Butler received her BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA), where she now teaches painting part-time and is a visual arts instructor in their after-school TWIGS program.
During her time at MICA, Butler studied under several renowned contemporary painters such as Mark Karnes, Barry Nemett, James Hennessey, Timothy App, and Sharon Yates, all of whom inﬂuenced her work in different ways. Butler has received several awards, including juried placement and a scholarship through MICA to study abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. She also received MICA’s Painting Department Recognition Award.
Butler’s work bridges the gap between abstract and representational painting, challenging established ideas of what paintings are classiﬁed as. In doing so, she diversiﬁes the type of art her viewers can relate to. Butler’s work is founded on her love of these two seemingly different types of painting and following many years of working directly from observation.
Butler exhibits regularly and has participated in several group and solo exhibitions throughout the country and abroad over the last two decades. Butler also participates in several art festivals throughout the region.
“Enamored by the color combinations and patterns I found in nature, I eventually let go of working from observation and moved on to create compositions which are completely imaginary, and without the use of reference materials. Although I no longer work from observation, my work is still a vehicle through which I respond to my environment, both objectively and emotionally, as I create environments of my own. It’s this personal connection to my work that then allows me to connect with others through my paintings.” – Geraldine Butler