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Artists Beyond Our Doors

Artists & Makers Studios is pleased to highlight the talents of creative professionals in Beyond Our Doors. Artists hail from Metro DC and across the country. New features are added frequently, so check back for an ever-expanding collection of artists’ and makers’ stories.

Christine Cardellino

Posted by on Dec 11, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Christine Cardellino

Before anything else, I have a passion for paint and faith that in it and through it, something deeply meaningful can emerge.  In contemporary art, there are many ways—and ever new ways–to create visual art; it seems to me that one’s choice of medium/media has become especially significant in its own right.  I value my relationship with paint enough to let it move me much like it would in abstract painting.  When I start a piece, I never have a preconceived notion of its final state, and I tend to find, lose and shift as I feel my way...

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Linda Plaisted

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Linda Plaisted

Linda Plaisted is an award-winning, classically-trained American painter, fine art photographer, encaustic and mixed media artist. Her art has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.  She has also illustrated numerous book and magazine covers for major publishers and her art has been placed in private and corporate collections worldwide. You may have seen her artwork on all the design blogs such as Design*Sponge, Apartment Therapy and Daily Candy. Each piece of artwork she creates tells a story. She layers by hand images she...

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Therese Brown

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Therese Brown

Starting down the artistic road came to me later in life and I’m constantly feeling like I’m playing catch up.  That being said, photography has become a part of my every day existence and the expression it affords me has been a tremendous tool for self-understanding and discovery. I sometimes see in the real world…the light or the subject.  But sometimes the seeing is internal, a feeling, and what shape that takes in my mind’s eye. The themes that have emerged over time relate to my connection to the natural world and...

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Elissa Farrow-Savos

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Elissa Farrow-Savos

The sculptures I create are somewhat inside out.  I take what is inside our heads and hearts, and represent those things through form and found objects, on the outside of the figure.  The effect is to turn the personal into the universal, and the secret into the known.  In doing this I sculpt a figure that gives physical form to stories most can recognize, but perhaps have not spoken of.  They are each a narration of an inner world revealed – the moments that we never thought to share, and the feelings that we are not quite sure we should...

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Craig Kraft

Posted by on Sep 18, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Craig Kraft

I have created sculptural artwork for the past 35 years and public artwork for the past nineteen years. Over eighteen works have been sited/commissioned by such entities as The Rhode Island School of Design; Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, New York; Montgomery County, Maryland; The District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Commission; St. Petersburg, Florida Fine Art Museum; Arlington Art Center, Arlington, Virginia; The Cell, New York City; Honfleur Gallery in Anacostia DC; Embassy Suites Hotel, North Carolina and Colorado;...

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Albert Schweitzer

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Albert Schweitzer

“Albert Schweitzer is a visionary artist who lives and works in Baltimore Maryland. Although classically trained his paintings are imbued with the naive, raw simplicity and energy that one would associate with outsider art.  As a student Albert studied with Grace Hartigan.  This association with Grace Hartigan has created a lasting influence on his work.”    From a review by Ruth Robertson Born in Wisconsin in 1967, Albert now lives in Baltimore, Maryland.  He received his B.F.A. degree in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater...

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John Bodkin

Posted by on Sep 4, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

John Bodkin

I am primarily a painter, but I tend to think of myself as just an artist. I love to paint. No, I really love to paint. It is something that just wraps its arms around me. I have been painting for more than fifty years. I have painted over a thousand paintings I think. I work at it every day.  I think of it as my job. My process is somewhat methodical. My work is abstract and has been for many years. When people ask me where I get my ideas I tell them I paint what I see. It’s true. I think that as a foundation to all else, you must be able to...

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Evan J. Parker, III

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Evan J. Parker, III

You’d think that after almost sixty years on the planet, I would handle things like taxes, the business side of art or an artist bio like something approaching an adult, instead of the kid at the table being told to finish that mound of congealing cauliflower and melty cheese, that tasted wrong from the first bite…and later that night surfaced like golden, chunky napalm. Up until the late 1960s, I was a normal airplane and army-man drawing kid.  Then there was the library’s ad in Life Magazine (I bet) that I remember looking at and,...

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Morna Crites-Moore

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Morna Crites-Moore

Making Things Keeps Me Centered I love working with textiles. My favorites are those that are old, those that have already served some purpose before becoming fodder for my art. If they’re worn, torn, stained, or weary from use, that’s all the better. In my work, you’ll see fragments of precious items I’ve gathered over the years – a worn-out wool sweater, a blanket that is no longer useful to the family it once served, vintage table linens cast aside when “easy care” textiles made their debut, a long-forgotten mitten, or...

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Nick Grant Barnes

Posted by on Jul 23, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Nick Grant Barnes

Yorkshire metalsmith Nick Grant Barnes and Diane; two brilliant teenagers, two cats & Bethany the pup have made their home & workspace in Maryland since 1995. Through teaching & creating one off commissions for customers & exhibitions, he has developed his style working with a myriad of mediums from precious metals, plastics, woods, & not too precious materials that are fun to play with. Color, Shape & form The form follows my desire to explore the shapes & textures materials will allow me to inflict on them using...

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Corrine Bayraktaroglu

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Corrine Bayraktaroglu

I was born in a mining Village in the North East of England and came to America in 1978 as a young married woman. My history of creativity started with the guidance of my mother and grandmothers, who taught me how to knit, crochet and embroider. However it wasn’t until I was 40 years old that I took my first drawing and painting classes and through the mentoring of my art instructor Marie Linnekin that I realized my dream to be an artist. It’s now been 21 years working as an artist that I now realize I was always an artist, I just didn’t have...

