The Artists

The Mendocino Eco Artists

The members of Mendocino Eco Artists (MEA) are
professional painters and sculptors who live, work,
and draw their creative inspiration from this beautiful place.  Many of the MEA are known nationally and internationally, and have received a great amount of recognition in their artistic fields.  Many have also been generous with their contribution of talent and time on projects for the community.  Each individual has a keen desire
to contribute to the preservation of the
Mendocino coastal environment - the mountains,
rivers and shores and all the living t
which call it home. 

The Artists

Karen Bowers

Karen Bowers is a local artist, known for her development of personal style and fresh approach. She began painting in Mendocino in 1980, during a career teaching political thought, working in the California Legislature, East Bay Regional Park District, and land use environmental policy analyst at an international law firm.   Currently, she is on the Advisory Committee for California Wildlife Foundation.

Working in watercolor and mixed media, Karen has earned top awards in national juried shows and was chosen as an Artist-in-Residence at Yosemite National Park.  She teaches in her studio and at Mendocino Art Center. Her work can be seen in her studio, by appointment, and at Mendocino Art Center. 


Mary-Ellen Campbell 

Yosemite Dawn

After a 3 year grant as Visiting Artist and  Artist-in-Residence at the Mendocino Art Center, Mary-Ellen Campbell has made the move to Caspar, CA, from her native New York. She was a Full Professor of Art at New Jersey City University, NJ. for thirty-four years. She has taught Book Arts workshops across the US and abroad. Her education includes a BA in Art Education, St. John’s University,NY, an MA from Michigan State University, and an MFA from Pratt Institute, NY.  
As a multidisciplinary artist who does graphics, painting, sculpture, printmaking, book arts, and mixed media work, she has had 16 national/international solo exhibitions and over 80 group and invitational shows. In 2004-05 she was awarded the Fulbright Scholar Grant to teach Book Arts and Design in Thailand. Her works are in many special collections across the country. Mary-Ellen won 12 residencies since 2007 in Finland, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Costa Rica, Colorado, N. Carolina, California and Minnesota creating more than 75 books and mixed media artworks.

Maeve Croghan

Maeve Croghan's innovative interpretations of nature have gained her much acclaim. Maeve grew up living every summer on an island in Northern Michigan. Here she developed a deep reverence for the lakes, woods and Nature. She paints from a deep connection to the environment. Her love of the land is understood in her color filled paintings.
Maeve has been painting since she was 15. She studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, Reed College, the Portland Museum Art School, and the Corcoran School of Art. She has a BA from New College of CA in 'Art and Education'. 
Maeve has been the recipient of many prestigious juried awards. Her paintings have been shown in numerous galleries and museums. Recently her paintings were chosen for exhibits at the Matsumoto Museum in Matsumoto, Japan, and for Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego, Ca. Her paintings are featured on the wine labels of Castoro Cellars of Templeton, Ca. Her work is in prominent collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico. Maeve’s paintings have been published in the juried books, “ART of Northern California” and “American Art Collector”, as well as the "Studio Visit" Art Journal.


Eleanor Harvey

 Promise of Summer

My major art interest has been the landscape, and since moving to Fort Bragg, I have found such inspiration from the surroundings, including the ocean, forests, and inland scenes; for the last few years, I have “painted” almost exclusively with stick oil pastels, which give me the ability to combine my love of drawing with the exquisite colors of this oil-based medium.  Winning first place at the Art for the Parks show hosted by Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA) introduced me to wonderful artists and groups in my new home.  I’m honored to be included with the MEA and be part of shows that support environmental projects in our community.  More of my art can be seen on my website: and at Gallery Mendocino on Main Street, Mendocino, California.

John Hewitt

John Hewitt is a well-known watercolor painter and teacher.  He has taught since the 1980’s at College of the Redwoods and, for the past 15 years, the Pacific Union College Summer School of Art, a college credit course in painting.  He also teaches workshops across the United States and in Europe.  His paintings have been juried into over 140 prominent watercolor society exhibits, winning over 30 awards.  He has been honored with “signature membership” in many watercolor societies. 

Julie Higgins

Debra Beck Lennox

        Mendocino Starry Night

           Printmaking helps me really see the world around me.           Simplifying the natural world to definite shapes and creating multiple layers that come together upside down and backwards pushes me into the intuitive part of my creativity that I crave. Painting in my studio has always been my happy place untiI I discovered printmaking. Now I can move back and forth between color and black and white, experimenting with new techniques & seeing familiar subjects with new eyes as I grow as an artist.

Suzi Marquess Long

Misty Morn at Russian Gulch
Soft Pastel, 12 x 9 

Award-winning pastel artist Suzi Marquess Long came back to her childhood passion for pastels in early 2001 when she won her first Best of Show award and International Artist Magazine put her work in their book, 100 Ways to Paint a Landscape.  Presently, her work is shown at the Co-Op Gallery in Mendocino, Edward Montgomery Gallery in Carmel, and Kokomo Studio Gallery in Calistoga, CA. Suzi won BEST OF SHOW at the Shelter Cove, CA, Plein Air competition, and PEOPLE'S CHOICE at the Los Gatos Plein Air in 2016.  Suzi is a true survivor who inspires people around the world.

Keith Middlesworth 

  Keith Middlesworth started his sculpting career in New Mexico using both wood and stained glass. In 2008 he discovered the lost art of neon glass tube bending.  After graduating from the Northwest School of Neon in Seattle, WA, he started sculpting his neon into art forms and has never looked back. His award-winning art can be seen in storefronts and galleries around Mendocino County.  
"I get my inspiration from the diversity of the wildlife and beauty of the Mendocino coastline.  Every day I challenge myself to stretch my imagination through my art."
Keith Middles


Pat Scott

From childhood, Pat has enjoyed working with three-dimensional forms:  wood, stone, clay, found objects, cement or metals.  She studied at California College of Arts and Crafts, College of the Redwoods, and at the Mendocino Art Center.  Subjects she has focused on include endangered species, musicians, political statements, domestic animals, and currently bird forms in various media.  Her work frequently has a humorous message, often a necessary component when working with such resistant and challenging materials.  Pat currently shows at the Mendocino Art Center and the Artist's Cooperative of Mendocino.

How can artists help the environment? 

The work of artists is to record, visualize and interpret what they see and experience – what inspires them.  
Their work puts them in an excellent position to illustrate the changes and threats to our natural world in a way that all viewers will understand, and to celebrate 
the beauty of a harmonious environment.

The members of MEA have each focused their lifework on the natural world, 
and are ready to devote a lot of energy to helping 
protect and restore it.  
The MEA members work in partnership with environmental groups in a variety of ways to help raise funds for the organizations they support and help stimulate public awareness of the issues that impact us all.


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