Resident Artist Studios

Studio A

MARIAN BICKERSTAFF, originally from Telford, PA has been painting in oil since the late 70’s starting with a paint set received as a gift. She studied with several painters locally in Southeast PA and at Montgomery County Community College (PA). She received several awards including two blue ribbons from the Perkiomen Valley Art League. In 1990, one of her pieces – “Skippack Barn in Snow II”, was chosen for the cover of the Souderton Independent’s Christmas Insert. 

After retiring from a 37-year banking executive career, she and her husband moved to Ocean Pines, MD in 2007 and her retirement goal was to devote more time to her artwork. She immediately joined the Art League of Ocean City and began taking classes and workshops, experimenting with oils, acrylics, collage, mixed media and pastels. Her focus continues to be painting in oil which generally convey a sense of place, light and luminosity and acrylic work in bold color and surface texture, as she continues experimentation with surface treatments and techniques and a thought process of “I wonder what would happen if…“. 

Ms. Bickerstaff has won numerous awards at the Art League of Ocean City and in juried shows at the Worcester County Arts Council. She has also been a featured local Artist in the Spotlight in the Daily Times.  In addition to painting, she also enjoys the creativity of photography manipulation and computer-generated design. She served as President of the Board of Directors of the Art League of Ocean City 2013-2018, and is a Co-op Artist at the Worcester County Arts Council. When not painting, she is active in community service at the Art League of OC, the Community Church at Ocean Pines, PEO Chapter AK, MD, Worcester County Arts Council, and the Ocean Pines Garden Club.

DOT TRUITT: As a child, I always loved my coloring books and Esther Williams bathing caps. I feel these and now Cirque du Soleil have influenced my work greatly. I majored in Art Education and during my last semester a kiln and some clay was left to the college. I loved it because I could control it, and I could show 3-dimension. I never put a brush to canvas again. After my girls graduated from high school, I purchased a used kiln and taught myself all about pottery.

I use high-fire stoneware clay and low-fire glazes to get a wide range of colors. I make objects for the home, including fan pulls, finials for lamp shades, bottle stoppers and bells shaped like animals, small medium and large. 


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MARY BACK has been painting since the 8th grade and has created pottery since her early years in Harford Community College and Towson University in Maryland. She took all the art classes she could while obtaining her degree from the University of Maryland. After retirement as Director of the U.S. Treasury Department, she worked for Sabeware Pottery Studio making special orders. She took lots of workshops of all the arts including: watercolor from well known artists Steve Rogers, Dorothy Brum, and Tom Jones, and oil painting from Caroline Jaspers, Erlinda Fitzpatrick, and pottery from Van Guilder and Ramon from Hawaii to name a few. Mary has won numerous awards in shows across the Eastern Shore. Most recently, she won Best Still Life in a show in Bethany Beach, Delaware and the Worcester County Arts Council in Berlin, Maryland. Her work has been recently purchased by the Boston Museum of Fine Art and is hung in their museum. She teaches pottery and painting to both adults and children at her studios in Eastern Shore Virginia and Ormond Beach, Florida. She also teaches Art Camp for the Worcester Art Council in Berlin. Maryland.

Studio B

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GERILYN GASKILL has a passion for capturing the beauty of the Delaware coastline and Delmarva landscapes in watercolor, oil and acrylics. Her interest in art started in kindergarten and was helped along by her great-grandfather artist August Seiler, who also painted coastal imagery.

Gerilyn was born and raised in Wilmington DE, spending many summers in both Rehoboth and Lewes. With the call of the ocean, Gerilyn now resides closer to the beach in Georgetown.

Active in the local arts, she is a member of the Millsboro Art League (Millsboro DE), Milton Art Guild (Milton DE), Rehoboth Art League (Rehoboth DE), Mispillion Art League (Milford DE), and the Art League of Ocean City (Ocean City MD).

Gerilyn’s full-time career in nursing took her from her beloved Delaware briefly residing in both Riverside CA and Baltimore MD. She retired in December 2008, quickly moving back to DE and hasn’t looked back since. Art consumes her every waking moment. Gerilyn also volunteers a great deal of her time educating youth in the arts. For several years, she has organized and taught an art camp to local youths at the Millsboro Art League. She is also a regular instructor at the Art League of Ocean City, Rehoboth Art League, and for community group paint nights.

