Kevin H. Adams
Kevin's American landscapes have been displayed around the world. The Department of State, through its Arts in Embassies Program, regularly hangs Kevin’s work in U.S. embassies. The Department of the Interior has twice commissioned collections of Kevin’s work, for the 75th Anniversary of the Grand Canyon National Park and the 85th Anniversary of Glacier National Park. Exhibitions were held both at the parks and at the Department of the Interior
Museum in D.C. For its 75th Anniversary, Shenandoah National Park commissioned a limited edition giclée print of Kevin’s iconic “Old Rag and the Piedmont,” and he was named Artist in Residence at the Park in 2017. At the invitation of the Soviet government in 1989, Kevin accompanied a traveling exhibition of
his work across the Soviet Union. As an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, he was awarded the title Combat Artist. Kevin is an elected member of the Salmagundi Club, one of the oldest arts organizations in America, and his paintings are exhibited in the Club’s Fifth Avenue galleries in New York City. He is also a member of the Provincetown Art Association & Museum and his work was featured in two shows there in 2019. The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art also selected Kevin’s work for two of its exhibitions in 2019. Kevin grew up in Oxford, Maryland, and now keeps his studio in Little Washington, Virginia.
Anthony Barham was born in London, England and grew up in the antique business on Portobello Road. He learned how to restore old master paintings, thus learning the craft of painting. He settled in Middleburg, Virginia and married artist Misia Broadhead. Together they created The Broadhead-Barham Studio.
Since 1995, Anthony has been exhibiting in Virginia, as well as, taking commissions in the Washington D.C and local area. His works are on permanent display at the The Antique Emporium in Middleburg, Virginia. You may also find his works at the Inn at Little Washington.
Brittany Beiersdorf Ross
What lies beyond the boundary of sight has long been the passion expressed and conjured by this visionary artist. The inner language of the sacred comes as an invocation, a path paralleled by personal myth. Evoking timeless archetypes, Brittany Beiersdorf’s creative process is a living credo which reminds us of the innate beauty within the universe, nature, and divine mystery. From her early works making films on 16 millimeter, Beiersdorf’s Bolex camera was her muse; the very treasure of the unfolding, a moving nautilus opened to light only to return to darkness. While attending the avant-garde School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, her romance with the moving image shifted to the still image. A love of Polaroids and the magic of instant photography inspired a new way of seeing herself and the medium of image capturing. Beiersdorf subsequently discovered the ephemeral technique of using Type 55 Polaroid negatives with a 4x5 pinhole camera during her studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. The in-the-moment process of developing negatives on the spot, surrounded by the elements, was integral to the spirit-infused images Beiersdorf was creating. After her exhibition in New York City, “Vision of the Initiate,” it was apparent the prophecy within the photographs had been activated in her very reality. As an adolescent in the remote area of Virginia, Beiersdorf’s creative impulse originally began with literature and poetry. Transcendentalists like Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson who echoed the holy within the natural landscape ignited her courtship with nature and the mystical. During the past several years, using elaborate journals and art books, Beiersdorf intuitively began evolving that initial inspiration by making mixed-media paintings. Vibrant in color, embodied by shamanic presence, and iridescent as an abalone shell, they evoke the lost imagery and forgotten messages of the celestial world. Brittany has an nine-year-old son named Cheveyo. Together they reside in a forestproperty in Northern Virginia called the Perch.
Misia Broadhead was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Italy, in Rome and Tuscany. Italy was a great source of inspiration for her creativity as she was surrounded by its marvels of art and architecture. She attended The Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting in London and upon her return to Rome hosted her first solo exhibit in 1980. She proceeded to work on commissions in Rome and Tuscany and subsequently hosted exhibits of her paintings in Washington, D.C. She later partnered with Susan Byrne and opened a gallery in Middleburg, Virginia, now known as The Byrne Gallery. When she married the English painter Anthony Barham in Middleburg, they created The Broadhead-Barham Studio open to visitors for commissioned work and sale of paintings. Misia and Anthony have their smaller paintings on permanent display at The Antique Emporium in Middleburg as well as The Inn at Little Washington.
