Exhibiting Artists whose last name begins with P through R

Biographies & Galleries

Below are the brief biographies & galleries of Exhibiting Artists. These are artists whose work has been judged by a committee of their peers and found to represent outstanding excellence and artistic value.

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Jill Pesciotta - Photography

     Her mother, an artist and photographer, gave her a deep appreciation for the arts. Her childhood home was filled with many creative opportunities to explore. After getting her degree in business with a concentration in marketing from Boston University, Jill began working as a video buyer for Crown Publishing in New York City.  She then went on to work in marketing and public relations for Cablevision.
     Now, having a family of her own has brought her back to her creative roots. As a stay-at-home mom, it quickly became apparent that she needed to have her camera ready with three daughters, who at any given moment were ready to strike a pose. Not only is it necessary to capture the milestones in her daughters’ lives, but especially the precious candid moments.
     Taking private photography classes with master photographer Laury Egan has allowed Jill to take her passion outside of her home and discover her creative eye through the camera’s lens. Jill writes, “I love the thought of framing an ordinary image in an unexpected way. The idea of capturing that image with a fresh and different prospective can be challenging, yet very rewarding.”
     Jill exhibited her work most recently in “Images within Squares & Double-Squares” at Frame to Please, Red Bank 11/2011. She won Best In Show for Photography two years in a row in the Guild of Creative Art 18th and 19th Annual Open Juried Show for both 2010 and 2011. She won Honorable Mention in the “Power of Color” The Boatworks, Belmar 6/2011.  She has exhibited her work in several shows at the Guild including: Beach Generations 6/2011 a joint show with Trudy Maran, the 2011 Real to Surreal Show, the 2010 and 2011 Juried EYESIGHTS Show, the 2010 - 23 Photographers Show, the 2009 and 2010 Member Holiday Show, as well as at McKay Imaging Studio in Red Bank in 2009 and at the Sandy Hook Lighthouse Keepers Quarters 2009 and 2010, Art of Jazz Show at the Butterfly Arts Gallery, Red Bank, 4/2011.

Jim Powers - Photography

     He became fascinated by photography as a teenager when he began learning his craft with a twin-lens reflex camera. His mentors were the writings and work of Ansel Adams and Andreas Fenninger.
     College, career, and family responsibilities intervened for many years. With retirement imminent, he returned to his earliest interests: photography and the outdoors. Although his current work is primarily with a digital camera, he still reverts to medium-format film from time to time.
     His work is characterized by simple composition, a vivid color palette, and a wide diversity of subject matter. “Shapes, colors, and the quality of light are what first attract me to a subject,.” Jim says. 
     Jim has taken photography courses at Brookdale Community College and has been a student of Laury Egan’s for many years. His work has been on display on the State of New Jersey’s Official web site, local galleries and libraries, He most frequently exhibits at the Guild of Creative Art.
     About the pictures from the link below, Jim says: "These photos are part of a series I think of as "One Alone". I don't know the people in these photographs - they are strangers, not models. I've tried to create a balance between the person and his or her environment to give you , the viewer, a sense of place and to reinforce their solitude. These folks are very much in the moment - and alone. I can't help wondering what they are thinking about. There are two exceptions to their being strictly alone - in one case there are two people but they are alone,, and in the other, the person is implied rather than seen. Enjoy!"

Angela Previte - Photography

     She recently retired from a forty-year career as a Paralegal. She lives at the Jersey Shore, and is a self-taught photographer drawn to the moods of nature and wildlife. The extra time since her retirement is giving her the ability to further develop her great passion of watching, learning and photographing animal behavior in their natural environments. If her photos have a mission, Angela says this: “To quietly capture that moment in time that others may not see which brings an emotional response to the viewer.” Capturing those moments through the lens of her camera is not only what Angela sees, but what her heart feels. Angela is inspired by photographing the beauty that surrounds us, and she is reminded over and over again how blessed we are to have these surroundings which must be protected and ethically respected.
     Angela and her husband enjoy traveling with a special interest in National Parks. Angela is currently studying with Laury Egan, and hopes to expand her passion for photography from a fine art perspective.
     Angela is an exhibiting artist at the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury and a member of the Ocean County Artists’ Guild in Island Heights. Her work has been exhibited in numerous juried art shows.
     Ocean County Artists' Guild Juried Photography Shows

