Bradley Gay

Email:  bradley.gay@aol.com
Website:  www.bradleygay.com

Bradley Gay (b. 1987) is an abstract and conceptual visual artist based in Washington, DC known for his work involving the juxtaposition of natural mechanics and the introduction of new processes and media; thus, facilitating the emergence of experimentation and the release from the confines of theory. While creating as a child, Bradley felt a presence around him that not only required listening, but also translating. To him, art is the language of the unspoken; therefore, Bradley’s objective is to communicate this paradigm in an abstract context while providing an experience for the viewer, be that strikingly uncomfortable, profoundly memorable, or simply void of contact.

Most recently, he is expanding upon his process via architectural media implementation and appropriation to color palette manipulation, while studying the oscillation of the fluidity, balance, and drama of destruction, reconstruction, metaphorical matter, and subliminal isolation. Furthermore, his current practices focus on environmental awareness, meteorological and physical processes, and natural phenomena.

 

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.

 

Gerda Lane

Email:  Lanegerda@hotmail.com

Gerda Lane began pursuing her interest in art in 2014 after raising a family and retiring from a career in the US Department of State. She paints in oil, watercolor, and pastel. She has a degree in fine arts and continues to take classes and workshops in northern Virginia to further develop her skills. Gerda primarily paints landscapes and still life scenes. Her style can be described as impressionistic realism. She is a member of the Arlington Artists Alliance, McLean Art Society, and the Falls Church Art Society, and enjoys belonging to these communities of fellow artists.

 

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.