About the Artists

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David J. Woodward

Artisan Blacksmith

David was raised at White Pine Camp in the Adirondack Mountains in a family that has roots in the community going back 5 generations.

He has been working as a blacksmith since 1986 and is widely praised for his master craftsmanship and artistic abilities.  

In 1993, David was recognized as one of the United States top 200 craftspeople by Early American Life magazine.     

David produces top quality Adirondack Revival, Arts and Crafts, English Baroque, 18th Century and other reproduction period pieces and specializes in one of kind custom creations. Woodward is the only professional blacksmith in the Adirondack Park and a resident smith at Great Camp Sagamore.     

Train Brook Forge and David’s studio space are located in Paul Smiths, NY. ​ You will find in David's work a deep appreciation for fine quality and craftsmanship, heirlooms worthy of passing on to future generations.

David is a founding member of NorthWind Fine Arts.

Heidi Gutersloh

Oil Paintings

Art discovered Heidi when she was invited by her third grade teacher to be part of an exclusive after school painting class. What she in turn discovered was a lifetime passion to be able to look at a scene, an old rusted antique or a playful animal, or as she says..."whatever moves me," and get it onto canvas.     

With no formal art education beyond high school, attending adult education classes for over eighteen years afforded her the opportunites to watch, listen and put to use the teachings of her trained instructors.               

Growing up on the south shore of Long Island, the beaches were often the subject of many of Heidi's earlier oils. After painting several portraits of friend's pets and giving them as gifts, through word of mouth she found professional success in capturing the spirit of people's beloved pets, family homes and even their prized boats.             

Heidi has taken part in several juried art shows and exhibits on Long Island. Now, since retiring and moving to Saranac Lake, she continues to take part in many art shows both in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid.          

Living in the Adirondacks, Heidi is finally realizing a dream as a founding member of NorthWind Fine Arts...a collective gallery opened in the spring of 2011.

Contact Heidi at (518) 891-2632, hgutersloh@gmail.com or through the gallery.

Lee Ann Sporn

Colored Pencil Drawings

Lee Ann Sporn was born and raised in Independence, Missouri but has lived in New York State for her entire adult life.  She attended the University of Rochester, and received a Ph.D. in Toxicology in 1987.  She then embarked in a decade-long career as a biomedical researcher.  What is glaringly absent in Lee Ann’s formal education is any training, whatsoever, in the arts.     

In 1999, Lee Ann moved to the Adirondacks for a change of pace.  She began teaching biology at Paul Smith’s College, which got her out of the laboratory and in to the woods!  

Fascinated by the extraordinary visual images of the natural world that surrounded her, and by the emerging artistic talents of her children, she decided to give painting a whirl.  She began by working in watercolor, painting local flora and fauna in a scientific, illustrative style.  She now enjoys colored pencil, and has begun creating abstract pieces using oils on paper.     

Lee Ann is an avid hiker, recently completing the forty-six high peaks, and loves paddling and exploring.   She has become known in the region for her efforts to monitor the emergence of Lyme disease.  

A decade ago, Lee Ann would never have guessed that she would be exhibiting work in a gallery.  She feels that her unusual background allows her to view the natural world in a unique and delightful way, and is thrilled that she has found a way to share this experience through her art.

Lee Ann is a founding member of NorthWind Fine Arts.

Catherine Hartung


My paintings are a reflection of my deep respect and love of nature. My choice of subject matter has been greatly influenced by growing up surrounded by flowers and gardens on an organic farm in Upstate New York and currently living on top of a mountain overlooking the Adirondacks. 

I love and have been inspired by the work of Georgia O’keeffe, Milton Avery, Arthur Dove and Tom Thompson (the Group of Seven). Painting is a way to show my appreciation for the natural world that surrounds me.     

For the past few years, my time has been devoted exclusively to painting but earlier endeavors have included work in jewelry and metals and graphic illustration and design. I have learned to embrace my background in these two areas and realize this is an integral part of who I am as an artist.      

While many of my paintings are closely tied to realism, I have now branched out to include abstract painting and collage. With abstraction I can communicate more complex thoughts and emotions. The hope is to eventually merge these two painting styles and create works of art that combine both my love of nature and my interpretation about the world we live in.

Catharine Moore


My life as an artist began in my early years spent in the Berkshires or north-western Connecticut where I was exposed to the natural beauty of the mountains and lakes.  It was no surprise then that when I was introduced to the Adirondack mountains and lakes shorty after college, there was an instant affinity.

I received my degree in Fine Arts from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA in Education from New York University, and an MA in Art Therapy from Marywood University. After enjoying the art of place and people as a designer, teacher and art therapist, I recently returned to the beautiful Adirondacks and to the art of watercolor painting.

