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 Abigail Faye McBride  (1974 - )

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Lived/Active: Maryland      Known for: plein-air landscape, marine, figure, still life, portrait

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Biography from McBride Gallery:
Born June 27, 1974 Abigail Faye McBride grew up surrounded by art and artists.  Her first art lesson at age 7 was given by her grandmother, Minnesota watercolorist, Frances Karlsson while on a visit to her grandparents farm in northern Minnesota.   McBride says it is still memorable as the impetus that encouraged her to continue to draw and paint.

Her mother, Cynthia McBride, has been in the gallery business as long as she could remember. Abigail was an old hand at serving punch and wine with her sister at gallery receptions.  She fondly recalls trips to the National Gallery in Washington, DC and not so fondly, on family vacations, stopping in virtually every gallery her mother encountered.  A custom framing business was run out of the family recreation room for a number of years providing ample mat board scraps to draw and paint on for this shy, studious youngster.

Abigail was resigned to the idea that she could never be a real artist because her drawings were never as good as what she saw in her mother's gallery and, was convinced that one was either born with talent or not.  The turning point came when she was in middle school.  Maryland artist John Ebersberger, who was desperate for a replacement model for a portrait class, called McBride Gallery for help, and was offered Abigail as an emergency replacement.  At every model break she walked around and looked at everyone's paintings, and was amazed that many did not look very good, but had greatly improved by the end of the class session.  Realizing she too, could learn, she was anxious to sign up for classes, and studied with Lee Boynton, Bonnie Roth Anderson and at great length with John Ebersberger.

After graduating from Westmont College in Santa Barbara with a degree in fine arts, Abigail struggled the following year to find her way as an artist, dissatisfied with her work, and searching for good teachers, she was introduced to Cedric and Joanette Egeli.  They encouraged her to take their two-week summer workshop on Cape Cod.  While there, she discovered The Cape Cod School of Art, a school founded by American Impressionist Charles Hawthorne, then managed by Lois Griffel who offered Abigail a job as a teacher's assistant the following summer.  It turned into a three-year summer job, a growth experience, as Abigail painted, worked, and learned from a number of nationally known plein-air Impressionist painters.

Abigail McBride's oil paintings are known for their beauty of color and light.  She paints plein-air landscapes, still lifes, the figure and portraits in the American Impressionist tradition. She works with both a brush and a palette knife.  She is a founding member of The Figure Society and The Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association winning awards in annual exhibitions.  Sought after as an instructor she teaches a limited schedule at Anne Arundel Community College and The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts as well as selected private workshops.

In 2004 Abigail McBride's paintings were exhibited in "Sunlight and Shadow," at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausaw, Wisconsin.  The public was invited to compare early Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings with the current generation of working Mid-Atlantic Impressionist painters.

The February 2000 American Artist Magazine featured a number of Abigail's oil paintings, sharing her palette knife techniques.  The Clipper Magazine featured a series of her marine and city views of Annapolis, Maryland in July 2002.

Abigail was juried into the "Annapolis 350 Celebration" show at The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.  The Annapolis Watercolor Club awarded Abigail Best of Show at their annual juried show in 2001.  She has had five solo shows in Philadelphia at the F.A.N. Gallery.  Her paintings were exhibited at the Philadelphia and Boston U.S. Artist's Shows and the Affordable Art Fair in NY City.

In February of 2002 Maryland Public Television (MPT) featured Abigail painting snow-scapes on an annual painting trip with friends in Western Maryland. The segment aired on the "Outdoors Maryland" program, winning an Emmy award and was followed by the exhibition, "Shades of Winter" at The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Museum Exhibitions

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
700 N. 12 Street
Wausau, WI  54403-5007

Magazine References

Plein Air Magazine   2005  March   "Middle Atlantic"   by Editors, Plein Air
Color  Yes  Pg 50
Taste of the Bay  2004  March  "Art in Museums"  by Cynthia McBride  -
Color Yes  pg 27

What's Up Annapolis   2003   June   "The Young Impressionists" by Carol Denny -
Color  Yes  pgs.  58-59

Clipper Magazine  2002   July/August  "Historic Annapolis Sails On" by Carolyn Hill
Color   Yes  pgs. 26-29  

The Westmont     2002  Fall   "A Young Impressionist"  Editors, Westmont   pg 20

American Artist  2000  February  "Painting with Knives" by Christopher Willard -
Color  Yes  pgs. 12-15


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