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.
I was born and grew up in Botetourt County. We lived beside my Grandfather’s farm where I was always free to roam the beautiful landscape, witness the changing of the seasons and the wildlife that lived there. I have always drawn pictures and made things with my hands. I don’t know if that makes you an artist, but that’s what I turned out to be.
When I graduated from Lord Botetourt High School in 1972, instead of going to a small college and playing football, I went to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and majored in Painting and Print Making. I graduated from VCU in 1976. Two years later I earned a Master of Art and Liberal Studies degree from Hollins College.
For many years I traveled to art shows (festivals), showed my work in galleries in various palaces. When marriage and the children came along, I went back to school and obtained a license to teach. I taught various stints at both high schools in the county and have just retired from teaching art after being at Central Academy Middle School in 2016.
Now… finally as an old man, I am doing what I should have been doing my whole life. Making Art
My studio is located at 149 Dale Road in Troutville VA where I live with my beautiful wife, Leslie. My studio is open by appointment – 540-597-0558.
I will be showing my work at 1000 Hills Coffee Shop, January 13, 2017 through March 9. Opening reception will be held on January 13, 6PM to 8PM.
Jeremy Johnson is back with us by request. He shared his paintings with us for the first time two years ago and will be hanging his new show on November 11th.
Jeremy was born in the town of Blacksburg, Virginia. He developed a passion for music and art early in life, spending most of his free time drawing as a child and later playing music. The artwork he does reflects the love he has for music and film, taking iconic musicians and actors and creating vibrant portraits.
"I love doing portrait work. I feel like I get a glimpse into the beauty and depth of God's creations, as I study and try to recreate someone's likeness on canvas or a piece of paper."
Jeremy Johnson is a musician, engineer, and artist that currently resides in Daleville Virginia with his wife, Erin.
Matt Rose is a self-taught photographer who started exploring the art of photography when he received his first digital camera as a young man. After graduating from Roanoke College, he realized his true love for picture taking, as he discovered the many realms of photography. In 2013 he started his own business under the name of Alexander Rose Photography LLC. Using the name Alexander Rose is meaningful to him, since Alexander is his middle name passed down from George Rose, his father.
Some of his favorite areas of focus in photography are water drop photography, HDR, incense smoke photography, landscape/extreme weather, macro, Real Estate, and steel wool spinning. His favorite genre is by far macro photography. This allows him to show his viewers something that is not possible to see with the naked eye, a world unseen and hidden to most.
Matt is also the proud founder and former president of Roanoke Disc Golf. He devoted many hours to kick start the unified movement of a disc golf community within the Roanoke Valley. The club’s loyal members share Matt’s vision. They contributed their talents and time and continue to nurture the growth of this sport within the Roanoke Valley.
Enjoy his Photography both on Flickr and Facebook:
Creative Photography Facebook Page:
Flickr Profile: https://www.flickr.com/photos/67487017@N06/
Real Estate Photography Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/roanokerealestatephotographyarp/
Olivia is a local artist who has lived in the Roanoke Valley all her life. She has studied under local Blue Ridge artist Janet Wimmer. Olivia enjoys all types of subjects but has a specific fondness for oil paintings of animals and architectural buildings. She also produces note cards and matted prints from her paintings.
Olivia’s art may be seen in the Roanoke area at Second Helpings, New to Me, and Black Dog Salvage.
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.