Washington, D.C.-based artist Joey P. Mánlapaz earned her MFA in painting from The George Washington University where her ongoing fascination for and concentration on the city of Washington as subject matter was influenced by her mentor Frank Wright, a renowned painter depicting 18th-19th century architecture of downtown D.C. Mánlapaz exhibits extensively in the U.S. and abroad and is recognized for her unique form of painterly photorealism, a result of an interest in the photorealist styles of New York artists Tom Blackwell and Richard Estes, which she combines with the deep psychological sensibility of Edward Hopper and mysterious imagery of Alfred Hitchcock.
In addition to 25 years of teaching experience in all levels of drawing and painting, Mánlapaz serves the community through her lecture and art workshop series at several continuing care facilities that specialize in assisted living, skilled nursing, dementia and Alzheimer.
Her teaching philosophy emphasizes the realist approach through mastery of composition, direct observation, drawing and color mixing. Although a photorealist in her own work, Mánlapaz embraces each student’s unique approach to self-expression and encourages styles that fit their experience, so long as the technique is well understood and practiced. She teaches Introduction to Drawing: Bridging the Artist’s Eye and Hand, Painting in a Series, and Pre-College Drawing & Painting.