meg godfrey

I've been fascinated by beautiful art since I was a small child. I've always liked to draw and paint, but considered it only a hobby until I reached adulthood. After returning to college to complete my BFA degree, I soon became passionate about the fine art of portrait painting. Combining a love of the oil painting medium with an appreciation for the beauty and complexity of God's special creation, I decided to focus on fine oil portraiture. I have worked hard to master the technical knowledge and skill of the "classical realism" style that has long been established in history.I study the work and techniques of the great masters such as Vermeer, Titian, Michelangelo, and my personal favorite, William Bouguereau. Since leaving college I have continued my studies under the direction of modern masters Robert Liberace and Peggy Baumgaertner. Also, I recently completed 60 hours of training with Cynthia MacMillan through the Academy of Realist Art.

I choose oil paints because of the lasting quality of the medium, the richness of the hues, and the optical qualities of transparent glazes. I am drawn to the style of classical realism because it allows me to create the illusion of space and depth on a flat surface. I thrive on the order and discipline required of the classical oil painting technique, too.

I've enjoyed teaching art to children at a classical school in Williamsburg (grades K through 7), and have used my training in the Monart Technique to teach at a local Monart Center. I offer summer art workshops to local children as well.

I plan to continue my work in Fine Portraiture. I am challenged to capture not only an accurate physical likeness of my subject with skill in draftsmanship, but to take the medium further-to point the viewer to the Creator of all beauty, the Lord Jesus Christ, for it is to Him that I dedicate my life and work.