I began my jewelry making journey over twenty years ago, it started with a love of things that sparkle and some fishing line. Fast forward through the years, many experiments, classes and much growth in design and skill I am still constructing wearable art that more often than not sparkles! The ocean inspires me, and you can see that in the colors that I use the most. I call them mermaid colors. Like the ebb and flow of the waves, my work is always changing. I strive to always keep changing my designs, and advancing my skills. I love the dichroic glass because I would not be able to ever make the same piece twice. Only the finest components are used in my jewelry including sterling silver, Swarovski Crystal and genuine sea glass.
Presently living in New England has traveled extensively. Her father was an accomplished artist and her mother was a published writer, therefore, being exposed to the various forms of art, it was natural to gravitated to both the visual arts and the written word. While writing came easy and sketching was fun, trying to find the perfect fit in the visual arts took some time. After much experimentation she discovered the world of pastels – vibrant, captivating and fortunately very forgiving. She first studied landscapes under pastelist Linda Obremski and what better place than in New England to study landscapes. She previously studied the art of fine detail in still lifes under the guidance of Mary Ellen Brown.
A New England native, she’s been dabbling in the arts since childhood. Starting off with a pencil and paper, her art had gradually evolved. Versed in drawing/illustration and oil paintings, her true interest remains with both photography and digital art. Wanting to capture what nature had provided most, her photography focuses on landscapes, with the majority of her work revolving around New England iconic scenery. Currently, Ms. Barry is working with the NAAA on its new website design and updating.
Sue is inspired by the natural world both at home in New England and in her travels, particularly to the Sonoran Desert and Hawaii. Sue has taught art in New England public schools and at Lasell College (now Lasell University). She earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College, and she creates paintings, drawings, sculptures, quilts, digital works, and poetry. Currently her practice focuses on oil painting and drawing. www.suebatchelder.com
Mrs. Bennett was born in Berlin, Germany and now resides in Pepperell, Massachusetts. Art has always been her favorite subject and, after a successful business career, she has concentrated on watercolor painting. Through her paintings, she wants to share what is close to her heart – the beauty of nature. Inspiration comes from her backyard “friendship garden”, a garden grown from cuttings given to her by many friends. Although she loves to paint florals and landscapes, she has also been painting “house portraits” on commission. Mrs. Bennett also teaches watercolor painting. During the summer months, Mrs. Bennett exhibits her paints in “Art-in-the-Park” shows. She has received many awards for her vibrant art. She is a member of the Nashua Area Artists Association and the Hollis Art Society.
My passion for art has been always with me although its taken me until now to pursue it in a public form. I am a photographer, digital artist as well as a abstract painter who enjoys creating works with recycled and found objects. such as hubcaps.
While on a safari to celebrate my retirement as an engineer in 2008, my enthusiasm for photography was rekindled. The beauty of Africa was the catalyst for my interest in nature photography. I specialize in African landscapes and wildlife from multiple photo safaris in Tanzania and Kenya in east Africa and a recent month-long safari in several countries of South Africa. Recent trips to Italy and Iceland provided new subjects and landscapes to challenge me. I try to capture animals in their natural environment and reflect their interaction with their offspring and other animals. Many of my animal images convey their essence as well as reflect "human" emotions. Photo editing software has also helped me to present a more artistic interpretation. Three of my African wildlife photographs were rated "Highly Honored" in past Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition. Another photo was selected for the cover of the African Wildlife Foundation annual calendar. My photo of "Baboon Eyes" was chosen for the cover of a mystery novel recently published in Cape Town, South Africa. When I am not in Africa, I can be found capturing local wildlife, seascapes, cityscapes, nightscapes and people of New England and abroad. I am self-taught and have learned from studying the images of Ansel Adams, Ernst Haas, Elliot Porter, David Muench, Frans Lanting and others as well as getting a little help from my friends. I just keep shooting, editing and learning through trial and error. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org (603) 557-4128 www.betherephotography.com
One adult education class years ago at the Merrimack High School in NH and I became hooked on wood turning. It’s definitely a good form of stress relief and I enjoy making one of a kind creations. I usually start out with a generic plan in place but each piece of wood is unique and I am guided by the wood itself that allows the true beauty of the wood within to shine through in the finished piece. I prefer working with woods that have some extra character, whether it happens to be a Burl or some sort of wood that contains the fine black lines of spalting, or maybe a piece of maple that shows the silvery trails left behind of the beetles that once roamed through the hard wood. One never knows what might be next on the list of things that I might create as it is usually the wood that helps decide the next direction to take.
