Craig is an award-winning artist who has participated in numerous solo, group, and fundraising shows, and has works held in private collections. He is a member of the plein air painting community and paints with local art societies including MAPAPA, WSLP paint outs, and the MFA Paint Annapolis and the Solomon Island Plein Air Festivals. He has led social painting activities with the Kent Island Federation of Painting, coordinates the Oatland’s Greenhouse Studio paint outs, hosts group life drawing sessions, and teaches painting methods and materials at the Yellow Barn Studio.
Craig holds an Associate of Arts from Montgomery College in Architectural Technology, majored in art at UMD, studied at the Schuler School of Fine Art, Yellow Barn Studio, Chesapeake Fine Art Studio, and Maryland Hall classes and workshops both here and abroad.
His painting style is representational, with an interest in ideas, symbolism, and deeper meaning. He explores a subject through the design, composition, handling of light and shadow, line and edge, and the shape and color of paint in a way that invites and intrigues the viewers’ conscious and subconscious.
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The founder and director of the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery, Walt Bartman teaches landscape, still life and figure painting classes and workshops, here and abroad. His career spans four decades. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Art History from American University and he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Belgium and Holland. His philosophy of painting centers on personal interpretation and the unique approach to the ordinary. For him, a great painting includes all the arts. He works with all levels of students and challenges them to ‘see’ more. Walt’s own work is representational in subject, but with an abstract approach to seeing and expressing his thoughts on canvas. He is a colorist and he shares his knowledge with his students.
It is the invisible that needs to be found, the clue is in the visible.
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Kevin Berlin is an international artist best known for painting, sculpture, and performance. Berlin currently lives in Southhampton, New York and Florence, Italy. Berlin, a Yale University Alumnus, studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Shanghai Daily, The Miami Herald, USA Today, MTV, Tokyo Television, BBC Radio, and over 40 television stations. His works are found in the collections of Kim Basinger, Luciano Pavarotti, Buzz Aldrin, Quincy Jones, Bill and Hillary Clinton, President George W. Bush, HRH Princesse Antonella de Orleans-Bourbon, and General Motors.
Berlin was honored by President Reagan at The White House as a YoungArts Presidential Scholar in 1983. Recent solo exhibitions include Miami, New York, and London. Kevin Berlin spent his childhood in Washington DC and began painting the figure at the Corcoran School of Art at the age of 12.
Berlin’s friendship with the Yellow Barn Studio and Glen Echo Park began more than 35 years ago as a student of Walter Bartman.
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Vian Borchert is an established and renowned award-winning expressionist artist. V. Borchert has exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions within the USA and internationally for decades. Vian is a graduate and “Notable Alumni” from the Corcoran College of Art and Design George Washington University, Washington, DC. Vian considers her expressionistic and abstracted art as visual poems. Vian Borchert’s art has been on exhibit in prestigious places such as the United Nations General Assembly’s Public Lobby Gallery, NYC, and in “Art Basel Miami Beach” Spectrum Miami, 1stdibs Design Center in Chelsea, NYC and the LA Art Show. Vian‘s art is in private collections worldwide, embassies, and museums. Borchert exhibits in major world cities such as NYC, LA, DC, Miami, London, Rome and Berlin. Moreover, Vian Borchert has been attributed in revolutionizing the current contemporary abstract expressionist art movement, and a number of art styles originated from her unique vision such as the abstracted woods since the artist resides by the woods and the waterfall painterly blue canvases. Most notably her love for the big blue and her signature use of the color blue in her abstract paintings created new waves of abstraction in the art world. In this V. Borchert has singularly attributed immensely to the advancement of abstract art in the world. Borchert believes in the importance of a proper art education and advises her students and emerging artists not to take shortcuts nor copy other artists’ work and stay truthful to themselves. Borchert stresses on the need for budding artists to learn the basics of drawing and painting. Thus, Borchert teaches classes in Beginning to Intermediate Drawing and Painting at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo Park. V. Borchert’s art has been featured in numerous well regarded publications such as The Washington Post, The Flux Review, Influential People magazine, Artpil, Elan magazine, Vie magazine, The Miami Art Scene, NPR’s Art Beat and others. Borchert has juried art exhibitions in the Washington DC area. Furthermore, Vian has extensive knowledge in art history, and she has worked in major museums such as the National Gallery of Art and the The Phillips Collection museum in Washington DC. Borchert teaches fine art classes in painting and drawing at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo Park.
