Now Open! Gilbert Gorski’s Solo Exhibition,”The Space of Trees.”

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Today’s blog will discuss our current exhibition, The Space of Trees, a Solo Exhibition for the work of PA-based artist, Gilbert Gorski. Below you will find a brief bio on Mr. Gorski, a look into the reception we hosted on Friday evening, a link to our editorial in American Art Collector, and images of a few works currently featured in the exhibition. Now lets get started!


The Space of Trees, is NOW OPEN! The Opening Reception was Friday evening and we had an outstanding crowd. Visitors were thrilled to speak with Gil, and have the opportunity to discuss his technique as well as the locations he portrays in his compositions.

DSC_0813middle: the featured artist, Gilbert Gorski

About the Artist:

Gilbert Gorski is based out of Sarver, Pennsylvania and many of his paintings represent the surrounding areas near his home. He also creates compositions that merge the rural environment of western Pennsylvania with other areas the artist recalls simply from memory. Thus, some of his works represent specific places and others combine different locations into one ethereal framework.

DSC_0821Symphonica | 16×72, oil on linen

Gil received his Bachelor’s and Master’s from the Illinois Institute of Technology. In addition, he studied painting at the School of Art Institute in Chicago. Gorski successfully maintained a duel career as an architect and artist.


As an architect, Gorski designed the World Headquarters for the McDonald’s Corporation in Oak Brook, Illinois and the Oceanarium, which was a major addition to the John Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. He has also taught visualization techniques and design studios at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the School of Art Institute in Chicago, and the University of Notre Dame.



In addition to creating pointillist landscapes, Gil produces industrial etchings (shown above), which encapsulate the structure, grit, and allure of urban areas. He truly is an expert draftsman!




American Art Collector:

This exhibition is currently featured in the October 2018 Issue of American Art Collector. An editorial about the show titled, Woodland Works, can be found on pages 108-109. We still have a few copies left in the gallery!

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“In his subtle paintings, Gorski employs thousands of sculpted brushstrokes that transcend the two-dimensional surface. “Paintings can be electric,” he says. “Historically, photography displaced painting, but photography has become so accessible it is now commonplace. Paintings by contrast remain special because they are singular works. They are communications with the artist.” – excerpt from Woodland Works

Click here if you would like to read the full article.

A few of the works currently featured in The Space of Trees:

Two Oaks 22 x 24Two Oaks | 22×24, oil on linen

Skokie Botanical Gardens Lagoon 10x8Skokie Botanical Gardens Lagoon | 10×8, oil on linen

Calmando 72Calmando | 16×60, oil on linen

Gorski San Marco, VeniceSan Marco, Venice | 7×9, etching

Gentiliana 16 x 72 LRGentiliana | 16×72, oil on linen

Oak Tress 12 x 18Oak Trees | 12×18, oil on linen

Gorski AssimilationAssimilation | 6.75×4, etching

Click here to be directed to the exhibition page on our website!

Thank you to everyone who attend the Opening Reception and a HUGE thank you to Gilbert Gorski for traveling from Pennsylvania to be in attendance. We greatly appreciate it!

Gilbert Gorski’s, The Space of Trees will remain on view until Tuesday, November 13th

Please email us,, if you would like us to send you the Digital Exhibition Catalog, which includes images, dimensions, and prices.







What a Weekend!


We certainly had no shortage of art events in Old Town, Alexandria this past weekend! On Friday evening our Juried Exhibition with the Washington Society of Landscape Painters (WSLP) officially opened. We celebrated the exhibition with an Opening Reception here in the gallery that was tremendously attended! Artists, friends, families, and supporters filled our space with great energy and enthusiasm.


The Washington Society of Landscape Painters is one of the oldest active art organizations in the Washington metropolitan area. It began in 1913, and was established by Charles Seaton and Winfield Scott Clime. They became known as an unfastened group of artists, who called themselves the “Ramblers.” The WSLP is now 104 years old!


