Leila Lofton

Website:  www.etsy.com/shop/LeilaFayeArt

As a watercolor, acrylic, and oil artist, my paintings are bright, whimsical, and eclectic. I continually find myself drawn to nature’s vibrant colors and organic shapes as my source of inspiration, often making them the subject matter of my work. My intent is to use avant-garde designs and intense colors to bring joy and a feeling of depth to the viewer, drawing them in.

 

​Diana Castillo

Email:  dianahelene@gmail.com

Has been studying and painting as a hobby since high school. She has participated in group shows in New York city and Madrid Spain. Uses bright colors due to her hispanic background and is most influenced by the artists DeChirico and Picasso.

 

Kate Trygstad

Email:  kate@creativefacilitating.com
Instagram:  https://instagram.com/katetryg/

I grew up in Minnesota, treasuring our walks in the country or in the woods and our drives to the western mountains. Those roots stayed with me as I moved to Arlington and the world around continued to delight. I surprised myself by discovering and loving painting in oils. The easel and paints call to me. I work primarily from photos I have taken, trying to capture the spirit of the place. Some still life paintings and some street scenes are represented in my work. My strongest identification is with nature in motion, the animated world around us. While I love creating things that others can appreciate, painting is a mindfulness practice.

 

Mary Jennings

Email:  mary@maryjenningsart.com
Instagram: mary.jennings.art
Website:  www.maryjenningsart.com

Hello! It’s Mary here.  Thank you for visiting. Feel free to reach out using the contact information above if you have any comments or questions. I’m happy to hear from you.

It might be hard to pin me down to a particular style of painting, so don’t get too comfortable with the photo that’s used to represent my work. It’s best to visit my website where you will find a more complete portfolio and blog. I have done and would love to do more commissions.

I make art and teach about art, creativity and business. I love it all. I have experience with painting murals and work in oils, acrylics, and watercolors. I enjoy blending my experience as a professional visual artist (for 30 years) with my delight in sharing a passion for art through teaching others. I lead classes and experiences for every skill level and have even been featured on three episodes of Bed and Bath Design on HGTV. In 2017, two of my works earned exhibit awards.

Currently, I am the Artist-in-Residence at Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, VA as well as the Director of the Academy with Arlington Artists Alliance. I maintain a creative space in Studio Clarendon. Come visit, please! Contact me if you need directions.

 

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.