The faculty members who teach classes and workshops at Beverley Street Studio School include artists, art historians, and critics who are highly esteemed professional and experienced educators. They are selected by The Academic Committee after a review of applications, candidates’ professional standing, available student evaluations, and professional recommendations. After that, and a review by the Standards Committee, the schedule of varied, informative, and enjoyable class is announced.

Lauren Andreach

BY Lauren Andreach

Lauren teaches workshops and weekly classes in New Jersey, and paints en plein air using the prismatic palette, which has its origins in the French Barbizon School. The artist was recently featured in the March 2015 issue of “Plein Air Magazine”, and has been awarded four “Best in Show” and one “Artist’s Choice” award. Her more recent work focuses on a meditative artistic intention. For more information about Lauren, please visit www.laurenandreach.com

Amy Ransom Arnold

BY Amy Ransom Arnold

Amy has spent over forty years exploring the overlap between the disciplines of fine arts, landscape architecture, and community design. As a practicing artist and landscape architect, pursuing the relationship between ideas and the physical configuration of materials, within a discrete space, is a fundamental thread throughout Amy’s work. This thread is expressed in the three dimensional space of site design, the two dimensional space of drawings, and the sequenced patterning of an artist’s book.

Amy earned her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, going on to complete her MFA at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1996, Amy earned her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia, and has worked extensively in both private and community contexts over that last twenty years. Amy is an award winning landscape architect and has been included in many exhibition and publications as both a designer and as an artist. In addition, Amy has taught drawing and design at the University of Virginia and Mary Baldwin College. For more information about Amy, visit https://amyransomarnold.squarespace.com

Leslie Banta

BY Leslie Banta

Award-winning artist Leslie Banta exhibited for nine years in the Washington, DC metro area before moving to the Shenandoah Valley in 2005. She earned a BFA in Oil Painting from Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama, where she grew up. Northern Virginia abstract painter Joyce McCarten mentored her after college, and at the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, DC, she took post-graduate work with fellow Alabama native Bill Christenberry and collage guru Mindy Weisel. British artist Richard Kenton Webb helped her to see ‘colour‘ in a new way, and greatly influenced her palette. Although primarily an abstract oil painter, Leslie enjoys the freedom and nostalgia of a box of watercolors and some drawing tools. The simplicity of color and mark-making plus the faster drying time make for a nice change of pace from oils. She lives in Staunton, Virginia with her husband the nearly famous writer and their two sons, the international forces of nature. They own and operate Staunton Art Supply on N. Central Avenue in downtown Staunton. For more information about Leslie, please visit www.lesliebanta.com.

Bill Barnes

BY Bill Barnes

William D. Barnes lives in Williamsburg and regularly travels abroad. His paintings and monotypes are of carefully examined found and arranged still life and landscapes. He is concerned with the nature of reality, probing underlying pictorial structure through rhythm, movement and the logic of color and light.

Bill’s paintings and monotypes have been exhibited in over 150 national, juried and invitational exhibitions across the U.S. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including an N.E.A. and two residencies at La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

In New York he was affiliated with the Bowery Gallery, where he has had three one- person exhibitions, and since 1997 he has been a member of Zeuxis, a national association of still life painters based in New York.

His works have been acquired by public collections in New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Barnes received his B.F.A. from Drake University, and his M.F.A. from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Professor Emeritus, he retired in 2012 from the Department of Art and Art History at The College of William & Mary where he had taught painting since 1975.

Nancy Bass

BY Nancy Bass

Nancy has exhibited her work nationwide over the past decade and her paintings have been acknowledged for excellence in juried shows by curators and museum professionals. She has been an artist in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and is a member of the McGuffey Arts Center artists’ cooperative. Nancy’s paintings are held in public collections, including UVA Hospital, Capital One Corporation, and Martha Jefferson Hospital. Her paintings have appeared in the juried publication Studio Visit and are featured in the book How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint the Landscape. She has been a finalist and award winner in the The Artist’s Magazine International Competition for the past three years and a semi-finalist for the Bethesda Painting Award.

For thirty five years, Nancy and her husband have raised a herd of cows on their farm in Southern Albemarle. These beloved and named bovines are the inspiration for many of her paintings. For more information about Nancy, please visit www.nancybassartist.com.

Judy Bates

BY Judy Bates

Judy Bates holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Hollins University and has studied Renaissance Painting Techniques at the Angel Academy in Florence, Italy. Her award-winning paintings have appeared on the covers of American Artist magazine and The Best of Watercolor, Vol. 3, by Rockport Publishers. An article on her work, “Capturing Something Beautiful,” appeared in American Artist. Judy maintains a studio in Roanoke, VA, where she paints both in oil and watercolor, and is also a fine-art still life photographer. She regularly teaches painting classes and workshops in various media at The Studio School in Roanoke, and she has also taught in other areas throughout the country. Judy is an artist member and former Historian of the Virginia Watercolor Society. Her award-winning paintings are in corporate and private collections around the country and she is represented by galleries in Virginia and North Carolina. For more information please visit Judy at www.judybatesfineart.com.

Pam Black

BY Pam Black

Pam received her degree in drawing and painting from Washington University, where classical figure study and abstract expressionism were the artistic movements in the mid 70’s. In graduate school at Pratt Institute, conceptualism was the trend. These early influences and other life experiences inform her work and teaching today. Pam practices “finding accuracy in expression”, a phrase which captures years of rendering, painting and writing her biography. During this process, she invented ways to challenge her own habitual ways of thinking and working – methods she shares with her students. Pam has taught drawing for over two decades, beginning with elementary school at the Dalton School in New York and culminating with graduate students at the University of Virginia. For 20 years, she held a position at Piedmont Virginia Community College where she eventually became a Professor of Art. Pam holds a joint appointment in the School of Architecture and Department of Drama. She has exhibited in the DC area at Gallery 10 and G.R.A.C.E., regionally at Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Sawhill Gallery and 1708 Gallery, and in the Midwest at New Harmony Gallery in Indiana. Her work is in the private collection of Capitol One in Richmond, Kate Spade in New York and the New Harmony Inn. She has a permanent installation of paintings in the Charlottesville City Hall Annex. http://www.arch.virginia.edu/people/directory/c-p

Karen Blair

BY Karen Blair

Karen Blair is a painter working in Crozet.  Her work is represented by among others, Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville and The Bee Street Studio Gallery, Dallas, TX.  To see more of her work visit KarenBlairArtist.com

Ron Boehmer

BY Ron Boehmer

Ron is a co-founder of BSSS and teaches drawing and painting classes and workshops, specializing in plein air painting. In addition to BSSS, he teaches painting workshops in Connecticut at the Wethersfield Academy in Hartford, and in Massachusetts at the Springfield Museum of Art. Since coming to Virginia, he has taught art history and studio courses for Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg College, Hollins College, The Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, and the Virginia School of the Arts. Ron’s work is widely exhibited and collected. He has been recipient of over 46 awards in painting and drawing in regional and national juried exhibitions, including more than 18 ” Best in Show” awards. Ron holds an MFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art. For more information on Ron, please visit www.frednichols.com/annex/artists/ronboehmer/index.html or contact him at boehmerart@yahoo.com.

