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About My Work

Erin, "2008"

A large percentage of my work (commissioned and non-commissioned) centers around the portrait and figure. I enjoy the challenge of capturing the spark lies beneath the surface of the skin. In warm months, I try to get outside to paint the seasonal changes in color and light in the fields and waterways of the Eastern Shore. Pastel and oil are my mediums of choice.

Art Education

  • BA in Visual Arts from Florida State University, 1976. Juried into BFA based on a series of fantasy drawings.
  • The Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia, 1999-2008. Studied portrait and figure under the direction of Danni Dawson, Robert Liberace, Priscilla Treacy, and Edward Reed.
  • Pastel Workshops with Mary Pritchard, October 2008, January 2009 and April 2009.
  • Pastel Portrait Workshop with Claudia Post, May 2010, July, 2010.
  • Figurative Sculpture Workshop with Rick Caseli, June, 2013.
  • Figure Workshop with William Schneider, March, 2014.

Awards

  • Chestertown Arts League, 64th Annual Open Juried Show (March 2012), “The Guitar Maker”,pastel, Best in Show.
  • Chesapeake College, 35th Annual Art Show (September, 2012),“The Guitar Maker”, pastel, Best in Show.
  • Kent Island Federation of the Arts, Human Form Show (February, 2013), “Jonathan”, pastel, Best in Show.
  • Working Artists Forum, Annual show at Heron Point (June, 2013), “Northern Irish Light”, pastel, Judges Award of Excellence.
  • Chesapeake College, 36th Annual Art Show (September, 2013), “Determination”, pastel, Best in Show.
  • Kent Island Federation of Arts, Human Form Show (February, 2014), “Determination”, pastel, Best in Show; “Innocence”, silverpoint, First Place Drawing.
  • Chestertown RiverArts, Stewardship Show, (November, 2014), “All That Glitters”, pastel, Best in Show.
  • Queen Anne's County Centre for the arts, Animals, Wild and Domestic, (February, 2016), “A Week Before Shearing”, pastel, Best in Show.
  • Working Artists Forum, Heron Point Show, (June, 2016), “Morning at Poplar Grove”, pastel, Judges Award of Excellence.

Memberships

  • RiverArts of Chestertown
  • Working Artists Forum, Easton, Maryland
  • Partner, The Artists Gallery, Chestertown, Maryland
  • Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, accredited member
  • Portrait Society of America

Solo Shows

  • Great Southern Gallery, Key West, Florida, graphite series of the male figure (early 1990)
  • Hogan's Real Estate, Solo Show: “Inspirational Portrait Series” (November, 2009), twelve original portraits in oil.
  • Hogans Real Estate, Solo show; “Celebrating Families Native to the Eastern Shore of Maryland”(November, 2010), twelve pastel portraits.
  • Hogans Art Gallery, Solo Show; “For the Love of Dogs” (December, 2012), ten pastel portraits of dogs and their owners, living in Kent and Queen Anne's counties. A portion of each sale was donated to the Kent County Humane Society.
  • Tidewater Inn, Easton, MD (solo show) January, 2015
  • The Artists Gallery, featured artist, “Grazing Green” (July, 2015).
  • The Artists Gallery, featured artist, “Paths of Life” (September, 2016).

Group Shows

  • Chestertown RiverArts, Dog Days of Summer (August, 2013),“Daydreamer”, pastel.
  • Academy Art Museum, Easton, Working Artist Forum Selections Show (September, 2013), “Field and Sky”, pastel.
  • Chestertown RiverArts, Annual Juried Show (September, 2013), “A Pure Spirit”, oil on canvas.
  • Chestertown RiverArts, Painter's Eye Show (March, 2014), “Avian Compass”, pastel.
  • Working Artists Forum Annual Show at Chesapeake College (April, 2014), “Kristopher”, pastel.
  • Working Artists Forum Annual Heron Point Show (June, 2014), four pastels.
  • Chestertown RiverArts, Musical Muse Show (June, 2014), “Captive Audience”, pastel.
  • Chestertown RiverArts, Rural Life Show (July, 2014), “Looking Good”, pastel and “Ewe Said What?”, pastel.
  • Local Color, Tidewater Inn, Easton, MD (juried/judged show) July 18th - 20th, 2014
  • Chestertown RiverArts Studio Tour, Home Studio- 200 Rivershore Road, November 1st and 2nd, 2014
  • Selections Gallery, Academy Art Museum in Easton, (October and November, 2015) “All That Glitters”, pastel.

History

My twenty years in Key West were busy- as a single mom I took portrait commissions and designed business cards and logos while managing a small luxury hotel. After moving to Virginia in 1999, I continued to study painting on nights and weekends, while managing a D.C. law firm.

In 2006, I remarried and moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Afterwards, our garage was renovated into a beautiful working studio. In 2012, I juried into the Working Artists Forum in Easton, Maryland. In January, 2015, I became a partner with The Artists Gallery in Chestertown, Maryland.

Latest Developments

2017 looks to be an exciting year! Currently, I am showing through the end of March with the Working Artists Forum (WAF) in Willow Gallery in Quiet Waters State Park, Annapolis. In April, my work will be shown with WAF at Chesapeake College. My paintings can be seen daily at The Artists' Gallery in Chestertown, where I will be the featured artist this coming November. Stay tuned!