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Mar 23, 2021
Proudly Representing Women of Western Art
Western Women Artists

“I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.”

-Frida Kahlo

Take a moment to learn about and appreciate our strong group of painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, and mixed media artists. Ann Korologos Gallery proudly represents 18 women of Western art, including Heather Foster, Veryl Goodnight, Lisa Gordon, Donna Howell-Sickles, Peggy Judy, Sandra Lee Kaplan, Paula Schuette Kraemer, Sarah Lamb, Amy Laugesen, Linda Lillegraven, Janet Nelson, Deborah Paris, Kate Starling, Allison Stewart, Sabrina Stiles, Marie Figge Wise, Dinah Worman, and Sherrie York– this Women’s History Month, and all year.

Heather Foster

Heather Foster has always been interested in drawing and painting. Starting at an early age, Foster took after school art classes at a local community center. Throughout high school, Foster attended extracurricular art classes at Moore College of Art, the Philadelphia College of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In 1990 Foster received a BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art.
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Heather Foster - 2 Youths
Heather Foster, “2 Youths,” Acrylic on Canvas, 36 x 36 in

Veryl Goodnight

Veryl Goodnight was born loving animals and the American West. These two elements have been the focus of her art for over three decades. “Working from life was initially an excuse to be outdoors and near the horses, birds, and many other animals that shared my life,” Veryl relates. “Having a living, breathing model nearby not only provides information that a thousand photos couldn’t convey, it keeps me excited. Working from life also keeps me from becoming repetitious.”
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Veryl Goodnight - Village Kinship
Veryl Goodnight, “Village Kinship,” Bronze, 19 x 27 x 8.5 in

Lisa Gordon

Lisa M. Gordon was born and raised in Southern California. Gordon earned a Bachelor’s degree in sculpture and photography from California State University in San Bernadino, and later earned her Master of Fine Arts from California State University, Fullerton. Her childhood was marked with a passion for horses, from playing with and drawing plastic models to riding and training them in her teenage years. She also watched as stable after stable was abandoned for parking lots and expanding development, which would later influence her work. 
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Lisa Gordon - Rocken the Trail
Lisa Gordon, “Rocken the Trail,” Bronze, 13 x 11 x 4 in

Donna Howell-Sickles

Donna Howell-Sickles was born in 1949 in Gainesville, Texas, where she was raised on a 900-acre farm.  When she was entering junior high school, her parents moved the family to New Mexico where she graduated from Lovington High School.  In 1972, she earned her BFA from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.  During her junior year there, she acquired an old postcard, circa 1935, depicting a cowgirl seated atop a horse.  The vintage postcard read, “Greetings from a Real Cowgirl from the Ole Southwest”. 
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Donna Howell-Sickles - A Team to Pull the Moon
Donna Howell-Sickles, “A Team to Pull the Moon,” Mixed Media on Paper, 34.5 x 30 x 2 in

Peggy Judy

Peggy Judy was born to be an artist, as she understood even as a child. Her destiny was sealed by one important fact: she was smitten by the natural beauty of her native Colorado. So, she painted and drew throughout her high school and college years. Upon graduation from Colorado State University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a concentration in illustration, she began her professional career as an illustrator, working for various corporations and the Dept. of Energy, all in the Denver area.
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Peggy Judy - Juaquima
Peggy Judy, “Juaquima,” Oil on wrapped canvas, 24 x 24 in

Sandra Lee Kaplan

Sandra Lee Kaplan’s gift with her cameras has evolved for 40 years and continues to dance on a daring precipice of light, shade, and color that dazzles, excites, provokes, and inspires. Her peerless knowledge and love affair with the camera allows her to go where others fear to tread with experimentation. She will tell you it has been a long journey, beginning in Paris, France in 1970 as a high fashion photographer covering the major fashion houses of Europe. This led her to the major motion picture industry, photographing some of the biggest stars, producers and directors of the era. She says of her portrait photography, “I never set out to simply take a photo. Creating a photograph is my mission.”
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Sandra Kaplan  - Sit'en Around
Sandra Lee Kaplan, “Sit’en Around,” Photograph on Archival Paper, 20 x 24 in

