Artists

Meridian Galleries limits their representation of talent to a manageable size in an effort to support the stable of artists who have consistently delivered quality fine art to our gallery. The "meet our artists" section below reveals each individual's biography and showcases most of the work we're currently displaying.

Dimetrious Athas

Dimetrious Athas, a native of Salem, MA was educated in commercial design and illustration at the University of California in Berkeley. Mr. Athas has been painting marine subjects since 1976. He spends several hundred hours a year researching his subjects. Mr. Athas' luminous realistic style has won him many awards and extensive media coverage throughout the United States.

Mr. Athas prefers to paint realistic scenes of catboats, sloops and schooners capturing the splendor of sailboats which he feels records their beauty for future generations. Each season Dimetrious participates in many races so that he can accurately portray that race. The final intention is to bring to the viewer the feel of the wind in the sails and the drama of the seas.

Mr. Athas is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists and was a past vice-president of the International Society of Marine Painters. Images of his painting have been reproduced in Sea Classics, American Art Review, Antiques & Fine Art, Down East, Maine Boats and Harbors, Hemmings Motor News, the book "A Gallery of Marine Art" by Rockport Publishing, "Bound for Blue Water" by Greenwich Workshop, and the Marine Art Calendar for the past several years.

Dimetrious Athas' Gallery


Joann Ballinger

Joann Ballinger is a leading pastel artist in the Conneticut impressionist movement centered around Old Lyme and Norwich. Known for her gentle pastel reditions of children, seascapes and animals, Joann has a gift of capturing moments and moods in time and space that will never occur agian.

Joann's love of light and color and her unique perspective on life is evedent in her work. Her rich purples and deep blues combined with the exquisite balance between shadows and light bring to life the flowers in a field or the tides of a sea. Joann's awareness of the beauty in obscure, waning moments is what makes her breathtaking.

Joann's inspiration for entering the art word can be attributed to the drawings of her father and her great grandfather; a jwelery designer and portrit artist. She was educated at the prestigious Norwich Art School at the Norwich Free Academy. Joann has practiced in many mediums; however, has found pastel to be her favorite.

Today this practice can be seen not only thought Joann's work but also through the work of many other renowned artists. Joann has work in corporate and private collections around the world. She is also an award winning member of the Pastel Society of America and she has been featured in local and national magazines such as Connecticut Magazine and the Pastel Journal. Besides painting freely and for commissions, Joann also teaches at the Lyme Art Association.

Joann Ballinger's Gallery


Kyle Bartlett

Kyle was born in 1978 in Saint Louis, Missouri. He lived in Chicago and Houston as a young boy before moving to NJ where he lived for much of his childhood. Spending most vacations in the mountains of New England and New York and most summers on the shores of Cape Cod and Rhode Island, the majority of Kyle's early work is concentrated in these regions. Bartlett currently lives in Boston and maintains a studio in Tiverton, RI.

Education
• 1996-2000 B.A. Major in Fine Art, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
• 2000-2007 Studio Artist, Thomas Street Studios, Cranston, RI

Kyle has designed, restored and executed murals and portraits for numerous establishments including: The Capital Grille (numerous locations), Heartland Brewery (NYC), the Wequassett Inn (Chatham, MA), Foxwoods Casino (CT), The Christmas Tree Shops, and many churches and homes throughout the country.

Kyle's work has been included in numerous exhibitions including the RI Painters for Save the Bay from 2005-2009, the Mystic Maritime 30th Annual International in 2009, and the Mystic Maritime Miniatures by Maritime Masters in 2009. Bartlett and his work have been featured in an article in Coastal Life Magazine (previously known as Home Gallery Magazine).

Kyle's approach to painting can be described as realist, impressionist, and tonalist, as he draws inspiration from all of these genres. He has sought and found inspiration from artists such as John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, Dennis Miller Bunker, Arthur Streeton, Sydney Laurence, Hugh Bolton Jones, Boldini, Sorolla and numerous others. An avid outdoorsman, much of Kyle’s fine art focuses on the landscape. The natural environment is a constant source of inspiration for Bartlett.

Kyle Bartlett's Gallery


Robert M. Cunningham

Born in Kansas, 1924. Attended University of Kansas, Kansas City Art Institute and Art Students League, studying with Kuniyoshi, Bosa and Corbino.