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I turned to oil painting and fine art after a long career designing and illustrating some of the great newspapers in our country, including USA Today. The deadline-driven world of journalism required mediums that could be executed quickly. I started out with watercolors and then mastered digital painting with pixels. Now, I’m using oil glazing and other techniques of the Old Masters, and learning to be patient.
My paintings combine a journalistic eye for the narrative, and an intimate view of the passing moment. I paint real places and real people. Places you want to go, and people you would like to meet.
My studio is in suburban Washington, D.C.
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Influenced by her Aunt Mary, Holly’s passion for the arts increased throughout her early years. Later having received a BFA from Eastern Michigan University, she dove into the high-tech design world of the television industry. In recent years she has focused on the creative expression of painting.
Her painting “Autumn on the Potomac” won “Best in Show” 26th Annual Members Show, Friends of the Yellow Barn Studio. In 2021, the 27th Annual Members Show awarded her a “Honorable Mention” for the painting “Sunflower Time.”
Holly’s painting-inspired travels have taken her to Santorini, Greece and Italy’s Amalfi Coast, where she joined plein air workshops sponsored by the Yellow Barn. She constantly finds interesting places to paint around the DMV, and is always intent on finding that spark of beauty and atmosphere that awaits.
Experience as a woodworker, carpenter, stonewall builder, and representational painter have influenced Tory Cowles’ abstract paintings. She’s interested in the conversations that happen between juxtaposed colors, textures and shapes; of spontaneity versus structure; and of boldness versus subtlety.
Represented at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria VA and Longview Gallery, 9th St. NW DC. Cowles also shows widely in the mid-Atlantic region.
Denise has been teaching art at classes and camps for four years at Glen Echo. Long involved with design and art education, she now focuses on children’s art at the Crystal Pool Studio and a teen drawing and painting class through the Yellow Barn. Adult, and Adult/children’s classes include collage, drawing and painting in deconstruct books, and block printmaking. In addition, Denise works part-time at Little Echoes and Playgroup in the Park.
Before moving to the DC area, Denise taught 11 years as a senior high school art teacher in Plano, Texas. Classes included beginning & intermediate art, art appreciation, AP Art History, and AP 3D Design. While there she also served as a reader for the ETS in Art History. While a teacher, Denise earned a MA in Humanities, Visual Studies at the University of Texas, Dallas.
Prior to this time, Denise earned a MLA at the University of Pennsylvania and worked for 15 years as a Landscape Architect in Philadelphia; Columbus, Ohio; and Plano, Texas.
In her own work, Denise has been painting for several years both representational and abstractly. She has been involved with shows through the Art League at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, with the League of Reston Artists, and at local venues in Loudoun County, VA.
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Gavin Glakas grew up in Bethesda, MD, and started drawing about the time he started walking. He studied with Walt Bartman in high school and at Washington University in St. Louis and the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
After graduation, Glakas spent a year and a half working on Capitol Hill as a Senate staffer. He had planned to go to law school, but after an eight-month illness culminating in the removal of a tumor from his lung at the age of 24, he decided to pursue his lifelong ambition of a career as an artist.
Glakas began showing his work in galleries almost immediately and spent six years studying portrait and figure painting on Thursdays and Fridays.
His paintings hang in the permanent collections of the United States Capitol, the Virginia State Capitol, universities, museums and numerous other collections both public and private.
