Root to Bloom at Principle Gallery


I am really thrilled to say that I was juried into the Root to Bloom exhibit at the famed Principle Gallery in old town Alexandria (VA) by the amazing Teresa Oaxaca. There are so many great artists in this show that I feel humbled to have my painting, “Feedsacks” (above) included. I am told that they had nearly 1,000 submissions to the competition and only 73 artists were selected overall.

There is currently a social media competition happening at the Principle Gallery for this exhibit. The artist who gets the most “likes” on their painting in the link below will win an award. I would really appreciate your “like” on my painting. Simply follow the link and click on my painting and hit like.

And I hope some of you will come out to the opening on November 11th from 6:30-9 PM. Thank you readers!

Face Off Heavy Hitters

In clockwise order starting from far left, Face Off artists Elizabeth Floyd, Mia Bergeron and Cindy Procious.

The most happening place to be last Friday was at the Principle Gallery in Old Town Alexandria for their annual alla prima portrait “Face Off” featuring gallery heavy hitters; Mia Bergeron, Elizabeth Floyd and Cindy Procious.

What is that you say? You didn’t know about it? Well I guess that just proves you’re not as cool as me. Luckily I am feeling generous today and will give you this brief little wrap up.

Veteran Face Off champions Mia Bergeron and Cindy Procious went toe to toe with a new tenacious challenger, Elizabeth Floyd over 3 hours with plenty of breaks in between for schmoozing and attending to their adoring fans. It was obvious early on that all of them had a good likeness of the model, Mr. Franco Landini, who is the owner of several Old Town restaurants including Landini Brothers and is something of a local celebrity.

Events such as these at the Principle Gallery always attract the hippest artists from the local painting scene. Besides my fabulous self in attendance were Jonathan Linton, Rena Selim, Susan Gallagher O’Neill and Abigail Davis Muncy.

Honestly, next time you should really just come see it for yourself. But until then you will be able to watch it on Youtube and I will post that link here when the Principle makes it available.


Art of the Piedmont Auction & Reception

“Trailer Hound” by artists Dana Lee Thompson.

A couple of my portrait drawing packages are being auctioned off tonight at the Art of the Piedmont auction and reception in Middleburg VA to benefit the Middleburg Montessori School which has been educating children in Loudoun and Fauquier County for more than 30 years. I am really proud to be included among many talented artists including Anthony Barham, Misia Broadhead Barham, Donna Clark, Dana Lee Thompson, Antonia Walker and portrait artist Henry Wingate.

The reception is free and open to the public. An inside source tells me the bar closes sharply at 8:00 PM. Should you get there before me–please save me a glass of wine.

WHAT: Art Auction and Reception, “ART OF THE PIEDMONT”
WHERE:Middleburg Community Center, 300 Washington St. Middleburg, VA
WHEN:Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 5:30-8:00PM (Free to the public, open bar reception with food provided by The French Hound)
WHO: Hosted by Middleburg Montessori School. Contact: 540-687-5210

2012 “Expressions” Portrait Competition Finalists

Judge and acclaimed artist Kurt Schwarz standing beside his beautiful painting “Lina”. It is a tradition at the Expressions Competition that the jurors and judge display their artwork leading into the finalist galleries. Think of it as a visual display of their qualifications. I’d say Schwarz here is qualified enough, wouldn’t you?

Saturday night I had the pleasure of attending the opening for the 2012 “Expressions” portrait competition at Artspace Herndon. This is my second year as a finalist and I can proudly tell you that the caliber of this year’s show is exceptional. The jurors, artist Tricia Cherrington Ratliff and Caron Broadway Moody, of Broadway Gallery did a wonderful job pairing down the 107 submissions into a show of 25 portraits showcasing a strong display of technical achievements. Of those 25, Judge Kurt Schwarz had the difficult task of selecting the winners and after much admitted deliberation, awarded 1st place honors to Mark Giaimo, “Portrait of Marlis” (oil), 2nd place honors to Lorena Selim, “Waiting for Mr. Right” (oil) and 3rd place honors to Gavin Glakas, “Decisions (My Wife Jasmine)” (oil). Two Honorable Mentions went out to Suzanne Vigil, “La Rue” (colored pencil) and Ron Primm, “Dray” (oil).

