I was so excited to see this beautiful mural installed on Thursday, February 17th, 2023! A wonderful addition to the library's entrance wall of Broadneck Elementary School. The design is based off their mascot, the bee. Bees are incredible creatures and an essential link to our food chain. I wanted them to be our foundation to the mural and since this was a library a perfect place to have a honeycomb was in a book! So I put the two together and above a beautiful garden flourishes with the help of the bees working together as a community, surrounded by the Magothy River and the Chesapeake Bay. I may have designed the initial mural plan yet it is filled with hundreds and hundreds of flowers all individually designed and painted by the 284 -3rd and 4th grade students during a 3 week artist in residency in April 2022. Art teachers Mrs. Walsh, Ms. Councill and I had a fantastic time working with all the students. We sketched the outline, and spent the first week painting the water, grasses, sky, and honeycomb. The second week began the details of the flowers and the bees started to form. The third week was focused on fine-tuning water ripples, the pages of the book, (yes that's a huge book! But only half of it...the other half will be coming soon!) Then students designed their flowers and painted as many details as they could before the residency ended on April 8th, 2022. The panels were brought to my studio so I could fine-tune the work, add a few bees and the large sunflower detail. On April 20th, 2022 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and needed to step away to focus on treatment. I returned 8 months later with the help of a few friends fine-tuning each of the 532 flowers. The joy it brought me was beyond therapeutic and just what the doctor ordered! These sweet flowers, honeycomb and bees made me realized we all grew together and the idea of adding the words "Grow Together" was born. This also inspired the plan for the opposite wall which will be created by the current 3rd graders this coming March so stay tuned! One last note - Can you spot the tiny little caterpillar in the flowers? There is only one and I hope you can find him! Enjoy!
"I love a different approach to portraiture! The circular pose of the sleeping sisters with their plush pups looking at the viewer gives new meaning to 'Best Portrait'. There is nothing stiff or isolating in this painting, but engaging, often hard to achieve with portrait painting." Juror Nancie King Mertz
• Best Portrait Polly Mitchell Memorial Award, Certificate of Excellence from Holbein Art Materials, & Portrait Award from Jerry's Artarama Delaware.
19.5in x 20.5in framed, private collection
Chesapeake Arts Center March 7, 2022 - April 28, 2022
Her Ideas, Her Stories: Women Artists
Hal Gomer Gallery
Maryland Pastel Society's Shades of Pastel
Art Reception is Sunday, May 15, 2022 from 2:00 - 4pm
The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD
"River Dance" dramatically expresses a lily’s journey from emerging bud to bursting bloom by the intertwining conversations and silence of neighboring flowers. In 2018, “River Dance” was chosen out of hundreds of artwork to be reproduced and displayed as a rotating gallery at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Maryland First Lady, Yumi Hogan, chaired the jury selection of the various artworks for the gallery. I was thrilled and honored to represent our state.
"River Dance" pictured here was reproduced as an enlarged 8 foot square fabric print. Located in Gallery D behind security, between the D and E terminals and is now on permanent collection at BWI Airport.
(original artwork pastel painting 39" x 89")
International Association of Plastics
Airport mural for Concourse Art Gallery
Benfield Elementary Collaboration
The Capital Gazette
Vycom Case Study
Pediatric Imagery Center
Severna Park Voice
The Capital Gazette
Maryland Pastel Society's National Juried Exhibition "Shades of Pastel"
"I love a different approach to portraiture!" said juror Nancie King Mertz, "the circular pose of the sleeping sisters with their plush pups looking at the viewer gives new meaning to 'Best Portrait'. There is nothing stiff or isolating in this painting, but engaging, often hard to achieve with portrait painting."
"I am delighted to have selected your art for our online exhibit "The Spirit of Resilience" and have given you an Award of Excellence presented by The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS" Renee Phillips, Curator & Director
Maryland Pastel Society National show "Symphony in Color" Merit Award
Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade poster
Pastel Journal year's best 100 honorable mention award for Gayle Mangan Kassal's floral pastel "A Moment in Time"