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.
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.
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.
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.
For over twenty years, Susan Burd has been designing and painting folk art inspired imagery, drawing from historical and natural wonders for inspiration and enjoyment. She is a self-taught artist who has used her craft to create charming patterns and charismatic symbols for her fans and art collectors alike.
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.
Before Karen became the renown artist she is today, she spent much of her adult life as an art teacher. She was encouraged by the children she taught, to create what was in her heart; taking inspiration from their carefree innocence and approach to various art forms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the creation of her first one-of-a-kind nostalgic Santa Claus figures and its reception within the folk art enthusiast community, artist Bethany Lowe knew her self-taught talent could bring joy to collectors and people with an eye for traditional handmade figures
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.
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.
Starting out by painting with her mother and always knowing she was meant to be an artist, Suzanne Nicoll focused her talent on studying textile design. Over 20 years later, she has been awarded and esteemed in the field of product design as well as the furnishings industry. Natural inspiration is apparent in her artwork, as is the creative uses of pattern, texture and color.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.