My wife, Maureen, is a premier painter and printmaker who has made art all of her life since I first met her in high school. She studied fine art at The Ohio State University where she graduated with a BFA. She continued studying and practicing art all across the nation as we traveled a lot after getting married.
Initially, she worked for five years at Harding Hospital in Worthington, Ohio (now operated by OSU) psychiatric care as an art therapist. That experience deepened her understanding about art and psychology.
We had a child, our daughter, Mary, and Maureen painted her life while she grew before us. Of course, Mary painted alongside her Mother at the earliest age and would emerge as an artist herself one day.
I worked in the instructional media and performance technology business before applying my knowledge about engineering graphics and descriptive geometry in the metrology industry. All of the time, concurrently, I was writing poetry and producing creative works. I migrated into the advertising and market research business, although my creative side tugged at me.
Eventually, I found a good mix, publishing magazines and writing information technology articles. I founded my own publishing business and consulting practice. That led to executive positions with defense technology firms. I wrapped up my technology focus with a book titled Smart Data, Enterprise Performance Optimization Strategy © 2010 Wiley Publishing.
Having become deaf, I retired and am giving full attention to painting watercolors and writing about artists.
Now, Maureen continues to work as a creative director as she has been an art director for a Fortune 500 company and others. She makes her monoprints at the Lee Arts Center. She has exhibited at Lee Arts Gallery and Waverly Gallery locally. She was most active in Alameda California as a member of the Alameda Women Artists.
I have joined the Arlington Artists Alliance and have shown work at the Arlington Arts Center, Potomac Overlook Regional Park, and Arlington County Central Library.
I write for Examiner.com producing 2,000 articles per year on politics, art, film, preppers, and sustainable economics. I have written a series of articles on the Affordable Care Act for CBS News. I cover the local beat as an independent journalist.
At Stifel & Capra, you will see our work at the "First Friday" Opening on October 4, 2013. It is billed as a husband and wife show.
Maureen is exhibiting opera paintings and monoprints of a variety of themes. Maureen has a keen interest in opera and is hoping to find some kindred spirits among art patrons.
I am exhibiting tree paintings and a series of paintings inspired by historic Falls Church, Virginia. We want visitors to come and have a good time as we are planning some nice treats.
We look forward to seeing all of our friends and fellow artists as well as patrons at our October show.
Stifel & Capra
260 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046
First Friday, October 4 5 - 9 Reception
Monday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. except longer on First Friday