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A​bout The Artist 

Click hereto see where my Colored Pencil Paintings are on exhibit.

Gloria has shown her vibrant colored pencil paintings Nationally with the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, and the American Professional Artists League, both in NYC) and Internationally in CPSA juried shows. As well as in and around the state of Virginia and the southern east coast in juried exhibitions.  Having won awards for her colored pencil paintings in many of these shows.  Her work is being published in the North Light book "Strokes of Genius Vol. 6" in the fall of 2014; published in Colored Pencil Magazine, May 2014; then published in the 2012 Dec. issue of CP Magazine; and also in the 2010 book “Best of Worldwide Artists - Charcoal, Pastel & Pencil Vol. I”.  Her painting “English Garden Foxglove” was selected for the 2009’s Annual Calendar, by the online membership. 

Gloria has taught workshops for the Art Educators of PA, sponsored by Lyra Pencil Co.  and locally in the Richmond, VA area.  She enjoys speaking to various art groups about her favorite medium, colored pencil and it’s growing place in fine art.  Gloria teaches weekly classes in her studio throughout the year.  

She is a signature member of the National Colored Pencil Society (CPSA) & it’s local chapter DC#109 in Washington, DC.  Locally she is  a member of the Bon Air Artists Association, where she is the President, the VA Plein Air Painters, Fine Arts Of Powhatan.  She is a past member of the American Professional Artists League.  Gloria is also an artist in residence at the Crossroads Art Center where her paintings are on exhibit and may be purchased.  She is represented by the West End Gallery, in Richmond, VA and an online exhibitor of Xanadu Gallery, in Scottsdale, AZ.

Like many artists her love of art started in childhood.  She has a degree in Accounting from John Tyler Community College.  Working in accounting for more than 20 years and raising a family occupied her early life.  Although she creatively worked with fiber, ceramics and landscaping at home she dreamed of making art.  As Gloria’s 3 sons grew, she finally was able to pursue decorative painting classes.  This led to over 9 years of decorative, mural and faux painting in her free time. 

Wanting to make a career change, she became skilled in watercolor and became a contract colorist for a major national art print company.  For eight plus years Gloria worked for this art publishing company doing hand colored, antique reproduction engravings in watercolor.  All the while she strived to educate herself in drawing techniques with an emphasis on botanical, still life and portrait art in her free time.  Which led to a discovery of colored pencil as a media in late 2005.  Falling in love with the control, detail and realism that can be achieved with this medium.  Gloria is one of very few colored pencil artists who work "En Plein Air" (in the open air), to create finished paintings.

Artist grade and lightfast pigments within the pencils she uses produce fine art paintings on board panels which are varnished like oil paintings.  Gloria’s colored pencil paintings have been said to resemble oil, acrylic and or watercolor paintings.  Striving for a painterly appearance, Gloria’s techniques of layering the pencils give her paintings translucent results.

Gloria will now be adding Oil paintings to her portfolio, and she is excited to have a brush back in her hands!  (Having worked in watercolor and acrylics in the past.)