Glakas is represented by Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA and Charleston, SC, Palm Avenue Fine Art in Sarasota, FL, and Hubert Gallery in New York.
He has won numerous honors for his artwork, including awards from the Portrait Society of America and the Butler Insti- tute of American Art. His paintings have been featured on NBC News and in The Washington Post, as well as American Art Collec- tor, Plein Air, International Artist, The American Scholar, Art Busi- ness News, The Strand and Elan magazines, and exhibited at mu- seums and galleries throughout the country.
Glakas teaches painting and drawing at the Yellow Barn Studio and lives in McLean, VA, with his wife and two sons.
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Erich Keel served as The Kreeger Museum’s Head of Education for fourteen years. Before joining the Museum in 1999, Keel was involved in the arts in Washington, DC and New York: he volunteered and freelanced at Corcoran Gallery of Art and worked for the Museum of Modern Art.
Keel was born and raised in Zürich, Switzerland, where he began his university studies in English, Philosophy, and Art History. He earned a Ph.D. with a dissertation on the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty from Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Keel is the author of “David Lloyd Kreeger: A Collector’s Journey,” in The Kreeger Museum (2009) and co-author of “Linking Art and Geography Education: A Museum Model for Elementary and Middle Schools” in Journal for Cultural Research in Art Education, volume 31 (2014). Since leaving The Kreeger Museum in 2013, Keel has been lecturing and leading art tours in Europe. He taught five courses for OLLI at AU on 19th and 20th -century art; gave talks at the Swiss and Austrian Embassies; and presented a lecture on the art of Max Beckmann, John Heartfield, and Felix Nussbaum to Smithsonian Associates. On separate art history tours, Keel led groups on visits in Germany (2013) Andalusia (2014), France (2015) and the UK (2016). His most recent international trip focused on museums in Prague, Vienna and Krakow, including the Art History Museum of Vienna, where Keel gave a gallery talk on Flemish painting.
After enjoying a long career spanning over 30 years, including senior staff positions; editorial and medical illustrator, freelancing for major newspaper, magazine, and institutional publications and markets, Marcia is now immersed in traditional oil painting. Marcia is a portrait and figurative painter; “People fascinate me, which, I feel contributes to my ability to capture a likeness. Through illustration, I’m drawn to the narrative in portrait and figure painting. I like to think that my paintings are more than just mirroring a person’s features, that I capture a moment, or their essence that depicts who we are. People are all about their relationships with each other, their pets, and the surrounding landscape of our lives. Incorporating the landscape, still life, our loves and sorrows fascinate me. I look to translate the extraordinary ordinary, in my paintings, which I find so intriguing… “
Marcia’s oil painting journey started in 2012 when she traveled to Italy for a painting workshop. Through a serendipitous meeting in an art store, she was intrigued by a conversation she overheard about a fast figure workshop going on….Marcia signed up for the class on the spot, joined the class the following day, and followed the instructor to Italy a few weeks later for his painting workshop. Says Marcia, “I followed my muse, and haven’t looked back!”
Marcia teaches in Leesburg, Loudoun Co., Great Falls, and the DC area and also enjoys portrait and painting commissions. Her paintings are frequently exhibited in solo and group shows and are held in public and private collections and shows.
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An artist since early childhood, Margaret Lashley enjoys creating art with an eye for accuracy and a feel for the essence of her subject. She loves to spend time immersed in nature, but also enjoys traveling to locations such as Paris, Italy, Japan, and Thailand to study art, museums, and architecture. She graduated from the College of William and Mary, where she studied figure drawing, color theory, oil and acrylic. Her approach to teaching is focused on helping students have fun while mastering the foundations of good drawing skills.
Bonny Lundy is a contemporary impressionist interested in color, shape, movement, atmosphere and light.
