Maria Reardon - Virginia

Maria Reardon, plein air artist

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Maria Reardon paints the world around her. Working in pastels or oils, she loves being outdoors, immersed in nature, observing and experiencing everything going on around her.  She's drawn to the unique and ever-changing relationships of form and color.   Her passion is painting on location, plein air, using vibrant and diverse colors in a painterly fashion, to represent the light and mood of a particular location.
 

"A painting is an opportunity to explore something new. A new subject matter, a new color or technique.  That’s one of the things I love about plein air and painting from life, the experience will be different and exciting every time. I try to capture the essence of a scene and my paintings are just as much about a moment in time as about a specific scene or subject.”
 
 
Maria is a Virginia native and received her formal education from Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in illustration. She continued her study of the portrait and the landscape with nationally known artists. Her work has been exhibited and is in private collections. She has received awards during plein air events and gallery shows and has had her work published.
 
She enjoys working in the plein air tradition, working directly from life for the creation of most of her  paintings and she often travels for inspirational landscape locations. She participates in plein air events and is currently represented by Cabell Gallery (Lexington VA), Warm Springs Gallery (Warm Springs VA), Franco's Fine Clothier (Henrico VA) and Allure Art Center (White Stone VA).

Recent Shows, Competitions and Awards

Bath County Plein Air Festival - October 2021 - Award Winner
Plein Air Roanoke - May 2021 - Award Winner
Plein Air Unleashed - April 2021
Coastal Plein Air - April 2021 - Award Winner
Mid Atlantic Pastel Society Member Show - October 2020 - Award Winner
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Faculty Show - September 2020
Bath County Plein Air Festival - October 2019 - Award Winner
Party on the Avenues and Arts Richmond VA - September 2019
Chincoteague VA Plein Air Event - September 2019
Floyd Plein Air Festival - August 2019
Bath County Art Show - July 2019 - Best in Show Award
Gloucester Virginia Plein Air Festival - June 2019 Award Winner
Coastal Plein Air Virginia - April 2019 First Place Award Winner
Plein Air Unleashed Virginia - April 2019
Party on the Avenues and Arts Richmond VA - September 2018 Award Winner
Chincoteague VA Plein Air Event - September 2018
Bath County Art Show - July 2018
Plein Air Richmond, VA - June 2018 Award Winner
Plein Air Crisfield MD - May 2018
Mid Atlantic Pastel Society members show - May 2018
Gallery Flux Garden Show VA - May 2018
Plein Air Unleashed Virginia - April 2018
Paint East Beach, Virginia- May 2018
Gallery Flux Winter Show VA- January 2018
Lexington VA Plein Air Event - October 2017
Plein Air Westhampton, Richmond, VA - September 2017
Chincoteague VA Plein Air Event - September 2017
Floyd County VA Plein Air Event - August 2017 - Award Winner
Bath County VA Art Show - July 2017 - Award Winner
Highland County VA Artists Weekend - June 2017
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School - Portrait group show - April 2017
Allure Art Center, White Stone, VA Plein AIr Group Show - April 2017
Artful Healing show, World Pediatrics Project, March 2017
Crystal Moll Gallery, MD - February 2017
UNOS (United Network of Organ Sharing) solo show - January 2017
Gallery Flux, Ashland VA - Miniatures Show 2016
Bath County Plein Air Festival, VA - October 2016
Ocean City MD Plein Air Event - July 2016
Mid-Atlantic Pastle Society Member Show - July 2016
Driggs Digs Plein Air Event, ID -  July 2016
Recent Works Solo Show, For Art's Sake Gallery, VA - May 2016
Chestertown, MD Plein Air Event - April 2016
Chincoteague (VA) Plein Air Event - September 2015
Gallery Flux, Ashland, VA - August 2015
Plein Air Easton Quick Draw- July 2015
Art Speaks by the Bay Juried Show, Mathews, VA - May 2015
South Atlantic Juried Exhibition, Montpelier Center for the Arts, Montpelier, VA -April 2015 - award winner
Pastel Society of Virginia juried show, Uptown Gallery, Richmond, VA - April 2015 -1st Place award
Pastel Society of Virginia member show, Montpelier Center for the Arts - March 2015
Virginia Plein Air Painters group show, Stir Crazy Cafe, Richmond, VA - December 2014
The American Landscape Juried exhibition, Staunton VA - May 2014
South Atlantic Juried Exhibition, Montpelier VA - May 2014 - 3rd Place award
Pastel Society of VA member show, Cultural Arts Ctr. Glen Allen, VA - May 2014 - award winner
Art of the Horse, Gallery Flux, Ashland VA - September 2013
The Sterling Gallery, Richmond, VA, Seasons Show, December 2013
Plein Air Richmond, plein air juried competition, June 2012 - award winner

Galleries

Allure Art Center, White Stone, VA
Cabell Gallery, Lexington, VA

Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA
Franco's Fine Clothier, Richmond, VA

Organizations

Virginia Plein Air Painters
Mid-Atlantic Pastel Society

Teaching

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Tuckahoe Women's Club, Richmond, VA