Jill Romanoke works with a variety of unique and intriguing materials. Romanoke creates visually complex and elegant drawings and prints. Created on large layered sheets of exceptionally thin, translucent paper, each layer treated with a different medium. Romanoke’s two-sided and delicate hangings are strikingly luminous.
Kristina Penhoet creates abstract and expressionist sculpture using traditional and modern felt-making techniques. Her work takes cues from living organisms, landscapes and architecture; seeking to find beauty in the strange and ugly and pursuing themes of connection, mutation and diversity. Her use of wool as a tactile, natural material is consistent with her themes and the organic properties of her work.
After earning a degree in biology, Kristina attended Otis College of Art and Design concentrating on sculpture and environmental design, eventually pursuing a degree and career in architecture. When she became disenchanted with restrictive creative process of architectural design, she rekindled her love of making and discovered fiber as a medium.
Originally from the West Coast, Kristina currently resides in Washington, DC with her family and a naughty dog that wants to be good.
Artist Ronni Jolles creates her signature paper paintings using a unique and innovative process that she calls “Painting with Paper.”
With a network of paper sources located throughout the world, Ronni gathers paper from countries such as Thailand, France, Italy, Bhutan, China, Japan, Korea, India, Nepal, Philippines, Egypt, Zimbabwe, and Mexico.
After cutting, tearing, and layering the papers, Ronni then uses acrylic paints and sealants on top of the papers to bring out the textures and variations in color, as well as to protect the paper.
Ronni has had her unique form of paper artistry featured in galleries, crafts shows, and art spaces throughout the country. She has created numerous commissioned works for businesses, hospitals, hotels, public libraries, and many private clients.
I am a painter first, and a teacher second. I have taught for 17 years, while raising two children. During most of that time I was a Sunday painter. But in the past few years, as my children have grown up and become more independent, I have been able to paint on a more regular basis, that has become routine for me now. And for the last two years, I have built up a body of work that I feel very proud of.
I am an abstractionist that dabbles in the representational. Deep meditation and reflection on past works that I did in encaustics 20 years ago has given me new insight on the creation of painting and the process of brush stroke and color fields. My investigations into this process have allowed my paintings, both past and present, to have an open dialogue with one another and a continuum. My work has evolved, over time, from a highly narrative figurative style into abstract painting laced with symbolism. There is still narrative, but I want it to be broader. This work is speaking about energy in nature, and the subtle or strong forces working beyond the human realm. Some work deals with microorganisms and some deal with deep space. All deal with the beauty and dichotomy of those worlds in their complexity or simplicity.
At an early age I began to go beyond coloring and ventured into drawing and painting. The moment I uncapped my first tube of oil paint and squeezed out that brilliant buttery hue, I knew I was on a journey of artistic discovery. This natural ability was nurtured by my loving talented parents. They were not only lovers of art, music and the beauty of life, but were artists in their own right. My Mom a soprano singer, fiber artist and poet, my Dad a builder, stained glass artist and photographer. It was not long before I would put a camera to my eye.
Real life images. The story that nature tells in the stillness of the landscape, the greatness of the ocean and the journey of the seasons. This is what excites my senses as an artist and my photographer’s eye at home and in my travels. Creating compositions in oils and pastels, my inspiration is drawn from my photographs. The creative process for me is re-visiting that place and moment in time. Remembering and feeling the emotion of the scene my lens captured and bringing it to life as a painting to be experienced and shared in a new way.
“Art is not what you see but what you make others see”. . . Edgar Degas
What is Art? To me, art captures something essential about life.
Art makes life bearable. It isn’t a luxury. Like our capacity for understanding, and our experience of love, it is a vitally important part of life.
–Gillian Pederson Krag
How does one share the charm and communicate the wonder of living, breathing and being? By using color, pattern, light, texture, style, angles, laughter, beauty, nature, industry, rigor, challenge, and words; then one weaves in the rainbow of emotions and experiences– all of which shine light on the magic and the drudgery of being.
To this point I have played with self-expression and aimed toward connective conversations in the margins of my life and the privacy and intimacy of my own home. I am largely untrained, although I have had the benefit of some recent classes with some amazing and gifted artists.
Life has stages. I have supported my children to grow and be and do and supported my husband as he has accomplished and achieved and is recognized for his talents. I have weathered the declines and deaths of my grandmother, mother-in-law and parents. These have been both difficult and amazing endeavors — greatly enriching my world and theirs. Connecting me with all that has been, all that is now, and all that will continue after I cease to be.
Inside me is a calling to express, create, play. I need to sit, think, write and design, uninterrupted and untethered. Connecting with others on that path. Sharing what is in me/what I can with those I know and with people I don’t know yet. Growing. Being. Breathing. Learning better how to express what needs to get out on paper.
I seek a community to help bridge my untrained enthusiasm into something more – at first for myself, but after a period of time, for and with others.
Working with a combination of mixed media – paper, acrylics, watercolors, pencils, pastels, fabric, yarn, pens and markers – I want explore the emotions and experiences of life. My intention to start is to learn more about the craft of art by being in community with artists and pair my creations with poems, short stories or prose.
Eventually I would like to share these tools of self-expression with a wider range of children and adults in a relaxed, spontaneous way including those in marginalized communities seeking self-expression and through it, compassionate understanding.
Linda was a treasured member of the A&M family. Her dedication to, and love of her practice, lives on in our hearts.
