Louise has always had an interest in designing jewelry and studied at Montgomery College to hone her skills. She joined the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths in 1990, and has won awards at the Creative Crafts Council Biannual Exhibits and more.
I am a Native Washingtonian.
I can’t remember a point in my life when I wasn’t creating some form of visual art—magazine collages, clay sculptures,pastels, pen and ink drawings; silk-screened and lithographic prints; watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings. Even computer graphics.
I have an extensive formal education in the fine arts—having attended Moore College of Art and graduating with a BA Degree in Arts Management from Howard University (studio art courses and business electives) in 2007.
Soon after I graduated, my thyroid gland was severely damaged as a result of a botched medical procedure and my health became increasingly worse. I soon became abysmally out of touch with all aspects of my life. I continued to work but, I then sought out primarily clerical roles — far removed from what I went to school for. I eventually closed the door to all artistic pursuits.
In 2010, I was challenged with a professional diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder Type l. In 2016 I was diagnosed by an Endocrinologist with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. This news was devastating but, extremely helpful. Now,at least, I understood what was making me so unwell for so long and, I was armed with a protocol to treat it.
I discovered Art Enables in 2017 and I volunteered as a staff aid. They then offered me a resident artist Fellowship and I slowly began to switch back on the right side of my brain. The AE program helps disabled emerging artists (of all stripes) to free up their mental and emotional baggage to produce exceptional works of art.
I began to plumb the depths of my imagination with representational and abstract forms of acrylic painting and I have not looked back. I am currently inspired by the figurative mastery of Chloe Piene and the no tan draughtsmanship of Alphonse Mucha.
As of April 2019, I am also a resident artist with Artists & Makers Studios located in Rockville, Maryland. My studio hours vary.
I am a painter and graphic designer who has lived and worked in Washington, DC for over 32 years. My paintings are about the moment, the immediacy of paint applied honestly, thickly and
emotionally on canvas. I strive to convey a textural quality to the surface with layers of color and an emphasis on capturing light.
I have always loved to spend time outside and plein air painting has been a perfect match of painting in the moment and fulfilling my need to connect with nature and all its power. It gives me the space to dream and be inspired by life. Many of my current sources of inspiration come from the greater Washington, DC area but my love of nature started in my childhood in the Hudson Valley and many trips to the Adirondack Mountains of NY.
I hold a BS in graphic design from SUNY College of Buffalo. I have studied at the University of Siena, Italy; Corcoran College of Art and Yellow Barn Studio.
I continue to enjoy a long career in advertising and communications.
Lily Kak is a watercolor artist who was born and raised in India where she learned art in high school. She rediscovered her passion for art 20 years later after having immigrated to the US, raised two children, completed her PhD, developed a career in international development, and took several art courses. She travels extensively around the world, especially in Asia and Africa in her profession as an international development expert. She is inspired by the vibrant and diverse cultures that she experiences as she travels globally and these are often reflected in her art-work. Pursuing her two passions – art and international development – demands discipline to make time for both.
Lily is a signature artist of the Baltimore Watercolor Society. She won awards at the 2017 and 2018 Kensington Labor Day Art Shows. She has exhibited in several shows at Glen Echo Park, Brookside Garden, Friendship Heights Community Center, and the Kensington Labor Day Art Shows. She is a member of the Montgomery Art Association, Baltimore Watercolor Society, Glen Echo Yellow Barn, Artist and Makers Studio, and Rockville Art League.
I paint, draw, and print. My studies include: New York Studio School, 2 years, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, certificate, awarded Cresson Memorial Traveling Scholarship, Pratt Institute, BFA in Printmaking. I have exhibited in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington DC. Military Service; Intelligence Analyst.
Paola Luther’s delicate touch and sense of light and color infuses her broad range of art styles and mediums. Paola has been painting since childhood. As an adult she became a professional artist in fine arts and continues to expand her skills under the tutelage of artists from Washington DC, Los Angeles, Spain, Peru and Central America. Paola has attended multiple workshops with talented artists around the world. Traveling is a large part of Paola’s artistic inspiration. She has produced colorful plein-air pieces, commissioned paintings and portraits. Paola’s original works can be found in private collections in the United States and Europe.
My figures co-habitat a world filled with nature and colour – because that is how I see myself. Essentially nature. The subtleties, complexities, the curves, and arches of the body are very like the forms and lines you would find in the natural world around us.
Using line and form as structural guidelines, I sort through the internal dialogue I have about the realities of life, the truth in meditation, and my place in nature.
Sometimes I conflict with nature – my un-enlightened self, and sometimes I am in harmony with it – my ultimate self.
In my lotus series, my goal is to get the viewer to focus on the simplicity and elegance of line along with the beauty and almost abstract quality of the shapes.
I respond deeply to the lotus’ symbolism and the role it plays to a Hindu in our spiritual awakening. Rising from muddy waters to a thing of beauty and purity – devoid of attachment, the ultimate goal.
By keeping colour to a minimum, all extra noise is cut off and viewing the paintings becomes an almost meditative experience.
1999 – 2001 – Textile Designing Cape Technikon, Cape Town, South Africa
1995 – 1999 – B.F.A Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
1994 – 1995 – Visual Arts Centennial College, Toronto, Canada
1991 – 1994 – Fine Arts Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore, India
Patricia Zannie is a local award winning collage artist, and former instructor at Montgomery College for 17 yrs. and is a firm believer that creativity is intuitive and innate in all of us. Patricia “paints” with papers from all over the world as well as images from contemporary magazines, using the technique of collage she creates imaginary landscapes. She uses ink, oil pastels and crayons to layer on top of the papers, as well as, fiber objects to enrich surface textures and provide the illusion of space in her “Fauvist” collages.
Tougaloo Art Colony- Tougaloo, MS. July 2003 Art Residency
“AS A YOUNG GIRL, Jamea Richmond-Edwards got lost in the pages of Ebony magazine. She was particularly drawn to the runway images from the Ebony Fashion Fair show. Through the otherworldly photographs of stunning black models styled in wildly imaginative ensembles, she discovered haute couture and envisioned herself as a fashion designer. Years later, she chose visual art over fashion design, but never gave up on her desire to explore the artifice of dressing.
“Those images were very visually affirming for me. It presented black women in a space that I had never seen before,” Richmond-Edwards told me via email………”
Originally from Brazil, rediscovering my passion for painting has been a journey back to my roots. As an artist, I overcome the challenging hardships in this world by maintaining a positive spirit. I enjoy understanding how human beings interact, integrate and exist as a part of the natural environment. These dynamic movements are transported into my paintings in the themes I choose, and in the combinations of colors I select, and using a unique technique I have developed, which give to the viewers the impact of my message. I like to be presented with challenges and use each experience to represent social themes in my surrounding and the world’s environment. My style is abstract expressionism. Art has always been a passion of mine and I continue to learn through my experiences and taking various classes at local colleges.