Leigh Fulton

Leigh was born and raised in a small town in Ohio and learned to love art in high school where she won first place for her pencil portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt. She moved on to oils and spent many years wrestling with that media with some success. After moving to Washington, DC in 1968, she joined several art organizations and studied for almost six decades with local and nationally-recognized art instructors. She discovered watercolors when she traveled to Provence on a watercolor workshop and knew she needed to seriously dip her toes into that media. She had no idea at the time where that would lead. Now she paints exclusively in watercolor. Inspired by her travels around the world and the breathtaking scenery she encountered, she paints landscapes, architecture and interiors. Her work has been frequently accepted in juried art exhibitions and has won numerous awards. She is a juried and board member of The Potomac Valley Watercolorists and Gallery Underground in Arlington, Virginia. She is also a member of The Art League and Gallery 75 in Alexandria, Virginia and the Arlington Artists Alliance. Her solo exhibition in Washington, DC was one of the high points in her artistic career. One of her paintings was featured in the publication: “Potomac Valley Watercolorists: Celebrating 40 Years – 1974-2014.”

Artist Statement: What I love about watercolor painting is the paint itself. The way the colors can be subtle or strong, light or dark, transparent or opaque. The way some paints separate into two different colors and others blend together to make gorgeous combinations. Just playing with the paints is mystical, fascinating and fun. I want my paintings to tell a story and resonate with viewers. I strive to pull the viewer into my interior paintings and become a part of the scene. I hope my landscapes of places I’ve visited around the world will create a desire to be in those locations. Being part of the painting brings life to it.


  • Potomac Valley Watercolorists
  • The Art League, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Bin Gallery – The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Gallery Underground, Arlington, Virginia
  • Arlington Artists Alliance, Arlington, Virginia


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.


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.


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.


Elise Ritter

Email: eliseritter@yahoo.com
Website: http://elise-ritter.pixels.com
Website: http://eliserittergallery.com

  • She is a juried member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, an organization of top watercolor artists in the Washington DC region.
  • She is represented by Gallery Underground, in Crystal City, Arlington, the award-winning gallery of the Arlington Artists Alliance, and she is an active member of the Alliance.
  • She is also a featured artist at Masterpieces Gallery, in Kerikeri, New Zealand, and her paintings are being shown in Auckland NZ this summer, 2017.
  • Her paintings are represented in many private collections throughout the United States, New China, Germany, England, Portugal, Canada, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico.
  • Elise is a member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, and her paintings have been selected for several annual statewide exhibitions. She has also had a one-person show at the State Capitol during the General Assembly, and 2 solo shoes at private galleries in Richmond.
  • “Luminous Grace,” was the title of her 30-piece solo show from January – April 2016, at the National Methodist Church in Washington, DC.
  • Elise’s artwork was juried into the 2016 Best Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition.
  • Her duo art exhibition, with Linda Maldonado, “Illuminations” (2014), at Gallery Underground, was chosen as a “hot hit & hidden jewel” by CultureCapital Weekend, and reviewed on NPR.
  • PUBLICATIONS include: “Pastoral Liturgy: Doing Good Work, May/June 2016”“Potomac Valley Watercolorists: Celebrating 40 Years 1974-2014”Arlington Magazine: “Best of Edition,” Jan./Feb. 2015; and “Elan” magazine, 2014.