Everything I see around me is a possible subject for my photos. Most of my photos are taken in my own back yard. They are usually familiar objects, but interpreted from my own point of view. I hope my art will inspire and encourage folks to stop and take a closer look and admire the nature and world around them and take in that one small detail that could turn their day around.I am a singer/songwriter, photographer and poet and I try to infuse these ideas into my songs and writing. My art and music can be found at tammyjann.com
I have been painting off and on since the age of twelve, always hoping to spend more time toward my passion and that someday I would be considered an artist. I am self-taught and have played with many mediums but find oil to be my favorite. I love the richness of texture and color. I am intrigued to paint any subject, such as still life, landscape, coastal/marine, and floral. Plein air painting is my favorite classroom, but most of my work is done in the studio from memory or photographs. I am not focused on one style or subject, rather always learning. While painting, I am lost in the moment. There is nothing greater than when one sees your creation and feels a connection and joy. I am drawn to the works of Monet and Sargent, along with many others, and love to visit galleries whenever possible.
I’m a self-taught artist working in acrylics and instant coffee. My studio is located in the beautiful town of New Boston in NH. Although I paint a multitude of different subject matter, my preferred is landscapes and seascapes. I paint many subjects using instant coffee which not only gives an aromatic delightful scent in the process, it also gives a beautiful sepia tone. I am an Artist member and exhibit with the Whistler House Museum of Art located in Historic downtown Lowell, Massachusetts.
My art is representational realism, but I like to infuse it with emotion and a narrative, and let the viewer bring their own perspective to the pieces, and to have an internal personal experience with them. I have a BFA degree from Tyler School of Art,Temple U., Philadelphia, Pa. and Rome, Italy. My work is in private and public collections, and it has been part of several solo and group shows in the Merrimack Valley.
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life" - Pablo Picasso I firmly believe this statement and it is why I paint. It's always been a therapeutic process for me. I started painting as a way to overcome personal traumas and I’m never going back! For the most part, I paint my experiences as a music fan and spiritual seeker.
I am a 21 year old artist, I have been making art for 14 years, and through out the years I have advanced to new ways for art making. Starting with traditional art, I’ve been doing since I was about 6, I’ve been doing digital art for 7 years and my progress has shown I’ve come a long way. As proud of myself I am, I want to be able to show everyone my skill and maybe try to get myself out there more!
My work is intuitive mostly. I start with one or two colors and let the medium take me on an adventure. It is the only time I am comfortable not having direction. While I practice a broad range of art techniques, my passion is for abstract painting, mark making, and collage. I love to incorporate my customized digital, mono-print, and free hand, collage elements into my work. In fact, a majority of my pieces will include a combination of the three. Some of my favorite mediums are heavy-body and liquid acrylic paints, India ink, and water-soluble crayons and pencils.I create to provoke thought and emotion you wouldn’t necessarily think or feel otherwise. I am intrigued by the vast differences between extremes and strive to capture them in my work. The intense need to push myself out of my perfectly proportioned and symmetrical comfort zone motivates me to create on a daily basis. My inspiration comes from intricacy and simplicity and order and chaos (in life and art). It comes from places and objects that boast playful proportions, high contrast, vibrancy, and complimentary color palettes. It comes from the art community and the many talented artists I’ve been lucky enough to meet and know. My collections are not just works on paper, they are conversation pieces. They encourage fun and positive social interactions and inspire artistic perspective.
