Welcome to another virtual showing from the Octagon Gallery.  We hope to continue to provide programming virtually and offer gallery talks with the artists on zoom when possible to make for an interactive gallery experience. Thank you for your support of the Patterson Library Octagon Gallery- Nancy  Nixon Ensign, curator

Dr. Richard C. Scepura possesses strong credentials as a successful Nurse Executive. He is certified by American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Advanced Board-Certified Nurse Executive. He is also certified by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission as a Certified Dialysis Nurse. Richard has consulted and directed for Seattle Children’s Hospital, Steward Healthcare/St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, MA, and managed for UNC Healthcare in Chapel Hill, NC. He began his career at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (a Harvard teaching hospital) while living in the North End of Boston and Provincetown, MA in the 1990s. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a double major Baccalaureate of Science in Psychology and Nursing. After several years as a staff RN, Richard began an exciting travel nurse career. He practiced in 14 U.S. states over a decade, working mostly in world-class magnet healthcare facilities across the nation serving different populations.

While working for UNC Hospitals, he attended Pfeiffer University in Research Triangle Park, NC, and received his joint degree, the MBA/MHA, Magna Cum Laude concentrating on Leadership and Change Management. His doctorate is in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Clarion and Edinboro Universities of Pennsylvania, graduating Summa Cum Laude. His doctoral project is titled, “Intending to Stay – Retention, Burnout, Structural Empowerment and Dialysis Nursing: Integrating Kanter’s Theory and the Refined Nurse Worklife Model” and the abstract was selected for presentation at the American Nephrology Nursing Association National Symposium in May, 2021. He also published an article for the American Organization of Nurse Leaders in the Nurse Leader academic journal titled, “The Challenges with Pre-Employment Testing and the Potential for Hiring Bias.” He is a volunteer editorial board member for The American Journal of Management Science and Engineering as well as an editorial reviewer for MDPI: Nursing Reports Quarterly. Now, he brings to his colleagues, or any reader in need, in the most serious times of peril with Covid-19, the light-hearted thoughtful book that makes you “think,” The Healing Burnout Guide.

Nancy asked me today, “What made you want to do this?” My best answer to that question most likely relates back to all the days of traveling for work and the fast-paced nature of my life as a travel RN for years.  I packed, unpacked, crisscrossed the country 11 times back and forth with three dogs in tow over many years. It was so wonderful and I am blessed to have done so, however, as I reflect, it was exhausting. However, I wouldn’t exchange that for anything. I met so many wonderful people all across the country from Maine to Maui and everywhere in between!  After a while, a person can be very ready to be in one place again, if the travel bug leaves.  Home. Yes. Home. There’s no place like it!  Since coming home to North East, PA (16428) next door to Chautauqua County it was a perfect time period to work on the doctorate and write a book! Then, the pandemic hit, altering everyone’s life!  I integrated the pandemic into the book because it interrupted and delayed my dissertation which was a huge stress! I really felt burnout from that having to switch gears and do everything virtual.


The journey began sitting at the Patterson Library talking with author Charles Freedom Long.  Shortly thereafter, I began writing the book on December 9, 2019.  The book was just one of my writing projects while working on the doctorate.  The book was a small seed idea that morphed into a rather large project.   Most of the writing occurred at the Patterson Library from Dec. 2019 through Dec. 2020.   While working on the writing, I also collaborated with the curator, Nancy Nixon Ensign to select art and match it up with the prose.   There were several months of doing this, and we started rather early on from Feb. 2019 through June 2019.  After the draft manuscript was created I began fine-tuning the writing with Tiffany Smith one of the contributing editors.  We worked for approximately 4 months 3-4 evenings a week for 2-3 hours nightly.  The goal was to bring it to a global audience.  The work was a bit tedious as we had several versions we were tracking.  Because the book is non-fiction there were many citations to also manage, along with tracking artist work.   


