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For Teresa Duke, Teaching and Painting are a Perfect Fit By Sophie Scheps For Middleburg Life

eresa Duke was introduced to the Middleburg area as a child and again while in graduate school and said she was inspired both times with what she saw and experienced. Several decades later, it just seemed like a perfectly natural fit and she decided to move back. “When I was little I had a friend down the street and her parents had a farm in Hume,” Duke said. “One summer they invited my sister and I to spend two weeks on the farm and that’s when I discovered this area. Then when I was in graduate school I found out my advisor, William Woodward was living and had a studio in Warrenton. He had a party for his students and when I drove out here, it felt instantly familiar.” Originally from Maryland, her passion for art and painting began with her mother. Despite both her parents being doctors, her mother is an avid watercolorist to this day. EdsheWright Duke accompanied with her while painted and

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connections.” Duke has spend the last 17 years of her 20-year teaching career teaching at Wakefield School in The Plains working with 3rd through 12th graders. When not at school, she paints three or four nights a week or email: and spends most of her vacations working on commissions and pieces for her collection. A passion of hers is juried shows. She participated and took first prize in the Piedmont Regional Art Show in May and also has had her work featured in major publications. “Back in 2012 I had a painting chosen as the cover of Keeneland Magazine for their 75th anniversary edition,” she —————————————————————————said. “The president of Keeneland at the time loved the paintIn addition to our ‘Local Thursday’, we now have live music!! ing and asked me to bring it to —————————————————————————Enjoy the evening at our main bar or our Keeneland for their fall meet. Poppies at Sunset by Teresa Duke In addition to ourfantastic ‘Local Thursday’, we now have live music!! He bought it and commissioned rooftop patio While relaxing —————————————————————————four more paintings.” Enjoy the evening at our main bar or our a Thursday’, local Virginia wine listening In addition to ourwith ‘Local we now haveand live music!! Duke likes to keep a balfantastic rooftop patio While relaxing attended classes but ultimately decided her ance in her work between painting from referto local music! Enjoy the evening at our main bar or our preferred medium is oil paint. with a local Virginia wine and listening ence watercolors or photographs and working fantastic rooftop patio While relaxing After earning a Master’s Degree in Fine outside en plein air. to local music! Art and Painting from George Washington with a local Virginia wine and listening “When you are working outside you are University, Duke spent some time in Santa Fe, very pressed for time because the light and Treat yourself to a “taste of Tuscany!” Join us every Tuesday to local music! New Mexico to be surrounded by different yourself to a “taste of Tuscany!” Join us every Uniquely prepared menu highlighting the Tuesday flavors oflandscapes and draw new inspiration from colors are constantly changing,” she said. “It’s a for aTreat different kind of energy. In the studio you have for a Uniquely prepared menu highlighting the flavors of them. While there, a conversation with her more time to analyze what you’re looking at. Italy. Treat yourself to a “taste ofItaly. Tuscany!” Join us every Tuesday mother prompted a life change. That can be good but it can be too analytical for a Uniquely prepared menu highlighting the flavors of “My mom was trying to get me to think and not as fresh and responsive.” about my future and decide if I waned to try Italy. Living in Middleburg, Duke spends a fair and live the life of an artist exclusively or if I amount of time painting horses. She is workwanted to push myself and consider teaching,” ing to gain membership into the American she said. “As a doctor she spent a lot of time Academy of Equine Art where membership traveling the world teaching and lecturing.” is earned by demonstrating ability through Duke enrolled in an intensive year-long being selected for their annual juried shows. course and loved working with the children Artists must be selected three years in a row. from the first day. It was a nice surprise to Duke was selected last year and is hoping to be 29 Main Street - Warrenton, VA 20186 discover she had enough energy to paint when chosen again this fall. she got home. A regular paycheck also took off 29 Main Street - Warrenton, VA 20186 Duke has her work in the Berkeley Gal(540) 349-9339 / some financial pressure, allowing her to enjoy lery in Warrenton and in the Shaggy Ram in the more creative aspects of being an artist. 29 Main /Street - Warrenton, VA 20186 (540) 349-9339 Middleburg. She’s had previous exhibitions in “Working in a studio is a very solitary Live an Artful Life and Zigzag Gallery in The (540) 349-9339 / enterprise,” Duke said. “When you’re produc- Plains. For the month of September, Duke will ing work you are by yourself. Going to school have her work hanging in Common Grounds and being around the children allows me to in Middleburg. n be more social and extraverted and make 18


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