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Dale McGrath

Dale McGrath

Dale McGrath

Dale McGrath

Art is something that has always been on my mind. My grandfather and his mother painted with oils, even though they were farmers in Western Massachusetts. My mom sketched.

I majored in Fine Arts while at Amherst College and have a BFA. I got married and remember the day I sold my oil paints and brushes at a tag sale with my new baby in a bassinette nearby.

Fast forward to Virginia – with five kids between 5 and 20. I started volunteering for GRACE art in the schools program when I learned the kids would only have art once a month and the art teacher didn’t have a classroom, just an art cart. I and another mother grew the program to over 100 parent volunteers. I designed projects and lectured each month, orienting the parents.

I started subbing in art classes at Hunters Woods magnet school. In 2005 I started taking classes at the Art League School in Alexandria.   It’s been 12 years since then I have learned a lot.

I have taken classes with Mike Francis, Danni Dawson, Diane Tesler, Tim Clark & Peter Ulrich. I have participated in three Artomatics. I have had some success showing my art locally. I am a member of the Art League, Vienna Arts Society and Loudoun Sketch Club. I also am a member of Tibet House, NYC and the International Campaign for Tibet in DC. I am currently painting a series about Tibet, where I went on a pilgrimage in 2013.

I continue to paint, not really knowing why I do it, except that I like it. I look forward to a long life of making art.  Peace & Tashi Delek!  

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“Donut Dip”, watercolor, 6 x 12

“Two Pilgrims Tibet”, oil, 6 x 6

“Triberg Wasserfalle”, watercolor, 6 x 8, private collection

“Tibetan Connections”, watercolor, 4 x 6

“Chelsea on Train”, oil, 11 x 14, private collection

“Barkhor Pilgrim Tibet” oil, 32 x 48, in progress