Artist Bios

Although not formally trained in a traditional way, she has honed her
skills with the help of friends whose studios and experience became
available to her.

Originally from Brownsville, Texas, she moved to Mariposa in 2007
and loves the country living and wide open spaces.

Before she became a full time artist she spent her career travelling
the world as a stewardess with Pan Am.
A Mariposa native, and award winning artist, Cathy is mostly self-taught.  She works in oil,
but occasionally experiments with watercolor, colored pencil and charcoal.  
She feels a strong connection with her subjects and prefers animals (particularly bears) and
Native American themes.

When not painting her astoundingly realistic images, she practices interior design, mostly to
the dismay of her husband.  She is also a Gallery Chairperson and is responsible for the
interior layout and placement of artwork within our gallery.
Sharon Bortugno
Watercolors, Pastels
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Sharon currently lives in the mountain Village Town of Oakhurst.
She first studied art in Southern California.   She has been painting for 16 years, focusing primarily on
watercolor and pastel mediums.

Sharon creates composition and design from surrounding areas, and her own photographs or sketches
of various subjects.

She teaches “Beginning  Watercolor Art Classes for Adult & Children'" in her home studio throughout
the year, as well as private instruction for individuals..  She also paints commissioned paintings for
private homes, wineries, restaurants, cemetery remembrances and charity organizations.

Sharon's award winning paintings have been part of Yosemite Western Artists, Oakhurst Fall Festival
and Mariposa Art Shows.  She is a member of Yosemite Western Artists, Vision Academy of Arts,
Mariposa Art Council and North Fork Art Council.

Sharon believes, “Everyone who wants to paint can become an artist!”
Adra Holland
Watercolor, Pastels
Adra is a self-taught artist searching for beautiful landscapes and flowers to paint as she
subjects in oil and pastels.
The last two years Adra has focused on exploring watercolor as this medium expresses pure
light and color, creating vibrant color with intense shadows. Using watercolor helps to create
subtle layers of imagery that are unique to each subject.

Her work has been found in the Wine to You Gallery in Clovis, CA. and in the Mountain Art and
Garden Gallery in Oakhurst, CA. In addition she was the featured artist in the 2010 Rotary
Wine and Fine Art Festival in Mariposa.
Diane Hunter
Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor
 II have been a working artist in California for more than forty years.  My career
spans several styles and mediums.  I began with large- scale Public Art installations of
metal.  Today my imagery is inspired by my re-location to the Yosemite area of
California.  I am creating from this vast living canvas around me.
My imagers are abstractions from nature that evolve through a process of
deconstruction, referring to taking away, or simplifying - Greek "Spagyric".  The end
result has become a kind of calligraphy of living line documenting texture, growth and
movement.
Water moves through the veins of earth, bark, and rock even stone and
leaves a line which I'm trying to find.
 
Teresa started her adventure with art in her hometown in Shafter, CA.  She  most of
her adult life pouring her creative energy into home-making, raising children, volunteer
work and enjoying offering hospitality  Nearing the empty nest stage she pursued her
latent art passion.  Her style has been influenced by her world wide travel and classes
taken near the places she has lived:  Bakersfield, Fresno and Morgan Hill,  CA, Austin,
Texas and Yokohama, Japan.  She now lives in Oakhurst, CA and has been inspired
by Yosemite National Park and the ever changing beauty in the surrounding mountain
communities.  
She enjoys using vibrant transparent watercolor for translucent flowers, charcoal for
dramatic still life drawings and acrylic paints for landscapes and portraits.  Since
arriving to the Sierra Nevadas in 2016..  Terese has participated in several juried
exhibitions in Oakhurst and Mariposa and received awards in various categories.
Teresa sees making art as important play that helps all humans to me more fully alive,
as we connect with each other and experience what it means to be co-creators, adding
to the beauty.