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




A N N U A L   M E E T I N G   &
Demonstration by Dan Thompson
1 - 4:30, November 11, 2018

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Mary is a charter member and former Maryland Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America, and an accredited member of MSPP. She is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the Frederick County Art Association. She has attended Master classes at the Art Student's League and at private master classes throughout the country with artists such as Daniel Greene, John Howard Sanden, Nelson Shanks and Robert Bateman. She lives in Walkersville, Maryland.

Mary Pfister continues to take portrait commissions, having done 5 for her church in the last couple of years, and recently she completed a portrait of Laurel Cucchi, who was the Executive Director of Hospice of Frederick County for 34 years.


Mary recently attended the 20th Anniversary of the Portrait Society of America’s annual conference in Reston, Virginia. She wanted to be there to see renowned artists such as Burt Silverman, Everett Raymond Kinstler and Daniel Greene, possibly for the last time, as these legendary artists are in their late 80s or 90s. She was hoping to see John Howard Sanden, who was a part of her early portrait training.

Mary teaches painting in her home studio in Walkersville. Mary says, "I have a phenomenally talented group of artists who paint with me, and paint so well (landscapes, still life, equine etc) that it is difficult to continue to call them students. We inspire each other every Tuesday. Beginners are always welcome."





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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