Artist Volunteers

Painting above:  “Cascades Gorge” by Artist Jack Frable

Artist volunteers are connected to the community through their love of painting, giving and volunteering, and community spirit. Biographies are viewable in the menu drop down list.

Key Volunteers

  • Katrin Babb
  • Joan Bennett
  • Lisa Clark
  • Jinx Constine
  • Nancy Engleman
  • Theresa Halpin
  • Scott Hesaltine
  • Lezlie Hierholzer
  • Beverly Perdue Jennings
  • Kim Price
  • Steve Sawyer
  • Stephanie Shanks
  • Mary Sisson
  • Erin Wickersham
  • VCU ASPiRE Students


William Jackson Frable, M.D.


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Plein Air Sketching
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover New Hampshire
  • Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois

Art Training

  • Largely self taught from high school until early 80’s. 
  • Formal classes at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Hand Workshop, Richmond Virginia (1983-1990). Nimrod Artists Workshops (1985-present).

Studied With

  • John Morgan, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Shelly Bechtel Shepherd, Hand Workshop
  • Anne Lynne, Mabry Hill Brown, Laura Pharus, Joy Jeffers, Susan Maye, Diana Detamore, Rosalie Day White, Poly Dixon, Sarah Poly, Dorothy Lampl, and Andras Bality at Nimrod Hall, Bath County Virginia


“Evening Light in the Lane” – by Jack Frable

“Buckets” – by Jack Frable

Juried Shows

  • Virginia Watercolor Society (1992, 1994, 1999, 2000)
  • American Association of Physician Artists Annual Show (1995, 1997, 1999)
  • Central Virginia Watercolor Society (1999, 2000)
  • Celebration of the Arts 2001, Montpelier Arts Center, Montpelier, Virginia
  • Plein Air Virginia, Artspace, Richmond, Virginia (2003)
  • Think Small, Artspace, Richmond, Virginia (2005)
  • First American Signature Watercolor Society, Fallbrook Art Center, Fallbrook California, Juror: Frank Webb
  • Uptown Gallery, Inner Sanctum, Juror: Joe Benvenuto (August 2010)
  • Central Virginia Watercolor Society, Juror: Julia May (2015)


  • Arts in the Hospital, MCV Hospitals (1990, 1998)
  • Fulcrum Gallery, Richmond (1997)
  • Uptown Gallery (2004, 2006, 2010,2013, 2015)


  • First Place, Watercolor Section, American Association of Physician Artists Annual Show (1995)
  • Honorable Mention, Watercolor Section (1998)
  • Signature Artist, Virginia Watercolor Society (1999)
  • Second Place, Inner Sanctum, Uptown Gallery (2010)


  • Founding Member Uptown Gallery
  • Currently Associate Member Uptown Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
  • Founding Member Shockoe Bottom Arts Center, Richmond


Theresa Halpin

Theresa has long been involved in art, with her earliest memory of art classes at 12 years old at the Moore College of Arts Saturday Program in Philadelphia. She continued her involvement in art even as she pursued a business degree in college, taking art classes at various Philadelphia area art schools or continuing education programs. While attending Drexel University, Theresa took a design class which happened to be her all-time favorite class. In retrospect, although studying art may have been evident instead she studied marketing and business.

After working for a number of years in Philadelphia in marketing, communications, project management and web design she moved to Richmond in 2011. Currently, her day job involves managing a web development team.

With several family members expressing a gift for the creative arts, Theresa grew as a painter, with a special interest in watercolor.  That changed in 2014 when she attended the Nimrod Hall Summer Arts Program in Millboro, VA. The weeklong camp opened her eyes to oil painting and gave her the opportunity to meet a number of talented working artists and teachers. When she finished art camp, she started weekly painting classes with Art for the Journey’s Mark Hierholzer. His colorist approach to impressionist painting has been a great learning experience.

The techniques practiced in class are based exclusively on palette knife painting and Theresa describes the classes as being “filled with an amazing, generous community of artists. “I have a great opportunity to use my professional skills to help Art for the Journey with their website and marketing efforts. Art for the Journey is an wonderful organization that is bringing art to various communities in the Richmond area.”

“I am wholeheartedly hooked again on painting and art. I try to make time each week, outside of class, to paint, discuss, read about, or view art. I have a great deal to learn to refine my style but I am finally beginning to see a style emerging. To me, that is a great accomplishment.”

Professional Affiliations
Board member, Richmond User Experience

palette knife painting on canvas “after everyone goes home”

by Theresa Halpin

palette knife painting on canvas “pops in the garden”

by Theresa Halpin

Oil painting on canvas. “Tomatillo hanging out with some plums”

by Theresa Halpin

Palette knife oil painting on canvas “On the road from Lynchburg, VA”

by Theresa Halpin


Cindy Paullin



Cindy has always had an interest in drawing and painting and explored various media and approaches to art expression in college.

Later in life, as an Account Executive with nationally known perfume and cosmetic companies, she would find time to enjoy her art. When she moved to Richmond from the Washington, D.C. area and took up managing her husband’s law firm she was commissioned to paint murals and floor cloths, and took up painting decorative items for stores and individual clients with Artist Pat Firth.  

Cindy continued to grow as an artist, taking classes from a number of Richmond area artists, including Christophora Robeers and David Tanner. Currently she studies with Richmond impressionist artist Mark Hierholzer.

Her art work is exhibited in Richmond at Studio 161 at Art Works with clay artist Kay Franz.

Always an active volunteer, Cindy worked with a number of organizations, including the Girl Scouts, local schools, and Saint Matthias Episcopal Church. In 2013, she joined Mark Hierholzer and a group of his students as they began to take the art experience to children and adults who do not otherwise have access to art classes.  

