We are artists based out of Upstate New York. Our work is mainly focused on landscapes, nature, and the outdoors. We belong to the Central New York Art Guild, Cooperstown Art Association, LARAC Regional Art Center.
JOANN VON PLESS
Painting is my expression of the beauty in nature I see. When I see light reflecting on water, mountains, trees and fields, I am inspired to capture it on canvas. The texture and color of fields, flowers and trees are like a tapestry I can’t wait to weave. I love to paint the sunny day, blue skies and the changes of the seasons.
I paint in acrylics, oil and watercolor. I have been experimenting in water color and acrylic on watercolor board or watercolor canvas. This year my goal is to work more loosely and use a more impressionistic pallet.
I began painting late in life. My background is in Interior design although I have always loved art. I taught classes in Interior Design and Art History at BOCES and Bryant and Stratton.
I grew up in the Mohawk Valley between the Adirondack Mountains and the Catskills. The beautiful vistas I experienced everyday made an impression on me. Now I live in Central New York and enjoy exploring the Finger Lakes, the shores of Lake Ontario and other areas of this region.
I take classes and workshops with area artists or online whenever I can. I do commissions of homes, camps, barns and favorite landscape scenes. As a member of the CNY Art Guild, LARAC Regional Art Center, and the Cooperstown Art Association, I show my work throughout Upstate New York.
LESLIE VON PLESS
I'm a video producer and photographer based in the lower Hudson Valley. I work full-time for Environmental Defense Fund as a video producer. As a freelancer, I work with mission-driven organizations and businesses to tell simple, moving stories about people and issues.
My video work has been featured in the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, the Farm Film Fest, and Glimmerglass Film Days.
As a photographer, I mostly do landscape and nature digital photography. I like hiking, boating, and have always loved the outdoors. I belong to the Central New York Art Guild and Cooperstown Art Association, and exhibit my work throughout New York State. I received my B.S. in Communications/Digital Video Production from Fredonia State University.