My Artistic Journey – Childhood Influences

horse sculptureI’ve been creating art for as long as I can remember.  As a child, I scribbled, sketched and drew on countless drawing pads, loose paper and even onto the covers of my school books.  Back then, we covered our books with brown craft paper to protect them since the books had to be turned in at the end of the school year.  All that blank space called to something in me and, to this day, a blank piece of paper remains a siren call I can’t resist.  From my earliest memories, my mother encouraged my creative interests.  When I was six, she brought me over to our neighbor who was a potter and sculptor.  While visiting him in his studio, he gave me some clay, encouraging me to make something with it.  Then, as now, I was crazy about horses so I made a hoMom Photo3rse at rest.  A couple of weeks later, he presented my finished “horse” to me.  Like mothers all over, mine proudly displayed my “masterpiece” on a shelf for years.  Throughout my youth and into young adulthood, my mother encouraged my interest in art, kept me supplied in paper, pencils and paints and maintained a steadfast interest in my creative pursuits.  She died when I was a young woman, which left an immense void in my life.  While helping my father go through her things, I found my little horse sculpture, carefully wrapped up and tucked safely away in a drawer.  At that moment, holding it in my hands and missing her almost more than I thought I could endure, I decided I would find a way to follow my dream of making a living as an artist full-time.  I keep that little horse sculpture in my studio as a reminder, not only of her love and support, but that perseverance and loving what you do can make dreams come true.  Thanks Mom.

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3rd Annual Open Studio Weekend (Littleton, NH)

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Join me this weekend at my 3rd annual open studio.  I have lots of new watercolor paintings, graphite art and many affordable reproduction prints to choose from!  Come up to the mountains, take in the Fall foliage scenery and visit my studio.  The weather is supposed to be perfect for leaf peeping and I’ll even have some apple cider, cookies and other delicious treats for you to enjoy while you visit. Of course, I always hope to sell some artwork at this event, but there’s no pressure!  I’ll be just as happy to see some friendly faces and enjoy opening my studio to friends, family and art lovers for this once a year event.

First time visiting my studio?  Click here CONTACT ME for directions and I’ll email you the info.  Feel free to bring friends!!

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Pencil Art Society Member Juried Exhibit

OMG!!  I’m thrilled to announce that my artwork was juried into the 2017 exhibition of worldwide pencil artists sponsored by the Pencil Art Society.  Only 60 entries were chosen for this show and I’m overjoyed to have been selected!!  Hidden 4 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker WIMy first foray into the world of professional graphite art and I hope it’s a sign of good things to coHidden 5-Downy Woodpecker WIme in the future.  On October 1st, the awards were announced and listed on the PAS website.  Here are my entries that made it into the show, “Hidden #4″ (Yellow -bellied Sapsucker) and “Hidden” #5 (Downy Woodpecker).   I was not selected to receive one of the awards but I’m still very pleased that TWO of my entries were chosen for this show, especially since the exhibit consists of work by artists from many different countries.  These were two of my favorite graphite artworks (Well, I love them all but I do occasionally have favorites) from the “Drawn To Nature” exhibit I had earlier this year. 

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It’s In The Details (Painting In Progress)

Here’s a peek at a painting in progress in my studio.  I’m working on new art for my upcoming annual Open Studio on October 21st & 22nd.  Many people have told me they enjoy seeing the steps in my painting process so I thought I’d share images of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak painting currently in the works. Grosbeak WIP1

In Step One, I’ve sketched the drawing and used Pebeo drawing gum to mask the areas I want to protect while I paint the sky background. Grosbeak WIP2

In Step Two, I’ve removed the masking and put a light wash of color on the bird and leaves to guide me with the shapes, shadows and values of various areas. 

Grosbeak WIP3 In Step Three, I’ve completed the Grosbeak since he is sitting behind the leaves and I paint working from the back towards the front or foreground. 

