Dale Appleman lives and works in Washington, DC. Her paintings have been exhibited in solo and group shows in Washington, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Stamford, featured in several publications and purchased for private and corporate collections.  She grew up in New York City and worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art following graduation from Skidmore College with a BA in Art.  She has been a publications graphic designer for magazines, corporations, universities and non-profits.


My work lives along a boundary between image and abstraction.  I’m drawn to metaphor, the territory that mediates between word and image. Color is the engine —the power & nuance of color is a big part of my need to use paint.

This website represents a spectrum of work over time.  While continuing to experiment in color & abstraction, I also mine new & old subjects for possibilities in color, form, composition & association.   Recently I’ve been drawn to an Egyptian mastaba, Roman & Renaissance frescoes, oyster mushrooms, a damaged parquet floor & sea glass. They each have something to teach me about how to see & transmute my visual world.

A personal note: Artists should be lucky enough to know writers and art lovers who are interested in their work. Writing about one’s own work is an unwieldy grammatical dive into a translation of the essentially non-verbal. It’s not that it isn’t possible for artists to write well, it’s more that, as Jonathan Safran Foer once said, “A bird is not an ornithologist.”


AWARD   DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities grant for acquisition of 3 paintings for the 2018 Washingtonia Collection


Prince Street Gallery, 8th National Juried Exhibition, New York.    Juror: Graham Nickson, painter & Dean of NY Studio School

Idio Gallery, Phantasmagoria, Brooklyn NY. 
Curators: Gillian Zinser and Montana Simone

Interview with AWT Magazine, 2016  


Stamford Art Association, Faber Birren National Color Award Show, Juror: Anna Swinbourne, former MOMA  painting curator and independent curator and art historian.

Philadelphia Sketchbook Club, Absolutely Abstract, Jurors: Su Horty, Charles Kalick& Al Gury

Art Scene TodayNo Place Like Home  Juror: Kathleen Sowle

Women Do It!  traveling art exhibition @ The United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women Conference, NYC

DC Museum of Contemporary Art, Everyone We Know, The Art House Sketchbook Project, traveling show:  Atlanta, Washington, DC, Brooklyn, NY


Full resume on request: dale.appleman@gmail.com

Island Life, acrylic on canvas, 52x66

Island Life, acrylic on canvas, 52x66