About the Artists
I paint in watercolor primarily because it was the first media I learned in 1997. You often hear from people how difficult watercolor is to handle, or, they just never could not work with it.
My view of the world of watercolor painting is simple: some pigment + water + paper + brushstrokes…the result can develop just as you imagined…or they can react like nothing you had planned…. It’s an adventure and journey waiting to happen. And once in a awhile, a mistake becomes a pleasing result!
Flynn is a founding member and president of the artist’s cooperative ArtBeat Gallery, in Historic Downtown Manassas, which is celebrating ten years in business. Two years ago, he became a member of a Manassas, VA area “en plein air” (outdoor) painter group called “pARTners.” In recent years, from 2007 to 2012, he was a juried member of the Workhouse Artists Associates, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA.
Awards and Juried Exhibits:
• Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, Charlottesville, VA,
• LibertyTown Art Center, Fredericksburg, VA,
• Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, Manassas, VA
• The Mitchell Gallery, St. Johns College, Annapolis, MD
Her first love is watercolor, but she has since gone on to be accomplished in several other media, especially acrylics and pastel. Her favorite subject is the Virginia landscape. "I think of my art as an act of sharing," she says, "a desire to let others see as I see, and feel what I feel."
Michele is also a popular teacher of adult artists at the Center for the Arts in Mansassas, and in workshops around the region.
Most of Stevens art work has been centered around black-and-white graphite the medium. Within the last five years Steven has taken on oil painting through classes taught by Mary Reilly at Creative Brush Studio.
Mary has proven herself to be an accomplished artist with many subjects, but she is best known for her life-like portrayals of people and animals. Paintings by Mary are in public and private collections including such prestigious locations as the United States Court of Veterans Appeals in Washington D.C., the University of Virginia in Charlottesville VA, and Washington Hospital Center, Washington D.C.
She has also been featured in the magazines Northern Virginia, The Piedmont Virginian, Prince William Living and the Piedmont Business Journal where she was highlighted as one of the "25 Women to Watch" in the feature article on Women in Business.
The sense of mood and emotion that Mary brings into her art sets her apart from other artists. Her style of "soft-focused realism" encompasses a range suitable for the realism of her portraiture to the looseness of her more impressionistic paintings. Capturing the essence of the subject being painted, and transcending the ordinary, a painting