I won’t be posting any images of the finished paintings until just before my open studio event.  Be sure to look for future postings here on my Blog or you can go to my website to sign up for my monthly E-Newsletter to see the new art.  OR, even better, you could plan to attend my open studio weekend and see the artwork in person!!

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48th Art In The Mountains Festival (Littleton, NH)

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Join me at the 48th Annual Fall arts festival on Main Street in Littleton, New Hampshire this coming Saturday, September 23rd, 9am-4pm!   I’m honored the Chamber of Commerce chose to use my artwork for this year’s art festival poster too!!  I will be set up in front of Parker’s Marketplace once again this year (directly across the street from the historic Thayer’s Inn).   I will have original watercolor paintings, graphite drawings and limited edition prints on exhibit and available for sale at the show.   This year the art festival will be hosting a People’s Choice Award so be sure to come by and vote for my painting by 3:00pm on Saturday!!

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Laudholm Nature Arts & Craft Festival (Wells, Maine)

Laudholm show1Join me this weekend in Wells, Maine at this annual fine arts and crafts festival on the grounds of the historic Laudholm Nature Reserve.  I won’t know my booth location until I set up; however, there will be maps provided so you can easily find me.  Think of it as a treasure hunt to find my art!  I will have original watercolor artwork, graphite art and unframed prints available.  The setting is absolutely beautiful and there will be music, excellent food (if it’s anything like the last time!) and lots of parking.  Don’t let any possible rain keep you away… several giant tents to hang out in while you look for just the right piece of art!

 

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Second Place Award (Mount Washington Valley Art In The Park)

Social Networking WI400Despite the rainy day, the recent Art In The Park festival held in North Conway, New Hampshire ended on a very good note with my painting of Common Redpoll finches, titled “Social Networking”, receiving a second place award.   I’m thrilled to have received an award because there are so many, very talented artists found at this show.

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41st International Exhibition of Watercolors

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Whoo-hoo!!!  My painting of a black bear, “Moonlighting”, was juried into the upcoming 41st International Exhibition of Watercolors to be held at the Gallery at the Kent Art Association on Main Street in Kent, Connecticut from October 15th – October 29th, 2017.  This exhibit is sponsored by the North East Watercolor Society and acceptance into this show is a much sought after annual event.  I’m always thrilled when one of my paintings makes it into this show!  There will be an opening reception and awards on October 15th, 2-4pm.

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Photo Adventures In The Wild (White Mountains, NH)

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You never know what you might see when you venture out into nature.  I love those moments of surprise when you see something unexpected, like this fawn whose antics made me smile as well as providing some terrific photo opportunities.   Then, I spotted a Great Blue Heron fishing and catching some of the biggest crayfish I’ve ever seen.  One crayfish was so large, the heron was unable to swallow it and ended up tossing it back in the water.  The thing looked like a small lobster!  I mean, can you see those claws?! 

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Imagine trying to swallow THAT whole…  This was what I call one of my “wild kingdom” moments when I was just in the right place and at the right time to see nature doing it’s thing.  I hope you have a chance to get outside and look for the wild around you too!

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Avian Art Exhibit (Jaffrey Civic Center, New Hampshire)

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Bird’s Eye View
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Open Reception June 30th, 5pm-7pm

For several months I’ve been working on a collection of paintings for a solo show of avian art to be held at the Jaffrey Civic Center in Jaffrey, New Hampshire and it is with a mixture of excitement and relief that the time has come to announce the opening of the show!!  This show features my watercolor paintings of a variety of birds in all their beautiful and amazing forms.  All the artwork is an intimate, close up portrait of birds, many at “eye level” or with the eye of the birds a prominent focus of the composition, thus the inspiration for the name of the show.  You will find some of the familiar birds we find at our backyard feeders as well as those birds found further afield. 

The show will be open to the public from June 30th – July 28th, 2017 and you are most welcome to come celebrate the opening with me at the reception on Friday, June 30th from 5pm-7pm at the Jaffrey Civic Center in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. 

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