Mary Paul Barnaby is a photographer and a painter. Retiring from the Air Force, she finally settled down in Frederick, Maryland after a lifetime of travel and adventure. She has been taking pictures most of her adult life and feels complete with a camera in her hand. Photography has been her creative outlet for many years. In the past few years, she has used some of her photographs as the inspiration for her acrylic paintings and it has been interesting for her to discover that not everything in a photograph needs to be in a painting. Painting her photographs gives her a chance to edit her photos in a way she can’t do in Lightroom. She feels that painting has made her a better photographer.
Ron is a self-taught painter mainly working in acrylics. He also is a successful computer artist, often incorporating digital images into his acrylic and mixed media works. He often returns to his love of printmaking and continues to experiment with image transfers using various mediums and substrates.
Ron loves to paint because it feels like a magical process watching images come to life as layers of paint are applied to a substrate. His choice of subject matter is somewhat eclectic. This gives him many different avenues to explore and experiment in developing his diverse creative works. The most successful of these have been his human and animal portraits, landscapes, abstracts, and figurative art verging on the erotic.
Jill Hossler is a local artist, who has been painting for more than 35 years. Her love of art was first nurtured by her high school painting teacher, Barry Richardson. She has since studied with a variety of artists and is currently a student of Doug Moulden. Jill’s preferred medium is acrylic paint and she specializes in rural scenes, time-worn barns, and seasonal landscapes.
Lynn has been an artist for more than 50 years. She works in many different mediums. She prefers painting abstracts but also loves architectural themes. She also works with collage, pencil sketching, portraits, oils and pastels.
My paintings are as much sculpture as they are flat imagery. I start off by constructing a form from plywood that I have warped and shaped. Acrylic paints aren’t just colorful, but have physical properties such as plasticity and volume. I use these properties to build up structure in space. I extrude paint onto the plywood construction much like caulk out of a caulk gun. I build up the surface through many layers using gallons of paint until the surface is thick, rich and highly varied. Sometimes I carve into it. The end result is a heavy, rich surface that resembles vines, tree bark, woven fabric, rock or other surfaces. Texture and surface as well as a shape to the “canvas” lend sculptural qualities to my paintings. It becomes difficult to separate what is two dimensional from what is sculptural.
Arden Jepsen McElroy only began painting eight years ago after retiring from a thirty-nine year teaching career. She originally began painting as a way to spend more time with her daughter, artist Jill Hossler and joined her in classes taught by Frederick artist, Doug Moulden. As the classes progressed, she became more confident and interested in the whole process. After experimenting with watercolors and oils, she settled on acrylics as her medium of choice and impressionistic landscapes as her favorite subjects. She is proof that it is never too late to discover a new love.
Sonja has only been painting several years, She began taking acrylic painting classes with local artist Doug Moulden, but has also found great enjoyment in working with watercolors and pastels. Living in Frederick, she enjoys painting local scenes as well as scenes from the eastern shore and her travels abroad.
Located near the banks of the Monocacy River, artist - blacksmith Stephen Dill crafts an eclectic mix of custom ironwork for homes, businesses, and public spaces. His hammer work is featured on a diverse array of items, from bottle openers to vases, while his larger designs include botanically inspired sculpture and ornamental yard décor. Stephen works primarily in steel but has experience in forging other metals such as titanium.
Stephen is a member of the Deleplaine Arts Center in Frederick and was featured artist in January and February 2019. Stephen is also a member of the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society where he, currently and in the past, demonstrates the Blacksmith craft, helps plan Fall Festivals, Spring art events, tourism outreach and repairs to the buildings. Stephen is a member of the Eastside Artist Gallery in Frederick, MD, Artist Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA) and the Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland (BGCM).
Kathryn began taking acrylic painting classes 5 years ago with local artist Doug Moulden in anticipation of retirement and has since also begun painting with watercolor. She loves painting outdoor scenes, woods, mountains, lighthouses. Nature is her inspiration. She enjoys decorating the canvas with color and texture. Acrylic paint and watercolor are her media of choice.
Lis's extraordinary and inspirational award-winning artwork, created primarily in colored pencil, expresses poignant human expression. Her subjects reveal themselves with their vulnerabilities and their strengths. The artist’s innate skills are combined with superb detail and composition, masterful treatment of facial features and hands, a myriad of textures, and articulated light and shadow. Her style is reminiscent of the masterful illustrations and paintings of generations past. She demonstrates an uncanny ability to master her medium.
Caroline Razzaq lives in Gaithersburg with her husband of 27 years, Abdul. After not trying art for many years, she started doing little scribbles to relax in 2018. She tried a little harder and found she was improving. Favorite subjects are plants and cats. Her next step is to try painting.
About Me -- Self taught and stubborn, I’ve been painting for more than twenty years. For me, it’s mostly a selfish effort, an argument I have with myself that the way the light falls on something is important and deserves attention.
There are plenty of issues in the world that deserve attention right now though and using my artwork to help address those issues has given me a new sense of motivation and drive.
Steven is originally from Wisconsin and has been working in the DC area with fused glass for over 15 years. He was hooked on glass as a medium from the moment he opened the kiln to see his very first creation. He was convinced that a bit of magic had taken place in the kiln. That same excitement about his craft still drives him all these years later. Steven draws inspiration for his form, color, and texture from his years of travel while working for the Peace Corps and Department of State, and even now in retirement.
Steven’s work ranges from glass jewelry to functional to decorative pieces, and even sculpture. Steven’s work has been shown in art exhibits around the DC area. He now lives and works in Frederick where his pieces can also now be found at various locations.