Ryan Flynn is an artist based out of Merrimack, NH. Primarily working in oils, Ryan's style is heavily based on the symbolism and style of the renaissance, mannerism and baroque movements in art history. His subjects typically symbolize philosophical ideas and concepts that are found in a wide variety of organizations including Freemasonry.
Nature & Nostalgia – those are the subjects that I am, pardon the pun, drawn to. I am a hyper-realistic artist and the "devil is in the details" – the more details, the better. The medium of colored pencil affords me the ability to hone in on that aspect. Nature has so many nuances to them that detail is imperative to capture the essence of a living being, whether it is flower or animal. Nostalgia also lends itself to detail. The more detail, the more the image will come alive for the viewer – evoking their own memories attached to that particular object in the drawing. After choosing what I will draw, I lightly sketch out an outline of my subject. I start by coloring light to dark. Building up the color in light layers, building up and building up until the color "pops". This is usually accomplished in five to six layers of color. When you think that the piece looks "dull", keep building – and it will come alive. I will work on one area of the drawing and finish that area before moving onto the next, establishing technique for the rest of the piece to follow. Patience, is the key to my art. Most pieces I spend about an hour per square inch. More complex pieces can be twice that time. It is not uncommon for a piece to have more than one hundred hours put into it. https://www.facebook.com/TinaSGagnon/ https://www.instagram.com/tina_s_gagnon/ https://twitter.com/Tina_S_Gagnon
Art is the most beautiful contribution humans make. It can touch the soul, lift spirits, and inspire change. To take part in its creation or be its recipient is to grasp a bright snippet of heaven. Surround yourself within it, and you shall find happiness, no matter what your circumstance. Beauty to me: Traditional styles, and people who see beauty in everything, everyone, everywhere. I am a 45 year old student at MCC (thank you for offering Fine Arts, MCC!) I'm from Salem, Massachusetts, but have been living in Manchester, NH for the past 20 years, just a 5 minute drive from heaven, aka. the Audubon-with my husband and four children and miniature Schnauzer, Austin
Unicorn Crossing Art by Cat Horn Est 2019 Cat Horn is an independent artist specializing in acrylic and watercolor painting. Inspired by animals, crystals, and colorful scenery, Cat often paints colorful pet portraits with magical backgrounds and realistic animals. The brand name ‘unicorn crossing’ refers to the idea of reality and fantasy coming together. While striving for realism, but still trying to take the viewer to a new world, Cat produces a wide variety of works in all colors of the rainbow. Prints and merchandise are available online through Society6, FineArtAmerica, and imagekind. Follow Cat on Instagram @unicorncrossingart Check out the Facebook Page @UnicornCrossingArt Email for information on custom commissions and pet ortraits. email@example.com
I remember my college roommate saying “ Loretta, You’re the sort of person who would find meaning in a falling leaf! “ My reaction was “Doesn’t everybody find meaning in a falling leaf?” My earliest form of art learning was as a child in visits to the Cleveland Art Museum. I admired particularly the lyrical calligraphy of the brushstrokes and the creatively imagined compositional space of the folding screen ink paintings. My regular observance of the Impressionists & Post-Impressionists added an appreciation of color and expression. I graduated from a special double program at the University of Maryland with a Masters in Fine Art and in Art Education. For a decade I was an Associate Professor of Art at Madonna University in Livonia MI, outside of Detroit. I was very active for another dozen years as an Assistant Professor of Art at Rivier University while raising my two daughters in NH. My art has been in national and international juried exhibits and has been acquired by private and public collections. I have participated in a partial fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and been an artist resident at the Cultural Collaborative of Ghana. My goal is to use evocative and expressive imagery to touch the imagination of the viewer. My major subject is the spiritual qualities of nature. For that purpose, I recompose life images to best inspire musings in the viewer, musings that I hope will relate to their experiences or perhaps make them more appreciative of nature. This is an important goal in this time of global warming. I was an Associate Professor for a decade at Madonna University MI and was an Assistant Professor for a dozen years at Rivier University in printmaking, watercolor, color and design & art appreciation. I currently teach in my Nashua North End Studio for Fine Art.