GAIL ZINAR was born and raised in Greenbelt, MD. At age 17, Gail entered the Corcoran School of Art. While studying at the Corcoran, Northern Virginia Community College, and the Department of Agriculture Graduate School, she worked as a cartoonist trainee for a subsidiary of Prentice Hall Publishers, did a two year art internship with the Federal Aviation Administration, and became a senior illustrator with the Defense Communications Agency. She also freelanced. The next ten years were spent creating visual presentations, publications, and display work for the Defense Department. After working thirteen years as an illustrator, Gail resigned in 1978 from the government to pursue her dream of becoming a mother and fine artist. She began illustrating “real life” stories of children and family experiences upon request. This led to the creation of her business, The Artland Express, focusing on stationary, hand-painted prints, and paintings. Gail has taught as an adjunct instructor for the Catonsville Community College and given demos and workshops to colleges, organizations, and clubs. Having lived most of her life in the Baltimore Washington Area, she recently moved to Lewes, DE. Gail lives life through her art. She feels that every expression of life, personality, and spiritual self is portrayed through her use of color, line, shape, and form in every piece she creates. Since 1992, Gail has taken courses in watercolor under the direction of Morris Green, Fritz Briggs, and Joan Bevelaqua. She has combined pen and ink drawings with watercolor washes, and uses various multimedia to accomplish the “unknown aura of life” in her art. Organizations with which Gail has been affiliated are the Woman’s Caucus on the Arts, Columbia Art Alliance, Patuxent Art League, Howard County Art Guild, Maryland Federation of Art, Oella Mill Art Center Gallery, the Laurel Art Guild, the Rehoboth Art League, the Bethany Beach Watercolor Society, the Milton Art League, the Millsboro Art League, and the Mispillion Art League. She is a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Washington Watercolor Association, the Delaware Watercolor Society and the Maryland Pastel Society. She served as Vice President and then President of the Laurel Art Guild, and served as President of the Washington Watercolor Association. Her award-winning paintings have been exhibited in both private and public galleries throughout the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area, the Eastern Shore, and nationally. In 2009 she received the American Pastel Society Award of Excellence from the Maryland Pastel Society.

Studio C

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MITZI ASH is a visual artist recognized for her large-scale, organic paintings that suggest the natural world. Using luxurious white silk and color-rich dyes, Mitzi invites us to marvel at the beauty of flowers, leaves, and trees through her use of shape, form, and color, capturing at once their simplicity and complexity. A resident of Ocean Pines, MD, Mitzi is a member of the Worcester County Arts Council, the Art League of Ocean City, the Rehoboth Art League and Silk Painters International. She has been painting on silk since 2001. She was a featured artist at the “Emerging Women” art show in Shepherdstown, West Virginia in 2005. Mitzi received the 2012 VIA (Very Important Artist) Award at the Rehoboth Art League Fine Art Exhibition. In 2013, The Art League of Ocean City judged “Together Again” as Best in Show. In 2015 the Worcester County Arts Council awarded Mitzi 2nd place ribbons for “Tree Rings” and “Blessings,” respectively. Mitzi received 1st place for wearable art from the Rehoboth Art League in 2016. In 2017, Mitzi assembled an international exhibition of silk painting at the Ocean City Center for the Arts.

JEFF AUXER: “I believe everyone desires a unique surrounding that speaks to their true self. Functionality manifests itself in the vibrant colors and shapes I am able to create in my studio. My work incorporates Venetian glass techniques and handmade tools resulting in unique, one of a kind works of art that are not only beautiful but also applicable to everyday life.”

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PETER GIBSON grew up in Michigan, and moved with his wife Kathy, to Maryland in 1973 for a job with the National Ocean Service.  That winter, he took an Adult Education Class on Stained Glass.  He was hooked on glass, and began a long period of taking workshops, learning, trying new things, and making projects for family and friends.  In 2008, he retired from the Federal Government, and as a retirement gift to himself, purchased a kiln to start working with fused glass.  Since that time, he has spent as much time as possible with new workshops, learning, trying new things, and making projects.  In 2017, he began teaching Fused Glass classes at the Art League of Ocean City.  He continues to work in both stained glass and fused glass, enjoying every minute.

Studio D

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DAVID SIMPSON: Born and raised in Ocean City, David has had a great opportunity to connect to the shore and everything it had to offer. In 1999, he reconnected with the art world at Salisbury University, where he achieved both a philosophy degree and a fine arts degree in painting. The subjects of his oil paintings traditionally are focused on the human figure, landscapes, and seascapes. Most recently, his paintings have focused on the elements of texture, color, and light via seascapes. In the spring of 2012, he graduated with Masters in the Art of Teaching from University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He is showing work locally at community art organizations, winning awards, and teaching. In addition, he recently became a board member for the Worcester County Arts Council and holds the office of Treasurer. As an art instructor, he is happy to contribute professionally to the promising local art community.

D Johnson ImageROBERT JOHNSON and Sarah Halcott created Amused Studios as their home based art studio in 2005. They mainly use clay as their medium and create a colorful eclectic mix of functional and decorative pottery. Robert has focused on throwing classical shapes sometimes altering them and finishing them with a saggar or horsehair firing to create works of art. He particularly enjoys making bottles with tiny tops that take a steady hand and patience to form.  He often adds a layer of mica slip he created which adds a subtle sparkle to the pots.  He chooses which pots to finish with horsehair which leaves black squiggly lines on top of the white clay and golden flecks, or saggar which creates a smokey and mottled red over the sparkle.  He has been inspired by South-Western Native Americans who use a micaceous clay body, all they make glitters with this golden substance.

D Scukanec ImageJOSEPH SCUKANEC is a local photographer residing in the town of Snow Hill on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He developed a passion for photography during his twenty-year career in the US Navy as a way to record and share his experiences, as he traveled throughout the United States and the world. He most enjoys photographing local events, still life, landscape, nature and close-ups. “Whether it is a macro or landscape photograph, or a composite of photo art, I want to lead the viewer beyond the photograph into a visual journey through an artistic impression of my imagination.”