Patti Jones resides in Roanoke, VA. She was raised in Wheaton, MD and moved to Roanoke after graduating from the University of Maryland in 1978 with a BA in Fine Arts. She then studied for her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Boston University and graduated in 1980. She met her husband while in Boston and settled in Roanoke where they raised three children who live locally.
Her passions were and still are divided between Hand Rehabilitation (helping others heal from upper extremity injuries) and painting landscapes to reflect the glory of God seen every day in nature. Her adventure in art has traveled a course through various painting medias including oils, watercolor, and acrylics. She enjoys expressing herself through the purity and vibrancy of bright color illuminated by natural light.
Mary Peterson Vargas grew up at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia where she passed the time exploring God’s creation in the countryside and woods around her home. During her formative years, she pursued drawing as a passionate hobbyist, but unfortunately did not take art seriously as she entered her college and early married years.
After the birth of their first daughter, she grew interested in oils when her father took a painting class and helped her lay the basics. Mary studies the works of her favorite contemporary painters including Donald Jurney of Massachusetts and Marc Dalessio, (an American living abroad) and past masters such as Childe Hassam and Aldro T. Hibbard to refine her style. She has had the privilege of joining accomplished plein air artists in New England where the homeschooling family of five vacations annually. She has taught adults and children the basics of art and oil painting.
While she enjoys painting a variety of subjects, her greatest enjoyment comes from abridging the countryside, both Virginia and New England, onto the flat surface of a canvas. She seeks to capture the beauty of light and color. She loves displaying colors both in their more saturated brilliance and in lovely grays.
Family roots add significance to her painting; she is enjoying an art at which her late grandmother, Myrna Peterson, excelled and she enjoys painting with her father, Dave Peterson, by her side. She is a member of the League of Roanoke Artists and participates in plein air events around the area. Her work is displayed around Western Virginia at Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, The Little Gallery at Smith Mountain Lake, The Artisan’s Loft in Staunton, and Southern Provisions in Lynchburg. She was thrilled to have a painting accepted for an event at Addison Art Gallery in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Born in Alleghany County, Virginia 37 years ago, William has pursued his passion for art since he discovered his mother’s drawing books and pastels at age 5. In high school, William was more interested in his artwork than his other studies. Recognizing his talent, the school placed him in their Professional and Advanced Placement Art Program. Following his military service in Korea, he used the GI bill to continue his studies at The Art Institute of Pittsburg’s Digital Design and Typography Program.
William is inspired by the beauty of the Rich Patch Area of Alleghany County where he grew up as well as by the work of Impressionist artists. He has sold over 200 works of art including micro-paintings, ink illustrations, oil paintings, sculptures and impasto oil paintings.
William sells his art at art festivals and online on Instagram by searching for random_appalachian_artist. He has been the featured artist in local art shows at The Dirt Bean Gallery in Marlinton, West Virginia and at the Grandin Theatre in Roanoke, VA.
C.D. Farmakis is a outdoors and traveling enthusiast focusing on city and landscapes of the Roanoke Valley, Virginia and The South. A Roanoke native graduating from The Roanoke Catholic School and Radford University, He is a lifelong photography lover. Shooting with a Nikon d5500, his favorite location shoots are the Appalachian Trail and Carvins Cove located in our backyard.
You can see more of his work and follow him on Facebook @C.D.Farmakis and Instagram @CDFarmakis.
Kenton Steryous is an Adventure Photographer with a passion for the outdoors. He specializes in capturing backcountry, mountain landscapes all across the country, including right here in Virginia. He is a husband and father of four children, and lives in Troutville, VA.
Kenton is also a Director of Sales for ADTRAN, Inc., a technology manufacturer. When he’s not doing his day job, he enjoys the outdoors by climbing, hiking, backpacking, fly-fishing, hunting with his bird dog and tennis!
His passion for the outdoors came at a young age as his father would take the family on hikes and camping trips. Even though it sounds cliché, one motto that Kenton lives by is “Never quit!” When Kenton sets his sights on a goal or objective, it’s simply inconceivable for him to stop short of achieving that goal.
Each artist contributes 20% of their art sales to the 1000 Hills Art Project. We greatly appreciate their giving and Land of a Thousand Hills is honored to support our local art community.
Our pottery coffee mugs are created by Maria Arellano, Marcus Fether,and Rebecca McKeever and may also be purchased at Daleville Land of a Thousand Hills.