Silkey, Evelyn M.

“The artist doesn’t see things as they are, but as he is.” Anonymous

I grew up in New York City and now live in Garrett County, Maryland. Upon graduating from Pratt Institute, I taught fine art in the New York and Rhode Island public schools for grades Kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as, instructing adult education courses.

After moving to the Washington, DC area, I joined Potomac Craftsmen and became a showing member in their gallery located in the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia. Throughout the 1970s and 80s my artwork appeared in various galleries throughout the area, including the Textile Museum in Washington, DC and the Goldman Fine Art Gallery in Rockville, Maryland. My textile art received honorable mentions, blue ribbons and was featured in a news article in The Washington Post. In addition, examples of my textiles appear in a book entitled, “On Weaving”. While producing art work, I continued teaching by offering workshops in design, color theory, sketching, textiles, etc. at the Audubon Society and Montgomery College through the continuing education program.

I am currently a Signature Artist Member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, as well as, a member of the following art organizations: the Western Maryland Watercolor Society, the Allegany Arts Council, the Allegany Area Art Alliance, and the Garrett County Arts Council. I have served on the Garrett County Arts Council Board.

I paint primarily in watercolor, acrylics and mixed media with a concentration on local landscape, historic buildings, animal and wildlife as subject matter. The subject matter of my paintings are developed from personal photographs taken, as well as, from on location sketches. I have taken workshops with local artists including a Master Class with wildlife artist, John Seerey-Lester. My paintings can be seen at The Gallery in Oakland, Maryland, the Strathmore Mansion Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland and have appeared in the Garrett County Visitors Center, the Saville and Glichrist Galleries in Cumberland, and the Department of Natural Resources Discovery Center, Deep Creek Lake, Maryland.

Living in Garrett County has exposed me to a great variety of wildlife. Birds of prey, as well as, song birds are among my feathered friends. Wild Turkey often frequent my property daily. In addition, the American Black Bear, Deer, red fox and many other wildlife species can be observed from my home. I grew up drawing and with a love of animals. In recent years, the local wildlife have become the subject matter for my recent art.

My recent accomplishments include: the acceptance into the Annual Baltimore Watercolor Society’s 2008 Juried Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition, the 2009 Allegany Arts Council Annual Juried Art Exhibition and the 2010 Strathmore Juried Annual Membership Multi-Media Exhibition. I continue to show my paintings at local shows receiving recognition and awards for my art.