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         "... through the eyes the heart is seen in the face ..."
-- Michelangelo Buoanarroti, 1533




“Autumn 2020 Online Exhibit”

The Maryland Society of Portrait Painters invites all active members to be a part of our first online exhibition, “Autumn 2020 Online Exhibit.” This is a non-juried exhibit and each member is allowed up to two paintings of any size.

Exhibition Dates: September 15 – October 31, 2020
Submission Deadline: August 20, 2020

Eligibility: Open to all MSPP members in good standing. Check our Member Page to see if you are current.
Subject Matter: Open to ALL subject matter.
Fee: NO entry fee!

Prospectus and submission form


Nancy's paintings are filled with the luminosity of light and the brilliance of color. She works from life, en plein air, usually returning to the same painting at the same time and conditions of the day until it is finished, whether she is painting a landscape or a still life set up or a model. 
"I am a color painter and strive to bring the beauty of the color and form in light to my paintings. Painting is a study of relationships; one color to another, warm and cool, light and shade. Painting is also an expression of what inspires me, whether it's a splash of sunlight striking a few branches of a tree,a dusty antique bottle casting a luminous shadow across a table top, or a face. Being an artist is a joyful journey, one which I pursue with passion, gratitude and dedication."


spacepastel portrait
spaceCole, 18x24, Pastel

 Ms.McCarra's paintings have been in numerous shows, exhibitions and juried events. She is part of a group of five artists––The Maryland Colorists––brought together by their love of color and the pursuit of excellence in their work. She is an accredited member of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, serving as the organization's treasurer (formerly) and secretary. As a former member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association she worked in a volunteer capacity for their annual plein air painting competition "Paint Annapolis" from 2003-2010,co-chairing the event in 2008 and participating as one of the 30 juried artists in 2010. 



still life in sunlight opl painting space lanscape oil painting space Still ife oil painting

April Daffodils, 11x14, Oil


A Pastoral Point of View, 8x10, Oil


Title to Come, size, Oil





The Maryland Society of Portrait Painters is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the development of portraiture. Membership is open to individuals and organizations interested in the art of portraiture or active in creating portraits in painting, drawing and sculpture.

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Anne C. Sieling
JANUARY 21, 1937 – MAY 14, 2020
anne sieling with outdoor painting gear

Anne C. Sieling, age 83, passed away at 7:45 on May 14, 2020 at home with her beloved husband Bill Sieling, her brother Frank Cooper and her four beloved cats at her home in Annapolis. Another brother also survives her, John P. Cooper in Hawaii and two daughters, Laurie Pickett of Monkton and Ashley Stees also of Monkton. Anne was born and raised in Baltimore and grew up in Baltimore County and was a graduate of The College of Notre Dame. She had a long career in public relations in many branches of government. In addition she was very active in therapeutic horseback riding as a professional teacher and trainer at the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center, (TRRC), in Howard County until the end of her life.