DSC_0642Jack Pardue (left) & Harry L. Jaecks (right) – WSLP Members & Featured Artists

DSC_0672bottom right corner – Edward J. Reed (left) & Andre Lucero (right) – WSLP Members & Featured Artists | middle – David Diaz (striped dress shirt) – WSLP Member & Featured Artist

On Saturday morning, a few of the featured artists hit the streets of Old Town. Each artist set up their easel at a different location and captured various Old Town staples en plein air. Christine Lashley, Nancy Tankersley, David Diaz, Nancy Wallace, Robert Thoren, Jean Schwartz, Jacalyn Beam, Hiu Lai Chong, and Gray Dodson are some of the WSLP members who participated in the demonstrations, below are images of their demo pieces, all of these works are available through us.

Schwartz_pleinairMarket Square Farmers Market | 12×12, oil on panel by Jean Schwartz

lashley_pleinairFounders Park | 12×24, oil on panel by Christine Lashley

diaz_plainairDining Al Fresco | 11×14, oil on canvas by David Diaz

Beam_pleinair CROPPEDTwo Flags | 9×12, oil on panel by Jacalyn Beam

wallace_pleinairDay of the Regatta | 11×14, oil on canvas by Nancy Wallace

tankersley_pleinairPotomac Morning | 12×24, oil on panel by Nancy Tankersley

Dodson_pleinairViewers | 8×10, oil on panel by Gray Dodson

chong_pleinairPotomac Breeze | 9×12, oil on linen by Hiu Lai Chong

Thoren_ Demo croppedOld Town Waterfront | 12×16, oil on canvas by Robert Thoren

Lashley_nocturneOld Town Nocturne | 10×8, oil on panel by Christine Lashley

Christine Lashley created her first piece Founders Park, outside at the break of dawn, and she painted her second piece Old Town Nocturne (above) here in the gallery! Christine worked on this painting from 10:30am until about 12:30pm.

DSC_0697Christine Lashley creating Old Town Nocturne

DSC_0698The finished product

While the other members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters worked on their paintings outside, inside one of our longest represented artists, GC Myers, presented his annual artist talk!

DSC_0701GC Myers engaging with his audience while surrounded by some of his newest works!

Gary began speaking at 1pm on Saturday afternoon, he shared how his painting career began, inspirations for his work, how his style has developed over time, and answered questions posed by the audience. Throughout the talk visitors had the chance to enter our raffle, which gave everyone an opportunity to win either a free original GC Myers painting or a fun prize!


The artist surprised his audience by adding two more paintings to the raffle! Instead of bringing one painting, he brought three and three lucky audience members each won a painting. In addition to paintings, Gary also brought gift bags which included a coffee mug, two refrigerator magnet versions of two paintings, and an enamel pin. The 2018 GC Myers Artist Talk had such a wonderful turnout and we couldn’t have been more pleased!

After the talk and raffle wrapped up, guests walked around the gallery, took their opportunity to speak with Gary, and then we sold some paintings!

Concurrently, outside the 16th Annual King Street Art Festival took over king street and art lovers from all over fed their souls. The festival took place on Saturday and Sunday.

DSC_0719The 16th Annual King Street Art Festival (lower King Street)

DSC_0722The 16th Annual King Street Art Festival (upper King Street)

Overall, the entire weekend was sensational! A HUGE thank you to all of the participating members from the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, Jean Schwartz for helping us organize the exhibition, GC Myers for always bringing the sunshine and giving a fantastic talk! We’d also like to thank all of those who attended the reception, sought out the plein air demonstrations, came to support Gary, and all of our delightful clients. We couldn’t do it without you all!

Click here to view all of the works from the WSLP currently being featured. The exhibition will remain on view until Tuesday, October 16th, 2018.

Here is our schedule of events for the rest of the year:

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Local Attractions: The Renwick Gallery brings Burning Man to Washington D.C.

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Labor Day weekend has arrived and we’re sure you’re wondering how you’re going to spend your 3 glorious days off!

Here’s an idea! There’s an art museum filled with wonders residing just steps away from the White House. This institution known as The Renwick Gallery has the words “Dedicated to Art” carved above the main entrance and has maintained that mantra since its official opening in 1972. Currently the Renwick is featuring a remarkable exhibition called, No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, which encompasses the entire museum.