In the developement of my artistic style, I have realized a renewed love of the organic lines and colors of nature. I am influenced by both the Asian spirit and Celtic spirit resulting in the presence of a symbolic spritual significance in my work, which at times is deliberate, but more often is later discovered. 

My watercolor studio is located in Coreys on the Stony Creek Ponds.

Susan Whiteman


Susan is a juried associate of the Pastel Society of America and has studied with many PSA Master Pastelists. She has studied and painted in all mediums, but fell in love with pastel painting and hasn't looked back, reveling in the freedom of the style and the delicious colors available.  Her goal is to make the colors vibrate and play off each other, and to have the painting reflect the energy and exuberance that went into creating them.

Pastels are made of pure pigment with very little binder; they are the same pigments that go into oil, watercolor or acrylic paint.  Because of their purity, pastel paintings will last hundreds of years, and will never crack or discolor. Susan uses all archival-grade sanded papers and material in the creation of her paintings.

Susan paints en plein air as well as in her studio, and has been juried into many different events and shows; her work has won awards.

She is also a member of the Adirondack Pastel Society, and Saranac Lake Artworks.

Ed Williams


What drew me to photography is the ability to capture an instant in time, allowing me and the viewer to revisit that moment countless times reiterating the emotions, thoughts, and interests. My intent, however, is not to recreate merely but to articulate my artistic interpretation towards envisioning the moment, letting it engulf us, begging us to take a closer look. It is this interpretation that will have you questioning how I accomplished this, drawing you further into my work for an even more intimate contemplation. It will captivate your interest, making you question is this a painting, drawing, photograph or some combination of them all.

 I have fully embraced the digital age of photography, using all its tools it has to offer to create my artistic interpretation of our world. Over time, I have developed my techniques in digital manipulation, taking my work to new and exhilarating denotations. 

My technique is an intermingling of filters, brush strokes and adjustments layered and then blended together to create distinctive paint like renditions of my photography. During these processes, I employ varying ways to manipulate light, color, and texture creating my artistic revelation of a landscape, portrait or event. The coherence in my body of work just does not lie within its genre; also, its unity lies with my method and processes used to create it. 

My inspiration comes from the love of being outdoors in nature for I am an avid outdoors person. My second home is on the trails and streams, hiking and paddling my way to nowhere, following my passion for chasing small Brook Trout in the streams of the Northeast. 

My tendency is to create digitally manipulated photographs that express my artistic approach to photography. Allowing my innermost identity to be expressed in a creative way that, hopefully, captures your emotions provokes your thoughts and encompasses your interest.

Kristina Mueller


Kristina grew up in the southern end of the Adirondack Park in Lake George. She first discovered metalsmithing in high school and further pursued jewelry making a few years later at North Bennet Street School, a distinguished trade school in Boston, MA.  

After graduating and leaving Boston she desperately needed mountains back in her life, so she moved back to the Adirondacks but further upstate where she has been planting her roots and pursuing art for about seven years now. 

She creates substantial fine-art-jewelry that features clean lines with an organic energy. Her designs stem from a desire to encourage personal development and the uncovering of ones own authentic balance and truth. Kristina strives to create collectible pieces built to last a lifetime that are simultaneously unique yet timeless.

Carl Rubino


Anyone can point a digital camera or cell phone at something and get a “pretty good picture”.  But that does not make art.  Art comes from deep inside and the techniques used to relate your vision. 

When I was five my mother sat me on the couch, played classical music and told me that if I closed my eyes I could “see” the music. I did, and I did. That experience birthed my belief that it’s not what you look at, it’s what you see that makes art.  

So photography is my “brush and canvas” with which to render my “vision” of what lies before me, and to choreograph the three-partnered dance between my creative soul, my lens, and the subject. In short, I seek to capture and interpret life’s visual symphonies, one click at a time.  

It’s not a group of trees; it’s their movement, strength, balance and grace. It’s not a body of water; it’s layers of texture and color in sand or shoreline, water and sky, or in the reflections of trees and sky on the water’s surface. It’s not a person in a studio; it’s her energy, personality or charisma, or her interaction with another, real or imagined. It’s not peeling paint on a surface; its an abstract revelation amongst decay framed by a camera lens. It’s not buildings; it’s an interaction of geometric shapes, forms and colors.  

Often I portray “mulitidimentionality” – a concept that things in the natural and human-made world, and life itself, exist on more than one level. I often do this by making multiple shots of the same subject which I merge in-camera into a single image; by shooting reflections joining or contrasting two or more objects in different planes or spaces; or by photographing layers of texture, form or color.   

I work nearly exclusively within the camera, with very little software processing (other than subtle adjustments to brightness, contrast and color saturation). My work is created by what I see, how it “speaks” to me, and the in-camera and compositional techniques I employ to create the work and present it to the viewer.