Andy Evansen

Being elected to membership in a prestigious art organization is a significant milestone in an artist’s career, and four artists have recently achieved that milestone by being invited to join the Plein-Air Painters of America. Meet the newest members.

Gil Dellinger, president of the Plein-Air Painters of America (PAPA), announced that four artists have been added to the ranks of PAPA’s Signature Members. “We have canvassed the country for the top painters known for plein air and studio painting,” Dellinger says. “Kathleen Dunphy and Randall Sexton are from California, Andy Evansen lives in Minnesota, and Joe McGurl is from Massachusetts. Each has participated in past PAPA exhibitions and paint-outs, contributing unique subjects, styles, and techniques that enhance the quality standards by which the group has operated since its inception in 1986.”

Kathleen Dunphy

Kathleen Dunphy studied at the Academy of Art College, San Francisco, California, where she was mentored by Craig Nelson and Brian Blood. She’s also participated in workshops with Kevin Macpherson, Dan Gerhartz, Scott Christensen, and T. Allen Lawson. Her other professional affiliations include the Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and the American Impressionist Society. She resides in Murphys, California, where she also teaches workshops. For more information, visit

Andy Evansen was educated at the University of Minnesota and has studied with watercolorists Skip Lawrence, Eric Weigardt, and Alvaro Castagnet. His other professional affiliations include the Minnesota Watercolor Society, for which he served as president from 2004-2006. He resides in Vermillion, Minnesota, and teaches workshops across the country and in Europe. For more information, visit

Randall Sexton

Joseph McGurl grew up working with and learning from his father, muralist James McGurl. Joe went on to graduate from Massachusetts College of Art, followed by studies in England and Italy. He is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists, resides in Cataumet, Massachusetts, and teaches workshops along the Eastern Seaboard. For more information, visit

“Train Station With Wheat Fields,” by Joseph McGurl

Randall Sexton was educated at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and the San Francisco Academy of Art, as well as in workshops with Michael Lynch, Carolyn Anderson, and friend and mentor Bob Gerbracht. He is a member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, his studio is located in Crockett, California, and he teaches workshops across the country. For more information, visit


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