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Maryland Society of Portrait Painters

-- EXTENDED DEADLINE!!! July 16, 2021 --

August 6 – September 3, 2021 --- (NEW DATES)
Online Only
The Maryland Society of Portrait Painters invites all active members to be a part of a special online exhibition, “Isolation: Self Portraits in Quarantine.”
This is a non-juried exhibit.
QUALIFICATION: Open to all MSPP members in good standing.
FEE: No entry fee!
DEADLINE: July 16, 2021 - New EXTENDED deadline!
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Pamela Wilde's "Portraits from Havre de Grace"

photo of Pamela Wilde with some of her portrait exhibition in the background

MSPP member Pamela Wilde's exhibit at the Artists' Emporium in Havre de Grace, "Portraits from Havre de Grace" consisted of 120 portrait paintings, all of local residents. The paintings were done over the course of one year, starting on her 55th birthday.

“I wanted to mark my 55th year doing something memorable that I would never forget,” she said.

Pamela Wilde said she was inspired to do the project after attending an American Portrait Society show about three years ago, where she was able to talk to different artists and watch them paint. While there, she learned about artist Rose Frantzen’s project, Portrait of Maquoketa, which she completed in 2006. The collection of 180 12-by-12-inch portraits was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in 2009.

Pamela created a sign up list online where people could pick a 3-hour time slot to sit and have their portrait painted. Despite having some apprehensions and concerns that people wouldn’t sign up — she hoped for 50 — she more than doubled that number. She set up an easel at the front window of the gallery and met with subjects there over the course of a year, giving the public a glimpse of how the exhibit came together.

“I wanted the public to see the paintings in progress and to see me interacting with models and kind of take the mystique out of it,” The youngest participant was 7 months old and the oldest was in her 90s, she said. Hanging near their portraits is a portrait of Aberdeen Proving Ground Senior Commander, Maj. Gen. Randy S. Taylor in his blue Army Service Uniform. Other portraits feature local politicians, community members and a Harford County judge.


Nicole Troup was a finalist in the 2020 Portrait Society of American National Members Competition!

portrait of young girl

This was the 16th annual Members Only Competition where members have a chance to win in 5 different categories. She resides in Greencastle, PA working as a commissioned portrait artist to local and national clients. A few of her clients include the VFW, corporations, hospitals, WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil among others. She is also known for her portrait projects where she collaborates with prominent organizations and figures, including celebrities, in order to raise awareness for causes that are important to her. Some of these collaborations include: Vitiligo Research foundation, Human Trafficking organizations,  celebrities in the movie industry such as Michael Shannon, Madeline Carroll, Cassi Thomson, Erica Ash, activist model Mari Malek, Machine Gun Preacher, WWE wrestler Titus O'Neil and former Pennsylvania Governor, Thomas Corbett to paint his portrait.

David Lawton received the Annie Award November 2019



Diane Hall Award of Excellence at Benfield Gallery



Event flyer for show at 49 West coffeee house



paint out event flyer



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MSPP Artists Participate in Annapolis Symphony Acedemy Fundraiser

Ten local professional artists, many of them MSPP members, painted striking designs on violins donated by the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, in order to support the Annapolis Symphony’s new Academy, an immersive program for local youths who have a love of music and a desire to learn how to play classical instruments. 

The Painted Violins were displayed in local art galleries, restaurants, educational and cultural venues in and around Anne Arundel County, September through December, and the final raffle drawing was on January 27th.

MSPP members who participated (click here to read more about the project and the artists):

Sandra Cohen
Melissa Gryder
Abigail McBride
Nancy McCarra
Phyllis Saroff
Andree Tullier
Sarah Wardell


Cedric egeli honored at annual meeting


painting by Kai Lun Qu  

Kai Lun Qu

The Accreditation Committee recently accredited MSPP member Kai Lun Qu. Kai is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Arts. Kai has studied with Vincent Desiderio and Steven Assael at the New York Academy of Arts. He also studied with Daniel Keys and Timothy Rees at the Scottsdale Artist School as well as traveling to the Village Arts of Putney's Studio Barn, home to Richard Schmid's renown Putney Painters to study with Michelle Dunaway.





Rick Casali a Finalist in the 2018 Portrait Society of America International Competition

We are happy to announce that MSPP member Rick Casali was a finalist in the Portrait Society of America's (PSOA) International Competition. This year they received 2,733 entries from all over the world, and 24 finalists were selected. Rick attended the PSOA conference in DC this April, where he participated in the Face Off and then gave a talk called "Timeless Geometry: Planes of the Head Explained in Clay."

Congratulations, Rick, on your achievement!



portrait of dorothy newland


Honoring Dorothy Newland

March 25, 1921 ~ October 12, 2018 (age 97)

Founding MSPP member Dorothy F. Newland passed away peacefully on Oct 12th, 2018 at the age of 97. Dorothy owned and ran The Troika Gallery along with her daughter Laura Era and Jennifer Heyd Wharton.

She loved people and she loved painting them well into her advanced years, being very proud of painting three retired Admiral's portraits. Two of them hang at the Naval Academy.



Portraits from Havre De Grace
has officially begun. I had three painting sessions with three amazing people. Not only did I make a painting but I now have a special bond with my new friends. 
The technique that I am using to paint these portraits is called Alla Prima, which is by far the most challenging way to paint in my opinion. It is a live one-session painting of about three hours where capturing a likeness along with the energy is my objective.
Portraits from Havre De Grace has been created by me but I was inspired by artists Rose Franzen’s, Portrait of Maquoketa project 2005-06. Over the course of one year Rose painted 180 people from her community. Rose’s efforts captured not only the likeness of her models but also a bit of their humanity. Together the 180 paintings serve as a powerful reminder of how much we can enrich each other’s lives and how important a strong community is. 

In this spirit I am inviting my community to come take part in Portraits from Havre De Grace. Over the next twelve months I intend to paint anyone willing to meet with me at my studio in Havre De Grace along with a small registration fee. 

In return for your time and registration fee of fifty dollars you will receive a free print of your portrait at the opening exhibition, scheduled for spring of 2019 at Arts Emporium in Havre De Grace, Maryland. If you desire to purchase the original painting the registration fee will be credited against the purchase price. Please know there is no obligation to purchase the original painting. 
Hope you will come help me make something beautiful in 2018 and add your face to the space.




Member Discount: Members receive a 10% Discount on all Blue Ridge Oil Colors courtesy of Eric Silver; Enter MDSPP11 coupon code when placing your order; www.blueridgeoilpaint.com

HOST A Paint Out! If you are interested in hosting a paint out with models indoors or out, contact info.at.mspp@gmail.com. Put Host a Paint Out in subject line.

Any Suggestions? The Society would like to hear from you! Put Suggestions in subject line of your email to info.at.mspp@gmail.com.