Bonny Lundy is one of the most highly regarded watercolorists in the Washington DC area. She owns Pleasant View Studio in Brookeville, Maryland where she creates expressive watercolor and oil landscapes, florals, figure and still life. Lundy’s connection with nature is conveyed through emotional color, flowing, impressionistic brushstrokes, movement of elegant shapes, and brilliant color energy. Her paintings are included in private and the public collections of Geico, US Council on Aging, Sandy Spring Museum, Nat Institute of Health, Glen Echo Nat Park. Lundy’s Art has been featured in The Washington Post, Artworks This Week, Frederick Magazine and the Olney Gazette.
Lundy has BFA in painting from Lake Erie College. She exhibits at The Artists Gallery and with Countryside Artisans Tour. Her award winning artwork is included in juried competitions and solo shows. Lundy has taught drawing and watercolor for thirty-five years at Glen Echo National Park in Bethesda, Maryland. Other teaching venues have included Smithsonian Associates, Frederick Community College, the Delaplaine Art Center, and Artists and Makers Studios. A juror, she offers popular art talks, demonstrations and critiques. Lundy coordinates and leads plein air painting workshops to Honduras, Italy, France, Sedona, Santa Fe, Costa Rica, Lewes, Delaware, the Shenandoah Mountains and many other beautiful locations.
Penny grew up in NW Washington DC, where she currently lives. She studied at University of Massachusetts Boston, earning her Bachelor’s of English Literature. After many different career trajectories, she finally found her way back to her “forever” passion…creating art.
The pandemic was a catalyst for this change, and enabled her to spend many hours honing her craft and studying. She has been painting in oils since the age of 15, and it is her preferred medium. 10 years ago, she discovered digital art, and has since incorporated that into her field of study.
Penny has had gallery shows as well as solo shows, and continues to explore both digital and traditional art.
Gita Mirshahi earned her BFA in drawing & sculpture from Trinity college and her MFA from George Washington University. She works in a wide range of two and three dimensional media – from drawing to print making and painting, to creating sculpture, ceramics or jewelry. Gita has focused of late on spontaneous, free flowing, vibrant paintings, which, though based on the physical world are near calligraphic abstractions. Each painting reflects her own personal brand of ‘automatic’ rhythms & shapes. She has taught many disciplines and her hallmark is helping the student develop their own vision and techniques. My joy in making art is launching in to uncharted waters, looking for the unexpected approach to the world around us & with in . This means taking risks, investing yourself in the process of discovery, and watching your subject reveal it self. See yourself in different light as you learn to paint with no inhibitions, under Gita’s generous tutelage.
Ally Morgan is a visual artist and art teacher working in Montgomery County, Maryland. In 2010 she received her BFA in painting from Salisbury University and she received her MFA in drawing and painting from Arizona State University in 2014.
Ally is a mixed media artist, focusing on watercolors, pens, and colored pencils. Inspired by the lectures of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida, she endeavors to explore the identity of the “Animal Other” as well as her own personal relationship with them. Derrida suggested that “the animal looks at us and we are naked before it… thinking perhaps starts here.” This statement about seeing the animal and the animal confronting our gaze of them has continued to lead Ally’s artistic investigation.
Karen graduated in studio art and went on to receive her MFA at the University of Maryland in College Park in color lithography.
After graduate school, Karen began to explore watercolor and became fascinated and captivated by its subtleties and possibilities. Her award winning paintings have earned her signature membership in the Baltimore Watercolor Society and Potomac Valley Watercolorists. She is also a member of other art organizations in the metropolitan DC area. She is past president of the Olney Art Association, where her mother was a founding member.
She has illustrated two textbooks that her husband has written on human computer interaction.
Honorata has spent extensive time in major European museums which have influenced her latest projects. In 2020 she created her 30 person performance on stage on the theme of the color “R.E.D”, and her short film “Vendemmia,” translating a painting into movement in the picturesque vineyards of Montepulciano, Italy. In 2018 she filmed “Lady And The Ermine” inside in National Museum in Krakow; a story which literally brings Da Vinci’s famous painting to life. As a lover of museums, recent visits include National Gallery and British Museum in London, world premiere of Treasures of Tutankhamun at Saatchi Museum, and extensive study and visits to Uffizi Museum in Florence, which is the basis for her most recent project.
