My 2006 vacation to Monhegan Island (ME) spurred my return to painting after being away for over 30 years. The artists there inspired me to buy some watercolor pencils, paper, and brushes to sketch a rusted, white iron bucket of bright red geraniums at the Monhegan House. Today, I draw inspiration from colors and light and nature in every season, whether it is from a grand vista of the White Mountains (NH), the marshes and dunes of Plum Island (Newbury, MA), or the rocky shores and mountains in Maine. For me, making art is about color, light, and working with the Creator.
My awards, shows, and exhibits include: 2016 Melrose Arts Festival juried (MA); exhibits at Beebe Estate in 2016, 2017, and 2018 (Melrose, MA); Wakefield Fine Art Exhibition juried (MA); Concord Art Paint the Town; Beebe Estate exhibits February 2016, 2017, 2018 by invitation (Melrose, MA); Newburyport Art Association 2018 Fall Members Juried Show, Part One; Newburyport Art Association 2018 Fall Open show; juried displays at Bernerhof Inn (Bartlett, NH); paintings on display at Red Jacket Mountain View Resort (North Conway, NH); Concord Art Student/Teacher Exhibition 2014 and 2019 (MA); "Art Blooms on Albion" 2017 and 2018 (Wakefield, MA); Concord Art Members Juried 1 shows: Painting & Sculpture shows for Melanzana con aglio e pomodoro in 2015 and Drooping Sunflowers in 2018 (MA); paintings hang at the Bartlett Inn (Bartlett, NH), and Nature’s Palette Exhibition with the NHPleinAir artists group at Wolfeboro Public Library (NH) sponsored by the Governor Wentworth Arts Council in 2017. Additionally, I received the Reading Art Association Fall Art Exhibition 2015 - Award of Excellence for the en plein air painting "Dawn Redwood." My painting The Pink House appeared April 2016 issue of Northshore Magazine and on WCVB-TV Channel 5 Chronicle. En plein air painting View of Tuckerman Ravine, Mt. Washington, NH was selected for 2017 Concord Art calendar. My oil painting Fort Point Channel Landmark: Boston Wharf Company was juried into the 20th Frances N. Roddy Open Competition at Concord Art (MA). The acrylic painting Lynn’s Sink appears in Newburyport Art Association’s 2020 Annual Regional Juries Show that appears online May 1 to May 30, 2020 at www.newburyportart.org.
My spiritual connection to the outdoors, drawing, painting, and photography goes back to childhood. I first picked up charcoal, pastels, and oil paints at age 12 at art classes with Wakefield painter Nancy Gambone. Throughout high school I took art classes. Pursuing “my art” today is a true blessing that emerged from a disability from Takayasu’s arteritis, a rare autoimmune disease that attacks the major arteries (www.vasculitisfoundation.org).
My return to art began with painting classes with Wakefield, MA –artist Mary Taggart. As I became more confident and adventurous, I branched out and painted with master pastelist and national juried oil painter Aline Ordman (White River Junction, VT), oil and acrylic painter Emily Passman (Lexington, MA), painter and digital artist Nancy Gruskin (Concord, MA), natural science illustrator and watercolor painter Sandy McDermott (Exeter, NH), contemporary nature painter Elizabeth Awalt (Concord, MA), Martha Wakefield (Belmont, MA), painter and printmaker Carolyn Letvin (Milford, MA), and with digital photographer and printmaker Barbara Ford Doyle (Chatham, MA). I belong to the Newburyport Art Association (MA), Concord Art Association (MA), the Reading Art Association (MA), the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield (MA), and the New Hampshire Plein Air Artists group.
My 35-plus-year career in marketing and public relations drew on my creativity as it involved writing and visual communications. I earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications at Bridgewater State University and pursued master-level studies in marketing management at Northeastern University and graphic design classes at Massachusetts College of Art.
Available for commissions.
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