Sally Bowring

BY Sally Bowring

Sally Bowring, a native New Yorker, received her first degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in textiles, her BA from Goddard College, and her MFA from VCU. Sally teaches painting at the Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Museum Studio School. She is a recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art Professional Fellowship and the Theresa Pollak Visual Arts Award, and has received four Fellowships to the VCCA. Represented by Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA; the Blue Print Gallery in Dallas, Texas; and Les Yeux du Monde in Charlottesville, VA, Sally’s artwork has also been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, including at the Art and Embassy Program in Doha, Qatar. www.sallybowring.com



Lara Call Gastinger is a botanical artist and illustrator in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was the chief illustrator for the Flora of Virginia Project after she received her master’s degree from Virginia Tech in Plant Ecology. She was awarded a gold medal at the Royal Horticultural Society garden show in London (2007, 2018) and her work has been in several ASBA traveling exhibits and catalogs. Lara’s painting was accepted into the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and she is represented by Susan Frei Nathan’s Fine Works on Paper. The subjects of her art come from the natural world and reveal detailed evidence of change, decay, and processes that occur in nature. Lara strives to make a plant portrait in such a way that it reveals its character and uniqueness. Her focus is on the small details in nature, down to the small venations in leaves, which hopefully inspires others to look deeper and pause a bit longer. www.instagram.com/laragastinger

Linda Carey

BY Linda Carey

Linda is primarily a landscape and cityscape painter who is known for her luminous images of Italy. She also explores still-life, interior and figurative motifs. Linda works primarily with chalk pastel and drawing mediums and oil paint. She has worked in Italy, France and Ireland as the recipient of several artist residency fellowships. Linda received her MFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in Columbus, Ohio for 20 years in addition to her work as a fine artist. She began her teaching career in 1999 at the Columbus College of Art & Design where she taught drawing and painting. Linda moved to Williamsburg VA in 2003 and has taught drawing at the College of William and Mary since that time. Her works have been shown in gallery, juried and invitational exhibitions and are in numerous private collections. She is represented by Keny Galleries in Columbus, Ohio. www.lindacareyart.com

Tina Chisena

BY Tina Chisena

Tina has been making things of metal since 1972 and enameling since 1974. She taught enameling at Glen Echo Park in Maryland from 1980 to 2003. In 2002 she received her MFA in Metalsmithing and Sculpture from Towson University. Tina has taught for the Art League in Alexandria, VA, Montgomery College in Maryland, Towson University in Towson, MD and at Glen Echo over the last 33 years. She is a member of the Enamelist Society and her work is exhibited at the Enamelist Gallery in Alexandria VA.  www.tinachisena.com

Shay Herring Clanton

BY Shay Herring Clanton

Shay was born and raised in Alabama. She now lives at the foot of Walker Mountain near Deerfield, Virginia where she maintains her studio. The mountains and rivers and forests that surround her home in Virginia and the landscape of her family home in the foothills of the Appalachians in northern Alabama are the inspiration for her paintings and drawings. Shay received a BA from Mary Baldwin College with a combined major in studio art and art history and an MFA from James Madison University in drawing and painting. She has taught at James Madison University and since 2000 has taught painting, drawing and design at Mary Baldwin College. Her work has been exhibited extensively and her paintings are included in numerous private and public collections. For more information about Shay please visit www.shayherringclanton.com.

Jessie Coles

BY Jessie Coles

Jessie paints large abstracted still lifes. She has a BA in Studio Art from the University of Virginia and has shown extensively regionally. Her work is in public collections such as UVA Hospital, Martha Jefferson Hospital and PVCC. She is a member of The McGuffey Art Center and is currently represented by Les Yeux du Monde. For more information about Jessie, please visit:http://JessieColesPainting.weebly.com JessieColesPainting.weebly.com

Pat Cook

BY Pat Cook

Pat is best known for her figurative series “Conversations” which has won numerous awards in national and international exhibitions. These include top awards in Catherine Lorillard Wolfe, American Watercolor, Rocky Mountain and National Watercolor.  A painting of Pat’s was chosen for the 2012 Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition. She holds signature membership in the American and National Watercolor Societies and many other art organizations. Pat has served as a juror of selection and awards for many exhibitions including juror of selection for the 2010 American Watercolor Society Exhibition and the 2005 National Watercolor Society Exhibition. She has been published in The Artist’s Magazine, International Artist, American Artist, Watercolor Artists, and Palette Magazine.

Anita Cooper

BY Anita Cooper

Anita has led watercolor workshops for BSSS. She was among 10 finalists for the cover of American Artist Watercolor Magazine in 2010 and has illustrated a book of Bromeliads using watercolors. While volunteering at the National Institute of Biodiversity, she used pen and ink to create drawings for scientific papers. Anita earned a master’s degree in art education at the University of Iowa and majored in fine art at Berea College.

Nan Covert

BY Nan Covert

Nan has taught courses in drawing, painting and art history at Bridgewater College since 1996, and has been chair of the art department since 1997. She has been an artist all her life, but also is fascinated by history. Her bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Charleston was put to good use in her freelance business designing and making Renaissance costumes. Nan earned her MFA at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where she was a lecturer in the university’s art department from 1991-1996.

Kathleen Craig

BY Kathleen Craig

Kathleen is an oil painter who skates – not effortlessly! – between figurative and abstract work, specializing in still lifes and landscapes. She exhibits regionally in Central Virginia, with occasional forays into Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. Her work is included in the collections of UVa’s Woodson Institute, Martha Jefferson Hospital, the Aquilino Cancer Center, Piedmont Virginia Community College, and the Washington and Lee School of Commerce. To learn more about Kathleen, please visit www.facebook.com/Kathleencraigpainter.

