About the Artist

Lida Matheson Stifel

I have been on a creative journey for over 40 years. Every painting creates a different set of circumstances so I don’t have any formulas. I believe that working directly from life is necessary in order to create spontaneous and energetic work. Although I experiment with different techniques and subject matter, I maintain a strong respect for the traditions of art. 


Educated at Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Art History and painting, I continued studying painting and drawing at The Corcoron School of Art under William Christenberry.


I have had over 18 solo exhibitions and been selected in over 30 juried exhibitions. I have participated in Paint Annapolis, Wayne Plein Air Festival and Ellicott City “Paint It” I have won 8 Jurors Choice Awards including “Strokes of Genius” at the Maryland Federation of Art and most recently, first place in the Ellicott City Juried Plein Air Competition in July of 2015.


I have been represented by The Byrn Gallery in Middleburg in Middleburg, VA, Foxhall Gallery (now Eisely Fine Arts) in Washington DC., Lin Roller Menard Gallery in Vero Beach, Florida, Carspecken Scott Gallery in Wilmington Delaware, Orchard Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland and Susan Calloway Gallery in Washington D.C.




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

  • Ohio Wesleyan University, 1968-1971, BFA Art History and Painting

  • Hollins College, 1966-1968


Solo Exhibitions:


  • Byrne Gallery “Endless Summer” 2019

  • M Maison, Vero Beach, Florida 2017

  • A Mano, Naples Florida, 2015

  • Byrne Gallery, Still Life Exhibition ,Middleburg ,VA, 2016

  • Byrne Gallery, Seascape Exhibition, Middleburg, VA, 2015          

  • M Maison, Vero Beach Florida, 2014

  • Byrne Gallery Landscape Exhibition, Middleburg, VA 2014

  • Orchard Gallery, Bethesda, Md, 2011

  • Kentland’s Mansion, Gaithersburg, MD, “ Directions”,2011

  • Foxhall Gallery, Washington, DC, Dec. 2010

  • The Art Gallery of Potomac, Bethesda, MD 2010, Local Color”

  • Foxhall Gallery, Washington, DC, June,  2009

  • Orchard Gallery, Bethesda, MD June 2009, Sequence”

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

  • Orchard Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 2006, “Carnival”             

  • Foxhall Gallery, Washington, DC,2005

  • American Horticultural Society, Alexandria, VA, 2005

  • Orchard Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 2004, “Momentum”

  • 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

  • Kristin Johnson Gallery, 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


Selected Exhibitions since 2000:


  • Maryland Federation of Art Member Exhibitions Annapolis, MD 2018.2017.2016

  • “Strokes of Genius”, Maryland Federation of Art National painting Exhibition, Annapolis MD, 2018,2017,2016,2014,2013,2011,2010

  • Hightown Gallery, “Your Town” Exhibition, Baltimore, MD.2017

  • Maryland Federation of Art Member Exhibition, Annapolis 2017

  • Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore Maryland Summer Exhibition, 2017

  • City Scape, Baltimore, MD,

  • Crystal Moll Gallery, Domino Sugar Exhibition, Baltimore, MD 2016

  • Crystal Moll Gallery, Still Life Exhibition, Baltimore MD, 2015

  • Crystal Moll Gallery, Summer Exhibition, Baltimore MD, 2015

  • Top of the World Trade Center, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Association, Sept.- Oct. 2013

  • MD Art @College Park, fine art by Maryland Artists, June – Aug. 2013. 

  • Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD 2011, 

  • National Landscape Exhibition Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Maryland 2010

  • Paint Annapolis Juried Competition, Annapolis, MD 2010

  • National Landscape Exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 2006

  • Apex Gallery All Media Juried Exhibition, Washington, DC, 2004 

  • “Historic Places and Wide Open Spaces”, Historic Medley Juried Exhibition, Poolesville, MD, 2004

  • “Go Figure”, Maryland Federation of Art National Juried Exhibition, Annapolis, MD 

  • “Black and White”, The Art League Juried Exhibition,  Alexandria, VA, 2002




  • Brandywine Valley Farm to Table juried Exhibition Jurors Choice 2019

  • Maryland Federation of Art, “Strokes of Genius” Jurors Award,2018

  • Maryland Federation of Art, members exhibition, Maryland 1st Place award

  • “Paint It”, Ellicott City, 2013, Jurors Award

  • Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD 2011, Jurors Award, Painting  

  • Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD 2011, Honorable Mention, 

  • National Landscape Exhibition Jurors Award for painting

  • “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


Presentations and Reviews:


  • Baltimore Times, July 18  2017,”Ellicott City “

  • The Gazette Newspaper,Jan.5. 2011, Lida Stifel “ Directions” at Kentland’s Mansion,         

  • Mansion, Gaithersburg, MD       

  • The Gazette Newspaper,  “ Local Color” Lida Stifel at Potomac Art Gallery,          

  • Potomac, MD, May 2010, by Colleen Healy

  • ELAN Magazine, October 2008

  • The Gazette Newspaper, “Carnival” Lida Stifel at Orchard Gallery, Bethesda, MD 2008

  • The Gazette Newspaper, MD, “In the Moment”  Lida Stifel at Orchard Gallery, 

  • Bethesda, MD, October 2006, by Karen Shafer

  • Where Magazine “ Out of Architecture” by Jean Cohen,1996

  •  “Art Strokes” Montgomery County Community Television 1995

  • Washington Post, “Transitions” by Mary McCoy December,1992




Washington Society of Landscape Painters

Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association

Oil Painters of America



Lida Stifel taught life Drawing and painting at the Yellow Barn Studio in Bethesda, MD for 22 year and is represented by Eisley Fine Arts, Washington, DC and Byrne Gallery in Middleburg, VA, Tryst Gallery, Leesburg, VA

Artist Statement

Lida Stifel’s paintings include landscape, the human figure, still life, and abstraction. Her work is inspired by her immediate surrounding and from travels abroad.

“My paintings are generated by my response to nature. I always work directly from the subject, which allows me to achieve a sense of immediacy. A perceptual realist, I experiment with different techniques and materials and my work often balances on the edge of reality and abstraction, while maintaining a respect for the traditions of art.” 


Lida Matheson Stifel lives on a small farm in Montgomery County, Maryland near Washington DC.


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