami, FL.; two years at the Royal Art Academy, Antwerp, Belgium; Oskar Kokoschka International Art School, Salzburg, Austria; and Accademia de Belle Arti, Perugia, Italy.
Jay painted in more than 73 countries; he had many exhibits including one-man shows at the New York Hilton, Rockerfeller Center; his works are included in numerous collections throughout the United States and Europe.
Debra Smith was born and raised in Lancaster County, PA. Her interest in art began at an early age and continued through her school years. But it wasn't until 1986, with the encouragement of her husband, Dean, that she seriously pursued a career as an artist. Early in her career she worked in graphite, moved into colored pencil and now devotes all her time to watercolor.
Private lessons with local artists, classes at the Pennsylvania School of Art & Design, and a watercolor workshop with world-renowned watercolorist Jeanne Dobie (PWS, AWS, NWS) have all added remarkable growth and development to her watercolors. Her fascination of dramatic lighting, deep shadows, and bright color play a major role in her paintings.
Believing her talent is a God given gift, Debra has signed AFC (Artist for Christ) on her paintings in the past, and currently puts a cross beside her name.
A member of the Lancaster County Art Association, Associate member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, and currently the President of the Village Art Association in Lititz, she has exhibited her award-winning work in numerous shows including the Longs Park Arts and Crafts Festival (one of the five major juried Arts and Crafts Shows in America). Her paintings are part of the corporate collection of MBNA Bank of America, and private collections through the United States and abroad.
Kevin Bookman considers his talent as God given and his admiration of illustration led him to pursue a career as an artist.
He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Millersville University in 1984. Pastel and pen & ink are his favorite mediums. His photo-realistic approach to pastels demonstrates his precise drawing skills and accurate attention to detail. Well known for his automotive illustrations, his work also encompasses a variety of subjects from landscapes to still life's.
Jason DeLancey was born and raised in Lancaster, PA where he also graduated from Pennsylvania School of Art and Design.
His portrait work hangs in many private collections and his illustrations have been seen in numerous publications. His favorite accolade to date has been his selection for showing at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.
He says his, "favorite part of a painting is when he is rendering a face and it begins to come alive." His keen ability to capture mood and emotion affects all viewers of his work.
Ceci Good was born in Costa Rica and spent the first 16 years of her life in Mexico as the child of Mennonite missionaries. She and her family lived in Mexico City and also in a remote Indian village in the mountains of Oaxaca. She was always curious about the legends and cultures of the people around her. When she moved to the United States and attended a Mennonite high school, she encountered another culture that was very new to her although it was a part of her roots.
She first encountered the art of fraktur at her Mennonite high school, in the unique graduation diplomas which had been created by her art teacher. Years later, after graduation from college with an art degree and working as an artist in Lancaster, PA she had the opportunity to train with a Lancaster County fraktur artist. Since then her fraktur pieces have changed and developed into the beautiful works of art that are appreciated by art lovers all over the country.