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Clifford Satterthwaite

 (born 1934)
Clifford W. Satterthwaite is active/lives in Virginia, Pennsylvania.  Clifford Satterthwaite is known for historic architecture and events, portraits, still lives, nudes.

Clifford Satterthwaite

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The following is submitted by the artist, Clifford W. Satterthwaite as written by Diana Palladino:
Clifford Winson Satterthwaite, was born  on April 1, 1934 in Philadelphia, PA.  In 1955 he made the Dean's List upon graduation from the Philadelphia Museum School of Art.  Among his  fellow classmates  were Robert B. Dance and Leonard Lehrer.  He studied under and was most influenced by his teachers, Henry C. Pitz, Joseph Krush, Ben Eisenstat,  Benton Spruance and W. Emerton Heitland.  
Prior to devoting full time to his painting, he worked for several printing companies and advertising agencies in and around York, PA.  He also sketched  for the The Gazette and Daily, The York Dispatch, and the York Daily Record.  Many pen and ink drawings of his were published depicting  historical  and  current newsworthy events of the time.  One in particular, is his depiction of  the Sputnik event published in the Gazette and Daily on August 25, 1958 titled Eyes on Sputnik .
His numerous paintings of York include such works as  Glen Rock Mill, Aaron Hoffer Farm and Bair's Mill.  All of which  are in private collections.  Back of South George Street Firehouse,  Bair's Mill with Calf, Reynold's Mill,  and  a watercolor , York Pennsylvania Railroad Station, are some of several works that remain in the artist's private collection. 
While he lived and worked in the York area, Cliff took on many commissions.  One in particular were two murals for the Altland House in Abbottstown, PA.  An 1889 depiction of Centre Square and Altland House which  is still  admired by those dining at Altland House today.  The other is a mural of an Early Schoolhouse with Children at Play .
Cliff Satterthwaite became a regular fixture in the area as he spent many hours, days, weeks in front of his easel applying paint to his canvas on the sidewalks and roadsides of  York,  Philadelphia and their surrounding countryside.  Passersby would even photograph him as he worked.  Some of these photos were  published in the local newspapers along with a human interest story about  Cliff's artistic talent.
Cliff enjoyed a wonderful 28 years in the York and Philadelphia area. His eldest brother, Richard Satterthwaite, relocated to Washington, DC and then to Fredericksburg, VA.  Both  (the area and his brother) enticed Cliff with the prospect of capturing  for posterity the awe inspiring buildings, countryside and contemporary events unfolding before his eyes.
In Fredericksburg, Cliff  met two of his closest friends,  fellow artists Joseph Bartnikowski  (1926-2005)  and  C. Booth Farcus (1914-1997.) Bartnikowski was a  major influence to  technique and creation of  Satterthwaite's palette knife miniatures for which he is well known  here in Fredericksburg.  C. Booth Farcus , a wonderful watercolor artist,  played  a major role in Satterthwaite's life from 1983 until the death of Farcus in 1997,  as a friend, a  traveling companion and confidant,  entering  many art competitions together, traveling as  far as  100 miles away, during what they called "the season."    Farcus was also known for his holiday cards, each one  a hand painted watercolor of winter scenes and  his humorous  characterizations of his friend Cliff, the latter of which never failed to uplift Cliff's spirits.
Although  Satterthwaite is well known for architectural paintings of historic buildings, he is  also known for his still life, landscapes, nudes, whimsical bas-reliefs, abstract scenes and portraits, humorous caricatures and  contemporary social events just to mention a few of his creative endeavors. 
Cliff  Satterthwaite again became a noteable fixture on the streets in and around the historic city of Fredericksburg, VA., winning numerous Best of Show awards throughout the years .  The Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg, has two large paintings on public donated by the artist, The Outing ( a portrait of Cliff's mother, a teacher,  on a day trip with her first class) and Daddy at the Beach (a portrait of Cliff, his father and his brother Norman).

