Rogers, Susan

Susan Rogers Fine Art 


“My impressions of landscapes are created to help slow down the fast pace of everyday life.  I enjoy painting plein air, which allows me to respond to the beauty and spirit of nature. My style and themes are consistent but I use a variety of mediums. Pastels, acrylics, oils and many others are mediums that I enjoy creating with. They are all instrumental in telling a story without words and bringing the great outdoors in!”

Susan Kaye Rogers is a professional artist who specializes in naturescapes. She is an exhibiting member of Heartland Art Club, Co-Founder of the Gateway Pastel Artists, a member of the Pastel Society of America and the Gateway East Artists Guild.

She is a full time artist who works mainly with soft pastels. Pastel is pure pigment, the same pigment used in making all fine art paints. Historically, Pastel can be traced back to the 16th century. Edgar Degas was the most prolific user of Pastel, and its champion. Mary Cassatt became famous for her portraits. She was especially drawn to women in everyday domestic settings, especially mothers with their children. She introduced the Impressionists and Pastel to her friends in Philadelphia and Washington and thus to the United States.

Susan is mainly self taught, but by participating in many workshops and classes, her quest to improve her skills and her desire to learn are never ending.

Susan’s goal is to help preserve green spaces and the Oceans (water in its many forms). She does this by painting her interpretations and feelings en plein air or in her studio. She enjoys experimenting and layering different mediums, allowing the art to have a voice. She accomplishes this by remaining open to changes and not being afraid to ask, “what if?"

Susan’s creative process usually starts with plein air sketches that may merit more exploration, through larger paintings, created in her studio located in Millstadt, Illinois. Inspiration can be found in nature, other artists work and the desire to communicate without words. 

Her style of work has been described as realistic in the past, however she is currently working on a more impressionistic and slightly abstracted series of water. A supporter of Mission Blue, a group that inspires action to explore and protect the ocean. "No Water, No Life. No Blue, No Green" a quote by Sylvia Earle.  She looks forward to where this new direction will take her. 


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McClane, Patricia

I’ve always been interested in art, dabbling with acrylic paint, oils, and a sculpture class in college, but it wasn’t until sometime in the late 1980’s that I decided to take a class in watercolor plein air at the MO Botanical Garden. I worked nearby at St. Louis University Medical School in a laboratory and could take a half-day vacation for each 8-week session twice a year. I loved the fluidity of the paint and came to appreciate the “adventure” it is when the paint takes over. I’ll never forget the first time a painting truly came to life before my very eyes. I have been intrigued by organic forms with flowers as my true love. Recently I took a workshop in portrait painting and found the challenge invigorating; I intend to spend indoor times in the winter working on portraits. All but two of the paintings I have pictured were done plein air, my favorite way of painting. Thank you for your interest in my art.

Patricia Hutcheson McClane


Peeking-Into-the-Rose-Garden Mothers-Day-Bouquet Autumn-in-Crested-Butte Front-of-Tower-Grove-House Rear-of-Tower-Grove-House Glorious-Sunflower-Copy Glorious-Sunflower Sittin-On-the-Porch Potted-Plant Louis-IX Queen-of-Irises-Copy Daylillies-Through-the-Fence Irises At-the-Zoo E=mc(squared) - Patricia McClane

Rawson, Linda


I have always been an artist, starting with drawing and then painting with oils and acrylics. I moved to watercolors when our kids were little because I could put the artwork away quickly, hiding it from little hands between sessions. I have 30 years experience as a custom picture framer, earning my CPF, Certified Picture Framer, in 1999 from the PPFA, Professional Picture Framers Association.

While working full-time I didn’t have time to make art but I did get to frame some special pieces such as a 1920’s wedding dress, a page of Gregorian chant on sheep parchment circa 1500. I conservation framed a cross stitch dated 1782, and a Norman Rockwell artist’s proof print valued at $40,000. I framed a card from Rose Kennedy thanking Gunther Gebel-Williams for attending the funeral of her son, John F Kennedy. I also framed a letter to Representative Harris from President G W Bush apologizing for leaving Florida abruptly due to the attack on 9/11/2001. It was humbling to handle history.

While living in Florida, I taught Sailors Valentine creation and other arts utilizing seashells, such as making shell flowers and arrangements. It’s a Florida thing. My watercolors are not shy. I love bold colors that don’t sit quietly on the paper. Watercolor is so versatile with so many choices of substrate. My latest favorite surfaces are Yupo synthetic paper, and Ginwashi or Unryu ‘rice paper’ which have Kozo fibers that add inherent texture to anything painted on them.

The batik process is similar to traditional fabric batiking which uses wax as a resist, layering paint and wax, one after the other. By the end of the process the paper is completely coated with wax which is then removed with a household iron and newspapers. I have been teaching watercolor batik classes since 2017.

Batik artwork has freed me from the need to obsess over details and teaches me patience and acceptance. Patience to persist till the process is complete. Acceptance of the finished product which always has hidden surprises that are revealed. It’s this emergence from the wax coating, as if from a chrysalis, that excites me at seeing each new batik creation.

