Past Featured Artists:

For about 15 years, we rotated local artist’s work through our office to allow a change of scenery for our long-term patients, and to allow the many talented artists in the community to share their beautiful masterpieces. In late 2016, we decided to stop that process for a time as it took a Herculean effort to coordinate several times a year. Below is a list of the many artists who displayed their unique gifts with us – we are so very grateful to each and every one of them.

Layla Gray

past featured artist work“Ever since I can remember, art has always been my passion. Painting, in particular, gives me a sense of beautiful energy and free movement. It allows me to express myself visually and emotionally. My style is varied, ranging from realistic impressionist to abstract painter, and more recently, portraits. My favorite media is oil, and the delicate brush strokes are soothing to the soul. Oil painting allows me to create luminous effects on my subjects, and I am able to highlight and cast shadows as I see them, in order to best interpret the art with radiance and glimmering freshness.

During my high school and college years, I studied the Old Masters, mainly Europeans prior to 1800s, and I studied a great deal of impressionist techniques. My art is also influenced by French culture, having lived most of my childhood in and around it. Architecture, both historical and modern, as well as Parisian scenes have always intrigued me. Using my brushes, one of my favorite subjects is to depict Parisian life, illustrating historical buildings and monuments, people strolling along streets and sitting in sidewalk cafes. More recently, I have enjoyed turning my treasured photographs of my travels into veritable works of art.” – Layla Gray

Layla resides in Great Falls, VA and is one of five founding members of Artists on the Green


Alex Tolstoy

Alex is primarily a watercolorist.

Influences and inspirations include such classic master artist as J.M.W. Turner, Andrew Wyeth, John Singer Sargent, Whistler, Homer, and more. Contemporary masters who are much admired include Thomas Schaller, Roger Whitlock, John Lovett, Joseph Zbukvic, and others.

Alex was born in New York City but grew up in DC. She was a research scientist (mathematician, actually) for over 40 years (specializing in Ocean Acoustics from 1980 until 2012).

Alex is an award winning watercolorist and a member of the McLean Project of the Arts (MPA), the Art League of Alexandria, the Maryland Federation of Art Society (MFA), the Yellow Barn Studio, the McLean Art Society (MAS), the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), and the American Watercolor Society (AWS). She is also a member of the Foundry Gallery of DC and is married to photographer Ron Colbroth.

Her work is in private collections and has been or will be seen at the Foundry Gallery (DC), the Torpedo Factory (Alexandria, VA), the Circle Gallery (Annapolis, MD), NYC, CA, Scotland, and elsewhere. She has had numerous solo shows in the DC area.


Ron Colbroth

Self-PortraitRon is an internationally-recognized award-winning photographer based in the Washington, DC, area. Ron has over thirty years experience in advertising, corporate and editorial photography for national and international clients. His photographs have appeared in numerous magazines over the years, including: Historic Preservation, US News and World Report, National Geographic Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Pacifica, Wingspan (Japan), Signature (Japan), Esquire (Japan), Ca Y Est (Japan) and Orgyn (Belgium) to name a few. He has worked for national corporations [The Washington Post, The National Geographic Society, Middleton Place Foundation, National Retail Federation, USPS, Marine Corps League, Colonial Williamsburg] and international corporations [Diner’s Club of Japan, Tokyo Gas, Toto (Japan), US Meat Export Federation (Japan)], and his photographs have appeared in several books including Washington, DC (Abrams); Gardens of America (Thomasson-Grant); and Alexandria, Virginia: an Illustrated History (Donning). Ron’s photographs also illustrate a children’s book titled Born to Run on thoroughbred horses and A Guide to Equine Joint Injection by Solvay Veterinary. He has self-published books on Greece, Southwest Scotland, Bicycles and RED.
Ron is a life member of the ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and past vice president, program chairman and membership committee chairman of the local Washington, DC, chapter.

Ron’s work can be seen in juried shows at both the Art League of Alexandria and the Maryland Federation of the Arts as well as on their respective websites. On August 6, 2015 his work was featured on the Maryland Public Television show Artworks.

Ron has won awards from the Art Director’s Club of Washington, Communication Arts magazine, Epson Panoramic Awards, and the Art League of Alexandria. His photographs have hung in Explorer’s Hall at the National Geographic Society as well as in the offices of National Geographic Traveler magazine. Ron’s photographs also hang in private collections worldwide.

