Biography and Contact Information

 Maud Taber-Thomas is an artist who specializes in oil paintings and charcoal drawings. Trained in classical techniques at the New York Academy of Art, and with a background in English literature from Bowdoin College and Oxford University, where she studied abroad, Maud Taber-Thomas draws inspiration for her evocative portraits, interiors, and landscapes from the narratives and characters of classic literature. Her works, which range in scale from miniature to larger than life, capture the vibrant light and color of far-off places and distant time periods.

Maud Taber-Thomas lives in Takoma Park, Maryland and teaches in the Drawing Salon program at the National Gallery of Art and at the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo. Her drawings and paintings have been shown at a number of galleries in the Washington, DC area and in New York City. She has been the recipient of a Terra Foundation residency in Giverny, France, a Summer Research Fellowship to study the Pre-Raphaelites at Bowdoin College, a Portrait Scholarship from the New York Academy of Art, and a residency in Greece with the Paideia Institute. In 2019 she was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. 

Maud Taber-Thomas contributed thirty pen illustrations for the 2018 book Chance Particulars: A Writer’s Field Notebook, by Sara Mansfield Taber, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. She has completed many official and family portrait commissions. Her work is represented by Susan Calloway Fine Arts, in Washington, DC.

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Artist Statement: If music and sweet poetry agree

If music and sweet poetry agree,
As they must needs, the sister and the brother,
Then must the love be great ‘twixt thee and me,
Because thou lov’st the one, and I the other….

    One god is god of both, as poets feign;
    One knight loves both, and both in thee remain.

-Richard Barnfield (1574-1620)

            Elizabethan poet Richard Barnfield’s sonnet “If music and sweet poetry agree,” highlights the harmonious bond between two seemingly separate art forms, music and poetry. In the spirit of the poem, artist Maud Taber-Thomas creates luminous drawings and paintings that embody a loving conversation between several different art forms. A passionate scholar of classic literature, an avid classical musician, and an enthusiast of past time periods, Maud Taber-Thomas interweaves all of these interests into her artwork. Her paintings tell the stories that she discovers in Victorian and Medieval literature, capture the vibrant light and color of far-off places and distant times, and weave together symbols in compositions reminiscent of polyphonic music.

            Trained in academic painting techniques, Maud Taber-Thomas’s artistic process is strongly tied to the methods 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 Taber-Thomas 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 that can be depicted in a visual artwork. Maud Taber-Thomas’s drawings and paintings exist within a peaceful conversation between the many art forms that she loves. In her work, music, sweet poetry—and the fine arts—agree.

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