The Artists

Ann Beverley Hundley Eubank

Eubanks NovemberAnn Beverley Hundley Eubank, a native of Essex County and a displaying artist at the Tappahannock Art Guild, graduated from St. Margaret’s School, attended St. Andrew’s College in North Carolina, and recieved a degree in education and a Masters of Education at VCU in Richmond. She went on to receive an endorsement in library science. After teaching in Hanover and Essex counties she retired with her husband Kenneth on the Rappahannock where she enjoys painting with the Rivah Country Painters at the gallery. Instructors have included John T. Griffin and Michelle Hoffman.

Ann Beverley has shown her art at the Richmond Public Library as a part of First Fridays group show and also in a solo showing there; Ashland Coffee and Tea; and currently at the Riverside Cafe in Tappahannock. Her work has been included in Riverfest and the Tappahannock Farmers’ Market. Her work is represented in the American Embassy in Tajikistan.

Ann Beverley especially enjoys painting landscapes, riverscapes, the Dragon Swamp, and it’s tributaries. Her style is atmospheric and impressionistic, revealing her respect and love for nature.

Faith Gaillot

Faith Gaillot considered a journalism career, but took a commercial art course simply by chance her senior year of high school. As the course ended, she made a promise to her enthusiastic teacher to pursue her art. She went on to take art classes in college and was fascinated by the emotional possibilities in pen and ink drawings.

Realism has always been important to Gaillot. Classicists like Michelangelo and DaVinci, who were attracted to religious subjects, are particular favorites. Perhaps that’s why Southern Maryland’s churches hold a special fascination. She noticed that much of the art displayed in local galleries features subjects like water scenes and old barns, so she decided to work on something different — something she was inspired to draw. She recounts that a collector once said to her, “Your drawing of the church just speaks to me. You give it a soul, a heart.” Gaillot elaborates, “People seem especially attracted to these.” She has made a point of including these highly detailed church drawings in her shows.

Gaillot describes her process. “I do a basic outline, then freehand draw in pen and ink. I find that it’s the most challenging medium and demands that I stay focused. What makes it beautiful to me is the intense detail. You can’t camouflage mistakes easily. I use only one pen, and I have made it work for me… maybe I have finally conquered it. The rewards are great!”

Sarah Collins Honenberger

High Noon smallerthisHead shot 2010 bl and wh lighterSarah Collins Honenberger’s photographs are an outlet for her love of story-telling. Sixteen years ago she switched careers from lawyer to writer and has received much acclaim for her short stories and novels. The most recent CATCHER, CAUGHT, set in Tappahannock, was selected by the Pen/Faulkner Foundation for its Writers in Schools program. Photography has been a lifetime hobby. While she rarely does more than crop or lighten her shots, she chooses the final renditions for the shapes, patterns and colors that reveal the hidden stories in the scenes the camera captures. A Smith College graduate, she studied art and architecture along with her major in Renaissance-Reformation History.

George Jennings

GeoJennings-FarmhouseWithOilHeatGeorge Jennings explores the natural environment around him, and seeks out those instances “where nature is recovering from man’s interruptions”. George has participated in many monthly juried shows at the Torpedo Factory and is a regular at Nimrod Hall, an artists’ retreat. His process is an expressive creative exploration where chance and innovation are an inherent part of the work. “Art, in one form or many, has always been in the back of my mind, often finding its way forward to be practiced. It could be music, writing, or some form of the fine arts… In the visual arts, you must back away from your efforts to see if the details effectively support your overall composition. The same is true in life. So I am always backing up and looking at the recently applied strokes, making adjustments, and remembering to understand that the successful product is actually the continuing process.” George holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Architecture from Clemson University with a Minor in Urban and Regional Planning. He is a registered architect in four states and an experienced urban planner. He is also a teacher, commercial waterman, and now… a painter.

Jackie Leavitt

jackieLeavittTreeStormJackie Leavitt in gallerysq Artist Jacqueline Leavitt waited until her retirement years to pursue her interest in art. She considers herself a student artist and is basically self taught after taking continuing education classes in drawing and watercolor painting while she was spending winter time in Florida. She credits Florida artist Helen Terry for her instruction and setting her standards. In Virginia she has painted with the Rivah Country Painters for over ten years. The collective help has been responsible for the freedom she now has to express herself anyway she wants. Her work is best characterized by her use of intense colors and free style. She uses pens, pencils and pastel and lets the watercolors flow freely from a palette of primary colors. She grew up on the Northern Neck, graduating from Northumberland High School “a long time ago”. After years away she has returned to her childhood home in Hyacinth and lives peacefully with her husband and her dog.

