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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.
www.gailallenartist.com Gail was born and raised in Western Massachusetts, spending her formative years outdoors, drawing and painting the surrounding farms gardens and forests, developing a deep connection to natural environments. She pursued her love of art with a traditional art training at Paier College of Art, ultimately spending many years as an art director and illustrator in the Boston, Massachusetts and New Hampshire area, while continuing to paint. Her long painting career has produced many series, done in different styles, which she believes is an important element of her growth as an artist. This was essential in her development of a personal symbolic language which she uses in every painting. As a lifelong gardener and outdoor enthusiast, she believe our connection to nature is fundamental to our health, wellbeing and our understanding of who we are. Her representational paintings and drawings reflect upon to our current societal relationship to the environment we live in. They are often large and meant to encompass the viewer, taking them on a journey which brings them up close and personal with nature's elements, ultimately, illuminating the interaction of reality and perception, at a given moment in time. Her current, newest series of surrealistic figural paintings is based upon her life experiences, using her personal symbolism, as it interpreted from many diverse cultures. These often also incorporate natural elements, with a tendency towards psychological evaluation of a moment in time.
Presently living in New England has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe as well as lived in the Caribbean. Her father, a nuclear engineer, was also 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 and photograph landscapes
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.
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.
www.brazaostudio.com Michael Brazao is a teacher at Creative Ventures Gallery in Milford, NH
Patty Christensen is a local artist (southern NH area). She paints in all different medias and enjoys painting seascapes and landscapes. Patty is a self taught artist and has been painting for seven years. She also captures the light with photography.
www.ciacciart.com 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.
Graduating with a BA in art from Northern Illinois University, Janet went on to work as a graphic designer in the commercial art field. Some years later, she began to freelance client work from home, as well as teaching art in private classrooms. Eventually, she returned to focus on her love of painting. Intrigued by color and light in her flower garden, she began to paint flowers in large and small formats. “I focus on the lovely flowing edges, the delicate color and the inner beauty of the flower - bringing the flower to life.” In addition to local shows, she has been juried into Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Shows in NYC, the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic Show in NYC, and the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society, NOAPS shows. Most recently, she received an “Award of Excellence” from the NOAPS 2022 Online International Spring Show. www.janetclingermanhsiao.com www.facebook.com/JanetClingermanHsiao E-mail: janetchsiaoART@gmail.com
aimeecozza.com Aimee Cozza is a freelance illustrator out of Southern New Hampshire. She graduated from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in illustration. Since then, she has been working in a variety of ways completing various illustrations for clients, friends, and for herself. The majority of her works are created digitally using a Monoprice on-screen tablet setup through Photoshop. However, she does also create works using traditional mediums including her personal favorites such as croquil pen and ink, scratchboard, acrylic and oil paints, and others. Aimee likes to create worlds and stories based on what she sees in her head. More often than not, the images she ends up creating may be or border on sci-fi or fantasy subjects, as she has a penchant for science and science fiction. Her most common subjects are space, extraterrestrial worlds, fantastical beings, creatures, and ominous, off-putting subjects. She tends to lean more towards dark, strange, or downright weird concepts and stories; she is inexplicably drawn towards depictions of dark-beautiful romance – the kind that usually doesn’t end well. Many images she creates are based around a central theme. This theme unifies characters and worlds of her pieces, usually through stylistic choice, color, and other frequently used themes of duality — light versus dark, sharp versus soft, loud versus quiet, protagonist versus antagonist. It is in these contrasts that she finds the best stories lie and can be told. Frequently, she explores worldly concepts of femininity and masculinity, anarchy and structure, and of being hurt, either physically or mentally. She also explores mental health issues such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and trichotillomania. In exploring these themes she hopes to help society question what they know as good or bad, and understand there is more than one side to any story. Along with illustration, Aimee also works in the field of graphic design, web design, and marketing design. She has also created and helped produce many self-published titles for friends, clients, and colleagues. She is also an aspiring writer, with a three-part book series in the works. She likes to work with other artists to collaborate group projects. In addition to collaboration projects, she has worked on community projects in New England such as outreach murals and beautification projects. In addition to drawing and writing, she also enjoys many kinds of music, dabbles on guitar and bass, and enjoys collecting insects as well as other strange and abnormal oddities. She likes cars and animals, and dislikes coffee and chocolate flavored ice cream.
