Meet Gloria - Artist Statement

I'm an Artist

Reflections of Sea lLife

I'm a dreamer, of travel, of colorful surroundings and of interesting people or experiences and realism..


I love sunsets and get mesmerized by cloud formations, foggy landscapes, or trees with character.  


Great lighting on any subject delights me  and as well as all shades of blue. :))


I have always drawn and will grab a pencil any chance I get.. 


I was 35 before I picked up a brush to paint. 43 before I got paid to use it!


I love a fresh clean white surface, it invigorates me with possibilities.  

Life and Loves

"Bacio"

I work in a great home studio with my trusty art critic/supporter, "Bacio" in the rural countryside of Virginia.


He's usually sizing up my art work from my lap or wondering why he's not on my lap?  


I've been known to paint in my PJ's and get so lost in a piece, I work late into the night.  With a little help from a good cup of Joe ;))


My husband Tom, 3 sons and 3 grandchildren add to my support staff.  They are great "free" models, eager travel mates and IT support! 


I love to look deeply to observe the most everyday things. 


Travel Journal Sketching, Plein Air Painting

Sketching in Provence

Traveling outside of my local area delights me and keeps my mind full of future paintings.  France, Italy, and Caribbean destinations are among my favorite places.  


Traveling in my own country continues to bring opportunities to capture the US for others enjoy also.


The joy sketching a trip gives me, makes travel all the more memorable and adds to my never ending list to draw and paint..   


Stop by my blog and see some of my travels and journaling.


Exhibiting and Demos

Backlit Watermelon

I exhibit at Crossroads Art Center as a resident artist as well as other venues in and around Virginia with the Colored Pencil Society both Nationally and in Washington DC. I'm a local member and exhibit with the Bon Air Artists Assoc. in Richmond VA.  


I'm currently looking for gallery representation that appreciates alternative archival media and my representational style.

Teaching

Student Show Jan. 2017

I enjoy sharing the how to's of my style working in colored pencil in small intimate classes in my home studio.  


Every January I promote my students work in my exhibition space at Crossroads Art Center.  For many it's their first art show, and boy how I love seeing the pride on their faces! ;))


I believe anyone can learn to draw, it's all in the joyful practice!


Publications & Print

My work has been published in North Light Books "Strokes of Genius" Volume #6 and in the Best of Worldwide Artists Working In Pencil and Pastels 2010.  


I've had the pleasure of my article on Plein Air Painting in Colored Pencil published in Colored Pencil Magazine May 2014.  As well as a featured painting "Jingle Bells" in Ann Kullberg's CP Magazine Dec. 2012.   


See below for a full Bio of my Solo and Juried Shows, I love to share what I've done. 

Gloria J. Callahan

Experience

Gloria has shown her vibrant colored pencil paintings Nationally with the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, and the American Professional Artists League, both in NYC) and Internationally in CPSA juried shows. As well as i​n and around the state of Virginia and the southern east coast in juried exhibitions.  Having won awards for he​r colored pencil paintings in many of these shows.  Her work is being published in the North Light book "Strokes of Genius Vol. 6" in the fall of 2014; published in Colored Pencil Magazine, May 2014; then published in the 2012 Dec. issue of CP Magazine; and also in the 2010 book “Best of Worldwide Artists - Charcoal, Pastel & Pencil Vol. I”.  Her painting “English Garden Foxglove” was selected for the 2009 Scribbletalk.com’s Annual Calendar, by the online membership.   

Gloria has taught workshops for the Art Educators of PA, sponsored by Lyra Pencil Co. and locally in the Richmond, VA area.  She enjoys speaking to various art groups about her favorite medium, colored pencil and it’s growing place in fine art.  Gloria teaches weekly classes in her studio throughout the year.   