Illustrations have appeared in America's leading magazines. Work has been exhibited at Society of Illustrators, Art Directors Club, Communications Arts, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Graphis Annual, Art Direction (Creativity), "Century of American Illustration" Brooklyn Museum 1972, American Federation of Arts "Graphic Arts of the 20th Century" Smithsonian Institution 1967-1969, "200 Years of American Illustration" New York Historical Society Museum 1976-1977, and "Twenty Years of Award Winners" (Society of Illustrators) New York Historical Society Museum 1981 Two group shows 1990-1991 and a one-man show "Robert M. Cunningham Eleuthera Paintings and Drawings" October 1-26, 1991 Lusrtare Gallery, New York City. Two-man show "Eleuthera, Bahamas" May 1998, Randall Tuttle Fine Arts, Woodbury Connecticut.

Clients include: DuPont, General Electric, Mobil, Sports Illustrated, Alfa Romeo, At&T, IBM. American Express, American Airlines, Exxon, American Broadcasting Co., New York Racing Association, Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co., Bankers Trust, Eastern Airlines, United States Government, Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Pan American Airlines, New York Times, National Broadcasting Co., New York Telephone, Alcoa, Panasonic, Chevrolet, Mead Paper, Monsanto, Continental Insurance, National Westminster Bank U.S.A., and Pew Charitable Trust.

Among other awards received: Gold Medals Society of Illustrators 1966-67, 1978 and 1980. Silver Medals 1983, 1985, 1987. Hamilton King Award 1983 and Hall of Fame 1998, Society of Illustrators. Mohawk Graphics Collection 1985.

Taught at Pratt Institute, 1975-1976
Member of Graphic Artists guild and Society of Illustrators.
Sole Designer of the 1980 Summer and Winter Olympic Stamps for the United States Postal Service.
Painting in the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art, 2003.

Robert M. Cunningham's Gallery


Eileen Eder

Eileen Eder's work is exhibited widely in New York and Connecticut and represented in important private and corporate collections. Eileen is a painter with a passion for drawing. Rendering her subjects realistically, the objects, people and places that populate her canvases often serve and abstract design sensibility. This makes her work highly accessible, yet emotionally and intellectually complex.

Light, shadows, reflections and their interaction on various surfaces describe the essence of Eileen Eders most recent body of work. Eder's canvases capture the beautiful subtleties of color in objects both man made and natural, and how these objects are effected by the soft play of light.

"I want it all," explains Eder. "Narrative, atmosphere strong graphic composition, light, and shadow, color and craftsmanship are all elements that I focus on in my paintings." By creating a still life that is aware of color, value, shapes and reflection, Eder is able to create a flow from one item to the next, seamlessly combining an unlikely combination of objects. By cropping some objects, she creates a "window of a larger world" for her viewer, creating a sense of mystery while maintaining a sense of familiarity with commons recognizable objects. "I enjoy luscious painting and I think it is an important part of catching my viewer's attention."

Eileen Eder received her B.F.A. from Albertus Magnus College and her M.F.A. from the Graduate School of Figurative Art. She has held teaching positions at the Creative Arts Workshop and Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, CT. She has appeared along with her work in the New York Times, New Haven Register, and Guilford Courier.

Eileen Eder's Gallery


Paul Carter Goodnow

Paul's credentials include being elected as a member at Rockport Art Association and Lyme Art Association, Associate member at North Shore Art Association in Gloucester, Massachusetts and the Connecticut Pleinaire Painters Society. Also an accomplished framer and gilder, Paul exhibits regularly in Vermont, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Paul Carter Goodnow's Gallery


William G. Hanson

Bill Hanson is a graduate of American University with a B.F.A. in Studio Painting. As an illustrator, he has worked for major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster, Signet, Dell, and E.P.Dutton) and several magazines. His portrait work has included a Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, corporate executives, and a series of portraits of past winners of the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia for Golf Digest. Many of his commissioned portraits can be found in international collections.

In current years, his love of the sea and its lore has also influenced his choice of subject matter. Bill is a signature artist member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), a member of the New England Plein Air Painters, an artist member of the North Shore Arts Association, and was recently voted an elected artist of the Lyme Art Association. When not in his studio, he can be found on the back roads of the northeast or painting and sketching the coastline, countryside and people of the Atlantic shore.

William G Hanson's Gallery


Lisa Horrigan

Born and raised in Glastonbury, Connecticut Lisa Horrigan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia in 1985. As the only open major in her graduating class she pursued a self-tailored course of study in the textile design and painting departments. At the end of her junior year she was awarded the Emily Sartian Traveling Fellowship and, drawn to the Japanese esthetic, chose to visit Tokyo and Kyoto.