        Honorable Mentions:
        - 2013 - Looking Through the Mist
        - 2014 - Stately Egret
        - 2015 - Lizard Lunch (Sold)
        - 2016 - Egret Balancing Act
        - 2016 - The Taste of Freedom
     Guild of Creative Art - EyeSights Open Juried Photography Show
2014 - Special Merit Award for Animals - Eyes on You (Sold)
        - 2016 - Puffin Portrait (Sold)

Pratima Rao - Oil

She is a national award-winning artist from Holmdel, New Jersey. She has been juried several times into prestigious national plein air events such as ‘Paint Annapolis’ and “Wayne Plein air festival”. She has been involved with plein air painting in the US and abroad during trips to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, India, and Europe.
     Pratima’s oil paintings are representational land and seascapes, light-filled and color harmonious, capturing the atmosphere and feel of the place with her unmistakable style. The final paintings are exciting and colorful conveying her unique point of view. While she is primarily a Plein Air artist creating most of her work outdoors on location she frequently uses her plein air work to create larger studio works. Her works have been included in a number of shows and are collected by patrons across the country.
     Pratima enjoys teaching and is involved with classes and workshops for both studio and plein air landscape oil painting in Monmouth County.
     She is an exhibiting member at the Guild of Creative art, a member of the Plein air painters of the Jersey Coast (PAPJC), an associate member of Oil Painters of America (OPA) and the American Impressionist Society (AIS). Pratima is also a resident member at the Salmagundi Arts Club in New York City.

Stephen Ravner - Photography

     He has been involved with photography for as long as he can remember. His father was an avid photographer and movie maker, and he got Steve started as soon as he was able to “point and shoot” his original Kodak Brownie box camera. Steve began his black & white darkroom work at around ten years of age, and progressed to a full-color darkroom in the mid-1960s.
     As an Electrical Engineer by training, Steve was quick to adapt to the digital imaging era and started using Photoshop version 3 in the mid-1990s. The combination of his artistic photographic style and the limitless means of expression that can be achieved with digital image processing, became the basis for where he is today—retired from his former technology career and now running his own commercial photography business, enjoying the satisfaction obtained from creating photographic works of art, and being actively involved in camera club and art guild activities.
     Steve especially likes nature photography, including landscapes, sunsets, flowers, and animals. He also enjoys creating artistic abstract “modifications” to some of these photographs with Photoshop. Steve does all of his own archival digital color and black & white printing with a variety of Epson pigment inkjet printers.
     Steve is an Exhibiting Member of The Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ, and an Advanced Member of the Monmouth Camera Club, Colts Neck, NJ, where he was awarded the 2007 Photograph of the Year for his photograph “Land & Air Race.” This year he won First Place in the Monmouth County Senior Art Exhibit and Competition for his digitally modified photograph “Twin Reflections.” He then won another First Place award at the New Jersey (state level) Senior Art Exhibit and Competition for “Twin Reflections.
     ”In his business—Action Foto, Inc.—Steve provides photography, design, and production of advertising and marketing materials for his commercial clients. He also designs, creates and hosts several of their websites. Additionally, Steve has designed and prepared full page ads for his clients for publication in Architectural Digest, The Robb Report, and many other magazines.

Deborah Redden - Watercolor and Oil

     She is a lifetime resident of the Jersey shore and an avid sailor, paints on location—the boats, lighthouses, and scenes that have shaped her life and create constant challenges for her. Over time, she has changed from a traditional approach in painting to a freer, more abstract style. She works to capture the emotion of the scene in a spontaneous burst of color and brush work that results in a unique expression of artistic energy.
     Debbie has a Master’s Degree in Art from Pratt Institute, NY, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from Monmouth University, NJ. She was on the faculty at Monmouth University as Professor of Methods of Teaching Elementary & Secondary Art for 18 years and exhibited each year in the Faculty Exhibition. In 1999, she was recognized for her contribution to the arts by Senate Majority Leader John O. Bennett. For 25 years, she taught art in area elementary and secondary schools. Most recently she was a full-time fine arts teacher at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, retiring from there in June 2004.
     Currently, Debbie is the President of the Board of Trustees of the Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, and an Exhibiting Member. She paints with the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast and has had several solo and group shows locally. She is also an Associate Member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society and the Garden State Watercolor Society. As a juried entrant, she exhibits annually at the Monmouth Festival of Art, Tinton Falls, and other regional shows.  Her work is in many private collections around the United States.
     “Painting is my passion. My intent is to infuse that energy and emotion into my work. Events of my life have led me into teaching and I’ve found that each student as well as each painting offers a new challenge, a new blank page, and an opportunity to not only help students develop artistically but to re-examine my own work. As an artist, I’m constantly changing and growing.  It’s exciting and addictive. The journey never ends.”

