About Me, Artist Couple, Beech Leaves, Birch Trees, en plein air, Festivals, Galleries, Process, Solo Exhibition

Vermont Institute of Natural Science

I am so excited to have my work showing at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) in Quechee, VT. I have always been an admirer of the work they do there. They are known for their rehabilitation of birds who have been injured, so that they can be released back into their natural habitat.  The birds that have injuries that prevent them from being released are cared for by loving employees.

I have my work hanging in the pavilion where educational programs and bird encounters are held. My work will be hanging from January 12th 2019 to March 31st 2019. All of the pieces that are hanging are new, and have never been shown in another gallery or show. The Owl Festival will be February 23rd 2019 and 24th 2019, a wonderful weekend for owl lovers! Stop in and check out my work if you are there!

All of the pieces that I have on display are original watercolor/Pen & Ink paintings that are mounted on wood panels. My husband Alex Drew made all of the amazing custom oak frames. They have a matt varnish to help protect the paintings. Watercolors should never be placed in direct sunlight, the UV rays will fade the pigments over time.

 

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Branching Out – Solo Show

Last Friday at the White River Craft Center, in Randolph, VT I had my first solo gallery show! My 44 original watercolor and pen paintings will be hanging until February 8th.

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The paintings that are up range from an old barn door, dried koas corn, birch trees and dead beech leaves. The sizes range from 4″x4″ up to 24″x30″ larger pieces. It took me a while to get all my pieces painted and together. My husband Alex made the oak and maple frames to fit my watercolors mounted on wood panels. Which made them look awesome!

I am so excited that people are interested in my work, and love when people like it. The weather was horrible the night of the opening reception, but still a lot of people came out to see my show. Thanks so everyone who came out to support me and my dream, I really appreciate it!

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New Paintings – Intertwined & Reeds

After a bit of a break I am back at it sketching and painting! These two paintings I am very excited about and love seeing them together. They are both mounted on wood panel and will be framed with oak. The frames are made by the wonderful Alex Drew.

Intertwined is a portrait of a tree found in Kennebunkport, Maine on a recent trip. I loved adding the little leaves to the tangled branches. This is my favorite piece to date. I keep painting the same tree, becoming more inspired every time I start a new piece. I love and hate when this happens. I know I should be working on other, different paintings, but just can’t seem to get the tree out of my head. So I will keep painting it in different sizes until I am satisfied and can leave it be for a little while.

My reeds piece is just a small 5″x5″ work. I am trying to paint more water and different plants. Trying to broaden my horizons, trying to Branch out more. I love the two together, both Intertwined and Reeds are calming pieces for me. I cannot wait to get them framed!

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Remnants

One of my favorite things about the winter is finding color interrupting the white landscape. Beech leaves cling to their branches, like golden pieces of confetti not ready to fall to the ground. Some are curled up almost like they are protecting themselves against the cold. Others are spread wide and inviting the wind to catch them so they can dance and flutter. Some have had a rough winter, losing pieces of themselves, all of them are survivors. I especially love to paint the ones with “imperfections”, they are all so beautiful, but the ones who have been bruised and ripped are by far my favorite.

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This 12″x24″ Piece I started like I always do, with pen work. I keep the lines light trying to keep the outlines of the leaves delicate. Then I start adding in the watercolor and give the leaves their shape and personality. I mounted this piece to a wood panel, and my husband made a wonderful maple frame to go around it.

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Lyme, NH Birches

Here is a look at my Lyme, NH birches watercolor. When I paint I use real trees to paint from, I learn something new from each tree I paint. I like to know that these trees are out there, and that I happened to stumble upon them. This piece is 6″x12″, mounted on wood panel & has an oak frame made by Alex. I am so excited that this piece sold at the Quechee Balloon Festival this year. This is one of my favorite pieces I have ever done!