During her senior year she painted oils en plein air on the tree-lined streets of Philadelphia. After leaving the city she traveled extensively and lived in Switzerland. Returning home to Connecticut she focused on watercolor, which she taught herself, before resuming oil painting. She also became involved in competitive sailing, which has made her marine art personal and has been a nice addition to her diverse range of subjects. Presently she works from her studio in West Thompson, Connecticut.

Her fascination with figures, shapes, textures, light and atmosphere is reflected in her marines, landscapes and interiors. Her paintings are in private collections in the United States, England and Switzerland.

Lisa Horrigan 's Gallery


Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes was born in Massachusetts in 1965. His artistic career began in 1985 when he was hired by the art department at the Christian Science Monitor newspaper in Boston. After a few years on staff, he left to illustrate on a free-lance basis, and paint full time.

Hughes has painted in England, New England, the western U.S., France, Italy, and Portugal. He is comfortable in many mediums and genres: figure, landscape, portrait, still life. He is currently represented in galleries in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont and California.

In 1999 he moved from New Hampshire to California and now lives in Berkeley with his wife Charlene.

Tom Hughes' Gallery


Stapleton Kearns

Stapleton was born in Rochester, Minnesota in 1952. He is the son of an ophthalmologist who practiced from residency to retirement with the Mayo Clinic. His mother has always been and still is very interested in art history. Even as a small child, Stapleton was exposed to art. He remembers scouring his mother's Antiques magazines looking at the paintings of "those dead guys" whose work he admired. In fact, Stapleton has always wanted to paint "like those dead guys." From childhood to present, he has single-mindedly pursued this goal.

Stapleton Kearns 's Gallery


David Lussier

David Lussier`s plein air landscapes reflect an interest in strong Impressionistic brushwork and the value relationships of color, as nfluenced by Robert Henri and George Bellows. The rhythm established in Lussier`s paintings by bold thick strokes of paint brings the surfaces to life. Trained as a commercial illustrator he realized early in his career that
his real passion was found in painting the rural New England landscape found outside his front door. Lussier studied at Paier College of Fine Art in Hamden Connecticut and at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme Connecticut. He has also independently researched color theory by studying the palette systems that Robert Henri and the Ashcan School explored at the turn of the last century.

David Lussier's Gallery


Yves Parent

Born in Normandy in 1941, Parent is a graduate of Paris University and the Institute d’Etudes Politiques. His art materials are always with him. One memorable example was when he painted a watercolor of Cape Horn on location, while crewing aboard Kriter IX, the French entry in round the world races in 1981 and 1982. Parent has participated in many offshore races between 1962 and 1980 and has sailed in eight Fastnet races and also across the Atlantic seven times, twice in single-handed Trans-Atlantic Races from France to the Caribbean (in 1978 and 1982). After the 1982 race he sailed up the coast and fell in love with New England. Since then he returned to the East coast annually until 1993, when he then established a home on the coast of Connecticut. He paints the coastal scenery from Maine to the Caribbean.

Two books of his watercolors, both out of print, were published in Paris. In addition, he has also contributed to an instructional text compiled by Rachel Rubin Wolf and published by North Light Books, titled Painting Ships, Shores and the Sea. His work was also included in A Gallery of Marine Art published by Rockport Publishers. More recently, one of his watercolors was selected for the cover of Connecticut Boater’s Guide 2002, published by the Connecticut D. E. P.

Currently his works are exhibited in galleries ranging from New England to the Caribbean, including the prestigious Mystic Maritime Gallery at the Mystic Maritime Museum. Yves is an artist member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) as well as of the Salmagundi Club, New York.

Yves Parent's Gallery


Alain Picard

Alain Picard earned a BA in illustration from Western CT State University and went on to study at the Art Student's League in New York City. Picard cites Sargent, Degas, and Sorolla among his artistic influences. A love of light and beauty are immediately apparent in his pastel and oil paintings. Alain's work has been featured in such publications as The Artist's Magazine and The Pastel Journal. He has garnered top awards throughout the Northeast in esteemed exhibitions including the Portrait Society of America, the Hudson Valley Art Association, the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America. Alain is a signature member of both the Pastel Society of America and the Connecticut Pastel Society. In 2004, The Artist's Magazine highlighted Alain as one of 20 contemporary artists "On the Rise". More recently he won the Best Portfolio Award at the 2009 Portrait Society of America Conference in Washington, DC. Alain lives with his wife and two sons in Southbury, Connecticut.