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M. Jane Johnson

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

M. Jane Johnson

Recently, I was honored to have been chosen for a 2017 solo show slot at the Art League in Alexandria, VA.  I had tried a couple of times before and was not chosen which just proves you have to keep plugging.  I felt really good about the pieces I submitted this time and the theme around the paintings.  I had a theme that was close to my heart, the death of one of my very dear friends from lung cancer.  Thankfully, my friend’s spirit had helped guide me a long and my submittal was a success.  I am a process driven mixed-media painter who...

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Susan Shalowitz

Posted by on May 8, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Susan Shalowitz

Susan Shalowitz was introduced to oil painting in 2008 when she took a workshop and began painting from her photos.  Interest quickly turned into passion, and she has been painting ever since. Susan is currently studying classical painting at the Compass Atelier where she is enrolled in her third year of a three-year Master Artist program.  There, she has gained a classical technical foundation and has enjoyed expanding her skill set, including learning master techniques, plein air and still life.  From the start, Susan’s work has...

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Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave

Almost all art begins with marks on paper. Some are then transformed with scissors and glue. The paper constructions from my childhood have evolved into structures that begin with abstract ink paintings. They then evolve into constructions. Each is crescendo from that initial joy of painting. All are expressions of the beauty I see everywhere. I approach my work with a desire to meld functional structure with the freedom of “Color School” abstract paintings. Each piece incorporates my training as a painter, a sculptor – and the kid in...

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Tanya Davis

Posted by on Apr 24, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Tanya Davis

My watercolors are intricate and representational. Most often I am drawn to reflections and transparency – the sheen on water, for example, or the patina of vintage ornaments. I work in layers, transparent washes one upon another until I’m satisfied. Sometimes there are 35 or 40 washes in one area; the work is painstaking. I’m closing in on my 600th piece over my 25 year career. I’ve long since thrown out the conscripted rules of watercolor technique I was taught, including the idea that a watercolor must be quick and...

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Ric Garcia

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Ric Garcia

Ric Garcia is a Cuban-American artist working and exhibiting in the DC metro area. He is a painter and digital print maker. When asked about his work, Garcia has said, “I like to make ordinarily nice ideas into extraordinarily cool ones”. Ric’s work is inspired by the cultural mash-up of his adolescence and an exploration of his cultural identity as both distinct and blended. He also considers his work as a process of finding a visual common ground to present imagery unique to his bi-cultural experience. An example of this...

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Cindy Packard Richmond

Posted by on Apr 10, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Cindy Packard Richmond

If someone had told me in 2000 that I would become a professional artist, I would have countered, “Sure, right after I’m done orbiting Mars.”  Even though my mother was a professional  artist and my father a writer, it seemed truly improbable.   I had early illusions of pursuing an art career.  Then, a college professor told me my work looked like “smudge by numbers.”  I laughed, but something in me fizzled.  I became a writer instead.  Thirty years later, my mother’s death sparked an interest in art classes.  The Art League of Alexandria...

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Min Enghauser

Posted by on Mar 27, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Min Enghauser

I began making photographs as a child; exploring, learning and becoming aware through photography. For me, photographs, and the act of making them, are glimpses of timeless Spirits and of the pure and unbiased realities of nature. The eye of the camera, unlike eye of the viewer does not look at life subjectively, no judgment is passed, no value placed, no claim staked. In that it is the most like the Mind’s eye. When I photograph I try to detach. I don’t question the attraction I have to a subject – it’s an attraction so it’s primal. I...

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Pam Rogers

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Pam Rogers

Pam Rogers works with a broad array of organic materials to create fluid, abstract works on paper as well as large-scale nature based sculptures and installations.  She creates her works on paper utilizing plant and soil pigments and often making the paper as well.  Her sculptural installations are assembled from an array of vegetation in various stages of bloom and decay.  In all her works, Rogers addresses the complex relationship between individuals and nature, sustainability and growth, past and present. Rogers’ sculptural installations,...

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Theresa Wells Stifel

Posted by on Feb 28, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Theresa Wells Stifel

The formally schooled and the unschooled, craft vs. art, production vs. commissioned work, all these inform Theresa Wells Stifel’s unusual mixed media mash-up art works.  Theresa was in her thirties before she gave herself “permission” to become an artist. The twenty years since have been a delightful creative road that led her in directions she never imagined: running a creative consortium, installing local art in a national hotel chain, integrating family heirlooms into contemporary art pieces, and mostly trying to keep...

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Kyujin Lee

Posted by on Feb 21, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Kyujin Lee

In the spirit of Surrealist automatism, I begin by creating spontaneous marks on paper or canvas; I often just brush over, splatter, and/or spill water-based pigments on the base. Deliberations follow, as I wait to observe and refine images, with which I compose visual narratives. The stories that result are deeply personal, yet meant to be universally relatable. Replaying well-known characters from children’s stories such as Pinocchio and the Little Mermaid, especially those dreaming impossible dreams, my lines often dramatize the...

