“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”
Stavroula Borovich, who also goes by the nick name of Stav, is a self-taught artist. “I have always loved to sketch and paint, especially with watercolors, but it’s not until a few years ago that I decided to devote more time and energy in my artwork. I love creating something that other people can love and enjoy. Art can truly touch someone’s spirit in unimaginable ways and I love using my God-given talent to create artwork that can uplift.”
Stav was born and raised in the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. She attended college in the United States majoring in Business Administration. She is a wife and a mother of two; she and her family lived overseas, in New York and Vermont for many years before moving to Botetourt County. “We love Virginia and our new community. It’s so pretty here and we love being able to enjoy all 4 seasons and having easy access to major cities, the beach and the mountains.”
Stav loves to explore nature up close. “There is an abundance of natural beauty around us and I usually find myself drawing my inspiration from all of nature’s wonders.”
Lindee Katdare is self taught artist that comes from a family of creative people. She is enjoys painting, drawing, up-cycling, DIYprojects and home decor. She uses a variety of different mediums and is open to new ideas and concepts.
She has had the opportunity to reside in several major U.S. cities
before calling Daleville, Virginia her home. She lives in Daleville with her husband, three children and miniature schnauzer.
She finds inspiration in every day objects, sounds, and even conversations. She believes art encourages creative/independent thinking and can be very therapeutic. She teaches art and cooking classes locally and you can find more about her classes, events, art/designs and sustainable living ideas on her website www.TheLindeeTree.com.
Lindee is also the co-host of “Daytime Blue Ridge,” a local lifestyle and entertainment show on
To connect with Lindee on social media, you can find her here:
May and June we will feature our baristas artwork. Buy their art and 20% goes to feed children on Nkombo Island in Rwanda and the children of the Botetourt backpack ministry.
John Pellican began his career as a professional photographer immediately upon graduating high school and built a successful business that spanned over 20 years in Las Vegas, NV. He honed his craft by attending the West Coast School of Professional Photography on the campus of Brooks Institute in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA.
Known as a premier wedding photographer, his reputation also grew as a visionary in illustrative portraiture. His portrait style was a fusion of fashion and portrait photography enhanced by his prolific use of black and white, resulting in 98% of his portrait commissions being created solely in black and white.
After experiencing an artistic collapse, he moved his family to his home of origin, Southern California. With the birth of their second son and after an extended 6-year “vacation” in California, John, his wife Jennifer and their sons, Timothy and Michael, decided to move back to Jennifer’s hometown in Fincastle, VA.
The move to SW Virginia brought new enthusiasm to once again pick up his camera and to create new images.
Bobbi Roshitch is a self-taught artist who draws inspiration from nature and incorporates vibrant hues in most of her pieces. Her art will brighten any room. Bobbi enjoys sharing her talents and volunteered for many years at Colonial Elementary School teaching art and helping create the program when the county did not have art in schools.
Bobbi and her husband, Jeff, have lived in Botetourt county for many years and raised their two children in the Blue Ridge area.
I'm Sara Laufer, an 18 year old student and photographer. Photography is my passion, and will pursuing photography and film as career. I will be attending New York University in Fall 2014. I love to travel; the people, places, and differing cultures never cease give opportunities for me, as a photographer, to tell a story. My goal is to create an image that both captures emotion and evokes emotion to the viewer.
I was born in Roanoke, VA and grew up under the care of two wonderful, loving, southern, hard working parents. I got the travel bug right after graduating college, when I took my first overseas adventure. After this, my life was never the same.
Throughout the years, God has gifted me opportunities to travel to several beautiful countries and experience traditions, meet people, taste foods, and enjoy cultures that have influenced and shaped my life and worldview.
In the recent past, I spent five years in North Carolina and then two years in Northern Africa. I'm currently back in my hometown and am appreciating the mountains, seasons, outdoor life, and people more than I ever have before.
In addition to photography, I like being creative with pallet work and re-purposing/refinishing furniture. I love turning trash to treasure! God has done that with me—taken my wretched, sinful self and restored me to beauty through the work of Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!
Art is one way God has gifted me. He’s also given me athleticism and leadership, and from those things I enjoy teaching Bible studies, playing sports, and being a personal trainer. I enjoy pushing others to achieve goals, bust through self limitations, and be fit to live healthy lives that honor God and family.
When I was required to write an “artist statement” it took a lot of soul searching to come up with the words. This had never occurred to me, that I had an “ artist statement” in my vocabulary. The one that I came up with reads,” Historically many artists have worked in multi-media, such as oils, watercolor, pastels. It is not an attempt, on my part, to be versatile that I also work in different mediums, but an intuitive decision that is made in relation to the subject matter. It is my choice to accept the challenge and, more than likely, to have a learning experience during the process. My life work was professional and art is a part of the enjoyable journey”.
As stated, my life work was professional, I am a graduate of Roanoke Memorial School of Professional Nursing and still active in the Alumni Association. While working at the hospital I decided to take some art classes, so, I signed up for a watercolor/drawing class through Roanoke County Department of Recreation. This was several years ago, my sons were then teen agers, and we had a rather busy life, but I took the class and loved it. Ed Bordett was the instructor. After that I took classes at Virginia Western, then a class with Ruth Hamilton in her studio and again at Virginia Western Community College. There I had a class led by Vera Dickerson, and when she and Peyton Klein opened a school of art over the old Mish-Mish art store on Roanoke City Market area, I went there. My art experience has been through what is now called The Studio School. Through the instructors there, and the workshops they offer, I have gained an art education.
My work can be seen at 2nd Helping on Williamson Road, in Roanoke, and at Alleghany Arts and Crafts in Clifton Forge. We are fortunate to have several regional shows that enables us, as artists, to exhibit our work on a competitive basis, judged and juried shows, and I participate in these. To name a few, Sidewalk Art Show in June, held by Taubman Museum, Lynchburg Art Club in September, Bath County Association, Abingdon Art Association, Piedmont Art Association, League of Roanoke Artists. I have received awards and sales from several of these shows and it never ceases to amaze me. I am an artist member of Virginia Watercolor Society and League of Roanoke Artist, Past President.
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.