Cindy has been a member of the team providing an art program for women in the Goochland Women’s Correctional Center since its inception. In 2015 Cindy was trained and certified as a facilitator for Opening.Minds through Art (O.M.A.), a program for people suffering dementia and Alzheimer’s created by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University, Ohio. O.M.A. is grounded in person-centered ethics and founded on the precept that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. Currently, Cindy is a facilitator of the O.M.A. program at Saint Mary’s Woods in Richmond.  Cindy is authorized by Scripps Gerontology Center-Miami University, to train and certify new O.M.A. facilitators in areas around and beyond Richmond.

On January 1, 2016 Cindy went to work for Art for The Journey part time as the Volunteer Coordinator, a splitting her time between art and managing the Paullin Law Firm, PC. In 2017 Cindy became Assistant Executive Director of Art for the Journey.

Cindy received a Bachelors degree from Virginia Tech, and has been married for 33 years to Mark Paullin, a graduate of University of Richmond and T.C. Williams School of Law. They have two children: a daughter, who is married and a graduate of U.V.A. and Harvard, and a son, who is a graduate of James Madison University. The Paullin Family has been members of Saint Matthias Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia for 23 years.


“Loisa Barn”  Oil on canvas by Cindy Paullin

Oil on board”Lavender Fields” – by Cindy Paullin


Oil on board “California Sunset” -by Cindy Paullin

Oil on board “Red Pears and Silver Bowl” by Cindy Paullin

Jamie Wigginton

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Jamie always enjoyed creating art and as an elementary school teacher looked for ways to bring art and its benefits to her students. In 1994, as her own family began to grow she became a “stay at home” mom, where art continued to be a significant part of her life.

As her creative skills developed she became interested in interior design, including painting murals and creating personalized gifts that included furniture, ceramics and gifts. Her clay work expanded to the point of needing her own kiln and studio space at home.

Eventually Jamie expanded into acrylic painting and, in 2012 started oil painting in still life and landscapes.

Jamie’s interest in volunteering and helping others eventually led to the development of painting classes at the women’s prison in Goochland and she was one of the founding artists for Art for The Journey in 2014.

Since then, under Art for The Journey, Jamie has organized and led summer children’s art workshops at Independence Golf Club and is one of the key artists conducting painting classes at The Carmel School in Ruther Glen.

IMG_0774Oil on canvas by Artist Jamie Wigginton



“Bowls of fruit”  Oil on Canvas – by Jamie Wigginton


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“G.G.’s House”  Oil on canvas – by Jamie Wigginton


“Wet’n a line”  Oil on Canvas – by Jamie Wigginton


Steve Sawyer

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Bio of Steve Sawyer; unemployed philosopher, Tai Chi instructor, master gardener and aspiring artist.

Harry Truman was president when I was born in rural East Tennessee, near the head of the Tennessee River and the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Education was rare in my family and my generation was the first to go to college. I loved learning (which delayed actually working) and spent the entire decade of the 70s at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. I fell in love with research as a child and had a laboratory by age 10. Fortunately, my parents’ house was not burned down by my wild chemistry experiments that eventually lead to a PhD degree in Biochemistry (studying monoamine oxidase, an enzyme critical in the nervous system and a target for anti-depressive drugs). It was providence that led to a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University to work for Stanley Cohen from 1980 to 1982. This began my career studying receptors for hormones and the mechanism by which hormones and drugs binding to receptors on the surface of the cell trigger a response inside the cell. Under Dr. Cohen, 1986 Nobel Laureate in Medicine and Physiology, our laboratory studied the receptor for Epidermal Growth Factor, which is now known to be critical in driving the proliferation of tumors and a target of anticancer drugs. Vanderbilt remained my home until 1995, transferring from to Biochemistry to work in the Hematology Division of Medicine, where I studied the immature cells of the bone marrow that differentiated into red blood cells when stimulated by the hormone, Erythropoietin (clinically known as Epogen or Procrit). My colleagues and I were at the leading edge of characterizing the receptor for EPO. It was an exciting time with many scientific publications. I had the honor of being named a Scholar of the Leukemia Society of America in 1990 (currently known as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society).

1995 was a year of many changes, most importantly marrying Beverly Zink-Sawyer and then searching for an academic position in Richmond as Beverly was recruited to Union Presbyterian Seminary as professor of Preaching and Worship. I found a position in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Medical College of Virginia (now VCU Health) and eventually became Professor and Vice Chair. After 20 years of federal research funding in red blood cell development, research funding for the study of EPO actions dried up. My career then transitioned from primarily research to administration and in May of 2012, I retired from VCU.

Art was lacking from my life until recent times. In my 17 years of formal education, I had 30 minutes of art instruction in the eighth grade. As an undergraduate, I took Art History courses as my electives and unsuccessfully tried to self-learn watercolor. In the 1990s, I again dabbled at watercolor but found it too frustrating as a novice. Planning for retirement, I took Jessica Freeman’s acrylic painting course offered by Henrico County in the Fall of 2011. Thanks to Jessica, I was hooked. In the fall of 2012, I began taking the first of four sessions of watercolor courses under Dawn Flores at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Two years later, I took Mark Heirholzer’s one-day course at the VMFA and the rest is history. I joined classes led by Mark at his home and volunteered to lead the Art For the Journey sessions at Lakeside Mental Health Center and continued when these sessions moved to Marywood retirement apartments. Also in retirement I joined the Henrico Master Gardeners and currently teach Tai Chi at Gayton Kirk. We are in the process of moving to Marietta, Ohio to be close to family, but Richmond will remain special to me as the place where I discovered my love and talent for painting. I will always remember my wonderful friends in Art For the Journey.

Paintings by Artist Steve Sawyer



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