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



Online Model Session with Harry!

Date: Thurs, Jan 21, 6:30-8:30pm
Social/show 'n' tell after 8:30pm
Fee: $5
Platform: Zoom

We are offering our current members a portrait model session with Harry.To attend, send an email to register and also pay the model fee.

To register and to obtain the meeting link please email

To pay the model fee go to our "Join" page on the website under MODEL SESSION January 21 and click "Buy Now" to pay by PayPal or by Credit Card. You may also send a check $5 paid 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, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

You are welcome to hang out after the session to visit and share your work! While we love seeing what you all have created, sharing is totally optional.

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Thank you David Lawton for a very enjoyable and informative demo!

This FREE demo offered an inside loook at David's process of working from photos.

David's Demo:

David's Material's List:


oil painting start of a young girl with blonde hair by David Lawton


David Lawton's materials list



As a child, Sandy showed artistic aptitude, but she didn't go to art school, and didn't focus on art until late in life. She enjoyed her family and a varied legal career, and projects such as farming blueberries, teaching law, leading a civic organization, and running a federal shoreline project at a dynamic site on the Chesapeake Bay. Eventually, after retiring as an Asst. Attorney General of Maryland and teaching at University of Maryland law school, one Thanksgiving with her irresistible grandchildren, Sandy wondered if she might capture them in portraits.  So she began, cold, to paint portraits.

Sandy had learned to handle oil paints in her teens in the home studio of a family friend.  Half a century later, as she began to paint, she limbered up in figure and portrait studio co-ops at Maryland Hall, which she would later manage, as she still does.  A friend mentioned to her the master artist, Rob Liberace.  Sandy liked what she saw and heard about this generous teacher, and enrolled in a workshop with him at the Art League in Virginia.  When Rob Liberace stopped at her easel for the first time, Sandy asked a question, explaining that she had not been painting much for decades.  Momentarily silent, Rob pointed at her work on the easel and said:  "You can't not paint!"  Thus encouraged, she has continued.


spacepastel portrait of old woman and child
spaceKiss, 8x10, oil

Early on, Sandy's work was routinely selected into juried regional and national exhibits, she was chosen as an artist in residence at Maryland Hall, and won numerous awards, including being honored by the prestigious Portrait Society of America.  She has exhibited at BWI International airport thru the Maryland Arts Council, in an extensive exhibit of drawings in Cambridge, and frequently in exhibits at the Maryland Federation of Art and Michael Busch Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.  She has shown with MSPP at venues including Quiet Waters Park and Annapolis City Hall.  Sandy was selected as one of ten artists to participate in the painted violins project to benefit the Annapolis Symphony Academy.  She has had solo shows in the Martino Gallery at Maryland Hall, and at the Maryland Federation of Art, where portraits by Sandy were individually selected by three independent judges as their sole choice for award from among all works of art exhibited during the MFA's 50th anniversary year.



pastel painting of young girl space oil painting of older man space oil painting of young woman

Sunshine, 11 x 14, oil


Elder, 12 x 16, oil


Gazelle,  12 x 16, charcoal/pastel


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Young Man, 11 x 14, oil


Mijnheer Tomas, 16 x 20, oil


Sunny Boy, 11 x 14, oil


Omar, 14 x 18, 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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