Peter Karis

Artist Peter Karis was an expressionist, painting people, flowers, trees and objects as he interpreted them, not as they seemed to be.

Karis worked in acrylic and the subject matter was interpreted with maximum color, conveying emotion and power. 

The work tends to draw you into a memory of your own, more evocative than descriptive.

Karis has won numerous awards for his work, which has been exhibited throughout the United States including the Nabisco Gallery, Cleveland Clinic, Cooperstown Art Museum, Butler Museum and Kent State University. Internationally in 1993 Karis was one of three American artists selected to exhibit at the Gallery Roseg outside of St. Moritz in Switzerland and in 2005 was nominated to participate in the Annual International Biennial of Contemporary Art, which was held in Florence, Italy.

Guido Petruzzi

17th century Dutch landscape artists and 18th century painters of the Hudson River Valley School have influenced his strive to capture atmospheric conditions...but Guido's paintings are surely infused with the vibrant color of the Low Country.


Italian born Guido Petruzzi is a retired executive from the New York City Fashion Industry. He built 17th and 18th century reproduction English furniture as a hobby until he moved to South Carolina, where he began painting en plein air or in his studio on Hilton Head Island.

Oil is Guido's medium of choice. He studied privately with Morgan Samuel Price, James Sulkowski and Scott Burdick, and continued to hone his skills in workshops with plein air painters Matt Smith, John Budicin and George Strickland. His paintings are in private collections throughout the United States, Italy, Germany, Brasil and Canada. 

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David Wendel

David Wendel an accomplished automotive artist has been featured in publications including, Ride and Autoweek and has served as the featured artist for “My Classic Car” and “Car Crazy” television shows.Mr. Wendel has had many one-man shows throughout the country including the Roswell Automotive Center, Branson International Auto Auction and the Legacy Automobile Collection in Chicago.David’s work is a favorite of collectors, including the General Motors Art Collection,  Delta Airlines, Wells Fargo Bank and the private collections  of Jay Leno, Reggie Jackson and Tim Allen.

JK Crum

 John Crum received his classical art training at the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida. John embarked on a graphic design career, which he still enjoys today.
Relocating from the north shore of Ohio to the beautiful Lowcountry, John now draws from the inspirational landscapes, ocean views and local culture for the subject matter in his paintings.
John's whimsical approach to life often uses boats as his metaphor taking the viewer on an emotional and often whimsical jpourney. "My art reflects on emotions, issues and life in a whimsical and surreal way. I often use word play in my titles directing the viewer to a hidden or not so obvious direction. I consider a painting successful when it makes the viewer pause, take a closer look and then smile." John Crum 

Alice Dobbin

Dobbin transcends conventional wisdom with her soft and lyrical paintings. While aiming for a loose interpretation, she uses small amounts of detail to emphasize focal points and applies lush textures with the palette knife. Her light infused landscapes evoke a feeling of tranquility that is almost spiritual and invite the viewer to share her passion and reverence for nature. Dobbin received an art degree from Washington and Jefferson College, taught classes for the artistically gifted at Carnegie Mellon University and has been a professional artist for the past 25 years. Alice Dobbin is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. Her work has been published in The Best of American Landscapes, American Art Collector Magazine and Charleston Style & Home. Her paintings are included in private, public and corporate collections throughout the United States, Europe and Australia as well as in the collection of a former US president.

Linda Hartough

Linda Hartough has become recognized as one of golf's leading artists.
She is the only artist ever commissioned by the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews to create the annual, official paintings  for the U.S. Open and British Open Championships.
Her paintings are so admired that they have earned a place on two ABC
Television Golf Specials on famous golf holes hosted by Jack Nicklaus.
Her paintings are in the collections of such famous clubs as Augusta
National,  Pine Valley and Laural Valley. Hartough originals  are also
included in the private collections of Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones
and Rees Jones.
Linda's work has enjoyed unparalleled status in the golf world, while receiving international acclaim including Golf Digest's
"Lifetime Achievement Award”.
Linda is privileged to be a Founding Trustee of the Academy of Golf Art,
a professional society of golf artists established in 2004 to create an
awareness and appreciation of golf art as a valuable segment of fine art.
"I really enjoy painting golf landscapes. It is some of the most beautiful and
varied landscape in the world combined with a deep, historical sense of tradition that transcends time.
The painting is a success when both elements emerge."

Lane Palmisano

Lane Palmisano is an imaginative oil painter enamored with the lush, luminescent properties of the medium. She is a multi-faceted colorist equally enthralled with landscape, figurative and still life genre. Her recent paintings are evocative landscapes drenched in color. "The land is an entity unto itself. It has its own movement, soul, and expectations." She combines a loose, impasto application using palette knife and brush along with glazing techniques, layering her work with veils of paint. This process gives these paintings an unusual texture and luminosity. Her sensual use of color pays tribute to the art of Turner, Cezanne, and Gauguin. Her paintings are in private and public collections throughout the world.

After 30 years of teaching studio art and 27 vibrant years at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA., Lane has migrated to Bluffton, SC., just west of Hilton Head Island.

Greg Barnes

Greg Barnes received his formal art training at Wake forest University, receiving a BFA in 1985. Landscapes are Greg's first love and he enjoys paintng on location. A a result of his style of working quickly on a scene he leans toward the impressionistic style.
A mix of realistic and impressionistic elements give his paintings a life of their own, while a free creative use of color punctuates his style. Greg Barnes paints out of his Charlotte, North Carolina studio, travels the country exhibiting his work and teaching plein air workshops.

David Ryden

David Ryden is an abstract expressionist whose work has been shown in galleries in North and South Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Texas, Georgia and Colorado and now, with Karis Art Gallery in Hilton Head.  He attended Colorado State University where he majored in animal husbandry, hoping to become a cattle rancher.  
David is drawn to animals from every continent and uses a palette knife and oil to bring his unique and colorful creatures to life.  He is mainly interested in surface and prefers to work on large canvases painting fast generous strokes. 
"I am self-taught.  I like the freedom to try anything.  My paintings are infused with texture and depth.  I use an 8-inch palette knife and just go at it."  Painted to make people feel "enthused and excited," each of Davids animals has a personality of its own.<< New text box >>