QCPA Festival Professional Artists


Jenny Abrams

BY Jenny Abrams

Jenny Abrams has had a life-long love of art, with a passion for color and the natural beauty of Virginia. Her painting took on a more serious focus after furthering her skills at the Beverley Street Studio School, studying with instructors such as BSSS co-founder Ron Boehmer and Audrey Watson. Currently, Jenny’s time is focused on plein air works, often painting with a group of like-minded artists who meet regularly in and around Charlottesville, Staunton, and Lexington, Virginia. Jenny has participated in local shows and events, including the Bath County Art Show from 2010-2017, winning awards in 2014 and 2015. She considers herself a lifelong student and enjoys working alongside fellow artists to further her artistic interpretation of the landscape and environment.

Lauren Andreach

BY Lauren Andreach

Lauren Andreach 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. Lauren was featured in the March 2015 issue of “Plein Air Magazine” and has been awarded four “Best in Show” and one “Artist’s Choice” award for her plein air art. Her more recent work focuses on a meditative artistic intention. www.laurenandreach.com

Bruno Baran

BY Bruno Baran

Bruno Baran is an accomplished educator and artist residing in Perry Hall, Maryland. A deep love for Renaissance art and an avid admiration of Leonardo DaVinci have forged the principles by which Bruno has pursued his career. A cum laude graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Bruno began instruction in art for the Baltimore County Public School system in 1976. During his tenure as educator, Bruno rose quickly to prominence, often times leading the art department and establishing new curriculum aimed at challenging future artists. His leadership within various art departments has been recognized through numerous requests for consultation on curriculum development. Always the Renaissance man, Bruno has embraced technology while remaining moored to the past. He has taught courses on an array of subjects from traditional painting, ceramics, photography, digital imaging, to computer rendered animation. Bruno was the former Chairman of Fine arts and instructor at John Carroll High School. As an artist, Bruno’s true love is the production of oil paintings. His additional pursuits include the operation of his studio art business, Studio di Lupo Bianco, volunteer art restoration, and providing assistance to other artists. www.brunobaranfineart.com     

Beth Bathe

BY Beth Bathe

Beth Bathe is an artist currently residing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After a long career as a graphic designer, Beth now pursues painting full time. Primarily painting in oil en plein air since 2013, she participates in high profile festivals from Maine to Washington State, including Plein Air Easton; Door County, Wisconsin; and Richmond, Virginia for the past three years, and ten other competitions in 2017 alone. Beth has won numerous awards including Judge’s Choice at Easton. She paints with water soluble oils in thin washes in a very limited color palette. Beth also uses unconventional tools such as squeegees and cotton swabs along with her paintbrushes, creating a very unique style. Her subject matter includes finding beauty in buildings that are often beyond their prime; they might be abandoned, or derelict, or soon to be part of the vanishing landscape. www.bethbathe.com

Deliece Blanchard

BY Deliece Blanchard

Deliece Blanchard’s plein air landscape paintings are characterized by color and an expressive brush stroke. She has won several prizes in juried shows around Virginia and her work can be found in corporate collections and in the art collection of Randolph College in Lynchburg. Two fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts gave her the opportunity to translate small outdoor sketches into large works, which were exhibited in a solo show at the Lynchburg Academy Center of the Arts in December 2017. Deliece has an MA in Music from the University of Virginia, where she concentrated in cello performance, and a BA in Biology, also from UVA. She recently retired from a 24-year career teaching strings in the Lynchburg City Schools. She is married, has two grown children, and serves as a docent at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art. Her work can be found at the Riverviews Artists’ Co-op Gallery in Lynchburg and Lindor Arts in Roanoke. www.delieceblanchard.com

Ron Boehmer

BY Ron Boehmer

Ron Boehmer is a co-founder of Beverley Street Studio School 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. http://www.frednichols.com/annex/artists/ronboehmer/index.html

