daniel Baltzer is a New York City based visual artist currently working on a series of paintings entitled broadcast. They are collage-like oil paintings on panel that deal with the evolution of relationship and networking, using communication technology.
daniel has participated in every Limner Society Gathering since 2002. The Gatherings give daniel a chance to explore and refine a number of different approaches to his art making. The diversity in the material applications and techniques applied are obvious in his Limner work.
Emily Cable McKenna, originally from Columbus, Ohio, obtained a B.A. from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting and sculpture. Subsequently, Emily pursued arts administration as the City of Upper Arlington (OH) Community Arts Coordinator, from 2005-2008. During this period of time, Emily was involved in the local Columbus art scene as a visual artist, becoming an active member in an artist collective, collaborating with others to curate and create art exhibitions through artist organizations. In 2009, Emily completed an internship at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City in public programs where she began to explore the integration of art and healing within an art institution. After attending the 2009 Orlando Gathering as a Guest Limner, Emily carried her fresh approach to art making into our membership as a Limner. Her attention to quality craftsmanship is just one of many attributes that makes her a strong addition to tLS.
Deciding to pursue therapeutic arts, Emily completed a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida in December 2011. Emily moved to Baltimore, Maryland in 2011 with her husband and re-connected with the arts community through an arts administrative assistant position at a contemporary art center, Maryland Art Place. She is a mixed-media painter, working mostly in encaustics and oils. She is inspired by the human figure and continues to explore the relationship of geography and humanity through abstraction and lines.
Jason Diller is currently using his Phd in linguistics to serve the people of Southeast Asia. From an early age, his love to create was encouraged. Following this support, he studied fine art formally at Taylor University and later Ball State University, as a Masters student. In 1993 he took an internship at a print shop in Ghana, West Africa, where his experiences awoke an interest in linguistics. Following his newfound interest, he worked in both Francophone West Africa and Thailand. His watercolors, sketchbook, and camera always travel with him.
Stefan Eicher is a gallery director and an artist from New Delhi, India. Stefan’s work is a surrealist response to a very real world. Through years of living and working with Food for the Hungry in India and East Africa, he finds his art returning inexorably to topics of social justice and the marginalized. In his desire to connect art to questions of human dignity, Stefan recently moved into a full-time art career. Opening a gallery in Delhi with a vision to impact society with beauty and truth, Stefan also runs a residency program for Indian and international artists, and seeks to create opportunities for the marginalized to make art and find a voice. Stefan's personal style juxtaposes imagery to create emotional tensions and bridges that provoke thought.
A consistent humanity shines through the art Stefan has contributed to tLS since 2002. His style and approach is distinguished and unique.
Susan Govatos uses acrylic paint and/or mixed media to create narrative artworks that “tell a story” to the viewer. “During the last several years, my work has turned to paintings that point to life, using spiritual metaphors or symbols based on biblical texts. While living in Florida all my life, I have been educated as a biologist and an art educator. I have enjoyed teaching art to children and adults in a variety of public and private settings. My belief is that creativity is born in community with God and with other people. It is important for artists to strengthen, encourage, and serve others through their work.”
Susan joined the Limner Society after attending the 2009 Orlando Gathering as a Guest Limner. She increases the diversity of our membership by adding a folk-based stylistic approach to her painting.
Derek Powell is a business consultant in Indianapolis, Indiana. He worked in Benin, West Africa, for a stint after college, as a graphic designer with SIM, putting together materials for education regarding the prevention of AIDS and malaria. He experimented with ink painting in his spare time in Africa, creating a series of Last Supper paintings. Later, he gained experience in language training (French and English) and marketing. A growing interest in business and marketing led him to pursue an MBA at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Derek's work is often figurative, influenced by the Abstract Expressionists, and known to change. He has a current interest in landscapes. Derek keeps a studio in the Stutz Art complex in Indianapolis and works many evenings making art.
Derek has offered a more primitive style to the Limner stable since 2002. He continues to develop a method of painting that is truly his own.
Bennett Vadnais is a New York City based painter. He began pursuing art seriously in his early teens and trained in the classical tradition at such schools as the Bougie Studio, MN, the Water Street Atelier, NY, and the Art Students League of New York. Upon completing his studies in New York, Bennett lived, worked, and traveled in Europe. This afforded him the opportunity to study the great masters in some of the world’s most extensive art collections. In addition, he began exploring outdoor subject matter, landscapes and street scenes in order to develop his ability to capture changing light effects. Although many of Bennett’s paintings are highly realistic, they are often begun in response to abstract elements, such as appealing color combinations or shadow patterns. Often, Bennett’s subjects are taken from the material that he finds interesting in the everyday world around him. Working from life, he finds that the time he spends studying the subject leads to a greater understanding and emotional connection with the material. Inspired by the great realists who captured the poignant in the commonplace, this process enables Bennett to grasp what is significant, permanent, and worthy of communicating in a work of art.
Bennett has widened the scope of style among the Limner stable. He is a master of color subtleties and is able to translate the beauty found in a common landscape with a purposeful brush.