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



2021 Member Show!
Isolation: Self Prtraits in Quarantine

show ad with title of show Self Protraits in Isolation followed by a small thumbnail picture of each of the 18 portrait in the show


Model Session (In Person!)

Date: Wednesday, August 25
Time: 8:30-12pm
Location: The Lirodendon Mansion
Fee: $5 for members, $15 for non members

Join us for an in person modeling session!
To pay the model fee go to the 'Join' page. Under 'LIVE IN-PERSON MODEL SESSION - August 25th, 2021,' click  'Buy Now' to pay by PayPal or by credit card. You may also send a check for $5 to MSPP c/o Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.
You may pay the 2021 Annual Dues of $20 on our join page. If you prefer to mail a check, send to MSPP c/o Maryland Hall, Box #8, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

ad for model session at the Lirondendron mansio on August 25


Member Spotlight: Bill Mapes

Bill Mapes graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the College of the Arts) in 1971 with a BFA in Illustration. He spent 35 years in the commercial art field in the Washington, DC region, 30 of those years as a freelance illustrator/designer. During that period, he taught a University of Maryland University College Adult Education course in Graphic Fundamentals for several years.   

Bill has returned to his love of oil painting and fine art.  Having a deep passion for history, particularly the mid-1860’s Civil War era, provides him with a unique perspective on historical painting and portraiture.

An accredited member of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, Gaithersburg Fine Art Association and past two-term President and lifetime member of the Art League of Germantown. Since 2011 Bill has administered an open art session, “the Hood Portrait Group”, at the Tatum Art Center, Hood College, Frederick, MD. 
Bill’s portrait of “Clara Barton” is part of the permanent collection at the Clara Barton Historical Site, Glen Echo, Maryland.  The portrait is on display in the Clara Barton Historical Site gift shop. Bill completed a portrait commission of City Councilman Julius J. Persensky for the City of Gaithersburg which now hangs in the Wells-Robertson House, Gaithersburg, MD.

siverpoint self portrait drawing of bill mapes

Self portrait, siverpoint

Oil painting of woman with white hat


Oil painting of an elderly woman with a gray jacket and canvas hat


Artist Statement
Everyone is unique.  Beyond representing a person’s likeness on canvas, my ultimate objective is to find and portray their driving force.  I want to convey the innermost essence, the individuality, and the spirit of every subject I paint.  The end goal is that every viewer of my work sees the person beyond the image on the canvas.




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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