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Alison Leigh Menke

Fine Art – Plein Air Oil Painter


Alison Leigh Menke is an expressive impressionist. She loves painting directly from life and creating work in plein air. Her approach emphasizes the importance of expressing a true sense of light and place while showcasing the rich qualities of oil paint and brushwork. Painting thick and thinking abstract design, she uses composition, texture, and vibrant color to move a viewer around her painting. Through the Covid Pandemic, and a year of cancelled shows, Alison has focused her attention to Studio painting often developing plein air pieces into larger studio works.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1987 and raised in Clarksville, Maryland, Alison is fluent in both Spanish and English. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Maryland with a degree in Art and Art History and studied abroad in Amsterdam and Greece. Constantly traveling, she has competed in nearly one hundred national and international plein air competitions and festivals over the course of the last six years. As she strives for greater challenges Alison has produced massive size works. Commissioned work is permanently on display at the National Harbor in DC.

She shows in several galleries, predominantly HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Savage, MD, and is featured in Plein Air Magazine’s Dec – Jan 2020 issue along with many other publications. Alison spends part of her time on the island of Puerto Rico. There she is surrounded by tropical inspirations that really expand her color palette.

Travelling is a large part of Alison’s artistic inspiration. She loves the freshness of new locations and loves to explore how much her palette changes from landscape to landscape. By no means is Alison a nomad. As far as her travels may take her – there is no place like home in Clarksville, Maryland.


Alison Leigh Menke 2021 Plein Air Schedule

Date Event Location Organization
03/07/2021 – 03/15/2021 7th Annual Plein Air Festival Tequesta, FL – West Palm Beach Lighthouse Art Center
03/07/2021 – 03/15/2021 7th Annual Plein Air Festival Tequesta, FL – West Palm Beach Lighthouse Art Center
03/14/2021 (9am – 2pm) QuickDraw Competition Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens West Palm Beach, FL Lighthouse Art Center
03/18/2021 – 03/20/21 Collectors Preview Gallery Exhibit Atlanta, GA Hindman Auctions
04/17/2021 – 04/25/2021 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Atlanta, GA Olmsted Plein Air Invitational
05/02/2021 – 05/08/2021 Paint the Town Marble Falls Marble Falls, TX Highland Lakes Creative Arts
05/03/2021 – 05/30/2021 Expressive Plein Air Plus -2Artist Show Ocean City, MD Arts League of Ocean City
06/28/2021 – 07/04/2021 Telluride Plein Air Festival Telluride, CO Sheridan Opera House
07/25/2021 – 07/31/2021 Door County PleinAir Festiva Fish Creek, WI Peninsula School of Art
08/11/2021 – 08/15/2021 JUDGE + WORKSHOP OC Plein Air Fesival – Paint OC Ocean City, MD Arts League of Ocean City
09/27/2021 – 10/03/2021 Bath County Plein Air Festival Warm Springs, VA Warm Springs Gallery
10/03/2021 – 10/10/2021 Cape Ann Plein Air Gloucester. MA CAPA Plein Air

Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA) – Artist Member (2014 – present)
American Impressionist Society (AIS) – Associate Member (2017 – present)
Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) – Artist Member (2015 – present)
Washington Project of the Arts (2011 – 2015)
Junior Member of the Arts Club of Washington (2014- 2015)
Oil Painters of America (2019 – present)

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Historic Savage Mill
8600 Foundry Street
Suite 2063

Savage, MD 20763
located in the Cotton Shed (or Barn) building

Gallery Hours

Wed-Sun 11am-6pm
Other days/times by appointment