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.

Fran Bell Simms

Fran Bell Simms has been a painter since childhood and continues to study and to seek improvement as she enters her eighth decade. When in grade 3, her painting of children in the home preparing for bedtime was selected as representative of her elementary school and was sent to Russia. That is the last time the painting was ever seen. During high school and college, she used her art work for cartooning and making posters. She integrated the arts into curriculum and is one of the midwives of the daVinci Project, still alive and well in Arlington Public School’s Barcroft. As an empty nester, she began to study watercolor in earnest and has taken classes with Gwen Bragg, Jane Coonce, Judi Betts, Lian Quag When, Brenda Swenson and has traveled abroad with other watercolorists to paint en plein air and to continue working with this complex and pliant medium. She qualifies as a “colorist” and often takes the challenge of working color using a simple triad. She has taught watercolor for Arlington Adult Education, is a member of the Art League of Alexandra, Arlington Artists Alliance and Falls Church Artists.

 

Sandi Parker

Email: sparkerart@yahoo.com
Website: https://www.sandiparker.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandiparkerfineart/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sandiparkerartist/

Sandi Parker primarily paints abstracts in acrylic, as well as oils in a variety of subjects. Her abstracts are richly textured, with layers of paint, sometimes including other media such as graphite pencil, oil crayon and collage, and frequently employing a scratching technique to reveal layers of color beneath and provide energy and movement. She uses a variety of non-brush tools such as palette knives, putty knives and sandpaper in her work. “My abstract work is influenced by the patina found on urban walls,” she says, “and I frequently include graffiti in my work.” She also paints impressionistic oil landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes, as well as youth sports portraits, and has a line of jewelry, “SandiSea Designs,” fashioned from seaglass.  She has been accepted into and has won awards at many local and national juried shows, held a solo show of her abstract works, “Urban Edge,” in 2016, and was commissioned in 2016 for a large-scale permanent public art installation of abstracts in Crystal City, Arlington, VA, which can be seen at 12th St. and Army Navy Drive.

Sandi Parker is available for commissions of traditional paintings from photographs, as well as abstracts commissions.

Monthly Art League juried shows May/July https://www.theartleague.org

“Resist,” juried show Zenith Gallery July 13 – Sept. 1 https://www.zenithgallery.com

Tom Mulczynski

Email: tom_mulczynski@yahoo.com

The focus of Tom’s creative efforts at present is on sculpting abstracted representations of trees, iconic symbols of life and nature, from various types of metal wire.  Drawn to the expressive power of trees, he likes to experiment with different styles and materials to express some basic truth or feeling: freedom, death, whimsy.  He draws his inspiration from the simplicity of classical Zen-inspired depictions of nature, and from singular trees that catch his eye, and hopes to inspire in the observer an increased awareness of self and of nature.  He is a self-trained artist who occasionally dabbles in acrylic paint and other media.

Commissions – I do accept commissions and am happy to work with you to create a piece of art based on your own special interests.  Please contact me directly to discuss commissions.

 

Shelley Micali

Email: shelmicali@aol.com
Website: www.micaliart.com

Shelley Micali lives in Arlington, VA with her family and where she paints in her home-studio. She shows her paintings in local venues including Cassatt’s Café, The Arlington Treasurer’s Office, and the Arlington Free Clinic. Shelley has donated works for charitable causes in the Washington DC area including: The National Brain Tumor Society, The Netherlands American Society, The Children’s Inn at NIH and Trinity Presbyterian Church.

In 2014, Shelley won a prize for a painting submitted to a juried show at the Audi Arlington dealership.
Though Shelley’s formal oil painting career only began in 2008, she has been creating works of art since the 1970’s when she was a girl and exhibited creations at local Washington D.C. art shows she attended with her mother Barbara Stewart, an accomplished botanical illustrator. After working many years in the finance industry and raising two boys, Shelley has happily re-connected with her creative side.

Shelley has completed many commissions for clients. She is happy to discuss any painting ideas with potential clients.