Below are just a sample of the paintings on display, including one of my own (click on the images to enlarge them). The exhibit will be up through December 9th. Click here for directions and a link to the Artspace Herndon Website.  If you live in the DMV it is a show not to be missed!

In the center, Honorable Mention Suzanne Vigil “La Rue” and on the right my painting “Independence Day”.
Close up of my painting, “Independence Day”.
First place honors went to this painting by Mark Giaimo, “Portrait of Marlis”. Unfortunately my picture of it is a little blurry–the original thankfully, is not.
On the left is the 2nd place honors winner Lorena Selim, “Waiting for Mr. Right”.
On the left a painting by Eric Westbrook. In the center a painting by Patricia McMahon Rice.
On the left, 2nd place honor winner Gavin Glakas, “Decision (My Wife Jasmine)” and on the right a painting by Christine Lashley.
On the left, Honorable Mention winner Ron Primm “Dray” and to the right another painting by Patricia McMahon Rice.
In the center “Sleeping Angel” by Jill Brabant.

Reception for the 2012 Expressions Portrait Competition @ ArtSpace Herndon

Do you live in the DMV area and are itching to get out and enjoy a great new art opening? Then please come join me on Saturday November 10th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at ArtSpace Herndon for this year’s “Expressions Portrait Competition”. I am thrilled to announce that I am again a finalist–which is quite an honor considering the caliber of the artwork is always first rate!

My entry for this year is the “Independence Day” painting. Last year’s entry, my painting “Conner on Summer Break”  took 3rd place honors and is gracing the front of the 2012 invitation.

For directions click on the ArtSpace link below. And please say hello if you do make it out!

Women Painting Women “Face Off”–Taking Names and Kicking A$$!

The Women Painting Women “Face Off” at the Principle Gallery Friday, August 17th. Shown from left to right: Cindy Procious, Mia Bergeron & Rachel Constantine.

“Veni, Vidi, Vici” was the apparent motto for Mia Bergeron, Rachel Constantine, Cindy Procious & Terry Stickland this past Friday night when they came to town to show off their mad painting skills during the Women Painting Women “Face Off” at the Principle Gallery. The WPW ladies were set up in the middle of the gallery and painted from the same model with periodic breaks from 6:30 – 9:00 PM. I’d like to tell you that I took copious notes to share with you about their alla prima technique but that would be a lie as I spent most of the time two fisted, juggling my camera and glass of wine. And in complete disclosure, me and my homie arrived half an hour late so we didn’t get to see their initial block-ins. But I can tell you that by the time we arrived they all already had really strong starts on their paintings and it only got better from there on out.

On a personal note I want to thank Mia, Rachel, Cindy, Terry, Alex & Diane for a great GNO (as well as my homies Dana, Tricia & Liz)! And thanks to Michelle, Clint & Meghan at the Principle Gallery who really know how to throw an awesome opening.

Here are some pictures I took from that night. If any of them are blurry, blame it on the yummy chardonnay.

Mia Bergeron flexing her impressive painting muscle during the WPW “Face Off”.
Rachel Constantine with her beautiful painting. Watching Rachel paint is a real thrill. I am convinced her swift brush handling could medal in Olympic fencing.
The fabulous Cindy Procious showing off both her painting and MacGyver skills (notice her clever mahl stick made out of a dowel, wire hanger & electrical tape).
Terry Strickland rocking both the grisaille and alla prima methods.
Rachel Constantine’s luscious candy colored palette. Doesn’t it look good enough to eat?
Terry Strickland’s gravity defying upright palette.
Mia Bergeron’s beautiful finished painting. Some lucky collector bought it right off the easel.
Cindy Procious’ finished painting. This gorgeous painting was bought straight off the easel too!
The WPW ladies enjoying a well deserved round of applause at the culmination of their “Face Off”.