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Artists & Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

For over sixty years, Sturbridge Yankee Workshop has provided beautiful artwork and decor for your country home. Below you can read all about your favorite artists, including a short biography and more information on their individual prints and products offered. Choosing a framed piece of art for your wall, a sculpture for your mantel or the perfect accent rug can sometimes be a difficult decision, but we hope that by learning more about the person behind the paint brush or design board, you will feel confident in your choice. Click on an artist(s) name to get started.




Adeline Halvorson

Adeline knew at an early age that she wanted to be an artist. She had a rural upbringing which exposed her to animals and perfect landscapes on a daily basis. Her one true love, and what would become her favorite animal, the horse. After years of riding and grooming these gorgeous animals, Adeline truly came to understand the anatomy and muscle movement of the horse. This has allowed her to paint exquisite detail and life-like images of all types of animals, including the cats seen here, but especially the equine subject matter.

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Leslie Anderson

Leslie is an Arizona native with a fine arts education and over 30 years of experience as an animal lover, painter and sculptor. Her work can be found in private collections from coast to coast as well as abroad. According to Leslie, animals and art have always been two of the most important things in her life, giving her a sense of value and purpose.

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Alice Backman

Alice gathers her inspiration from many areas in her life, but it all began they say on a county kitchen table in a 19th century styled summer kitchen, on a property she owned a while back. Now their facilities are much bigger.

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Jennifer Brinley

Jennifer received a degree in studio art from the University of California at Santa Barbara and furthered her education at the Rhode Island School of Design. She enjoys painting with bright, bold colors and has a broad range of themes she illustrates including flowers, fruit, veggies, seasonal, garden, animals of the land and sea, locations in Europe and various characters. Her designs can be simple, complex, realistic, or have a folk art feel. Jennifer says, "the purpose of good design is to tickle the eye and stir the imagination."

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Karl Johnson

Long considered one of America's premier silhouette artists, Karl Johnson has been practicing this extremely rare art form for most of his life. Karl learned this unique skill from his father, who had been taught many years earlier by a long time friend of the family.

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Pam Britton

Pam Britton, originally from Colorado, spent a lot of time traveling around the country with her family growing up. After settling in Texas, Pam began exploring her talents as an artist. Experimenting with craft painting, she also worked with adorning her art on wooden accent pieces and muslin pillows.

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Tim Campbell

Born and raised in Keene, New Hampshire, folk artist Tim Campbell's unique style has caught national attention. After most recently being recognized in New Hampshire Magazine, he is quickly emerging as a premier primitive artist of today.

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Bonnie Fisher

Bonnie Fisher has always had a passion for art, painting and, in particular, the use of watercolor. She studied at Moore College of Art in Pennsylvania and graduated with a major in Illustration and a minor in Fine Art.

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Lisa Hilliker

Growing up and living in rural Vermont for most of her life, Lisa learned to appreciate the natural beauty and abundant wildlife this great New England state has to offer.

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Billy Jacobs

Billy Jacobs was born in Detroit, spending most of his life growing up in Ohio with his four older sisters and one younger brother. Creative from the very beginning, he is a self-taught artist who has many artistic ventures to keep him busy.

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Bonnie White

Bonnie painted as a child, but it wouldn't be until after her youngest son entered kindergarten that she would really be able to find time to pick up a paint brush. Bonnie began to explore craft shows and folk art galleries and realized she very much enjoyed the folk art style.

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Lori Mitchell

Lori Mitchell was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Lori has always been inspired by children's themes and literature, old illustrations and toys. In 1999 she began making her first paper mache pieces for the folk art world and has never looked back.

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Bonnie Mohr

Bonnie always had an interest in art, but didn't consider herself to be any good. She was fascinated by color and as a visual learner, decided to teach herself. She began with oil paints and spoke with other artists for tips and suggestions.

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Ron Schmidt

Ron is unlike our other artists in that his specialty is photography. The subject of his photos are none other than man's best friend. Ron has had an interest in being a photographer ever since his Uncle Ross gave him an old Yoshika camera one Christmas.

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Alice Backman

Alice gathers her inspiration from many areas in her life, but it all began they say on a county kitchen table in a 19th century styled summer kitchen, on a property she owned a while back. Now their facilities are much bigger,

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Harry Smith

Maine artist Harry Smith is a man of many talents.Harry studied art at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and Washington University. On a daily basis you might find Harry sketching various Maine objects, of wildlife or food, while also creating original designs in his studio.

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Phyllis Stevens

Phyllis is an accomplished folk artist who loves the challenge of translating what she sees in real life, to a design on paper. She is inspired daily by taking nature walks surrounding her home, her friends and family; treasuring the time spent especially with her grandchildren while sharing meals around the dinner table.

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Dianna Swartz

Folk artist Dianna Swartz was born and raised near the hills of Southern Ohio, and was drawing and painting before she could walk or talk. Generally speaking she is a self-taught artist, crediting her inspiration to God.

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Whimsical Williraye™

Created through the creative mind of Bobbe Punzel-Schuknecht and partnered with the accomplished carving talents of her husband Jeff Schuknecht. The name Williraye is actually a combination of their middle names. "Willi" short for Jeff's middle name William and "Raye" for Bobbe's middle name.

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