Terry Strickland’s “Day Star”

If you haven’t yet seen Terry Strickland’s most recent blog post, be sure to go check it out–click here! Featured in a full-page ad in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Terry’s allegorical images sparkle with incredible color and light. In her blog, Terry shares some of the background of the painting as well as some gorgeous detail images of one of the works, entitled “Day Star.”

"Day Star" by Terry Strickland

“Day Star” by Terry Strickland

Also, be sure to check out this video (click here!), a fantastic time-lapse Terry made to show her painting “Fast Lane” as it is brought to life. Don’t forget to follow our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube for more great videos and images from our artists!


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Studio Selfie Saturdays: Mia Bergeron

If you are an avid user of social media, you’ve no doubt heard of weekly Instagram hashtags like #ThrowbackThursday or #ManCrushMonday. If you haven’t, the idea is simple. Themed days of the week are fun ways to have a wide range of Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook users contribute photos to a common theme such as Throwback Thursday, which celebrates the nostalgia of old photos, old hairdos, old song lyrics, etc.

Principle Gallery is starting our own social media trend, as of today! Each Saturday, we’ll be bringing you #StudioSelfieSaturday posts, featuring self portrait snapshots of our incredible artists in their studios.

Today’s selfie-within-a-selfie comes from Mia Bergeron. Here’s a little info about Mia:

Growing up in New York City with two graphic designers for parents, Mia was always drawn to bold shapes and colors. Emphasis on patterns and design were household commonalities. However, in her early 20’s during the time she spent in Italy, she began to become more fluent in the subtleties that the figure, as a subject, presented. By studying the classical discipline of painting figures and people, she began to notice the curious transformation that figurative art has taken over the centuries.
Having left Italy four years ago, Mia has steadily been working to fuse both her fascination for bold color and design with the subtleties presented in fine figurative painting. Mia has been influenced by many different artists, including John Singer Sargent, Diego Velasquez and Anders Zorn. Most recently, she has been studying the work of Alex Kanevsky, Tony Sherman, and other artists who ride the line of both figurative and abstract work.
Mia teaches private workshops, one-on-one tutoring, and has just finished being an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Click here to check out Mia’s available work on our site! And don’t forget to mark your calendars for August 8th, when Mia will join us for a live painting demo called the Face Off at Principle Gallery!

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“Life” by Scott Christensen

Sometimes a painting will come to the gallery and will elicit the same response from nearly every visitor when they first view it. In the case of “Life,” by Scott Christensen, that reaction is, “WOW.”

Below is the work, in all its beautiful framed glory, with Asher the gallery dog helping out as a reference for scale.

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This grand, atmospheric landscape of the Georgia marshlands measures an impressive 70 inches by 70 inches, and that’s without the frame! The stunningly beautiful handcrafted wooden frame surrounding the painting brings its total dimensions to about 82 x 82. The stately and colossal nature of the work is just part of its incredible attraction.

The composition itself is lovely and carefully created, as is typical of Scott’s artwork. An instructor as well as a painter, Scott regularly emphasizes the importance of careful composition. His nuanced and wisely restrained color palette has also contributed to his status as one of America’s most respected and renowned landscape painters. “Life” is an excellent example of these qualities in Scott’s art, as the hushed color palette and inviting composition (especially at this large scale) create a mesmerizing effect on the viewer. Frequently-heard descriptors from viewers include words like poetic, ethereal, atmospheric, moody, magical, spellbinding, breathtaking, hauntingly beautiful, romantic, soft, serene– the list goes on and on.

When she saw the piece in Charleston, artist and blogger Barbara Stroud wrote a blog post about “Life” in which she said in praise, “I’m not kidding you when I say we walked into the room and stopped in our tracks. This painting is a stunner.” (You can read more here!) Formerly the M Gallery of Art, Principle Gallery Charleston originally showed this beauty, but we now have the honor of displaying it at our Alexandria gallery! For those of you near enough to us to visit, be assured that “Life” is one of those pieces that, while lovely in photographs, is worth enjoying in its full glory in person.

You can check out a cool video Scott Christensen made of the stages of progress on this work here!


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Footage of Teresa Oaxaca’s Live Painting Demo – Now On Our YouTube Channel!

If you follow gallery events, or any of our social media pages (If you don’t yet, you should! New content posted regularly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!) you likely remember Teresa Oaxaca’s live painting demonstration from April. (And if you missed it, you can check out the blog post here.)

The demo was a fantastic event, and the first time that we broadcasted a live stream of an event in the gallery! It was so exciting to be able to share the experience, even with those who lived too far away to physically join us. While the stream was broadcasted via webcam, we also used the gallery camera to take some footage as well, and at long last those videos have been edited, processed, and put on to our shiny new YouTube channel!

Check out the link below to view the footage of the Oaxaca demo, along with a cool time-lapse version (both set to the awesome music of the model, Michael Mattice!) as well as a couple of other cool videos, with more coming soon!

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Subscribe on YouTube, or check out our Videos page of our website here, as we’ll be adding new videos regularly!

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“Traveler” : GC Myers Exhibition Opens TONIGHT!


A talented painter (and a long-time cherished friend of Principle Gallery) with a unique style and a thoughtful and philosophical soul, GC Myers is back in Alexandria this weekend to join us for the opening of “Traveler,” his 15th solo exhibition at the gallery. “Traveler” is a gorgeous collection of works in a wide array of sizes, and we heartily encourage anyone who can to join the artist and the folks at Principle Gallery tonight for the opening reception, beginning at 6:30 PM!

Each of the 58 paintings in the show is unique and beautiful, but we thought we’d take a moment to share a fun fact about one of them: “The Ferryman,” a 9×5 acrylic painting included in this year’s GC Myers exhibition, happens to be the cover of a novel! Author William Thomas Simpson was seeking an image of a ferryman when he discovered Myers’ work, and contacted him to commission the book cover. You can click the image below to see the painting on the cover of “The Ferryman” on!

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