Perry Kapsch is a Signature Member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society. She graduated from Holton-Arms School, then from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1967 with a BA in Economics. In her professional life she moved from stock broker to floral designer to historic preservation to editor/publisher to painter.
A lifelong fascination with color and texture regularly returned her to painting. Her professional career as a full-time artist began unexpectedly in 2007 when paintings began to sell at local shows. Study to date has been with Howard Cohen at Gaithersburg Arts Barn, with Walt Bartman at Yellow Barn in Glen Echo, and at workshops with plein air artists such as Lee Boynton and Kirk McBride and with watercolorists such as Linda Baker and Joyce Hicks. Her recent studio projects include oil and watercolor illustrations for children’s books including “Griffins As Housepets” and “Carousel Farm”. Recent plein air events include Camp Hill and Paint Annapolis 2017.
Kapsch spent more than 30 years in land conservation and historic preservation in the Montgomery County Maryland’s Agricultural Reserve with organizations such as Historic Medley, Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Maryland Environmental Trust, and Sugarloaf Countryside Conservancy. For many years head of the local preservation group, Historic Medley District, Inc., she continues to edit and write for Medley Press, her upcoming publication is "Standing Stones, The Story of Seneca Maryland". She has now turned her attention to the further enjoyment of the Ag Reserve’s magnificent countryside as an inspiration for painting and book illustration. Her works in oil, acrylic and watercolor portray the sweeping landscapes, the historic buildings, and the variety of creatures that make the Ag Reserve such a national treasure. Her depictions of animals include both quixotic beasts from her imagination and the creatures found in and around her family’s farm where she grew up and still resides near Poolesville.
A strong influence has been travel -- five years as a child in Japan where she studied watercolor and learned that as much time must be spent taking out of a painting as putting in. In later years there were months spent in European cities (and their museums) while her husband, Robert, the scholar in the family, researched his books and other publications on engineering history and canals. One of the joys of growing up in Maryland is one could live on a farm and still be close to the Chesapeake Bay and sailing, which meant traveling under sail, sketching the world and its seaports from the deck of a boat.