Richard Crozier

BY Richard Crozier

Richard is a professor emeritus of art from the University of Virginia, where he taught drawing and painting. He maintains an active exhibition schedule and is involved in community arts and service. Richard earned his BFA from University of Washington, Seattle and his MFA from University of California at Davis. He is represented by galleries in New York, Santa Monica and Richmond.

Dymphna de Wild

BY Dymphna de Wild

Dymph conducts printmaking classes and workshops for BSSS, and teaches at James Madison University. She has had several solo and group exhibitions regionally in the past ten years as well as a few international exhibitions, and has won several awards for her work. Dymph received her MFA from James Madison University and is a fine arts graduate of Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. She has a Diploma from the Art of Photography from the Academy for Fine Arts in Belgium and a BA from the College for Personnel Management in the Netherlands. For more information on Dymph, please visit http://dymphdewild.com.

David Diaz

BY David Diaz

David works in oil and pastels and currently lives in Annapolis, Md. and works as a plein air painter. He received formal training in the public schools of Western Maryland and Frostburg State University; as well as University of Maryland, Towson and Catholic University. He taught art in Maryland, in both Allegany and Anne Arundel County and has worked with students from elementary through middle school, as well as adult education and private lessons. David is also current President of Maryland Federation of Art, and co-Chair of Exhibitions. He is past Chair of the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and serves as installations lead at Quiet Waters Gallery.

David received the Mayoral Award for his painting “the Hook” in Wexford, Ireland, the largest International Plein Air competition in Europe. He is honored to be included in the book 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic and was the recipient of the 2014 “Annie” award for visual art presented by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel Co. David has also received awards through participation in Plein Air events and National Juried shows at Md. Federation of Art in Annapolis, including 4 time winner of prestigious Caruso Award for painting. His works are included in collections in the United States, Europe and Asia. To learn more about David, visit www.artworksbydaviddiaz.com.

Steve Doherty

BY Steve Doherty

M. Stephen Doherty (Steve) earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University; taught art in public schools, colleges and workshops; worked for an art-materials manufacturer; served as editor-in-chief of American Artist magazine for 31 years; and is now editor of Plein Air magazine (www.outdoorpainter.com), a print and digital magazine dedicated to people who enjoy artwork based on direct observation of nature. He has written a dozen art books and hundreds of magazine articles; exhibited his paintings in solo and group exhibitions; served on the advisory boards of schools and artist’s organizations; and judged art exhibitions for museums and art societies. He and his wife Sara moved to Waynesboro, VA in December 2012 and both have been thoroughly enjoying the local community of artists and art enthusiasts.

Mary T. Echols

BY Mary T. Echols

Mary is a co-founder of BSSS and educates members in art history and appreciation classes. She is a professor emeritus of Mary Baldwin College where she was head of the art department 1975–1991. Before coming to Staunton, she taught and frequently exhibited in Italy, Chile, Peru, Brazil and Haiti. Her works have received numerous awards and are included in a number of private and public collections. She is a much-respected artist and teacher who is highly accomplished in both respects. Mary received a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Virginia, an MA from the University of Southern California, and a BA from George Washington University. For more information on Mary, please visit www.coartgallery.com/artist/echols/echols.html.



James earned his BA at The University of Virginia while running varsity track and cross country. He received several honors and awards at UVA including The Aunspaugh Fifth-Year Art Fellowship. In 2011, James earned his MFA at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and now exhibits his work throughout the east coast. His paintings explore the space between realism and abstraction bringing to mind the ephemeral and enduring qualities of nature. www.jamesdeanerickson.com

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Martin Geiger

BY Martin Geiger

Award-winning Martin Geiger is a skilled painter, and an enthusiastic artist who is also a recent graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  Local to Staunton, VA, Martin enjoys painting en plein air, as well as from his studio.  You can see his work displayed throughout the East Coast, including Staunton, Lynchburg, Bath County, Charlottesville, Philadelphia & Oxford PA, and Cincinnati OH.  For more information about Martin, and to see selections of recent works, please visit MartinGeigerArt.com.

Philip Geiger

BY Philip Geiger

Philip Geiger was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After receiving a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from Yale University, he began his teaching career at Colorado State. Three years later, Philip joined the faculty of the University of Virginia where he taught from 1983-2017. The Geigers moved to Staunton in 2017 and Philip now paints full time. A figurative artist, his long admiration of Vermeer and Degas is evident in his interior paintings populated by models, friends and relatives. He has shown nationally for 40 years, most notably in Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, and Richmond. Philip’s work can be found in numerous collections and institutions, and his many reviews include the New York Times, Art in America, Art News, the New Criterion and the New Yorker’s “Best 10 Shows of the Year” list. Additionally, Philip has been a visiting artist at PAFA, MICA, NYStudioSchool, Indiana University, and numerous small colleges. More about Philip Geiger can be found here as well as in a short YouTube documentary by ArtPneuma.

Elizabeth Geiger

BY Elizabeth Geiger

Liz teaches still life painting classes and workshops for BSSS. She has painted still life, landscape and figure paintings, showing regularly throughout the east coast fromVirginia to Massachusetts. Liz received a BA in painting from the University of Virginia and went on to study at the New York Studio School, and at the Vermont Studio Center. For more information on Liz, please visit http://elizabethgeigerart.com.

Al Gury

BY Al Gury

Al is Chair of the Painting Department at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He received his BA in fine arts and humanities from St. Louis University, a Certificate of Art from PAFA, and an MFA from the University of Delaware. He is a recipient of the Cresson Traveling Fellowship and numerous grants and awards for painting and arts education, and was designated a master teacher by both the University of the Arts in Philadelphia as well as American Artist Magazine. His paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries across the country. He is contributing editor for Per Contra – The International Journal of Arts, Literature and Ideas, and has written two books on the history of painting: Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Direct Painting and Color: Its Traditions and Practice in Painting. For more information about Al, please visit http://www.pafa.edu/faculty-members/al-gury

Kathleen Hall

BY Kathleen Hall

Kathleen Hall is an observational painter who works from models constructed in her studio. She received her BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA in Painting from the University of New Hampshire. She has also studied at the New York Studio School and the University of Lyon (France). Her awards include residencies at Yaddo, the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program, the Cité Internationale des Arts, and a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. In 2014 she was Artist-in-Residence at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Her work is in numerous private collections across the U.S. and in France. For more information about Kathleen, please visitwww.kathleencareyhall.com

John A. Hancock

BY John A. Hancock

John A. Hancock is a professional artist and college art professor. He has been designing and teaching drawing courses for mature high school students for over 20 years. From 1999 to 2007, he taught and directed the North Carolina Governor’s School East’s Art Program, continues to serve as the head art judge for the NC Governor’s Schools and is a national judge for AP in Studio Art. To learn more about John, please visit www.JohnAHancock.com.