The book is quite detailed and there is a lot of room for human error, so having several eyes on the various aspects of the book was quite helpful. There were minor errors found yesterday, June 22, 2021, I hope we caught them all!  At first, we worked on the manuscript so it was ready for turning in to professors so I could graduate!  Then, we moved into a different phase having the book peer-reviewed by Dr. Jane Blystone and Dr. Meg Larson.  They provided great feedback and I worked to incorporate that feedback.  After that round, I turned it over to Jessica Olma, another contributing editor who proofread and really helped with taking the overly clinical-sounding language out of the manuscript so we could fine-tune it further before bringing it to a general audience. That took several months as well.  Overall, the book from beginning to launching on Amazon, etc. was Dec 9, 2019- July 28, 2021.  597 days, 18+ months approximately.  The book had to be divided into quarters with 4 seasons for journaling purposes and to accommodate the color images. At the tail end, I reunited with our curator to begin our promotional phase. But really, Nancy has been an amazing sounding board through the process, and without her support it wouldn’t have been possible.  Together, we really made this vision come true and so grateful to her!


Nancy Nixon Ensign

The Healing Burnout Guide, Curator

“I moved back to my hometown after 22 years of living away in various eastern cities working as a professional artist in Rochester, NY, Cleveland, Ohio, New York City, Orlando, and Tampa, Florida. When I moved back to Westfield, the Patterson Library hired me in 2002 as the Adult Program Specialist and Curator of the Octagon Gallery. In 2007 I was one of the 7 founding members of the North Shore Arts Alliance where we created the Art Trail to bring visiting patrons to the art studios once a year for a personal experience and view to the creative minds. This arts alliance has over 45 art members and 80 non-artists who support our vision for arts in the rural community. And in 2016 I built my new art studio dedicating it to my mother as I continue to create new works of art.”

Summer 2020 working on The Healing Burnout Guide with Richard in my beautiful studio. Maintaining positive environments during the pandemic improved my work pace as we pushed ourselves working every day virtually in hope to  make this book a #1 Best Seller!

Over the years, Richard would reach out to me for dinner when he was on break or visiting WNY, and in 2019, he asked me to become the curator of his new book “The Healing Burnout Guide”. Since then we have met in the Patterson Library, on skype from our homes, on zoom, and on the phone to develop the artistic visibility and cohesion of the book. I reached out to my art friends of Chautauqua County and northern Pennsylvania to participate in this wonderful project and many responded with much excitement to have their creative visions within a published book. 

This book became a beacon of hope as we met on skype through the pandemic finding solace in our time bringing this book to fruition.  I was honored Richard had faith in me to become the cover artist for the books and to invite and curate great artists for Books 1-4 to help many people under duress get through an extremely difficult time in their lives.  We chose the art to meet the prose with 30 artists and over 200 art images. Richard would read the prose to me and we went deep into the art selections that were shared with us to find the perfect match. Both of us had to agree on the pairing and many times when the artwork matched the prose, we shouted with glee. Now, through the efforts of Richard, the artists, the editors, the peer reviewers, and the publisher, this dream has come true for us both.  I look back over this time and realize that although the project is now complete, we can now share the vision with those who need it most to reflect and guide them through difficult time. Thank you for this amazing gift and opportunity to share this with you all. – best, Nancy Nixon Ensign”

January 2   Workload, ​Nancy Nixon Ensign

Curator of the Patterson Library Octagon Gallery, VP and Exhibition Chair of NSAA

“When I am able to free myself in the process of thinking and making a painting, then I know I’m on the right track.  I take literal forms and deconstruct them in order to create a place for the viewer beyond them. Sometimes your own creation is just a blur of movement and color and other times it’s measured out. My biggest reward is the short personal moment in my studio or outdoors when I get a new piece finished that I can breathe a sigh of relief; it’s just me and the art for a very small moment. I have been in several group and solo shows in NYC, Orlando, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tampa. My works are in corporate and private collections in United States, Canada, France and United Kingdom. I continue to do what I love most every day in my life with my husband at my side.”


