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Bobbie Salthouse About

Painter and graphic designer. 7 comments



For me painting is a process of discovery and pushing limits. It is important that I allow myself to take chances while painting; if I can take risks with my art work, I can take risks in other areas of my life. There are no real mistakes, since the possibility of taking advantage of happy accidents encourages me even at a moment of frustration.

I find inspiration in the natural world around me. Since moving to Western Massachusetts, I have been especially fascinated by the possibility of translating observations made in my garden, on my frequent woodland walks and summer sailing excursions into abstract artistic expression.

I have been especially inspired by my teacher, mentor and friend, Helen Corning, who has taught me so much about painting and life. Other sources of inspiration include my interest in languages, the world of childhood, Klimt, Klee, Folon, Steinberg, Betty Woodman and whatever it is that I'm looking at when I visit a museum.

My art works are reflections of my state of mind at the moment of their conception. They are intensely personal and spontaneous explorations. I often make use of improvised scratching in my paintings, revealing unexpected micro-compositions. I think of these scribblings and surprises as whispers which are heard and felt, more than understood on a cognitive level.


Hosmer Gallery, Assemblages, Northampton, MA, March 2013

Burnett Gallery, Inside the Box, Amherst MA, November 2011

Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C., Rivers of Silk, November 2008

Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C., Magic Squares, May 2008


___In Black and White, ___ Ice House, Berkeley Springs, WV, January 15th to February 28th, 2016.

Petersham Art Center, with Tracey Maroni, July, 2015

Hope and Feathers Gallery, Amherst, MA, July 2014

Alexandria, VA City Hall, 2013

The Foundry Gallery, Washington, DC, 2013

Montpelier Art Center, Laurel, MD,2013

West Windsor Arts Center, Princeton Junction, NJ, 2012

Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD, 2012

Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD, July - August 2011

River Road Unitarian Church, Bethesda, MD, June 2011

Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD Outloud Artists, Sept. - Nov. 2010

Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD Outloud Artists, Aopril 2009

Blackrock Arts Center, Gaithersburg, MD, Outloud Artists, May 2007

Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C., New Members' Show, February 2007

Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C., Holiday Show, Devcember 2006

Washington Arts Club, Washington DC, Painting Out Loud, November, 2006

Touchstone Gallery: Washington, DC, Living Out Loud, April 2006

Ozmosis Gallery artist, Bethesda, MD. 2004-2005

Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD --Juried member show, 2003

Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD --Juried member show, 2002

Strathmore Hall, Juried Member Show,

Glen Echo Gallery, Group show, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD, 2000

Bobbie's work is in private collections in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


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