This painting was completed after a two-week residency at the Manassas Battlefield National Park this year. I was the first artist-in-residence at this particular park in northern Virginia. I used to live down there 20 years ago, and have been wanting to return in the spring to see the blue bells along Bull Run, where I used to ride horseback through the fields and woods. I'm so grateful for this honor to be chosen to take part in this program with the Department of the Interior and our National Park Service! Rather than a botanical rendering, it is an interpretation of memory and feeling - the yearning to see these blooms again after 20 years! This piece is on gallery wrapped canvas and the painting continues around the sides. It comes varnished and ready to hang.

- Roxanne Steed

Virginia Blues

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

16" h x 20" w x 1" d
1 lbs. 15 oz.



Roxanne Steed
Mystic, Connecticut

Getting to Know Roxanne

Some paintings have the power to draw a person from across the room. Those are the artworks that Roxanne Steed loves the most. For her, the two best things about a painting are color and texture. To add interesting edges to her paintings, she uses everything from a palette knife to a squeegee. She loves celebrating the beauty of life and enjoys gardening — including “therapeutic weeding” — and planning where to travel next. She has traveled to Ireland for many years to paint.