These oil paintings tell a story of the once-familiar viewed in new context and form. The canvas records actual scenes of New England, conveying the mystery and joys of travel and fresh vision. The earth “breathes” in and out with compositions that bend with a heaving shape. Skies are majestic in wide-angle vision.
I am a retired Elementary School Teacher. I have always been interested in art. Oils, Acrylics, and watercolors are a few of the mediums I have worked with. Landscapes and old rusty trucks are my interest. I have done some commission work, but paint mostly what interest me.
A lifelong native of Nashua, NH, Madeleine has been drawing and painting since childhood. Although she has no formal training in fine art, she has benefited from instruction with various local artists over the years. Her earliest artistic attempts were limited to pencil sketches and copying published material. Later, she worked in watercolor and experimented with other media, such as pen and ink, charcoal, photo oils, and acrylics. Today, her primary media are pastels and acrylics. New England landscapes, and New Hampshire in particular, provide inspiration for much of her work. Flowers are especially enticing and form the basis of much of her work in pastels. Using photographs she has taken as her basis for inspiration, most of her painting is done in studio Madeleine has become an active member of the arts community in the Nashua area since her retirement from teaching English in the Nashua school system. An active member of the Nashua Area Artists’ Association, she regularly exhibits her work in their ArtHub Gallery at 107 West Pearl Street in Nashua. She also holds membership in the Hollis Arts Society as a juried member, the Pastel Society of NH, and the Central Mass Pastel Society. In 2017, Madeleine was one of ten lead artists in the citywide arts project, Comeback Kitchen Table, sponsored by City Arts Nashua. In April of 2018, she was the Featured Artist of the Month at the NAAA ArtHub Gallery. Her work has been juried into numerous exhibits over the past three years at Grace Chapel Gallery in Lexington, MA. In November of 2018, her artwork was included in the NH Pastel Society’s national juried exhibit at the Discover Portsmouth Center. In winter of 2018-2019, she was one of six artists invited to exhibit in the Healing Arts Gallery of Monadnock Community Hospital. Her artwork is included in numerous private collections around the country. “I try to depict the wonder of the world around us in my artwork. I strive to bring this sense of joy and awe to my audience, and I hope that they will connect to my experience.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: facebook.com/ExpresslyM Instagram: madeleine_larose
I am a Seventy-four year old self taught artist who started painting with Acrylics four years ago after retiring from Cosmetology for fortyy-four years. My works include "Landscapes, Animal life and Portraits". I reside in the city of Nashua, N.H. with my wife Mary Ann of twenty-three years. My other interests include fishing, watching the Patriots and RedSox and what the outdoors and nature have to offer.
An artist for over 35 years, I attended classes at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and have studied under the tutelage of a number of local artists. I am a member of the New Hampshire Art Assoc., Monadnock Area Artist Assoc., Nashua Area Artist Assoc., and the Center for the Arts. I was an oil painting instructor for Bedford Parks and Recreation for 5 years and now teach in my studio in Bedford, NH. Oils is my preferred medium. My artwork has been recognized over the years with a number of awards and publications. Some of which to include: First and Third place in the Greeley Park Art Show; Second Place in the NH American Mother's Inc. National Art Competition; and First Place, Best in Show for my painting at the Sidewalk Art Festival in Portland, ME. Families First, Artist of the Seacoast selected my artwork for their Artists of the Seacoast calendar. I was a featured artist in the Bedford Journal and Bedford Bulletin publications. Also, an image of one of my paintings was published in the "Art of Motherhood" book of short stories by Covenant Communications, Inc. My work has been exhibited at the Robert L. Levy Gallery and The Children's Museum in Portsmouth, NH; Sunapee Fair, League of NH Craftsmen and The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens in Newbury, NH; East Colony Fine Art Gallery in Manchester, NH; The Nuance Gallery in Windsor, VT; and the Center for the Arts Micro Gallery at the New London Inn. Most recently, in 2019, I was one of three featured artists at the New London Hospital Art Program Exhibition. My primary goal is to achieve a sense of realism in my composition by paying close attention to detail. Landscapes, still life, seascapes, and wild life define my work, but my inspiration lies in an appreciation of the natural beauty of the world's palette.