FT-Renwick-photo-by-Joshua-Yetman-copyview of the main entrance of The Renwick Gallery, photo courtesy of Google Images

Today’s blog will give you a brief look inside the exhibition, No Spectators, some background information on the Renwick’s rich history, and the take everyone on a trip to Nevada’s Black Rock City, the home of Burning Man. Everybody ready? Let the tour begin!

The History:

The Renwick Gallery is an extension of the Smithsonian and it’s the location of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s (SAAM) program of contemporary craft as well as decorative arts. The Renwick is a National Historic Landmark because it was the first building in the U.S. constructed with the sole intent to be a public art museum.

1884-aprxRenwick building, 1884, photo courtesy of SAAM website

It was meant to showcase the art collection of 19th century Washington native, philanthropist, banker, and avid art collector, Mr. William Wilson Corcoran. Mr. Corcoran felt recognizing the artwork of American artists and sharing them with the public would “encourage American genius.” The name Renwick Gallery originates from the architect Corcoran hired, Mr. James Renwick Jr. In 1858, Corcoran hired Renwick because he was familiar with Renwick’s design of the Smithsonian’s Castle.

4/24/00 DS - For E6v3, canvass rotated .16¼ CCWThe Smithsonian Castle, 1847-1855, photo courtesy of Google Images

The design of the Renwick was inspired by the opening of the Louvre and the style of the Renwick building is called Second Empire architecture, which at the time was highly popular in France. The construction of the Renwick began in 1859 and went until 1873. The museum ran into numerous obstacles, which delayed opening for years. Once it was completed in 1874 it was referred to as “The American Louvre” and played a major role in proving Washington D.C. to be cultural territory.

hero-renwick-staircaseinterior of the top floor of the Renwick, photo by Ron Blunt, found on SAAM website

The history of the Renwick is so extensive, I can’t discuss the entire timeline here. If you’re interested in learning more about the museum’s history, click here to visit the SAAM website.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

What is Burning Man?

Once a year, thousands of people flock to Black Rock Desert in Nevada to construct Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis where Burning Man comes to life! Burning Man is centered around self-expression, art, community, freedom, and all around positivity

The Burning Man Mission is to “produce positive spiritual change in the world…it is equally important that we communicate with one another, with the citizens of Black Rock City and with the community of Burning Man wherever it may arise.”

101940874-burning-man.1910x1000The Man will always Burn, photo courtesy of Google Images

Burning Man is a place where innovative minds can come together to celebrate their love for creativity.

burning1“Love” by Alexandr Milov from Odessa, Ukraine, Burning Man 2015, photo courtesy of Collective Evolution

No Spectators:

Black Rock City is a hub of artistic genius motivated by The Ten Principles: Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-reliance, Radical Self-expression, Civic Responsibility, Leaving No Trace, Participation, Communal Effort, and Immediacy. This artistic brilliance is being recognized by the Renwick and now everyone can enjoy the mesmerizing creations artists bring to Burning Man.

IMG_9843.JPGThe Ten Principles, on view at the Renwick Gallery, photo by Taylor Chauncey, PG Gallery Assistant

The exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man was made possible by Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at the Renwick.

“No Spectators’ is a long-standing saying on Playa. You are encouraged to fully participate. It’s all about being there, being fully present, and not just observing. Two of the ten principles of Burning Man are radical participation and radical inclusivity, meaning that there are no outsiders. Everyone is part of the experience.” – Nora Atkinson

nora-atkinson-on-playaNora Atkinson, photo courtesy of the Burning Man Journal

No Spectators features works, sculptures, costumes, and installations from 20 different artistic innovators; Gelareh Alam, Duane Flatmo, Marco Cochrane, FoldHaus Art Collective, Michael Garlington & Natalia Bertotti, HYBYCOZO (Yelena Filipchuk & Serge Beaulieu), David Best (creator of Temple used in the very first image of this post), Richard Wilks, Aaron Taylor Kuffner and many many more!

All of the works featured in this exhibition are in some way interactive to encapsulate the “No Spectators” mantra.