Monica Pittman is a local painter and interior designer; she has studied and painted all her life and brings her life long enthusiasm for art and design to the classroom.
Monica has found the Yellow Barn to be a haven for artistic pursuits.
‘I believe that it’s fundamental that artists should gather and learn together. We will learn and develop fundamental principles of color and design thru creative exercises that will set the foundation for your unique painting style. All levels are welcome.
Dipali Rabadiya’s interest in art was developed when she was very young. She has been painting and drawing since she was a child. She pursued her BFA at Seton Hill University and she has studied with Qiang Huang, Jennifer McChristian, and Kevin Macpherson.
Dipali most recently taught at Fred Roger’s Latrobe Art Center. She paints from observation and her painting style is Alla Prima, creating small still life and landscape paintings. She believes that painting small and often improves the artistic skill and encourages an individual to be more creative their field.
Dipali was born and raised in Gujarat, India and now lives at McLean, VA with her husband and two sons.
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An artist since the day he was born, Leo Ramos prefers oil painting and drawing from life. Leo grew up in Kensington, MD where he currently resides but spends part of the year in Colombia, South America where he was born. He started painting in high school under the tutelage of Walt Bartman III and then became an apprentice and assistant for Walt Bartman II at the Yellow Barn Studio where he learned the value of craftsmanship and hard work. He has received several awards including Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts, Congressional Scholar in the Arts, and first and second place award at the Kensington paint the town plein air event. His work can be found at Gallery 322 in Frederick Maryland.
Renee Sandell grew up in New York City where she attended the High School of Music and Art and the City College of New York.. Sandell holds a MA and PhD in Art Education from The Ohio State University.
Renee Sandell’s Visual Fitness 4 All®is the result of her over 45 years of art teaching experience in classrooms and museums and includes creating art and presenting at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. Renee is founding director of the expeditionary, museum-based SummerVision DC Program, which she designed and has delivered for the National Art Education Association (NAEA) for a decade since 2010. Previously Founder/Director/Professor of Graduate Art Education at George Mason University (2004-2014) and Professor of Art Education at Maryland Institute College of Art (1990-2003), in 1980, Sandell was a Fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts. Co-author of two books on gender issues and a new book Real Lives 21 about contemporary art educators, Sandell has published numerous articles, book chapters and art curricula.
Winner of the 2019 Lowenfeld Award, Sandell was recognized as 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecturer in Art Education at Miami University and 2013 NAEA National Art Educator, Renee has received numerous awards for her leadership and scholarship on her Form+Theme+Context (FTC)® and her Marking & Mapping®, an accessible form of visual meaning-making. Sandell’s Visual Fitness 4 All® for Engaging Creativity and Insight® workshops are designed to nurture envisioning skills for individuals within professional development programs, organizations, health spas, businesses, and other venues. She teaches for Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts.
Renee’s artistic installations of ink and water-media markings explore the human condition in time, space, and place. Her Silk Meditations and recent work entitled Virtue Maps reveal positive energies contained in human virtues, reflecting sensory states of consciousness through spiritual expression. Immersed in universal gratitude, these works become meditative mindscapes of visual affirmations needed in our turbulent times.
Ann teaches painting and drawing with an emphasis on composition, perceptual observation, color and surface. Her philosophy is simple – the visual arts should be visually compelling, pulling you in and making you see! Ann has a BA in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Virginia, an MFA in Painting from American University, and had a year of postgraduate study at the Fine Arts Academy in Munich, Germany. Awards include a Fulbright Scholarship in Painting, the Annette Kade Fine Arts Fellowship, the David Lloyd Kreeger Award, and the Art Prize from UVA. Ann is an Adjunct Professor of Art at Georgetown University, and has taught extensively at area schools including AU, Maryland, NVCC and the Smithsonian.
