Local artist Michael Drury, born Santa Barbara, California, attended UCSB 's College of Creative Studies, BA 1983, and College of Letters and Science MFA 1985. Co-founder of the OAK Group. "I want to paint the other side of the mountain."
Tom Henderson has been painting in oils and watercolor for more than twenty years. After being influenced at an early age by his father who was a professional cartoonist, Tom began studying art at Instituto Allende in Mexico. It wasn’t until spending years as a professional musician, however, that he realized that art was a passion he couldn’t put to rest. He began studying color and design at Santa Barbara City College, but more importantly, studied for many years with his mentor Jergen Hansen and embraced the philosophy of artistic self-expression over accurate rendering. His inspiration comes from freely interpreting scenes that life provides: from landscapes and architecture to seascapes and people at work. Tom has been influenced by artists such as Charles Movalli, John Yardley and Edward Seago. He enjoys both studio and plein air painting as well as teaching figure drawing and watercolor at Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education.
Local artist MICHAEL IRWIN HAS TAUGHT SCULPTURE AT UCSB, SBCC and WAS THE ART CHAIR AT SAN MARCOS HIGH WHERE HE TAUGHT PAINTING for 20 years. He received his MFA at UCSB in 1979.
Influenced by HARD EDGE ABSTRACTION, his work MAtaines A STRICT INTERNAL LOGIC WITHIN his PAINTINGS. Michael has shown in numerous gallery's and his work can be found in private collections through the U.S.
Local artist Lisa Pedersen graduated from USC and then went on to study in the UCLA Architectual and Interior Design Program. She continued taking fine art classes through the years. When her children started school she began to study painting with her friend, established oil painter, John Brosio, who studied with Wayne Thiebaud at UC Davis. After a year of working together, John encouraged her to paint professionally.
Inspired by the diverse beauty of the California landscape. Lisa has traveled up and down the coast, painting the dwindling open spaces, the architecture of the cities, the orange groves, and the eucalyptus and oak trees that dot the countryside. Her strong sense of design and love of period architecture is very evident in her paintings. Painting in waterbased oils, she often mixes muted colors to reflect the filtered effect of California’s famous atmospheric haze ( that’s Southern California smog) on board because of the earth tone background. She feels that living on the California coast, where many early plein air painters worked, is very inspirational. Lisa is influenced by the California Impressionists, Russell Chatham, and most recently, Wolf Kahn.