Studio Classes

Artwork created by students from my youth classes.

I’ve had the privilege over the past 3 years of teaching painting and drawing to students ranging from ages 8 to 60, out of my Loudoun Co. VA studio.

My classes begin with instruction in drawing from life utilizing graphite and charcoal and then progress along with the individual’s growth into pastels and color theory. After the student has achieved a good foundation in drawing, he or she begins painting in watercolor, then ultimately in acrylics. Youths 16+ years of age and adults have the option of learning oils in a private class setting.

Classes are on-going and consist of 1.5 hours of weekly instruction. Tuition for group youth classes is $68 per month. Private classes for all ages are $50 an hour.

I currently have several youth classes with some spots available on the following days and times:

Tuesdays Youth, ages 8+
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Wednesdays Youth, ages 8+
6:30 – 8:00 PM

Thursdays Youth, ages 8+
6:30 -8:00 PM

If you are interested in any of the above classes please email me at Thank you!

Great Painting Comes in Little Packages

Artist, Emily M. Acrylic on panel.

Sometimes the work of my students makes me so proud I fuss over it as if I were their actual mother. This painting definitely falls into that category. Painted by the amazing, newly minted 10 year old Emily (as in she was still 9 only a couple of weeks ago). All from direct observation. Way to go Emily!!!

More Awesome Student Work

20130725-115654.jpg Remember my paint splattered table cloth from my previous blog post? Here is an awesome example of my 9 year old student Kira’s (yes I said 9) still life painting utilizing that same table cloth and painted from life in acrylic. She took a little liberty with the table cloth pattern but hey, that’s called artistic license! I love all the paint dabs/graffiti marks that she included on the tablecloth, an idea highly suggested by me (cough) in the manner of one of my favorite painters, Duane Keiser. The marks alone remind me of an abstract painting. Love it Kira! Great job!

Love/Hate Relationship With My Power Company

Photo reenactment of the “Derecho-geddon” that hit my house this weekend. And no, I do not live in a cornfield. Only near one–there is a big difference.

On Friday night while I was minding my own business, just chillaxing after an enjoyable day of copying at the National Gallery of Art. This brutish storm came along suddenly and crashed in on my otherwise very ordinary Friday night.  I have never in my life experienced a storm quite like this. As far as the eye could see were bolts of lightning touching the ground. So many bolts of lightning and so frequently did they appear that the entire sky was flashing like an eerie lightbulb about to go out . Then of course there was that tremendous wind that battered my house for about an hour which left us screaming like sissies and running down to the basement to hunker down alla Dorothy and Toto style. That evening we lost our power. And it did not return for almost 4 DAYS which ended–oh, just about 5 hours ago! And thus began my love/hate relationship with my power company, NOVEC.

But two wonderful things happened that are the direct result of my power company. 1). My power is back on – Woo Hoo! and 2).  I found out that 4 of my painting and drawing students (whom I teach in my studio) placed as finalists in the NOVEC Cooperative Living Magazine’s Youth Art Contest! And 3 of them SWEPT their entire Third Grade Division placing 1st, 2nd & 3rd!

My hearty congrats go out to Brooke Connolly, Claire Troiano, Anna Kelly and Eve Brown. Click on the link below to see their artwork on pages 15 & 16 of the current July 2012 issue of NOVEC Cooperative Living Magazine. I could not be more proud of you girls!

And NOVEC–I am big enough to say I was wrong in doubting you.

And yes, I take it all back.  Sheesh!