Below is a brief look inside The Art of Burning Man:

Photo Apr 07, 12 47 59 PMdesigns created by Gelareh Alam, photo by Taylor Chauncey, PG Gallery Assistant

Photo Apr 02, 12 07 04 PMdesign created by Gelareh Alam, photo by Taylor Chauncey

Photo Apr 02, 12 06 59 PMdesign created by Gelareh Alam, photo by Taylor Chauncey

Photo Apr 07, 12 39 46 PMPaper Arch by Michael Garlington & Natalia Bertotti, photo by Taylor Chauncey

Photo Apr 07, 12 41 56 PMdetail of Paper Arch by Michael Garlington & Natalia Bertotti, photo by Taylor Chauncey

Photo Apr 07, 1 42 58 PMShrumen Lumen by FoldHaus Art Collective, photo by Taylor Chauncey

Photo Apr 07, 12 57 31 PMTin Pan Dragon, a 23-foot animated sculpture made of steel & recycled aluminum by Duane Flatmo, photo by Taylor Chauncey

Photo Apr 07, 12 45 30 PMTruth is Beauty by Marco Cochrane, photo by Taylor Chauncey

Photo Apr 07, 12 55 30 PMEvotrope by Richard Wilks, photo by Taylor Chauncey

Photo Apr 07, 1 29 30 PMHYBYCOZO (Yelena Filipchuk & Serge Beaulieu), photo by Taylor Chauncey

Photo Apr 02, 12 57 07 PMGameltron by Aaron Taylor Kuffner, photo by Taylor Chauncey

I hope you enjoyed this little brief look into the Renwick and No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man! There is so much more to see so go check it out!

Note: the exhibition will close in two phases, please visit the Renwick Gallery/SAAM website by clicking here for more information.

Of course, come visit Principle Gallery as well since there’s no such thing as too much art! Here is our schedule of Upcoming Events!






Kyle Stuckey: The Artist Who Captures the Essence of Charleston

Kyle Stuckey

We certainly love our dear city of Alexandria, but for this blog we are taking a trip down south to Charleston! We want our followers to get to know the artists we represent at Principle Gallery Charleston as well as give you all a taste of the exciting events and exhibitions our team puts together.

For this blog I will be introducing you all to Charleston-based artist, Kyle Stuckey!


A little bit about Kyle:

Kyle Stuckey was born in 1987 and began studying art in high school. During that time he was taught via private instruction with Lori Woodward Simmons and participated in various workshops. Stuckey eventually became a member of the Putney Painters, one of the leading Realism groups in the U.S. renowned for still-life, portraits, as well as landscapes. With this group of painters Stuckey was able to enhance his skills in the company of some of the greatest artists working today, such as Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik.

Stuckey’s work is highly influenced by his study of the art worlds most influential figures, including John William Waterhouse, John Singer Sargent, William Bouguereau, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and Anders Zorn. Over time, he has developed and fine-tuned his style, working with oil as an Impressionistic Realism painter.

kylepainting6Stuckey painting the scenery of Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, NV

Originally from New Hampshire, the artist lived in Nevada for 2 years. He has also spent time in Mexico, Vietnam, Nicaragua, and Japan. Stuckey lived in Costa Rica for 8 months and in Rome for 2, traveling throughout Italy. He currently lives in Charleston, where he continues to paint.


What’s next for Kyle Stuckey? Saturday, August 25th 2018 | 5:30-7:30pm:

Kyle will be unveiling a brand new painting at Principle Gallery Charleston! However, it’s not just any painting, it will be a piece showcasing the newly renovated Historic Fireproof Building, which resides on the 100 block of Meeting St in Charleston. This painting was generously commissioned by The Renaissance Women of Charleston for the South Carolina Historical Society.

FireProofBuilding CHSThe Historic Fireproof Building

This building is a National Historic Landmark that currently serves as the headquarters for the South Carolina Historical Society, which is a private non-profit organization that began in 1855.