Gloria is a signature member of the National Colored Pencil Society (CPSA) & it’s local chapter DC#109 in Washington, DC.  Locally she is  a member of the Bon Air Artists Association and the VA Plein Air Painters,   She is a past member of the American Professional Artists League.  Gloria is also an artist in residence at the Crossroads Art Center where her paintings are on exhibit and may be purchased.  She is represented by Crossroads art Center, Buy RVA Art, West End Gallery, in Richmond, VA and an online exhibitor of Xanadu Gallery, in Scottsdale, AZ.

Like many artists her love of art started in childhood.  She has a degree in Accounting from John Tyler Community College.  Working in accounting for more than 20 years and raising a family occupied her early life.  Although she creatively worked with fiber, ceramics and landscaping at home she dreamed of making art.  As Gloria’s 3 sons grew, she finally was able to pursue decorative painting classes.  This led to over 11 years of decorative, mural and faux painting in her free time.  

Wanting to make a career change, she became skilled in watercolor and became a contract colorist for a major national art print company.  For nine years Gloria worked for this art publishing company doing hand colored, antique reproduction engravings in watercolor.  All the while she strived to educate herself in drawing techniques with an emphasis on botanical, still life and portrait art in her free time.  Which led to a discovery of colored pencil as a media in late 2005.  Falling in love with the control, detail and realism that can be achieved with this medium.  Gloria is one of very few colored pencil artists who work "En Plein Air" (in the open air), to create finished paintings.

The Artist grade and Lightfast pigments within the pencils she uses, produce fine art paintings on board panels which are varnished like oil paintings.  Gloria’s colored pencil paintings have been said to resemble oil, acrylic and or watercolor paintings.  Striving for a painterly appearance, Gloria’s techniques of layering the pencils give her paintings translucent results.

 

Gloria has now added Oil paintings to her portfolio, and she is excited to have a brush back in her hands!  (Having worked in watercolor and acrylics in the past.) 


Curriculum Vitae

  

SOLO OR HIGHLIGHTED ARTIST EXHIBITIONS

2016  For Arts Sake Gallery,  Gayton Rd.. Richmond, VA  SEPT. 1 - SEPT. 30 

2015  "Shades Of Colored Pencil", Solo Exhibit, Uptown Gallery,  Richmond, VA Nov. - Dec. 

2014 "Spotlight On Four Colored Pencil Artists", CPSA Washington DC  Chapter, Garden Gallery, Annapolis, MD

2011  2 Woman Show, Cooper Vineyards, Louisa, VA.  Nov. 5 & 6,   
2009 Wellness Village At Starling, Featured Artist, Richmond, VA  May2 – June 30.
 

JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2017 "There's No Place Like Home", Exhibition CPSA Chapter 109,  Gallery Underground, Crystal City-Arlington, VA Nov. 1-25

2017 25th International CPSA Exhibition, Strathmore Museum,  Bethesda, MD, June 10, 2017 - August 6, 2017. 

2017 Artful Healing, University Of Richmond - Jepson Center, March 25 & 26th  

2016 VA Artists 2016 Juried Exhibition, Charles H. Taylor Arts  Center, Hampton, VA, Aug. 15 – Oct. 9

2016 National Parks Exhibition - CPSA District Chapter #109, Marino  Gallery - Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, MD.

2015 CPSA  District Chapter #109, Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick MD, Sept. 28 - Nov. 2
2015 Artful Healing, University Of Richmond - Jepson Center, April 17&18      