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Anne Havel

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Anne Havel

I benefit from personal sensory issues which cause radical direction shifts.  My unconscious issues, apparently, are the undisputed project manager at all times. Through my enameling pursuits I explore ideas about current brain-dominating subject matter. Frequent mind disturbances include nuclear power, planet degradation, imaginary space objects and creatures, molecular level shapes, mathematical pursuits.  As a general rule, my work is an attempt at resolving  the battle for dominance between chaos and geometry, expressing inner turbulence...

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Nahid Navab

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Nahid Navab

Nahid Navab is a painter, printmaker and book artist. Born and raised in Iran, she moved to the United States in 1983. She Navab received a BFA, with a major in painting, and an MFA in printmaking from George Mason University. A seasoned world traveler, she has participated in national and international workshops with masters of fine art, in Europe and America. Her works have been presented in local, national and international galleries in China, Hong Kong, Iran, and Turkey. The major influences on Navab’s art are Persian calligraphy and...

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Annette Kearney

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Annette Kearney

I live in Portland, Maine.  I use many materials in my work which are for the most part dimensional.  Currently I am making encaustic monotypes on heavy paper and using them to construct dimensional work which I call sculptural collage.  I also use gouache, acrylic, graphite and mylar.   Rich color, unique forms and shapes drive the way I work.  I strive for high energy joyfulness in my pieces.   Education Bachelor of Arts, College of William and Mary  Williamsburg, VA    Exhibitions Making a New Whole: The Art of Collage,  University of New...

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Barry Gregg Clayworks

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Barry Gregg Clayworks

Barry Gregg is a clay artist living in Decatur, Georgia.  He has shown at Signature Contemporary Craft Gallery, Mudfire Gallery, The Swan Coach House Gallery, Clay West, The Atlanta College of Art, Hambidge Art Center and The Bascom. Barry has also exhibited nationally at The American Craft Council Shows in Baltimore and Atlanta.  His work is highly in demand. Barry’s work can currently be seen at the Signature Contemporary Craft Gallery in Atlanta, The Bascom in Highlands, NC, Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersfield, NC, Gallery Morada,...

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Lorena Angulo

Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Lorena Angulo

Lorena Angulo grew up in Mexico and the time she spent there amongst the beautiful and traditional Mexican Folk Art shows in her body of work that she loves to create. Each of Lorena’s creations seems to hold an untold secret that keeps you guessing its true meaning with each glance. Lorena started taking metalsmithing classes at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio; it was there where she was introduced to metal clay by Claire Holliday. Since that day she felt in love with this new wonderful medium and has been creating most of her...

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Floris Flam

Posted by on Jan 10, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Floris Flam

The work of Floris Flam is inspired by the geometry of the world around her. It is abstract, but often suggests architecture, influenced by having grown up in New York City and by her travels. Floris says she loves color, visual texture, and spatial ambiguity. Floris dyes and print white fabric using a wide range of surface design processes, such as low-water immersion dyeing, screen printing, and various resist techniques.  She starts each quilt by selecting a palette of colors and fabrics and proceeds intuitively and interactively, adding...

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Paul J. Stankard

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Paul J. Stankard

Paul Joseph Stankard is an internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer in the studio glass movement. He is considered a living master in the art of the paperweight, and his work is represented in more than 60 museums around the world. Stankard was born April 7, 1943. In 1961, he enrolled in Salem County Vocational Technical Institute’s Scientific Glassblowing program (now Salem Community College). During his ten year scientific glassblowing career, he became a master of fabricating complex instruments. In 1972, Paul left industry to pursue...

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Teresa Oaxaca

Posted by on Dec 27, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Teresa Oaxaca

“Aut inveniam viam aut faciam” “I shall either find a way or make one.” Teresa Oaxaca is an American born artist based currently in Washington D.C. She is a full time painter whose works can be seen in collections and galleries throughout the US and internationally. Her talent has been recognized and rewarded by museums and institutions such as the American Museum of the Cowboy, The former Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Art Renewal Center, The Elisabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Posey Foundation, and The Portrait...

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Jamie Downs

Posted by on Dec 20, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Jamie Downs

Jamie Downs has been painting for over forty years.  For most of the time, her work has been a non-objective Jungian search of the collective unconscious; but 15 years ago it took an unexpected turn.  Very large close-up images of flowers became a part of the mixed media paintings, and that began a new direction and inspired some new work for this artist who works in series. As a very young child Jamie was obsessed with birds – playing bird and drawing birds.  What would thirty plus years of abstract expressionist style work do to her...

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Michael Bauermeister

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Michael Bauermeister

My current work explores natural textures and themes by interpreting them in carved, painted wood using techniques I have developed over the past 35 years as a woodworker. The hewn surface of wood, with its repeated tool marks, can suggest many of the patterns of the natural world. From pebbles on a beach to leaves on a tree, from waves on the ocean to the cells that make up all of life, the world is made of discreet marks that come together as a textured surface. By adding color with stains and tinted lacquer I try to suggest the different...

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Jaymi Zents

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Jaymi Zents

Artist Statement The human figure has always been the primary focus of my work.  The contradictions inherent with the body provide much of my interest.  Many of my subjects are women who are self-aware, but vulnerable at once.  The ephemeral elements of mood and thought are met by the visceral qualities and implications of flesh.  Figurative subjects allow study of the relationships and co-dependence of dualities: The repugnant to the pure; Immobility and entrapment to freedom; the hidden and suppressed to the exposed and uncontrolled;...

