Susan Calloway Fine Arts Presents Maud Taber-Thomas Thinkers and Dreamers: An Exhibition of Portraits Inspired by Literature

By Editorial Team on November 30, 2016

Fri, 02 December 2016 - Sat, 07 January 2017

Snow Queen, Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 by Maud Taber-Thomas. Courtesy of Susan Calloway Fine Arts.
Snow Queen, Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 by Maud Taber-Thomas. Courtesy of Susan Calloway Fine Arts.


Opening Reception: Friday, December 2 from 6pm to 8pm


A passionate scholar of classic literature, an avid classical musician, an eager European traveler, and an aficionado of past time periods, Maud Taber-Thomas interweaves all of these interests into her artwork. Trained in academic painting techniques, Maud’s artistic process is strongly tied to the skills employed by artists from past generations, from the Renaissance Tenebrists, to the French Rococo painters, to the Pre-Raphaelites and the Impressionist portraitists. Working in miniature, on a larger than life scale, and every size in between, Maud endows all of her works with a sense of the fleeting nature of light, a celebration of color, and a sympathetic and tranquil sense of peace and thoughtfulness. Many of her works feature sensitive portraits that evoke the complex inner life of her subjects, hinting at stories that transcend the single moment depicted in a visual artwork. Maud’s drawings and paintings exist within a peaceful conversation between the many art forms that she loves.

Educated at the New York Academy of Art, Bowdoin College, and Oxford University, Maud now lives in the Washington, DC area. She teaches drawing and painting classes at the National Gallery of Art and the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, Maryland. Her drawings and paintings have been shown at a number of galleries in the Washington, DC area and in New York.

For her upcoming show at Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Maud has created artworks inspired by authors as varied as William Shakespeare, Henry James, Stella Gibbons, Charlottte Bronte, Jane Austen, Vita Sackville-West, and Oscar Wilde. Her works particularly feature strong women from literature. A selection of miniature paintings on New York City Metrocards will also be available, with subject matter ranging from  portraits, landscapes and cityscapes to still lifes.

Artist Statement
Shakespeare’s sonnet, “If music and sweet poetry agree,” highlights the beautiful bond between two seemingly separate art forms, music and poetry. In the spirit of Shakespeare, I create luminous drawings and paintings that embody a loving conversation between several different art forms. My paintings tell the stories that I discover in Victorian and Medieval literature, capture the vibrant light and color of far-off places and distant time periods, and weave together symbols in compositions reminiscent of polyphonic music.

Join Susan Calloway Fine Arts December 3 at 4pm for a unique artist talk and musical performance by Maud, a live interlacement of her visual and musical talents.

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday through Saturday: 10-6
  • Sunday and Monday by appointment

Susan Calloway Fine Arts is located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW. For more information contact Sheila Gonzalez at 202-965-46 or visit