Lauren Bruce Wodicka
Lush impressions of the local countryside, vineyards, farms, flowers, wildlife, Washington DC, and waterfronts fill the walls of her studio. Art and home are very much linked for Lauren and for many of her clients. Whether it’s through her paintings or design work, Lauren connects with people, using a unique blend of color and composition that conveys the subtle beauty that is all around us. Virginia-born and European-trained, Lauren has a luxurious yet relaxed use of brushstrokes with an appealing color palette to highlight Virginia’s rural and historical appeal as well as other scenes from her travels. "I paint on my sun-filled porch overlooking the garden. I’m grateful to live in this community and I get out and explore at every opportunity to seek out new inspiration to paint." Lauren enjoys working with new art enthusiasts making their first purchase, as well as with experienced art collectors and the long-time clientele who continue to support her work. For more info, please check out her website.
Michael Budzisz’s work is influenced by classical antiquity and paintings from the Baroque period. His compositions combine allegory and natural forms that reflect his love of the arts.
He is an accomplished portrait and equestrian artist. His two main passions for mediums are charcoal and oil paint. He also likes to explore the medium of digital art as a professional illustrator. You may recognize his beer label illustrations at Front Royal Brewing Company.
Originally from Fredericksburg, VA, Michael earned a B.F.A. in 2000 from Virginia
Commonwealth University’s Painting and Printmaking program, with an emphasis in
traditional oil painting. Michael is co-owner of Art in the Valley along with his wife, Tiffany.
They live in Front Royal, VA with their two daughters, two dogs, a cat, and two goldfish.
Tiffany developed her passion for the arts in early childhood, beginning with painting ceramics at age two in her mother's ceramic studio. She learned about the art of paper sculpture during her studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, and fell in love with the medium of paper. Flora and fauna (real or imagined), nature, and symbolism are subjects I find fascinating and often explore in my work. The beauty of the natural world is often found in the details. Tiffany’s goal is to inspire the viewer to slow down and appreciate the intricacies found in life (and art), that are often overlooked in our busy, everyday lives. Tiffany creates her paper sculptures by cutting intricate shapes from archival paper with an X-Acto knife. She curves the individual cut shapes with a dowel, then glue the pieces together between layers of foam core to create dimensional works of art. “While this may seem tedious to some, the process of cutting, shaping, and creating are moments of pure happiness for me.” Tiffany Budzisz Tiffany is co-owner of Art in the Valley along with her husband Michael. They live in Front Royal, VA with their two daughters, two dogs, a cat, and two goldfish.
Armand Cabrera makes his home in Warrenton, Virginia. An award-winning, self-taught artist, Armand is also a full time painter represented by fine art galleries across the United States. Armand has spent over two decades as a successful illustrator and a production artist in the computer games and entertainment industry, creating conceptual designs and background art. His clients include LucasFilm Games, Disney, Electronic Arts, Virgin Entertainment, Zynga, Nickelodeon, Microsoft, Paramount Pictures and Glowing Sky Records. Armand has had numerous One-Man Exhibitions and his work is found in notable corporate and private collections around the world. He has been juried into the prestigious Laguna Plein Air Competition, Plein Air Easton, National Arts for the Parks, Sonoma Plein Air, California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibitions, Napa Valley Museum, The Haggin Museum, International Museum of Contemporary Masters “Salon International”,Allentown Museum of Art, Art in Embassies Program, Zion National Park Centennial Art Exhibition and many other National andInternational exhibitions. Armand has been honored with top awards at many of these shows. In addition, Armand has been selected as a Juror at respected Plein Air and Studio Exhibitions across the United States. Armand writes weekly informative articles about his painting process, the business of art and historical artists on his very popular blog [ArtAndInfluence.com]. Armand occasionally teaches studio and plein air painting in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. Armand is often published in regional and internationally known art publications. International Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, Art of the West, Art Business News, The Piedmont Virginian, Elan Magazine, Plein Air, and Southwest Art Magazines have recognized Armand as one of the premier, contemporary painters in the country.
