Palette Bistro Featured Artists

Tim Knutsen

I am a Photographer and Landscape Architect living and working in the Little Traverse Bay area. My design background leads me to seek and document design principles and elements in the natural and built landscape. I enjoy traveling Northern Michigan’s natural public spaces by land and water, and seek to share these places through unique perspectives.


As an admirer of automotive design, I focus on illustrating the most iconic modern automobile designs by their most evocative details.


Lamar Landers

Lamar Landers is a contemporary artist and native of Detroit, Michigan.He experiments with using different materials including copper, sheet metal, sand, plexiglass, metal rings, and resin. His future goals include opening a loft gallery in downtown Detroit in hopesto share his talents with others, but most importantly, become a part of the art movement blossoming in his hometown. Lamar quotes “More than art, it is emotion…. an undeniable feeling that fills you up.”

David Lesh

David Lesh

Since graduating from SMU in 1975 with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many of the top marketing, advertising, and design companies in the country. Thanks to the confidence of the designers, art directors, and creative directors with whom I’ve collaborated I’ve had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of clients including Apple, Texas Instruments, IBM, Deutsch Bank, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, American Express, The New York Times, Swatch, BASF, and many others. I am grateful that my conceptual style of problem solving has earned me inclusion in a number of juried shows and exhibitions such as Communication Arts, PRINT, American Illustration, the New York Art Directors Annual, and the Society of Illustrators in New York where my work has been awarded two Silver Medals. Thank you for spending a little time visiting my portfolio and I look forward to working with you in the future.

Alan Maciag

Michigan artist, Alan Maciag, graduated from Central Michigan University with a Masters Degree in Art Education. He has retired after teaching art for the last thirty-two years in the Frankenmuth School District. Alan is an avid drawer whose sketches have served as valuable subject matter to so many of his oil paintings. His inspired works are numerous and are in private collections in California, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Germany and France. Alan’s avid interest in architecture and gardening are reoccurring themes in his current body of work. His rural landscapes are a balance between form, distance, color, and content. This balance creates a sense of calm and bucolic reverence for the rural heritage of Michigan, for the wonderland of her vacation lakes or for the sanctuary within a garden or public space. Alan also has an ability to capture the energy of city life. He literally draws out the quintessential elements that are the breath of life in his subjects and definition of statements. Ever evolving, Alan’s work is growing as the artist grows influenced by the beauty surrounding him as seen through his eyes.

Loretta Miles

Making fine art has been a passion my entire life. With strong encouragement to gain practical business knowledge, I followed a business course of study at Wayne Univ. However, from that point on, all studies involved design, art and architecture.  My working career has been in design and space planning. Creating pleasant appearing spaces was not the only goal; it was to be able to understand the engineering that allowed stability and to be assured of true functionality. What a joy it has been to "see and feel" the future space while still on the drawing board and only a concept, all this before the wonderful world of computers.  During the years of working in the design business, I developed an avid interest in the fine art installed in those spaces, whatever its form. My interest and passion pushed me to continually study, attend workshops and classes in various mediums of art creation—always realizing I had/have so much more to learn.  When finally reaching retirement, I decided my next career would be full-time creation of art. What joy it is to focus on expending my energies and passion toward higher levels of creativity!


Elizabeth Iamba Mullens

Elizabeth Iamba Mullens received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2004. Still residing in Grand Rapids, she continues to paint impressionistic landscapes that reflect the beauty of northern Michigan where she grew up.

Bruce Murray

bruce_murrayLiving in Sault Sainte Marie Michigan, immersed in the woods around me, I found myself fulfilling a long felt desire to make unique images of the tree.  The new found media of digital camera and large format printer has unleashed a wave of “Full Tree Portraits” and panoramic woodlands scenes that perfectly express my vision of displaying the tree in it’s existence, from seed to death, in every season.

Peg Muzzall


Photographer Peg Muzzall attended Brooks Institute of Photography, and now lives in Petoskey, as well as Cross Village, Michigan.Her work has been shown at Three Pines Studio in Cross Village, Primitive Images in Good Hart, Stafford’s Gallery, Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, Dennos Museum in Traverse City, as well as the Governor's Residence in Lansing, Michigan. Most of her work is inspired by the natural beauty of northern Michigan.


Robert Norman

Robert Norman

Charlevoix native Robert R. Norman has been a cutting-edge artist and craftsman for over 20 years. Using a variety of natural elements, his diverse artistic visions fefrlect his passion for appreciating and preserving the natural world. Vividly imagined fish and other wildlife give his art a distinctive style, capturing the viewer with a bit of humor, bright colors and bold lines.

Andrew Otis

andrew_otisCharlevoix resident, Andrew Otis works along side his parents at Otis Pottery in East Jordan.  David, June and Andrew Otis work in stoneware clay and porcelain to create both production and one of a kind objects designed for use in the kitchen and as decorative accents for the home.  Much of their work is woodfired in a down-draft kiln and the surfaces show the natural ash deposits along with shino and celadon glazes.

Stephen Palmer


Lisa Poszywak

Lisa Poszywak is a Detroit-based artist working primarily in painting. Her work concentrates on social situations and human interaction, explored by representing the interactions themselves as well as what gets left behind. She graduated with honors from the College for Creative Studies in 2009, and has shown her work both locally and nationally, including a solo exhibition at University Ligget in 2012. In addition to being a painter, she manages the gallery at Corktown Studios in Detroit, and is a musician, performing with the indie rock duo, Rogue Satellites.

Tom Renkes

Tom Renkes has been writing and drawing all of his life.  He is a resident of Petoskey and works from his home studio.  In touring most every national park and wilderness area in the United States and Canada, his poetry and short gesture charcoal reflect a connectedness to the rhythms of Nature most look beyond.  Most recently he has finished his first novel with the sequel in the works.  He writes poetry and works his charcoals on a commission basis.

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