“Art is a constant seeking, a honing of sensibilities, a push and pull to find the right line, color, tone and texture within a dynamic composition.”
Michael Shibley is a fine artist whose watercolors and oils focus on light, shape and color in the natural and man-made landscape. His work can be found in both public and private collections in the Washington area and across the country. His use of color attracts attention at local art galleries and group shows. His colorful urban landscapes depicting people participating in urban life have proved increasingly popular and have resulted in numerous commissioned works. Michael offers personal tutoring in watercolor as well as larger classes. He is currently an art instructor at the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park. His class, ‘Finding Your Watercolor Style’ offers students painting techniques and approaches for application to the student’s preferred subject matter. Michael is also an active participant in the Washington, D.C., area art community including the Montgomery Art Association (MAA) serving two years as president and three years as the coordinator of their 125 artist ‘Paint the Town’ Show; the Takoma Watercolor Group; the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, and is a Friend of the Yellow Barn. He has also served as a juror at local art exhibitions.
Sarah Spector grew up in Bethesda, MD, where, sometime in the late twentieth century, she was a lucky high school student of Walter Bartman.
For many moons, she lived in Paris, Nice, Corsica, and Israel. There, awash in silver and gold light and the saturated and subtle tones of Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, she made a lot of art, bilingually.
Now back on home soil after untold years in the San Francisco Bay Area, she is happily absorbing the phenomenal beauty of Washington, DC. An Abstractionist and Colorist, her background in landscape, portraiture, still life and virtuosic sketching are firmly established.
She heartily enjoys bringing students to deeper awareness and understanding of, delight and mastery in….and expression of – their skills in Drawing, Painting…and Seeing.
Irina Stotland received her doctorate in the History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr PA. A specialist in nineteenth-century French art, her research interests include Post-Impressionism and self-portraiture. Her article on Paul Gauguin’s self-portraits appears in Gauguin’s Challenge. New Perspectives After Postmodernism (ed. Norma Broude, 2018). She is currently teaching at Montgomery College LLI, Rockville MD and lecturing at various museums and educational organization.
Samantha Stover grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Art History from McGill University and a Masters in Fine Art, cum laude, from the New York Academy of Art.
Throughout her academic studies in art, she focused her concentration on Drawing Techniques: historical methods and materials as well as figure-drawing exclusively from life. After an almost 10-year hiatus from fine art, she returned to the discipline with a renewed interest in the figure and the power of creative expression. Drawing also on her previous experience as a theatrical costume designer, she is influenced by the performative and communicative capacity of the human form and spirit. Her current work employs the practices of her traditional training to capture fleeting observations, emotions and memories.
Her work has been shown in galleries in Maryland, New York, and Berlin. Since moving back to the USA from Europe, she has been a Teaching Assistant in New York and an organizer of online art events.
Maud Taber-Thomas is an oil painter specializing in portraits and scenes inspired by literature and history. She earned her MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bowdoin College and Oxford University, where she studied Victorian Literature as well as the fine arts. Maud has had paintings in such New York City galleries as Sloan Fine Art, Flowers Gallery, and Dacia Gallery, and has also shown at the Scope Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland. In 2011, Maud was awarded a residency by the Terra Foundation in Giverny, France, where she completed a series of plein air paintings of the town where Monet had his studio. She works and teaches in the Washington, DC area.
Elisabeth Vismans Listens, Guides and Inspires Creative Experiences.
She was born and raised in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and started to paint after a long international career in the corporate world in Rotterdam, Paris, Sydney, Düsseldorf and Nice. She is fluent in 4 languages, an Award-Winning Visual Artist, Certified Professional Life Coach, Certified NLP Practitioner and partners with Walter Reed Medical Center for therapeutic painting. She and her family moved from Germany to the US in 2000, and settled in Howard County, MD. In 2004 she became the proverbial empty nester and started looking for a way to give meaning to her life. One morning it dawned on her that she could now follow her life long passion and so she picked up a paint brush, registered for an art class and never looked back. That felt like “coming home”.