Shawn Dell Joyce

BY Shawn Dell Joyce

Shawn Dell Joyce began her career as an artist’s apprentice in NY’s SoHo area in the 1980’s and worked in the studios of many prestigious artists. Her entrepreneurial spirit called her North to the Hudson Valley, where she began teaching a series of plein air painting classes in 2000. Her classes became so popular that she hired other artists and founded a plein air school with an Arts and Agricultural mission based on the historic Hudson River School.  Almost twenty years later, this nonprofit 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 has participated in many national exhibits and plein air festivals and 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 NY. http://www.shawndelljoyce.com/

Gray S. Dodson

BY Gray S. Dodson

Gray S. Dodson was born and raised inTidewater, Virginia, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Since moving to Nelson County in 1995, she has been a full-time painter, working onsite throughout the United States, Canada, Curacao, France, Italy and Mexico. Gray’s work is represented in numerous corporate and private collections across the country including the US State Department. Dodson’s paintings have hung in the United States Embassies in Panama and Guyana. She has been awarded fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center in addition to a painting fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Her affiliations include The Washington Society of Landscape Painters and The McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her work is featured in “Sunday Drives, Cruising the Back Roads of Amherst & Nelson Counties” and “100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic.” Gray served as the artist member of the Virginia Art & Architecture Review Board from 2010-2014. www.graydodson.com

M. Stephen Doherty

BY M. Stephen Doherty

M. Stephen Doherty 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 PleinAir magazine (www.outdoorpainter.com). He exhibited his paintings in solo and group exhibitions; served on the advisory boards of art schools and artists’ organizations; judged art exhibitions for museums and art societies, and has written a dozen art books and hundreds of magazine articles. His most recent book entitled “The Art of Plein Air Painting: An Essential Guide to Materials, Concepts, and Techniques for Painting Outdoors” was published in 2017. 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. www.stevedohertyart.com

Margaret Embree

BY Margaret Embree

Margaret Embree has been a painter for over 30 years. Having been introduced to many styles of paint application at an early age, Margaret developed a love of painting including the philosophy behind it. She loves painting the Virginia Landscape, often as a symbol for the human condition. Margaret received a BA in Studio Art at the University of Mary Washington, Virginia. She is an award-winning artist, both regionally and nationally. Recently, Margaret won first place in the juried UMW Centennial Alumni Exhibit for her painting “Reggie.” Currently Margaret, who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, maintains a studio at McGuffey Art Center where she alternates between the continuing exploration of the Virginia landscape and abstract work. www.margaretembree.com

V-Anne Evans

BY V-Anne Evans

V-Anne Evans’ undergraduate degree is in Communications and Journalism from George Mason University, and she took painting classes there and at Penn State and Northern Virginia Community College. In the past three years, V-Anne has begun learning to paint in earnest under the instruction of Ron Boehmer at the Beverley Street Studio School. V-Anne has also taken workshops from Rick Weaver, Nancy Bass, Frank Hobbs, and Lauren Andreach. She has participated in invitational plein air events in Highland County and Lexington, Virginia. V-Anne received Honorable Mention in 2017 and Third Place in 2016 at the Queen City Plein Air Event, as well as “Best Traditional Landscape” in the 2017 Bath County Art Association Art Show. Her work has been shown at the Nelson Gallery in Lexington, Virginia, at the Beverley Street Studio School’s Faculty Show at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, and at Ebb and Flow Gallery in Faber, Virginia.

