The HOPE Quilt proudly presents some of the artists that have contributed to our project.
Award-winning northern Virginia artist For Alex Carr, painting in watercolor is all about flow. Water on paper creates a fluid surface where color can move in soft washes with delicate tendrils. The result is transparent and luminous, with fluid color transitions and organic textural patterns. My favorite paintings are those where I let the paint swim on the paper and guide it with a light touch, trusting in the spontaneous and whimsical nature of the medium. I decided to work with the COVID-19 HOPE Quilt and Together We Will Heal projects to use my honor to honor frontline workers and to help memorialize those impacted or lost. I painted the “Missing Grandma” for the quilt project to offer the viewer a variety of interpretations of loss and distance that could be the best or worst solutions. I was honored to paint Lynn a frontline worker for Aveshka for her contributions working during COVID-19.
Painter, Northern California We are honored to have a contribution from distinguished California artist, John Decket John decided to use his talents and skills to honor frontline workers, one portrait at a time. While working from his home in Santa Rosa, California, Deckert first painted a deliveryman, followed by his mailman and a cashier. He has allowed us to feature one of his paintings of Deckert Four Nurses at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Deckert said the portraits are an acknowledgment of the hard work and sacrifice shown by frontline workers, and a way for him to say thanks. Visit http://www.johndeckert.com/pandemic-1 to see other samples of his frontline worker portraits painted during the pandemic.
Painter, Student Art Advisor Namchi is the Student Art Advisor for Art of the Matter, Inc. As a talented undergraduate student she also is creating portraits to honor frontline workers for our national, grass roots COVID-19 HOPE Quilt honor and memorial project and Together We Will Heal public exhibit projects. Her work is fresh and she has the ability to capture the likeness of her subjects with her technical skills and bring our the nuances of their personalities with color and light.
Rusty and Kaeley Boyle
Mother-Daughter artist team When Kaeley Boyle left a prestigious, big-city grad program with a fine arts degree, the world was her oyster. But instead of jumping into the urban art world, the 29-year-old artist returned to her Loudoun roots. Boyle opened The Fine Gallery in November on Royal Street, at the outer edges of downtown Leesburg’s expanding gallery scene. And her partner in the endeavor is the woman who started it all—her mom and former teacher Rusty Boyle. At their cozy, quirky space on a mostly residential block, the mother and daughter team are going both global and local, using Kaeley’s art world contacts to bring in hot young artists from around the country but also focusing on local talent. For the Boyles, art as public engagement is a driving principle, and they’ll showcase that concept during an open-call, locally-oriented show opening next month. And the pair seem to have found the perfect space in the narrow brick house, with brightly painted walls and Boyle’s own large-scale abstract oil paintings along with photos by March’s featured artist, Cat Kimball. “The charm of the space was what you’re always looking for if you’re going to do something like this that’s about public engagement,” Kaeley said.
Atlanta-based artist Jeremy Hughes has been making art for over 20 years. He has contributed to the COVID-19 HOPE Quilt and to Together We Will Heal with his striking illustrative portraits of three frontline workers, a music teacher, a nurse and a medical facilities employee. They capture his expressive illustrative watercolor style and emotion. His work ranges from murals in the town of Atlanta to doing photo shoots and combining that with personal interests such as pop culture, film and sociology. He-presents the familiar with new elements to shock the viewer out of their day to day complacency He has a master’s degree in painting and exhibits locally and internationally. I He also teaches art. His themes span dramatically from sexuality and humor to death and violence. I make drawings and paintings that are designed to give the viewer an emotive response by stimulating their intellect and visual memory bank. He has have contributed to and completed several Murals around Atlanta and Decatur Georgia.