Doris Barbee paints watercolor landscapes, most often including a body of water and waterfowl. Recently she has included textures, bolder color and other media. A realist at heart, she has dabbled in the abstract and found it rewarding also. Doris moved to Colonial Beach permanently in 1989 but have been a summer resident since childhood. She is a founder of the Colonial Beach Artists’ Guild, has been involved in the guild activities since its inception, and was instrumental in the creation of the Colonial Beach murals. She leads a winter workshop in Florida where she inspires students “with hidden talents” to continue their artistic goals. She paints mostly for enjoyment… and secondly aspires to create something that someone else would like to own. Several of her paintings are in private collections and many are on display at local galleries.
Aaron Bowles is a contemporary landscape artist whose themes involve nature and the environment. His subjects are the water and it’s light, the trees and their relationship to the sky, and the river lifestyle of the Chesapeake Bay and Northern Neck . He works in an impressionist style using abstract compositions and geometric structure. As a colorist, his layered skeins of paint recede and advance providing a counterpoint to the textured impasto that comes from his use of scumbling and the palette knife. A native Virginian, Aaron studied painting at East Carolina University with Ed Reep, a California modernist, and holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and illustration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He continued at the graduate level by studying drawing and painting at George Mason University. A former assistant professor of art, he has taught at George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College. Aaron resides with his family in Tappahannock, Virginia on the Rappahannock River. abowles.com
George, from Arlington, VA, is a painter of still lifes, portraits and landscapes in an extremely realistic manner. His uncommonly interesting paintings of common things have won many prizes in the past decade. He has a PhD from Stanford in Philosophy and has published several articles on logic. After years of teaching, he reverted to his childhood interest in painting and studied at Bougie Studio in Minneapolis and became a full-time painter.
Helen Burroughs has a versatile pallette and enjoys painting in three mediums–oil pastel flowers which provide a sense of joy; oil landscapes for peaceful meditation; and the excitement and challenge of creating abstract acrylics. She is a native of California, a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and has traveled the world as part of her career in international trade. Her travels have provided her the opportunity to enjoy the art and gardens of the world from north to south and east to west and have strongly influenced her interest in vivid colors. Helen lives in Northern Virginia and has a studio in Colonial Beach. She has shown her art in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, Indiana and California. She is a member of the Colonial Beach Artists Guild, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, and the Northern Neck Artisan Trail. HelenBurroughsArt.com
Barry DeBaun’s inspiration comes from his love of nature. He chooses to paint poetic landscapes, sensitive figures, realistically rendered still life, and moody seascapes. He works in a traditional style, seeking to capture the beauty of nature, an essence of peace, and subjects that speak to the soul. Barry was born 1956 in Brooklyn, NY. As a child moved to the Catskill Mountains of NY, where he still resides. Influenced by the Hudson River School and the American Impressionists, he works in both watercolor and oil paintings. Winner of many national awards from groups including the American Artist’s Professional League, the Salmagundi Club, Kent Art Association, Northeast Watercolor Society, Ridgewood Institute of Art, and the Hudson Valley Art Association where he received the Gold Medal of Honor. His work may be found in many private collections throughout the United States, Germany, England, Switzerland, and the Dominican Republic. He is listed in Who’s Who in America.
Brenda’s baskets are a product of her love of nature and working with her hands. She uses natural materials found locally in the Shenandoah Valley and the surrounding mountains to create the framework for her unique baskets. Her favorite material is grapevine because of it’s durability, plentifulness and physical characteristics (tendrils, knots, grain) all reflecting exposure to the elements as it grew. It is these features that contribute to the beauty and uniqueness of each basket she creates making them “one of a kind”. Colored reed, fabric strips and sea grass are used for never ending possible combinations. Brenda began weaving traditional market, egg and gathering baskets over 25 years ago while being a stay at home mom. As her family matured, so did her skill and technique for shaping and designing original baskets. Now she has a space in her home dedicated to her basket weaving and opens her studio to individuals and groups who want to explore their creative selves or who just want to have fun.