Raymond Ewing

BY Raymond Ewing

Raymond Ewing grew up in the scenic mountains of western Maryland. The southern Maryland landscape now serves as inspiration for many of his paintings and is where he now resides. For the past ten years, Ray has taken his painting outdoors. His interest in painting en plein air has coincided with the revival of the movement. He has been juried into prestigious events along the east coast and has earned several awards. For the past thirty years, Ray has been an art instructor, an active juror and a guest lecturer in the Washington, DC area. He has been featured in solo and group shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic region as well as in New England. He has participated in the Department of State Art in Embassies Program and his work in included in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad. Ray is represented by the North End Gallery in Leonardtown, Maryland and is a member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, the Maryland Pastel Society and the Baltimore Watercolor Society. https://ray.fineartstudioonline.com/

David Finnell

BY David Finnell

In the late 1980s, David Finnell began taking watercolor classes at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. Since then, he has taken workshops from such watercolorists as Tom Lynch, Tony Van Hasselt, and Frank Webb. David enjoys the challenge, fun, and camaraderie of plein air painting. As one of 30 national artists juried into Plein Air Richmond 2017, David won the Nita Enoch Interiors Award for his painting “Ambling in the Alley.” In 2016, 2014, and 2013, David painted in Easels in Frederick in Frederick, Maryland. The summer of 2017, David participated in the plein air festival in Floyd, Virginia. In March 2018, he will appear in the juried Lighthouse Plein Air Festival near Palm Beach, Florida. David lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and retired this year from teaching English at Sherando High School in Stephens City. He and his wife plan on moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2018. www.davidfinnellwatercolors.com

Elizabeth Geiger

BY Elizabeth Geiger

Elizabeth Geiger teaches still life painting classes and workshops at Beverley Street Studio School. She shows her still life, landscape, and figure paintings regularly throughout the east coast from Virginia to Massachusetts. Elizabeth 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. Her background in mathematics and the culinary arts influences much of her work. She and her family of artists live in Staunton, Virginia. www.elizabethgeigerart.com

John Hancock

BY John Hancock

John Hancock makes art and teaches in the shadow of Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia. Prior to relocating here in 2000, John lived in a number of places throughout the Southeast and Midwest, which fueled his continued love of travel and his desire “for visual exploration of seemingly ordinary to the most interesting or exotic.” John’s paintings, drawings, and sketches start with direct observation of the world and a desire to understand our place in it. John regularly exhibits art locally, regionally, nationally, and has also shown in England. For many years, he balanced being an artist with working as an art professor. While he does still teach a college art class from time to time, John is now a full-time artist and also spends time working with adult students in classes and workshops, mentoring younger artists, judging art exhibitions, and making presentations to professional and community art groups and organizations. http://www.johnahancock.com/

Janice Kirsh

BY Janice Kirsh

Janice Kirsh paints throughout Maryland, with subject matter ranging from industrial areas in Baltimore to waterfront scenes on the Eastern shore. She also travels regularly to other destinations to paint such as Maine, Oregon and the Adirondacks. Janice enjoys painting landscapes, capturing the atmosphere and the light through the use of color and textures. Her work has a unique loose painterly style that makes her paintings noticeable to the viewer. Although trained in classical realism, Janice’s work, while demonstrating classic skill, also reflects a loose and impressionistic style that makes her art original, appealing and worth collecting. Her strokes are painterly, and her pallet is luminous. She has won several prestigious awards and was also one of the artists to be included in a book by Gary Pendleton, 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic. www.janicekirsh.com

Donna Cruce Kocka

BY Donna Cruce Kocka

Donna Cruce Kocka has been working in the art field for many years in a wide variety of mediums ranging from set design to murals, portraits to faux finish furniture. She earned her BFA from the University of Tennessee and currently resides in Staunton, Virginia with her husband. She has studied with numerous colorists and plein air artists in painting figurative and landscape paintings. Donna has a “voracious appetite” for learning more about painting and developing her skills. Having taught art for over 30 years in numerous settings, she opened IagoArts Studio in 2016, a workspace for teaching and painting and a gallery in downtown Staunton. Donna works primarily in oil and she feels that the creative conversation between light, images and the artist is a deeply beautiful gift from God. She is often found pursuing painting en plein air in and around Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley.  www.iagoarts.com

