Visual Art Faculty


Doug Pifer
Doug Pifer has been a freelance wildlife and nature artist and muralist for the past 35 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in English education and a masters degree in Journalism, and worked for 18 years with a national organization in Washington, DC writing and illustrating manuals, posters and educational books on hunting and outdoor skills and wildlife identification.

His artwork has appeared in many books and magazines, and he has illustrated and written a nature column in several Virginia Newspapers since 2001. He has worked for authors and publishers as an editor and illustrator, and conduct guided nature talks and chalk talks to various educational groups. His morals have appeared in various businesses in the Winchester area, including the Lone Oak Restaurant in Waterloo, VA and Wild Birds Unlimited store in Winchester.  He currently teach classes and am on the board of directors of Opus Oaks, a private art school in Berryville, VA.

Eric Scott
Eric M. Scott is an artist/educator born and raised in Washington, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Purcellville, Virginia and teaches for Loudoun County Public Schools.

As a practicing artist, Eric has been making art since his childhood, and currently explores drawing, painting, and mixed media. He has had solo exhibitions at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in Greensboro, NC and King Street Coffee in Leesburg, VA. His work has been part of exhibitions at the Krypton Gallery in Leesburg, VA; George Washington University, in Ashburn, VA; Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville VA. Eric was also a member of the Gateway Gallery in Round Hill, VA, and he has been a participating artist on the Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour.

Eric has seventeen years experience teaching elementary and high school art, and has taught at Patterson High School in Baltimore City, as well as at Potowmack Elementary School, Stone Bridge High School, and John W. Tolbert Elementary School in Loudoun County. Along with teaching regular public school, he has taught various summer programs for the past fifteen years including LCPS’s Summer in the Arts, PAVAN’s Summer Regional Governors School, a Round Hill Arts Center’s Visual Journal class, and a Blue Ridge Arts Councils summer arts program. In addition to teaching at the K-12 level, Eric has taught various adult classes, workshops, seminars for LCPS’s Adult Education program; Art Unraveled in Phoenix; the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching in Cullowhee, NC; and Art of the Carolinas in Raleigh, NC.

This summer he will be co-teaching a self-created art retreat in Ashburn, VA titled Journal Fodder Junkies: The Retreat. Along with teaching, Eric actively contributes to his profession as member of both the National Art Education Association and the Virginia Art Education Association, and he has given countless presentations and workshops to educators at the state, regional, national, and international conferences. Eric has provided many professional development presentations and workshops over the last ten years, most notably for Frederick County Public Schools in Virginia, and Howard County and Charles County Public Schools in Maryland.

In 2010 Eric teamed up with David Modler and coauthored a book on visual journals, The Journal Junkies Workshop: Visual Ammuntion for the Art Addict, which was released by North Light Books and quickly became a bestseller in the mixed media community. Feeling like they had not exhausted their ideas on visual journals, they wrote a follow up book, Journal Fodder 365: Daily Doses of Inspiration for the Art Addict.