Spotlight: Local Artists

At the gallery, we’re always being asked by curious folks whether or not all of work comes from artists who live locally. No, indeed, Principle Gallery searches far and wide to bring you phenomenal Contemporary Realism from all corners of the States, and even abroad! Luckily, though, we have found that some of these brilliant talents are living and working right in our own area. (And, as many DC Metropolitan area residents tend to do, we’re qualifying “local” as artists residing in DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.) We decided to take a moment today to highlight some of these wonderful local artists.

Teresa Oaxaca

Teresa, in addition to being a DC area resident, is the youngest of the artists that we represent. Just in her mid-twenties, Teresa is already developing a very devoted following, and rightly so. Her work is always striking and unique, a reflection of her immense talent, fine international training, and charmingly quirky personality. Currently in the gallery is one of our favorite pieces we’ve gotten from Teresa and certainly one that grabs the attention of passerby, entitled “Late Hour.”

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“Late Hour,” 38×54, oil on canvas

Bethanne Cople 

A plein air landscape painter, Bethanne travels frequently to find beautiful and insipiring scenery to paint. While she lives right here in Old Town Alexandria, Bethanne’s work features lanscapes from across the country, all created with an excellent eye for color and lush, loose brushstrokes. Beautiful and tranquil, these landscapes are proof of the artist’s passion for painting right out in the fresh outdoors. Below is a work, just arrived in the gallery last month, which was featured in an American Women Artists show at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for Master and Signature members, and comes with a signed catalogue from that show.

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“Desert Colors,” 9×14, oil on canvas panel

Kevin Fitzgerald

Born in Washington DC, Kevin Fitzgerald studied in Maryland and currently resides there on the Eastern Shore. His deep love for the beauty of nature and its power to touch the human soul and make us contemplate and appreciate life is reflected in his landscape pieces. Soft, ethereal brushwork and beautiful use of color characterize Kevin’s unique and lovely works. Keep an eye out for many new Kevin Fitzgerald works to arrive soon, as we prepare for a solo exhibition for him in March!

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“Horizon Dawn,” 24×48, oil on canvas

Jorge Alberto

Originally from Cuba, hyperrealistic still life artist Jorge Alberto now resides and works in Baltimore, Maryland. Having worked several different jobs in the field of art and then relocated to Florence, Italy to perfect his skills in painting, Jorge is back in Maryland and living his dream of being a fine art painter. His pieces never fail to impress the viewer with the sense that one could truly reach out and touch the items that he portrays. Each piece is meticulously created and filled with precise details and beautiful, vivid color. Below is one of the great little paintings Jorge sent in for our December Small Works show last year. By the way…nope, that’s not even a real frame: Jorge’s just that talented!

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“C is for Cat,” 12.5×12.5, oil on panel

Elizabeth Floyd 

We had the pleasure of first working with Elizabeth Floyd just last December during the Small Works show. Having originally studied in Washington State and Texas, Elizabeth now lives right here in Alexandria. Her still life paintings are just lovely, full of vivid color and simple but beautiful compositions. Having so quickly sold her works from the December show, we were so pleased to get some more work from Elizabeth last month, including this larger piece below.

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“Hope, Love, and Expectations: Dreams of Spring,” 30×24, oil on canvas

Hyeseung Marriage-Song

You may remember this name from our recent post about Hyeseung! She is truly a fascinating and incredibly talented young woman, now living and working in Baltimore, Maryland after having started her painting career in New York City. Thoughtfully created and beautifully executed, Hyeseung’s work catches the attention of visitors to the gallery every time we’re lucky enough to get some new pieces by her. Below is a beautiful portrait which is currently being shown down in our Charleston, South Carolina location.

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“Redhead in a Feathered Hat,” 28×18, oil on canvas

Robert Liberace

When it comes to art in the DC and Alexandria area, “Robert Liberace” is certainly a well-known name. This incredibly talented artist has been dubbed a “Living Master” and “The Artist’s Artist” and is renowned for his skill, particularly in depicting the human form. He has frequently taught at the The Art League of Virginia here in Alexandria, as well as other locations both in the States and abroad. We were thrilled to begin showing Robert’s work beginning last year, including this piece, which is one of two by this artist to be lent by Principle Gallery to the Arnot Art Museum’s exhibition “Re-Presenting Realism” in Elmira, New York.

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“Zephyr,” 20×20, oil on panel

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and check our website frequently to see more wonderful new work coming into the gallery!

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