Steve Griffin has been an active painter for more than forty-five years. In 1968 he was one of twelve undergraduate students chosen from a national pool to attend the first year of the new Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum in New York City. The ISP is still active today. Since retiring from teaching in the Art Department at the University of Mary Washington in 2008, Griffin has continued to work in his studio in Colonial Beach, VA. He recently received a 2011-2012 professional fellowship in painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a 2012 -2013 fellowship in painting from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Griffin has also been awarded two residency fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, VA. Griffin’s work hangs in many private and corporate collections and has been included in more than 175 exhibitions.
Ebbie Hynson paints primarily in oil, and her subjects include historical narrative, flowers, still life and portraiture. Ebbie knew she wanted to be an artist at age 8 when she wrote down her desire and made it a conviction. She has been drawing for as long as she can remember and continues to polish her craft. She is an extraordinary self taught artist who continually challenges her ability, motivated by her love for the arts. Ebbie majored in art in high school in Washington, D.C. where she was one of only 800 students selected in a national art contest to display one of her paintings. She studied fashion illustration at the National School of Art and, at age 59, attended fine art classes at Northern Virginia Community College to learn the “old masters techniques”. Ebbie likes to have fun with her paintings and often amuses her audiences by making up clever anecdotes about her paintings. Subjects of her artwork become colorful characters in her stories. One of Ebbie’s portraits is of President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore that she painted from a poster during their 1996 campaign. It hangs in the Democratic Party Headquarters in Richmond, according to her resumé. Ebbie started selling her artwork in sidewalk shows in the 1960s, but her career took off when she settled here 25 years ago. Ebbie is a founding member of Colonial Beach Artists Guild and its oldest member.
Beejee Juhnke paints in oil, and her favorite subjects include landscape, still life and plein air painting, with a focus on water and sky. A recurring subject is looking into a space to a possible mystery beyond – perhaps through a doorway or window. Shadows – their shapes and colors – are always interesting challenges and themes. The intensity of color often defines the mood of her work. Living in Arlington for many years allowed her to take advantage of art classes through the Torpedo Factory’s Art League. After discovering Colonial Beach through friends, Joyce and Carl Thor, she purchased a small house in the town and spend as much time as possible enjoying the peaceful and friendly atmosphere here. Beejee is a longtime member of the Arlington Artists Alliance, a grass-roots organization of about 100 representational artists, and she has studio space at the Columbia Pike Artist Studios in Arlington.
Barbara Kohn has been painting portraits, landscapes, and fantasy subjects in the impressionist style for most of her life, and still enjoys that artistic form. However two years ago, at age 80, she discovered the fluidity and fun of creating digital images on her computer, using her “magic mouse” to transform photographs into completely new creations by making groups of pixels. The result has a flow and intense color of fused glass in a truly unique form. She was a Air Force officer’s wife and an Army Civilian Personnel Officer which allowed formative residences in Europe. When she retired to Colonial Beach in 2003, she was able to realize her painting ambition. She has a daughter, grandchildren and cats nearby to serve as models. She appreciates the small-town charm of Colonial Beach, the company of other talented artists and opportunities to display and explain her work.
Sara Looney started painting after retiring from George Mason University where she taught for twenty years. She started out in oils, but soon found that she also loves to do watercolor. Sara is a founding member of the Colonial Beach Artists’ Guild. She says they could not have imagined ten years ago that Colonial Beach would be home to so many galleries and artists. In addition to painting, Sara does a lot of volunteer work. She is currently serving as president of the Colonial Beach Village for Aging in Place. She loves to paint water scenes from around Colonial Beach and also from the Gulf Coast. Her biggest inspiration is seeing the work of so many talented artists in local galleries. Her work is in collections in her home state of Louisiana, and in Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and British Columbia.