January 5   Administrative Burden  Bill Smith

“Ever since my first Kodak Instamatic, I’ve been hooked on photography – there are beautiful scenes and subjects everywhere! Our natural surroundings are a world beyond photographs and words. I’m motivated by intangibles such as a desire to understand our natural world; to sense the variables of time, light and form; to become involved in the presence of a place — its mystical forces. These spur my creativity. My intent is that of an explorer, to be always curious of our natural environment.”

January 17   Inadequate Staffing   Susan MacKay

 “I am a child of the sixties when beauty, love and peace were going to change the world. I create artwork because the beauty of the process is the best mind- altering state I have ever known. The need to touch, feel, respond and communicate human emotions within the landscape of the human form is enormous. The subject of human beings and their interactions is an endless source of fascination for me; hence, most of my work is figurative and evocative, focusing on the variety of everyday human gesture.”

January 8 Moral Distress, a Resource Center artist

The Resource Center has been providing services to persons with disabilities in the Chautauqua County area since 1958. From our humble beginnings as a gathering of parents and concerned citizens who wanted to provide educational and training opportunities for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The Resource Center has grown into a comprehensive agency providing services to thousands of persons with all types and levels of disabilities. It’s mission is to support individuals with disabilities and other challenges in achieving maximum independence, contributing to their community, experiencing lifelong growth, and enjoying quality of life.

January 9   Unmanageable Work Schedule  

Charles Freedom Long

“I worked in healthcare in a very rural part of West Africa in the 70’s. I saw a few epidemics, including one or two that had been “eliminated” and as a result anyone who diagnosed that would be considered a “reactionary” and “enemy of the people.” As you might well imagine, neither of those two things was a good thing to be. Denying reality for political reasons is not a good thing. People die needlessly. I was almost one of them.

We went into self-isolation back in February of 2020. It’s been over a year. Yes, it’s getting a bit tiring. But I know from experience, that moving too quickly to end our self-imposed restrictions would just negate the entire year’s efforts. So now, we’ve gotten out first vaccine injections, and are quietly sitting out the first two-week period to maximum immunity. We’ll relax a little bit–go to more than just one store. (double-masked of course, and at a time when we know there will be little foot traffic). And then the next vaccination and another two weeks.

Yes, it’s been a tough year for almost everyone. But we’re almost through the worst of it. So let’s hope we learn something from the experience. We live in the greatest social experiment ever attempted in the history of this planet. An experiment to see if the wildest mixture of people ever can come up with the best society ever. We’ve come a long way in a short time (250 years is not much in the history of the world).

Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to stop mistaking the reality we would like for the true reality.


Eduardo Andres Marquis

Eduardo Marquis was born in Caracas, Venezuela in the 1960s, to his parents of Venezuelan-
Lebanese origin and a large family. He has a financial profession, which he practiced for more
than 30 years in different national and international companies. In all stages of his life he has
enjoyed photography in nature, and from a very young age he developed interest in different
areas of plastic art. He currently lives in Barcelona, Spain always maintaining his love for nature
and freedom.

 January 10  Organizational Culture

Molly Strong

“As an abstract artist, I trust my instincts to guide me through my work. Elements of my process are experimental, as each new line and paint stroke inspires the next. By embracing my intuition, I allow my paintings to evolve without restriction. One of my favorite steps is creating my own color palette. The spontaneity of mixing varying tones provides a catalyst for the artwork, while lending the opportunity to give an identity and overall mood to the piece. As I continue to take risks and grow as an artist, I know I can always incorporate my innate sense of color, my appreciation for composition and most importantly my courage to create without bounds.”


Rachel Brown

“I am interested in exploring pattern and color. Often I use objects such as clothespins, vinyl records, tongue depressors, and furniture to create 3-dimensional pieces that are transformed from their everyday use. I was fortunate to live in many parts of the world when I was growing up and to have the benefit of exposure to different cultures and artistic traditions. The natural world remains an unending source of inspiration: the patterns on the back of a toad; the fossil remnants in rocks; the infinite variety of flowers; all are worthy of closer examination. Pattern is everywhere.



