The Painted Screen Society of Baltimore



Today's Screen Painters


Yesterday's painters were all either direct or indirect disciples of William Oktavec. Current artists learned from Oktavec's students or imitators. Later generations have been self taught or benefited from Painted Screen Society workshops, school classes or the How to Paint a Baltimore Screen DVD. As times change so do the materials they use and the subjects they and their customers choose.

Tom Lipka

Master Painter
Tom began painting window screens in 1945 at age ten. He watched an itinerant screen painter, later identified as a Canton neighbor, Alonzo Parks. The similarity between the two masters' work is evident in every aspect of their signature Red Bungalow. After a career with Baltimore City, Tom rekindled his painting career in the 1980s and has been one of the most active teachers of screen art.

Master Painter 
After quitting her City job due to a hearing loss, Dee asked elder artist Ben Richardson for a lesson. A quick study and  natural artist, she worked from her Highlandtown home, offering her work through hardware stores and ads in the East Baltimore Guide. Today, she works from her own little waterside bungalow in Essex, MD. 

Master Painter 
Like much of his family, John Oktavec is a natural artist. He follows in the creative footsteps of his grandfather, William who brought screen painting to Baltimore, and his father Richard who inherited the family mantle. Their styles are interchangeable. John fills commissions from his studio in Anne Arundel County. He works for a commercial sign painting firm  and enjoys taking screen art into futuristic realms.

Anna LipkaWestminster, MD

Anna Pasqualucci, Linthicum, MD

Brenda Foehrkolb, Chestertown, MD 

Catherine "Pat" Michalski, Glen Burnie, MD 

Jennifer Crouse, Baltimore, MD

Jenny Campbell, New Orleans, LA  

John Iampieri, Bishopville, MD 

Monica Broere, Highlandtown, MD

Rosalee Velenovsky, Highlandtown, MD

Troy Richardson, Baltimore, MD