Vicki L. Marckel
Vicki L. Marckel’s paintings explore the dynamic juxtaposition of excitement and isolation within urban environments. The plethora of architectural details and the activity of modern street scenes captivate the painter’s attention. In the midst of all the visual stimuli is an underlying sense of isolation and detachment. Illuminating the interaction of individuals with their environment, Marckel simplifies the scene to create clarity and focus within her work. The rich selection of color and strong compositional elements are visual tools to entice the viewer into the scene. Intense shadows and the rich textures are prominent features that she employs to capture a voyeuristic viewpoint. Marckel was born and raised in Defiance, OH. During study abroad she focused on the architecture of ancient Italian cities. In the Netherlands, Marckel became enthralled by Rembrandt’s chiaroscuro and Vermeer’s interior scenes. Upon graduation from Defiance College, she began teaching fine arts at the high school level where she also sponsors several activities including National Art Honors Society. Marckel earned her Masters of Fine Art from the Academy of Art University in 2012. Her work has won several awards and is on permanent display at the JarrettThor Fine Arts Gallery, in addition to several group exhibitions and salon shows. Marckel’s current shows are listed on the events page of her website, Vmarckel.com.
Diane DuBois Mullaly
Diane DuBois Mullaly is an oil painter with a duel focus. Her miniature works — all under 25 square inches — have won awards in national exhibitions and are held in private collections across the US, Canada, and Europe. Favorite subjects of people enjoying the beach, estuaries with sailboats, dramatic sunsets, gardens and animals are painted in a lively impressionist style, with passages of incredibly fine detail. As a plein air painter, Mullaly has been juried into Plein Air-Easton! five times. She is drawn to the water and loves painting the interaction between sky, land and water. In contrast to her miniature paintings, she uses the largest brushes she can, augmented with palette knife. In all her works, Mullaly employs a colorist approach in the tradition of Hensche, allowing bits of her underpainting to show through the top layer of paint, giving a vibrancy and spark to her work. A respected judge and juror of regional plein air and art organization exhibits, the organizer of Paint Talbot! monthly plein air paint outs, and a popular instructor at the Academy Art Museum, Mullaly was born in Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay and now resides with her husband near Easton, Maryland. www.dianeduboismullaly.com
Cindy Packard Richmond
Cindy is a novelist and artist with roots in New England who is now a Resident Artist at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. Her work is known for its bold colors and striking composition. Subject matter includes sailboats, food, landscapes, Asian influence, and some very quirky wind-up toys. Cindy is married with grown children.
Rob Rudick’s photographic journey has taken him from black and white street film photography to digital photography, with an emphasis on color, shape, sheer beauty, and whimsy. He sees the world around him as if it was through the lens of a camera. Pictures leap out at him, crying to be taken. He challenges himself to accurately replicate the feeling he had when he took the photograph and to provide a perspective that attracts the audience’s attention repeatedly. He takes this approach to his varied portfolio which includes landscapes, architecture, interiors, flowers, cars, and objects seen in everyday life. Art Curator Ginny Barnes commented that “Reaching for an emotional center and a unique eye for composition are hallmarks of Rob’s work.” Rob is actively engaged in the MD/VA/DC regional arts community. His work is on display at Jarret Thor Fine Arts in Colonial Beach. He also belongs to the Colonial Beach Artists’ Guild, as well as the Del Ray Artisans (Alexandria, Va.), where he has co-curated six photography shows. His work is in the permanent collection at Oatlands (Leesburg, Va.) He participates in Photo Salon, a monthly gathering of DC area photographers, and serves on the board of directors of Art for the People, an organization that brings art activities to underserved populations.
Carl Thor paints geometric abstracts, primitive landscapes, and satirical/humorous collages. Everything he paints is in bright colors, and many paintings reflect his world travels. Carl is a native of Chicago and lived in Indiana, Houston, and Alexandria before moving to Colonial Beach part-time in 2007 and full-time in 2011. He holds degrees from Oberlin College (Math) and the University of Chicago (Statistics), and geometry plays a key role in his painting. Carl is a retired management consultant in productivity and quality improvement, and is still involved with non-profit organizations promoting performance improvement. Carl started painting in 2007 to help understand what enthuses the artists who show at the gallery.