Paula Schuette Kraemer

Paula Schuette Kraemer creates drypoint monoprints and monotypes that use metaphors to explore life’s ups and downs. Schuette Kraemer was born in 1948, and studied art history at Vassar College and completed her undergraduate work in fine art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin where she studied both printmaking and ceramics with Warrington Colescott and Bruce Breckenridge. Paula Schuette Kraemer lives and works in both Madison, WI and Silverthorne, CO, where she draws her inspirations.
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Paula Schuette Kraemer - Release A/P
Paula Schuette Kraemer, “Release A/P,” Mixed Media Print, 22.5 x 22.5 in

Sarah Lamb

Sarah Lamb is a talented and dynamic realist painter. With classical skill—and through transparency, depth and texture—she captures the minute details of everyday objects in her dramatic still lifes and luscious landscapes. She makes us love the familiar and see beauty in the mundane. Born in Petersburg, VA, with a passion for art and an appreciation for the past, Sarah spent a semester at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy before graduating from Brenau Women’s College with a BS degree in Studio Art in 1993. Following a summer workshop in Santa Fe, NM with renowned classical painter Jacob Collins, she spent two years painting at The Ecole Albert Defois in the Loire Valley with classical realist artist Ted Seth Jacobs.
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Sarah Lamb - Eggs
Sarah Lamb, “Eggs,” Oil on Panel, 6 x 14 in

Amy Laugesen

Amy Laugesen is a Colorado-based sculptor with classic training in the arts, including an Associate of Arts Degree from Marymount Palos Verdes College in 1998, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from School of the Museum of Fine Arts & Tufts University in 1995, where she concentrated in sculpture and public art. Amy currently works as a professional mixed media sculptor, art educator, and experienced sculpture maintenance technician. Laugesen is known for her modern-day equine “relics” that span from large-scale commissioned public artworks to small mixed-media treasures. Mainly working with ceramics, Laugesen has mastered techniques to create works that look ancient, drawing from Eastern and Western clay sculpting traditions, and a variety of glazing techniques to achieve the unique color of each sculpture. Her ceramics are paired with vintage metals, porcelain casters, and metal, wood, or stone bases.
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Amy Laugesen - Blue Mud Herd 2 (set of 3)
Amy Laugesen, “Blue Mud Herd 2 (set of 3),” Ceramic and Steel , 11.5 x 12 x 3.5 in

Linda Lillegraven

Linda Lillegraven was born at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1948. She received her BA in Art from San Diego State University and a BS in Zoology in 1970 and 1972, respectively. She then went on to earn a MS in Biology from the University of Utah in 1975. A summer spent doing research in an isolated corner of Utah convinced her that she wanted more than anything to paint the great open landscapes of the West, despite her extensive experience with wildlife.
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Linda Lillegraven - Western Skies 4
Linda Lillegraven, “Western Skies 4,” Oil on Linen Panel, 12 x 12 in

Janet Nelson

Janet Nelson has been driven from a very young age to create. Growing up in the Bay area of California, Janet was inspired in her youth by the “hippie” art of the sixties and developed a fascination with art that was created with found objects; such as the sculptures on the Emeryville mud flats. Her work has constantly evolved. She is known for spare and ethereal sculptures rendered in wire, as well as amazingly detailed Native American clothing created in resin.
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Janet  Nelson  - Plains Inspired Boys Shirt
Janet Nelson , “Plains Inspired Boys Shirt,” Handmade Paper Cast, 19 x 30 x 3 in

Deborah Paris

Texas-based artist Deborah Paris is an American landscape artist whose work reflects an intense, intuitive connection to the natural world and its rhythms. Paris first earned her BFA in Art History and Studio Art, followed by a law degree and career as a practicing lawyer. Ultimately, Paris pursued her desire to return to the arts, receiving a thorough grounding in naturalist landscape painting from a number of contemporary landscape painters, most notably artists Ned Jacob and Hollis Williford (1994-2001).
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Deborah Paris - Winter Dance
Deborah Paris, “Winter Dance,” Oil on Linen, 12 x 12 in

