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.

 

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.

 

Rebecca Salzinger

Email:  rebeccasalzinger@gmail.com

I enjoy creating beautiful works of art using watercolor, oil, acrylic, and pastels. Like many artists, my interest in painting began as a young girl using crayons and watercolors. I was born in Richmond, Va and lived my early life on a farm with a large family in Hanover. As an adult I took classes in art at American University during the summers off from teaching math in Fairfax County.

Once retired, I enrolled in the many local art classes available in the Northern Virginia area thru Arlington Adult Ed, The Art League, NVCC, and other art programs.

Encouraged by my aunt, a watercolor artist in Richmond, Va., I joined the Arlington Artist Alliance so I could explore more community activities that were available. I am also member of the McLean Art Society, and the Potomac Valley Watercolorists. I enjoy the challenge of painting landscapes, flowers, and abstracts. I have been juried into many art shows in the local area and my works hang in many locations in Northern Virginia. I continue to enjoy the challenging field of art.

 

Z. Pashaei

Email:  zpashaei1@gmail.com

I am a Washington D.C. native who loves art, nature, and good food. Living now in Arlington, I enjoy experiencing the unique cultures of our diverse city and am happy to be a member of a growing art community.  As an artist, I believe that sustainability and recycling are important and I find inspiration for art materials in ordinary day-to-day items, such as magazines. The paper mosaics I create utilize several hundred small magazine pieces which are glued together to create a mirage of life-like forms. Like putting together a puzzle, this requires many hours of persistence and visual intuition to finish. In addition, to creating paper mosaics, I find great joy in stippling portraits of iconic celebrities.

 

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.