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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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
King St. Morning

Opening Hunt
Opening Hunt
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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Lillian August
Lillian DeClarence August was born in 1927 and raised on a farm in the Tidewater area of Virginia. She was actively involved in artistic pursuits most of her life. She started painting with oils when she was eleven years old. Lillian graduated from Madison College in Virginia with a degree in education and a major in art. In the late 1940's she moved to the Washington, D. C. area where she became an art teacher in Arlington County. Her paintings are evocative of the French Impressionist Monet and the French Landscape painter Corot, yet they are truly unique. Her technique has always been impasto with a palette knife and trying to develop a technique for rendering movement of light in color by juxtaposing colors in brief, clean touches ( instead of superimposing layers of colors in glazes, as in the work of the old masters). Thus, the resulting "optical" produces an effect of chromatic richness analogous to that of a transparent painting. The colors and mood of the paintings transport the viewer to another place and time.

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A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place