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April 1, 2020

Nature is the focus of my artwork. It is a world of flowering plants and vegetation inspired by backyard gardens, and those that border the city streets, the public parks of Washington D.C. and the Botanical Garden. 

I approach each drawing as a portrait. I discovered early on that I enjoyed drawing the details of the plants so much, that often the plant did... more

March 23, 2020

I believe that a daily art practice is good for our brains and bodies and souls. For working artists, it helps keep us from getting stuck. If you are drawing every day, your mind is automatically turning to the next thing. And if you’re not a professional artist, there are still abundant benefits to daily art practice. It can still the mind and provide peace and... more

March 19, 2020

CHAW Teaching Artist Rachel Coad recently completed a one week residency at the Kennedy Center with Printz Dance Project, a San Francisco-based contemporary dance company directed by Stacey Printz. We asked Rachel to fill us in on her experience!

"Stacey brought two of her company dancers from San Francisco with her and... more

March 8, 2020

For three months this winter, CHAW’s 2020 Darkroom Artist Resident Carol Antezana worked in the darkroom and digital photographic facilities at CHAW, dedicating time to a project about motherhood, womanhood, and the aguayo -- a traditional Bolivian carrying cloth. Her exhibit is on view in the CHAW Gallery from March 9 to March 28th, with a reception and artist talk on... more

March 1, 2020

“I want to be considered a jazz poet blowing a long blues in an afternoon jam session on Sunday.”—Jack KerouacMy art practice started 32 years ago, when I studied film and photography at New York University. In the years since then, I’ve worked to silence the 150,000 critics in my head that try to censor me, and instead respond to the impulse to record the things I see... more

February 6, 2020

The Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project is underway! CHAW, in partnership with Eastern Market Main Street, is excited to announce the next phase of the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project, a community-based public art project featuring installed sculptures on selected street signs in the Southeast quadrant of DC. In 2014,10 sculptures were successfully... more

February 1, 2020

In kindergarten, I drew a picture I liked, was proud of and making it satisfied something in me.  That sense of something about art, making pictures, creating things deepened over time, took root and was not to be ignored.  Years later, during my first visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in my late teens, seeing Brancusi's "Bird in Space," confirmed that... more

January 1, 2020

I take many photographs. I see details others don’t.  I find beauty in things of little value.  I make etchings and monotype prints.  I splash acrylic paint around.  I belong to 3 art leagues and a critique group.  I’ve taken many classes and workshops from some amazing people.  I routinely get work accepted into art shows, even a sale or a prize now and then.  I love... more

December 1, 2019

I am an abstract painter. I work with acrylic and cold wax/oil paint. Some of my works are inspired by the natural world with vibrant colors and organic forms. Others derive from visions of the human-made world. I also enjoy expressing abstract ideas such as doubt, justice, chaos, and ancient times. 

Ripples Chaotic Times

I am an intuitive painter—the best... more

November 1, 2019

My name is Dee Ann Layton. My art style is a fusion of East Asian brush painting with Western transparent watercolor. I use handmade rice papers, silk, watercolor papers or watercolor canvas. 

Chosen Path

What sparks my choice to paint? I feel line, rhythm, repetition, saturated color in basic shapes, the overlooked and hidden places that change one’s... more

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