Hello! My name is Ekaterina and I am full time researcher at Harvard Medical School and part -time young beginning artist. I was born and raised in Russia, before I came to New England at the age of 19. I developed passion for painting in high school and took few classes in watercolor as high school student. It was not until few years ago when I decided to took my passion for painting on next level and learn new media - acrylics. I strive everyday to improve my technique and learn new skills. I get my inspiration from my life experiences and people around me. I am also a ballroom dancer and some of my paintings inspired by healing energy of dance. Creating paintings helps me to power through tough times in life being therapeutic as well as creative process. I am looking to be part of art community which can provide my growth and support as an artist. I also would like to volunteer my time to help local art community thrive. Thank you for your consideration.
https://artbyesther.blogspot.com I became interested in creating art in high school when I enrolled in an art major course in my senior year. I dabbled with several mediums but settled on photography for many years after high school. I started watercolor painting in 1988 and have studied under several local Westford artists--Nancy Russo, Kathy Dunn, Cynthia Van Horne Ehrlich and Kathy Cooper. Most recently I took a workshop with Robert O’Brien and another workshop with Laurie Goldstein-Warren. I paint watercolors in a realistic style but also create some paintings by pouring watercolors. I am a Signature member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, an elected member of the Academic Artists Association, an Associate member of the American Watercolor Society, an Associate member in the New England Watercolor Society and a member of the Chelmsford Art Society. I have been juried into several national level competitions. I am currently in the American Watercolor Association 2022 Associate Member’s show and the RIWS 2022 National Exhibit. My work can be seen at: artbyesther.blogspot.com
Studied art in college, then changed to engineering. Spent a career in high tech. Upon retirement went immediately back to studying art.
www.tinagagnon.com 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
www.fineartamerica.com I live in southern New Hampshire, an hour from the beaches and two hours from the White Mountain National Forest; two areas rich in landscape and seascape that any artist would love to frequent with a bag lunch, a paint box, a sketchpad, a couple canvases, and several hours of decent light... I've been an artist for over forty years and have been drawing ever since I can remember (starting with a clown in 'Magic Marker' under my parent's coffee table when I was four 🙂 My greatest influences are New England's four beautiful seasons and the availability of the ocean, lakes, woods, cities, and rich history. Artistically, I must tip my hat to the early influences of Frazetta's use of vivid color and imaginative geometric composition; Monet's surrealism; Homer's economic use of color (and time when painting on the spot), and myriad painters past and present and too numerous to count. My personal philosophy on art (and certainly not an original one) is that art must follow the rules of good artistic principles in order to be tastefully executed, i.e. an understanding of values, tones, composition, etc. With this, I believe anyone can be an artist, although talent helps. I primarily paint in oil, watercolor, and ink - watercolor brings me the most joy - especially when I know that I have a subject that is special to me. I only paint what I want. I hope you like what I paint too 🙂
