Curney Nuffer


Born in the Shenandoah Valley, Curney began his art education through the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School and Virginia Commonwealth University.  He also studied with portrait artist Eloise Atkinson and continues to study with graduates of the prestigious Surikov Institute, founded in 1851 in Moscow, Russia.

"Although a portrait painter by vocation, Curney Nuffer is best known for his inspiration painting classes he teaches in Richmond.  Curney is someone who will set up a sun-splashed still life outdoors and bring a cake to place in it - true dedication!  His enthusiasm is contagious.  He works en plein air as well as still life and landscape and truly just loves to paint.  His style reflects his extensive work with Moscow's Surikov Institute Painters." - Laura Loe, artist and owner of Nimrod Hall Summer Art Program in Bath County, Virginia, 2014.

He has spent 23 years perfecting his 3-hour Portrait Paintings. You may schedule a sitting with Curney by calling the Crossroads Art Center at 804.278.8950 with your contact information.  

Curney's studio is located at Crossroads Art Center in Richmond, and he also teaches classes at Crossroads Art Center.  Curney will call and schedule a session with you either at the center or his studio. 

Portrait Artist 


Curney's commissioned art work can be paintied from photographs or from life.  He is available for travel if neccessary.  The prices listed below are for portraits painted approximately life-size.

Impropmtu Head Study - Oil $1500, $1050 Pastel, $925 Watercolor

Head and Shoulders Study - $3500 Oil, Pastel $2400, $1725 Watercolor

PORTRAIT:  Mother Teresa by Curney Nuffer, Oil, 40x50

Half-Figure - $6200 Oil, $5000 Pastel, $2875 Watercolor

PORTRAIT:  Dr. Richard Clary by Curney Nuffer, Oil, 36x42

Full-Figure - $12,550 Oil, $10,750 Pastel $5775 Watercolor

PORTRAIT: Cathy by Curney Nuffer, Oil, 30x40

Group portraits - first portrait is full price, each additional figure 0ne-half price

PORTRAIT: Granddaughters at the Beach by Curney Nuffer, Oil, 40x50

Small Group Portraits - up to 24inx30in such as a picnic on lawn, walk on the beach, golf outing etc.:$4500 for 4 figures.  Each additional figure approx. $500 each

PORTRAIT:  The Three Graces by Curney Nuffer, Oil, 24x36

Murals - For private homes, clubs, offices - Prices start at $4750. Sizes 38in. x 50 in. and larger.  Prices dependent upon size and subject matter. 

Payment Terms: One half down and balance upon satisfactory completion.  Travel extra. Deposits are non-refundable.

Painting Classes


Crossroads Art Center
Classroom B
Winter Classes 2024
Starting Mondays, January 8, 2024, 1-4pm through Feb. 26, 2024
and Tuesdays, January 9, 2024,  9:45am - 12:45pm through Feb. 27, 2024

8 classes with make-ups any time during the semester in the other class day/time.

Cost: $260.00 paid by check, cash, Venmo, or Zelle 

*Please respond by email or text to confirm there is a space in the Winter class before sending your check*

RSVP to Susan Dull @ check holds your place in class.Please make check payable to Susan Dull and mail to 304 St. Davids Lane, Richmond, VA, 23221.No cancellations after classes have started. Materials list will be sent via email. 

Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels are welcome. Classes are primarily focused on oil painting, but Curney welcomes artists who work in acrylic and watercolor. The use of oil paint — from brushes and canvases to palette and technique — is the emphasis in these classes. Curney will demonstrate how the use of a limited palette emphasizes the importance of color, value, intensity, and placement of paint. Composition and the use of photos versus using still-life setups and plein air landscapes will be discussed. Demos and exercises are combined with painting time, or artists have the option to paint on their own with help from Curney throughout the class.


To register, please email Susan Dull @ to be sure that there is room for you in the class. Your check will hold your place in class. No refunds once classes have started.

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