Jean Moore

When Jean S. Moore started her career in art, she was first drawn to the Old World mosaics of the Greeks and Romans.  After successfully creating several large mosaics, which received wide acclaim, she became increasingly frustrated with the difficulty of obtaining tessarae in a sufficiently broad array of colors to give the depth to her mosaics that she desired.  So she turned to oil painting, where through blending, an endless variety of color, light, and shadow can be obtained.  Since that time she has worked exclusively in oils.

Jean is most well known for her highly-realistic landscapes, still lifes, and animal portraits.  Her paintings are in private collections throughout the East Coast, from Massachusetts to South Carolina, and some of her works have been featured in news articles, used in public posters, and in commercial calendars.  Some of her more popular paintings have been replicated in giclees and in greeting cards.

For Jean, “the beauty of painting is that I never stop learning, never stop improving.  Every time I think I have reached the top of my skill level, I find it is just another plateau and there is yet another peak to climb.”

 

Jessica Mickey

Jessica Mickey is a local Arlingtonian, who has found inspiration and love in oil paints over the past several years. Jessica minored in Visual Arts in college, but her focus then was photography. Today, Jessica uses a paintbrush instead, to focus on light and vibrancy, attempting to draw viewers in with color and composition, often making you feel a part of the painting. Her style would most likely be called photorealism, but with a flare of effervescence that captivates a moment in time more than a photograph ever could. In fact, Jessica’s work has unique undertones of hyper-realism, bringing the viewer’s eye directly where she wants you to focus, sometimes even making you question whether it’s a painting or a photo. Jessica has done many commissions, most often portraits of people and pets, but her favorite compositions are still landscapes.

Since joining the Alliance in 2013, she has shown her work at the Arlington Free Clinic, Luna Grill, Cosi in Courthouse, Arlington Co. Treasurer’s Office, Cassatt’s, SAIC/Leidos, Toby’s Ice Cream, Hand-N-Hand Therapy, the Holiday Inn in Ballston (which she also helps co-curate), and Gallery Underground. Jessica has also happily been the Co-Director of Gallery Underground for more than 2 years now.

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.

 

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.

 

Mary-Jeanne Martz

Website:  www.maryjeannereidmartz.com

For Mary-Jeanne, painting and travel are strongly linked. For almost 60 years, her travels have taken her around the world. She primarily paints landscapes in oil, but also uses water media and pastel. She states: “I put a piece of myself in my paintings. In the process of painting, I both lose and find myself. My personal experiences and emotions are a part of my paintings. As I work on a piece or look at the finished product, I connect back again to that place and time. I relive it and find joy and peace. My hope is that others will also experience what I feel when they view my paintings.” She has had her work accepted in juried shows at the Arlington Artists Alliance, the Art League in Alexandria, the Arts Club of Washington, and the McLean Art Society. She shows continuously at the Gallery Underground in Crystal City.