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It recently hit me: The air, and everything, contains atoms and molecules that are in constant motion. Space is very much alive. I paint to reveal the dynamic atmospheres of all my subjects: people, everyday objects, interiors, and landscapes. The subtleties of light are part of this captivating dance.


Oil paint is my medium of choice because it, too, seems alive. Buttery oil paints slide across the surface and interact in sometimes surprising ways. Oils can make a space recede or push forward, and edges disappear. I savor the moments when a portrait seems to take its first breath or when a glass on a canvas shimmers.

Paula K. Zeller

2023

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EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS

Duane Keiser, Mentorship, 2023.

Cecilia Beaux Mentoring Program (Portrait Society of America), Gwenneth Barth-White, 2022.

David  Kassan, Portrait Painting online workshop, 2020.

Duane Keiser, Premier Coup Painting online class, 2020.

Zoey Frank, Multiple Figure Composition online workshop, 2020.

Glen Kessler, Master Artist Program at The Compass Atelier, 2017-2020.

Gavin Glakas, Portrait Workshop, The Compass Atelier, 2017.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

Oil Painters of America

Eastern Regional Exhibition 

The Centerpiece Gallery

Raleigh, NC

Oct. 11-Nov. 8, 2024

Rockville Art League

Third Prize and Honorable Mention

Water, Water Everywhere

Rockville, MD

June 30-Aug. 30, 2024

Calloway Fine Art & Consulting

Behind the Facade 

Washington, DC

June 22-July 20, 2024

Salmagundi

46th Annual Open Painting, Sculpture & Graphics Exhibition

The Salmagundi Club

New York, NY

June 3-28, 2024

Goldman Gallery

Celebrating Women and Their Art - Juried Show

Bender JCC

Rockville, MD

Feb. 18-March 16, 2024

Strathmore Hall Foundation

PRISM: The 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition

Mansion at Strathmore

North Bethesda, MD

Jan. 26-March 2, 2024

Glave Kocen

Small Works Show

Richmond, VA

2023

Oil Painters of America

Portraiture Award of Excellence

Eastern Regional Exhibition

James R. Ross Fine Art, Indianapolis, IN

2022

Montgomery Art Association

Second Place

Paint the Town Art Show

Kensington, MD

2022

International Guild of Realism

Accepted Artist

16th Annual Juried Exhibition

McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD

2022

International Guild of Realism

Accepted Artist

Fall Salon Online Exhibition

2021

Strathmore Hall Foundation

Second Prize

TOUCH: The 30th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition

Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD

2021

National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society

Best Portrait

Associate Members Online Exhibition

2021

The Montpelier Center

Accepted Artist

8th Annual South-Atlantic Juried Exhibition

Montpelier, VA

2021

Glave Kocen Gallery

Put a Bird On It

Online Exhibition

2021

Glave Kocen Gallery

Size Doesn't Matter 

Online Exhibition

2021

Rockville Art League 

Honorable Mention (2)

Juried Winter Show

Online

2021

Montgomery Art Association 

Second Place

Portrait Exhibition

Online

2020

Glave Kocen Gallery

We Will Survive

Online Exhibition 

2020

The Compass Atelier

Master Artist Program Thesis Exhibition

Rockville, MD

2020

Montgomery Art Association

Bertha Clum Award and Second Place

Paint the Town Art Show 

Kensington, MD

2019

Rockville Art League

Honorable  Mention

Juried Spring Show

Rockville, MD

2019

Glave Kocen Gallery

Hung Juried Exhibition

Richmond, VA

2019

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