Marsha Heatwole

BY Marsha Heatwole

Marsha is an active visual artist, traveling and displaying her work throughout the region and beyond for more than 30 years.  She combines strong composition, gesture, color and humor, to create her pictures.  She received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her work is in many private, corporate and public collections.

Frank Hobbs

BY Frank Hobbs

Frank Hobbs is Associate Professor of painting and drawing at Ohio Wesleyan University, in Delaware, OH. A native of Virginia, Hobbs studied art at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and later at American University in Washington, DC, where he earned his Master of Fine Art in1984. A co-founder of the Beverley Street Studio School in 1992, Hobbs lived and had his studio in Staunton for 15 years. In addition to conducting courses at the BSSS, he also taught at Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute. Hobbs’ paintings have been exhibited both in the U.S. and abroad in Ankara, Turkey, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Bermuda, through the Arts in Embassy Program of the U.S. State Department. His work is in numerous public and private collections internationally. The artist has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Most recently, Hobbs is the recipient of an Individual Excellence in Art Award from the Ohio Arts Council. To see more about Frank, please visit http://frank-hobbsart.com.

Barbara Coyle Holt

BY Barbara Coyle Holt

Barbara teaches classes and workshops for youth and adults in drawing, painting, printmaking and collage. She has taught for almost thirty years, including at Stuart Hall School for over thirteen years. As an artist and craftsman of painting, drawing printmaking and collage, she often works with “found” materials. She has exhibited throughout the region. Barbara has an MA in printmaking and art education from Montclair State College and a BFA in painting from Ohio University.

Lisa Jacenich

BY Lisa Jacenich

Trained first as a traditional painter, Lisa found her artistic voice in fiber arts, and describes herself as a “texturist” – gravitating towards mediums that satisfy her zealous quest for the dimensional. When Lisa (and husband Jim) left the corporate world to explore their creativity full time, they found inspiration living in the Allegheny mountains of Virginia. Her love of the place, the people and their sheep have steered her creative evolution to the fascination with felting (creating a nonwoven fabric with the fibers of wool and silk by combining water, soap and agitation), and she has traveled the world to learn the art of felting. Lisa says that Painting is a metaphor for life: The best you can hope to achieve is a familiarity with the most likely outcome of your actions. As an instructor, her goal is to create a safe environment for each person to find their individual expression. Lisa owns Artful Gifts, LLC in the historic Wharf District in Staunton. To learn more about Lisa, please visit www.artfulgifts.biz.

Janly Jaggard

BY Janly Jaggard

Janly instructs several drawing, painting and enameling classes and workshops for BSSS. She has more than forty years of teaching experience and her teaching style is one that anticipates a serious quest on the part of the student who wants to develop a sound foundation of knowledge. She exhibits regionally, nationally and internationally and has participated in several group and solo shows. Janly studied sculptural ceramics as an undergraduate earning a BFA from The West of England College of Art and Design, Bristol, England. Vitreous enamel on copper as a medium for wall work was introduced a few years later and is now central to her practice along with painting. In 2015 Janly was awarded an MA in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts, England. For more information on Janly, please visit www.janlyjaggard.com.

Sally James

Dr. Sara “Sally” Nair James is an independent scholar and lecturer from Staunton, Virginia. She has a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Virginia, as well as an MA in Humanities (Medieval Studies) and a BA in Art. Dr. James spent the majority of her career as a Professor of Art at Mary Baldwin University, and was named Professor Emerita of Art History in 2016. She is currently a Lecturer and Study Leader for Smithsonian Journeys and a member of the Faculty at the University of Virginia’s OLLI Lifelong Learning program. Dr. James is widely published in books, articles, reviews and regional publications. She continues to make presentations at selected professional conferences. Dr. James is a member of several prestigious professional organizations and local community organizations.

Shawn Dell Joyce

BY Shawn Dell Joyce

Shawn Dell Joyce began her career as an artist’s apprentice in New York’s SoHo area in the 1980’s and worked in the studios of many prestigious artists. She began teaching a series of plein air painting classes in the Hudson Valley in 2000, where she eventually founded a non-profit plein air school with an Arts and Agricultural mission based on the historic Hudson River School. The Wallkill River School of Art has grown considerably and Shawn continues to serve as Executive Director there. Shawn has won many prestigious awards including First in the Quick Draw at the 2017 Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival and People’s Choice in the International Plein Air Paint Out 2005 in Niagara Falls. She is a signature member of New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP) and International Plein Air Painters (IPAP) and has been featured in many national newspapers and magazines including the New York Times and Plein Air Magazine. Shawn is represented by galleries in NY and Florida. She teaches workshops in pastel and plein air techniques across the country. Her work is included in collections in the Georges Pompidou Museum in France and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. http://www.shawndelljoyce.com

Ken Karlic

BY Ken Karlic

Originally from Chicago, Ken Karlic’s earliest memories are of drawing, but it wasn’t until he began to travel in his mid 20s that he started painting in watercolors. This began a three decades long refinement of his techniques, which continues today. Ken enjoys painting with a sense of urgency and passion that is more about capturing the essence rather than the specifics of any location. Ken Karlic studied architecture, painting and graphic design at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and he received a BFA in graphic design in 1986. Ken is a founding partner of the Baltimore-area firm Splice Design Group, with clients including the Guggenheim Foundation and Smithsonian Institution. He is a weekly instructor at Chesapeake Fine Art Studio in Stevensville MD and he is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein-Air Painters Association (MAPAPA), a Signature Artist Member of Baltimore Watercolor Society and a Signature Artist Member of Noyes Museum of Art at Stockton University in New Jersey. www.kenkarlic.com

Darren Kingslet

BY Darren Kingslet

Darren Kingsley is a realist painter currently residing in Philadelphia. His training began at The Atelier in Minneapolis. In 2001 he moved to New York City to study with Nelson Shanks at the Art Students League of New York and shortly thereafter moved to Philadelphia to study at Shanks’ newly opened Studio Incamminati. Darren was a recipient of the American Society of Classical Realism Scholarship and received a fellowship from The Hudson River School for Landscapes. In 2010 he was the winner of Grand Central Academy’s Figure Drawing Competition.  Darren exhibits at The John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, in various group shows around the country, and he teaches at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia. His work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions and is included in many private collections including those of Nelson and Leona Shanks, Larry and Anne Hall and George Lucas. Darren has taught drawing and painting classes and workshops at Studio Incamminati, The Atelier, and Grand Central Academy. www.darrenkingsley.com

Matt Klos

BY Matt Klos

Matt is a painter of interiors and plein-air landscapes in Baltimore, MD and further afield in places like Stonington, ME, New Brunswick, Canada, the Brittany region of France, and Umbria, Italy. He was a recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2016, 2012 and 2008. His work was selected for solo exhibitions at the Academy Center of the Arts, in Lynchburg, VA in 2016 the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH in 2015 and at the  Prince Street Gallery in Chelsea, NY in 2011. He won the Bethesda Painting Awards in 2007 and received an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2001.

