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James Sayler

For more than a decade James Sayler has been painting and drawing the life around him. A writer by training and profession, he depicts the life of the streets, fields, and indoors as well as the "life" that hangs on the walls of the National Gallery.

As a private artist and a member of the Gallery's Copyist Program, Sayler enjoys a privlege that allows him- for pleasure, education and profit- to reproduce paintings by the great masters. Sayler seeks to capture the feeling of the paintings he copies which requires precise work by eye rather than by camera. For the past eight years at the National Gallery he has copied works by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Claude Monet, Rembrandt, J.M.W. Turner, Picasso, Maroni, Modigliani, and now Thomas Moran.

Sayler paints and sketches everyday. When the weather allows for pleine aire, he paints and draws landscapes and riverscapes in and about Annapolis, Maryland where he and his wife, Terry, live. He does the same when traveling to places as diverse as Arizona, Maine, Michigan, New York, and Maryland as well as on trips abroad. On his trips from Annapolis to the National Gallery, on the Metro he sits on the side and draws Metro riders absorbed in their own lives. From these excusions Sayler makes etchings and lithographs, one seris of which was chosen at a juried show to hang at the Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, Annapolis. He is a fully accredited member of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters and the Maryland Federation of Arts.

Website: Sayler Works