Derhake, Peggy

Derhake at EAC
Paper Birches

My curiosity leads me to explore a diverse set of mediums in my art. I create mixed media pieces that combine any number of mediums including paper quilling, assemblage, watercolor, pastels, acrylic and some digital art in Adobe Creative Suite. I can also do any one of these mediums exclusively, not limiting myself to one specific technique. My art challenges me to use textures and techniques that please the eye and pique curiosity. I enjoy giving new life to what a lot of people want to throw away by using old jewelry, ticket stubs and vintage lace and linens. My purpose in my art is to display my flexibility in adapting to new situations and techniques while also revealing my history and respecting the past.

I hold a Master of Arts in Communications from Lindenwood University. My creative jobs have included visual merchandising (display manager at a department store), designing for an embroidery shop, graphic design, and sign design. I have also been decorating churches seasonally for almost 30 years. These diverse positions have all contributed to my high standards in design. Overall, my art demonstrates a respect for what was, and challenges our thinking about how we think it should be.


Miller, Karen

A self-taught artist born and raised in the Metro-East, Karen was interested in art from an early age, when her Mom set her down with colors and a coloring book, while her three younger siblings went down for a nap. Life Interrupted, when career transported her the west coast in her early 20’s.  But love of creativity never went away, so when she returned to the St. Louis area and started a family at 40, she started taking art classes and workshops.

After experimenting in all mediums, Karen is exploring the expressive use of color in soft pastels and oils.  The rich colors all set in an atmosphere of peace, gentleness and beauty. Karen feels that we should be able to surround ourselves with beautiful art in our homes and offices, not just when we visit museums and galleries.  She hopes her artwork communicates, joy beauty and serenity.

Karen currently lives on 18 acres with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 15 chickens and one noisy rooster.

MacMorran, Christina

Phone: 314-922-6576


I received my BFA in Painting and Printmaking from SIUE. I was able to pursue my love of process, color, line, and texture through experimental poured paintings and with a grant from the Undergraduate Research Academy to study Stone Lithographic Reversals. I continue to enjoy this pursuit in my paintings, pastels, drawings, and clay. I have been teaching painting and drawing locally since 2012, and recently began working with Susan Bostwick and offering clay workshops focusing on handbuilding and surface decoration.  I offer weekly painting/drawing classes, monthly clay workshops, as well as biweekly knitting and crochet classes. My current work and commissioned work is available on my website.


Spears, Marty

Facebook:  Marty Spears Watercolors

I began painting in transparent watercolors in the early 1980’s when I studied at the Herzfeld School of Art in Wiesbaden, Germany. My technique has evolved over the years from simply painting directly from photographs and creating “photorealism” paintings, to inserting my own imagination and creativity into the process. When I work with transparent watercolors, I am reminded that the world around us is filled with various textures, colorful creatures and beautiful places. I begin a piece with a particular idea that may totally change once I see what the first wash of water and paint has created on the paper.

My paintings are built upon layers of glazes with darker details added at the end. I enjoy the bold use of color as I believe it brings more drama to the painting. Although my palette consists of several colors, I generally use only three to four in each of my paintings, blending them to create the colors I desire. When people see my work, I'd like them to enjoy the excitement and intensity of the color, yet feel the solitude and tranquility of the piece. I reside in Illinois, just across the  river from St. Louis, Missouri, and am past president of the Gateway East Artists Guild, and a member of the Edwardsville Arts Center, Jacoby Arts Center, Missouri Watercolor Society, and St. Louis Watercolor Society.


Meier, Beth

I had an interest in art as a child, mainly because my mother was an artist. I didn't pursue art until around 1990 when I began taking craft and art classes. Although mainly self taught, I've taken numerous classes and workshops with well known artists. In the late 1990's I joined the Gateway East Artists Guild, which has given me many lasting friendships and association with the art community. Although I don't promote my work as much as I should, I have won several awards and sold many more pieces. I have shown my art at different places through the years. At this time I have pieces at Tiadaghton House in Lebanon, IL. A creative designer observes the world with sensitivity, absorbing images of the beauty of nature. I take this inspiration, give it form and originality so others may also experience and enjoy that beauty. Most of my work is created from photos of travel scenery and nature. I have always liked to garden and have become a Master Gardener through the U of IL Extension. I feel there is a great connection between gardening and art. At times, I'm inspired to set up a still life arrangement of flowers, fruit or pottery to make an interesting piece. The vivid colors of pastels are my primary medium, but I often work with colored pencils, watercolors and acrylics. Many years ago I chose a line from the song “The Rose” as my inspiration. “Its a dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance.” has been my motivation to continue my creation of art.


Ferguson, Kim

Hello, I am Kim Ferguson, aspiring artist – I have dabbled in art all my life starting with pencil, crayons, oils, acrylics, and watercolors. My first Illinois watercolor teacher was Eva Meadows. My art was put on the back burner for years after Eva ceased teaching. Then a few years ago I found watercolorist, Marty Spears, through the GEAG. I have difficulties with value in my paintings and fortunately for me local graphite artist Kathy Gomric started teaching drawing classes. Long story short I now take classes from Kathy too.





I am still looking for my “voice” or my artistic expression which would make my body of work truly mine. My love of animals and children is reflected in my art. I hope you enjoy it.