I'm a full-time sculptor - Using Material, Scale & Abstraction to Explore the Human Female Body in Motion. I’m enthralled by the power and grace of the human body in motion — and completely absorbed by the challenge of capturing that essence in a static sculpture. As is obvious from my work, what drives me is the idea and not a medium or style. In fact, experimenting with material, scale and form is what helps me in this exploration.
Sculpture is completely integrated in my life. The studio takes up the entire first floor of my bungalow in historic Takoma Park, MD. I work with the doors open and welcome the constant pedestrian traffic of neighbors. The lower and upper levels — award-winning, much-toured spaces — are light-filled, private havens with purpose-built indoor/outdoor spaces. These spaces are remnants of my previous design/remodeling practice which I ran for over 15 years.
I think of my current focus on fine-art sculpture as Act 7. Previous acts included the design/remodeling practice mentioned, above, software development, corporate management, policy research, and public service. While these might seem quite disparate, the common thread is my nature as an agent of change. When I was younger, I welcomed the challenge of improving the performance of organizations. As I got a bit older, I welcomed the challenge of improving the lives of homeowners. Now, I’m pursuing a more selfish challenge to explore my life-long attraction to the beauty and power of the human form in motion.
My formal education formed a way of looking at and working within the world that has greatly influenced my art and design.
Ph.D., Decision Analysis, The Rand Graduate School, Santa Monica, CA, 1983.
B.A., Government, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 1974
2010: Art Glass Today, Schiffer Publishing, 6-page artist feature.
2009: "Artist searching for the intersection of motion and emotion", October 2009, Art Review in Montgomery County Gazette
2008: "Sculpting a Home", AmericanStyle Magazine, April 2008; Feature article on Braitman's work.
2008, Finalist Niche Awards Competition, Sponsored by Niche Magazine.
2006, Art McMurdie Architectural Award, Takoma Park, MD 20912
2006, Finalist, E-Merge – Biennial International Showcase of Rising Talents in Kiln Glass, Portland OR
2004, Finalist, E-Merge – Biennial International Showcase of Rising Talents in Kiln Glass, Portland OR
Recent Solo Exhibitions
2013: Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2012: Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, WI
2011: Sculpture Atrium Ritz Carlton Complex, McLean, VA
2010: "Transparency", Gallery at 1111 Penn Ave by Zenith Gallery
2010: Chroma Projects, 418 East Main, Charlottesville, VA
2010: Sculpture Atrium, Tysons Corporate Office Center, McLean, VA
2009: "The Body in Motion" Black Rock Center, Germantown, MD (read review)
2009: Sculpture Atrium, Tysons Corporate Office Center, McLean, VA
2008: Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2008: Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, Rockville, MD
2008: Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
Recent Art Commissions:
2014: $690,000: Public Art: Memorial to Chuck Brown “Godfather of Go-Go” Washington, DC
2014: $175,000: Private: Weathering Steel, Stone, Concrete, Painted Steel Landscape Installation including several art components
2013: $25,000: Private: Weathering Steel & Recycled Glass Wall Sculpture, Silver Spring, MD
2013: $25,000: Private: “Joy” aluminum dancer sculpture, Washington, DC.
2012: $75,000: Commercial: “The Light of One God”: Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD.
2012: $10,000: Private: Glass & Steel Entry Sculpture
2012: $75,000: Commercial: Suspended Sculpture for 3-Story Atrium for Space Research Company
2011: $15,000: Commercial: Steel, Concrete & Glass Lobby Sculpture