Now that she was finally doing what she was meant to be doing, she wanted to share this amazing feeling with others who were also in search of a purpose. She became a life coach and developed her own unique coaching program with paint (visual and verbal language combined). Teaching intuitive painting was the next step and from there she evolved to teaching painting flowers, visual journaling and abstract painting. In all her classes she works with the whole (mind-body) student, because she firmly believes that every painting is a problem to solve and therefore it is important to know what goes on in your head so you can quiet the mind and be more creative.
She knows all too well how it feels to start with painting later in life, and putting yourself in a vulnerable position, and so she is well equipped to help students to get over their initial fear and connect to their own painting style. Painting with intuition and enjoying the process is a major component of her teachings. She is also passionate about empowering women to find their passion and developed a unique coaching program where paint is being used as an extra modality. She also teaches 6-week Visual Journaling classes, where feelings are being expressed in images. This is a
deep, cathartic, and meaningful process guided by the inner wisdom. (Carl Jung started his visual journal the Red Book in 1910).
Elisabeth’s expressive painting style is ever evolving, she sure likes to push the boundaries and is always embracing a challenge. She draws her inspiration from nature and everything around her. Her medium of choice is oil paint, her art work is full of color, joy, energy and can be found in many private collections in the US and abroad.
Over the years she participated in many (solo and juried) shows around the country. Her latest show was in the Yellow Barn in November 2019.
“I am a visual storyteller. I am here capturing infatuation before the magic escapes and showing ephemeral as part of permanence. Making aesthetic interpretation in fine art according to taste then delivering it in its most immediate and pure visual representation with attention to personal influences about sustainable aesthetic value.”
James was born in Wheaton Maryland and now resides in rural Poolesville, MD. James attended the Corcoran School of Art, Montgomery College and the University of Maryland.
He has developed a drawing technique with pen and ink of candid images showing public places that exemplify modern culture.
He chooses medium depending on the subject. His paintings are of many subject matters depending upon requirements from shows and clients. His art transforms the ordinary into revealing objects of interest.
James has participated in many communities art programs. He was President of the Montgomery Art Association where he was previously Vice President. His work has sold well locally.
Ann Wallace holds a B.A.from the University of Massachusetts, a J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School, and an L.L.M. from George Washington University School of Law. After law school, she worked as a criminal attorney for the United States Department of Justice. At the same time, she continued to pursue art as a student at the Yellow Barn Studio. From 2001 to 2013, she was a Yellow Barn Instructor teaching drawing and painting with oils, acrylics, gouache, and pastels. Thereafter, until 2019, she taught painting classes at Plaza Artists Materials in Rockville, Maryland. She is also a copyist at the National Gallery of Art.
Ann paints immediately or directly— “au premier coup” (at first stroke) or “alla prima”(at first attempt). When approaching still life paintings, she believes that the selection and arrangement of objects reveal the presence of the artist. In her portraits, she attempts to go beyond the likeness and focuses on the perceived character of the individual. And, when she is out in nature, she tries to capture the essence of the place—the movement of the sky and water; the character of the rocks, land, and trees; the intensity of the colors; and the transience of the light. Ann draws inspiration from artists like James McNeill Whistler, who prefer to evoke rather than define. She believes that a painting should not serve simply to showcase the technical prowess of the painter, but instead should allow the viewer to be an integral participant in the realization of the artist’s vision. She has had numerous solo exhibits, and her award-winning paintings are in private collections throughout the country and on permanent exhibition in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States Department of Justice.
Eric Westbrook is a painter, illustrator, and art instructor living and working in the Washington DC area. Current and former teaching venues include The Yellow Barn at Glen Echo, VisArts in Rockville, and the Women’s Club of Chevy Chase.
