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Artist explores nature through paintings

June 17, 2008

Frederick Markham will display his paintings and drawings at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus

Paintings and drawings by Arlington resident Frederick Markham will be on exhibit from July 7 to Aug. 1 at the Waddell Art Gallery at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The campus is located at 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway in Sterling. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Growing up in a small farming community in western Kentucky, Markham developed an appreciation of nature.

“When I didn’t have to go to school, I spent a lot of time wandering around the woods and creeks near my house,” he said. “I found the woods a great place to go. They always seemed to change and the most familiar things could suddenly seem very unusual. As a landscape painter, I am still fascinated by that sort of wooded landscape I trekked around in as a kid. The land, trees and water all embody a sense of flux, discovery and beauty. Each time I go out to paint these things, it is to enter a passage filled with the sort of mystery that excited me so much as a young boy.”

Markham began plein air painting in 2003, and has won numerous awards for his work which has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Markham holds a bachelor of arts degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., and a master’s of fine arts in painting from George Washington University. He teaches art courses at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

To learn more, contact Donald Depuydt at 703-450-2627 or

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