Professional Artist since 1969 – participation in local, state, national and international exhibits, signature member of American Watercolor Society and Virginia Watercolor Society.
“Capturing the Essence” – artist solo show.
April 7 through April 29, 2017
Ellen DeMaria has been painting for more than 25 years, and more intensively for the last five. She paints expressively – creatively molding shape, color, texture, and form in her work. Her process usually begins with atmospheric watercolor with quick and bold brushstrokes; she instinctively adds whatever other water media that strengthens the painting. Ellen typically starts with light color and deepens to vivid and dark contrasts to make dramatic pictures allowing the eyes to wander, and look for the surprises that appear in the layers of paint. She works with the flow of the paint, and color combinations that may be unexpected at times, and focuses the viewer in on a mood or impression. Splashes and drips create movement and drama in her work.
For this show – her first solo – DeMaria has produced works in the realm of abstract realism. “There are some paintings that show more detail than others,” she says. “It’s a feeling that I want you to experience when you see it.”
Ms. DeMaria explores different ways to work, sometimes creating from a scene or photo, other times, using her imagination to create a picture from her own dreams and experiences. Water features such as oceans, bays, creeks, and waterfalls often appear in her paintings from her life experiences. She grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, moved to Virginia, and fell in love with the local waters. Her family works in the seafood industry so she is knowledgeable about the life and work of local waterman. Boats, nets, and rustic materials can be found in many painted scenes with the objective to take the rugged subject matter to a more personal, intriguing level.
A solo exhibition of Lew’s extraordinary works will be on display October 7 – 31 , 2017. Lew Thatcher paints in the realist genre. His art is detailed, focused and believable. Over 40 years of sailing and exploring the waters, marshes and harbors of Chesapeake Bay have provided him with a vast wealth of maritime subjects.
I have worked in business management for my entire career. However I developed an appreciation for art during my college years. I enjoyed sketching for relaxation and decided to pursue my interest in art as a hobby in retirement. This led me to the Portsmouth Fine Arts Institute and a semester of instruction with Robert Burnell. He taught me the basics of watercolor painting, for which I will always be grateful.
I have read many self-teaching books on the subject, and I have also studied the work of other watercolor artists. Doing this has helped me develop my own style. I love the water, and have great respect for the men who work the water. I love the history and natural beauty surrounding the Chesapeake Bay area and other areas I have traveled. I hope you see this reflected in my art work.
Michael S. Kravchak