Artist's Statement

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My work has centered on the human figure, mainly with charcoal and three color chalk.  I try to stay faithful to the form and to reveal structure under the surface.  Recent work has been more narrative and includes attempts to capture mood and emotion.  In addition to figurative work, I have done commissioned drawings of horses, horse and rider and portraits. 

Inspired by the work of various figurative artists, especially Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, I have come to  realize the natural interest we have in the figure. Initially, I believe, the artist needs only make us stop and look. 

I attempt to capture attention by draftsmanship and a warm sensual style. Figures are displayed in a variety of standing, seated and reclining poses, and a wide range of moods; anticipation of the future or reference to the past, awake, dreaming, isolation, worry or peaceful. Each of the drawings has a story to tell. In some cases narrative is hinted at by composition, while in others the stories are left to the imagination and experiences of the viewer.


Exhibitions

A Quiet Place
(Yoga Studio Montgomery, MD)
04–present

Artist Gallery Columbia
1/29/07–3/2/07

Art League at Torpedo Factory 
(juried members shows)
9/04,12/04,1/05,3/05,6/05

Art League at Torpedo Factory Bin Gallery
7/05–6/06

Art League of Germantown
Exhibits twice yearly
2006/07/08/09/10/11/12/13

Bethesda Artists Market
7/08

BlackRock Center for the Arts
(with Michael Goulding)
2/09

Blanche Ames Gallery
11/13

Columbia Art Center
1/7–2/14/10

Creative Partners Gallery: Guest Artist 
Bethesda MD
7/07

DC Realists 
Bethesda, MD
4/15

Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center 
Regional Juried Exhibits
7/08, 7/09, 8/13
10/10–11/10 (with Michael Goulding) 

Foundry Gallery
2007/08/09/10/11/12/13 

Gallery B
Juried Exhibit sponsored by the Maryland Federation of Art
2/14

Gallery West
14th &15th Annual National Juried Show
2011, 2012 

Glenview Mansion
10/09   

Hillyer Art Space
7/14

Jewish Community Center
5/09, 5/10, 5/12, 5/13, 5/14, 5/15

Latino Art League of Washington DC
6/15

Laurel Art Guild
5/10

Laurel Art Guild
Annual Open Juried Exhibition
3/14, 3/15

Let's Help Kids - Art Auction for Happiness
8/13

Light Street Gallery, Baltimore, MD
3/06–8/06

Montgomery County Art Association
(Rockville Mansion) 
6/90

Maryland Federation of Art
National * Go Figure * exhibit
2/24/06–3/24/06

Maryland Federation of Art:
37th Annual Collectors Choice

10/27/13

Maryland Federation of Art
12/06, 2/07, 8/13, 6/14–8/14, 6/15–8/15

Maryland Society of Portrait Painters
5/13, 4/15 

Annual Art On Paper (National Juried Exhibits)
3/10, 4/12, 3/14, 4/17

Museum of Contemporary Art
(Canal Square in Georgetown)
7/04   

National Institutes of Health
4/01

Patuxent Art League
12/13

River Road Unitarian Church
4/97

Rockville Art League (juried member shows)
1/08, 1/09, 5/09, 1/11, 4/12, 5/13, 5/15, 12/15

Sandy Spring Museum
1/7/09–3/30/09

Strathmore Artists Exhibition — 20th Annual 
2/11–4/11

Washington Art Works
5/14–8/14

Washington County Museum of  Fine Arts
11/10–1/11

White Tail Park
6/04, 6/05

 

 

 

 

Awards

Honorable Mention
Montgomery County Art Association
6/90

Equal Award 7/03, 12/04
Art League at Torpedo Factory
 (juried members show)

First and Second Place
Winterglow 2006 exhibit
 (Art League of Germantown)

Juror’s Choice
Artist Gallery in Columbia
1/2/07 to 3/2/07

4th Place
Winter Membership Show
 (Maryland Federation of Art)
2/07

2nd Place
Rockville Art League
1/08

1st Prize
Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center
Regional Juried Exhibit

1st Place (drawing)
Rockville Art League
5/09

2nd Place
20th Annual Strathmore Artists Exhibition
2/11–4/11

1st Place
Rockville Art League
4/12 

2nd Place
Patuxent Art League
12/13

Special Recognition by Show Juror
Gallery B (Maryland Federation of Art)
2/14

3rd Place
Laurel Art Guild
3/14

1st Place
Pastels, Drawings, and Pulled Prints
Rockville Art League Juried Member Show
12/15

 

 

 

Teaching

Introduction to Figure Drawing  9/11–9/12

 

Education and Experience

My educational degrees and career were in microbiology. I retired from the National Institutes of Health in September of 2001. I have studied art at Montgomery County Community College (1989–1991), the University of Maryland and the Art League at the Art League at the Torpedo Factory (1991–2003). My work has centered on the human figure, mainly with charcoal and three color chalk. Recent work has been more narrative and includes attempts to capture mood and emotion. 

 

 


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