Jay DeChesere - ArtStudio
JAY DECHESERE is an architect who has resided in Wilmington since 1970. He founded Synthesis, Architects where he designed many projects in this area. His focus in the last twelve years has been green and sustainable projects, including several US Green Building Council LEED- certified homes as well as the Barrier Island Study Center for the Bald head Island Conservancy. Recently his attention has turned to an ongoing, yet unsatisfied, interest in painting and drawings. Jay’s father encouraged his interest in sketching at a young age. His architectural profession strengthened this. He now loves quick pencil sketches and pen and ink embellished by watercolor washes and especially watercolors due to their ability to span from representational to more abstract expression. The transparency of watercolor, coupled with its unforgiving quality is both a delightful nature and a special challenge. Another interest has become pastels, a medium used by artists such as Degas and Mary Cassatt. You can see each of these mediums in this website and each image indicates the medium used. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The growth of any artist is dependent on interaction with and support from other artists, from attending workshops, reading, watching instructional videos, practice and many, many mistakes. I would like to acknowledge the following artists for help in getting me to this point in my career. Mary Whyte

Another Workshop with Mary Whyte, many years after the first proved to be just as inspirational.  The workshop focused on portraits and still life paintings and methods of painting.   Enjoy the works of Mary Whyte on her website as she explores people of the southeastern United States.  You will be amazed at her works.


Albert Handell, PSA

A wonderful five day workshop in April, 2016,  with a master, Albert Handell.  The workshop focused on oils and pastel. With a demo in the morning, we enjoyed painting "en plein air" in a park in the wonderful city of Greensboro.  Albert paid close attention to each participant and painted along outdoors.  It was a pleasure to meet Albert and converse a bit in French with a new friend.  I  recommend this workshop for those who want to sharpen plein air skills.


Alain J. Picard, PSA

Spending several days in Charleston is always a pleasure, but to spend it with Alain Picard in the wonderful Cecil Byne Gallery made it evern better.  During these days in January, 2017, Alain focused on underpainting and painterly markings with pastel.  His demonstrations were very helpful and the time he spent in the studio with each of us was equally special.  Alain is a master in making the right marks with pastels with control and efficiency.  Find a workshop of his and go!


Chad Matthew Smith

Wilmington Art Association sponsored a great workshop with Chad Smith in April, 2016 and I was able to participate.  The workshop focused on plein air painting along the waterfront.  Composition, shapes, value, and other concepts were emphasized.  Chad spent a lot of time with each artist and everyone came away with renewed inspiration.   Concepts taught apply to both oil an pastls.

Please look at his work at:  http://www.chadsmithpaintings.com/

Dawn Emerson, PSA

I had the privilege of taking  a workshop with Dawn Emerson in Matthews, NC, in October 2015.  This was one of the most inspirational workshops taking the participants “out of the box”, thinking  about composition and using pastels in a totally different manner.  Images emerge from a shapes and color of the background, patterns and shapes.   I am taking another workshop in January 2017.   Take time to look at her work at:


Barbara Jaenicke, OPA, PSA, IAPS-MC

During a rainy two days at the Art Loft in Dahlonega, GA, I had a wonderful pastel workshop with Barbara Jaenicke in March of 2015.  Barbara shared invaluable experience in pastels and also in oils.   If you have the opportunity to connect with her in a workshop sometime, I would highly recommend it.  Her home base is now in Oregon.  For Barbara’s work see:  http://barbarajaenicke.com

Karin Isenburg, CSPWC, OSA

I was reading an article in Artist Magazine and ran across the beautiful watercolors of Karin Isenburg, a Canadian artist.  I emailed her with a question about underlaying with yellow to create more vibrancy and she responded immediately.  From that point on, she has taken her time to give me critiques and pointers, all of which have  been a great help to me.  I want to direct you to her website and hope you equally enjoy her work.  An example of her work is shown.   See www.karinisenburg.com

Mary Whyte

One of the most enjoyable weeks of my life was in 1995 or so at Seabrook Island, SC.  I set up my tent at a local campsite, took tennis lessons in the early morning and spent the rest of the day in a workshop with Mary Whyte focusing on portraits.


Mary is one of most well-known and respected artists in the country and her work and publications are amazing.

You can see more of her work at www.marywhyte.com

Betty Brown

Many years ago, perhaps in 1994 or so, I had the privilege of taking a short workshop with Betty Brown in Wilmington.  It was perhaps the first watercolor experience I had and it was very inspirational.  Since then, I have had watercolors on my mind and only sporadically  had the time to experiment due to responsibilities with a full-time architectural firm.   You can see Betty’s work at bettybrownartist.com

Bill Ternes

During a 10 year period my wife and I owned a small island in North Eleuthera .  During visits there we discovered an artist Bill Ternes, who frequented the area and offered workshops.  I had the privilege of taking a week of “plein air” painting on Harbour Island with Bill and was enamored with his quick and loose style of watercolors.  Unfortunately Bill passed away in early 2014. but his work can be seen at http://harbourislandgallery.com/artists/ternes.htm