Debbie Cadenas lives in Middleburg, Virginia with her husband and is a proud mom of three grown children. Although she studied art in college, she waited to earnestly pursue her passion for painting until moving to Middleburg in 2004. The scenic Virginia countryside, as well as sheep and horses in her pasture, provide inspiration for her artwork. Several solo exhibits throughout the area keep her busy, and many businesses display her work including Salamander Equestrian Center, Artists in Middleburg Gallery, Journeyman Saddlers, The Side Saddle Café, The Museum of Hounds and Hunting, and The Byrne Gallery. Middleburg Common Grounds exhibits her work every December for Christmas shoppers to enjoy. Debbie loves pet portraiture, but she painted a portrait of Pope Francis, which is on display at the “Exhibición de Arte Religioso” in Santiago, Cuba. An Oil portrait of St. Francis de Sales presides in the St. Francis De Sales Purcellville Library, and a portrait of St. Agnes hangs in the rectory. A mural of St. Katherine Drexel is used behind the altar at the Mission in Bull Run, Virginia. Debbie painted Our Lady of the Rosary which hangs in St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church in Middleburg. Debbie is a member of the Middleburg Arts Council and gives credit to God for her gifts and talent and loves to share her work with local schools, churches, and charities.
Teresa Duke is an accomplished painter of still life, landscape, portrait, and sporting art. While pursuing her MFA at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Duke studied with renowned painter, William Woodward. She received the prestigious Robert N. Alfandre award for drawing. She has worked with noted landscape painter, Wolf Kahn and master portraitist, Daniel Greene. The artist has several magazine covers to her credit, including the 75th anniversary edition of Keeneland Magazine and the Chronicle of the Horse. The artist was featured in the first issue of The Scout Guide’s Hunt County, VA in the summer of 2012. She has appeared in numerous issues of the Chronicle of the Horse, Middleburg Life, and participates regularly in juried exhibits of The American Academy of Equine Art and The Museum of Hounds and Hunting North America. Art of the Piedmont, an annual Middleburg event, has featured Duke’s work for the last several years.Duke is a regular contributor to the Piedmont Regional Art Show, as well as Art at the Mill. In 2017, GWU presented Duke’s Still Lifes on the Steinway and Other Mementos, a one person show at their Ashburn Campus. Duke’s work is in many public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.
With fearless passion, award winning contemporary expressionist, Leanne Fink, creates unforgettable, indelible images in oils. On one level, her work delights viewers with a bright and bold palette. And yet, in that same moment, it reaches through to the heart of the art lover and demands introspection. "The way I see it, our world is a gift. I am motivated by beauty and enjoy recording and interpreting my surroundings through oil painting. For me, vibrant color and textural form are integral parts of that experience. A visually dynamic work of art has the power to awaken the senses and move the spirit. Art inspires... it is for everyone. This idea compels me to paint and exhibit my work so that others may enjoy a glimpse into my world of color." Leanne enjoys painting a variety of subjects, studying without blinders or preconceptions. She is inspired by scenes that reach across the globe and back home to Virginia. Her subject matter is what speaks to her heart. An energetic force in the Loudoun arts community, Leanne's work can be seen at juried regional art shows, including the annual Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour. She teaches private lessons in her home studio, located in Loudoun County, Virginia. Memberships and affiliations include The Loudoun Sketch Club (President 2018-2019), Oil Painters of America, Loudoun Arts Council, Friends of Leesburg Public Arts, and The Purcellville Art Gallery.
Gail Guirreri-Maslyk is a sporting and fine artist with more than 30 years to her credit. She now lives in Millwood, VA, where she has her studio and breeds Holsteiner sport horses alongside her partner, Dr. William B. Ley. Gail also works as a computer programmer specializing in large data and content management served on the web. Gail began her art education in college where her primary medium was in watercolor, but now paints exclusively in oil, preferring large canvas stretched on board. Her major exhibit of over 35 works hangs at Long Branch Historical House and Farm from Nov 6, 2019 - Feb 28, 2020. Two of her paintings hang in the permanent collection at The Salamander Resort and Spa: ‘OCH Spring Races Outrider’ and ‘OCH Thanksgiving Day’. The large canvas ‘Meath Sidesaddle, hung in The National Sporting Library and Museum 'Sidesaddle in Art' show (2018-2019). Gail is also the solo artist for Ashby Inn in Paris, VA. She has had her works in ‘The Chronicle of the Horse Cover Art’ show at The National Sporting Library and Museum (2016-2017), the MFHA Centennial Art Tour, Kentucky Derby, Golden Ocala Country Club, and the Virginia State Senate, as well as many local art shows and auctions. Gail’s art has been featured on numerous magazine covers including Covertside (Summer 2017), Friesian Grand Nationals, Chronicle of the Horse, Art Horse Magazine, Ex Arte Equinus, Appaloosa Horse Journal, among others. Donations of her art have benefited various organizations including animal rescue, wildlife rehabilitation, hospice, youth education and development, and land preservation. Currently, Gail is developing a commercial line of designer fabrics inspired from her line drawing paintings in oil to be used in fashion and home decor designs.