I am a mostly self –taught glass artist. After many years of doing semi-precious stone jewelry I took a fused glass class and was hooked! Glass is an interesting medium as often your results are not what you expected, yet beautiful in its own way. Many hours of experimentation brings unique works of art glass. Over the years my skill level and technique has grown and yet there is so much more to learn. I have taken classes in person and webinars from some of the best glass teachers in the world. Besides NAAA, I am a member of New Hampshire Made, which promotes local artists. My work has been featured in several industry catalogues and one piece is to be featured in a worldwide calendar for the coming year.
Tracy Levesque is an acrylic painter who creates vibrant and textured landscape paintings reminiscent of stained glass. Filled with dimension and fairytale-like imagination, her work will sweep you away into Nature and the depths of your imagination. You can visit Tracy's studio at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA and you can see her work online at www.tracylevesque.net
Kathleen (Kathy) has been drawing and doodling since early childhood. A Connecticut native, Kathy attended the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. While at UConn, she received instruction in Watercolor and Oil Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Art History, Graphic Design and Illustration. She began her career working in various computer graphics positions, but over the past decade, has focused solely on hand-created art. Kathy is a mixed-media artist who employs a diversity of materials and techniques in her work; from painted glassware, collage, and colored pencil, to pastels, acrylics, altered books, and most recently, photography. “I begin nearly every new piece with a loosely-structured plan in mind. As my work progresses, I allow the piece to marinate and to evolve”, Kathy says of her work. The resulting artwork often conveys a quirky, whimsical, and somewhat 'funky' vibe. “A part of my soul, and personality goes into everything I make. Creating art has always been exciting, challenging, and very centering. It is most definitely, a labor of love,” Kathy says. She was selected by the Nashua Area Artists' Association, to display her work in the Art Hub Gallery as Artist of the Month in January 2018. Her collage entitled Birds of a Feather won an honorable mention at the NAAA juried competition 'Community' in May of 2018.
I am primarily a self-taught artist born in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York and now living in Nashua New Hampshire. I have had some training and have also learned techniques from other artists I have known. Living and traveling in different areas of the country, I have found beauty everywhere. For the thirty plus years that I have been painting, I’ve used oils, watercolors and most recently, acrylics. The inspiration for my paintings comes from the beautiful scenery that is all around us. I enjoy bringing a comforting and familiar feeling to the viewer – to bring back a memory.I thank my mother and grandfather for this inherited artistic talent and also thank my family and friends for the encouragement and motivation they’ve given me and hope to share the world I see through my paintings with them, and those I have not yet met.
Howard Muscott has photographed nature, landscapes and wildlife for more than 40 years. Grounded in his early years of hiking, backpacking, and mountain climbing, Howard's love for nature photography is fueled by the exquisite beauty of the natural world and the wildlife residing within their various ecosystems. "The ideal photograph tells a story that speaks directly to the heart and moves people to self-reflection. It combines one's vision for the image with the best natural, ideally golden light, and requires both persistence and opportunity." Self-taught, Howard has had more than 25 individual and 50 group shows highlighting among other things nature, autumn colors, Southwestern peoples and light, the mountains of Alaska, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest, and wildlife. Howard's work has been published on the cover of national journals in education, in newspapers and books, and used on educational and other websites. Howard was the featured artist at the 34th Annual Beaver Brook Fall Festival in 2014. He has won numerous awards for both wildlife and portraits including most recently, Best in Show at Beaver Brook Association four years in a row. He was recently honored as the 2019-20 Artist of the Year of the Manchester Artist Association. Howard is a lifelong special educator and retired professor who directs the New Hampshire Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports at SERESC in Bedford, NH. His work can be found on his website and at various stores, galleries, and office buildings around NH.
