Encounter New England Exhibition

I have two artworks in the current small works show at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA.  This painting received an Award of Merit, which is wonderful news and a real honor.  The Copley Art Committee grants Awards of Merit to ten works of art that demonstrate exceptional presentation, technique, composition, and style.  You can read more about it HERE.  The show is open April 7th through July 2nd and open to the public.  Be sure to check their website for gallery hours.  

Title:  “In The Clover”, 6″ x 9″, Available

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American Watercolors Society 155th International Exhibition

Some of the best news I’ve received this year has been the acceptance of my artwork into the 155th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society.  I mean… WOW!!  The exhibit will be held April 11th-April 30th, 2022 at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.  I was unable to attend the opening event but it’s still thrilling to have been accepted to this very prestigious show.  My painting of a white-breasted nuthatch, titled “Upwardly Mobile” is the first of my works to be accepted into this show and I hope will be the first of more to come!

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Small Works Show – “Emergence”

 

You can find one of my paintings included in the current small works show, “Emergence” at the Copley Society gallery in Boston, Mass.  This is my take on the theme – a bobcat emerging from it’s den, emerging from the camouflage of the rocks or even just emerging from the shadows into the warmth of the sun.  The show will be up until March 26th, 2022.  Be sure to visit the Copley Gallery website for visiting hours and more info!  You can also go to their website and see the exhibit online.  They are happy to answers any questions about the artwork.

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Taking A Leap – Gallery Opening

From a young age, I wanted to be an artist.  My dream was to make a living creating art of wildlife and in a way that connects people to our wild places and animals through my art.  My interest in art was encouraged, but my parents wanted me to choose a career that would provide what they felt was a more practical way of making a living.  For many years, I worked in the business world and learned many valuable skills, which I appreciate every day as I have pursued a career as an artist these past 17 years.  I’ve always made a list of goals at the beginning of each year and for the future to help keep me focused.  

This year I’m ready to go for one of the big goals – opening my own gallery in a place that would be a good fit for my wildlife art.  In fact, 2022 marks a personal milestone after all these years of working the outdoor art festival circuit, selling my art through other galleries and struggling to keep things going during the Covid years.  After almost two years of searching, I’m happy to say I’ve found it in the town of North Woodstock, New Hampshire.  It’s the gateway to the White Mountain national forest with year round tourists and visitors, people who love nature and wildlife as well as those who want to support local businesses.  I’m thrilled to be in this dynamic and bustling little town.

We’ve  spent the past month fixing the space up, painting walls, building display tables and making a small studio area so I can work on artwork when I’m there.  I’ve also invited a couple of friends from the art festival circuit to exhibit and sell their work too.  The theme for my gallery is all about the art of nature and wildlife with each of us drawing on this for the creation of our respective mediums.  In addition to my artwork and my husband’s woodturnings, there will be photographs by White Mountain Images/Chris Whiton and pottery by Hurricane Mountain Pottery/Holly Johnson.    

This is a HUGE step and I’ll admit that it’s more than a little scary.  I have moments when I doubt myself in attempting this while Covid remains an ongoing issue.  Yes, it’s possible I couldn’t have picked a worse time… but, it also feels like it’s exactly the right time.  So, I’ve committed to giving it a try for one year.  I don’t want to look back and regret not doing it so here goes.  I’d like to think the year 2022 will be a good one or at least a better one.  Regardless, it continues to be an exciting journey.  The doors are opening on February 2, 2022 and you are most welcome to come by.

 

 

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A Year of Art

Here’s a look at some of the artwork I created this past year.  It was definitely a year of the birds for me!  Going forward, I’ll keep working on the back yard bird series but I’ll also be creating more art of the animal kingdom in the new year too.  Already, there are several paintings in the works, featuring various wildlife found here in New England.  There will be the perennial favorites – black bear, fox, moose, deer and snowshoe hares but I’d also like to create paintings of beavers, fishers, otters, mink, raccoons and coyotes to name a few.  And what about woodchucks, skunks and muskrats…  Think anyone will buy a painting of one of these creatures?  Maybe yes, maybe no but it will be fun to try something different.  See you next year!

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