Jillian Holland’s portfolio has a range of notation from the beginning sketch, to paint, model, mold, weld, cast, and patina metal sculpture. Her ability to define detail at a microscopic level in monumental sized works has landed, Jillian, name recognition within the arts community. She works with the City of Richmond, the City of Virginia Beach, and for multiple museums on their public bronze collections. Her artwork explores the movement in a composition of a song, the growth of a petal, or simply the longing in an expression. Noticeably, she brings a softness to metal sculpture. Jillian’s newest sculpture line, ‘Embracing Virginia,’ is a series of “Love Notes.” Each steel piece holding a wish, secret, or key to someone’s heart. From contemporary works to realism her creative ability has a wide range. Her personal studio resides in Round Hill, VA. Jillian received her Bachelors of Fine Art in sculpture, from the Katherine J. Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University. She is a patron and an influential advocate of local arts and arts education. Utilizing school platforms and local community centers for artist talks, children’s creative books, and technique seminars. She also organized LKA’s Belmont Craft Fair for college scholarships, which now grants five different scholarships for future education.
Bonnie Hoover is a self-taught artist from Hume, Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Geospatial Analysis and works for a small architecture firm in Old Town, Alexandria. Bonnie uses the natural world as inspiration for her work; an avid hiker and Master Naturalist, she spends much of her free time in the woods observing or collecting items to sketch or paint. Her love of maps is the basis for many of her line drawings; the path of each line is influenced by the shape of a natural feature such as a mountain, river, or forest. Her primary medium is pen and ink, but Bonnie is also a photographer. Her work can be found in magazines such as Mother Earth News, Countryside, and Backyard Poultry, as well as two books written by local author, Harvey Ussery.
Laura Hopkins paints expressive, atmospheric landscapes in oil. Her work captures the enduring beauty of hill, field, stream, marsh, and the reflection of expansive skies in water. The golden moments of twilight, dawn, autumn, and winter serve as favorite motifs. Laura finds inspiration in the moody landscapes of the 19th century American Tonalists, whose subtle color harmonies and pastoral subjects evoke her childhood roaming the fields and woods of southeastern Connecticut. She now resides in rural northern Virginia, a land of rolling hills, open country, and ancient stone walls that evokes the New England of the Tonalists.
Although Laura creates much of her work in the studio, her painting process remains rooted in time spent outdoors. “I spend time in the field painting small studies, drawing, and taking photographs, as well as closely observing and appreciating the beauty of the natural world. These studies, drawings, photos, and memories fuel my imagination and serve as a creative wellspring. In the studio, I paint gesturally and intuitively and use a variety of tools to apply and remove paint. I am open to allowing an errant mark—a happy accident—to change the course of the painting. I view each painting as an experiment or journey, and I’m not entirely sure where it will take me. This approach involves some trial and error to be sure, but allows me to search for the mystery and suggested reality that I want my work to reflect.”
The paintings that result can vary from closely representative of a specific place to boldly imagined from an abstract start. Laura is largely self-taught, having come to painting late in life. She studied for one year with contemporary Tonalist Deborah Paris and for two years with contemporary Tonalist Dennis Sheehan. An inveterate learner, Laura continues to explore the work of the historic Tonalists and to study with contemporary painters. Laura is a member of the Loudoun Sketch Club, the Artists in Middleburg Gallery, and the Lyme Art Association. Her award-winning work has been featured in Elan Magazine.
