Upcoming events

On Friday evening, join me at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for “Drawing at Dusk”!  I’ll be the guest instructor, and two of my Aubergine troupe-mates will be in belly dance costume as life drawing models.  Materials are provided, and the event is completely free with no registration required, open to all ages and ability levels.
Friday, April 11, 2014, 5:30 – 7pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets, N.W. Washington, D.C., Luce Foundation Center, 3rd floor

Or, you can attend the opening of the Hampton Arts Initiative’s 2nd annual art show at the Hampton National Historic Site in Towson, Maryland.  The juried exhibit includes contemporary artworks based on historical source photographs from Hampton’s archives.  I will have a piece included, but won’t be at the opening since I’ll be at the Smithsonian.
Friday, April 11th, 2014, 6 – 8pm
The Orangery at Hampton National Historic Site
The reception is free, but an RSVP is required.  Tours of the manor house will also be available during the reception. 
Please note that due to construction, only handicap parking is available on site at Hampton.  Free shuttle service will be provided every few minutes starting at 5:30 from the Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD 21286.

Check out my class in action on Saturday at the Towson Arts Collective, during my watercolor portrait workshop.  Thanks to our excellent volunteer model Bill.  We’ll finish up the workshop this Saturday.
Also on Saturday at TAC is the reception for the “Bridges” exhibit: an art exhibition bridging the arts and sciences.  Four of my biologist/naturalist portraits will be included.
Reception: Saturday, April 12, 6 – 8pm
Exhibit runs from April 5-May 9
Towson Arts Collective, 40 West Chesapeake Ave., Towson, MD

I will also have a piece included in Baltimore Watercolor Society’s member show at the Liriodendron Mansion.Reception: Sunday, April 27, 2014 1- 4
pm Show runs from April 27 until May 18
The Gallery at Liriodendron, 502 W Gordon St., Bel Air, MD 21014

And, wow!  Today I was invited to be the awards juror for the Dundalk Outdoor Art Show in Veterans Park on May 17.  What an honor!  I’m really looking forward to participating in the local arts community in this new way.

Before you go, check out my portrait of actor Mads Mikkelsen as the character Hannibal Lecter in the TV show “Hannibal.”  This is going out on a new illustration promo postcard.

Classes, openings, and RPGs!

Tomorrow night (Thursday March 13,) at 6pm, join a group of local artists at the Howard County Conservancy in celebrating “The Art of Stewardship.”  My portrait illustration of Aldo Leopold is included.  Artwork will be for sale, with proceeds divided between artists and the Howard County Conservancy in support of their educational programs.  There is also a $12 admission to the event to help support the HCC ($10 if you pay online through their site ahead of time.)

Registration is open for my watercolor portrait workshop at the Towson Arts Collective in April.  The workshop is on two Saturdays, April 5 & 12, from 10am- 12:30pm.  The cost is $55 for non-members/$45 for TAC members.

Use your beginner to advanced watercolor skills to focus on portrait painting technique.  Students will learn how to build layers of warm and cool washes over a preliminary drawing to create naturalistic skin tones and build the illusion of three dimensional form, creating lively and expressive portrait paintings.  Approaches to painting from a live model and working from personal photographs will be introduced.  Supplies not provided, please see list of what to bring.  Basic drawing skills recommended.

The Kickstarter for the VOID Tabletop Roleplaying Game has also gone live!  I will be the main illustrator for this project if the creators can successfully fund their Kickstarter.  They have already written the game and would like to release it as a free PDF, but the funding will help them commission illustrations and maps and produce a printed version of the game book.

Winter Hibernation

Holiday Portrait Commission

Please pardon the long silence.  I had a very busy holiday portrait season, and have been using the quiet time in January to recover, regroup, and plan for the year ahead.

What’s happening next?  The folks at VOID: Tabletop Roleplaying Game have been gearing up for their Kickstarter campaign, which they will use to fund the rest of my illustrations for their project.  I’ve been starting on some new sketches for them, and am looking forward to sharing their campaign with you when it goes live around March 1.

I’m excited to have two watercolor still lifes in Crystal Moll Gallery’s Inside Out Show.  Please join us for the opening on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 6pm-8pm, 1030 South Charles Street in Baltimore.  The show runs from February 4- March 29.  My work will be in good company with still lifes, interiors, and “inside looking out” landscapes from Tim Kelly, Kathleen Kotarba, Michael Gaudreau, Crystal Moll, Yvonne Hartmann Smith, Jason Witte, Blair Atherholt, Palden Hamilton, Ann Crostic and Carol Lee Thompson.

“Bouquet” for the Inside Out Show

I was pleased to join Towson Arts Collective as the guest demonstrator for the first class of their new costumed life drawing session, along with my troupemate Amy Fae who modeled for the students in belly dance costume.  The organization is working to launch a number of new classes and workshops in the new Ellene “Brit” Christiansen Art Center in Towson.  Stay tuned for more details about a watercolor portrait workshop I’ll be teaching there in April.  I’ll also be leading a public life drawing activity at the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of their “Drawing at Dusk” series, Friday April 11 at 5:30 pm.

Amy Fae at Towson Arts Collective




VOID Tabletop Roleplaying Game

I’m excited to share some of the first completed character designs for the indie RPG project I’m illustrating for.  The creators will be funding the rest of the project through a Kickstarter campaign that will be launched in February.



“Strokes of Genius” at MFA

I had a great time at the reception for the “Strokes of Genius” juried painting show at the Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis last night.  It helps that my painting sold and I received one of the Juror’s Choice awards from juror Stephen Doherty, editor in chief of PleinAir Magazine!  But I’m also getting better at networking with other artists, organizers, and collectors.  I find that the majority of the battle is fought by simply showing up to openings and other events hosted by organizations.  The internet is wonderful for promotion, but I’ve found it’s no substitute for connecting with people in person.  I’m not great at initiating conversations with new people, but it’s easy to meet outgoing people just by showing up and looking friendly.

I haven’t investigated the Annapolis art scene much because it felt so far away, but now that I’ve participated in this show with MFA, I find that the drive is not bad and the historic down town area not so confusing to navigate as I thought.  I look forward to paying more attention to what MFA is hosting in the future, and perhaps investigating other gallery opportunities in the area.

Also, just another reminder- holiday portrait commissions are starting to come in.  It’s not too late to order a gift for Christmas.  The deadline this year is December 1 to get your photo and deposit in, if you’d like it in time for Christmas.  I ship all over the US, you don’t need to be local to Baltimore.  I can also ship internationally, but can’t offer guaranteed delivery times for those pieces.