Finger Lakes Artist Bios
As The Finger Lakes Store we are privileged to help support our
member artists as well as the countless other artists who
participate in exhibitions, art festivals, education programs and
other activities in the Finger Lakes Region.
These professional artists work in all media and rely on the
purchase of their artwork to sustain their businesses. You could not
meet a more talented or passionate group of artists than those who
select the Finger Lakes and surrounding region as the site for their
studios and the location for their involvement in the community.
Artist Profile - Doug McFarland -
An Appalachian Mountains boy; born in the central Pennsylvania
railroad town of Altoona during the 1950's as the only son of a
WWII fly boy and a devoted wife. Doug grew up in a loving, caring
When he was eight, we moved into a one bedroom house at the
edge of a wonderful forest in Johnstown Pa. Not having a room of
my own, I made the forest cliffs, gullies and creeks my permanent
playroom. By age eleven Doug was forest hiking with his used Kodak
Brownie, and sometimes with his dad's Argus 35mm camera, although
not with his permission. I was also an avid sketcher, so with some
formal art lessons in my early teens, I was able to sell a few oil
paintings and drawings. Naturally most of my work was about the
forest that had befriended me.
In my early twenties, as a U.S. Army specialist serving in
Europe, I continued to hike and explore, especially in the
Bavarian mountains. Also, because of the photo lab on base, I was
able to process my own B&W film, which led to a lifelong passion
of monochrome prints.
The next 15 years would lead Doug through 35mm, to medium
format 120, into 4x5 and 5x7 sheet film cameras. He had also grown
to master traditional darkroom techniques, and created B&W prints
of wonderful natural areas in New York. Doug has sold many prints
from these early portfolios.
So combining his love of the forest, and love of photography,
Doug shoots in the hopes that others can experience the beauty of
the forest as he does.
Artist Profile - George Perzel -
Laser-Engraved and Cut Maps and Artwork
George is a retired international sales and operations
executive with broad travel experience. George’s formal education
includes a BS and MS in Engineering from Penn State, and graduate
of Girard College in Philadelphia--class of 1958. He is married
with three grown daughters and four grandchildren, and has lived
in Victor for the past 26 years. His primary art effort is related
to the production of laser engraved/cut maps of the Finger Lakes
and many Adirondack lakes, using a 60-watt CO2 laser to engrave
the map details and cut the depth contours of the lakes out of
select wood veneers or colored mat board. The entire process is
graphics-driven from an ordinary computer, and the laser acts as a
"printer" --employing a .005" beam of light to enable replication
of extreme details with a very high level of accuracy and
duplication. In addition, I utilize the laser to produce layered
works of art in both wood and matboard and inlaid wood objects.
Artist Profile - Cat Moffatt -
My name is Cat, and I am owner and sole artisan of Chatty
Cat's. My son and I have lived from one end of the U.S. to the
other in his short 15 years! We finally settled in Upstate NY, our
home state. I have been creating jewelry for many years, starting
out as a silversmith in the days "B.S." .....that's "before son".
I have switched gears and am no longer silversmithing, but I do
enjoy using the many mediums that filter into my work. I am
excited to bring you different, and sometimes one of a kind
creations, as I feel it's important that the art you wear went
home with you because it screamed your name. You know the one I
mean..it jumps out and grabs you.
When starting the creation process, I will have an idea in my
head of how I want a piece to look. Really, though, it is through
this journey from beginning to end that the piece takes on a life
of its own. Sometimes I'm even surprised at how a piece turns out!
I name all of my pieces because to me, they are alive with their
own sense of being and individuality.
For many years, I struggled with finding "the right piece" that
screamed my name. For those of you who appreciate a piece that is
so different that you just feel better when wearing it, this is
the place for you. I strive to create unusual, and sometimes
eclectic pieces, and am drawn to the organic feel of earthy
elements. By never duplicating a signature piece, each of you has
the opportunity to wear something truly unique.
Rest assured, you are getting a quality piece with its own
personality and uniqueness. Who knows, maybe it will be you that
one of my creations will be screaming at!
Artist Profile – Heather Lucas -
Welcome to The Finger Lakes Store. My love affair with beads
goes back a few years when I played around a little bit making
earrings and did some minor work; but life got busy and it wasn't
until the last couple of years, when I was making a beautiful
necklace and earrings for friends, that the real addiction was
born. Since that fateful time, you would most likely see me with a
bead project in a tray on my lap if you were to catch me sitting,
and most recently, you will find me creating my new designs if you
were to come for a visit. You see, I find working with gemstone
beads in any shape or form, most interesting. I hope that as you
browse the galleries of The Finger Lakes Store and some of my work
will bring a smile to your face. If any of my work strikes you as
something you feel you can't live without, feel free to contact me
thru The Finger Lakes Store
Artist Profile – Diane Richards –
Clothing & Accessories
Textile is a media that interests me in all forms. Throughout
years of exploring and experimenting with many different
techniques such as weaving, spinning and leather work, I realized
that quite often the end product of my projects was some useful
bag of some sort. While working in an upholstery shop, I was
exposed to the exciting huge world of imported woven tapestries.
Today after 20 years of sewing handbags, I continue to be inspired
and excited, by new ideas and fabrics, toward making a product
that is useful, durable and attractive all at the same time.
Artist Profile – Jamie Notarthomas -
Musician Jamie Notarthomas has been an integral part of the
independent underground music scene since the late 1980's,
performing an average of 200 shows a year at all varieties of
venues primarily throughout the eastern US. Over the years, his
thought-provoking song writing and electrifying performances have
established him as one of the most well-known acts in the region.