2015 DC#109 CPSA Exhibit,, Marymount College, MD Jan. - March

2015 Bon Air Artists Assoc. Annual Member Show, James Center Atrium, Richmond,VA, March

2014 CPSA  District Chapter #109, Willow Gallery, Quiet Waters State  Park, Annapolis, MD May 21-July 6. 

2014 Artful Healing, University Of Richmond - Jepson Center, Mar 23rd  & 24th

2014 Bon Air Artists Assoc. Annual Member Show, James Center Atrium, Richmond,VA, March

2013 CPSA Chapter 109, Gallery Underground, Crystal City-Arlington,VA Dec. 2-Jan. 3

2013 21st International CPSA Exhibition, City Of Brea Art Gallery,  Brea, CA, July 31 -Sept.13
2013 Bon Air Artists Assoc. Annual Member Show, James Center Atrium, Richmond,VA, March
2012 118TH Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Club Annual Open Exhibition, Oct. 1 - 26, National Arts Club, NYC
2012 Occasion For The Arts, Colonial Williamsburg, VA  Oct. 6 & 7,
2012 Arts Around The Lake, University Of Richmond, VA Sept. 30,
2012 Art Affair Fine Art, Richmond, VA Oct. 20 & 21, 2012
2012 CPSA DC Chapter 109, Sandy Spring  Museum, MD Sept. 12 - Oct. 14,
2012 Bon Air Artists Assoc. Annual Member Show, James Center Atrium, Richmond,VA, March
2012 Art Is In Richmond, Feb.10-12 Ginter Place, Richmond, VA
2012 VA General Assembly - VA Artist Show Jan. 7-Mar.13, VA General Assembly Bldg., Richmond, VA
2011 Flux Gallery Small Works Show, Ashland, VA Dec. 2 - Dec 31
2011 CPSA DC Chapter 109, Glenview Mansion Gallery, Rockville,  MD, Oct. 1- Nov. 1,
2011 Art Affair Fine Art, Richmond, VA Oct. 15 & 16  
2011    Gallery 46, First Unitarian Church, Richmond, VA SEPT. 21-25
2011 Arts Around The Lake, University Of Richmond, VA  Sept. 25,
2011 VA Artists 2011 Juried Exhibition, Charles H. Taylor Arts  Center, Hampton, VA, July 17-Aug. 28
2011 VMRC 8th Annual Art Exhibit, Park Gables Gallery,  

Harrisonburg, VA May 26 - June 30,
2011 14th Annual Celebration Of The Arts National Exhibit, Montpelier Center For The Arts & Education, Montpelier, VA  April 30-June 30,  
2011 Crossroads Art Center All Media Show, Richmond, VA Mar. & April
2011 Bon Air Artists Assoc. Annual Member Show, James Center Atrium, Richmond,VA, March  
2011 Gallery West 14TH National Jurried Show Alexandria,VA Feb. 6 –  Mar 6,
2011 VA General Assembly - VA Artist Show Jan. 12-Feb.26, VA General Assembly Bldg., Richmond, VA
2010 The American Artists Professional League 82nd Grand National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, Fifth Ave., New York, NY, Nov. 2 - 12,
2010 Gallery 45, VA  Unitarian Church, Richmond, VA,  Oct. 20-24,
2010 Art Affair Fine Art, Richmond, VA Oct. 16 & 17,
2010 Arts Around The Lake, University Of Richmond, VA  Sept. 26A
2010 VA Artists 2011 Juried Exhibition, Charles H. Taylor Arts  Center, Hampton, VA, July 18-Aug. 29,
2010 13th Annual Celebration Of The Arts National Exhibit, Montpelier Center For The Arts & Education, Montpelier, VA  April 24-June 30,  
2010 Art Spark At Innsbrook, Richmond, VA April 22-24
2010 Gateway To Art, Powhatan, VA April 11
2010 Bon Air Artists Assoc. Annual Member Show, James Center Atrium, Richmond,VA, March  
2009  Art Affair, Stoney Point Fashion Park, Richmond, VA Oct. 17 & 18
2009 Gallery 44, VA  Unitarian Church, Richmond, VA,  Oct. 20-24,
2009 CPSA 17th International Exhibition, Jacqueline Hudgens Center For The Arts, Duluth,GA July 9– Aug. 29.
2009 12th Annual Celebration Of The Arts National Exhibit, Montpelier Center For The Arts & Education, Montpelier, VA  April 26-June 29,
2009  Bon Air Artists Assoc. Annual Member Show, James Center Atrium, Richmond,VA, March  

