Meet A Few of the Artists

  • Frank Giordano Jr.
  • Betty Hendrix
  • Tommy McDonell
  • Judith Winkley

Frank Giordano, Jr.
In retirement after a long career as an English Professor and freelance writer on golf and wine, Frank R. Giordano, Jr., Ph.D., is enjoying the revival of his long-postponed fascination with drawing and painting. Courses at the University of South Carolina with Professor Al Beyer, and the companionship of established artists in Aiken, South Carolina, provided both a basis in knowledge for the development of his talent and the encouragement to exhibit and sell his works. Using acrylics and pastels primarily, Giordano has earned several awards for his works, which are available at which are available at the Campbell House and Artist Gallery of Southern Pines, the Old Sport Gallery in Pinehurst Village, and the Artists League of the Sandhills gallery in Aberdeen. His commissions are found in private homes throughout America and in Canada and England.

Giordano's love for golf and study of golf course architecture have been catalysts for a recent series of paintings on some world-class American and foreign courses. He accepts commissions for paintings of golf courses which have special meaning for his clients (e.g., where they learned the game, scored holes-in-one, played memorable rounds, etc.) or are simply marvelous sporting landscapes. 
The Artist League of the Sandhills has over 200 Members including 40 Studio Members. 

Betty Spalding Hendrix is a Charter Member and past president of the Artists League. She spends many happy hours in her studio overlooking Spring Valley Lake. She did artwork as a hobby until retiring to North Carolina in 1989. She has been working full time as an artist for the past 20 years. Betty's an avid photographer, and her artwork is all done from life or from her own photography. Her main interest is nature. Her works vary from landscape to floral as well as animals and birds. She also does some figure and portrait pieces. Hendrix has had her works juried into over 50 National and International Exhibitions around the country and online. She has also had several solo exhibitions and two-woman shows in North Carolina. In 2009 she received an Honorable Mention Award from Artists Magazine in their national online competition in the drawing category. Website:
Betty Hendrix
Tommy McDonell grew up outside of Detroit Michigan and was always fascinated by art. Teachers, however, were not fascinated by her work. She drew and painted spontaneously. More than 30 years later she saw an ad in NYC for a watercolor class and took it. She was hooked.

After moving to Pinehurst, NC a watercolor of hers won honerable mention at the Campbell House in the summer of 2009. She later tried alcohol inks which allowed her freedom. Tommy believes her paintings show people how to live and dream for the moment. Her work can be seen here at The Artists League of the Sandhills, the Campbell House, and at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, TX. You can also check her out online at​
Tommy McDonell
Judith Manning Winkley - is relatively new to serious painting, creating her first works in 2006 after retiring from IBM and moving to Pinehurst. She had a lifelong exposure to art and art appreciation through her grandmothers, one of whom was a painter and miniaturist, with a career in surgical illustration at Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic. Her great, great uncle was the noted American Impressionist landscape painter, L. H. Meakin.

After retirement she was ready to express this love of art through her own efforts. Jude has taken instruction at the Artists League of the Sandhills and is currently studying with Frank Pierce at A Southern Studio.  Jude paints in water soluble oils, acrylics and alcohol based inks, with subjects including landscapes, still lifes, some portraits and an occasional non-objective piece. Jude paints in her home studio in Pinewild.
Judith Winkley