Estelle Schwalb, a native of the Washington, D.C. area, began painting after retiring from a successful career in pharmacy, medical writing, patient education and health information. Her first watercolor paintings were based on photographs she had taken while traveling in the United States and abroad. More recent work evolved from experimental watermedia techniques. "I began painting for my own amusement and, to my surprise, I was amazed as well as amused," she says. She has studied with Donna Baron at Rockville Arts Place (now VisArts at Rockville, Maryland) and Ralph Papa of Delray Beach and has taken workshops with watercolorist Rachel Collins and acrylic artist, Nick Simmons. She has also participated in the annual Vermont Art Event in Burlington, Vermont.


Ms. Schwalb's work consists of transparent watercolors and acrylic paintings of florals, landscapes and abstract studies. Among her photographs are flowers, landscapes, street scenes and informal portraits of people seen while traveling. Her sense of humor is evident in her laundry series photos, images of clean clothes hanging out to dry in varied locations.

Her work has appeared in juried shows at the Rockville Civic Center Glenview Mansion, the Greater Washington Bender Jewish Community Center, the Philip Ratner Museum in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Women's Club of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Her successful one-person show of her favorite paintings and photographs was presented at the Yellow Barn Gallery in Glen Echo, Maryland. She has been a member of the Rockville Art League, the Senior Artists Alliance, and the Gaithersburg Camera Club.


This page last updated on 7-1-2022