In my quest for the perfect balance between realism and the abstraction in painting, I have come to describe my work as a kind of “perceptual realism”. Although I have painted subject matter such as landscape and the human figure for over 30 years, my most satisfying work is that in which the subject is evident, but is transformed into something less tangible but at the same time something more complex and meaningful by the virtue of its simplification. It is not unlike poetry in that it carries with it an image or an idea surrounded by a vague aura of association. In my most recent paintings, complex shapes emerge from broader areas of color that have been extracted from my visual reference, whether it be still life, figure or landscape.

   Some of my work involves the use of collage. I use this media in a structural way. The collage elements become the bones of the painting on which I hang my color. Like a metaphor, collage joins together things that are different rom each other. I am attracted to this medium because it allows me to join the tradition of painting with contemporary materials. In a purely plastic sense it interests me because of the space and light that can be created by using various collage elements with the painted surface. The intellectual considerations are really the result of what comes from working spontaneously with the material.



The Corcoron School of Art, 1983-1985,1988-1990

The Washington Studio School, 1986

Ohio Wesleyan University, 1968-1971

Hollins College, 1966-1968

Solo Exhibitions

Still Life Gallery, Ellicott City MD 2013-2014

Island home Gallery, Vero Beach, Fl. 2012

Orchard Gallery,Bethesda, MD May 2011

 Foxhall Gallery,,Washingotn  DC, December 2010

Ketnlands mansion,Gaithersburg, MD, Dec.2-1-=Jan.2011

The Art Gallery of Potomac, Potomac, MD 2010

Foxhall Gallery, Washington, DC,  June, 2009

Orchard Gallery, Bethesda, MD June 2009

Sumner Museum, Washington, DC Sept.2008-Jan.2009

Orchard Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 2006

Foxhall Gallery, Washington, DC,2005

American Horticultural Society, Alexandria, VA,2005

Orchard Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 2004

Foxhall Gallery, Washington, DC, 2003

Foxhall Gallery, Washington, DC, 2001

Ambiance Gallery, Vero Beach, FL, 2000

Glen Echo Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 1999

Creative Partners Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 1998

The Artist’s Museum, Washington, DC, 1997

The American Institute of  Architects, Washington, DC, 1995

The American Horticultural Society, Alexandria, VA, 1995

Palmer National Bank, Washington, DC, 1993

Kristin Johnson Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 1992

Landon School, Bethesda, MD, 1992

McCrillis Garden Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 1990

Rock Creek Gallery, Washington, DC, 1989

The “O” Street Gallery, Washington, DC, 1989

B.R. Kornblatt Gallery, Washington, DC, 1986


    Jurors Award, “Paint It”, Ellicott City, MD,  2013
Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 2011, Honorable
Mention, Natioal Landscape Exhibition
Maryland Federation of  Art, Annapolis, MD, 2011, Jurors Award for Painting
Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 2010, Juros award for Painitngs
* “Historic Places and Wide Open Spaces”, Historic Medley Juried Exhibition, Poolesville, MD, 2004
– 1st place and Best in Show
* “Black and White”, The Art League, Alexandria, VA,2002
–  2nd place for drawing
* Montgomery County Juried Art Exhibition, Rockville MD, 1999
–  Honorable Mention
* “Tribute to Rock Creek Park”, Washington, DC, 1994
– Best in Show
* 1st Annual Working Artists Exhibition, Washington, DC, 1993
– Merit of Excellence in Painting
* Artists Equity Annual Juried Exhibition, Annandale, VA, 1993
– 1st Merit Award
* “Drawing on Excellence” Washington , DC, 1992
– Honorable Mention
* “In and Around Rock Creek Park”, Washington, DC, 1990
– 1st Prize

Juried Plein AIr Events:

Paint It, Ellicott City, MD 2013 Chadds Ford Winter Paint, 2013 Wayne Plein Air Festival, 2012 Paint It, Ellicott City, MD, 2012 Paint Annapolis, 201

Presentations and Reviews:

The Gaithersburg Patch, Jan, 2011,  Mother/ Daughter  “ Patterns,  Changes, Movement at Orchard Gallery, Bethesda MD

The Gazette Newspaper, Jan. 5, 2010. “ Directions” Lida Stifel at Kentalands Mansion,Gaithersburg, MD

” Dvivinely by the Dozen”, book of poetry by Elizabeth Sinclair and

       illustrated by Lida Stifel

       The Gazette Newspaper,  Lida Stifel at Potomac Art Gallery, May

       2010, by Collen Healy

Panel Discussion, “Collagefrom the Czeck Republic”, Rockville Arts Place,

           Rockville, MD

        Where Magazine, February, 1996,

           ” Out of Architecture” by Jean Cohen

        Koan Art News, February, 1996,

” Mixed Media Paintngs by Lida Stifel at the Armercian Institute of

              of Architects, by Diane Beale.

        The Alexandriea Gazette, October12, 1995,

             “River Farm Paintings hold artists memories”, by Megan Lanson.

         Art Strokes, Montgomery County Community Television, 1995

              Interview with Allan Every.

         The Washington Post ,December 26, 1992

               “Transitions” at Kristin Johnson Gallery, by Mary McCoy.

          McCrillis Garden, ” Quiet Places, Interpreting the Landscape, presentation

                 Eyewash, ” Two Plus One”, by Bruce Yenawine

Public Collections:

    * Critical Care Association, Bryn Mawr, PA

    * Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

    * Columbia Hospital for Women, Washington, DC

    * Desert Palms Resort, Palm Springs, CA

    * The Westin Corporation, Washington, DC

    * Pepco Corporate Headquarters, Washington, DC

    * The Law Offices of Howry & Simon, Washington, DC

    * The Law Offices of Covington & Burling, Washington, DC

Professional Experience:

 * Instructor, Yellow Barn Studio, Glen Echo, Maryland