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Elizabeth Levine Braun

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Elizabeth Levine Braun

Elizabeth Levine Braun began her training in stained glass at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix en Provence, France in 1981.  In 1984 Elizabeth traveled to North Carolina where she helped establish a large arts and crafts center and lead its stained glass department.  In 1986 she founded Elizabeth’s Glassworks LLC, a custom art glass studio, originally in Old Town Alexandria, VA, now located in Slanesville, WV. Though self-taught in the art of glass fusing, beveling and sand blasting, Elizabeth began studying cast glass techniques in...

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Jo Ann Tooley

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Jo Ann Tooley

Jo Ann Tooley is a fine art photographer who specializes in black & white.  She shoots mostly with film and uses a medium format camera.  Her favorite locales for shooting are in and around Washington, DC and West Virginia. Many of Jo Ann’s images reflect isolation and solitude.  Certain scenes, especially ones she remembers from her youth—flowers growing wild in open fields, empty roads with sun filtering through the trees, or a lone tree sitting in the middle of a field—evoke strong feelings that she tries to recapture with her camera....

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James Steele

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

James Steele

First and foremost, I photograph what interests me.  I don’t photograph what doesn’t interest me.  Most of my work is black and white landscape and figure studies executed with both traditional and digital materials.  Recently I have started photographing flowers that are past prime in a studio environment. I grew up in a small farming community in Missouri and started photographing around the age of 12.  Since I wanted to process my own film (in my mother’s baking dishes, no less) I shot black and white film.  Over time, I migrated toward...

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Marla S. Rudnick

Posted by on Nov 8, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Marla S. Rudnick

Marla S. Rudnick’s early forays into knitting and metal work fused into an exploration of knitting metals into wearable art and sculpture. She enjoys observing and thinking about how objects occupy space both internally and externally.  Her observations manifest themselves in her knitted metal work by the nature of the piece. When viewed, her jewelry and sculptural work reveals the exterior plane, interior plane and the shadows created. Marla has trained at Fleischer Art Memorial in Philadelphia, Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT,...

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April M. Rimpo

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

April M. Rimpo

Artist April M. Rimpo’s subject matter generally captures glimpses of her travels within the United States and abroad.  Her subject matter varies: landscapes, urban scenes and paintings of figures involved in everyday activities.  As she shares the culture and stories of places she has visited, her goal is for you to bring the story as the painting relates to you. Watermedia fully absorbs April into her work.  Watching it flow and responding to the paint allows the piece to develop in directions not fully planned.  This is part of the thrill...

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Steven Kenny

Posted by on Oct 25, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Steven Kenny

Steven Kenny was born in Peekskill, New York in 1962.  He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1984.  His final year of art school was spent studying independently in Rome.  This direct exposure to European art (especially the Baroque works of the Italian, Dutch and Flemish schools) had a significant effect on his painting style. First settling in New York City, he gained notoriety as a freelance commercial illustrator.  Clients included Sony Music, Time Magazine, AT&T, United Airlines,...

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Liz Lescault

Posted by on Oct 18, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Liz Lescault

Liz Lescault is an accomplished ceramic artist known both for her vessel forms and her biomorphic sculptures.  Her lauded solo exhibition “Embers” in June of 2011 marked a transition from organic vessel forms to biomorphic sculpture. Lescault has had numerous solo and collaborative exhibitions and received numerous awards including the 2013 Maryland State Individual Artist’s Award. In 2015 she was selected by Kristi-Anne Caisse, Assistant Director of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC, to be one of four...

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Kelly Walker

Posted by on Oct 11, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Kelly Walker

Kelly L. Walker paints with zeal and confidence, committing spontaneous reflections of her mood and emotions to canvas.  Walker’s abstract paintings demonstrate the techniques, textures and patterns she employs as a professional decorative painter. Utilizing a wide range of atypical materials, her works are intricately layered and her surfaces defy explanation, calling reference to landscape, graffiti, and color fields. Walker’s artwork has been featured at venues both in and outside the Baltimore area, recently including the Rosenberg...

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David Hubbard

Posted by on Oct 4, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

David Hubbard

Metal has always been my passion. I learned my craft working in a commercial Iron works in the late 1970s. The shapes I use are meant to be symbolic and suggestive, like a conversation between the viewer and the object.  I’ve incorporated movement in the Monument series. I’m a dedicated environmentalist who would rather be in nature. My main joy in life is to kayak rivers all across the country.   I’m very concerned about my children’s future and have tried to do my part to reduce human impact on the environment. I’m very interested in Native...

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Marianne Hunter

Posted by on Sep 27, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Marianne Hunter

…a brief statement of the why and how. WHY Everything about my artwork is personal: how I taught myself, how I practice it and how I feel about what it encompasses.  It is driven by passionate yearning. In 1967, as I graduated high school looking forward to a life in art, I was given a hobby enameling kit.  That was a defining moment and I have never looked back. Working without preconceived limits left me free to invent unique enamel processes, especially a dry-application grisaille.  In black and white I found my means to...

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Cory Oberndorfer

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Cory Oberndorfer

My work fixates on nostalgia, American popular culture and youth.  I use imagery that I think will be universal to everyone who was once a child and especially those who refuse to grow up. Brightly colored and eye-catching, it is about the simple pleasures in life and instant gratification.  But sometimes it is also about the enduring things in life like love and heartache.   Bio Cory Oberndorfer has exhibited nationally, including Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA; Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC; and Flashpoint...