 2009 Gateway To Art, Powhatan, VA March 1.
2008 Crossroads Art Center All Media Show, Richmond, VA Nov. &  Dec.
2008 Art Affair, Stoney Point Fashion Park, Richmond, VA Oct. 17 & 18
2008 Gallery 43, First Unitarian Church, Richmond, VA Oct.
2008 CPSA  Annual International Exhibition, Washington State  Convention Center Gallery, Seattle, WA July 2 - Sept. 29
2008    Fort Clifton Arts Festival, Colonial Heights, VA. May
2008  Bon Air Artists Assoc. Annual Member Show, James Center Atrium, Richmond,VA, March


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015    Capitol One Corp. Gallery, Richmond, VA Sept.- Dec. with  Bon Air Artists Assoc. 

2014    VA Plein Air Painters Group Show, For Arts Sake Gallery,  Aug, Henrico, VA
2014    VA Plein Air Painters Group Show, For Arts Sake Gallery, Henrico, VA Dec. 2 - Jan 20

2013    Capitol One Corp. Gallery, Richmond, VA Sept.- Dec. with  Bon Air Artists Assoc.
2012    A Splash Of Provence,  UNOS Gallery, Richmond, VA.  A Show  Highlighting Our Trip Nov. 2 - Dec. 29
2011    Festival Of The Grape Fine Arts Of Powhatan, VA  Oct.  22
2010    “Traveling To Europe", Capitol One Corp. Gallery, Richmond, VA    June-Aug.
2010    Art Awards, Richmond Raceway, Richmond, VA June 12-13 with BAAA.
2009    800 Gallery - Suitable For Framing,  "A Splash Of Tuscany", A Show  Highlighting Our Tri,. Richmond, VA  Nov. 20 - Dec. 18
2007    “String Art,”  Exhibition Benefiting Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Suntrust Center Gallery, 919 East Main St, Richmond, VA

 

REPRESENTATION
2017   BUY RVA ART, RICHMOND, VA

2012   WEST END GALLERY, RICHMOND, VA
2011    XANADU GALLERY, ONLINE STUDIO ARTIST, SCOTTSDALE AZ
2009   CROSSROADS ART CENTER, RICHMOND, VA
 

AFFILIATIONS
2007- CURRENT   Old World Prints, LTD. Has contracted the licensing of 6 original art paintings as giclee prints. 

2000-2008  Old World Prints, LTD, Watercolorist for their hand colored antique reproduction engravings
 

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
2017    Mr. & Mrs. Nowell

2016    Ms. Betty Plevney

2013    Mr. Frank Hurst
2013    Mr. Gregory Brown
2013    Mrs. Francine Foreman
2012    Mrs. Diane Startk
2011    Mr. Brandon Kitt
2010    Pat & Steve Taylor
2010    Ms. Mary Jane Oneil
2010    Ms. Wilma Bradner
2009    Ms. Marti Franks
2009    Allen and Ann Marie Williams
2008    Mr. Timothy Goad
2007    Marcia & Harry Thalhimer
2000    Mrs. Julia McClellan Beckwith
 

AWARDS
2016 Light, Space & Time On Line Art Gallery, ALL WOMEN ART EXHIBITION,  “SPECIAL RECOGNITION” Category For “Sisterly Bond"

2013  Received my Signature status in the Colored Pencil of America, Brea, CA
2012    Judge’s Choice for “Castello di Colognoli” at the 20th Annual Art Affair Fine Art Festival, Richmond, VA
2011    Honorable Mention For “SPRING THAW” VA Artists Exhibition, Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA,
2010    THIRD PLACE  FOR “Reflections Of The Savannah P.D.” 13TH Annual Celebration Of The Arts,  Montpelier Center For Arts & Education
2010    THIRD PLACE for “Reflections Of The Savannah P.D.”  BAAA Annual Member Show, James Center, Richmond, VA  
2009    “English Garden Foxglove"  As April For 2009, SCRIBBLETALK.COM Calendar, By the Online Forum Membership
2008     FIRST PLACE “DRAWING, ETCHING & PASTELS” Art Affair Richmond,  VA
2008    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, Fort Clifton Arts Festival, Colonial Heights, VA
 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2014    NORTH LIGHT BOOK'S "STROKES OF GENIUS - VOLUME 6"  Released Oct.. 