Donald Robinson - Oil

     He has drawn and painted from an early age. He received his first art training from his father who was a professional artist and a college art professor. Later, Don won an art scholarship to the Art Students League of New York. Further education in painting and drawing was achieved while on an art scholarship to the University of Georgia (BFA). He completed his studies in painting and sculpture at Columbia University (MFA). Although professionally schooled in the field of fine art, Don also trained in educational administration (Ed.D), becoming a secondary school principal. Now retired, he devotes himself full time to his art.
     Don and his wife, Dolores, who is also a retired educator, have a grown son who has followed in the family’s footsteps by pursuing a career in the field of education.
     Besides his involvement with the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast, Don belongs to the Guild of Creative Art (where he is an exhibiting member), the Art Students League of New York (life member), and the New Jersey branch of the American Artists Professional League, the Printmaking Council of New Jersey, the Art Alliance, and the American Impressionists Society. In addition, Don holds associate membership in the Oil Painters of America and the Allied Artists of America. He has exhibited both nationally and regionally, most recently exhibiting with the Hudson Valley Artists Association in their 75th Annual National Show in New York City. Don has had one of his coastal scenes displayed in Plein Air Magazine (January, 2005).
     Additional biographical data on the artist can be found in current editions of Marquis’ Who’s Who in America as well as in Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in American Education.

Bill Ross - Charcoal

     He creates his provocative images in black and white charcoal on toned paper. He believes that in a world consumed by technology there is an almost primal honesty to the simple act of drawing.
      As a young man, Bill studied art at Ocean County College and the Art Students League in New York. After finishing his studies he, like most artists, found the need for regular income and Bill started his own successful irrigation business. Now he has renewed his passion for drawing.
     Although his subject matter is ever changing and can elicit many different   reactions, his dedication to detailed draftsmanship is always consistent. Asked what reaction he desires most from his drawings, he paraphrases Marion Boddy-Evans: “I believe art is foremost for the artist who creates it. You do it for your soul, and if anybody else gets something out of it, that’s a bonus.”
In May 2011 Bill became an Exhibiting Member of the Guild of Creative Art.
In October 2011 He was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Guild’s Annual Juried Show for his Drawing entitled “FLOCK”. The judge commented, “I admire the virtuoso technique and love the unexpected mix of traditional handling of the background with the modern subject matter.”
     Bill Ross does portraiture and welcomes commissions. Please contact the Guild for more information.

Nick Rozzo - Photography

     He is a resident of Port Monmouth and began his photographic pursuits as a pre-teen on the streets of Newark. Self-taught, he pursues his photographic interests through his life experiences and travels throughout the United States with his wife, Mike.
     Nick is a generalist—his interests are varied, without specialization in any one field of endeavor or genre. His direct, yet not traditional style, does not follow the standard rules of photography but opts to challenge the norm in order to create dynamic results. Simplicity of subject matter, color, and light are basic elements used to produce vivid images that evoke viewer interest and involvement. Nick continues to use traditional slide and print film to promote maximum impact images.
   - Petersen’s Photographic Magazine - 2nd Place, Swimsuit Contest
   - New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs - 4 medals
   - New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs - Merit Awards and Honorable Mention Awards
   - Monmouth Camera Club - 15 Picture/Slide of the Year Awards
   - Monmouth Camera Club - Medal Awards, Awards, and Honorable Mention Awards
   - Metropolitan Camera Club - Awards and Honorable Mention Awards
   - Middletown Cultural Art Council - 1st Place Color Prints, 2008  Adult Photography Show
   - Guild of Creative Art - 3rd Place, 2007 Juried Art Show
   - Published in Corporate Financial Reports
Guild of Creative Art - Solo exhibition, “Straight Eye for the Straight Photographer”
   - Middletown Public Library - Solo exhibition
   - Holmdel Library - Solo exhibition
   - Guild of Creative Art - Regular exhibitor in Juried Art Exhibitions
   - Monmouth Camera Club - Exhibiting member at various club exhibitions
   - Thompson Park, Art Exhibition Series -  Solo exhibition
Exhibiting Member of the Guild of Creative Art
   - Monmouth Camera Club