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Mary Gallagher-Stout

Posted by on Sep 13, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Mary Gallagher-Stout

I wasn’t born an artist, and I never thought of myself as one.  My mother died when I was a little girl, and I was stuck with my dad and two brothers for a while.  I was angry and felt alone.  I made some terrible choices, but wouldn’t change a thing.  My son was born one month before my 17th birthday, and my life completely changed.  I had to get my life together to give him the life he deserved. I finished high school and worked my ass off to get into college.  I studied philosophy. I wanted to learn how to think.  I wondered about the...

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Ellen Sinel

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Ellen Sinel

Ellen Sinel’s work has always focused on landscape – from her early linear abstraction, to the present abstract representation.  She works in oil and varied media on canvas, paper, and wood.  Sinel has had over twenty solo exhibits, and has been in juried and group shows in Washington, DC, Provincetown, MA and New York, NY.  Her work is in numerous corporate and private collections.  She is represented by Studio E Partners, and by The Zenith Gallery in Washington, DC. Artist Statement Landscape painting is for me, a meditative...

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Melissa Ichiuji

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Melissa Ichiuji

I make figurative sculptures and performative “skins” that are reminiscent of dolls.  They are personifications of internal struggles that define the human condition.  I gravitate toward themes relating to feminine erotic power, repressed sexuality and violence, and the fragile nature of existence.  I use materials that contain remnants of previous life such as antique textiles, hair, leather, dried fruit, bones, fur, teeth and clothing.  I believe that these objects carry the “soul” of the previous owner, and by incorporating them into my...

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Marie Ringwald

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Marie Ringwald

Marie Ringwald’s sculptures and works on paper are inspired by everyday, simply made buildings that are designed for working in or for holding materials, animals and products.  Her images are based on warehouses, barns, sheds, stores and vernacular architecture like Quonset huts.  She sketches and photographs during her travels.  She starts by remembering a place and then abstracting essentials that – to her – evoke a personal, clear but universal memory.  She works with wood, rubber, glass and sheet metal – the same construction materials...

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Georgie Sharp

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Georgie Sharp

I live on the edge of the “Australian Outback” where the colours are bright, the horizons huge and the people larger than life.   I am a member of a community arts group that is currently celebrating its 50th birthday and, as an artist living in isolation from a city “arts scene”, I treasure the camaraderie and support that the amazing people in this group provide. I guess you could call me an explorer of ARTS.  I stay for a while in a place and explore all the possibilities that are offered, and then I start looking around for the next...

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Alonzo Davis

Posted by on Aug 2, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Alonzo Davis

My art choices and worldviews have been inspired by travel.  Through travel, I seek influences, cultural centers, energies, new terrain and the power of both the spoken and unspoken. The magic of the Southwest United States, Brazil, Haiti and West Africa has penetrated my work.  Southern California, my home for thirty years, has also had an indelible impact and the colors and rhythms of the Pacific Rim continue to infiltrate. My art works in exterior and interior spaces – both large and small scale.  These pieces range from freestanding and...

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Denée Barr

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Denée Barr

Washington, DC native, multi-media artist and vocalist Denée Barr is an artistic chameleon.  Denée studied engineering, film and art at the University of Maryland College Park.   Through visual narratives and performance art, Denée creates works in collaboration with nature and our environment.  Her art has been described as interpretive, lyrical, surreal and otherworldly. Artist Statement My artistic journey is one of experimentation, discovery, subtext and transitions. I believe in celebrating what is not only seen by the eye, but felt from...

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Norma Minkowitz

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Norma Minkowitz

“The artist who is able to draw the viewer in through the marriage of concept and technique without over- reliance on one aspect or the other performs an extraordinary magic act.”      -Kathleen Whitney, “Drawn to the Edge” For many years I have been exploring the possibilities of crocheted, interlaced sculptures stiffened into hard mesh-like structures.  The web-like fabric defines volume and form.  Process becomes a part of the content, and both structure and surface are achieved simultaneously. These mesh sculptures...

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Joan Belmar

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Joan Belmar

Artist Joan Belmar was born in Santiago, Chile in 1970.  He left Chile for Spain, at the age of 24, where he began painting professionally under the Catalan name Joan for his name John.  He came to Washington, DC four years later in 1999, and was granted permanent residency in the US, based on extraordinary artistic merit in 2003. Belmar became a United States Citizen in 2010. Belmar was a Mayor’s Award Finalist in 2007 as an outstanding emerging artist in Washington, DC.  The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded him an...

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Marilyn Henrion

Posted by on Jul 5, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Marilyn Henrion

“Windows” is Marilyn Henrion’s latest series of works.  Her focus on windows in their various permutations has metaphorical implications that are not lost on this artist.  From Renaissance paintings to cinema and cyberspace, the window has always been perceived as a mediator between spaces.  Windows are the visual bridge between inside and out.  Though transparent, the window may serve as the barrier or the link between the viewer and the world beyond.  To those outside, it may reflect the world, or provide one with a glimpse of the...

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Carol Brown Goldberg

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Carol Brown Goldberg

My painting reflects interest in science, art, and history…my interests unites in color, line and composition. Creating my work slows down the universal shared time. Painting allows me to process information, synthesize senses, and interweave past, present and future.  In this series, I ask the question, “How do we see?” My journey for answers is to overlay loosely painted streaks of color, and seemingly arbitrary dispersed forms holding scales of color intensities. When the fovea of the viewer’s eye focuses on the...

