Featured Artists

Spring Flowers
Spring Flowers
Catherine Thomas
Catherine Thomas is a native Northern Virginia artist. From an early age, Catherine was exposed to fine art by her mother, Lillian DeClarence August, who was an art teacher and accomplished artist. Her mother instilled in her a love of art and also a confidence in her own ability to express herself. Sundays were spent at the National Gallery of Art and the Phillip’s and Corcoran Galleries in Washington, D. C. Catherine also went to Europe with her mother and visited galleries and museums in London and Paris. Currently her artwork is on display in Gleedsville Gallery.

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Margaret Farr discovered the “joyful combination of wildflowers and watercolors” in Greece during a Foreign Service tour with her husband. Since then her work has been selected for many exhibitions, including the Seventh International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, in Pittsburgh, where her work is included in the permanent collection. She is also represented in the Shirley Sherwood Collection, the Denver Botanic Gardens collection, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium.

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 Amaryllis by Margaret Farr
Amaryllis, with Metallic Leaf Background

Lone Huntsman by Sue Kelleher
Lone Huntsman
Sue Kelleher
Since first picking up a brush as a child, Sue Kelleher has had an unconditional and deep resolve to create strong images of beauty, grace and life. Painting in oil since childhood, she has mastered the medium to create splendid Landscapes, equine and hunt scenes. Sue was born and raised in Los Angeles. She moved to the East Coast with her husband in 1980. Her training includes studying with professional artists and attending classes in various colleges around the country. She is also a highly regarded oil painting instructor. “I am simply enchanted with life and beauty and I try to capture it. I visualize my paintings as if they were alive.” This decree is clear in Sue’s equestrian hunt series completed after her invitation to watch the Hunts of Northern Virginia. Horses are Sue’s main interest along with Victorian garden scenes and Landscapes.

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Grant Hacking
Born and raised in South Africa, wildlife artist Grant Hacking, moved to the United States in 1990. He now resides in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with his wife and two daughters. Both of Hacking’s parents are artists. "I never assumed I would be a professional artist," he said in a Wildlife Art magazine interview. "In fact, my father discouraged it."

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 Tree Demon by Grant Hacking
Tree Demon

Red Striped Shade
Red Striped Shade
Linda Holt
Linda’s paintings run the gamut from rich Musical Compositions, inspired by her classical training in music, to vibrant Florals, invoked by fond memories of her mother’s garden. Paintings of Contemporary Interiors, Still Lifes, and Abstracts provide even more variety to her repertoire. Linda’s brush is touched by her own experiences as well as the experiences of people around her. She feels that “working with art is playful” and the following quote best describes how she feels about art. “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine if he is working or playing. To himself, he always seems to be doing both.” Author Unknown

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Bill Schmidt
Bill is a landscape painter whose style reflects his admiration for the French Impressionists Monet, Sisley, and Pissarro and early 20th century American Impressionists. Like these plein air painters, Bill works outdoors in all seasons on a variety of topics: countrysides and panoramas, street scenes, gardens, and especially marines. He believes that doing the painting on site can best capture the vibrancy and effects of color, light, and shadow in a scene. Most of his marine paintings depict scenes in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay area where he paints weekly. He also makes annual or semiannual trips to New England and California and paints wherever his travels take him. Bill began painting as a hobby more than 30 years ago, but landscape painting became his full-time profession in 1984.

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King St. Morning by Bill Schmidt
Odl Waterford