I am a self-taught artist driven purely by the passion to create something new and interesting every time I have a blank canvas in front of me. Every painting is an experiment and a learning experience. Over the years I have been influenced by various artists and their styles. My creations are original concepts designed by infusing real life subjects with a bit of imagination. My style has evolved over time but one things has not changed - the paintings are bright and colorful. I use acrylic pains to give it an almost oil-like effect. Apart from painting, I also love computer aided graphics and 3D modeling - yet another self-driven adventure. I live in Andover, MA with my lovely wife and daughter. Coincidentally my daughter shares the same passion for art as me.
I'm a physician and artist. I was born in Gujarat, India, but grew up in New Jersey, and now live in Massachusetts, in a little town with classic New England charm. I enjoy sketching in pencil and with grayscale markers, painting in oil, and photography, especially when I travel. I am mostly self-taught, but I enjoy taking classes and workshops with other artists since I haven't had much formal training. I am inspired by nature, people, travel, and others' beautiful artworks. Painting is a meditative experience for me. I paint scenes I love and enjoy the opportunity to study them in detail over the hours I spend on the works.
Monique creates original oil paintings of landscapes, gardens, and market scenes in the impressionist style. She studied at the Leonardo Da Vinci School of Art, and the American University, both in Cairo, Egypt. Monique exhibits in national competitions and has won numerous awards for her oil paintings. She is a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association, a Signature Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, and a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America. Monique’s paintings may be seen in several galleries throughout the US. In addition, Monique has an impressive list of corporate clients.
I originally started off in photography during high school. Later I would attend and graduate from the New York institute of photography. I chose to try painting on a whim and quickly fell in love with the freedom it offers. I still take pictures from time to time, but the canvas is really where I want to be. Love the journey.
Pat Cabana Silva was born in Nashua, NH, raised in Tyngsboro, MA., married and returned to Nashua where she has resided for over 50 years. She is a self-taught artist, wife, mother of one and grandmother of one. She is retired from the Nashua School District after 25 years as an administrative assistant. She has always loved the forever changing colors of nature, especially in New England and her “Home away from Home”, beautiful Aruba. Her favorite medium is oils but she also experiments with pastels, watercolor and colored pencils. She has participated in several exhibitions in the Nashua area and is a Board member of the Nashua Area Artists Association having served as Treasurer and President. She has received several awards for her work both locally and nationally and been accepted in juried exhibitions. Her work is exhibited in the ArtHub Gallery in Nashua, NH and in her Etsy Shop. Some of her award-winning pieces can be seen on the website www.lightspacetime.art and in her Etsy shop www.patsilvaartstudio.etsy.com
Artist's Statement My love for Arts and Crafts began at an early age with paper dolls and designing their clothing and creating back grounds for them. I grew up in the small country town of Tyngsboro, MA. along with my 2 sisters and brother. We would often walk in the woods and the colors, shapes and textures of nature always fascinated me. I am still trying to capture that with my paintings. My favorite subjects come from nature. Landscapes and seascapes in New England provide an ever-changing scene to try to paint and the beautiful island of Aruba provides amazing ocean sunrises and sunsets. My first love is oil, but I am always experimenting with other mediums. My subject matter varies including landscapes, seascapes, florals, animals and house commissions. Recently I have experimented with capturing scenes in miniature paintings, (2”x2” up to 4”x4”) and found that I really enjoy capturing the minute details in such a small size. I am a long-time member of the Nashua Area Artists Association in Nashua, NH. and have served on the board as Treasurer and President.
I’ve grown up I a home with artists. My dad was a draftsmen and was impeccable in his drawings. My brother has been a plein air landscape artist for 45 years, and presently teaches art classes on Cape Cod and has a home gallery in Pocasset, Ma. I’ve taken several art classes and completed many years of course work at the Art Institute in Boston, the New England School of Art & Design, Montserrat School of Art, and other classes at museums. I consider myself an amateur artist with some talent but a lot to learn and improve on. I’d like to take some refresher drawing classes and try my brush at watercolor, a long time interest of mine. I’d like to be around other artists enjoying this wonderful creative expression.