Alain Picard's Gallery


Daniel Tennant

Daniel K. Tennant was born on July 23, 1953 in Ann Harbor, Michigan. At the age of five his family moved to New York State where he has lived ever since. He graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in painting (magna cum laude.) He also earned an MS in art education at Syracuse.

Tennant's work has been published in the following magazines: Airbrush Action, Airbrush Magazine, Airbrush Art and Action, Watercolor Magazine, The Artist's Magazine, American Artist Magazine and American Arts Quarterly. His work has appeared in ten different books.

He has exhibited his still lifes at Eleanor Ettinger (New York), Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts (Binghamton, NY) Louis Newman Gallery (Beverly Hills), M.A. Doran Gallery (Tulsa, OK), Capricorn Gallery (Bethesda, MD), Bernarducci-Meisel Gallery (New York), The Savannah College of Art and Design, Cazenovia College Art Museum, Gallery Henoch (New York) and Louis K. Meisel Gallery (New York).

He has shown at the Everson Art Museum, Joe and Emily Lowe Art Center (Syracuse University), and Palmer Museum of Art (Penn State), The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Arnot Art Museum, The Delaware Museum of Art, the Butler Art Institute and Kresge Museum of Art.

Tennant's work can be found in hundreds of private collections as well as MONY, Radio Shack, Hallmark and Winchester Repeating Arms.

Daniel Tennant's Gallery


Yasemin Tomakan

Yasemin Tomakan began her artistic endeavors at the Art Students League in New York City when she was just eleven years old. During the summers throughout high school she continued her studies at the National Academy of Fine Arts. The artist went on to graduate from Cooper Union with a degree in fine arts in 1981. Tomakan paints exclusively in oils and is primarily noted as a colorist and impressionist. She lives and works in Greenwich, CT.

Yasemin Tomakan's Gallery


Chris Ward

Christopher James Ward, born in New Castle, New Hampshire on October 17, 1968, is an American landscape and maritime painter. Ward is best known for the rich luminosity and detail of his work, and as M. Melissa Wolfe, a curator at the Columbus Museum of Art, writes, "Ward’s contribution to this genre is fresh and original, as equally enlivened by the boldness of a personal vision as it is unencumbered by expressions of indebtedness."

Dually, art and the sea have been formative elements in Ward's development. The summers that Ward spent in Cape Split, Maine were accompanied by the artistic pursuits of his mother, who was a local portrait painter following her studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Among his peers, Ward chose a path separate from that of standard academic training and at the age of seventeen he followed his instincts to pursue his craft through nature and experience. This confidence in personal vision and independent integrity contributed to the development of Ward's memorable and unmistakable artistic 'signature' and remain at the forefront of his work today.

Ward's paintings resonate his own independence through concept and method while simultaneously paying tribute to the maritime tradition he continues. Whereas dated merchant records, archived architectural documents, old photographs, and historic maps provide an exciting initial vision for Ward, it is his own experiences, feelings, and imagination of the locations and subjects that articulate the paintings from start to finish. "His works share an affinity with those artists who felt a deep sympathy for a specific place. Even more important, these artists are able to transfer onto canvas their understanding of the mystery, of the intangible powers, that drive the elemental world of these locations," writes M. Melissa Wolfe.

Ward captures his initial perspective on a location through his comprehensive painting method. Often he begins onsite, creating oil sketches to preserve both the natural atmosphere and mood of the place. Once completing the sketches, he turns to archival maps and historical documentation to create a finished drawing and begin the actual composition. The finished painting will maintain the freshness of his original inspiration while presenting a many layered, meticulously detailed piece of maritime history. The works embody Ward's simple desire to "create a power that viewers can connect with... to put myself into my paintings."

Currently, Ward splits his time between New Hampshire and the Washington, DC area with occasional travels to Alaska, London, and France. Although with the vast beauty that North America provides, Ward has elected in recent years to remain stateside and concentrate on the Eastern seaboard. As a twelfth generation native of New Castle, New Hampshire, Ward's commitment to preserving the beauty of the East Coast runs deep; he is an active outdoorsman as well as a New Hampshire wilderness guide.

Chris Ward's Gallery