Joyce Jarrett Thor
Joyce Jarrett Thor’s colorful abstracts are her passion, but she also enjoys a variety of media and types of painting, especially plein air painting in oil. She is still inspired by the memories of her travels around the globe. The different scenes and cultures left a lasting impression that comes out in her paintings. Joyce finds inspiration in nature and loves the river and scenes at the Beach. She paints outside, in her studio at JarrettThor Fine Arts, or abroad, whenever possible. Joyce is on her third career: she is a senior executive (retired) from NASA; CEO of JarrettThor International, Inc. (a consulting firm), and artist and co-owner of JarrettThor Fine Arts. She and her husband, Carl Thor, launched JarrettThor Fine Arts in Colonial Beach in 2007. They now represent over 25 regional and local artists in the gallery. Joyce has judged several shows, served on many boards, and enjoys bringing some of the best teachers to Colonial Beach for workshops. She has received many awards. and her work can be found in collectors’ homes in Canada and Sweden, as well as the United States.
Pat Troiani is a retired Pennsylvania school teacher from Solomons, MD. After retirement to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she taught watercolor painting to adults while continuing her career as a professional artist. After moving to Solomons, she continued teaching and painting, and she is now represented in several galleries along the East Coast. She attended Millersville State University and has an MFA from Maryland Institute in Baltimore. Her favorite subjects are Southern Maryland scenery and wildlife with special interest in striking florals. She has pioneered the use of Yupo, a slippery, acid-free paper that allow a different “look” than traditional watercolor paper.
Steven S. Walker
Born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Steven has always been captivated by art. After earning his Bachelors in Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University he began his career as an illustrator for corporate and non-profit clients, and for children’s books. After teaching at VCU, Steven earned his MFA at Marywood University, and then began focusing his efforts towards fine art. His landscape paintings are shown nationally in galleries, and are part of several private collections such as Hilton Hotels, the Boy Scouts of America, Dominion Resources and the United States Air Force. Steven is now competing and winning awards in regional and national competitions including the Richeson 75 Landscape Competition, the American Landscape competition in Maryland, The Ohio Plein Air competition where he won a blue ribbon, the International Salon Competition, and the Oil Painters of America. Steven also had the privilege of being a part of a statewide traveling exhibition with the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Most recently he’s participated in artist-in-residence programs. Steven resides with his wife Evelyn in Westerville, OH, where he participates with several local art groups when he’s not preparing for a show or teaching workshops. StevenWalkerStudios.com
What can be gleaned in the work of an artist, specifically the art of Kathleen Walsh? What can one find in her renditions of American farmlands, riverbanks, morning mists? Of African coastlines, deserts and grasslands that make her art uniquely hers? A sense of home, perhaps. Of her art, she paraphrases Joseph Conrad, “My work is not to edify or console, to improve or encourage, but simply to get down on canvas some sense of the wonder of life, of its unfathomable romance and mystery. I paint that you might see, a little, of what I see.” A strong supporter of the Art in Embassy Program, Walsh has exhibited in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Her work is held in private collections throughout the world.
Kathy Waltermire’s early travels in Japan, Hawaii and elsewhere awakened her love of beautiful scenes and color. Nature in all its forms fills her up and encourages her to paint. She work almost exclusively in soft pastel, graphite and charcoal and strives for work that is appealing to the viewer and is full of pure, lively color. Favorite subjects include people, pets, still life, and landscapes. Kathy has studied with Robert Liberace, Danni Dawson, Lisa Semerad, Diane Tesler, Sara Linda Poly, Susan Ogilvie, Kitty Wallis and others. Her education includes the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and she holds an MPA and BA in Business. Kathy’s work has won awards in Fredericksburg, Colonial Beach, King George, and Northern Virginia. She has been a member of cooperative galleries in Fredericksburg and Occoquan and now belongs to several area art organizations. She also occasionally does some teaching and show judging.
Daniel is a soft pastel and oil painter from Arlington, VA. He captures the beauty in the world around us, the majesty of nature, and the aesthetic in objects we often overlook. He grew up in outdoors Colorado and has a BFA degree from the University of Denver. He is President of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters. In addition to painting, he is Creative Director of the National Association of International Educators.