Cityscape, BWS, & AARP

I was so pleased to be awarded “Best Watercolor” for my painting “Sliding Shadows” by juror Philip Koch at the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association’s Cityscape exhibit.  It was on view at the Peale Center over the past few weekends- the first contemporary exhibit to be on display in the historic building since it closed to the public in the 90s.  The Peale Museum first opened in 1815, and was the first purpose built museum building in the country.

My painting “Stargazing” also received an Honorable Mention at the current Baltimore Watercolor Society member show at the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House in Columbia, MD, on view until December 12.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for my free public watercolor demo on November 23, 7pm, at the Parkville Public Library and for the reception for Plein Air Painters Under 40 at Still Life Gallery in Ellicott City on December 13.

Last month, I had the incredible privilege of being commissioned through the GMMB agency to paint several portraits for AARP’s “Portraits of Care” project, focusing on the role of family caregivers in America.  Earlier this week I was able to attend the reception for the project at the Hart Senate Building on Capitol Hill.  I was able to meet a family member of the subjects of one of my portraits, which was really wonderful.

Here I am with Melanie Smith, granddaughter of Patricia & Bob from Sevierville, TN, the subjects of one of my portraits.

Holiday Portrait Season 2015

It’s that time of year!  If you’d like to commission a portrait for holiday gift giving, the deadline to order is December 1 in order to ensure shipment by December 25 for US customers.

International shipping times vary, so please inquire about feasibility if you’re outside the US.  I may also have some leeway on the Dec. 1 date for clients in the greater Baltimore region who can pick up their work in person, depending on how busy I am.

A full price scale and options available on the “How to Order” page. 

A portrait painting makes a beautiful one of a kind gift that will be cherished for years to come.  Subjects I can paint include adults, babies, infants, pets and animals of all kinds, homes, boats, and vehicles, and work is based on your provided reference photos.  Live portrait sittings are also available for Maryland area clients as schedule allows.

Some recent favorite examples of commissioned works:

Fall Exhibitions

I was so honored to receive the Viewer’s Choice Award for my painting “Main Street By the Seat of my Pants” at the Piedmont Plein Air Paint Out in High Point, NC in September and First Place in Watercolor for my painting “Squelch” at the Harford Artists Association’s Pictures at an Exhibition juried annual show.







I have three major exhibits coming up this Fall.  I hope to see you there!

Shows & Classes

I’ll be teaching “Watercolor Painting: Basics & Beyond” on the Westminster campus of Carroll Community College, Mondays, 6pm-8:30pm, October 5-November 16 (no class on Columbus Day). $149 ($45 for senior citizens) Register through Carroll Community College.  The class will cover the basics for beginners to watercolor painting, and will include demos and assistance with self directed work for more advanced students.  The session will also repeat in Jan/Feb 2016 for new or continuing students.

I’m also looking forward to repeating my Luminous Portraits workshop for Baltimore Watercolor Society this Fall- I would share the link to sign up, but once again, the workshop filled up with BWS members as soon as registration opened.  What an enthusiastic group!

This Sunday, please join me for the Harford Artists Association annual juried “Pictures At An Exhibition” show reception this Saturday, September 12, 1pm-4pm. The gallery is on the grounds of Rockfield Manor at 503 East Churchville Road in Bel Air. It has been a pleasure getting involved with this group since moving to Harford County this Spring.

“Stargazing,” one of 3 large portrait watercolors included in the Harford Artists exhibit.


October 6-January 14, I will be part of the group exhibit “Spectrum of Color,” sponsored by the Women’s Club of Westminster in the conference rooms at the Carroll Nonprofit Center.  It is available for view 7:45am-5pm Monday-Friday, when the conference rooms are not in use.  You can call 410-871-9030 to verify availability.

For the month of November, I will have a display of plein air watercolors at the Parkville branch of Baltimore County Public Library.  A reception will be on Monday evening, November 23.

I’m also looking forward to a group exhibition that is in the works with Still Life Gallery in Ellicott City, MD of regional plein air artists under 40.  We are still finalizing details, but you can look forward to seeing that in December or January.  Stay tuned for more information.

Upcoming Events

Work on getting our new house organized and fixed up continues- it seems like there is so much to do!  But the studio is all set up and back to business as usual.

Now that I’m living in Abingdon, I am excited to be a new member of the Harford Artists’ Gallery.  A new group show goes up July 3.  I’ll be sitting the gallery on July 5 from 1:30-5 if you’d like to come say hello!  There is an opening for the show, “Mountains to Seashore,” on July 11, 1-4pm.  The gallery is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10am-5pm and is located in a cottage on the grounds of Rockfield Manor, 503 E Churchville Rd, Bel Air, MD.

I’m looking forward to participating in this year’s Paint It! Ellicott City plein air event as a juried artist.  I’ll be out painting on the streets of historic Ellicott City, MD from July 10-12, and the reception for the show is July 13, 6-8pm at the Howard County Center for the Arts. 

I’m also heading to High Point, North Carolina to compete as a juried artist at Piedmont Plein Air from September 17-20.

As always, you can shop for my work this summer in my Etsy shop online, at the Gift Cellar in Hamilton, and at Still Life Gallery in Ellicott City.