Cody Leeser paints the natural world around her and the whimsical nature of childhood. She specializes in small oil paintings . Her education was under William Woodward and Becky Parrish in 2010 at the William Woodward School of Fine Art. She also studied with Juan Jr. Ramirez and Stephen S. Walker. She now shows her work at the Berkley gallery and Artists In Middleburg Gallery as well as local shows. Cody has won numerous awards locally including, Best In Show at the Piedmont Regional and Artists In Middleburg Gallery, and has served as Judge at the Piedmont Regional Art Show. She has been selected to show in the Art of the Piedmont Auction since 2015. Her studio is in Orlean, VA. Commissions are pleasantly welcomed.
Margaret MacMahon Carroll
Margaret MacMahon Carroll returned to painting later in life. She came back to art to pursue its quiet, therapeutic nature, and practices primarily in her Virginia studio. Not scared of portraiture, still lifes, landscapes, or much of anything else, her work primarily turns to animals and intimate everyday moments, regardless of canvas type or even size. She relentlessly pursues the juxtaposition of light and the closeness and strangeness of objects and people that inhabit the world alongside us. She has workshopped with William Woodward, Becky Parish, Antonia Walker, David Williams, Jennifer Simms, and Sue Braswell, and taken lectures by Maggie Siner.
Margaret’s work has been accepted into juried shows such as Art at the Mill in Boyce Virginia, and Artists in Middleburg awarded her second in show, frequent participant in Artists in Middleburg Chaos exhibit. Margaret is a regular contributor in The Piedmont Regional Art show and Fox on The Fence. Her work is displayed in Shaggy Ram Antiques, Les Jardin Bagatelles, and has a presence on Facebook and Instagram.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Deborah grew up next to a thoroughbred farm and fell in love with horses at an early age. She started drawing, singing, and creating images when she was only three, and continued to pursue her passion for the arts as she started a career in the graphic arts and printing industry while in high school. Mentored by one of Baltimore's accomplished illustrators, she learned more about her drawing, but decided to photograph horses instead, which lead to over twenty published covers, and seven trips to the Three Day event in Lexington, Kentucky. Her one of a kind art pieces are sold at various markets around Loudoun County, and in 2018, she joined the Loudoun Artisan Trail. Her work can be seen at the new Purcellville Gallery, and the Reston Artisan Market. She also designs images on the site, Spoonflower, which makes gift wrap, wallpaper and images on cloth. Her studio is in Philomont, Virginia.
Marci Nadler is a contemporary colorist painter working in oils, acrylics, watercolor, and ink. Her paintings straddle a fine line between representational and abstract. Her work has been exhibited internationally, on loan through Art in Embassies Program (in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and La Paz, Bolivia), and in numerous group and solo exhibits in the U.S.. Paintings by Nadler are in Rachel Mellon’s Oak Spring Garden Library Collection, and many private collections. Her work was included in the Robert D’Arista Legacy exhibit at the Katzen Museum at American University, September 4-October 21, 2018.
Upon graduating with a BA in Graphic Design from AU, Nadler entered two pieces in the National Society of Arts and Letters Regional Competition in Painting and won First Place. That recognition, the encouragement of mentors Bill Calfee, Robert D’Arista and Ben Summerford, together with Graduate Fellowship Awards and The Helene Herzbrun Award for Painting convinced her to pursue an MFA in painting at American University. She continued her fine arts studies in following years with former AU faculty Stephen Pace in Maine and New York, and with William Calfee and Patricia Friend in Chevy Chase, MD. Nadler is a member of Artists in Middleburg, a board member of the Calfee Foundation, a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and a longtime member of the National Society of Arts and Letters. In addition to painting, Marci Nadler promotes the tremendous artistic diversity of the Virginia Piedmont. She currently works from a studio and gallery in Marshall, Virginia.
Lee Newman is an American painter and printmaker. He received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from American University and continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna as a Fulbright Scholar.
His work has been exhibited in various galleries and museums, as well as in public, private, and corporate collections, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art Washington DC, Corcoran Gallery, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Library of Congress, the National Museum of the Ukraine, Allen Museum Oberlin College, Harnett Museum University of Richmond, Davis Museum Wellesley College, Jundt Museum Gonzaga University, Washington and Lee University, American University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, University of St Francis, University of Maryland University College, the Mitchell Gallery St.John’s College.
