After the Flood
Recent Paintings by Marcia Chaves
After months of cleanup from the flood waters of the Rappahannock last year at “Miss Julie’s,” my studio on Falls Run in the Falmouth Bottom, I’ve spent the summer creating new images but also revisiting and refreshing old themes from the past, working primarily in oil and watercolor. After almost 50 years in the Old Stone House, my surroundings in the “Bottom” the old Union Church, the Falmouth Canal on Falls Run, the Rappahannock River, continue to inspire my work. Light and color of the Outer Banks have inspired the “skyscapes” and still life studies of water creatures, and are reminders of precious moments and long walks on the beach with the grandchildren. Fones Cliffs stands as a reminder of Nature’s diminished presence in our lives as does the quiet meander of Falls Run through the heart of old Falmouth below the chaos and congestion of the intersection of rt. 1 and 17. In developing these paintings, I’ve sought solutions to painting dilemmas by studying the bold angular compositions of Edward Hopper, and to harmonious color in the soft palette of Monet’s snow scenes and for his deliberate brushwork, generous paint application and most of all, sense of place, Gari Melchers.
Born in sunny San Diego and raised in historic Fredericksburg, Jeff Saylor is an artist, writer, cook, and all around pop culture nerd. With color and composition in mind, Jeff's work seeks to capture the viewer's attention with subjects silly and serious; sublime and surreal. Like his creativity, Jeff's style is ever-shifting; from dabbling in (tedious) hyper-realism, campy comic book casual and bold graphical design, to his current relaxed foray in abstract deconstruction. In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, listening to music, watching movies, playing video games, and snuggling with his wife and two cats.