South Carolina Historical Society.pngimage from the SC Historical Society website

The Fireproof Building was built in 1827 with the purpose to house and protect important city records. In efforts to keep those records safe, the architect constructed the building entirely out of fireproof materials. The walls and frame were made of pure masonry, while the doors, window frames, and shutters were made of iron.

meeting100.1Image courtesy of the Historic Charleston Foundation

meeting100.2Image courtesy of the Historic Charleston Foundation

Unfortunately, a fire did manage to start on the upper floors, ruining a decent portion of the buildings interior, but the records remained safe.

If you would like to attend the VIP Unveiling at Principle Gallery Charleston, please RSVP by calling 843-727-4500. Space is limited so please RSVP by Thursday, August 23rd.

Friday, October 5th 2018 | 5:00-9:00pm:

Kyle Stuckey’s 50 Portraits of Charleston: The Heartbeat of the Holy City opens Friday, October 5th at Principle Gallery Charleston, with the Opening Reception from 5-9pm! This exhibition will showcase 50 original portraits by Kyle, and each portrait represents people who live in Charleston, who call it their home.

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Since the show is centered around the Charleston community, 25% of all proceeds from works sold will be given to a local charity: Teachers’ Supply Closet.

A few questions for Kyle:

I asked Kyle a series of 6 questions, questions pertaining to his creativity, his process, and his career. Below are my questions and the artists answers. Enjoy!

Q. Is there something that or someone who inspires you daily?


My inspiration really just comes from anything that catches my attention. I think it is important to observe the world we live in, from the big to the small. And when something catches my attention for whatever reason, I may want to capture that particular thing itself or it could open up ideas to future projects.

  Q. Is there a specific project, commissions, personal creation, etc, that you are extremely proud of?


50 Portraits of Charleston. Although it’s still not complete, I would say it will be my biggest undertaking to date. Accomplishing 50 portraits in less than 6 months is something I wasn’t sure I could do, so it gives me a little boost of confidence knowing I can get it done…even when it’s hard.


Q. What does the word creativity mean to you?


Expressing the things you observe in a way that excites you.

Q. I know you have done a wondrous amount of traveling, do your trips serve as your artistic motivation? Is there anything else that sustains your ambition?


a) Yes! I like to paint things that are interesting or beautiful. When you travel, you tend to see a lot of new and exciting things. The more you explore, the more you find!


b) Wanting to get better sustains my ambition. I’m sort of stubborn and always want to be better.

  Q. Have you been faced with discouragement? If so, how did you overcome it?


Every day. Or at least 5 times a week. As a creative, you’re cursed by thinking you’re never good enough and there’s always room for improvement or change of direction. It’s a constant learning and exploring. Each day you can wake up and find out there’s something you don’t know how to do like how to create a new brushstroke or better render the effects of atmosphere and space. It goes on and on. So when I get stuck or feel like I’m the worst, I either put that particular painting away for a bit and go on to something else or view some of the past work I’m most proud of to remind myself I actually can create something worth looking at. Also, practicing what I’m not good at is a big part of getting out of a discouragement rut.

Q. What was the best piece of advice you were given? Who gave it to you?


Two things:


1. Squint more

2. Don’t neglect to practice your art form


Both came from one of today’s living masters, Richard Schmid.


Work by Kyle Stuckey available at Principle Gallery Charleston:

Giving Way to the Night -36x36- $10,500_smGiving Way to the Night 36×36, oil on panel

over-the-waters.jpgOver the Waters 15×10, oil on panel

Night at the Fountain 28x53_websizeNight at the Fountain 28×53, oil on panel

STUCKEY Dream GardenDream Garden 33×24, oil on panel

Contact Principle Gallery Charleston via email if you’d like to inquire about any available works by Kyle Stuckey. Visit their website if you’d like to see more work by Kyle!

How Floral’s Conquered the Art World

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Well, we can officially say that summer has arrived! However, here in Alexandria it has felt like summer since about.. April. Therefore, because Mother Nature decided to skip over Spring and bring us this sometimes enjoyable, yet other times torturous heat. We thought we’d discuss the gift Spring typically brings… flowers! Today, we’ll discuss how floral’s became a leading subject in ancient, traditional, medieval, modern, and contemporary art.