Jill Mattson

Jill’s creative spirit and her passion for deep spirituality define her artistic endeavors. Her award-winning books describe ancient mathematical color and design elements, which shine through her vivid and alluring works of art. She has an entire published book dedicated to the scientific, use of colors, lines, and shapes and their personal benefits. Mattson’s work graces the covers of numerous books and CDs; she is featured in hundreds of magazine articles and radio shows. With intriguing movement and composition, with bold but sublime colors, she creates magnetic pieces. Hypnotic images dance in and out of reality, making you a part of the painting. WWW.JillsWingsOfLight.com

January 12   Professional Autonomy

Kevin Dunne


Since the time of the Pharaohs young boys, and men have been collecting, playing with and painting toy soldiers of some kind. Clay soldiers were found in the tombs of Egyptian royalty. Frederick the Great used them to teach strategy and the Forbes Museum in New York City once housed over 12,000 toy soldiers of the Forbes family collection. One of my fondest memories of childhood was my trips to Polks Hobbies in New York City where my grandfather always had money to buy me a box or two of toy soldiers.  During the ensuing years, technological advances in sculpting and casting gave the artists much more detailed and accurate figures to work with. More and more firms started producing figures sculpted by increasingly gifted sculptors. Finely crafted hardwood bases made specifically for military miniatures appeared. The art form spread across the world and across the spectrum not only of military history but of fantasy and science fiction.The painting was done in oils, acrylics and enamels with the object of making the figure as realistic as possible. Painting these figures have provide me with over 40 years of enjoyment, countless friends around the world and timeless memories.

Jill Santi

I sold all occasion greeting cards door to door from a catalog when I young. I enjoyed the challenge of the sale, customer interaction and the instant result of my work and success. At 16, my father gave me a 35mm camera, instant passion! it was then I knew one day my vision of having my own business would become a reality. Many experiences later, and never giving up I welcome you to my Company… WestView Images … greeting cards in addition to several original designs to make a varied photography based product line.

If you don’t have time to take a walk – walk through my website www.westviewimages.net
VISIT Chautauqua … and take your memories home with you.

January 22 Positive Learning Environment

Hannah Patterson wanted Westfield to have a library of “great beauty and excellence.” Over a century later, her vision lives on.When you walk up the front steps, you can immediately see the details in the columns and the ceiling above the front door. Built in 1908, Patterson Library was designed by E.E. Jarolemon in the Academic Revival style, modeled after the Erechtheum in Athens.

As you continue into the building, you will see that the grand, tall columns and intricate detail are not limited to the outside. Eight magnificent Corinthian columns surround the original circulation desk. When look up, you will not only see the great detail of the columns, but the breathtaking central dome that illuminates the main room with natural light.

Adjacent to the main circulation desk are our Reading and Reference Rooms. In the Reading Room, you’ll find comfortable furniture, periodicals and newspapers and many of our adult programs, which include concerts, movie nights, author talks, speakers and more. The Reference Room hosts our AV materials and our public use computers. Both rooms also hold a bit of history, hosting sections of our special collections of paintings, statues, birds, shells and more. Our special collections are sprawled throughout the library. We have maintained a  a regional art gallery since 1972 installing 12 exhibitions annually.

Visit us in Westfield, NY or at pattersonlib.org

Susan Gutierrez

“I am an artist living in Jamestown, NY. Chautauqua County has been my home for 41 years. Through my art I try to capture the life and energy that surrounds us. I use mostly a palette knife to pay tribute to the beauty that encompasses this region. My paintings are a way to share an experience; a recollection; a moment. I hope that my paintings can be a conduit for viewers to recall a memory, stir an emotion, or transport them somewhere familiar.” susanjgutierrez@outlook.com 

January 24   My Workflow

Ann Parker

“With any photo captured by the camera, I believe the eye of the photographer should always be aware of that particular space in time when an unbelievable vision is waiting to be caught.
Fragmented moments, an infusion of light, patterns and textures taken from unusual sources, or a passing glance or sudden movement – all are opportunities for a photograph to be taken, made eternal and infinite by the click of a shutter and the image recorded in the lens. When you look at a piece by an artist, you are looking at countless hours of experimentation, possibilities, and the evolution of the final photograph. The viewer will get a glimpse of the moment when the photographer was satisfied with the outcome, euphoric with the finished product, and will receive a small piece of that artist’s life. Photos are meant to invoke the imagination of the viewer, and engage them through content and aesthetics. Some photos are ethereal and other-worldly; others are gritty and stark. If the viewer catches his breath, emits a sigh, or has that contemplative look on her face, the photographer has succeeded in truly capturing the essence of the subject.”


Maika Gonzalez

“I am a Venezuelan artist living and working in Paxos, Greece  representing Art Naïve. Her creative expression and technique, much influenced by Marc Chagall, reflect spirituality through her paintings of angels, Saints and Virgin women, always surrounded by colourfull natural elements as flowers, fruit, birds or fish. Maika’s favorite material is wood, on which she paints her poetic synthesis, paying homage to the connection between humanity and nature.”


February 2   Emotionally Exhausted

Marcia Merrins

Marcia Merrins sculpts a wonderful menagerie of wood fired and raku animal pieces, from hippos to elephants, that are fun and collectible. This Indian Rhino was accepted into the 2021 Spring Show at the Erie Art Museum. Marcia also creates signature pieces that are quirky themed, including bright and sassy “footed bowls”. She is drawn to whimsy and her work reflects what she finds in contemporary footwear and clothing. “Fairy houses are new in the studio and adorable.” 



February 6  Lifelong Learning

Lisa Schultz

Photography, for me, started out as being a way to escape the negativity that was going on in my life and in the world around me. It has become a spiritual journey for me in which each shot is seen and felt. This photograph is a view of Chautauqua Institution Bell Tower and Marina.


Toni Kelly

Artist Toni Kelly has always lived in North Western Pennsylvania along the shores of Lake Erie. As a child, Toni was inclined to draw and paint, but her love of drawing and painting nature subjects didn’t come until later in life. After moving into her current home and studio, Toni became an avid gardener and backyard birder, often sketching her flowers and yard birds in journals. This was the beginning of her interest in nature art.

Toni is well known, both regionally and internationally, in the field of Calligraphy and Book Arts having studied under prominent international instructors. In this field she has been published in Bound and Lettered, and contributed to ‘Nice Rendition’ a book of calligraphic works of art accompanying the lyrics of Cheryl Wheeler. As an art blogger Toni was awarded a feature in Artful Blogging magazine in 2009.

Toni began combining calligraphy with her painted images after studying under Randall Hasson while attending an international calligraphy conference. She joined the Audubon Society and started to photograph the birds of Presque Isle State Park as reference for her watercolor paintings and mixed media works of art. Toni now portrays nature related images on canvas painting with oils or acrylics. Birds are her main subjects and at times she places the birds in a still life setting along with books and pottery.


Ronnie Lafferty

 “I love to paint watercolors. As a self trained artist I create representational images of the things in my life that I am passionate about. I love the vivid colors and the way light filters through from the paper. The subjects chosen are inspired by the natural world around me. Creation boasts of variety. No two skies, flowers or people are the same. I hope you can soak up the beauty of nature when viewing. I also teach watercolor painting through Art Start, a ministry of the United Methodist Church Fredonia.

ronnielafferty60@gmail.com. “

Rebecca Samler

Rebecca is a Fine Art Photographer. She creates pictures of the world around her, trying to tell a unique story with each one. She displays her work in Erie area galleries. She has been commissioned to create pieces of her work for Erie Arts and Culture, as well as for several corporate and government offices and private collectors. She is honored with each request.The best part of being an artist, Rebecca feels, is the moment when someone reacts emotionally to her work. Whether it be a wistful smile or a quiet compliment or a sweet story of some memory sparked, it is all music to her ears. Rebecca is a proud member of the Photographic Arts Society of Northwest


Christine French

Christine is a multimedia artist. She creates glass windows, baskets, fiber art, painting, illustration, jewelry, sculpture, photography, mandalas, and encaustics. She is member of the Photographic Arts Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Lake Erie Fiber Group, the Erie Art Museum, Erie Photography Club, the NSAA, and the National Basketry Organization. She has been in many local exhibitions and won several awards. Her art work is for sale at Lakeview Wine Cellars, Lake Erie Discovery Center, Meadville Fine Arts, The House of the Potter, Artlore Studio, and Sensory Winery-7 Sins Brewery. 


Umberto Kamperveen

“My earliest memories are of tirelessly drawing figures from How-To art  books” Gesture drives Umberto’s search for an expression of the figure beyond the  classical. Movement and flow, loose and expressive with surface texture being an  integral part of the final work. Representation, for the beauty of it. Umberto is the recipient of a Trudy and Henry Gillette Sculpture  Scholarship, a Nessa Cohen Grant for Sculpture and a chashama Studio  Residency. His work was selected for W Magazine’s first ever Art Contest. Umberto lives and works in New York City.


February 26  My Full Potential

Barbara Del Monte

 “I started my artistic endeavors shortly after we moved to Chautauqua County in 1996. Its overwhelming beauty inspired me to try to capture it. I began with photography and after retiring in 2013 I found new avenues of expression through painting and drawing. I took advantage of some of the wonderful learning opportunities this area has to offer such as classes through the CEPA gallery, the Patterson library and the Lovers of Art group. I’ve exhibited and sold works throughout the Western New York area at various shows and locations such as the Lewiston Art Festival and the Adams gallery.”


Patti Larson

“Photography started as a creative outlet in 2012, but quickly became a passion for Patti. In this
wonderful digital age, Patti has fully embraced digital tools, such as Photoshop and Lightroom
and others, to combine the disciplines of photography, digital painting, and graphic design
while creating photographic art. Her goal was always to make an image more than just a
photograph. It seemed like a natural transition to move on to oil painting as another medium
in which to express her creativity.
Patti is a member or the Erie Photography Club and Presque Isle Artists Association and is
currently President of the Photographic Arts Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania (PASNWPA).”


February 27  Career Advancement

Linda Probst

 “Landscapes are constantly changing, whether it be due to the lighting or the season of the year, and I wanted my chance to preserve MY MEMORY OF BEING THERE.  Grab your camera and go – beauty and art are everywhere!”

Marla Julien

The featured artist of Issue 49 of Living the Photo Artistic Life magazine, Canadian AWAKE artist Marla Julien began her creative adventure with her camera but then moved on to Photoshop and the realm of digital artistry. I’m pleased to be able to interview her here on Quill and Camera!

My journey began with a new camera I got before a trip to Australia. There I took many, many pics … though when I got home and moved them to the computer I was rather disappointed in how they turned out.  

So I began the search for a class on how to better use my camera, and found one that I was happy with. During one of the weekly challenges I was introduced to trick photography and special effects … and, well, that’s was all it took. I was off and running. 

I went through many tutorials by Phlearn and by other talented teachers while also learning my way around Photoshop, which was a challenge in itself. That’s when I came across Photoshop Artistry.  At first I didn’t know if that was what I wanted to dive into, but a few weeks later I decided to take the plunge. I’m so glad I did.  Because it opened up a whole new world.  

Mostly I’m inspired by looking at all the marvelous pieces of art produced by the amazing artists of AWAKE and the KAIZEN Group.

I really have no knowledge about “art” outside of this community. In school I loved science and math. I’m familiar with the work of Ansel Adams because I adore black and white photography. But Monet and all those other famous painters, not so much.

It was only in AWAKE that I began to learn about things such as composition, color tone, color theory, and so on.  Now that I’m able to create art in Photoshop, and share in the camaraderie of the artists in our group, I find myself getting inspired by the smallest things — like a part in a movie, or a paragraph in a book, or just everyday things.  


February 28  Silence

Robert John Holland

Robert creates in many media, including, painting, photography, sculpture and video. He resides in rural Chautauqua County where he farms organically and restores natural habitats for wetlands and wildlife preservation. His love of water has been informed by a family water well drilling business and a hobby of aquaculture and creation of aquatic habitats. Even his painting and sculptural style adapts and meanders for purposes of the grounding…adapting stories …organizing symbiotic symbolic awareness … like a Spring brook in a forest.

Residing locally, as well as New York City, Florida, Texas and in the Southwest United States. His one person shows include exhibitions at The Burchfield Penny Art Center, Kenan Center, Chautauqua Institution’s Center for Visual Arts, The Gallery at Nichols  School and The Olean Library Gallery in 2009. His paintings and prints have been collected by individuals from Scotland, France and Iran. His book, The Puzzle Has Four Pieces, (Paradise Hill Publishing, 1995) is in the collection of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He was included in the 2007 Southern Tire Biennial and the 2003 Florida International. In 2004 he received a merit award for photography from The Main Street gallery in Groton, NY. He has received Awards of Recognition from The Albright Knox Art Gallery on three occasions and from The Book Arts Fair at The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC and The Slowinski Gallery in NYC. He was the recipient of The Brenda Stern Award at the 45th Chautauqua National Exhibition. In 2008 he was awarded Visual Artist of the Year by the Arts Council for Chautauqua County. 

 Spar Ki

The local photographer wants to remain anonymous and gender neutral as they mostly do their art for personal enjoyment during retirement. Photographer enjoys droning and filming Chautauqua and Erie counties. Photographer’s photographs have been featured by The Weather Channel.

March 1   Active Listening

Cecelia Ivy Price

“I  began to study painting at first at NCCC and, after moving to Fredonia in 2013, where I  deepened my studies in drawing and painting at SUNY Fredonia State with Cuban-American painter Alberto Rey. In particular I  devoted myself to gothic and figurative painting. After graduating with honors from the SUNY Fredonia, I began to work with adults with disabilities as well as the elderly to create artworks as an Art Facilitator. I  traveled to the UK to lecture about my work at the Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies Exhibit (2018). I also traveled to Los Angeles to show my work in the Dia de Muertos celebration at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. My Solo Exhibitions: “Enter the Void” Negative Space Gallery, 2019, “Dark Delights” Faux Pas Gallery, 2018, “Recherche’”, Octagon Gallery, 2018.


March 5   Continuous Improvement

Mara Rubin

 “Beautiful, pristine landscapes and seascapes have the power of making me emotional. But I cannot only look at them and store them in my memory. I need to photograph them, otherwise I feel as if I am leaving a treasure behind. I have to make that magnificent view somewhat mine. I need to carry it with me in a more concrete way than my memory of it. Sure, the photos are only shadows of the natural beauty, but still, I need these shadows, as I know that to me they will be a powerful reminder of the true beauty.”


March 17   Feeling Lucky

Jon Chisholm

“The shift from home owning to an apartment existence perpetuated a shift from ceramic sculpture (after 20+ years) and the return to mixed media constructions which were initiated during his licensing as an interior designer in New York (Jonathan Craig Interiors) (late 60’s/mid 70’s)

Later, what began as a design exercise in contour and pattern for his University 3-Dimensional Design classes, evolved into the major focus of his present body of work. They explore both cultural and societal images that have become signs, symbols, and styles of an age.

In essence, they are more than “what I do”, they define who I am, who I was, and who I have yet to become. Collectively, they serve as a 60-year visual documentation of one man’s journey through life.

” As Maya Angelou said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Nevertheless, as any artist can attest, finding a wellspring of inspiration often proves to be quite a challenge.   Dr. Chisholm has produced more than 800 works over 50 years and has shown in numerous national and international exhibits, as well as 34 solo exhibits. His ceramic works and mixed media constructions can be found in permanent collections of art centers, universities, and individuals.”


March 20  Data-Driven

Carrie Shank

“When I am creating my art I am transcended to a magical place; a world that gets to be whatever I want it to be for a short period of time.  The excitement and wonder that I get to experience in this Universe of imagination is what I want to share with you. “


March 23 Optical Outcomes

Judy Hodge  

MOVING. STILL. Color. Power. Awe – landscapes built on emotion. My work venerates the deep spiritual significance of nature which is in constant conflict with a technologically centered world. I categorize my work as modern impressionism, rich in color, movement and energy. I use composition to create tension between a static moment in time and the implied movement on the canvas tacitly pulling the viewer right to the edge of and into the painting. After 25+ years as a creative director for advertising agencies in Orlando, Scottsdale, Boston and Buffalo, I restarted painting again in 2014. In 2009, I worked with Academy Award winner Gerda Weissmann Klein, illustrating her  book, “One Raspberry.” I was accepted as an exhibiting member of the Buffalo Society of Artists in 2015 and won their Gold medal in 2017 and again in 2021. I  served on the BSA Board from 2017 – 2019. 

My works have been in several galleries, juried exhibitions and are in private corporate and personal collections in the US and Japan.



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“I am pleased to see this book set emerge as a tool for individuals who work with many patients, clients, students, and customers on any given day to deal with the stress of caring for others. These reflection journals are the outworking of his skill in caring for other nurses, healthcare professionals, and the public. It is a much-needed tool for anyone in our time. Each season of this self-reflection journal gives the reader the option of revealing thoughts and emotion in writing and/or introspection on ways to calm the mind and heart. The art he has selected also provides beautiful aesthetic experiences for the reader. Professionals who feel stationary in their careers will find this journal a perfect way to articulate goals for future advancement and develop self-confidence.”

– Dr. Jane Blystone, PhD

“This book is written by Dr. Richard Scepura who has authentic experience in burnout, including its consequences, solutions to improve higher functioning at work, and more importantly, a higher quality of life. His unique view of the problems we face and the solutions we have at our disposal make this book a must-read for this time. It is also a resource that, like many good reads, can be re-read and continues to offer new significance to the reader as their circumstances change. This makes it an excellent addition to any library and a good gift idea for students entering the workplace, schools, or new professions in our changing world.”

-Dr. Meg Larson, DNP


A collection of elements identifying factors contributing to burnout, followed by clear journaling prompts and affirmations, this book will help members of our helping professions to clarify their struggles, needs, and path toward their own health and well-being.

Dr. Matthew Conner, MD Durham, NC (Private Practice, Psychiatry)


Let’s together imagine a world where every person’s work reflects their truest values, celebrates their unique skills and talents, and contributes to the betterment of society. Generously sharing his lived experience wisdom and thought-provoking inquiries, Richard Scepura gets us 10,000 steps closer to this vision.

Dr. Deborah Cohan, MD, MPH, San Francisco, CA

Professor UCSF, Medical Director, HIVE, Director, Foundation for Embodied Medicine


Learn to self-reflect and heal. Political divides, disinformation, unemployment, pandemic- induced isolation with prolonged family separation, forced tele-working, social injustices, and other factors lead to burnout.  Dr. Richard Scepura includes many of these issues in this captivating book series.

Dr. P. Davis, Psy.D.  San Francisco, CA

Clinical & Forensic Psychologist


Sometimes those that are there for others need others to be there for them. Burnout is a widespread syndrome that needs to be addressed and Dr. Richard Scepura’s insight, experience, and wisdom will guide you through recognizing, addressing, and taking actionable steps toward recovering from this compounding epidemic.

Josephine Poulin, MSN, APRN, FNP-C Belgrade, ME

Primary Care Provider, Health Reach FQHC Belgrade Regional Health Center


Burnout is pervasive, and insidious if left unattended. Human nature after all, has us push through again, and again, paralyzing interaction and our success. Dr. Richard Scepura sheds not only light, but the solutions to undo all on the path to recovery and reclaiming the life of your dreams.

-Dr. Patricia Boulogne DC, CCSP, MaOM, AP, CFLP, CFMP Boston, MA

Coach, Speaker, Author, Functional & LifesStyle Medicine Expert & Strategist, Ask Dr. Pat~ Health Team Network