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Zofie Lang

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Zofie Lang

My assemblages explore the underlying meaning of narratives, including fairy tales, folklore and literary fiction.  I am particularly interested in stories that explore superstitions and magic, and how these play into modern beliefs and perceptions of reality.  Using photography, digital photomontage and found object assemblage, I reconstruct stories visually by extracting and organizing key elements. Fairy tales and folklore, which have existed for millennia, maintain a grip on our imagination.  They are constantly refreshed and reiterated,...

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Freya Grand

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Freya Grand

Freya Grand’s paintings have grown out of journeys to many uninhabited places –  places possessing particular power, requiring time and immersion to absorb.  These works are a record of those experiences. The other-worldly quality of the uninhabited mountains and dunes of the Skeleton Coast in Namibia or the cold peaks of Patagonia, the tactile collision of sea and sharp rock in Northwestern Ireland, the silence and the wind, these are the experiences that engender a heightened sense of curiosity and of wonder. The paintings that...

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Judith Pratt

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Judith Pratt

Judith Pratt is an assemblage and installation artist whose work incorporates a wide range of materials including aluminum, plasterer’s tools, roofing materials, fabric, synthetic polymer paint, graphite, paper, and rope, to name a few.  A signature feature of her work is her commitment to push beyond the traditional boundaries of painting, drawing, and sculpture.  As a result of this effort, a hybrid genre emerges which is carefully crafted and theatrically staged.  Pratt comments, “I aim for my work to be more than descriptive, theoretical,...

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Fierce Sonia

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Fierce Sonia

Fierce Sonia is a multimedia artist who frequently works in obsessive series, often working on many pieces at once; retelling the story over and over much like a folk tale is folded over the mouth many times. An icon in Fierce’s work is the “cow skull woman” image.  It continues to balance concepts of hard/soft, morbid/hopeful, life/death and remains decidedly feminine.  She is interested in the narratives of the most common and unifying stories: religion, fairy tales, super heroes, mythology, pop culture and advertisement....

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Anne Marchand

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Anne Marchand

For Washington, DC based painter Anne Marchand, Abstraction is her way to explore the very nature of life.  She speaks to a clear captivation with the emotional power of color, music, and poetry to engage the senses.  Using painting as a platform, she explores universal currents and rhythms with layers of paint, texture, and words on canvas.  Meaning takes shape in an environment where she invents forms and shapes to convey energy and movement.  Moving with conscious and spontaneous actions, she combines themes of spirit and matter.  Her body...

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Gina Louthian-Stanley

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Gina Louthian-Stanley

Gina Louthian-Stanley is a Roanoke County, Virginia native.  You can find her working in her studio most evenings and in the wee hours of the morning.  She was born into an artistic family and was influenced by many artist and musician friends and mentors. Discovering art at an early age, Gina continued her artistic journey in the arts from early adulthood into college.  Louthian-Stanley created her thesis works in monotype and has primarily been a monotype printmaker since 1986.  While printmaking is her forte, her most recent works are...

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Scott G. Brooks

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Scott G. Brooks

My work, like the world and people that inhabit it, is multifaceted.  Raw, uncomfortable narratives not talked about or socially acceptable attract me.  Social, political and psychological dramas play out on canvas or paper, and in the process I learn more about myself, and search for insight into what motivated those around me. Humor is important, and used both as a means to an end, and as an end in itself. It softens the blow of tragic circumstances, or creates a sense of irony.  Humor draws people in, an endearing quality in otherwise...

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Ellyn Weiss

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Ellyn Weiss

Ellyn Weiss is a visual artist in two- and three-dimensional works, as well as an independent curator, with studios in Mt. Rainier, MD and Truro, MA.  She has had more than 24 solo shows and has participated in numerous juried and group exhibitions.  Ellyn works in a wide variety of media; the paintings and sculptures in her most recent solo shows have used wax, oilbar, dry pigment, monoprinting and tar.  She also co-curates an ongoing series of exhibitions titled “Zeitgeist”, dealing with important social and political issues of our moment...

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Lori Katz

Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Lori Katz

I am intrigued by contrast, the play of dark against light, the pull of empty space against the inclination to fill it up, the placement of line and shape, the use of subtle texture, balance. Eight years ago, I began working almost exclusively in a palette of black and white in a conscious effort to simplify process and design.  Lately, color is finding its way back in as my work continues to evolve and I have learned that in the end, process is never simple and good design is always balanced and strong. My current work is stoneware with...

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Adjoa Burrowes

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Adjoa Burrowes

Adjoa Burrowes is a mixed media artist, educator and author of over a dozen books for children.    She uses a variety of media in her art practice including explorations in painting, bookmaking, collage, printmaking and sculpture.  She is formally trained in printmaking from Howard University, where she earned a B.F.A. degree with honors.  She is currently an M.A. candidate in Arts Education at Corcoran College of Arts and Design at George Washington University. Burrowes’ art interests has taken her around the world, including Africa, where...

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Sondra N. Arkin

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Sondra N. Arkin

Sondra N. Arkin is a painter and curator whose media include painting, printmaking, sculpture and assemblage.  Most of her recent work is in hot wax, shellac and ink (encaustic), with which she makes luminous surfaces, saturated with color, punctuated with texture and depth, yet so smooth that they are mistaken for glass or ceramic.  Arkin’s fields of color are deeply serene and her artistic vocabulary focuses on connections and boundaries. The last decade is filled with many solo shows and her work is represented in many private, corporate...