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The incorporation of floral motifs within works of art began decades ago. Many civilizations engraved blooms and blossoms into their ceramics, painted them upon structures, and wore them as accessories. A significant example would be the Egyptians, who used the lotus flower in their painted murals and ceramics as well as blooms that were inlaid into ceremonial jewelry. The Egyptians believed that the lotus flower was a representation of the sun and had strong ties to human creation as well as rebirth.

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Floral Collar from Tutankhamun’s tomb, Egypt, ca. 1336-1327 BC; papyrus, olive leaves, persea leaves, cornflowers, blue lotus pedals, picris flowers, nightshade berries, faience, linen

Above is a floral necklace that was excavated from the tomb of Tutankhamun. Blue lotus pedals were inlaid into the collar, along with other types of plants.

When the lotus flower was painted and engraved onto ceramics the lotus was rendered in a consistent yet stylized way.

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Rim Fragment of Relief Chalice, Egypt, ca. 945-712 BC; Blue/Green Faience

As you can see in the fragment above, the lotus resembles a fan and this particular stylization remained prevalent throughout Egyptian art.

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Hippopotamus with lotus flower embellishment, Egypt, ca. 1961-1878; Faience


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During the Renaissance, artists began perfecting still-life paintings, which then became extremely popular subjects. Some of the earliest examples of floral still-life painting comes from the Northern Renaissance because during this period there was a major increase in the study of flowers and the creation of botanical publications. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Renaissance artists “typically combined flowers from different countries and even different continents in one vase and at one moment of blooming” to represent the worldwide rise of interest in flowers and botanical’s.


Flowers in a Wooden Vessel by Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1603


Flowers in a Ceramic Vase by Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1620

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During Impressionism, painters utilized the floral motif in a variety of ways. Some neglected the still-life and showcased flowers as arranged bouquet’s behind figures, surroundings to plein air figure paintings, or as floral backdrops.


The Two Sisters, On the Terrace
by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881

However, one artist in particular did things a little differently, his name is Claude Monet. He created paintings that solely focused on capturing the feelings of nature. Monet painted flowers in the style of still-life and he painted them as they appear in nature.


Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers by Claude Monet, 1880

Monet masterfully captured the peace and serenity that is associated with flowers. His appearance of soft brushstrokes, soothing colors, and glowing light creates a movement as well as a narrative. Also, the artist’s care and respect for his subjects translates to the viewer. In his own words he expressed his gratitude and love for flowers; “I must have flowers always and always.”


Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies by Claude Monet, 1899, oil on canvas


Water Lilies by Claude Monet, 1919, oil on canvas

At Principle Gallery

Recently we received 3 brand new floral, still-life scenes from our regular artist, Elizabeth Floyd, who specializes in still-life and landscapes. Floyd is a former architect who chose to abandon her 9 year career and pursue her true passion.. painting.


January 36×24, oil on linen by Elizabeth Floyd – available at Principle Gallery

Floyd’s floral still-lifes are paintings of flowers she grows herself. She has a spectacular garden and selects flowers from her collection and creates stunning compositions.

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Peony and Flower Bud, 8×10, oil on linen by Elizabeth Floyd – available at Principle Gallery

So here we are, in June of 2018 and floral’s still remain present and popular in the world of art. There is something about the way flowers resonate with viewers and many find themselves desperate to have floral paintings in their home.

Peonies in Canning Jar

NEW Peonies in Canning Jar, 12×16, oil on canvas by Elizabeth Floyd

King Alfred Daffodil

NEW King Alfred Daffodil 9×6, oil on panel by Elizabeth Floyd

White Azaleas

NEW White Azaleas, 9×12, oil on panel by Elizabeth Floyd

Featured above are the 3 new Floyd’s that are currently available! If you enjoy the work of Elizabeth Floyd click here to see more of her wonderul works. Also, Liz Floyd was just featured in Elan Magazine and one of figure works of her daughter is gracing the cover. You can read the entire article if you click here, you can find the piece on Liz from pages 30-33.

If you are interested in any of Liz Floyd’s work featured here or on our website please don’t hesitate to email us: