This Year's Artists

Sherrie Russell Meline

Sherrie has been painting waterfowl since 1982 and has participated in the PFDA festival since 1983. Although she has had her waterfowl images selected for about 35 state duck stamps, the highlight for her was the Ross’ Goose which was selected by a Board of Judges for the 2006-07 Federal Duck Stamp.

Karen Ladd (Crystal Awards and Gifts for All Occasions)



  • Karen Ladd is a self-taught artist, with over 27 years of experience in her field. She is an artist
    who creates realistic floral and wildlife glass art. The vintage pieces of Rene` Lalique were her
    first inspiration into the world of crystal. Over the years, she has corroborated with other master
    glass artists throughout the country. She has really been one of the pioneers of realistic crystal
    The heart of the process is Flame working, a technique of melting and manipulating glass rods
    into a given shape through a bench mounted torch with a flame of over 8000 degrees. Each
    design begins with a sketch to adjust balance and form but it is in the glass studio where the true
    magic begins. The interplay of light within and through satin and clear glass is her main focus.
    The Satin affect is created by sandblasting at various depths to create contrast and dimension.
    The finished sculpture is then placed in an annealing kiln at 1050 degrees and slowly reduced to
    room temperature to assure durability and clarity.
    In 2011 Karen was accepted to show her work at the prestigious wildlife art exhibition at the
    “National Museum of Wildlife Art” in Jackson WY. A partial client list would include:
    Paramount Pictures, Mobile Oil, GMC, Toyota, Caesar’s Palace, Opryland Hotel, Lilly Corp.,
    Barbara Bush, Crystal Gayle, Dick Clark, Louise Mandrill the Rockefeller family and heads of
    State in China, Malaysia and OPEC. But just as important to Karen are the Hallards of
    Williamson SC who were married in 2000. Each September they order a custom piece to add to
    their personal collection of her work in remembrance of their anniversary.
    Karen lives with her husband, two cats and a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, in the beautiful
    mountains of Northern California in the small town of Mt. Shasta. They have one daughter who
    is a successful Web Designer and two beautiful granddaughters. Karen and Greg’s home over
    looks a creek on their property where on opening day of the fishing season her husband Greg,
    who is an avid fly fisherman, walks down to the creek and catches a trout and is back on their
    deck before his coffee is cold.

Steele Roberts-Ross

“I look at my paintings as windows of the world, which transports you somewhere else you would rather be and allows you to connect with the wildlife you love.” Steele resides in Yreka, California in an area that provides unlimited access to observing and painting wildlife. He enjoys participating in the annual Audubon bird count in Shasta Valley every year as well as an occasional hunting trip. His paintings can be found in galleries and private collections across the United States. Follow him on Facebook.