Matt currently teaches drawing and painting full-time at Anne Arundel Community College. He is a member of the collective Perceptual Painters www.perceptualpainters.com and Zeuxis, www.zeuxis.us. Aside from those sites his work can be found online at www.mattklos.com. His work is represented by Prographica in Seattle, WA and the Oxford Gallery in Rochester, NY. He resides in Sparrows Point Maryland with his wife and four children.

Dr. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

Carolyn served the Commonwealth of Virginia as Poet Laureate from 2006-2008.  A poet, painter and educator, she holds two masters degrees and a Ph.D. from George Mason University, where she received the first doctorate presented by the school. She has published seven books of poetry and co-edited three poetry anthologies. Her art-inspired poems appear widely throughout the United States and abroad in numerous publications, such as Hispanic Culture Review, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Mid-American Review, Antioch Review, and Passages North. She has won many awards, including a Virginia Cultural Laureate award, grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and a Resolution of Appreciation from the Virginia Board of Education for raising the study of the Arts to the highest level.  Her poetry is featured, along with that of other Virginia Poets Laureate, in permanent public art installations at the McLean Metro Station in Northern Virginia.

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Sarah Lock

BY Sarah Lock

Sarah creates sterling silver jewelry reflecting her interest in nature, animal themes, and the order of the universe. After teaching high school art for two years, she returned to graduate school at James Madison University, where she received her MA with dual concentrations in metalsmithing/jewelry and painting. She has been a working silversmith for more than 30 years, and is represented by several regional galleries and co-operatives. She enjoys passing on her love of metalsmithing to students of all levels. To see more of her work, please visit www.oasisfineartsandcrafts.org.

Jack McCaslin

BY Jack McCaslin

I was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1952.

My family owned a chain of eight “dime stores” that were started in 1927 by my paternal grandfather. I spent many hours of my childhood in the stores. I think my mind often operates like a five and dime or perhaps one of the aquariums with various fish swimming about and bubbles rising from the gravel floor.

My mother was an artist and something of a bohemian though I’m not sure she would have recognized the term. She was a free spirit trapped in the world of a mid-century housewife. Unquestionably she was the most influential person in my life. I owe my love of art and music to her and an appreciation for the eccentric and out of kilter.

I became an Eagle Scout shortly before my fourteenth birthday, dropped out of high school by seventeen, passed the G.E.D. exam, got married, and fathered two lovely daughters by my nineteenth birthday. Along with working odd jobs I managed to complete seven years of higher education and was very lucky to be hired as the first printmaking instructor at Madison College (James Madison University).

Few activities in life bring me more joy then scribbling upon a piece of paper. As a teacher I hope to encourage, and in some cases ignite, similar feelings in others.

Lynn Mehta

BY Lynn Mehta

The paintings Lynn Mehta creates are the art of Impressionism. It is important for her to give the surprise of discovery when looking closely at her paintings and then stepping back, allowing room for imagination. She works and paints in her home studio in Alexandria, Virginia. Lynn holds a BA in Art from San Diego State University and has studied with internationally acclaimed plein air artists in the US and abroad. In May 2016, she completed an artist residency in Acadia National Park. A recipient of over 60 awards, Lynn recently received Best Use of Light at Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2017 and was honored with the Best in Show award in BSSS Queen City Plein Air Festival 2016. Lynn has been a featured artist in Plein Air Magazine and Hill Rag and she is included in the publication 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic. Lynn is juried into Oil Painters of America, Salmagundi Club, and the Washington Society of Landscape Artists. She was recently awarded Signature Membership in the American Society of Marine Artists. www.lynnmehta.com.

Cleveland Morris

BY Cleveland Morris

Cleveland leads various drawing classes and workshops at BSSS. After 25 years of working in the theatre, he returned to his first love—the visual arts. Since that transition, he has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Cleveland received a BA from Yale University where he studied drawing with Bernard Chaet and color theory with Richard Lytle, among other renowned instructors. He continued his studies at the West of England College of Art and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art. For more information on Cleveland, please visit http://www.clevelandmorris.com/.

Fred Nichols

BY Fred Nichols

Fred received his M.F.A. at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York in 1973, his BA from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and studied at the Ecoles Des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau, France. For more information about Fred and the Nichols Gallery, please visit www.frednichols.com.

Jan Olsson

BY Jan Olsson

Jan is a draftsman, painter and printmaker who has taught figure drawing and painting workshops for BSSS. While a member of the art department faculty at Mary Baldwin College, Jan received the Professional Grant in Painting from the Virginia Museum and completed three residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris France. She is also a fellow of the Santa Fe Art Institute and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work is shown in galleries and museums throughout Europe and the United States, and is included in both private and public collections. She received her MFA degree in drawing from the University of Arizona. For more information about Jan, please visit http://janolssonart.com.

Elizabeth J. Peak

BY Elizabeth J. Peak

Elizabeth received her MFA from Yale, with a primary focus on printmaking. She employs a variety of techniques, but her forte is Intaglio printmaking – both in black and white and in color. Elizabeth is also known for her bold monotypes and her watercolors, which often serve as studies for her etchings and monotypes. Ms. Peak has taught printmaking and painting extensively, including at William and Mary, Bowdoin, Kent State, American, and Holy Cross, where she was tenured. Her work is included in private collections and museums throughout the country. For more information about Elizabeth please visit www.elizabethjpeakart.com