Brett LaGue

BY Brett LaGue

Brett LaGue’s drawings and paintings are influenced by the color, texture, and energy of the landscape. He has exhibited his paintings and works on paper across the Mid-Atlantic in numerous solo and group presentations, art festivals, and plein air competitions. Brett is the recipient of a professional fellowship grant from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. His work can be found in corporate and private art collections throughout the United States as well as in England and France. Brett studied graphic design and illustration at the Ringling College of Art & Design and lives and works in historic Fincastle, Virginia. www.brettlague.com

Katharine B. March

BY Katharine B. March

Staunton artist Katharine B. March studied art at the Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton and has participated in workshops with nationally known artists such as Carol Marine and Lisa Daria Kennedy. Katharine has been represented in juried art shows in North Carolina and Virginia, has had solo shows in the central Virginia area, and has won several awards for her work including second place in oils at the Bath Country Art Show and second place in Paint Orange County Plein Air event. Katharine’s work is owned by private collectors across the United States and abroad and she is represented by galleries in central Virginia, including Co-Art Gallery, where she is an active member. She has begun competing in juried and non-juried plein air events in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina and has won awards at these events. http://kbmarch.blogspot.com/

Lisa Mitchell

BY Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell is an award-winning Maryland artist who works in both oil and pastel. She has been juried into significant plein air competitions including Plein Air Easton, Paint Annapolis, Plein Air Curacao, Paint Norfolk, Wayne Plein Air, Plein Air Richmond and The Lighthouse Plein Air. She has participated in several invitational events such as the Olmsted Plein Air in Atlanta, Plein Air Escape in East Beach, Norfolk and the Paint the Garden at the New York Botanical Gardens. An art instructor, Lisa offers weekly plein air instruction in oil and pastel at the Zoll Studio School of Fine Art in Lutherville, Maryland. She also teaches throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Lisa’s work has been published in Gary Pendleton’s book, “100 Plein Air Artist’s of the Mid-Atlantic” and was a featured artist in the June/July 2017 issue of the Plein Air Magazine. Lisa received her formal education in Illustration and Graphic Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She began her career as an illustrator switching to children’s portraiture and has since changed her focus to painting landscapes en plein air and in the studio. Lisa’s paintings are currently represented at the McBride Fine Art Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland. www.lisamitchellstudio.com

Erin Murray

BY Erin Murray

Erin Murray, originally of Augusta County, completed her Bachelor of Arts in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at the College of William and Mary in 2006 and her Master of Fine Arts in Painting at the University of New Hampshire in 2009. She has taught classes in drawing and painting at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), Sanctuary Arts, Carroll Community College, Blue Ridge Community College, and Larkin Arts. She now lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia and works full time as a painter. During her graduate studies, Erin had the opportunity to travel and paint en plein air throughout Italy. She was invited to teach painting to UNH undergraduate students in Ascoli Piceno and was awarded a graduate fellowship to conduct research on narrative painting in Florence. Erin now works primarily in acrylic and oil and continues to do narrative, figurative, and plein air work.  www.erinemurray.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. Maria 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. She is a Virginia native and received her formal education from Virginia Commonwealth University earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in illustration. Maria 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. www.mariareardon.com

Peg Sheridan

BY Peg Sheridan

Peg Sheridan is from Staunton, Virginia. She has been painting with watercolors for 38 years and has been teaching watercolor and acrylic painting for 18 years throughout Virginia, including at Beverley Street Studio School where she teaches regularly to sold-out classes. With a degree in Wildlife Biology, Peg has a special interest in painting landscapes and wildlife. Peg is a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society and is active in other arts organizations. She has won several awards for her paintings, including one national award, and is known for her loose, colorful watercolor paintings that are often painted onsite. Of her work, Peg says, “My paintings are a way for me to share my love of the outdoors and my appreciation for the beauty around us. I also love watercolor, with its transparency, ability to flow across the paper, and the wonderful surprises that happen. It is my hope that the joy I find in this process comes across in my paintings.” www.pegsheridan.com

