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

(incubating bio)

Jim Moorehead

Jim Moorehead's interest in nature photography has grown from his extensive world travels.  Beginning at an early age, with a simple Brownie Hawkeye, he has been intrigued with the camera's ability to record scenes, experiences, and observations for posterity.  Since he and his wife Arlene retired from the innkeeping business and sold the Joshua Grindle Inn in 2001, Jim has focused on photography of landscapes, wildlife, and whatever captures his eye and viewfinder, frequently along the Mendocino coast, and from his extensive world-wide travels.

In addition to capturing poignant moments and aesthetics of nature, he is intrigued by the creative possibilities resulting from digital manipulation of images. He strives to allow his photographs to speak to the viewer through nonverbal means.  Jim's work can be viewed at Sallie Mac in Mendocino and Point Cabrillo Light Station.

Deborah Nord 

Deborah Nord's oil paintings have been shown in numerous galleries and juried shows.  They are part of national collections.  Deborah is a member of several painting organizations as well as having membership in many environmental groups. 

Janis Porter

Janis Porter's vibrant watercolors have won many awards.  She is a founding member of Edgewater Gallery in Fort Bragg, and her work may also be seen at Prentice Gallery and theMendocino Art Center in Mendocino as well as at several local businesses.

Bob Rhoades

Bob Rhoades has been a full time teacher of drawing, painting and printmaking for 40 years. He was the art dept coordinator at College of the Redwoods Mendocino Coast since 1982, retiring from fulltime teaching in 2009. His work has been shown extensively in northern CA, nationally and internationally. Prof Rhoades has lectured  and presented through the College Art Association in NYC , LA and Chicago. Through Creekwood Studios he has lead tours through the Louvre, the Ufizzi, the Kunsthistorisches , the Prado and numerous other museums in Europe and Japan. His work is continually recharged by the energy created between trips to urban museums and toiling in the verdant Mendocino eco-sphere. 

Paul Reiber


Paul Reiber is a woodcarver and sculptor whose work includes carved furniture, architectural details such as mantels, doors and corbels as well as wall hung relief panels. He particularly enjoys working with clients to develop custom designs.

His work is in Mendocino at The Highlight Gallery, the Mendocino Art Center and with 
The Mendocino Furnituremakers

Cynthia Crocker Scott

Cynthia Crocker Scott is a colorist painter in both oil and water media.  Her work is often about the relationship between the sky, water and land but is always about joy and awesome power that nature has over the human condition.  She paints both en plein air and from her studio on a small Mendocino farm in the redwoods.  Her work may be seen locally at Highlight Gallery in Mendocino and the Mendocino Art Center.

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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