Jill E. Poyerd
Jill Poyerd brings “peaceful, contemplative moments” to life on the canvas. She approaches the canvas with little preparation, instead allowing herself total freedom to create. Both her watercolor and oil painting works depict gorgeous scenes of nature with a style distinctly her own. Something as common as a tree appears soft and ethereal through Jill’s painterly style. - UGallery.com
Jill Poyerd is a contemporary realist known for her tranquil subject matter and unique painting style. Her award-winning work can be found in private collections both nationally and internationally. She has been featured in national publications, is the author of the portrait painting book Fearless Portraits, and is a signature member of several prestigious art societies, including the National Watercolor Society. Jill works in both watermedia and oil paints and has exhibited extensively throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as in national shows. In addition to her work as an artist, Jill is a popular painting instructor on UDemy.com, and producer of art appreciation videos for her highly successful YouTube Channel (Jill Poyerd Fine Art) where she has reached nearly 2 million viewers. She’s also the founder and current head of the Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia. Jill lives with her husband in Northern Virginia.
Katherine graduated from The University of Mary Washington with a BFA and K-12 art certification. Many galleries in Virginia and Maryland have displayed and sold her work. Locally, she was an Artist in Residence at Waterford Elementary School with an emphasis on book illustration. She has over 30-years teaching experience in both public and private schools with students of all ages. Katherine’s art has won awards at multiple regional juried shows, was included in a traveling art show to Germany, and has been purchased for the permanent collections at Oatlands and Amazon. She has accomplished commissioned art for numerous individuals and the Waterford Foundation.
Dana Lee Thompson
Dana Lee Thompson lives and paints in the countryside near Casanova, Virginia. She was born in Washington, DC, but grew up in Northern Virginia. She always had a love for animals, especially dogs. Dana left her previous career as a dental technician to pursue art full time in 2005. She has never looked back. As an adult, she started fox hunting and immediately fell in love with the hounds. She captures the essence and soul of each hound or animal she paints; whether its a commission of someone's beloved pet or hounds laying around the kennel. Dana also has a fondness for birds and makes regular trips to Florida for reference material.
Dana is mainly a self taught artist and has furthered her techniques through art books, workshops, and perseverance. She has taken several workshops with fine artist and illustrator John Leone. Dana paints not only large format paintings, but her miniatures are highly sought after by collectors. She has won numerous awards and is an Associate member of the Society of Animal Artists, Miniature Painters Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington DC, The Association of Miniature Artists, and the Miniature Art Society of Florida.
Her work has been published in the Chronicle of the Horse, The Piedmont Virginian Magazine, and the recently published Master of the Foxhounds Centennial book. She has paintings in the permanent collection at the AKC Museum of the Dog in St Louis, Missouri, and a purchase to permanent collection with the Miniature Art Society of Florida. Her work has also been selected for exhibit at the 50th anniversary show of the Society of Animal Artists in San Diego, California, the Art Show at the Dog Show, The Museum of Hounds and Hunting, The AKC Museum of the Dog, MASF, and the MPSGS. Dana has won numerous awards with both her miniatures and full size paintings, but also for her exquisite photography. She is represented by Berkley Gallery in Warrenton, Virginia.
Antonia Walker has become known for her paintings of the light and color of the Virginia countryside as well as images of Italy and France. She received a BFA from the University of Georgia where she studied painting and printmaking and later attended graduate school at
George Washington University where she studied with William Woodward in Brittany. Earlier while living in South America, she studied drawing and anatomy with
Spanish sculptor, Benjamin Saul. Antonia just returned from a residency at the American Academy in Rome where she was provided a studio in which to work.
Her first residency in Rome was in 1998. During both trips she traveled around Italy visiting Venice, Lake Como, Tuscany and Umbria to draw and paint, and to study the
art and architecture. For several years she has gone to Provence to paint the fields and hill villages of the countryside. Antonia’s work has been represented
in many collections including the Arts-in-Embassy program of the State Department, and in many corporate and private collections throughout the country
including the NASA Art collection, Xerox corporation, The Waterford Foundation, The Journey through Hallowed Ground, The National Gallery of Art and the Washington Post. Her work can be seen at the Susan Calloway Gallery in Washington, DC, the Handwright Gallery in New Canaan, Connecticut, and the artist’s Studio in
David Williams began painting as a child, voraciously learning about oils, acrylics, watercolor, and drawing. Being raised in the Virginia countryside, not far from Washington, DC., provided endless exploration of field and forest, as well as all the arts of Washington. David mentored with master artists from around the country, studying painting through workshops rather than art school. He studied academic figure drawing at the LA Academy of Figurative Art, and the Virginia Museum Studio School. A professional artist since 1997, David's paintings are immediately recognized for quiet composition and richly textured surfaces. His work has been exhibited nationally and is found in hundreds of collections. David Williams' artwork is a continuing celebration of form, light, and atmosphere.
