2013 Artist-in-Residence

Douglas David Painting
2013 Artist-in-Residence Douglas David.

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2013 Artist-in-Residence, Douglas David

Douglas David is an accomplished artist that has made his living through art his entire life. Douglas has studied the palette of Frank Vincent Dumond under Frank Mason of New York's Art Students League for over 10 years. He also studied with noted east coast painters John P. Osborne and John C. Traynor throughout those years. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in VIsual Communication from Indiana University Herron School of Art.

When asked why he wanted to be an artist-in-residence at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore he stated. "I think it would be very exciting to be a part of the continuing legacy of artists-in-residency at this park. From the artist who painted with Frank V. Dudley (d. 1957) to contemporary fellow artist, the region is significant in Indiana History. The park is such an important region of Indiana and such a wonder in the scope of our country - I look forward to getting to know it better. Through a concentrated focused time of study and without the day to day distractions of a regular studio is paramount and so valuable in an artist's life and work. The residency would allow me to put together a body of work through some studies and a few more finished paintings while immersing myself in the topography, the history and the science of the dunes."

Steven Walker Painting
Steven Walker finishing a painting for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - 2013

2013 Artist-in-Residence, Steven Walker

Born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Steven has been captivated by art for most of his life. He earned his bachelor's degree at Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in illustration. After only a few years as a freelance illustrator, Steven earned his master's degree at Marywood University and began focusing his efforts towards fine art.

After a string of small shows at coffee shops and libraries his focus turned to gallery exhibition. Since his venture into gallery life, his landscapes have been well received by collectors. His paintings are part of several private collections such as Hilton Hotels, the Boy Scouts of America, Dominion Resources and the United States Air Force.

Steven has been included in several local and national juried competitions including the Richeson 75 Landscape Competition, the American Landscape competition in Maryland, several juried shows throughout Ohio and Virginia, the International Salon Competition and most recently, the Oil Painters of America Salon. Steven also had the privilege of being a part of a statewide traveling exhibition with the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Recently he’s participated in several artist in residency programs in Michigan and Iowa through the National Parks Service.

Steven, with the assistance of his lovely wife Evelyn, continues to work hard in the advancement of his career. Currently, his work is represented by the B. Deemer Gallery in Louisville, KY, The Sharon Weiss Gallery in Columbus, OH, the Vision Gallery in Atlantic Beach, NC, and the Glave Kocen Gallery in Richmond, VA.

2013 Artist-in-Residence Kim Clanton
2013 Artist-in-Residence Kim Clanton

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2013 Artist-in-Residence, Kim Clanton

Kim Clanton was born and grew up in a rural area of Southern Illinois, surrounded by Shawnee National Forest. The national forests, the outdoors, and nature have been a central influence on her artwork her entire life. She has studied fine art, with a focus in painting, and has earned a bachelor’s degree with a focus of Visual Communication and Digital Design.

Kim’s artwork is concentrated on national, state, and local parks and preserves. Her goal is to promote public interest in these wild treasures. Kim is an enthusiastic hiker and devout believer in the healing powers of a natural environment. She explores each site personally, carefully choosing the compositions.

To be chosen as an artist in residence at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was an honor, a privilege, and a dream come true. During her residency, she learned much of Northwest Indiana’s unique habitats. This residency inspired Kim to further expand her knowledge by pursuing an Indiana Master Naturalist certificate. She continues to add to her education by studying subjects such as Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing), interpretive guide training, wildcrafting, and wilderness survival. Kim’s future plans include pursuing more park residencies, as nothing is more important to her than to share a glimpse of the wild with the public.

Kim exhibits her work in Northwest Indiana, Chicagoland, and Kentucky. She has ongoing representation at galleries in each of these areas, and earns her living from her skills by taking commissions, sales, and teaching. Kim’s studio is nestled in rural Kentucky, about an hour from Louisville.

2013 Artist-in-Residence Sam Rosenthal
2013 Artist-in-Residence Sam Rosenthal

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2013 Artist-in-Residence, Sam Rosenthal

Sam Rosenthal was born on August 7, 1969 and raised in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Sam is a classically trained landscape and figurative painter. After receiving his B.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, Sam studied drawing and painting at American Academy of Art, the Palette and Chisel in Chicago, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and the Bougie Studio. He continued his artistic training, studying in the United States, Europe, and Australia.

Sam masterfully catches the interplay of light on nature, the subtle colors and shadings that enhance and change a landscape, capturing a fleeting scene of beauty. His figurative work speaks intimately to the viewer. There is a spiritual quality to these paintings; the artist shows us something of the soul of the person he has painted. Sam's work can be found in private and public collections on three continents.

Last updated: December 30, 2021

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