Photography has given Ron the opportunity to travel the world, having the pleasure of seeing all aspects of life and making lifelong friends with clients and subjects alike.


William Snead

About the Artist

Artist William Snead is a former trial lawyer turned nature photographer. A complete gallery of William’s artwork can be viewed on his website, willsneadphotography.com.

My name is William Overton Payne Snead, III. For the better part of my life I have been called Snead or Sandy. Either works.

I am a Washington & Lee School of Law graduate. I practiced law (and occasionally taught law school) for the better part of 37 years. That is another way of saying that I have had my head stuck in a pencil sharpener for the better part of 37 years. For the practitioner there is precious little time for anything else and the anything else usually comes in the form of a counter-weighted stress. In my case, running long distances and blue water sailing. I left the practice a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers a recognized master of the trial lawyers craft. There was nothing more for me to prove.
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Today I am a nature photographer. It is a joy to say that. I am not a master of my new craft; I am not even close. I am a new guy, a beginner. Given the nuances of photography it is unlikely that I will ever be a master. But I hope to prove (always the lawyer) by my website www.willsneadphotography.com that nature photography can be generous to us all. Reference the beautiful red fox of Lamar Valley, the humpback calf new to life in the Maui basin, and the precious Hawaiian monk seals photographed on the beaches of West Maui and the rocks of Kaena Point, Oahu.

While I have no formal training in photography, it is fair to say that I am not totally unprepared for the challenge. Having lived under a Marine Corps issued helmet during the 1967-68 monsoon seasons in the Cua Viet, Con Thien and Khe Sanh, and having survived years of off-shore squalls and noreasters sailing the North Atlantic coast, there is no such thing as bad weather for nature photography. It is just another image to capture. And after having spent years of sweating jury deliberations, waiting on nature to do wonderful stuff is not a chore, it is a delight.

Oh, and did I mention that I live with The Cook (Pat) and my chocolate Lab, Riley, in Boston, Vienna, Virginia, and on my boat Keiki I have two great kids and a bunch of grandchildren; all of whom will be given cameras by their grandfather. There, its in writing.


RobertG. Gilbert – Gilbert’s Studio and Gallery

Artist’s Statement

To me, being an artist means to interpret what we see, to add feeling, suggest a mood, simplify and communicate a story. And we need to do all this in a technically competent manner. Good art is not a replication, it is an interpretation.

Website: www.robertgilbertsart.com
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 703 463 -1369

I have been painting and drawing for over 50 years. I think I started about the time I discovered that birthday cards created by grandchildren were held in high esteem by grandparents.

While working on my bachelor and masters degrees in architecture, I earned part of my tuition by doing wall murals for my friends and watercolor and ink renderings for local architects. After graduation I joined the Air Force where I retired as a Colonel. Since then I have managed my own consulting business, worked as a real estate executive for several major corporations. My varied jobs have allowed me to live, work and play throughout Europe, Asia and in over a dozen states.

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About ten years ago I decided it was time to do something with my interest in painting. I started taking art lessons from the Alexandria Art Institute, Washington DC Capitol Hill Art Workshop and Del Ray Artisans. Gradually I moved into teaching art in private and larger classes and exhibiting my paintings in numerous galleries and museums.

Living internationally, provided me with the opportunity to experience a variety of life styles, environments, and a diversity of colors. This has obviously impacted my painting. While I have painted many portraits, pets, and sport scenes I paint mostly landscapes, cityscapes and waterscapes. As an architect, I’m particularly taken with the monumentality of New York city’s buildings and the feeling of power they project, especially at night. Coupled with the vibrancy of the street crowded with people, pulsing with noise and surrounded by light the emotion is overwhelming. Its this that drives many of my paintings. On the other side of the equation my landscapes are usually more quiet, subdued and relaxing. In all cases my paintings are impressionistic and stylistic.


Betsie Glassie – Libertytown Arts Workshop

Artist’s Statement

Matisse said: “Paint what you love”. I love flowers. I love flowers in the field, in a vase, vying for attention in crowded borders, hiding in nooks, floating, billowing, exotic or wild. I respond to their joyful color, movement and light. I’m challenged in each painting to create a glimmer of beauty and a bit of transcendence to nourish the spirit.

