Rex J. Pace

Email: UDesigns@earthlink.net

Rex Pace paints with heavy textures using many tinted gels and pastes. Metallic, interference, and other unique paints are also favorites that are applied in a range of methods from traditional brush techniques to thick extrusions using paint knives and squeeze bottles. While experimentation and innovation are central to Rex’s process, these methods fundamentally support a structured approach to creating images that explore archetypical images from the intersection of the conscious and unconscious mind that give us a sense of time, place, feeling, and identity. In particular, many of Rex’s paintings construct these facets into either overt or suggestive architectural or landscape contexts.
Rex graduated from the North Carolina State University College of Design and for over the past twenty-five years has been an illustrator, author, and architectural designer focused on access to the built environment for people with disabilities and advancing the concept of Universal Design, a belief that our society’s architecture, transportation, and products should be inclusive of people of all abilities and ages. Rex has been an artist since he was a small child and capable of holding a crayon to mark on any nearby surface. Eventually, he progressed to his current choice medium of acrylic paint.
Rex lives in Arlington, VA, with his wife Michele without whom he would not get nearly as much painting done.

Rex will work on commissioned projects, please contact for more information.

 

Nan Morrison

An avid painter and native of Atlanta, Ga., Nan resides in Arlington, Virginia.  Her paintings are inspired by a wide variety of people, places and things. Drawing inspiration from nature repeats itself in her work and her interest in exploring color contrasts, line, shape, form and texture is obvious.

Nan exhibits her paintings extensively and her work belongs to many private collectors.  Her large mixed media painting, Ode to Ellsworth Kelly, was accepted into the Amazon Web Services AWSome Call for Art exhibit in 2013.  She was selected to participate in the 2011 International Artist Exchange and Residency, Face to Face, held at Artisphere, Rosslyn, Va.  The 10-day event sponsored by Arlington County Cultural Affairs and Arlington Sister Cities, included 3 Arlington artists and 5 artists from Aachen, Germany.  Nan’s painting “Friday Night” won first place in the 2011 Arlington Artists Alliance show juried by Elizabeth Ann Coleman, Textiles and Fashion Curator emeritus, Boston Museum of Fine Art.

Nan is a board member of the Columbia Pike Artist Studios and a weekend docent at the National Gallery of Art.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (cum laude, 1999) and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (2002) from Georgetown University.

Rebecca McNeely

Email:  Rebeccamcneely9@gmail.com
Website:  Rebecca Mcneely.artspan.com

I paint to communicate the joy of color and to express my experience of living on this dynamic, fragile and beautiful earth. Through landscape, pure abstraction, and an amalgam of the two, my paintings represent a fusion of my love of color, of nature, and of fearless and free expression.

My first paintings were expressive landscapes rooted in the impressionist tradition of painting en plein air. The longer I painted, however, the more I came to appreciate good abstract paintings, which can take on a life of their own and elicit intuitive, visceral responses from the viewer. Inspired by such works, I turned to abstraction in order to better distill form, simplify the composition and exaggerate color.

Praised for their masterful use of color, these paintings tap into my lifetime of extensive world travel and residence in regions across the United States. In recent years, I have developed several series addressing the importance of natural phenomena such as trees, wetlands, and lush vegetation to planetary health, and one of abstractions that express some of the extreme weather events.

I feel that I have found my artistic voice through these explorations and that my abstract landscapes express the culmination of that journey.

 

Sharon Malley

Website: malleygallery.com

Over the last few years, much of my creative work has been in response to the natural environment. The work is about something I’ve spent quite a bit of time with, and appreciated its presence in my life, such as the cormorants that populated our stretch of river one summer, and then the white egrets the next summer, and the trees and other plants and birds on our property on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. More recently, I have begun to work in a narrative style, conjuring memories of childhood on my grandparents’ farm, for instance, working alongside migrant workers, and playing with their children. In all cases, the final visual pieces are one part of a process beginning with deep experiences and thoughts about those experiences, thinking about ways I might portray them, preliminary marks or collaging, and letting the process unfold by embracing the unexpected.

I have degrees in art education, therapeutic recreation, and combined studies in special education. I have worked to support people with intellectual disabilities and autism as a teacher, therapist, college educator, and researcher. In recent years I have been fortunate to be a part of a national agenda on arts education and special education and have recently co-edited the book: The Handbook of Arts Education and Special Education, with Jean Crockett. Currently, I am working my way into a second career as an artist. Hooray! Please visit my website and feel free to contact me with any questions. I will consider commissions if they fall within the scope of work you see on my website.

Linda Maldonado

Website: www.lindamaldonado.com

After a career in public and private sectors, Linda turned her energy to painting for the next chapter of life.  Today she is an experimental artist working in acrylics and collage, seeking visual form for ideas, imagination, spirit, and intuition.  When she paints, she uses texture, layers and imprinting while keeping mindful of her theme, seeking to create artwork that both veils and reveals. Building on a background in traditional watercolor, portraiture in oils, and Chinese landscape painting, she now pursues new directions thanks to the ever-expanding array of innovative art products.  From time to time, watercolor paintings based on travel appear in her repertoire.

She has taught numerous classes on acrylic mediums and collage, encouraging others to explore the artistic possibilities of these flexible and exciting methods and materials.

Linda is a member of Potomac Valley Watercolorists,  the Arlington Artists Alliance, and the International Society of Experimental Artists.