Gabriel Metsu at National Gallery of Art

The exhibit of paintings by Gabriel Metsu (A contemporary of Vermeer) at the National Gallery of Art is well worth seeing. The beautiful way he handled paint simply doesn't show up in any of the photos I've seen but they glow in person. At the very least, you can enjoy his compositions on the website below or on the Art Renewal Center website.

The complete works of Gabriel Metsu:


Drawings now available at Broadway Gallery

Hello Everyone,
 These drawings and a number of my recent paintings are now available at Broadway Gallery in Alexandria. More will be arriving for my upcoming exhibit with Christine Lashley in October. The gallery will host an opening reception with a painting demo by Christine and educational talk by me on October 15th 2011. Watch this blog or the Broadway Gallery website for more info.

Feeling the light - copyright Tricia Ratliff
13"x18" ( 6.5"x12" artwork size)

Grace - copyright Tricia Ratliff
11"x19"  ( 5.5"x13" artwork size)

Confidence - copyright Tricia Ratliff
11"x15" ( artwork size 6"x9")


Top 5 (or 6) Favorite Galleries in Northern Virginia

Whenever we vacation in a new city, we search through gallery listings to find the ones we might like to visit knowing we have a short period of time. It can be challenging for someone from out of town to narrow down all of the wonderful options. So, I've decided to make a list and a map limited to our 5 favorite galleries in Northern Virginia - these are the ones we find ourselves visiting over and over again.

1. Principle Gallery
208 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3210
(703) 739-9326

2. Berkley Gallery
40 Main Street
Warrenton, VA 20186-3331
(540) 341-7367

3. Art Insights Gallery
11921 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA 20190-5667
(703) 478-0778

4. Broadway Gallery
5641 General Washington Dr # B
Alexandria, VA 22312-2403
(703) 354-2905

5. Art League Gallery / Torpedo Factory
105 North Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-4199

6. Applegate Gallery
101 Church Street NW
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 281-1364


My short list and map are focused on Northern Virginia and is designed to help art collectors and enthusiasts (like us) plan a day trip of driving to these fun destinations.