Artists’ Biographical Information
Elisabeth (Beth) Hudgins
Trained as a watercolor artist, Elisabeth (Beth) Hudgins maintains her love of transparency and being able to see through layers of paint and elements. Now a more experimental painter, she enjoys seeing what happens when she layers different materials or pours paints and adds heat. Her goal in her artwork is to maintain a spontaneous and transparent quality while capturing ephemeral moments of beauty.
Inspired by her grandmother, a working and teaching artist, Elisabeth’s art journey started at a young age. Awarded a bachelor’s degree in fine art from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., Elisabeth first pursued a career as a graphic designer and art director. After her two children were born, she felt the need to reconnect with her creativity on a more personal level, and so began painting once again.
Elisabeth has served as president of the nonprofit Arlington Artists Alliance, and has been a member of numerous other local arts organizations. In the past, she has been represented by The Artists Undertaking Gallery, Occoquan, Va.; Stifel and Capra Gallery, Falls Church, Va.; and Gallery Clarendon, Arlington, Va. Currently, Elisabeth’s paintings can be seen at Alexia Scott Studio/Gallery, in Falls Church, and Gallery Underground, in Arlington.
The recipient of many awards, Elisabeth has exhibited in solo shows throughout the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area, and has been featured in Elan magazine. Elisabeth accepts commissions.
Kat Jamieson devotes her energy to creating original silver jewelry and atmospheric watercolors. She avidly pursues painting and metalsmithing as both a life-long student and a teacher. “Metalsmithing and painting are both joyful pursuits, “ Kat notes, “especially in working with the moving flow of each material and process: silver, pigments, fire, and water.”
Kat has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, Md., and is an active member of Studio 10 Artists, Arlington Artists Alliance, and The Art League of Alexandria, Va.
Kat’s work can be seen at Sterling Gallery and Framing, Arlington, Va.
Linda Maldonado is an experimental artist who works in acrylics, watercolor, and collage in pursuing a visual form for her ideas, imagination, spirit, and intuition. She uses texture, stamping, layers, and stenciling while keeping mindful of her chosen theme, creating artwork that both veils and reveals. Building on a background in traditional watercolor, portraiture in oils, and Chinese landscape painting, Linda, who finds inspiration in the natural world, consistently pursues new directions, thanks to an ever-expanding array of innovative art products.
Linda has taught numerous classes on acrylic mediums and collage, encouraging others to explore the artistic possibilities of these flexible and exciting methods and materials.
Linda is president of Potomac Valley Watercolorists and a member of Arlington Artists Alliance and the International Society of Experimental Artists. Her work can be seen in her Etsy shop.
Elise Ritter, an award-winning artist based in Arlington, Va., and Portland, Ore., paints with water media and inks to create luminous landscapes and mystical abstracts. Her art is shown in many settings and galleries throughout the United States and internationally, including Canada, China, England, Germany, Portugal, and New Zealand.
Elise is a member of Studio 10 Artists, the juried Potomac Valley Watercolorists society, and Arlington Artists Alliance.
Currently, Elise’s work can be viewed at Sterling Gallery and Framing in Arlington, Va.
Like many painters, contemporary impressionist Deborah Taylor has studied the skills required for painting for several years but has had a passion for art and artistic expression all of her life. Becoming a painter involved a gradual change in the way she sees the world — with intention and curiosity.
Deborah’s artistic journey has taken her down several paths. One path that has been especially rewarding is to paint small, and often. Once, for more than two years, she produced a painting a day and wrote about that process on a blog. Now a bit more relaxed about her daily practice, Deborah experiments with different techniques, media, and sizes.
Best known for her small, intimate, “of the moment” oils, Linda creates both landscapes (plein air and studio) and still lifes.
Deborah’s paintings can be found in private collections as well as several venues through the Washington, D.C., area. Her work can be seen on her Website.
A native of the area, Deborah lives in Arlington, Va.
Studio 10 Artists
Elisabeth Hudgins, Kat Jamieson, Linda Maldonado, Elise Ritter, and Deborah Taylor are all members of Studio 10, a collaborative of artists who create and celebrate community-based art. In preparing this exhibition, they “met” weekly on Zoom throughout the past year to brainstorm, plan, share, critique, encourage, and finalize their contributions, seen here together for the first time.
In 2020, the group exhibited their “Divine Feminine” paintings virtually on St. Michael’s Website (see “Past Exhibitions” in the Arts & Faith section).
The collaborative’s work also can be seen at Sterling Picture Framing, 2103 N. Pollard St., Arlington, Virginia 22207.