York Academy of Arts, PA
York Christ Lutheran Church, PA
Penn  State, York Campus, PA
York Art Assoc, PA
Philadelphia Travel Show, Convention Center, PA
The Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fred VA
Washington County  Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD
Yorktown Hotel Ballroom, York, PA
York Art Assoc, PA
Art First, Fredericksburg VA
University of the Arts Alumni,  Philadelphia PA

Works Currently  on Public Display either donated or commissioned
 Mother's Outing - Acrylic
Daddy at the Beach - Oil
Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, VA
Mural of 1889 Centre Square Abbottstown, PA
Mural of Early Schoolhouse with Children at Play
Altland House, Abbottstown, PA
Satterthwaite reproduction of  a Lewis Miller print of early York
Cookes House built 1761, restored 1978, York, PA
House by Railroad Tracks in Whatley, MA
Main Library,South Deerfield, MA
Mural depicting York during  the signing of the Articles of Confederation
York Chamber of Commerce, East Market St., York, PA
Selected Awards:
Best of Show:
 Lititz  Outdoor Art Show, PA, 1979
Lititz Outdoor Art Show, PA, 1980
Lititz Outdoor Art Show, PA, 1981
Washington County Museum  of Fine  Arts,  Hagerstown, Md, 1981
17th Annual Outdoor Art Show,  Staunton, VA, 1983
Fredericksburg Fine Arts Exhibit, VA, 1983
King George Art Show, VA, 1983
17th Annual Boardwalk Art Show, Colonial Beach, VA, 1983
Fort Clifton Festival, Colonial Heights, VA 1984
19th Annual Boardwalk Fine Art Show, Colonial Beach, VA 1985
King George Art Show, VA, 1985
13th Annual Lynchburg Art Festival, VA, 1985
Media 13th Annual Fredericksburg Art Festival, VA, 1985
MAG 10th Annual Manassas Art Guild Spring Fine Art Show, VA, 1985
Hampton Bay Days Juried Art Show, VA, 1986
Woodbridge Art Guild Fine Arts Show, VA, 1987
Festival of Leaves Landmark Art Show, Front Royal, VA, 1987
Arts on the Bluff, Westmoreland State Park, VA, 1987
King George Art Show, VA, 1987
Media   15th Annual Fredericksburg Art Festival, VA, 1987
Waynesboro Fall Festival Art Show, VA,  1988
Media  16th Annual Fredericksburg Art Festival, VA, 1988
MAG Spring Fine Arts Show, VA, 1988
King George Art Show, VA, 1989
Petersburg Area Art League, VA, 1989
Annual Boardwalk Fine Art Show, Colonial Beach, VA, 1991
Media 19th Annual Fredericksburg Art Festival, VA, 1991
Colonial Beach Art Show, VA,  Art Show   1992
Fredericksburg Fine Arts  Exhibit, VA, 1992
Spring Fine Art Show, Woodbridge Art Guild, VA, 1992
Media 21st Annual Fredericksburg Art Festival, VA, 1993
Fredericksburg Fine Arts Exhibit, VA, 1994
CRRL Uniquely Fredericksburg Art Exhibit, VA, 1996
CRRL Uniquely Fredericksburg Art Exhibit, VA, 1998
Fredericksburg Art Festival, VA, 1999
Fredericksburg Art Festival, VA, 2000
Fredericksburg Art Festival, VA, 2005
Fredericksburg Fine Arts Exhibit, VA 2007
Teachers and Fellow Artists
 Henry C. Pitz - teacher
Joseph Krush - teacher
Ben Eisentat - teacher
Stephen W. Wilcox - teacher- Dobbs
Benton Spruance - teacher
William  Emerton Heitland - teacher
Joseph Bartnikowski - friend/influence
C. Booth Farcus - friend/fellow artist
John Satterthwaite - friend/fellow artist
Robert B. Dance - fellow classmate/artist at  Philadelphia Museum School of Art (now Uarts)
Leonard Lehrer -fellow classmate/artist at Philadelphia Museum School of  Art (now Uarts)

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Born:  1934 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Known for:  historic architecture and events, portraits, still lives, nudes