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About the Artist

A mood, glowing light, subtle color harmonies and above all, the chi or spirit of the subject, are what Lassie Corbett captures in her paintings. Lassie does much of her work on location, getting inspiration directly from nature. In Spring and Fall, she is frequently seen sketching or painting at Great Falls, Virginia or other scenic locations.

Watercolor is Corbett's primary medium, although she regularly paints using Oriental brush painting techniques on rice paper. As her work has become more complex, Corbett incorporates subject matter from her numerous photographs and sketch books into her paintings. Most recently, her work has taken a dramatic turn to experimental painting in acrylic and mixed media. She has taught workshops in creativity using these exciting new ideas.

Lassie's interest in Oriental painting was stimulated by a two year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer and blossomed under the tutelage of Professor Chen Bing Sun at the Chinese Artist's Guild, where she studied for four years and received a teaching certificate. She has been a member of the Sumi-e Society of America and has had paintings accepted in their national juried shows.

Corbett's artistic training culminated in her receiving an MFA in painting from American University. However, she is ever the student and regularly studies with nationally recognized watercolorists. Additionally, Lassie has operated her own art school, A Place to Paint, in Herndon, Virginia since 1983.

Since 1990 Ms. Corbett has won numerous awards and has been accepted in juried shows in Virginia sponsored by the League of Reston Artists, The Greater Reston Art Center, Richmond Bel Grade Art Show, Waynesburo Fall Festival, and the Virginia Watercolor Society. In Maryland, she participated in the Frederick Festival for the Arts, and Bethesda Row Arts Festival.

Travel is another of Corbett's loves. To facilitate her desire to teach, paint and travel Lassie leads her students and other willing artists on workshops to exotic or out of the way places. Hawaii and Mexico are regular winter retreats. Trekking in Nepal or basking under the Mediterranean sun are but a few of her haunts. Corbett has led excursions to Turkey, Greece, Ireland, France and Peru.

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Awards and Accomplishments

  • Gallery Owner and Teacher for nearly 20 years.
  • Master in Fine Arts from American University, Washington, D.C.
  • Awarded Signature membership in the Virginia Watercolor Society
  • Current Year
    • Accepted in the 2002 Annual Virginia Watercolor Society juried exhibit in Abington, VA
    • Featured Teacher/Artist in the Plaza Arts Quarterly Newsletter published on the east coast for Plaza Art Stores.
  • Previous Year
    • Three paintings accepted into juried exhibit at the Arlington Arts Center.
    • Two paintings accepted in the Treasury of Art Exhibit, receiving an honorable mention.
    • One painting accepted by the League of Reston Artists Show at the JoAnn Rose Art Gallery.
    • Accepted into the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival (one of the top ten festivals in the nation).


  • Council for the Arts of Herndon, Board Member
  • Herndon's Art in Public Places Program, Active Member
  • Fairfax Council for the Arts, Active Member
  • Virginia Watercolor Society, Signature Member
  • Potomac Valley Watercolor Society, Member
  • Greater Reston Art Center (GRACE), Member
  • Vienna Arts Society, Member
  • Sumi-e Society of America, Member
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Shows and Exhibits

Monthly Exhibits
Heron House at Lake Ann
Hours: 12:00 - 5:00 Saturday and Sunday
April/May - "Spring Flowers/Iris", Watercolor
June - "Wonderful, Whimsical, Wild Wacky Women", Mixed Media
July - "Sunflowers", Watercolor
Aug/Sep - "Creations", Part of a series of new Mixed Media paintings

October "Autumn Glow" - One Woman Exhibit
Fall Landscapes and beautiful glowing Leafscapes

Nov - "Small Prints and Paintings for gift giving.

One Woman Shows - As a participant in the Arts in Public Places, Lassie has had approximately eight solo exhibits yearly in businesses such as TRW, EDS, and First Union Bank, as well as public libraries, community centers and other Council spaces. In 1998 TRW honored her as part of their Woman's Week Celebration and she was invited to have a one person exhibit for the opening of their new building in Reston, Virginia.

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