Kelly Lynn Neale

I am Kelly Lynn Neale. “I think therefore I am.” I am autistic, artistic, asexual, and abused. I am not type-A personality. My life experiences, the humans in my past and present, and my extensive use of public libraries have made me who I am today. I love me! Thank you to my Mother, Father, Family, Friends, Books, Children and the Earth for creating me. I find creativity to be the most wonderful aspect of life. With the world’s help, I create in the studio, with my IPad Mini, the kitchen, the garden, on my yoga mat, and in my relationships. Looking for beauty, balance, truth and love in all that I encounter helps me take care of myself, my family, and my community. My friends have compared me to Mother Nature, this is a great compliment to me.

Rules and systems are very helpful to me. They can be found everywhere, my favorite way of expressing myself is through mathematics. Geometry, logic and form, and algebra, numbers and formulas, are especially important to my work. While painting pictures, I study relationships between dimensions, tones, colors, and lines. While taking pictures, I study relationships between perspectives, subjects, and light. In the kitchen and garden, preparation, planning, and patience are my key ingredients. On the yoga mat as a student, I study relationships between my body, mind, and spirit. As a yoga teacher, I study relationships between myself and the students, between the students to each other, and every student’s relationship to their selves. In my personal and professional relationships to other humans, I try to treat each individual as I would like to be treated, that is with love, respect, kindness, gentleness, and understanding that how a person presents themselves in any given moment depends on how they feel in their bodies, minds, and souls. These relationships can be expressed through mathematics, the universal language.

My life has not been easy, I am grateful for this. It has made me who I am today. I am now ready to share my art with the world. I hope it brings awareness to the bright side of life. It helps me feel good to always find the positive side of everything. I also hope my art will bring awareness to the great contributions to our world that autistic people are able to offer when we are taking care of ourselves physically and being accepted for who we are by our friends, neighbors, and communities.

Catherine Neuhardt-Minor

DSC00275 copyAlong with my artwork, I am still evolving. I find it difficult to define achievements in the past, when my mind is leaping to the future. Academically, I hold a BA from Sarah Lawrence, an MA in Visual Studies from Hunter College of CCNY, and an MFA from Vermont College of Norwich University in Creative Writing. I have taught and published throughout the USA, in Europe, and have won many prizes. My most visible Public Work is a “Brick Couch” installed across the street from the Fresh Water Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN. My most important work is still to come.

Nathan K. Pope

car_wheelsI aim to recreate the close harmonies I discover in open fields, marshes, rivers, and skies; to reveal the dialog between a tree line and the sky, a lone cedar and passing clouds, a man-made structure and its natural setting. I am successful not when I reconstruct the landscape, but when I represent the spirit of that moment I became connected with it. I hold a B.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I took art classes throughout high school and college but pursued a more practical degree. In Alexandria, Virginia, I studied at the Torpedo Factory’s Art League with Diane Tessler. My mother’s career as an artist has been a significant influence; my work is further informed by a study of other art forms, most notably music. Since 2000 I have exhibited professionally in various galleries and shows in Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia.,

Anna Raff

Anna Raff2Raff tree paintingAnna Raff has painted her entire life. She grew up in Virginia after her parents emigrated from England when she was six years old. The landscapes, rivers, valleys and mountains of Virginia inspired her earliest works. She studied French Impressionism at The Corcoran Gallery of Art and later in London, Paris, New York, Quebec, and throughout the United States. Presently, her subjects are a series on the Rivers of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay. She lives on the Rappahannock River, enjoying its wildlife, seasons and skies. “It is very nice to come back to Virginia, It is home; its beauty is inspiring and it’s peacefulness is restful. I’m hoping to concentrate my efforts on Virginia’s landscapes in order to create a pictorial history of the way it looks today…for posterity and to make a significant difference in the protection of its environment.”