www.studiomarkemile.com David is owner and lead photographer of Studio Mark Emile in Nashua, New Hampshire. David specializes in family and event portraiture including high school seniors and athletes producing traditional portraiture along with a specialized product called "Sportraits". David also produces commercial product images for several manufacturers. David is always looking for new and unique methods of creating his art. David has studied with several photo artists including Joel Grimes of Phoenix, John Hartman of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and Lyndsay Adler of NYC. www.studiomarkemile.com
www.thespiralstudio.net I am an award-winning artist and poet. My artwork along with my poetry have been exhibited nationally and lives in collections worldwide. My visual work and writings are mainly nature based and spiritual. When creating I feel possibility. I listen to the rhythms of the paint/objects or the words. I let my brush or pen guide. I look for the heart of the matter that I’m not always aware of until in the act of creating. My mind begins the journey. My soul, brush and pen complete it. I love belly laughs, storytelling, vibrant colors, gardening, my cat Jasper Johns, good grammar, interesting words, reading, fixing things, exercising and yoga. I am certain my greatest is amusing others—unintentionally. selected exhibitions
- Smaller Big Art Show, juried exhibition, Alchemy & Art, Amesbury, MA – 2023
- Pompanooscu Mills, showroom representation, Nashua, NH – 2023
- Watch This Space, multiple group exhibition and poetry readings, Manchester, NH – 2022
- The Prominence of the Heavens; solo exhibition & poetry, Amherst Library, Amherst, NH – 2022
- Earth on Fire, juried exhibition & poetry reading, Chelmsford Ctr. for the Arts, MA – 2020
- Fruitlands Museum Shop, Harvard, MA – 2018-2020
- MAP Volume IX, juried exhibition, Jupiter Hall, Manchester, NH – 2019
- Sacred Skies, solo exhibition, paintings & poetry Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson, NH – 2019
- Unexpected, juried exhibition, Awarded First Place, The Art Center, Dover, NH – 2019
- Open Studios, monthly exhibitions & demonstrations, Western Avenue Studios, Lowell, MA – 2011-2018
- Merrimack Repertory Theater, juried exhibition, Lowell, MA – 2017
- Andre Rushing Gallery, gallery representation, San Diego, CA – 2006-2009
- San Diego Repertory Theatre, Lyceum Horton Plaza, two-person exhibition, San Diego, CA – 2005
- San Diego Art Institute, juried exhibitions, San Diego, CA – 2000 through 2005
- Women’s Caucus for the Arts Exhibition, group exhibition, University of San Diego, CA – 1998
- Patio Azul Gallery, gallery representation, Sedona, AZ – 1993-1995
- The Artist Loft, solo exhibition, Durango, CO – 1993
- Ceres Gallery, juried exhibition, paintings & poetry, New York, NY – 1992
- Natsoulas/Novelozo Gallery, juried exhibition, Calgene Fine Arts International Competition, sponsored by the University of California, Davis, CA - 1959
- Mosaic Art Collective, Conversations of home and heart, Manchester, NH – 2023
- Port Veritas, featured open mic poet, Portland, ME – 2022
- Watch This Space, multiple spoken word readings, Manchester, NH – 2022
- Alien Buddha Press, Zine #44, poetry & painting, Spartanburg, SC – 2022
- Oddball Magazine, featured for Int’l Women’s Month, poetry and painting, Cambridge, MA – 2022
- Stone Soup Poetry, open mic readings, Boston, MA – 2020 through 2022
- Oddball Magazine, poetry and paintings, Cambridge, MA – 2011, 2016, 2021 & 2022
- Earth on Fire, featured poet, Chelmsford Ctr. for the Arts, MA – 2020
- Jupiter Hall, spoken word readings, Manchester, NH – 2019
- Rodgers Memorial Library, First Place juried poetry contest, Hudson, NH – 2019
- Riverwalk Cafe, multiple open mic readings, Nashua, NH – 2016-2019
- South Shore Scribes, founder and organizer of writing and open mic group, Quincy, MA – 2010-2015
- Twiggs, multiple open mic readings, San Diego, CA – 2007-2009
Lifetime student of many media. Classes at community centers, adult ed, art associations and with artist friends. Recently moved to New Hampshire.
