Land and Light II Exhibit | September 1 – October 27, 2018

Meet The Artists 

Sunday, September 16 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Carlene Dingman Atwater
Artist Biography
Carlene Dingman Atwater was raised on a farm outside of West Point, Iowa; she’s drawn pictures of horses since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Watercolor was her first medium of choice when she saw a Wendell Mohr watercolor. The richness of colors and the transparency of the medium inspired Carlene to pursue watercolor. This evolved to include pastel and oil painting.
Carlene’s introduction to plein air was 25 years ago when the local art center asked her to paint at their garden tour. A lover of the great outdoors this was a perfect fit. She could be seen at the local parks, on the banks of the river or anyplace she could find a nice view.
In 2011 Carlene started a blog, in order to join the daily painters’ movement. Her goal was to post a new, small, oil painting every day for a year. She ended up with over 200 (mostly 6×6) paintings the first year. Along the way she discovered that the discipline of painting (mostly) every day improved technique and pushed her to try new subjects.
Carlene started her “52 Faces of Volunteerism”. with the goal of painting oil portraits from life, once a week, for a year. She started from life for a two hour session, then, because of the volunteers’ busy lives, she finished the portrait from photos. The end exhibit was a tribute to the local non-profits and the volunteers that keep them going.
In her own words: “I believe that a passion for learning is critical; with every painting you discover something new about color, composition and design. The challenge to create the unexpected and original art fuels the imagination. I never tire of the creative process and am always excited to start working on a new project. The process of learning and evolving is empowering.”
Recent Solo Exhibit
2016 – Fifty Two Faces of Volunteerism – Fort Madison Area Arts Association
2015 – Fairfield Arts Association, Fairfield, Iowa
2014 – University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic, Iowa City, Iowa
2013 – North Missouri Arts Council, Marceline, MO
Recent Awards
2018 – 3rd place Paint Van Buren, Bentonsport, Iowa
2017 – !st place Bloomfield Plein air Bloomfield, Iowa
2017 – 1st place Paint Van Buren, Bentonsport, Iowa
2016 – 3rd place Nocturne Bluff Strokes, Dubuque, iowa
John Preston

Artist BiographyJohn lives in Fairfield but grew up on America’s three coasts and has been painting and drawing the Iowa landscape since 1984. He began with the expansive skies and fields of the Midwest but is currently exploring its rivers, woods and small towns. His Midwestern images have been exhibited regionally, nationally and as far away as Cambodia and Nigeria. His work is included in public and private collections, including Iowa State University, John Deere and the Chicago Federal Reservasse





Cathryn A. Layer

Artist statement

As a youngster, I was always drawing and painting. Life became fuller and gave way to other creative outlets in the forms of teaching and problem solving, studying more, travelling…and so I have come full circle. When I retired, now five years ago, with a bit more time to devote, I picked up my brushes again. I’m drawn to settings with water because I love the reflections and refractions. I prefer more abstract renditions, however, sometimes my paintings turn out rather realistic. I favor working with oils or watercolors.







Jessica Kirby

Artist Biography

Jessica is a graduate from Western Illinois University. She paints in oil, watercolour and pastel. She recently took up plein air painting and spends the majority of her time outdoors painting and participating in competitions.







John Evans

Artist Biography

John is an artist working primarily in pastel and colored pencil. He is a retired art teacher who spent 38.5 years in the classroom.
A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelors degree in art education, John began his teaching career at Lynnville-Sully where he taught K-12 art for 19.5 years. He joined the staff at Pekin in 1992 where he taught Middle School Art, High School Art, Photography, Computer Graphics and was the yearbook adviser. John retired from education in the Spring of 2010 after a 39.5 years in teaching.
During his time in education he maintained a studio in his home where he continued to develop a personal style in a variety of media.
He is a charter member of the Iowa Pastel Society. A signature member of the Iowa Pastel Society. President Iowa Pastel Society.

Artist Statement

I am a landscape painter. My subject matter is very traditional and my painting style floats between realism and impressionism. The Impressionists and Post Impressionists have greatly influenced me.If I could put my finger on why I paint, what I paint, where and how I paint, it is to simply search out special places and explore the emotional moments with all senses on high alert throughout the entire process of creating art. It intrigues me how light elevates a commonplace landscape to an extraordinary one. I strive for my paintings to be lyrical accounts of that unique fleeting moment in time. My intent is simply to convey an emotional and intuitive response to the mystery and serenity of the landscape in light and shadow. Hopefully, I compel the viewers to interpret my work from their own rich pool of memories, impressions, and experiences and in a little different way each time they encounter it.

I found pastel to be a wonderful link between painting and drawing. The pastels’ ability to maintain the integrity of individual strokes, combined with the liveliness of its colors, foster a passionate poetic language of marks.

If I can give the viewer an impression of atmosphere, if I can open their eyes to the simple beauty around us, then I have done well.


Fresh Paint 2012..Catiri’s…Honorable Mention

Corning En Plein Air Festival…Summer 2012 3rd Place

Malvern En Plein Air Festival….Sept. 2011  2nd Place

Corning En Plein Air Event…Summer 2011 1st Place

Celebrate Washington Art Event…Summer 2011 1st Place

Work in many private collections.



Gin Lammert 

Artist Statement
Creating visually is something I’ve done all my life.  I loved coloring in colorbooks when very young then doodling whenever my hands felt idle while growing up.  Now the problem-solving process of mixing color, simplifying what I see before me, and translating the beauty that surrounds me is all I desire to do.