Colleen Pendry

BY Colleen Pendry

Originally from Northern Virginia, Colleen has been a resident of the Shenandoah Valley since 1986. She received an MFA in Painting from James Madison University where she earned two study abroad awards to continue her exploration with art in El Salvador. Colleen graduated from Mary Baldwin College with a Bachelors of Art with a Distinction in Painting. While at MBC, she received the Ulysses Desportes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Studio Art and Top Honors in Visual Arts/Media, Capstone Festival. She also was awarded the distinguished Graduate Fellowship Award from the Virginia Museum in Fine Art. Her work has been published as cover art for Backwaters Press, The Map of What Happened by Susan Elbe and has been selected for Open Studio Press, Spring 2015, Studio Visit Magazine. Colleen’s artwork is included in collections at Mary Baldwin College and Blue Ridge Community College. She is an Adjunct Professor of Studio Art and Art History at Blue Ridge Community College where she teaches drawing, 3D design and art history and appreciation

Lincoln Perry

BY Lincoln Perry

Lincoln Perry attended Columbia University and received his MFA from Queens College. He has taught at the Universities of New Hampshire, Arkansas, and Virginia. His work has been widely exhibited in a variety of venues, including more than a dozen solo shows, and his paintings are in numerous private and public collections, including the University of Virginia and the Shell Oil Company. In addition to his work as an easel painter, Lincoln’s mural works include commissions at Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia; Lincoln Square, 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue, and One Penn Plaza in Washington, D.C.; the Federal Courthouse in Tallahassee, Florida; and the Met Life Building in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of Lincoln Perry’s Charlottesville, a collection of his paintings of that city, and a selection of his watercolors illustrates a 2012 edition of Henry David Thoreau’s essay “October, or Autumnal Tints.” Perry’s work can also be seen in the documentary The Murals of Lincoln Perry, which has appeared on PBS. Perry lives with his wife, Ann Beattie, in Staunton, Virginia; York, Maine; and Key West, Florida. www.lincolnperry.com

Robin Poteet

BY Robin Poteet

Robin fell in love with watercolor the moment she first laid brush to paper — many years ago. It mixed and mingled on the paper, it flowed in unexpected ways, it taught patience and timing, and it served as a reminder that control doesn’t always yield the best painting. Robin honed her skills through years of working with nationally known companies as a designer and illustrator. Now, she devotes her time to painting, teaching, exhibiting, jurying, and co-leading overseas painting trips. Her welcoming and relaxed teaching style makes students of all levels feel comfortable. Demos are frequent, but brief, giving students ample time to explore on their own as she circulates the room for one-on-one assistance. Her goal is that everyone leaves her workshops inspired and ready to take their work to the next level. Watercolor Artist Magazine named Robin as one of their national Ten to Watch (Dec. 2010 issue), and since, has also been featured in Palette Magazine, Sketchbook Journal Magazine, and North Light’s Book, Sketchbook Confidential II. She is a signature member of the VA Watercolor Society, and has several dozen award ribbons on her studio wall in Salem, VA. website: www.robinpoteet.com

Maria Reardon

BY Maria Reardon

Maria Reardon paints the world around her. Working primarily in pastels, she loves being outdoors, immersed in the world, observing and experiencing everything going on around her.  She’s drawn to the unique and ever-changing relationships of form and color.   She is intrigued by the unexpected combinations of light and color which characterize her work, while working within the confines of physical forms and the spaces they inhabit.

Maria is a Virginia native and received her formal education from Virginia Commonwealth University earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in illustration. She studied portraiture with Daniel Greene and continued her study of landscape by attending workshops with Albert Handell, Lorenzo Chavez and other nationally known artists. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Richmond area and is in private collections.

Brian Rego

BY Brian Rego

Brian received a BFA at the University of South Carolina with a concentration in painting in 2004. He is the recipient of the Ed Yaghjian Award from the University of South Carolina for distinguished undergraduate work. In 2007, Brian Rego received an MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and in 2008 founded the painting collective known as Perceptual Painters. In 2015 he co-founded Columbia’s premiere art school, the Melrose School of Art. He participates in group and solo exhibitions and shows his work nationally and internationally. He teaches drawing and painting at the University of South Carolina, and Melrose School of Art. He currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina where he continues to paint, teach, and raise his four children with his wife, Elizabeth. For more information please visit www.brianrego.com or www.perceptualpainters.com.

Christine Rooney

BY Christine Rooney

Christine’s love for broad bands of color, horizon lines, and quiet landscapes began on the small family farm near Springfield, OH where she grew up. After graduating in fine arts from The Ohio State University in 1970, Ms. Rooney worked as a landscape artist for an architectural firm in Palo Alto, CA. While in California, she also studied art at San Jose State University and Foothill College. In 1973, she and her husband, Michael, moved back to the East Coast. She resumed graduate studies at West Chester State University in Pennsylvania and later at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA, and began working as a freelance artist. She has won numerous awards and has shown in solo and group invitational gallery shows. Christine teaches classes and workshops in drawing, pastel, and encaustics and works in silverpoint, graphite, encaustics, pastels and oils. Her studio is in Lynchburg, Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can see her works above The Art Box at the corner of 12th and Clay Streets.  www.christinerooneyartist.com

Karen Rosasco

BY Karen Rosasco

Karen Rosasco returns to Beverley Street Studio School to teach mixed media workshops.  Karen graduated from the State University of NY at New Paltz with an honors degree in Art Education. She taught high school art for over 30 years helping students develop portfolios for the top design schools in the nation. During this time she also earned over 50 graduate credit hours and taught adults in evening courses for over 25 years. After retiring from public school instruction, Karen continues to teach adult classes and give workshops around the country.  Her prize winning art work has been accepted in regional and national juried shows including the American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club and Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Exhibitions in NYC, and can be found in private and corporate collections in the USA.

Ryan Russel

BY Ryan Russel

Ryan Russell is a co-founder of BSSS, and an active plein air painter in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.  Having received an MFA from James Madison University, Ryan’s work can be found in private, public and corporate collections throughout the U.S.  His work can also be viewed in The Artist and the American Landscape, and The Virginia Landscape: A Cultural History. 