Eric’s landscape and portrait paintings are frequently exhibited in solo and group shows, and are held in public and private collections. He is an experienced judge of art shows and competitions.
His illustration work has appeared in the publications of prominent corporate, government, and editorial clients nationwide.
Nathaniel is an award-winning artist with over 15 years of painting experience. Working in oil and watercolor, Nathaniel’s work has been recognized for awards in several local exhibitions, including most recently the Waterford Fair and the Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition. Having grown up in Loudoun County, VA and having lived in Frederick County, MD for several years, he has a strong connection to the area and much of his work focuses on the local landscape. He is most interested in subject matter that includes elements of the built environment which are often overlooked, such as houses, parking lots, and railroad crossings. Currently, his painting practice includes both studio work and extensive work outdoors and on location.
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Marcie Wolf-Hubbard received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Studio Art and studied Fine Art and Illustration at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Her paintings have been exhibited widely on the East Coast. She has illustrated for magazines and books and worked as a courtroom artist. Marcie is an instructor at Glen Echo Park, the Yellow Barn Studio and The Smithsonian. She is also a teaching artist in the community, working with children and adults including individuals with special needs and seniors with dementia.
Marcie and her husband, David Hubbard, are collaborating on a series of books of David’s short stories and poems and her encaustic paintings, which have inspired David’s writing. Poems From Within is the first book in the series.
I have always loved to draw. Like most artists, I look and take in what’s around me. For the past six years, I have been working in encaustic (hot wax) painting. Painting in encaustic highlights the lines and tonal quality of my charcoal drawings of the figure and nature. Up close, I see the texture on the surface, further emphasized by oilstick on the drawn lines and brushstrokes. Adding collage elements gives more texture, dimension and depth to the paintings. My drawing is an appreciation of the life, personality, spirit and beauty of humanity and nature.
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I have always been involved with art as I was raised in a house of painters.From an early age I became interested in comics, cartoons and animation. My childhood was spent copying illustrations from books I owned or drawing my own stories.
After graduating from the Fine Arts High School, I entered Anadolu University’s Department of Cartoon & Animation. During my student life I had the opportunity to participate in different festivals and competitions and won various awards. One of these awards allowed me to study at the New York Film Academy in 2011. Then, after studying graphic arts for one year at the Krakow Fine Arts Academy, I completed an internship in the gaming industry in Hamburg.
Since 2014 I have worked on different projects in the comics, illustration and animation industry. I’m living in Lisbon and continue my work as a freelancer.
For all artists, beginner to professional, who want to add colored pencils to their arsenal. Artists will explore the amazing capabilities, uses and techniques of colored pencils through hands-on experimentation/demonstration with various types of pencils and products. Learning several blending methods and how to create a variety of textures. We will discuss surfaces and methods for image transfer. Beginning a project which can be continued and brought back to the workshop. Colored pencils are very labor intensive and can be hard on the hands, so the workshop is continued the following week, giving the participants time to go home and work further on the project, do a homework assignment. We will also learn important layering & finishing techniques. For more information, visit: LisArts.com or email Lisarts.email@example.com. Minimum age 14.
Lis Zadravec is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, Colored Pencil Community of Australasia and Best Loudoun artist 2018. Her award-winning narrative colored pencil artwork is internationally recognized and has been published, among other places, in the book “Draw Portraits in Colored Pencil”. Having studied oil painting and portraiture at the Corcoran School of Art, her approach to colored pencils reflects the layering technique used in the Maroger method of painting. Colored pencils lend themselves to precise detail and photo realism, Lis also aims is to make subjects look as if they were painted. Her approach is unique even among other colored pencil artists and her standards of excellence have been confirmed by many curators and jurors. She has been teaching for over 2 decades and working wish colored pencils more than 30 years. She brings experience and enthusiasm to a medium that has now caught the world’s attention.
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