www.dragonflyanddragon.com Allow me to introduce myself briefly. I am a human, who happens to be channeling beauty of the Universe to canvas and photo paper (or should I say raw files in the age of digital photography). I was born in St- Petersburg, the one of the most artistic cities in the world. I was born in the family of physicians, who deeply believed were that art itself would not sustain or provide for living, but it is necessary to build a broadly educated and fully developed human being. I started to draw and paint in a very early age, but I always felt somehow "predestined" to be a doctor. An I became one... Twice. First in Russia, and then all over again here, in the US. I feel that medicine is an underestimated brunch of art, which allows to heal not only bodies, but also the souls. My passion to VISUAL art has been boiling in me for my whole life, and finally, I decided to let it out. I do not have any formal art education except 10-week acrylic painting course, which I took at the beginning of 2020. I am still learning. Every day. And further I go with a brush and easel, more I feel that that our world is the most beautiful place in the whole Universe. I feel that if I could inspire a single person with what I capture in my works, I may call call my day completed. www.dragonflyanddragon.com
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
Growing up in New Britain, CT I always wanted to be an artist like my parents. When I was a girl, my father taught me how to do architectural drawing, work with pastels, and oil paints. As a young woman my mother taught me how to set up a well constructed still-life and to draw with colored pencils. She also helped me discover my love of plein air painting. After my father passed away and now living in Keene, NH my mother was showing her work in the summer weekend outdoor art shows. She entered my artwork in the student division of the Nashua Area Art Association's Greeley Park Art Show in Nasusha, NH. I was awarded a ribbon for a pastel study of a stargazer lily that both my Dad and I were drawing. I participated in the Keyes Art Group Community Park Show in Milford, NH in the high school division. I won an award there as well for a watercolor of Monadnock. My major in English and minor in Anthropology has been a great asset to my art career. At Keene State College I developed my skills in critical thinking, analytics, communication, and read extensively about art history. I took art classes both on and off campus. In my adult life living in Michigan I have done many commissioned pieces in different art mediums including a house portrait and race car piece. Moving to Lansing re-sparked my childhood love of plein air painting with my mother. I have photographed, painted, and written about the history of the river trail modeled after my father’s book Walk Around Walnut Hill. In May of 2019 I donated 85% of my possessions to charity and got rid of in-home cable/internet to focus solely on my artwork. I have spent the last two years developing my professional skills working on a new series of iconic New England scenes. The references and tutelage for these works has come from both my mother and Aunt. Recently I have gotten back on the internet with a new phone connection and have started an Art in the Family page. I have been making a series of videos about an artist's life and teaching all the skills I have learned because I feel art should be accessible to everyone from appreciator, to beginner, to professional.
https://janiceleahy.wixsite.com/mysite in somnis veritas I wanted to be different. I am drawn to edgy, yet meaningful art. I am attracted to bold colors, working with profiles or abandoned structures; interior and exterior. There is something that makes one look deeper at those images. A darker contemporary style is a constant there in my works. I've been drawing and painting for decades. I was accepted at two art colleges, though I never attended for fear of being a starving artist. So I went to college in financial studies. I did attend evening classes at the DeCordova Museum School. I switched mediums mainly to Acrylic though I do use Oils occasionally. Grief took over when I lost my spouse in 2019 and son in 2020. Both loses have been difficult, but also inspirational through my faith. I am thankful for every day I breathe. I believe my works reflect that.
www.lucilesmerises.com 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. www.lucilesmerises.com
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.
www.tracylevesque.net Tracy Levesque is a New England based fine artist who was born in the Berkshire Hills in Western, MA and is currently working out of her studio at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA. A self-taught artist specializing in acrylic painting, Levesque received a dual Bachelors Degree in Theater Art and English and American Literature from Brandeis University. Levesque has been exhibiting her work nationally for over 30 years and has work in hundreds of corporate and private collections across the globe. Tracy’s chromatic paintings are a celebration of color, line and texture that together blur the boundaries between fine art and illustration. Reminiscent of stained glass, her meticulous use of color and line create an optional illusion that draws the viewer not only into the image, but into another world entirely. Levesque calls her unique signature style “Fairytale Realism.” For more information on Tracy Levesque and her work please visit her website at www.tracylevesque.net
I’m an older starter in the art world. I have been drawing and painting since I could walk. I have loved creating since I was a young child but took a 35 year hiatus to raise my family and train as a journeyman Ironworker. My steel career became art as I designed and built steel stairs for residential and commercial buildings. I retired at 58 years old because the physical ware and rare over the years have taken its toll on me. I picked up pencils again as soon as I got a chance and fell in love with the arts again. I have been creating portraits for commissions for three years now and I love to be around other creators. I constantly search for learning opportunities and I know that I can contribute time to organizations that have the same attitude as me.