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Francie Hester

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Francie Hester

My work is a series of studies and reflections on how pattern emerges from random events, how random events form memory, and how the passage of time shapes a life.  The work evokes the unknown or unknowable, and draws on the ordering principles of mathematics and science to contemplate how order, sequence and memory are created from random or chaotic events. I paint on aluminum honeycomb panels and on steel – the material is an integral component in the creative process.  Successive layers of acrylic paint are applied, sanded, heated, and...

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Greg Braun

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Greg Braun

Architecture: a space acknowledged by perimeters, actual or perceived.  My art is a direct extension of the architecture that defines a gallery — walls. Walls of gypsum drywall become truly inert in most architectural applications. Finished and painted, they seamlessly blend into the un-noticed spatial backdrop.  By utilizing this inert material to manipulate space for viewers, the walls themselves become art. The work provides spaces to visit within the space visited.  Devoid of the normal reference orthography of vertical and...

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Paige Hirsch

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Paige Hirsch

I am a self-taught abstract painter and collage artist.  I have always been creative but didn’t put my talent to use until my two sons were independent.  Before that, they took up all of my spare time.  I have spent the last three years making up for that lost time.  I still work full-time, but spend any free time I have either painting or creating mixed-media collages.   I am always trying new techniques and love to see how the painting or collage emerges.  I begin my work without any preconceived ideas of what the finished piece will look...

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Mary Katherine Beynette

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Mary Katherine Beynette

It is a privilege to be able to make paintings for a living.  Making a living.  Making to live, living to make, it has all become the same to me now.   How many people can wake up in the morning, listen to a news story, and say, “Until I change my mind, which may be in five minutes or five years, I am going to devote my work to that story because I think it is interesting!”    I stoop to pet an old pooch and the next thing I know, that pooch occupies my every working moment.  This is such intoxicating freedom that we understand why so many...

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Eve Stockton

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Eve Stockton

Eve Stockton’s woodcuts are inspired by close observation of nature and an eclectic interest in science.  Utilizing a multifaceted background in architecture and art, Stockton is able to engage the variables of large-scale printmaking, allowing her to produce an ongoing body of dynamic, graphic images.  Her individual prints and her groupings of related prints show her investigation of nature as well as her process. Stockton’s prints can simultaneously evoke landscapes as well as cellular activity.  She is inspired by the natural world...

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Rebecca Clark

Posted by on Apr 18, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Rebecca Clark

I make drawings of the natural world, transient moments of grace and beauty. Inspired by plant and animal studies of the Northern Renaissance, Netherlandish devotional panel paintings, Eastern spiritual texts and nature mysticism as expressed through various forms of art, music, poetry and prose, my art acknowledges interconnectedness in nature and our loss of connection with the sacred. Our planet is broken because we’ve lost relationship with the earth, with our soul.  My drawings serve as more than intimate portraits; they are testaments...

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Elyse Harrison

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Elyse Harrison

One of the best things about dedicating yourself to a lifetime of making art is that you get to a point where you realize just how much you have accomplished. I have had a full and wonderful career so far, mainly because of one thing: I really love what I do. Experimenting in my studio and selling my work, running a regional gallery and representing extremely talented artists, creating public art in state schools and teaching thousands of children in a program I proudly own – all of this lines the road I’ve taken since I was 14 years old. Art...

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Cheryl Edwards

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Cheryl Edwards

I was trained in political science, Black History, Law and finally Art.  I have always been creative, beginning in elementary and high school.  I was engaged in Ballet classes and piano lessons during my formative years of development.  And then came to  high school with poetry and college with African Dance.  After law school, I learned how to play the flute, taught by a female musician who was part of the Miami Symphony. During and after law school, I became obsessed with the processes of visual arts.  I started my art collection at age...

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Marcie Wolf-Hubbard

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Marcie Wolf-Hubbard

I have always loved to draw.  Like most artists, I look and take in what’s around me.  For the past five years, I have been working in encaustic (hot wax) painting.  Painting in encaustic highlights the lines and tonal quality of my charcoal drawings of the figure and nature. I had the opportunity to travel to England recently and found that (besides missing my family) I missed my paintings!  I missed looking at my paintings up close.  Up close, I see the texture on the surface, further emphasized by oilstick on the drawn lines and...

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Kari Minnick

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Kari Minnick

My art and life are a study of contrasts: order and chaos, thick and thin, questioning and acceptance.  Using rich surfaces and layers of glass, I contrast fleshy realism with abstraction.  Immediacy and restraint, delicacy and directness; I balance bold composition and nuanced line. A maker of pictures and teller of stories, I’m soothed by familiar fluency and stirred by ecstatic newness.  Fleeting gesture on solid ground, murky meaning and bruising impact, chaos and eerie calm.  Disparate elements crescendo and resolve into beauty....

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Kelli Sincock

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Kelli Sincock

People often ask me what it is that I do and I always have trouble answering that question as I have never been very comfortable with committing to a personal title.  If I had to pick just one title it would likely be “explorer”. It has taken decades of massive amounts of training and work experience for me to get to the point where I feel qualified enough to refer to myself an “Artist.”  I approach art much like I approach life in that I am continuously exploring, learning, growing and searching for new information. Over the years I have...

