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January 1, 2021

My art journey is a twisted one. I grew up in Prague, Czech Republic, and while I don’t recall a single visit to an art gallery in my early childhood, my family has always been creative. It just took the form of gardening, cooking, and chatting around the table. A stint at a local economics university did not work out and I moved to the US as an au pair for a family in... more

December 1, 2020

I first discovered art when I was 5 years old and I immediately enjoyed expressing myself by drawing and coloring. Over the years, creating art has been one of the greatest joys in my life. My interest led me to study Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Some of my paintings are in private collections here in the US and abroad. I was also fortunate to... more

November 26, 2020

Dear Friends,

It’s not possible to look back on the dramatic turns of the past year and for all the obvious reasons not feel changed. The impact of strained relationships, thwarted plans, and  overwhelming loss plays out on all our lives in ways big and small every day, often making the path forward elusive. That said, knowing what we know now, going back to... more

November 1, 2020

I am a native Washingtonian who enjoys creating abstract paintings of the natural world around us. Inspiration for my work comes from my travels to all seven continents. Being in nature provides a sense of comfort to me. I like to observe the patterns, shadows and colors in nature, then abstract these patterns to convey the underlying essence of the geology,... more

October 1, 2020
My journey into watercolor and mixed media came about in an unusual way.  I graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Computer Science and worked in the IT business for over 35 years. In 2006 I volunteered to assist UGA's Lamar Dodd School of Art with technology recommendations for their new art school and became interested in studying art myself. I took my... more
September 1, 2020

Drawing and painting have been lifelong interests for me but until I retired in 2001, I did not have the time to pursue my interest.  I searched around for a compatible school/class for several years, beginning to take classes at the Smithsonian Institution, then at the Corcoran School.  At both of these venues, I worked primarily in oil and acrylic but no class ever... more

August 1, 2020

I wish I could say that there is some intentional meaning in these pieces however, in much of my work, I am assembling and putting images together in ways that feel right as I go through the process. It is an experience of flow where I am simply reacting to colors, images how they resonate with what is happening in [my] life. None of this is “on purpose” – for me; the... more

July 1, 2020

I have been an amateur photographer since high school, a DC resident since the early 70's exclusively shooting black/white film since the mid 80’s with over 20+ years of darkroom experience. My primary focus is on architectural, industrial, and funerary subjects.

Burial Pots at Sipán Perú, 2012Sepia-toned fiber gelatin silver print (2017), 30.4 x 22.7 cm(Pots... more

June 3, 2020

Ellen Cornett's Life Drawing class has been working hard this session even if it has been virtually! Says Ellen "Things all around us closed, but the life drawing community wanted to stay together so we organized a Zoom class. Students showed up on Thursday nights, and we did an eight week intensive focus on hands, feet, and heads. Everyone worked very hard. These... more

June 1, 2020

I am a long time member of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop community, and former Chair of the Capitol Hill Art League. My family tree is full of artists and poets. My great grandmother has a series of flowers paintings hanging to this day in the Nelson Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. My brother and sister in law have also worked in several New York museums... more

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