From the age of eight, when I received my first camera, I have been looking at the world through a lens. My interest in photography began with snapshots of my life - family, friends, travels, my children, the milestones they achieved, the adventures they embarked upon. As my children became less will subjects, my attention focused on my environment, the obvious and the less so. I find beauty in objects often overlooked, a doorknocker, a window frame, a weed at the side of the road, a dilapidated boat. The philosophy to "stop and smell the roses" is one we should all embrace. I strive, through art, to encourage one to take that moment.
I am a photographer who is very passionate about rural New England landscapes, with many of my photos in and around Greater Nashua and Hollis.
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.
Martha V. Munroe CA is a self-taught artist. Martha has lived in Hyde Park and Framingham MA and Ethiopia, Africa. She now lives in Townsend MA and welcomes visitors to her studio there, by appointment. Influences are Looney Toons and Art Deco. Interests are “what’s it all about” and UFO’s. She is a member of the Copley Society of Boston MA as a Copley Master; the Hollis Art Society, Hollis, NH; and the Nashua Area Artists’ Assoc. Nashua, NH. Since the beginning acrylics have suited her style of painting. Martha uses large areas of solid colors and needs them to dry quickly so she can glaze on the next layer of color. She prefers to use masonite instead of canvas which enhances the glazing effect. She paints from visual and emotional stimuli. Sculpting with paper mache’ has been added to her talents since 2007. www.studiomvm.com
www.chasingthegoldenlight.com 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.
www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/sanjeev-nanden 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.
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.
https://www.craftycatastrophe.com/ I love the arts, specifically: photography, drawing and painting. I enjoy learning new techniques and have some experience in knitting, macrame, jewelry making and print making. I have a minor in art from Tufts University, along with a BS in Computer Science. After surviving cancer and being a caregiver, I am shifting my goals to focus on a more creative and community-based life. When it comes to the world of art, I am excited and have a lot to learn! Artistically, my interests are with the interactions of colors, art as a means of communication, and contrasts. Our ability to identify and ignore juxtaposed ideas often tells us a lot about ourselves and our world. I’m also fascinated by the ability of art to reach across societal boundaries, allowing us to find each other and find positive experiences together. I love the arts, specifically: photography, drawing and painting. I enjoy learning new techniques and have some experience in knitting, macrame, jewelry making and print making. I have a minor in art from Tufts University, along with a BS in Computer Science. After surviving cancer and being a caregiver, I am shifting my goals to focus on a more creative and community-based life. When it comes to the world of art, I am excited and have a lot to learn! Artistically, my interests are with the interactions of colors, art as a means of communication, and contrasts. Our ability to identify and ignore juxtaposed ideas often tells us a lot about ourselves and our world. I’m also fascinated by the ability of art to reach across societal boundaries, allowing us to find each other and find positive experiences together.
www.instagram.com/ejr_artwork Erin Rychalsky is a Massachusetts artist with a background in drafting, engineering, and software feature design. She discovered her love of art at an early age and always enjoyed painting with her grandfather in his basement workshop. Practicing art fell by the wayside for a number of years while studying and building a career; However, with the support and encouragement of her husband and close friends and family, she’s made it a priority in her life again. Erin enjoys watercolor painting, pen and ink, and charcoal drawing in her at home studio in Northern Massachusetts. You can usually find her listening to Dave Matthews while she works with her Shih Tzu, Reilly, lounging nearby.
