Arlington, Virginia artist Sandi Parker (www.sandiparker.com) specializes in acrylic abstracts and impressionistic style oils. Her abstracts are based on urban walls and landscapes; favorite subjects for oils include landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, gardens and youth sports. She also has a line of jewelry, SandiSea Designs, made with shells, stone and other natural materials found on beaches.
Sandi is a member of the Arlington Artists Alliance, the Art League, and the Rehoboth Art League in Rehoboth, Delaware. She exhibits and sells her work at Gallery Underground, where she is Co-Director, located at 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA; Cassatt’s Café and Gallery, located at 4536 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA; The Corkran Gallery at the Rehoboth Art League; at numerous art shows and other venues in Arlington, and at her studio/gallery at Blue Studios at Art Underground at 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. Her work has won awards and is frequently accepted into juried shows.
“My goal in painting abstracts is to create dynamic color studies with movement and energy, invoking an urban vibe. In my traditional oils, I am especially drawn to the vivid purples of lavender fields in Provence, the yellows of Tuscan sunflower fields, the pastels of the sea, and the many hues of flowers. In these works I attempt to create a soothing mood through the use of color. In my paintings of youth sports I strive to capture action, drama, and touching interaction between players and coaches. In my jewelry line I have translated my love of the seashore and years of “treasure hunting” on beaches all over the world into a line of unique, one-of-a-kind pieces using natural materials.”
Sandi’s work can be seen on her website, at www.sandiparker.com. Her works are also available as prints upon request, and on notecards, and she accepts commissions. Contact Sandi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Over the last few years, much of my creative work has been in response to the natural environment. The work is about something I’ve spent quite a bit of time with, and appreciated its presence, such as the cormorants that populated our stretch of river one summer, the 11 white egrets the next summer, and the trees and other plants and birds on our property on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. More recently, I have begun to work in a narrative style, conjuring memories of childhood on my grandparents’ farm, for instance, working alongside migrant workers and playing with their children. These narratives and others touch on social constructions that trigger memories and elicit emotions in the viewer.”
Sharon holds a BS in Art Education and Masters and Doctoral degrees in special education and disability related fields. Her career has spanned 35 years as a recreation therapist, special educator, academic researcher, and university adjunct professor, specializing in intellectual disabilities and autism. She incorporates the visual arts in her work with people with disabilities, and she has national recognition for her leadership in arts and disabilities policies and practice.
Visit Sharon at her studio:
Columbia Pike Artists’ Studios, studio 5, by appointment.
Elise Ritter is an award-winning watercolor, acrylic and collage artist. She is a juried member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists and the Arlington Artists Alliance. Her artwork is in several galleries in the Washington DC area, and in Kerikeri, New Zealand. Paintings by Elise have been published in books and magazines in England, Portugal, Belgium, Canada, and the US. Her work has been accepted into the statewide Virginia Watercolor Society shows, and she was also accepted into an annual ‘Best Virginia Artists’ exhibition.
Elise’s exploration as a painter began in 2003, following a 20-year career in publishing, primarily at Time-Life Books, and a 10-year second career in clinical social work. Since becoming a painter, she has received more than 15 awards– as well as having three solo shows and five duo or group exhibitions. Her artwork is in private collections in Germany, England, China, New Zealand, Canada, Puerto Rico, and throughout the US.
From Curator Margaret Hancock, of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: ‘Elise Ritter captures landscapes with fluidity, paying special attention to light, atmosphere, and reflection…Just as it did for Claude Monet, the artist’s experience with paint and light form a starting point for more abstract works.’
Ilona Lantos is an educator and artist, whose passion can be summed up in a few words, “art is for everyone.” Teaching and art making have been part of her whole life. She taught languages, computer graphics, music and jewelry making. When her only child, Chris died from cancer when he was 12, Ilona was devastated. Her heart broke into million pieces and she could not see any purpose of her life. She not only lost her son, she also lost her role as a mother. When she was introduced to silk painting a tiny light entered her heart. She immediately became seriously interested in learning more about painting, so she attended several workshops. With the brushes and paints she was able to express what is hard to say in words. She committed to rebuilding herself as an artist. She has studied Intentional Creativity with Shiloh Sophia McCloud, acrylic painting with Flora Aube, silk painting with Clara Graves, mandala art with Kathryn Costa and Cassia Cogger. She and her husband established the Chris Lantos Foundation in memory of their son to help kids with cancer and their families. Ilona hopes that art making will be integral part in her personal and professional life. She is a member in the Intentional Creativity Teacher and Guild and the Arlington Artists Allience.
I enjoy making art that activates a sense of being in touch with my deeper self and wisdom. My work centers around the old stories that we have been telling ourselves while they control our lives unconsciously yet when we bring them into consciousness we can transform them into new legends on the canvas.
My process is based on intuition, intention and inquiry. I love to dig deep into my heart and mind until the unconscious essence of me becomes conscious and materializes into something physical to touch and see and have a dialog with. I love to express feelings with symbols and patterns.
Making art is part of cultivating self-love and learning about myself at a deeper level and authentically.
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, still life scenes and also enjoys creating whimsical nursery scenes. Her style can be described as impressionistic, choosing colors from a soft French inspired palette. She is a member of the Arlington Artists Alliance, Program Chair of the McLean Art Society, and the Falls Church Art Society, and enjoys belonging to these communities of fellow artists. Gerda works in her studio at the AAA Clarendon Gallery in Arlington.
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. In addition, she has 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), Lehigh Valley Hospital, 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.
I typically 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).
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’m rarely displeased with end result. 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.
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.