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Art was a wonderful outlet for me as a child and still is today. I am a passionate supporter of art education for the many benefits that art education provides to students. I continue to explore art mediums and methods to benefit myself and my students. After discovering that art was my strength in elementary school, I knew that art would be part of my future. I was fortunate enough to earn a small scholarship to help toward my studies at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire where I earned a BA in graphic design and a Master's degree in art education. While working toward my undergraduate degree, I had the privilege of a study abroad in Seville, Spain. My journey has been a long one, interrupted with a salaried manager's position in retail for over 10 years. A recurring dream encouraged me to enroll in a Master's of art education program at Plymouth State. I am now teaching art to adults and K-8.
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 dichoic 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.
Hayley is a young aspiring artist who is working on perfecting her skills in order to become a professional artist. While she dabbles in many different mediums, her main work focuses on pen and ink illustration. Hayley was born and raised in Vermont and currently resides in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Each of my abstract paintings evokes the feelings of beauty, joy, and healing that I experience while out in nature. My paintings are spontaneous and organic, and I have no fixed plan when I begin a painting. I paint intuitively and what emerges on the canvas comes from deep within my soul, and each piece is highly emotional and spiritual. I build layer upon layer, and once dry, I respond to what is working and only then do I add the next layer, adding and subtracting colors and markings with each layer. Some paintings come together quickly, others can take ten to twelve layers until I am satisfied that the piece is cohesive enough to call it finished.
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 as part of the NAAA as both their Webmaster and Newsletter Editor.
Through her jewelry, New Hampshire native Martha Bergstrom combines her interest and love of gemstones into wearable pieces of art. “I enjoy working with metals and gemstones,” says Martha, “and find satisfaction out of designing a piece of jewelry that someone will love as much as I do.” Gemstone Wrapture jewelry features some of the treasures of the earth … delicate in appearance yet durably wire wrapped in 14k gold filled, sterling silver, copper wire or a combination of metals. Each piece is designed to enhance the beauty of the gemstone.
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.
I’m Grace Brown, currently a student at Plymouth State University majoring in Art History. I have a wide range of interests in the arts with fashion being my current passion, and presently in my creative journey it feels natural for me to begin to display and sell art-work that I have created.
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 love art. My mother’s side of the family have painted and sketched for generations, so naturally I picked it up when I was little. Through my childhood and preteen years I attended public and private art classes. Although my passion for art took a bit of a backseat during high school, it resurfaced in my early twenties after I graduated from Plymouth State College and enrolled in weekly non-credit oil painting courses with my mother at NHIA in Manchester.
My earlier paintings were mostly of boats on the ocean. My eyes were drawn to the high contrast of lights and darks, the beautifully curved and foreshortened shapes, and the tranquility and reflective quality of the bodies of water. I have developed my own style over the years. I enjoy using multicolor brush strokes to add dimension and interest in reflective surfaces and skies. I usually paint on smaller canvases, so I don’t get bored.
I am a hobbyist painter, and I am always looking to educate myself and learn from professional artists in the area. I enjoy visiting art museums and artist homesteads. Currently, my favorite artists are Maxfield Parrish and John Singer Sargent.
I started painting in 2011 when I moved to New Hampshire from North Carolina by taking Kevin Dadoly’s watercolor night class at Sohegan High School. I find such peace when I paint.
A self taught artist born in the Philippines, currently living in New Hampshire. It has taken time for her to discover her own individual style and continues to experiment on different brush strokes, color blends and multiple mediums. She found inspiration from the five different countries she has lived and the many others she has visited, with each painting becoming an expression of the experiences in her journey to discovery.
She does commissioned works, mostly abstract and anything that is about nature with a mixture of modernism.
My photographs are generally ordinary every day objects that we pass every day. While we often see them we don't really look at just how extraordinarily beautiful our world is. Flowers are a common subject as they are easier to work with than people :-). I absolutely enjoy showing others that "beauty is all around if we open our eyes to see".
Loretta C. R. Hubley is a Fine Art Printmaker, Painter, and Art Educator. Her nature- inspired art conveys an expression of spirituality. Loretta has recently strayed from editioning her multi-color etchings and collagraphs toward creating unique prints showing different affects of light or seasons. These color moods are also reflected in her watercolor paintings on rice paper and in her oils on canvas. She no longer teaches in an academic setting, but is willing to mentor creative artists in her studio.
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.
I have been painting for most of my life. I have however, spend the majority of my time in the business world and raising a family. With this new phase in my life, I now am more fully dedicating myself to oil and portrait painting which has always been a passion of mine.
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.
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.
I have been living in Nashua for 15 years with my musician husband and our 12 year old daughter, and am currently a full time elementary Art Teacher in Derry, NH. I have been involved in the arts for as long as I can remember, growing up dancing in Wilton, NH and then narrowing my focus to the visual arts when I was in high school. I attended Bradford College in Haverhill, MA, and the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada receiving my B.A. in Creative Arts, and then later my M.Ed at Rivier College.