Artist Statement As someone who has always been encouraged to perform at my best in school and in my career, it was easy for me to adopt the attitude that anything less than perfect is not good enough. Trying to create art as an adult became hours of staring at a blank piece of paper afraid to put down a single brush stroke or pencil mark. After several emotional discussions with my husband, Dan, he helped to adopt a new motto: Dare to Suck. It sounds a bit crude, but what it boils down to is that we live in an imperfect world and it’s important to find the joy in simply creating. What does it matter if the piece isn’t perfect when the joy was in the process? With this new mindset, I’ve been able to use my art as a sort of therapy to help me to learn to let go, enjoy the process, and celebrate the end result even if it’s not exactly as I originally imagined because it’s exactly as the joy in my process intended it to be.
I am an artist that has taken many private study classes and public classes with local artists in New Hampshire for my education. A lot of my artwork is self taught.
www.moniquesakellarios.com 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.
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 StatementMy 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.
www.etsy.com/shop.connectedceramics Courtney is a Massachusetts raised artist. She took her first community ceramics class in 2019 and has had her hands in clay ever since. She loves experimenting with organic forms and creating pottery inspired by the earth. In the garden or at the studio, Courtney is happiest with some form of dirt in her hands. https://www.etsy.com/shop/ConnectedCeramics
I am an abstract artist stylist painter and writer with customization interest fashion and canvas and wood work.
www.newbeginningsbycarla.com 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.
I'm a child psychologist moving into photography, a life long interest, as I move towards retirement.
https://www.instagram.com/abigailwade.art/ My work explores the interaction of man-made objects and nature in our contemporary everyday life. Raised on a rural farm in New Hampshire, I have been surrounded by nature and its ever-changing passage through everyday life. Growing up in an environment where seemingly insignificant changes in weather or season affect what is growing and living, both for plants and animals, it developed in me a sensitivity to exploring nature and the importance of our everyday lives. I moved to Texas to receive my Bachelors in Art-Painting at the University of Dallas, a private liberal arts college. Moving from the rural northeast to the suburbs of a major metropolitan city sparked an interest in me as to how nature and man-made objects interact in a contradictory harmony. I moved back to New Hampshire after I graduated, but I have continued to explore the ideas that began to develop in that time. During my undergraduate years I was drawn to the early Impressionist painters and how they tried to showcase an instant of time in their contemporary lives. Inspired by this, my oil paintings explore my observations of the momentary occurrence of the passage of time. I look at it through our own contemporary daily lives in things viewed as ordinary and mundane. Walking home at night or driving on a freeway are everyday occurrences. But in those mundane everyday events there is a beauty and complexity that exists through the interactions of man-made objects and nature in an ever-moving world. The world around us is not static. Objects are constantly in motion. Man-made objects and nature are constantly interacting. Colors are shifting and changing and time is constantly passing. I think a lot about time. What is the essence of how we perceive time and what makes up time and those infinite finite moments that collectively make up the whole. What is so precious about those moments. They are full of color and light and motion and then vanish in an instant. I want to show how insignificantly important a moment captured in time really is. To show the movement, the color, the speed, and the innocence of an instant of time through the interaction of man-made, manufactured objects and the natural world. With this in mind, I have created my own way of exploring and modernizing the Impressionist ideas. My broken and expressive brush strokes push past the static nature of an image and allow it to become more tangible and real. I highlight the process of my painting by building up the paint in some areas and leaving the canvas and underpainting to show through in others. It brings the viewer to not only see an image, but to also see the actual paint and colors that I used. I also use the brush marks to show my own hand in the work and highlight that it is a painting and not a photograph. Although I mostly use photo references, I am painting an impression and an environment not a copy of a static image. I am always observing the world around me and I use the experience of my observations and how nature and man-made objects interact to influence my color choice and the way light affects objects in my work. Each painting has a main focus or intent. I create and heighten a mood or emotion based on the composition or the cropping and scale of the piece. Smaller pieces are often a more intimate moment, while large pieces are generally a broader point of view in the landscape. I crop the composition to create an intriguing point of view and often to highlight a specific element in the work. My goal is to take an emotion, a memory, an ever-changing moment of mundane life and show its movement, its color, and its excitement. I want to bring it to someone and help them see too, without even realizing what they have to see. It is a living moment of a bygone instant of time that I have trapped and caught in the static canvas.