Meet The Artists

Meet Our Teachers

Celeste Johnston

2 yrs Horticulture and flower design  Nova
Corcoran College of Art and Design.  Certified in Botanical Art and Illustration
On going education  
Us Botanical gardens, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Corcoran College at GW University, Studies Abroad  Master classes in Italy, Scotland and Portugal
Work History
Kenmore, James Monroe Library, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, (past), Westmoreland County Museum and Tappahannock Art Gallery, Virginia Museum of Fine Art (currently)
1 st President of 5 Rivers Spinners and Weavers, Century Gallery, Craft director, Metropolitan Richmond Artist Ass. exhibitions chair, Founding member of Central Va Botanical Artists, Council Member VMFA, Board member Westmoreland Museum, Westmoreland Garden Club Exhibits Chair

Connie Canby

Connie is a Washington D.C. native. She attended Corcoran School of Art and Maryland School of Art as well as NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College). Later, she taught are classes at the Sterling Campus. Connie was the children's instructor at Leesburg Academy of the Arts and taught many adult watercolor cclasses there also. Connie is a past perisent and a founding member since 2003 of Colonial Beach Artists Guild in Colonial Beach, VA. She opened Wide River Gallery in 2006 until 2011 when the building sold. She is currently the art director and founding member of Artists' Alliance, a co-op Gallery at Jarrett Thor Find Arts in Colonial Beach. She also teaches watercolor and Joy of Creativity at Artists' Alliance.

Carole Purcell

Retirement has given me the time to pursue my interest in art. The first step was to enroll in two semesters of drawing at the College of Southern Maryland, after which I started taking instruction in watercolor painting.
I've taken classes with many artists in the Southern Maryland region; with the Alexandria Art League in Old Town Alexandria; the Road Scholar program; Cheap Joe's in Boone, NC; the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops; Pat Troiani; Sheryl Williams and most recently, I've become hooked on painting with Oil and Cold Wax and have taken classes with Linda Benton McCloskey and Lisa Boardwine.
My work has been shown at many galleries and shows throughout Maryland and Virginia.
Currently, I'm a member of Annmarie Sculpture Garden, the Calvert Artists';
Guild, the Art League of Ocean City (MD), the St. Mary's Art Council, and the Mattawoman Creek Art Center.

Nicole Horn

Nicole Horn is a fine artist who paints classical still lifes and portraits in oil. Her dedication to traditional techniques can be seen in the timeless elegance of her work.  She graduated from Colorado State University with a BFA and has studied at the Art League of Alexandria under Robert Liberace and at Zoll Studio of Fine Arts with Matt Zoll in Lutherville, MD. To see more of her work visit

Janice Jones

I always wanted to paint but wasn’t able to embrace my passion until I moved to Mexico and discovered Javier Ramos – an amazing teacher who I continue to study with each
time I return there. When I returned to the US, traveled far and wide to continue my studies with teachers such as Karlyn Holman, Gerald Brommer, Don Andrews, Tom
Lynch, Betsy Kellum, Sheryl Williams, Pat Troiani and many others. Most recently I was introduced painting with cold wax and oils which was my first earnest venture into abstraction. To hone these skills, I study with David Kessler and after many classes in
cold wax and oil I am being mentored by Linda Benton McCloskey which has emboldened me to teach basic CWM classes. I also work in pastels and have just started drawing with colored pencils. I consider myself to be an evolving multi-media artist who is always pushing the envelope to try new techniques while searching for my niche. I also teach basic classes in watercolor and alcohol inks. My work has been shown in Maryland and Virginia and has won many honors from Best in Show to Honorable Mention.

Jill Smithson

Jill Smithson received her BA from Virginia Tech, is the blessed mom of
three grown children, a Nationally Board-Certified massage therapist,
Reiki Master, Certified Zentangle Teacher, weaver and creative artist of
life. Her passion is sharing art and needlework as meditative art forms.
Jill lives with her phenomenal benefactor/endowment fund, better
known as her husband, in La Plata.

Linda Benton McCloskey

Linda has studied under international artists such as Karlyn Holman, Gerald Brommer, Carrie Burns Brown, Mary Todd Beam, Steven Aimone, and Katherine Chang Liu. She is a member of local art groups and a teacher of experimental water media, collage, abstract design, cold wax & oil, and encaustic. She is also am a signature member of the

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and Baltimore Watercolor Society, plus have earned my nautilus membership in the International Society of Experimental Artists. Linda has exhibited in numerous national and international juried shows, universities, cultural centers, galleries, and museums. Most of my works are in private collections and universities. I am married and have 5 children and 8 grandchildren and live near Harrisburg, PA.

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