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The Nude: An Exploration- Group Show at Still Life Gallery Fine Art & Custom Framing in Ellicott City MD. Clockwise from top left- James Adkins, Rick Casali, Tim Kelly, Palden Hamilton, Dottie Dunsmore.

THE NUDE – an exploration

Show runs Feb 17th – April 23rd, 2016


Featuring Five Premier Maryland Artists:


Rick Casali, Palden Hamilton, James Adkins,

Dottie Dunsmore and Tim Kelly


Wine and Cheese Reception

with the Artists

Sunday February 28th, 4:00-7:00pm


5:30pm – ArtTalk & Q&A with Rick Casali– 

“Sculpting & Casting the Human Face and Figure”


6:00pm- ArtTalk with James Adkins-

“Models and Muses”- meet the models who inspire his paintings


Click Here to See “The Nude” Exhibit In The News


Since the days of our ancient ancestors, the human body has always been a favorite subject of artists, but today it is unusual for an entire art exhibit to be devoted to the naked human form. Still Life Gallery presents more than 50 works- paintings, drawings and sculpture– by five premier Maryland artists who strive for perfection in capturing and portraying the compelling, timeless beauty of the human body.




SPRING, Bronze figure sculpture by Rick Casali


"Shannon" Oil on Canvas by Rick Casali

“SHANNON”, Oil on Canvas by Rick Casali

Rick Casali is an American figurative artist based in Maryland. Whether painting portraits in oils or sculpting the figure in clay, his style embraces classicism, Impressionism, and elements of modern design, aiming to fuse the timeless geometry of the Greeks with a fresh Impressionistic vision of reality.


After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis in 2002, Rick attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. From 2004 to 2007, he maintained a close apprenticeship with renowned portrait artists Cedric and Joanette Egeli at their farm in Edgewater, Maryland. It was John Ebersberger who introduced Rick to the Egelis, and Rick credits John for opening his eyes to color and developing a command of drawing the portrait and figure. Casali has also studied extensively with sculptor Stephen Perkins, an expert in human construction and anatomy. Additional mentors include colorist George T. Thurmond and portrait artist Michael Shane Neal.


Rick teaches drawing, painting, and sculpture at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis as well as workshops across the country. A key figure in the Mid Atlantic art community, Casali serves as the vice president to the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters. Rick maintains a beautiful north light studio in Edgewater, MD where he receives portrait clients and various commissioned work.


Casali has won numerous awards in the annual Paint Annapolis plein air competition for his Impressionist landscapes. A member of The Portrait Society of America, Rick was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in the society’s 2012 International Competition for his portrait bust Gabrielle. In 2013, his bronze figure “Spring” was selected as a finalist for the National Sculpture Society’s 80th Annual Awards Exhibition in Tampa, FL.



SEATED NUDE by Palden Hamilton at Still Life Gallery Fine Art & Custom Framing

SEATED NUDE by Palden Hamilton

Odalisque by Palden Hamilton at Still Life Gallery Fine Art & Custom Framingat Still Life Gallery Fine Art & Custom Framing

ODALISQUE, Oil on canvas by Palden Hamilton

Born and raised in Baltimore, Palden Hamilton was encouraged to pursue art from an early age. His self-portrait still hangs at the Gilman School, where his artistic sensibilities were nurtured under Betsey Heuisler. He majored in painting for his B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He continued his education at the Art Students League of New York, where he trained in figure painting under prominent figurative painters Ron Sherr and William Beckman. There he was awarded a Merit Award in Realism in 2003 and the prestigious Phylis T. Mason Grant in 2004.

Palden currently applies these skills as a portrait, landscape, and figure painter in the Baltimore area, and as teacher of portrait and figurative art at the Zoll Studio School of Fine Art in Timonium. In 2008, he received a Certificate of Excellence at the Portrait Society of America’s 10th annual convention in Philadelphia. His portrait, “Holly”, placed in the top thirty of 1,300 entries worldwide in the society’s annual competition. He was notably commissioned to paint Maestro Yuri Temirkanov, outgoing musical director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and present musical director of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia. In 2010, He was selected as a member of the Hudson River Fellowship, painting landscape for a month in the Catskills alongside Jacob Collins. His love of plein air landscape painting has helped him reconnect to his native Maryland countryside, as well as Mount Washington, where he currently resides.



Nude Male oil on canvas painting by artist Dottie Dunsmore at Still Life Gallery

MALE NUDE, oil on canvas by Dottie Dunsmore

EQUILIBRIUM by Dottie Dunsmore, nude sculpture at Still Life Gallery

EQUILIBRIUM sculpture by Dottie Dunsmore

Dorothy (Dottie) Dunsmore is an extremely versatile artist, trained in the classical manner in the style of the Old Masters. She excels in painting of landscape, figure, portrait, still life, and animals. Sculpture was Dottie’s first love and she developed under the tutelage of master sculptors Tylden Streett and Francesca Schuler Guerin. She is an art instructor at The Zoll Studio School of Fine Art in Timonium, Maryland. As a graduate of the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, Dottie developed her painting skills under the direction of master artist Ann Didusch Schuler as well as Carol Lee Thompson and Andrew Guerin. From mixing ground pigments with black oil in the Maroger Method, to emulating the fine artistry of Ann Schuler, Dottie has evolved as  one of Maryland’s top fine artists.



SEATED WOMAN by Tim Kelly at Still Life Gallery


RECLINING NUDE, oil on panel, by Tim Kelly at Still Life Gallery

RECLINING NUDE, oil on panel by Tim Kelly

“ I try to stay faithful to what is observed and prioritize perception over theory or technique”, says Tim Kelly. Kelly is a lifelong Baltimore area resident and a 1992 graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he majored in illustration. His interest in figurative work started early during his college days at MICA through life drawing and painting, and study of the Italian Renaissance. He then freelanced in the years that followed. In 2007, Kelly’s interests turned to plein air and other direct painting methods. His interest in painting nudes was revived in the last few years by attending a number of Dr. Sketchy sessions, and other open life drawing and painting sessions in the Baltimore area. His work in THE NUDE: An Exploration show all derives from those sessions. In 2011, Kelly entered his first plein air painting event and has been an avid participant since, garnering many awards at various plein air painting competitions in the last several years. .  He is a member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painter’s Association (MAPAPA).



Nude figure rear view charcoal Artist James Adkins

Standing Figure by James Adkins, Charcoal on paper

SLEEP by James Adkins, oil on canvas at Still Life Gallery

SLEEP by James Adkins, oil on canvas

James Adkins attended the University of Maryland, where he began as a political science major but so loved doing political cartoons for the daily student newspaper that he soon realized he was spending more time at the drawing board than at the books.  Wanting to improve his drawing skills, he became a studio art major.  After graduation, he worked as a high school art teacher, but was interested in teaching at the college level, so he earned his MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.  He is now Coordinator of Studio Art at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.


BA: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
MA: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
MFA: Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Honors and Grants

Individual Artist Award, Maryland State Arts Council, 1996, 2000, 2004
Howie Award – Outstanding Artist, Howard County Arts Council, 1995


See the Baltimore Sun’s article on the show here

Baltimore sun Still Life Gallery