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Debra Halprin

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Debra Halprin

Artist, Debra Halprin, projects her view of the world through her artwork.  She works in water media and finds visual excitement through contrast and color.  Although primarily a portrait artist, Ms. Halprin enjoys painting still lifes, interiors and landscapes.  Her work is representational with an impressionistic flavor. Ms. Halprin is an award winning Artist whose works have been accepted into the prestigious Baltimore Watercolor Society’s Mid Atlantic as well as the Philadelphia Watercolor Society’s International Exhibits.  Her portrait...

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Leslie Fry

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Leslie Fry

My sculptures and works on paper are inspired by basic human needs: food, shelter, clothing, love and consciousness.  I model, cast, draw and print by combining organic materials such as plants, paper, clay and fabric with plaster, concrete, rubber, metal and resin.  The intersection of the natural world and the human-made world drives my work.  Mining for inspiration from the remains of those worlds, I integrate the human body with architecture, flora and fauna, melding fragments from each into moments of wholeness.   Diverse influences come...

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Patty Oblack

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Patty Oblack

Early in 1954, I picked up a pencil and sat in front of the TV with Jon Gnagy’s New Television Art Book and my stack of white envelopes, ready to learn to draw, how to shade cones, cylinders and cubes, all the while hearing about the principals of perspective and other valuable information.  Jon believed that everyone has a time in their life when the Art Spirit is dominant.  I suppose I was right on target and the seed was sown. Crayons, colored pencils, tracing paper and coloring books gave way to pen and ink, and I soon  begged my mother...

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Tim Tate

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Tim Tate

Tim Tate is Co-Founder of the Washington Glass School and Studio.  Tim’s work is in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum and the Mint Museum.  He was the subject of several articles in American Style, American Craft and Sculpture magazines, as well as the Washington Post and Washington Times newspaper reviews.  Tim was also the 2010 recipient of the $35,000 Virginia Groot Foundation award for sculpture. Tim taught in Istanbul in August 2007 and at Penland School on several...

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Laura Peery

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Laura Peery

When I look at images of my work, I see something so removed from the making process, I’m not sure what the viewer sees.  Does a love for the tactile quality of clay, a curiosity about how things come together, dismay at how quickly they come apart at the seams reveal itself?  Does a desire to patch it all back up, and overall, a big wish to find some fun along the way shine through?  When I am working, this is what plays out like an earworm.   Background and family are also an influence.  My grandmother had a small dress shop in New...

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Elsabe Dixon

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Elsabe Dixon

Elsabe Dixon is an artist and educator whose practice includes drawing, construction, curating, installation, writing, performance and social engagement.  Dixon received her BA from Averett University with a minor in History.  In 2011 she received her MFA from George Mason University in New Media, and now teaches Sculpture and Foundation courses at the School of Art – George Mason University.  Dixon also works for the Glenstone Museum. South African born and Virginia-based, Dixon uses biological life cycles of insects to investigate and...

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Jennifer Kahn Barlow

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Jennifer Kahn Barlow

My work is intimate, bold, and focus on the sweeter things in life: confectionary.  My paintings of confectionary distill precious moments from the normal chaos of daily life.  The indulgences I render in oil on canvas, speak simultaneously to a powerful cultural trend as well as a personal challenge.  As a mother of two young children, time is the most elusive of all commodities. Its value is made commensurate through my rendering of sweets. Composed amongst many of the trappings of daily life (reading glasses, coffee cup, tea set), these...

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Rosetta DeBerardinis

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Rosetta DeBerardinis

As an artist, I apply the colored pigment onto the surface out of a necessity to transfer an internal emotion onto an external form. Color is my language. It speaks to me. I lay it down in a dance with the surface and watch it take shape and form in its own time. The objective is to use color as an agent to define formation, texture, shape and line as an expression. I am merely a conduit for the pigment and unable to walk away from its urgency and immediacy requiring my complete attention.  It is a dance between me and the surface hearing...

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Zephren Hans Turner

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Zephren Hans Turner

My work closely revolves around my long standing love affair with science and nature.  The  concepts in my art are departures from fascination generated by scientific discovery and the time I spend outdoors. The work is purely from my point of view, I do not illustrate specific events and I can’t avoid interjecting my personal compass. Preferring symbolic and metaphoric imagery, I create mostly through combination.  I enjoy integrating ideas from seemingly separate spheres in a way that reveals a hidden connection or alters the meaning.  I...

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Page Turner

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Page Turner

My delicate sculptures are sewn and constructed entirely by hand, using heirlooms, preserved animal parts, domestic tools, and sacred objects.  My work honors the high art of domestic skills and is a reflection of femininity.  Each sculpture in my series A Stitch in Time Saves Nine is a totem of a specific woman who helped to forge my identity. As a child, I was steeped in Mormon culture and taught by elders who strongly defined and enforced gender roles and responsibilities.  These sisters emphasized domestic skills and traditions to ensure...

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Audrey Wilson

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Artists Beyond Our Doors | 0 comments

Audrey Wilson

The works I generate are a collection of ingenuity, with a focus on the vigorous delicacy of glass as the catalyst.  Often the point of focus in a piece is the calamus: the strongest part of the feather.  Feathers often represent bravery and wisdom, such as an inventor needs to produce a working fabrication.  Other times, tempered glass is used to illustrate how fragile our approaches can be in life.  Each work created is a model of a true invention or story, invoking such symbolisms.  All efforts show a spark of the human imagination...

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