Frank Rixey

frankrixeyFrank Rixey found his inspiration for art in the second grade when he entered his first art competition with an image of wild horses, depicted with Crayola Crayons. Although primarily self-taught, he received formal art instruction at Woodberry Forest School and the University of Virginia. Frank has always enjoyed using pencil, charcoal and watercolor. However, only during the past eight years, since his retirement from public education, has he discovered some of the better qualities of the watercolor medium. During that time he has enjoyed the support and guidance of the “Rivah Country Painters”. Frank’s preferred subjects include landscapes, water scenes (including boats, piers, and creeks, primarily in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck), wildlife, old homes, and people. He has been doing commissioned work involving “house portraits”. Frank’s best pieces show a strong use of light and shadow. During the last few years Frank has shown his work at the Richmond City Library, the Northumberland Public Library and the Essex Inn. He has been the “Featured Artist” at the Tappahannock Farmer’s Market and the newly formed Tappahannock Art Gallery. Frank has served as the president of the Tappahannock Artists’ Guild.

Linda Shields

My art background is varied. I have taken more courses than I care to remember, mainly at James Madison University summer school at Shrinemont with Jerry Coulter 16 years; VA. Museum; VCU; Christophora Robeers wherever she is teaching; R&F Paints in Kingston, New York; Montpelier Center for Art and Education; Rappahannock Art League; Sue Sites prior to her death was a real influence on my work. I also took classes from Chase Decker when he was at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College. These are just a few of the places I have studied. I am always taking classes and trying to learn something.

Inspiration for my work comes from nature. I love working in a variety of media to interpret and portray the beauty of God’s creation.

My process is difficult to nail down. I work in encaustic, oil paint, and mixed media. These efforts can result from observing nature, working from photos or my imagination.

The choice of materials depends on the subject matter.

TAG satisfies with my need to affiliate with an art group. I have a home in Tappahannock and deep roots there.

Ron Smith

RonSmith-UnnamedKnickers 72_1200-2I enjoy sharing images of things which have surpassed their lifetime warranty; images which are in slightly jarring juxtaposition; images which stretch the boundaries of reality a bit. Sometimes I manipulate an image beyond simple adjustments or add graphic elements. Mostly, I like to prompt a smile or provoke a bit of thoughtful head-scratching. I prefer to print my photographic images on matte paper using fade-resistant pigmented inks. I have never felt the need to abandon a style that works for me.

Lew Thatcher

Reasoning that art is a form of graphic communication, Lew paints in the realist genre. Working in oil, pastel, and oil paste, his art is detailed, focused, and believable. Influences include workshops with living masters Daniel E. Greene, Scot Christensen, Alan Flatman, and others. Currently represented by Art of the Vallery Gallery, Avon, CO, Tappahannock Art Gallery, Tappahannock, VA, On The Hill Gallery and Yorktown Hall Gallery, both in Yorktown, VA.

After 30 years of professional experience in graphic arts, including publications design and production, Lew now concentrates on fine art in Vail, Colorado, and on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

Commissions accepted for portraits, scenics, animals, yachts, homes, or indoor murals.

Nancy W. Vickers

Nancy W. Vickers and her husband Charlie have lived in the Northern Neck of Virginia for over 30 years. These high school sweethearts have been married for 54 years. She attended Madison College (later JMU), until she landed a job in Washington with the Department of State. She was fortunate enough to travel on Air Force One to Paris, France, Ankara, Turkey, and the United Nations in New York. She retired from the Federal Government in Dahlgren in 1995. Nancy enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. She wrote two books, Poems from the Heart and The Whitney Storybook: Life on the South Dakota Prairie. She discontinued her art work at the tender age of 18, and at 74 she again became interested in painting. One item can be checked off her bucket list — notecards. This was her dream since her childhood. She now has her own line of notecards featuring her new paintings.

Ginevra Liles Wolfinger

The past several years I’ve enjoyed painting in watercolors with the Rivah Country Painters of Tappahannock. I’ve had instruction from Kathleen Noffsinger of Deltaville, Michelle Hoffman of Mechanicsville and Christophora Robeers of Richmond. We’ve exhibited at the Tappahannock Artists’ Guild, Tappahannock Farmers’ Market, Java Jack’s Café in Tappahannock, Rivahfest in Tappahannock and the Richmond City Library in Richmond. I love watercolor because of its translucence and the way the paint moves on paper; I like how the slightest hint of color can make a painting. For me, painting is a most relaxing and peaceful way to express my ideas. I paint from my own photographs—grandchildren, family and friends’ dogs and of course, my favorite subject—Rockie, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. My goal is always to capture my subjects’ spirit.