I see painting as a search; scouting out major objects and intersections and defining their relation to one another. I see similarities between this search and the hypnotic pull that maps have on us, as if grasping the “lay of the land” will help us solve a great puzzle. I feel that in one way or another, we’re all compelled to observe the world around us, define its meaning, and find our place within the landscape. I begin my process by observation, looking for the structure of natural forms. I use this as a loose “map” to guide me through process of the painting. I then break apart these pieces by using collage, thick lines, and color to create a new space. My current work is an exploration of new ways to fit my pieces back together. I am incorporating new media that plays on the intersection of the natural and man-made. It is my intention to create small worlds with nooks and crannies for the viewer to explore
I see things differently than most and refer to myself as a Pajama Artist…. I love waking up to a brand new day of possibilities. With comfy clothes, coffee in hand, I head to my backyard studio, to create, revive and bring to life a new piece of art. My love in finding inspiration in old, run down, rusty vintage items has always been a passion of mine. Customizing signs and sculptures for clients from family heirlooms, like Grandma’s meat grinder, which is now a rotating “Mantel Moose” or Grandpa’s old tools that are now welded together to spell the family name. My reward is knowing when a piece is done. I stand back, lay down my helmet, torch and tools, and for now, the world is as it should be. Something old and forgotten, meant for the junk pile, now has new life.
Pop Artist Michael James Toomy paintings possess a humanity and sensitivity rarely seen in contemporary art, giving a serious thought-provoking edge to his pop art style. His "Innocence" series of paintings convey the images of everyday people in extraordinary circumstances. Toomy has been painting and drawing since he was a child, but has received little professional artistic schooling, with the exception of some Saturday classes at the MFA Boston and continuing art education classes over the years. As a young man Michael spent several years as musician and songwriter and was heavily influenced by the power and ability of great songwriters to pen lyrics that listeners can identify with their own experiences, their past, or dreams. Michael has been involved with the Live Nations Rock & Art Charity Event in Boston, Massachusetts. where his portrait of musician Mark Knopfler was sold on-the-spot to the actress Glenn Close. He also created the Throwaway for Amnesty International Chapter, The Boston Firefly Project. Michael currently lives and works from his studio in New Hampshire. Michael’s work has been featured in galleries and numerous group and solo shows. The artist currently works out of his studio in New Hampshire with his wife and 2 children. See his web site at www.londonderryfineart.com.
I paint the effects of time that has weathered and corroded these discarded machines that contributed to America’s growth and development in rural as well as urban areas. They helped build roads, farm fields, and carry supplies that help make our country great. I hope to immortalize them for future generations who may never hear or see them operate. Recently I have looked to classical art and mythology as inspiration for reinterpreting these works using machinery. I enjoy incorporating the past into contemporary art and find it engages the viewer to question and delve deeper into the meaning of the piece.
I work on my oil paintings out of my studio in Merrimack, NH. My style is detailed realism, I paint a variety of subjects including landscapes, seascapes, and still life. I have also done some watercolors and animal portraits. I am mostly self taught, but I was very fortunate to be able to study for a few years with famous New Hampshire realist artist James Aponovich when he had studios in Nashua NH in the Chase building and then later at the Manchester Institute of Art.
I'm a child psychologist moving into photography, a life long interest, as I move towards retirement.
I am a recovering addict. I have been taking photos since I was 10 years of age. My first camera was a Polaroid Instant. I have no formal schooling in the field of photography, just a natural eye. Within the last year I have become a GettyImages contributor and started an online business with the assistance of my roommate who is a schooled fashion designer. I am looking to learn as much as possible from others and desire to use my photography as a way of reaching others that may have or may be struggling with finding their own true calling. I photograph many different types or styles of subjects that interest me. Most of what I shoot is in a natural setting. I enjoy capturing the things that most people just walk by unnoticed, or from angles that others do not shoot from. This is what sets me aside or apart from others. I shoot with both my iPhone 7 Plus, Nikon 750 Full frame with a Tamron SP 24-70 f/2.8 Lens and my DJI MAVIC Air.