Website: www.betsyglassie.com
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 540-899-6556

A native Washingtonian, I lived for many years in Alexandria and Capitol Hill, and have been exhibiting my work since the early 70’s. In my career, I’ve been involved with the Art World through a number of diverse experiences gallery owner, teacher & artist. I had a studio at the Torpedo Factory, and have been associated with the Northern Virginia Art League and Capitol Hill Art League. Workshops & travel in Europe and Asia have broadened my sensibilities and craft. In Fredericksburg, VA, where I now live, I have had multiple solo shows and was recently chosen to exhibit in the Fredericksburg Area Museum initiating their Community Artist Series. My work is included in public and private collections nationally and internationally. My studio is at Libertytown Arts Workshop in Fredericksburg.

Education: Catholic University, Washington, DC; Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC and France; Mary Washington College & Study Abroad Italy; Virginia Commonwealth University Masters Program; James Madison University Summer Workshops


Marshal Skinner Photography & Design – Click here to View Gallery

Artist’s Statement

Photography has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I attribute this to my grandparents, Ellis and Agnes Skinner, who inspired and impressed so many with their own passion to capture the beauty of family, nature, and adventure with that moment-preserving contraption called a camera.

Each photograph I choose to share vibrates to a chord played in my mind, heart, and soul for a reason that is either inexplicable or there is a story to be told. Together, these chords become the theme song of my life.

Website: www.marshal.zenfolio.com
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 703-216-7004

Marshal enjoys photographing anything that brings joy to him and others. He has recently begun doing photography for interior designers and is available for family portraits.

SPECIAL NOTE: In the memory of Marshal’s grandparents and his wife Deborah’s mother, Marshal will donate a large portion of the sales of his work toward cancer research.


Joe Phillips – Click here to view gallery

Website: www.studio-joe.net
Phone: (703) 273-6223

Medium: watercolor

Watercolorist Joe Phillips career in commercial art started in a Washington, DC Studio that employed over seventy artists. He opened a studio and freelanced for many clients in the metro area and New York.

Retirement from the commercial venue led to interest in fine art. And so he started his second career as a painter and watercolor teacher at his studio in Fairfax, Virginia.

His portraits and paintings are in many private collections.


Frances M. Rathjen – Click here to view gallery

Artist’s Statement

Like your subject, take it as a challenge and treat it freely, allowing fluency as much as possible. It is essential that one’s work captures the eye of the beholder, and holds it. By this I mean a work should not lose interest in time, or it is not well portrayed.

Phone: (540) 822-4325

Medium: Acrylic/Oil/Mixed

Impressionist Fran Rathjen’s career in fine art started in the New York area in the 1960’s showing in galleries, museums, exhibits and sidewalk shows.

After several years, Ms. Rathjen participated in shows in other parts of the country; mainly Colorado, Arizona and California.

Retirement led to further interests in the fine arts in the capital area. Ms. Rathjen started again as a painter in all mediums and sculpture. Her paintings and sculptures are in many private collections.


Gail Péan

Artist’s Statement

Artist Gail Péan resides and teaches oil painting to children and adults in Great Falls,VA and is a founder of a cooperative Studio and Gallery Artists on the Green. Gail recently received the Viewer’s Choice Award for the juried art exhibit at the U.S. Geological Survey Headquarters.

Why I Make Art:

Oil painting is therapeutic and a joyful act of creation and expression to me. Sharing my vision of the unusual and natural beauty inspired by my local and international travels creates a sense of permanence and recreates my journeys through artful expression. I am inspired to record them in the textural, vibrant and lush medium of oil.

The actual process and result of painting is magical to me. The physical act of brushwork and palette knife movement is engaging to my brain and relaxing as I lose track of time. Mixing colors and creating textures draws me into an act similar to singing or playing an instrument. It is difficult to stop until I am satisfied.

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What’s Unique or Special:

My style is unique in that it incorporates palette knives and impasto painting, bold primary colors and traditional painting techniques. My art strives to bring life to the excitement of being there as a witness to nature in its glory and/or history.

Portraits and special commissions are welcome.