“I love the creative process of art which has always been a part of my life. For many years, I made silver jewelry with an interest in the texture and form of my pieces. About ten years ago I took up plein air painting – there is something so peaceful being outside and painting the moment. I am especially drawn to the elements of water and reflections. I have taken plein air painting classes with both Glen Kessler, founder of Compass Atelier and Gavin Glakas, with Yellow Barn. I have been taking portrait and figure painting with Gavin for the last 6 years which has proved especially challenging and rewarding.”
B.A. in Fine Art, Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts
B.S.C.S. in Computer Science, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
Study at Boston University, Harvard University, Montgomery College and Corcoran School of Art
Work as a software engineer and an artist
Highlights of Exhibitions, Collectors and Gallery Associations:
Washington International Art Fair II, III, IV and V
Paul Rosen Graphics, Washington DC
United States Information Agency, Central America
Spectrum Gallery, Washington, DC
New York Expo, New York, NY
Art Expo West, Los Angeles, CA
Strathmore Hall Foundation, Member, North Bethesda, MD
Strathmore Membership Juried Show 2007, Bethesda, MD
Strathmore Hall 25thYear Celebration Juried Show, Bethesda, MD
National Institutes of Health 2009 Juried Show, Bethesda, MD
Orchard Gallery, Group Show December 2010, Bethesda, MD
Orchard Gallery, Solo Show February 2011, Bethesda, MD
Strathmore Membership Juried Show 2012, Bethesda, MD
Resident Artist, Washington Art Works, 2015, Rockville, MD
Resident Artist, Artists and Makers II, 2016-Present, Rockville, MD
Painting published by the United Nations for UNICEF card design; distribution started in 1983.
The paintings represent the harmonious coexistence of opposites: of complexity and simplicity;
Of show-it-all boldness and the mystery of concealed shapes;
Of brilliant colors and soft pastels; the artist is a Gemini.
The media used are oil or acrylic on canvas, acrylic on Plexiglas and gouache on rice papers.
I like to work in series and I’m in the midst of white-line woodcuts based on Yosemite National Park, where I’ll have my second arts residency in August 2017.
In painting, it’s an endless, fascinating puzzle to capture the effects of light on a microscope or a flower. Italian Wooden Microscope, seen here, is a watercolor from my solo show of historical microscope paintings on Yupo, a plastic surface, at the National Museum of Health and Medicine.
My aim was to contrast the precise shapes of the microscope (all those circles) with the unpredictable flow of watercolor on plastic.
As a printmaker, I make images with woodblocks and with a walking press. I also make direct and indirect prints on paper from natural items, such as fish and leaves. I’m a member of the international Nature Printing Society and I’ll be teaching nature printing out of my studio here at Artists & Makers Studios.
Every individual should have access to art and culture in their daily lives. It’s our goal to provide a medium between art enthusiasts and the artists themselves.
From the outset, our project’s goal was to enable visitors to not only understand the art we display, but also to generate group discussions about the pieces as a way to bring culture into one’s valuable leisure time. We have forged many partnerships over the years and obtained many patrons who support this initiative.
Marian Osher had double vision until she had an eye operation at the age of four. With “new eyes” she delighted in a world of vision where she could see the single shapes of all things. And then she began to draw.
“That was probably the beginning of becoming an artist. Processing and transforming what I see, and sharing what it means to me through my art helps define who I am.”
Regardless whether her approach is figurative or borders on abstraction, Osher enjoys experimenting with printmaking, mixed-media and painting, using water-soluble environmentally friendly media. She listens to music to enhance the process of letting go that leads her to intuitive color choices. She usually works thematically on a body of artwork that provides new insights and opportunities for personal growth.
“As I continue to evolve as a person, my art is like a river running through my life, taking new directions, influenced and inspired by my life’s experiences. I feel that art has helped me to become a more spiritual person, enabling me to feel the connection that we have with each other and with all of nature.”
Career Highlights: Marian Osher is a painter, printmaker, mixed-media artist, private art instructor and art consultant. She enjoys working at her studios in Maryland and near the Delaware seashore. Fearless Flying! 2016 is her 23rd solo show. She has had 6 solo shows in New York. Her artwork has been shown in numerous group exhibitions in the U.S., as well as international shows in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, India, Italy, Moscow, and Shanghai. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Museum of Modern Art (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and the American Cultural Center (New Delhi, India). She is included in the Green Art Guide and the Women Environmental Art Directory. Osher was featured as a Spotlight Artist by the NY Examiner in 2016. Current gallery affiliations include the Ceres Gallery (NYC), Gallery 50 Contemporary Art (DE), Blank Slate Gallery (FL) and the Washington Printmakers Gallery (DC). She studied art at GWU (MFA), University of MD (BA), and took numerous art courses at Montgomery College in MD.
My passion for crochet stemmed from a birthday present my mother gave to me in 2014: a handmade, stuffed, crochet octopus. Something about the design of the cute creature caught my interest, and when I found the book that my mother had gotten the crochet pattern from, I was hooked!
Since then, I have started and (mostly) finished dozens and dozens of crochet projects, from wearable accessories to stuffed animals. I never intended to get into the field of fiber arts, but I found myself falling in love with it and want to continue experimenting with various patterns, materials, and creations.
Elody Crimi is an alumni graduate of the Washington School of Photography and is an accomplished commercial and fine arts photographer, specializing in landscape and portrait photography. She is also a photography instructor, teaching a vast range of classes including: Photoshop, Smartphone Photography, HDR Techniques, and DSLR Basics.
Her greatest passion is to experiment with raw images, using alternative processes and techniques to assure that the “emotion of the moment” has been captured. Currently, most of her work is creatively altered using various HDR techniques.