Kate Starling

Kate Starling has found a home in the southwest her entire life—from her childhood in Phoenix, to her life in a small town near Zion National Park. The oil painter lives in, explores, and paints the canyons of southern Utah. After earning an undergraduate degree in geology, Kate spent years working outdoors: first as a geologist in California and Texas, and then as a National Park ranger with her husband in Utah’s Zion National Park. Her decade of exploring the land spurred Starling to devote her time to painting the landscape full time, and the geologist returned to school to receive formal academic art training at Southern Utah University and the University of Oregon’s graduate painting program.  
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Kate Starling - Pot Holes
Kate Starling, “Pot Holes,” Oil on Board, 20 x 16 in

Allison Stewart

New Orleans artist Allison Stewart has gained national recognition for her large, mixed media paintings that express the restless balance between man and nature.  Stewart trained as a biologist and an artist, receiving a B.S. in Biology from Spring Hill College in Mob and an M.F.A from the University of New Orleans.  Her work is inspired by landscape imagery, and she takes as her subject fragile environments, cycles of life, and primitive artifacts from past cultures.  She uses layers of color, light, form and texture to address issues of beauty and loss, time and transformation.  
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Allison Stewart - Trail Marks #49 UNF
Allison Stewart, “Trail Marks #49 UNF,” Mixed Media on Paper, 30 x 22 in

Sabrina Stiles

Sabrina Stiles is a Colorado-based pastel artist with an expressive style that lends itself to her chosen medium. Originally from Michigan, Sabrina moved to Colorado decades ago, and lives in Longmont with her husband, Henry. Stiles was a biomedical electronics engineer, a coffee shop owner, and an aesthetician before a cancer diagnosis led her to follow her true passion as an artist. Primarily a landscape artist, Stiles draws inspiration from cloudy days that allow for softer light and feminine expression. Of her work, the artist shares that each has its own story, its own struggle. “You go through something with every painting,” she says. Whether the scene finds the artist, or the artist finds the scene, she doesn’t know, but she is inspired by her travels and the landscape near her home in Longmont, Colorado. 
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Sabrina Stiles - Fenced In
Sabrina Stiles, “Fenced In,” Oil Pastel on Paper, 12 x 12 in

Marie Figge Wise

Marie Figge Wise was born in Davenport, Iowa and now splits her time between Texas and Colorado. From a young age, art has been a tremendous influence on Figge Wise’s life, cultivated at first by her family’s connection with Davenport’s Figge Art Museum, and later pursued through her studies at The Art Students League of New York, and through the studies of the studio arts and art history in Italy. Marie has studied with Joe Anna Arnett, Sherrie McGraw, Gregg Kreutz, Nancy Bush, JoeAnna Arnette and Michael Workman.
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Marie Figge Wise - The Lower Colorado (McKinney Roughs, TX)
Marie Figge Wise, “The Lower Colorado (McKinney Roughs, TX),” Oil on Canvas, 9 x 12 in

Dinah Worman

Dinah Worman’s landscape paintings are instantly recognizable for their clarity and depth. Light is everywhere. It filters through the trees and streams, between the clouds. She is able to retain this vitality because she is continually renewing her vision. “I work to press beyond method and into a flow of creative instinct; using pastel, oil, acrylic or printmaking to express myself with unusual compositions and expanding vision.” Her work ranges from representational to imaginative variations taken from a creative viewpoint of man and his relationship to the landscape.
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Dinah Worman - The Glow of the Sangres
Dinah Worman, “The Glow of the Sangres,” Oil on Canvas, 40 x 40 in

Sherrie York

Printmaker, painter and draughtswoman Sherrie York is an accomplished artist with an international reputation for lyrical and expressive works on paper. The beauty and mysteries she discovers on her walks inspire York’s nature-focused linocuts. Her printmaker’s eye is drawn to intricate flora, the behavior of birds, and patterns across land and seascapes. “I am especially drawn to subjects that might be overlooked if I were moving too quickly through a landscape,” she explains. “Weedy tangles along a ditch or bones and feathers in a field suggest lives and stories that I can barely imagine. I see so much when I take a walk.”
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Sherrie York - Homeward Bound, 5/17, UNF
Sherrie York, “Homeward Bound, 5/17, UNF,” Reduction Linocut, 8 x 10 in

Explore the full roster of artists at Ann Korologos Gallery by visiting our current artist page here.

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