Z. Pashaei

Email:  zpashaei1@gmail.com

I am a Washington D.C. native who loves art, nature, and good food. Living now in Arlington, I enjoy experiencing the unique cultures of our diverse city and am happy to be a member of a growing art community.  As an artist, I believe that sustainability and recycling are important and I find inspiration for art materials in ordinary day-to-day items, such as magazines. The paper mosaics I create utilize several hundred small magazine pieces which are glued together to create a mirage of life-like forms. Like putting together a puzzle, this requires many hours of persistence and visual intuition to finish. In addition, to creating paper mosaics, I find great joy in stippling portraits of iconic celebrities.


Deborah Taylor

Email: deborahltaylor@mac.com

Website: http://www.dtaylorstudio.com

I consider myself to be a contemporary impressionist oil painter. One of my favorite studios is the great outdoors. I specialize in plein air landscape painting as well as still life paintings from set ups at my home studio or studio at the Blue Studio at Studios Underground.

My artistic journey has taken me on several paths. Early, I was interested in craft/sculpture and working with tools. I took a break from creative pursuits to follow a career outside of art as well as for child rearing. For the past ten or more years I have become obsessed with oil painting. Painting guides me in looking at the world with intention.

One path that has been especially rewarding for me is to paint small and often. I initially painted daily and then wrote about the process on a blog. I have since abandoned the blog

(after almost two years) and now have become more flexible in my painting practice. I sometimes paint abstracts in acrylic, have loved my involvement with encaustics but always return to my true calling – small intimate oil paintings.

I am inspired by many things, a flower, sun on an old pick up truck, bright red bell peppers or hills on a foggy day.

I am a member and former board member of both The Art League and the Arlington Artists Alliance. My work can be seen at several venues through the region, in private collections and at www.dtaylorstudio.com

Yes — Commission *  I accept commissions on a case by case basis. I do not, however, paint portraits but enjoy painting landscapes or objects that have special meaning.

Anna Schalk

BS Cornell University; BS Medical University of South Carolina; Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing; Teacher at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Anna is a retired Pediatric Occupational Therapist who treated children in NYC for 15 years. Following 7 years of study at BBSH, she developed a program to assist the participants in discovering and releasing of life long beliefs that do not serve the individual in self actualization.

Anna studied painting throughout her life: U of Georgia, Rochester Tech, College of Charleston, and the Corcoran School of Art. Her teachers included Gene Davis, Miles Batt, Carla O’Connor, Michael Tyzack, Michael Phillips and many others.

Anna has exhibited in both solo and group shows in various cities: NYC; Washington, DC; Charleston, SC; Miami, FL; Lookout Mtn., TN and others.

Her paintings have been juried in to national shows, winning awards as well as being included in traveling exhibits.

Sally Slifkin

Email: ssslif@gmail.com
Website: http://ssslif.wixsite.com/sally-slifkin

Sally Samuels Slifkin has been painting for all of her adult life. She loves painting landscapes which include architectural interest. Most of her work has been in acrylic on canvas although she has dabbled in pastel, gouache and oil. Sally has recently moved to Arlington, VA from Allentown, PA, where she has lived most of her life. Her artwork is mostly inspired by the Pennsylvania farmland which surrounded her town. She finds beauty in the simple life; a farm, a fence in a field, a clothesline, a backyard. She also enjoys painting from photographs she has taken while vacationing in New England, South Carolina, England, Ireland and France. Sally has recently been creating miniature worlds in shadow boxes, many which include her original paintings. She has just illustrated a children’s book series, “The Royal Series”, written by her daughter.

Sally has had her paintings exhibited in several solo and group shows in the Allentown, PA area. Her artwork is in the permanent collection at Just Born Candies (Peeps), as well as in many private homes. She served on the board of the Lehigh Art Alliance for 12 years. She is a member of the Arlington Artists Alliance. A graduate of Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA she has studied painting both in Allentown and Arlington.


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.