Paul Ryan

Paul is a painter and art critic living and working in Staunton, Virginia. He teaches drawing, painting, and courses on contemporary art and art criticism in the Department of Art and Art History at Mary Baldwin College, and is the Director of Hunt Gallery at MBC.  Paul also teaches critical theory in the MFA program of the Department of Painting and Printmaking in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been a contributing editor for Art Papers Magazine since 1990.  Since 1989 his writing has appeared in publications such as Art Papers Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, ArtLies, and Art in America.  His work is represented by Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, and his paintings are in numerous public, corporate, and private collections. To learn more about Paul, visit http://www.paulryanstudio.com/

Jeremy Sams

BY Jeremy Sams

Jeremy Sams is an award winning representational artist residing in North Carolina. Jeremy has been a professional artist for over 20 years and his primary subject matter is landscapes while working in acrylics. He also loves the challenge of portraits and his work varies in size from just a few square inches to murals measuring upward of 40×60 feet! His artistic growth took on a new form in 2011 when he was introduced to painting en plein air. Since then, he was won many awards for his plein air work and has been a featured artist in Plein Air Magazine. Jeremy’s personal inspirations come mostly from the play of light and atmosphere and their effects on objects and landscapes. www.jeremysams.com

Martha Saunders

BY Martha Saunders

For over 25 years Martha has been exhibiting her work throughout the East Coast. Her art is held in a number of corporate collections including Capital One Corporation, VCU Medical Center, Richmond, and Rockingham Memorial Hospital. An active arts educator for over 25 years, Martha holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is represented by Les Yeux du Monde (Charlottesville, VA) and ArtGallery (Norfolk, VA), and is based in Charlottesville, VA. www.marthasaunders.com

Elise Schweitzer

BY Elise Schweitzer

Elise makes large paintings of dancers, skydivers, horseback riders and all kinds of characters. A 2014 show of her work at Beverley Street Studio School gallery presented the before and after scenes of a skydiver crash-landing in a suburban backyard. Her current artwork focuses on the equestrians and horses at Hollins University, where she is an assistant professor of painting and drawing. For more information about Elise and her artwork, visit EASchweitzer.com.

Jim Sconyers, Jr.

Jim is an artist in a variety of media, including printmaking, photography, digital media and sculpture. In 2002, he received his MFA in Printmaking with Distinction from Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts. Since that time, his work has been selected for both national and international exhibition. Recent bodies of work include transition memory, contingency, and imago corporis impressa. Contingency made its debut at Mary Baldwin College’s Hunt Gallery in January 2009 and showed in a solo exhibition at Main Art Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, in May 2010. In October 2012, Jim delivered a presentation of his work at Blue Ridge Community College as a part of the show From the Hill: The Studio Art Faculty of Mary Baldwin College. The show included a site-specific installation of his sculpture, The Shadow of a Greater Structure That Cannot Be Experienced. In November 2012, Jim exhibited his intaglio print titled, “32-bit string” in a group exhibition at the Mid America Print council Biennial Conference at Southeast Missouri State University. His large-scale work titled, Aposematic, exhibited the summer of 2013 at the Beverly Street Studio School. In the fall of 2013 Jim received a commission from the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers for Aposematic 2, a scaled down tabletop version of Aposematic. In February 2015, he presented his latest body of work titled imago corporis impressa in an exhibition at Mary Baldwin College in Hunt Gallery.

Peg Sheridan

BY Peg Sheridan

Peg has been painting in watercolors for 37 years, and teaching watercolor painting for 18 years. She is a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, and has won several awards for her watercolors. She is known for her encouraging, positive way of teaching. To see examples of her work, visit www.pegsheridan.com.

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Jane Skafte

BY Jane Skafte

Jane received her MFA in Fibers and MA in Textile Design from Syracuse University, and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her first career was as a textile designer and then as a surface designer for tabletop manufacturers, especially Lenox China in New Jersey. She currently works as a fine artist, focusing on water based and dry media, with particular interest in colored pencil. She taught 2D design, painting and drawing at universities (including James Madison University) and community colleges, for over 15 years. She also works in product and graphic design, and has produced museum quality reproductions for the Smithsonian, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. For more information about Jane, please visit www.janeskafte.com.

Paige Smith-Wyatt

BY Paige Smith-Wyatt

Born and raised in Alabama, Paige received a bachelor of art in painting from Huntingdon College and a master’s in art therapy and creativity development from Pratt Institute.  Paige’s artwork has been exhibited and sold throughout the United States and internationally.  She has lived and painted amongst the people and landscapes of Alabama, Virginia, Nevada, Texas, New York, Hawaii, North Dakota, and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana.   She now paints full time in her home studio and garden in Alabama and is a visual arts instructor at Troy University. For more information about Paige, please visit www.pswyatt.com.

Nancy Stark

Nancy claims she is an artist “more by happenstance than by training.” Ignoring her mother’s advice to go to art school, she attended Lafayette College in the first co-ed class, then the University of Virginia where she received a Master’s degree in Special Education. After years of teaching in public and private institutions, she took a watercolor class with Kay Flory, who introduced her to an art world full of possibilities. Since then Nancy has taken many workshops, traveled with fellow artists, read lots of books and magazine articles and spent countless hours in the studio. Her work has won numerous top awards in judged and juried competitions, and is included in the collections of Norfolk Southern Corporation, Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Augusta Medical Center, CapCo Machinery and in many private collections. To learn more about Nancy, please visit www.nancystarkart.com.

Jeffery Stockberger

BY Jeffery Stockberger

Jeffery teaches several still life painting and figure drawing classes and workshops for BSSS. His work has been exhibited extensively regionally and his paintings have been featured in such notable publications as Southern Accents, The Washington Post, Traditional Homes, and D.C. House Magazine. Jeffery received a BFA from James Madison University’s College of Art and Design with intensive study in large-scale figure paintings at the Corcoran School of Art and Design. For more information on Jeffery, please visit http://www.jefferystockberger.com/.

Robert Stuart

BY Robert Stuart

Robert leads a painting critique class for BSSS. He has also taught at James Madison University, University of Virginia, and Mary Baldwin University. He received an “Academy Award in Art” from the American Academy of Arts & Letters in 2004. Robert has exhibited extensively over the past 30 years and his works are included in numerous museum, corporate, public and private collections regionally. Robert holds an MFA from James Madison University and a BFA from Boston University. For more information about Robert, please visit www.robertstuart.net.

Misa Kobayashi Stuart

BY Misa Kobayashi Stuart

Misa, a native of Nara, Japan, holds a B.A. in English Literature with emphasis on Shakespeare and drama from Kwansei Gakuin University; a B.A. in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts; and a M.A. in Music Composition from New York University. She has taught music in Japan; taught Japanese in New York City; founded the Japanese language program at Virginia Military Institute; taught Introduction to Japanese Traditional Theater and Introduction to Noh Theater through OLLI at UVA. She is the translator of a two-volume autobiography, Voice of Fire, Voice of Earth, and Encounters with Fire, Encounters with Peoples by Shiho Kanzaki, a Japanese potter.

