She’s Resilient

April 23 2019- July 10 2019

SDAC is excited to bring you a group exhibition, celebrating the works of local Virginia women artists and their various forms of abstract art. With this amazing collection of works we wanted to bring the concept of art as a method of healing and growth to the conversation. From using art as a way to recover from an injury, to incorporating it into one’s daily meditation routine, to charting and recording mental wellness through the creation of works - these artists show us the breadth of how art can lead to various ways of tackling life’s challenges and celebrating your successes along the way. Every artist has a story behind their works and with this show we get a closer look into these six women’s inspiration and journey through their art.

Thank you to the below local Virginia womxn artists for sharing their art and giving us the opportunity to learn more about the power and healing behind their works.



Ashley Bozeman

Shapes No. 7
Digital Illustration

With a background in fine art, Ashley Bozeman was first introduced to digital art while attending portfolio school in Atlanta, GA. Ashley developed an interest in playing with expressive arts on digital platforms. Art has always been a form of healing for her, particularly from anxiety and depression. Often feeling isolated by the state of her mental health, she’s found solace in creating art to effectively express her emotions.

The Shapes series is an accurate depiction of what it means to satisfy an anxious mind. Experimenting with colors, shapes and movement gives her the ability to communicate to both an audience and herself that art can be transformational and curative if we allow ourselves to let go and let our anxieties take center stage.

Follow Ashley: @ashleycierraa


Kelsey Copeland Lane

What made you this way?
Acrylic + Charcoal on Canvas, Mounted on Wood

Kelsey Copeland Lane is a Richmond based artist & interior designer hailing from Alabama and rural Virginia. She received a degree in Interior Design from New York School of Interior Design, and channels her interest in form, texture, and color study into her abstract paintings. Her work is expressive and gestural, and explores the dichotomy of impulsivity and intention. Kelsey uses acrylic paint, charcoal, & spray paint on canvas, and mounts the free form pieces on hand cut wood panels.

Follow Kelsey: @kelseycopela


Cate West Zahl

Mcintire Skatepark #7 (Turquoise Ramp)
Oil on Canvas

Cate West Zahl is a painter working in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she lives with her husband and three sons. She first studied studio art under Lee Newman at the Holton-Arms school, and then went on to earn her BA in Fine Arts from Hamilton College.

Her academic training was based in the technical study of life, a strong foundation from which she could explore more explicit abstraction. Her resulting abstractions are reminiscent of Richard Diebenkorn’s and push his discoveries in often new and exciting directions.

Follow Cate: @catewestzahl


Meredith Hill
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Meredith Hill is a contemporary artist working primarily in the mediums of painting and printmaking. Her work, characterized by bold, gestural strokes coupled with vivid pools of color, serves as a visual articulation of the transient moments of still awareness observed between thoughts during mindfulness meditation. Hill's work is an expression of her belief that cultivating awareness and acceptance of our endless array of thoughts can foster a deeper connection to the underlying stillness of the space between these thoughts and through this, a deeper, more compassionate connection to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us.

Follow Meredith: @meredithjshill


Courtney Allison Brown

Charcoal + Pastel on Canvas

Courtney Allison Brown is a data visualization artist, focusing on mental health, wellness, and healing, based in Richmond, VA. Her primary work to date is a series titled “Emotional Planes”, which explores the different emotional planes (levels) the human condition exists within.

Courtney has tracked and collected the data output from cognitive behavioral therapy techniques over the last 20+ years. Emotions, depression highs and lows, stress levels, and anxiety triggers are used to create art, to be used not only for self healing, but also to encourage and enable viewers to leave with more empathy for the human condition than they had prior to being exposed to this body of work.

Follow Courtney: @emotionalplanes


Theodora Miller

Meet Me In The Middle
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Theodora Miller is a contemporary artist based in Richmond, Virginia. While creative expression has been an indispensable part of her life, she literally fell into abstract expressionism. A split-second fall on the stairs resulted in a Traumatic Brain Injury. Artful living took on new meaning; it emerged as an essential part of healing. Today her artistic process continues to be influenced by emotions, surroundings, and life events, resulting in soulful creations full of textural depth and color.

Follow Theodora: @theodoramillerfineart