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"We can ask no greater joy than to go gently through this place that has been given to us, and make something out of it. Not necessarily to fully understand it, for that might be an impossible task, but to honor it in our own way."
Robert Genn, Canadian Painter and author of The Painters Keys
Despite a lifetime of moving around the United States as part of a military family, I have always regarded the coastal areas of Maryland and Virginia as home, and that is where I have lived for the past 25 years. In July 2004. my husband, Carl, and I became the owners of the South Street Art Gallery (www.southstreetartgallery.com) in Easton, Maryland. My love of the Chesapeake Bay area is evident in many of my landscapes and I enjoy painting en plein air as often as possible.
Starting my artistic career as a portrait painter, I still enjoy painting occasional portraits.However, in 1997 I began combining my interest in the figure with that of the landscape, resulting in a series of figurative beach paintings that has gained recognition and acceptance in galleries coast to coast. Recently I have been concentrating on "contemporary life", concentrating on bistro and kitchen scenes.
As a co-founder of the Easton Studio & School (www.eastonstudioandschool.com)
in July 2009, I now teach weekly classes and several weekend workshops a year.
I am a Signature Member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters, the Washington Society of Landscape Painters www.wslp.org , the American Impressionist Society, the Oil Painters of America, ,and the Salmagundi Club in NYC. In 2004, I was one of the primary organizers of the first annual Easton Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival. www.pleinair-easton.com . and served as the Competition Chairperson in 2005 and 2006.
Miami University, Fine Art 1967-69
U. of Calif., Santa Cruz B.A. 1975
Numerous workshops with various artists including Ken Auster, Carolyn Anderson, Kim English, Quang Ho.
2012 - Finalist, February Bold Brush Competition
2011 - The American Impressionist Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Mountainsong Galleries, Carmel, CA
2011 - Jane Shannanhan Offutt Memorial Award, Excellence in Painting in the Realist Tradition
Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD.
2010 - Finalist, Fine Art Studios Bold Brush on-line competition
2010 - Vasari Award for Excellence in Oils, Plein Air-Easton! Quick Draw Competition
2010 - Honorable Mention, Wayne Plein Air Festival
2009 - A. Brittain Banghart Award for Excellence in Painting the Figure, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
2008 - Best in Show and First Place in Professional Category, Chesapeake College Open Competition, Wye Mills, MD.
2007- A. Brittain Banghart Award, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
2006- Artist's Choice Award, for painting River Bend Paint-out, Great Falls, VA
2006- Directors Award, First Place. Art League, Alexandria, Virginia
2005 - Award of Merit, Urban Landscapes, Art League, Alexandri
2005 - Equal Award, Art league, Alexandria, VA
2005 - Finalist, Raymar National Art Competition
2004 - Kirstein Award, Best in Show, Art League
2000 - First Place, Patrons Show, Art League, Alexandria, VA.
2013 - Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
2012 and 2013 - Richmond Plein Air
2009 and 2010- Sedona Plein Air
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Plein Air! Easton
2008 and 2010 Wayne Plein Air
2009, Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2009 Spring Exhibition: Invitational Group exhibit at the Diliberto Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2009 - The Artistic Process, curated museum exhibit, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD.
2008 - Plein Air to Studio, solo exhibit, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata
2008 - The Long View, selected members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
2008-Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery
2008 -Ladew Topiary Gardens and Museum Fundraiser. Baltimore, MD
2007 - Biggs Museum of American Art, juried landscape exhibit, Dover, DEL
2006 - People and Places, Solo Exhibit, Carmen's Gallery, Solomons, MD
2006- Plein Air Painting: A Shared Experience - three artist show at the Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
2011 - Easels in Fredrick Awards Judge -www.easelsinfrederick.org
2010, Maryland Federation of Art, January members show
2009, Maryland Mountains Plein Air Jurist and Awards Judge, Cumberland, MD
2008 - Out and About, Plein Air Competition, Awards Judge,Norfolk, VA
2007 - National League of American Pen Women, Gaithersburg, MD
2007 Maryland Pastel Society, Rockville, MD
2007 and 2008 Gunpowder Falls Plein Air Competition, Monkton, MD
2006 Chesapeake College Open Competition, Wye Mills, MD
Upcoming Events and Exhibits
New Work; Old Subjects South Street Art Gallery 5/3/2013-6/30/2013 Reception: 5/3/2013 (5-8 PM)
A revisiting of favorite subjects from the past twenty years of my career: figures on the beach, cafe scenes, landscape and still life.
Plein Air Easton Academy Art Museum 7/14/2013-7/21/2013 Reception: 7/19/2013 (7-9 PM)
Fifty-eight artists from around the world will come to Easton for it's 9th annual plein air competition. Following a full week of painting in and around Talbot County, artists will submit two of their best paintings for judging during the ticketed Collectors Party. For a full description of the event go to www.pleinaireaston.com
Plein Air Paint Along in Big Sky Montana(600) Big Sky, Montanna 6/19/2013-6/26/2013
ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT! Join me for an informal week of plein air painting in Big Sky, Montana, June 19-26. You will paint at your pace, on the subject of your choosing, or you can join me and paint alongside me as I work on my own plein air paintings. Friendly and constructive critiques will be optional at the end of the day. Price includes lodging and some instruction, and includes an overnight trip to Yellowstone National Park.
Check out the website at http://animldo0.wix.com/montana-paint
E-mail me or Joanna and we will send you a file with more information. $200 deposit required, refundable until May 19.
Joanna(firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
Painting the Floral Still Life(425) Easton Studio & School 8/23/2013-8/25/2013
All Levels. As well as being an art form of its own, this 3 day workshop in painting the floral still life will help you with tools that are needed for all subjects in impressionist painting. Understanding the silhouette of different types of flowers, recognizing the masses, identifying the light and shadow pattern, color harmony, and designing the still life, will all be addressed in this workshop. Click here for supply list. nancytankersley.com
Jumpstart Into Oils(400) Easton Studio & School 11/15/2013-11/17/2013
All Levels. Thispopular workshop with Nancy Tankersley designed to acquaint (or re-acquaint) you with the methods and materials of oil painting, Nancy will teach you how to approach a still life, landscape or even a figure. You will practice using brushes and palette knives, learn to set up a simple still life, and learn to paint a landscape and a figure from a photograph. Demonstrations will be given each day and Nancy will be on hand to answer all of your questions. After this workshop, you will be prepared to take another studio class or try your hand at plein-air! Click here for supply list. nancytankersley.com
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