Hello and welcome
Everyday moments are my biggest inspiration. When I observe the exuberant zest for life my daughter and her friend’s have and the beauty of nature found in the garden, I cannot help but express my interest and joy of these feelings through art.
A little about me
I am an artist and teacher living in Alexandria, VA.
I am someone who seeks clarity of ideas. I am drawn to color, pattern, and detail. In my artwork, I am fascinated with incorporating beauty observed in my surroundings, always striving to celebrate the simple moments of life.
This was not always the case. I went to school to be an architect, and then practiced for nine years. However on the eve of turning 35, I left the architectural profession to pursue being an artist full-time. What I most loved about architecture (going out and sketching the built environment and reading architectural history and theory), I get to pursue with art. I have parlayed the strong observational and sketching skills gained from being an architect towards mastering representational oil painting. I established a self-directed study plan, where I gained proficiency by attending local art classes and workshops, and by copying masterpieces at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Also, I am tactile by nature. I want to feel the rasp of pencil on paper, the pressure of paint being applied to canvas, and the shift of my weight as I step close to the easel. My studio practice is all about engaging the senses.
Now I work and teach in my home studio and garden, creating paintings that are firmly rooted in celebrating the seasons of the year.
If you wish to purchase an original work of art, please select the painting for location and contact information. Paintings are available to be seen in person at my local gallery.
The Principle Gallery | Alexandria
208 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
I am drawn to objects of beauty that still have the impression of the craftsman’s hand. I value all hand-cultivated arts and strive to incorporate these items into my paintings. As a child, I was encouraged to explore the world with a craftsmanship mentality. With this outlook I connected with activities that required attention to detail. My aunt and grandmother taught me all forms of sewing and embroidery, and my mother introduced me to the joys of gardening. To this day, these early experiences have influenced my sense of wonder and admiration for all hand-crafts that are based on the needs of home and family. These experiences have influenced my subject matter for oil painting compositions.
I am drawn to color, pattern, and detail. In my artwork, I am fascinated with incorporating beauty observed in my surroundings, always striving to celebrate the simple moments in life. My paintings require a significant amount of time to complete, often necessitating months of planning to anticipate the seasons. Long-term planning is required because I grow the flowers and vegetables that become the subject matter of my paintings, tying all of my work to specific seasons. This practice of painting enables me to capture the variations found in the quality of light of each month, while also capturing what flowers are in bloom.
I strive to evoke emotion and spur a remembrance of things past within the mind of the viewer. Each painting is an opportunity to elevate the meaning of everyday objects into something more significant.
I developed a self-directed study plan to master the fundamentals of drawing and painting by attending classes and workshops, and by copying masterpieces.
Drawing: Art League of Alexandria, VA (studied with Robert Liberace)
Painting: Art League of Alexandria, VA (studied with Danni Dawson)
Copyist: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (copied these paintings: Vase of Flowers by Jan Davidsz de Heem, A Young Girl Reading by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Miss Juliana Willoughby by George Romney, Roses by Vincent Van Gogh, Artist’s Garden at Vethuil by Claude Monet, and Second Beach, Newport by Worthington Whittridge)
Texas A & M University, College of Architecture, Master’s of Architecture, 2000
Seattle University, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Majored in Marketing, 1996
Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA, represented since 2013
Solo & Special Exhibitions:
2016 Three-Women Exhibition with Mia Bergeron, Cindy Procious, and Elizabeth Floyd, Principal Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2014 In and Out of the Garden – My Life and My Work, Historic House Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA
2014 Bountiful Observations, American Horticultural Society, Alexandria, VA
2013 Gifts from the Garden, Vulcan Gallery, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA
Selected Group Shows and Art Events:
2017 Artists for the New Century Invitational, The Bennington Center for Arts, Bennington, VT
2017 Ninth Annual National Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition and Exhibition, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
2017 OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition, St Simons Island, GA
2017 Small Works Exhibition, Principal Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2017 Sylvia Maria Glesmann Members’ Flower Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
2016 OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition, Cincinnati, OH
2016 FaceOff 3-hour Portrait Demonstration, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2016 International Guild of Realism 11th Annual Exhibition, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2016 Still Life Invitational: The Language of Objects, Principal Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2016 Sylvia Maria Glesmann Members’ Flower Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
2015 OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition, Indianapolis, ID
2015 OPA Juried Salon Exhibition, Birmingham, AL
2015 International Guild of Realism 10th Annual Exhibition, Alexandria, VA
2015 Group Show, Clinical Center Galleries, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
2014 FaceOff 3-hour Portrait Demonstration, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2013 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2012 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2012 Group Show, Clinical Center Galleries, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
2012 Artomatic Art Event, Arlington, VA
2011 Annual Members Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
2011 Sylvia Maria Glesmann Members’ Flower Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
2011 Annual Juried Exhibition, Rawls Museum Arts, Courtland, VA
2016 Finalist, Still Life Category, Art Renewal Center Salon, “Bittersweet”, “Late Summer Tomatoes”, and “Heirloom Tomatoes”
2016 Honorable Mention, Expressions Portrait Competition, Herndon Arts Space, “Butterfly Princess”
2016 Certificate of Honor, Sylvia Maria Glesmann Members’ Flower Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY, “Still Life with Amaryllis and Pomegranates”
2015 3rd Place, TRAC2015 June Competition, “Created With Love”
2015 Finalist, Artistic Excellence Competition, Southwest Art Magazine, “Nasturtiums”
2015 Finalist, Still Life Category, 32nd Annual Artist’s Magazine Art Competition, The Artist’s Magazine, “Nasturtiums”
2015 7th Place Merit, Still Life Category, 10th Annual Members Only Competition, Portrait Society of America, “Created With Love”
2014/2015 Finalist, Still Life Category, Art Renewal Center Salon, “First Daffodils of Spring”
2014 5th Place, Still Life Category, 9th Annual Members Only Competition, Portrait Society of America, “Persimmons on a Wood Crate”
2014 Finalist (November), RayMar 8th Annual Fine Art Competition, “Persimmons on a Wood Crate”
2013/2014 Finalist, Still Life Category, Art Renewal Center Salon, “Persimmons on a Wood Crate”
2013 Finalist, Still Life Category, 30th Annual Artist’s Magazine Art Competition, The Artist’s Magazine, “Heirloom Apples”
Artwork in Corporate Collections:
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, VA
Fine Art Today, August 31, 2017
American Art Collector, April 2016
American Art Collector, November 2015
Fine Art Connoisseur, September/October 2015
Drawing 365: Tips and Techniques to Build Your Confidence and Skills by Katherine Tyrrell, January 2016
Daily Campello Art News, June 4, 2012
Northern Virginia Art Beat, June 3, 2009
Oil Painters of America
International Guild of Realism
Salmagundi Club New York
Portrait Society of America