Roberta Staat

BY Roberta Staat

Roberta Staat is a mid-west native, born in Indiana and raised in Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. Her parents and three siblings lived a gypsy life, unpredictable and exciting. Roberta’s formal education includes a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, a BS art education from the University of Houston and an MFA from The American University in Washington, DC. She has exhibited in Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, New York, Maryland and Virginia. Roberta has also been an art instructor in a variety of settings, including elementary schools, high schools, and as an adjunct Instructor at the college level. Roberta says of her work, “I look at the world and see visual poetry. My tool box is open. I use the universal language of mark making and the brush stroke to explore the natural beauty and story of a place in time. It amazes me how from time to time indelible memories emerge and meld with the work at hand magic happens.” http://www.staatworks.com/

Nancy Wallace

BY Nancy Wallace

Nancy Wallace’s background in art includes numerous classes and workshops over the years, experimenting with plein air painting for the first time in 2000. She has a Master’s in art education, and after teaching in public and private schools, and at an international school in West Berlin, she gradually left teaching to spend more time painting. Nancy began to show her work immediately in juried shows and in galleries, and her paintings have received numerous awards. Although Nancy paints figures and still life compositions, she is primarily known for her landscape paintings. Of her work, Nancy says, “When other people appreciate my paintings, and can relate to them, it only reinforces the notion that we are not separate from one another. That’s one of the greatest things about art—that it lets people know they are not alone and that others have similar feelings about this amazing world that we live in.” www.nancygallery.com

Nan Mahone Wellborn

BY Nan Mahone Wellborn

Nan Mahone Wellborn is a landscape painter whose home base is in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Primarily she paints in oils outside, along the banks of rivers or ponds that offer reflections and movement. When the weather isn’t friendly, Nan seeks out a window view or a still life composition, keeping direct observation the root of her work. Nan’s paintings are driven by an emotional and expressive interpretation of her interest in a sense of place and captures the immediacy of the moment. She strives for tension between classic themes based in reality and brought to life with a modern sense of color. Nan’s paintings were selected for the 2014 exhibition, “Home Sweet Home” at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University. Nan was among 16 artists featuring interpretations of a “sense of place.” Nan’s work is available at several galleries throughout Virginia. www.nanmahonewellborn.com

Meg West

BY Meg West

Meg West went to the Philadelphia College of Art, where she majored in graphic design and minored in painting. After working for several years as a graphic designer, in 2000 Meg began painting full time. Meg says she paints every day and enjoys the rhythm and momentum that comes with a steady flow of painting. She adds, “The act of painting is what is important to me; I enjoy the feeling of being connected to my environment, myself and the painting. I look forward to developing as an artist and creating my future paintings. ”Considering herself a localist, Meg focuses her painting in Albermarle and surrounding counties, as well as the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Meg prefers only to paint plein air and states that living in Virginia and all the beauty in the area compels her to paint. www.megwestoilpainting.net

Rosalie Sunderland Day White

BY Rosalie Sunderland Day White

Rosalie Sunderland Day White received her B.A. and M.Ed. from Lynchburg College in Virginia. She attended the Washington Studio School in Washington, D.C., and undertook, on three occasions, independent study in Paris, France. Her work has been widely exhibited in venues such as Courtyard Gallery in Washington, D.C.; Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas; The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia; L’Hermitage, Rueil Malmaison, France; and Purdue University Galleries.     Commercial representation has been Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, Virginia; Callen McJunkin Gallery, Charleston, West Virginia; and The Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, Virginia. Her work is included in private and corporate collections in the United States and France. Rosalie is a Co-Founder of the Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton, Virginia. July 2017 was her 20th season as artist in residence, Nimrod Hall, Bath County, Virginia. She was chosen to represent the City of Lynchburg, Virginia in an artistic exchange exhibition with Lynchburg’s sister city, in France. Currently, Rosalie teaches painting at The Academy Center of the Arts and Art on 12th in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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