My art comes from my life experiences. Photos of friends and family are favorite sources for subjects and I draw inspiration from museum collections and enjoy trying to detect artists’ special techniques. I approach each painting with the style I believe best suits the subject. I have learned to add or subtract paint, and push it around with palette knife, brush, finger or paper towel. Oil paint is my primary media The many ways one can use it with a variety of media intrigues me. Recently I have enjoyed using oil bars, oil markers on black canvas and now alcohol ink markers and stone paper. Each painting is a learning experience and I look forward to more experiences. Come see my work at the Gallery Underground in Crystal City and other Arlington Alliance venues.
I like to fly blind and see if I can bring what’s inside my head onto the canvass. I work with acrylic paints because they suite the needs of my style – something that dries fast, can be applied in layers, and is economical when I get ambitions to work large (which I often do).
I say “fly blind” because the painting process I stumbled into over the years involves a masking of each layer of paint after application. Working light to dark, I apply a single coat of paint with a roller and then block off portions of the canvas with an adhesive (typically tape or glue) where I don’t want the next layer of paint to appear. This process is repeated until the canvass is essentially entirely covered in adhesive hiding a painting underneath. Then I take a deep breath, remove the adhesive, and hope the painting that’s revealed underneath looks like what I imagined in my head.
I won’t lie, sometimes the painting matches what I had planned, and sometimes it does not. However, I’ve never been displeased with the end result (yet?). I think that’s what I enjoy most about the process – the hours and hours of labor always end with a bit of a surprise at the end. I usually add a little brushwork to the piece at the end to give it some pop.
Portraits are my burgeoning passion. If you enjoy my style and would like to commission a portrait of a particular person (or animal) I can be contacted at email@example.com.
Joanne Barrera became interested in ceramics while living in Japan in 1978. Upon her return to the United States, she enrolled in ceramic classes at the Museum School in Boston and continued to work in the medium when she settled in Virginia.
Traveling and living abroad as a Foreign Service spouse has opened my mind and heart to a myriad of cultures that continue to have an influence on my art.
Primarily functional, my ceramic work explores the technical possibilities for decorative surface treatments using underglazes, scraffito, slip trailing and texturizing techniques. The decorative motifs are often borrowed from African, Japanese and Native American art.
Recently, I have also begun exploring the use of everyday objects, such as, screw, bolts and other items that might otherwise be discarded to produce whimsical sculptures. Recycling through art.
Aimee was born and raised near Buffalo, NY, moving to Northern Virginia in 2015 to escape the Lake Erie snow. She has forever been dabbling in various art forms to become versatile in many media to suit her current role as a Therapeutic Art Program Manager for adults with disabilities. She completed her BA in Studio Art from William Smith College in Geneva, NY and her MS in Art Therapy from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.
Specializing in charcoal, her drawing style is representational to capture a moment in time. She enjoys drawing animals, people, and nature scenes. Aimee also enjoys using acrylics to feed her soul through abstract expression and mandala creation.
Available for commission work.
Ann Bolster works in oils, oils and foil, acrylics, collage and mixed media. She paints landscapes, street scenes, still lifes and animals, particularly cats, wolves and foxes. While her style in oils is representational, her style in acrylics, collage and mixed media tends toward the abstract. Whichever style that she is exploring, she loves dramatic color contrasts, particularly the rich natural colors of old textiles oriental carpets and medieval paintings. Her extensive travels often influence the subject matter of her art.