David’s artwork is influenced by nature, painting on location and the understanding of color, brushwork, and design developing from the practice. Using a simple composition, with a few major shapes as a starting point, a finished painting emerges. Working in oil, with a limited palette of five or six colors, a natural color harmony occurs. His brushwork is broadly applied and accentuated by generously layered, textural paint, creating a nearly sculptural quality. In their approach, his paintings are contemporary realism. With a primary interest in simplified form, He explores naturalistic landscapes and parts of our built environment, evoking nostalgia and a sense of place.
His lifestyle is fairly simple and contained, nature oriented and also punctuated by new things; his artwork reflects this personal aesthetic. Visually describing a subject without unnecessary embellishment and allowing the viewer to quietly participate is the experience my artwork offers.
Jessica Wilson’s paintings evoke the drama of light and dark the play of interlocking shapes. Her subjects range from small studio set-ups to expansive scenes of the outdoors. Born and raised in Washington DC, Jessica grew up in a family of artists. She follows in her mother’s footsteps as a painter of scenes local to Loudoun County and the surrounding area. During her 25 years as a graphic designer at The Washington Post, she studied painting, sculpture, and printmaking at the Corcoran College of Art, and the Washington Studio School where she graduated from the core program in those disciplines. Landscape and the figurative work of Corot, Constable, Bonnard, Edward Hopper, Fairfield Porter, and the Bay-Area artists are among her influences. Through the Gamblin Dedicated Workshop Instructor Program, Jessica conducts workshops in the northern Virginia area.
Taylor Boyd was born in Warrenton, Virginia where she currently resides with her two children, Jocelynn and Otto. She grew up in a large family with five sisters and one brother. While growing up on a mountain, she spent her time venturing into the woods, exploring abandoned houses, and building forts. Taylor’s childhood set the tone for much of her work which is largely influenced by nature and her love for color.
Growing up she always aspired to be an artist. She cannot recall a time where she did not love to draw or paint. Although, she considers herself mostly self-taught through practice, she does contribute her continued growth as an artist to several classes she attended in Middle and High School. Taylor then went on to Major in Art and Minor in Communications at Virginia Wesleyan University. While there she spent 3 years as the Illustrating Editor for the school paper, the Marlin Chronicle. She received several 1st and 2nd place awards for her art and illustrations by the Associated Press. During this time she also began experimenting with many different mediums including, acrylic paint, oil, ink, watercolor, wire sculpting, and wood burning.
Taylor was an art assistant to Nathan Gooden and contributed to background/landscape ink painting for the graphic novel, The Gifted. While working with Gooden, who was an brilliant mentor, she began to excel with ink and watercolor, which are two mediums that she regularly uses. Taylor Boyd, Nathan Gooden, Adrian Wassel, Damian Andrew Wassel, and Damian Alexander Wassel went to California to promote the novel at WonderCon and Stan Lee’s Comikaze. Later that year, The Gifted was the Winner of Foreword Magazine’s 2014 IndieFab Award for Best Graphic Novel.
Taylor’s work stands out because of her unique style and use of color. Much of the subject matter in her art is based on realistic scenes, animals, or people. However, she loves to put her own surreal spin on it. Her work has an almost dream like quality. There always seems to be a common thread and there are subtle clues that lead you to think, “This must be one of Taylor’s pieces”.
Taylor’s work hangs in hundreds of private residents, along with some businesses and restaurants. Some of her work is currently on display at Altered Suds in Warrenton, Virginia. She is mostly a commission based artist and has created several private murals in Virginia as well. Her near-term goal is to focus on exhibiting at shows to broaden her visibility as artist, with the long-term goal of owning and operating her own gallery.