Pauli Zmolek is an artist anmresiding in southern Maryland,
United States, whose style combines realism with impressionism
and occasional fantasy. Working in all mediums of painting,
she favors watercolors, which allow her to minimally suggest
a background whilst still defining her object as clearly
as she sees it in her mind's eye.
Whether it is whimsical, moody or soothing, Pauli's work
is always evocative: long shadows cast by the beams of a
porch suggest the warmth of a late afternoon sun; a pinwheel
emerging from a crumbling brick wall suggests an emergence
from a long period of solitude; a row of empty rocking chairs
suggests—by the very absence of the sitters—a
Pauli's artistic talents began to show during grade school.
After earning a BFA at the University of Iowa, she attended
the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, Maryland, where
she trained in oil painting in the old masters style. She
was subsequently hired as the first woman ever to serve
as a decorative painter for the Architect of the United
States Capitol. She is responsible for designing the decorative
panels that adorn the Senate Chamber. She also worked for
nearly ten years in the Library of Congress on a project
to restore the original decorative artwork.
In 2005, Pauli married Captain Steven A. Eades and moved
to Smith Island, Maryland, in the middle of the Chesapeake
Bay. Here her theme is capturing the fading traditional
lifestyle of local fishing and crabbing communities of the
Chesapeake and the lower Eastern shore.
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