2014    "PLEIN AIR IN COLORED PENCIL"  ARTICLE IN COLORED PENCIL  MAGAZINE, May Issue, Written by me and featuring my Plein Air Paintings   
2012    "JINGLE BELLS" painting was published in  ANN KULBERG'S CP  MAGAZINE’S December 2012 ISSUE.
2010    BEST OF WORLDWIDE ARTISTS WORKING IN CHARCOAL, PASTEL & PENCIL  VOLUME 1; KENNEDY PUBLISHING
2008     SPRING SALES CATALOG, OLD WORLD PRINTS. LTD
2007     STRING ART EXHIBITION,  RICHMOND MAGAZINE (September Issue)
2007     FALL SALES CATALOGUE, OLD WORLD PRINTS, LTD
 

PRESENTATIONS GIVEN

2016    CHESTER ART ASSOCIATION, Chester, VA "The Many Surfaces For Colored Pencil"

2016    OLD DOMINION DECORATIVE PAINTER'S, "Suede Mat Board Painting" 

2014    OLD DOMINION DECORATIVE PAINTER'S, "Colored Pencil Painting",  MARCH

2011    LEE ARTS LEAGUE, "Colored Pencil As A Fine Art Media" MAY

2011    METROPOLITAN RICHMOND ART ASSOCIATION,  "Colored Pencil Painting", APRIL
2010    BON AIR ARTISTS ASSOC.   "Colored Pencil Painting" Richmond, VA,  MARCH
2009    PENNSYLVANIA ART EDUCATORS CONFERENCE, MALVERN, PA OCT. 23
 

EDUCATION
1993-1996  Private study with Alois Ellis, DECORATIVE PAINTING TECHNIQUES
1990-1992  ACCOUNTING CERTIFICATION, JOHN TYLER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
 

WORKSHOPS ATTENDED:  
2015 DREAMA TOLLE PERRY;  2014 BARBARA NUSS, OPA;  2014 ANDRE LUCERO, OPA; 2013 GEMMA GUILLING, CPSA; 2013 SUZANNE VIGIL; 2012 ARLENE STEINBERG, CPSA; 2011 CHARLOTTE WHARTON, OPA; 2009, CECILE BAIRD, CPSA; 2009 PAT AVERILL, CPSA; 2008 JOHN SMOLKO, CPSA; 2008 CARLYNNE HERBERGER, CPSA; 2007 ROBERT GUTHRIE, CPSA;  2006 ANN KULLBERG;  2006  LINDA LUCAS HARDY, CPSA;  2006  TARA BELK;  2006 MELISSA MILLER NECE, CPSA;  2005 KRISTY KUTCH, CPSA.
 

RELATED AFFILIATIONS
VA PLEIN AIR PAINTERS, MEMBER SINCE 2011
FINE ARTS OF POWHATAN, FOUNDING MEMBER SINCE 2011
CROSSROADS ART CENTER, EXHIBITING RESIDENT SINCE JAN. 2009
BON AIR ARTISTS ASSOCIATION, EXHIBITING MEMBER SINCE 2007, HAS HELD VARIOUS OFFICES ON THE BOARD (INCLUDING PRESIDENT,TREASURER, VP OF EXHIBITS AS WELL AS VARIOUS FUNDRAISING CO-CHAIR.  
CPSA (COLORED PENCIL SOCIETY OF AMERICA), MEMBER SINCE 2005
CPSA DISTRICT CHAPTER DC209, MEMBER SINCE 2010
THE AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS LEAGUE, MEMBER  2010
SOCIETY OF DECORATIVE PAINTERS, MEMBER 1993-2005
OLD DOMINION DECORATIVE PAINTER SOCIETY, MEMBER 2001-2003
 

BORN     1957 IN PITTSBURGH, PA
 

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