E. Lynn Coates

Website: www.elynncoates.com

Her philosophy to her artistic approach is that “we as artists serve as mediums through which the creative juices flow; we are the messengers of the visual inevitable dialogue.” Born in historic St. Mary’s of Maryland, where the farmland is plentiful to the eye bordered by the shores of the Potomac River, it is no wonder that the love of nature and the element of water is the focal point in the work of oil painter, E. Lynn Coates. Her direct painting approach, alla prima, allows her to explore and experiment with various hues of blues; while abstractly imposing the human form aiming to capture the serenity and beauty in the ordinary and uniquely reflecting those images in a loose and expressive style. She explores in her work, the essence of the human spirit and conjures the mood of meditative calmness in her landscapes, seascapes and figurative work. Mrs. Coates’ artistic talents are expressed in oil and acrylic.

After studying finance at Hampton University and gaining almost a decade in corporate experience in accounting and finance, she began exploring her artistic aspirations by enrolling in oil painting classes at the Smithsonian Institute (Washington, DC) and the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. In 2007, Mrs. Coates joined the Arlington Artist Alliance (AAA), where she has served on the Board of Directors, as Grant Chairperson from 2008-2010, and as an AAA curator for various AAA venues. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in the DC Metropolitan area. In November 2017, Mrs. Coates joined the Arlington Artists Alliance staff as Deputy Director of Gallery Underground and exhibiting artist at Gallery Underground. She is also a volunteer art teacher at the Sitar Arts Center (DC). In addition to painting, Mrs. Coates successfully homeschooled her daughter, currently a college freshman in New York, NY. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and daughter.

 

Jody Clarke

Email: jodyclarke.wh@gmail.com

I have always liked to draw and create. Since my childhood on a small farm in rural Maryland, I have felt an affinity for plants and animals and am continually fascinated by the beautiful lines, shapes and colors of the natural world.

As an adult working and raising a family in Arlington, I would occasionally draw or paint. When my youngest child moved away, hit by a wave of creative energy, I began to pick up every interesting branch, seed pod and vine I came across in the woods and parks. I would augment these with beads, buttons, and ribbons to create hanging sculptures and sun catchers that showcased the innate elegance of the natural structure. Over time, I began using small pieces of metal, glass and plastic (all gleaned from the curbs of Arlington) in these works as well.

Currently, I am creating collages using torn paper mostly repurposed from magazines. For subjects I use photos taken of trees, fungi, fallen leaves and whatever else catches my eye as I walk. As with the hanging art, these collages celebrate the aesthetic of the natural world, which is my ongoing inspiration.

 

Aimee Beyette

Email:  aimeebeyette@gmail.com
Website:  www.beyettepetportraits.com

Aimee was born and raised near Buffalo, NY, moving to Northern Virginia in 2015 to escape the Lake Erie snow.  She has forever been dabbling in various art forms to become versatile in many media to suit her current role as a Therapeutic Art Program Manager for adults with disabilities.  She completed her BA in Studio Art from William Smith College in Geneva, NY and her MS in Art Therapy from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.

Specializing in charcoal, her drawing style is representational to capture a moment in time.  She enjoys drawing animals, people, and nature scenes.  Aimee also enjoys using acrylics to feed her soul through abstract expression and mandala creation.

Available for commission work.

 

Bruce Williams

Email:  bwilli13@gmail.com

Bruce Williams was born in Arlington, Virginia in the late 50’s. He was raised and educated in Northern Virginia.
Bruce wanted to capture his natural talent with drawing and painting. It wasn’t until 1991 when he observed the National Gallery of Arts “Circa 1492” exhibit that inspired him to pursue developing that raw, undirected talent.
Bruce started attending classes at the Art League in Old Town Alexandria. This pushed him to continue his art education at Northern Virginia Community College, receiving his associates in Fine Art. At this time, he maintained a studio at Reeb Hall, located in Arlington, Virginia. He continued his education at George Mason University, receiving a BFA in Fine Arts in 2003, with a concentration in Sculpture.
Bruce works in oil, acrylic and a touch of water color. His main focus has turned to sculpture. He works in clay, plastilina, stone, wood and wax. He makes his own molds and does most of his own casting in plaster and concrete. His current paintings are a series of the classic Barbie and Ken, they’re playful and nostalgic for those who grew up in the 1960’s.
This past year Bruce has added black and white medium format film photography to his resume.

 

Deborah Taylor

Email: deborahltaylor@mac.com

Website: http://www.dtaylorstudio.com

I consider myself to be a contemporary impressionist oil painter. One of my favorite studios is the great outdoors. I specialize in plein air landscape painting as well as still life paintings from set ups at my home studio or studio at the Blue Studio at Studios Underground.

My artistic journey has taken me on several paths. Early, I was interested in craft/sculpture and working with tools. I took a break from creative pursuits to follow a career outside of art as well as for child rearing. For the past ten or more years I have become obsessed with oil painting. Painting guides me in looking at the world with intention.

One path that has been especially rewarding for me is to paint small and often. I initially painted daily and then wrote about the process on a blog. I have since abandoned the blog

(after almost two years) and now have become more flexible in my painting practice. I sometimes paint abstracts in acrylic, have loved my involvement with encaustics but always return to my true calling – small intimate oil paintings.

I am inspired by many things, a flower, sun on an old pick up truck, bright red bell peppers or hills on a foggy day.

I am a member and former board member of both The Art League and the Arlington Artists Alliance. My work can be seen at several venues through the region, in private collections and at www.dtaylorstudio.com

Yes — Commission *  I accept commissions on a case by case basis. I do not, however, paint portraits but enjoy painting landscapes or objects that have special meaning.