Nancy Tankersley

BY Nancy Tankersley

Nancy has had many awards in her career and has been juried into international competitions such as the annual Salon International, the American Impressionist Society Annual Exhibit, and Oil Painters of America.In 2008, she was honored to be selected as one of two painters from the Eastern Shore to be part of a show titled “Making Art: Explorations in Process” at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland which included notable American artists from the 19th and 20th centuries and works borrowed from major museums including the National Gallery of Art and the Brandywine River Museum. Nancy was honored in 2016 and 2017 by the Salmagundi Club in New York City by being chosen to show her work in the American Masters Exhibit which is held every October and showcases work by nationally recognized realist painters. She is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters and a juried member of the 100-year old Washington Society of Landscape Painters, the Salmagundi Club in New York City, and the Oil Painters of America.  Most recently Nancy was recognized as a Plein Air Master by M. Stephen Doherty (Editor of Plein Air Magazine) in his 2017 book “The Art of Plein Air Painting: An Essential Guide to Materials, Concepts and Techniques for Painting Outdoors.” A founder of the Easton Studio, a workshop facility that hosts workshops given by top painters from all over the country, Tankersley credits her current level of professionalism to knowledge she gained in workshops.

Aaron Thompson

BY Aaron Thompson

Aaron Michael Thompson is a Full-time Professor at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. He is also one of Gamblin Artist Colors Educational Representatives and has given lectures on color at Museums and Institutions of Higher Education for seven years. He received his M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and his B.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design. He was recently published in Observational Drawing, and among his most recent awards include the Premier Coup Award from the a national juried exhibition,  the Nude, at the Wayne Art Center and the Barnes Artist residency in Umbria, Italy. www.aaronmthompson.squarespace.com

George Van Hook

BY George Van Hook

Van Hook thinks of his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure, or still life. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure”, he says. “The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response.” Van Hook began painting at an early age and his work is influenced by his experiences in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, coastal Maine, and Europe where he traveled extensively. Following college, he left for Paris and spent nearly a year copying paintings at the Louvre and traveling through France, Italy and Holland making numerous paintings en plein air. He is now settled with his family in Cambridge, New York where his works are in many prominent fly fishing collections connected with the nearby American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont. Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors.  George teaches Plein Air workshops around the country. www.georgevanhookfineartist.com

Russ Warren

BY Russ Warren

Russ grew up in Houston. He received a BFA from the University of New Mexico and MFA from the University of Texas, San Antonio. Russ taught painting and printmaking at Davidson College from 1978 – 2008. He exhibited with Phyllis Kind in New York and Chicago throughout the 1980s, with Hodges Taylor in Charlotte since 1978 and with Les Yeux du Monde in Charlottesville since 1995. His work is included in museums and corporate collections including the New Orleans Museum of Art and the North Carolina Museum of Art and has been reviewed in countless publications. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Whitney Biennial and the Venice Biennale, and is most proud of being included in the Virginia Museum’s 1983 exhibit, Painting in the South. His inspirations include Velázquez, Goya and Picasso, as well as Mexican folk art and contemporary artists Roy de Forest and Jim Nutt. His work is a synthesis of symbols and imagery, employing line and color as well as wild variations in scale and shadow to heighten the expression, and often the humor.

Audrey Watson

BY Audrey Watson

Audrey has a BFA from West Virginia University, with a concentration in studio painting and printmaking. For 20 years Audrey worked primarily as a portrait artist. In recent years she has concentrated on still life and landscapes in oil.

Richard Weaver

BY Richard Weaver

Rick teaches drawing classes and workshops for BSSS. Rick has taught at the Washington Studio School in Washington D.C. and the Art League in Alexandria, VA. Rick has shown his work in a number of venues nationally, including galleries in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York. He has received recognition for both his sculpture and painting. Rick earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a BS from Vanderbilt University. He studied at the New York Academy of Design, the New York Academy, and the Art Students League. For more information about Rick, please visit www.richardweaver.net.

Bill White

BY Bill White

Bill teaches painting workshops for BSSS and has been a professor of painting and drawing at Hollins University and Indiana University. His art has been shown in numerous solo and group shows across the state of Virginia and in other venues in the USA.  His works are included in several collections in Virginia and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Bill earned an MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and a BFA from University of the Arts (Philadelphia College of Art).  For more information on Bill, please visit www.warmspringsgallery.com/518/painters/bill-white.

Stewart White

BY Stewart White

Stewart is a watercolorist from Baltimore, Maryland. He is one of the rare plein air painters using the medium of watercolor. His background in architectural illustration adds to his skill set and his paintings reflect his knowledge of good design. Stewart’s paintings have the pleasing combination of good structure with a painterly style. Stewart studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and after serving 3 years in the US Army he returned to graduate from UC Berkeley with a BFA. He works as an architectural illustrator and designer.

His watercolors both in his architecture illustrations and in painting competitions have won him many awards. In June 2009 he was invited to teach a workshop in Paris on his techniques for architectural watercolors to an organization of architects. He continues to teach in Paris every other year. Stewart is President of the Mid-Atlantic Plein-Air Painters Association (MAPAPA). He exhibits his paintings in juried and gallery exhibitions throughout the US. He is the Grand Prize Winner of the prestigious Easton Plein air Festival (2009) and Plein Air magazine’s Grand Prize Salon. He was a featured artist in McBride Gallery’s June 2009 exhibit: “Rising Stars: 10 Artists to Watch.” Stewart is a member of the American Impressionists Society (AIS), a signature member of the National Watercolor Society (NWS), a signature member of The American Watercolor Society (AWS) and past President (2012) of The American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI).

Priscilla Long Whitlock

BY Priscilla Long Whitlock

Working from nature, she abstracts the subject matter into landscape. She has received fellowships at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and awarded residencies at the Truro Center for the Arts, Cape Cod, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Bodie Island and Buxton; Acadia National Park; and Les Amis du Grande Vigne, Dinan, France.  Priscilla juried the plein air competition in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2017.  Her work is in the U.S. Ambassador’s residence at Riga, Latvia, through the Art in Embassies Program.  For further information about Priscilla please visit www.priscillawhitlock.com.

Henry Wingate

BY Henry Wingate

Henry is an oil painter who studied in the Boston School tradition of painting. He paints portraits primarily, but also figurative works, landscapes, and still-lifes. Henry has won numerous awards, including First Prize in the American Society of Portrait Artists 2000 competition, the Gold Medal of Honor at the 2003 Hudson Valley Art Association annual exhibition, and the Best Painting from Life Award of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society in 2003. His work was featured in the 2006 issue of Portrait Highlights and as the cover article in the November, 2002, issue of American Artist. For more information about Henry, please visit www.henrywingate.com.