My love of nature can be found in nearly all of my work, this current series is inspired by my love of fiber. Several Fruit and vegetables are mended with the patching technique, darning , and then fruit can be seen morphing together becoming one.
When I am not teaching I can be found working in my sketchbook, crocheting, reading, and spending as much time as possible outside biking and running.
Painting will always be the expression of my joy and happiness. My feelings and emotions become a reality on a canvas. It's beauty in the simplest form; nature and the elements: earth, air, fire and water. The inspiration for my art varies from painting to painting. It could be the beauty of the place I'm in, a song that's playing, or the feelings I'm having in that moment. Growing up in Milford, New Hampshire I spent most of my time in the great outdoors. Whether it be in the woods of my neighborhood or at the coast. I have always loved spending time in nature. I took art classes in public school and experimented with many different mediums; acrylic, watercolors, pastels, and pottery. It was not until, at least, 18 years later that I picked up a paint brush again. I reside in New Hampshire where I pull my creativity and love for art from my life and nature.
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.
I use my camera to share the unique stories in the landscapes found around my New England town that are often overlooked and go unnoticed. Sometimes hidden within the modern, there is still evidence of a footprint dating from the revolutionary war. I celebrating the simple beauty of our past by creating images of farms, open fields and historic structures that hold our stories.
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.
Gregory B. Searle is a digital computer artist from Nashua, New Hampshire with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Lowell (now U-Mass at Lowell) and a computer programming background. He combined these seemingly opposing skill-sets to create unique computer-generated “fractal” imagery using his own custom computer code. This allows him to explore a whole world of mathematically-generated imagery, carefully crafting the limitless parameters to produce one-of-a-kind, high-quality fractal prints.
The word “fractal” roughly means “fractional dimensions,” referring to the mathematical tendency of a fractal shape to form somewhere “between” classical geometric dimensions. Fractals are created by iterating a mathematical formula, geometric progression, or another repeating process to generate an increasingly complex, often beautiful result. The “art” is in the selection of parameters, colors, and forms to build aesthetically-pleasing and visually-stimulating imagery. Greg only prints one single-edition print for every work. The final image is printed through a photo service on high-quality photo paper. Everybody each sees something different in these images, as they are purely abstract and non-representational.
Greg is a juried artist and a member of the Nashua Area Artist Association. He has exhibited in the Arts League of Lowell gallery, the Nashua Area Artists Association ArtHub gallery, the Nashua Public Library, the Angles and Art gallery in Haverhill, and online at the Light Space and Time gallery. He received “Special Merit” and “Special Recognition” at the Light Space and Time gallery.
For more information on fractals and the artist, please see his web site, www.fractalartdesign.com. This site and the fractal program it hosts were built from scratch without frameworks by the artist utilizing a code editor. The fractal program is under continuous development as the artist explores new techniques, and is freely accessible to anyone who would like to explore the fractal world.
Stacy Topjian Searle is a pen and ink landscape artist from Nashua, New Hampshire who works exclusively in black and white.
Searle began her art education at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston Massachusetts. She later earned a BA in Art from the University of Lowell, Lowell Massachusetts, where her focus was on Illustration.
Stacy uses on-site sketches and photographs as references for her work. She begins by laying out the general composition of a piece in pencil. Once a composition is in place, ink is applied to create a contour drawing of the scene. Detail is developed through her unique blend of cross hatching, contour lines, parallel lines, stippling and scrumbling techniques to create the mood of each piece.
While Creation inspires most of her work, she also draws old barns and farmland that is very much a part of life in New England.
Stacy is an award-winning juried artist and is a member of the Nashua Area Artists Association. She has participated in Nashua’s Art Walk and has exhibited in group exhibitions at ArtHub Gallery in Nashua, NH, Beaver Brook in Hollis, NH, the Whitty Gallery in Hollis, NH, the Brush Gallery in Lowell, MA, the ALL Gallery in Lowell, MA, Angles and Art Gallery in Haverhill, MA, The Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg, MA, and Uforge Gallery in Boston, MA.
I am an abstract painter working to capture the energy of life be it from the summits of the Whites to the auric fields of individuals. The images are driven by feel and instinct and a challenge to transfer those internal images to the canvas. My career as an artist has emerged in the second half of my life.
Artist, Instructor, and Naturalist
I am inspired by my experiences with people, habitats, plants, wildlife, and conservation.
I was awarded an art scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. I also earned a Master of Arts from the University of Houston in the Fine Arts and Arts Education. I have worked as a secondary art teacher, a private and public art instructor for adults and youth, and an art therapist. I was proud to be selected as the “Artist in Residence” for the National Park Service, Amistad near Del Rio, Texas. The solo show “El Cielo, Las Mesas y El Rio Diablo” was celebrated with artists and the public in Del Rio.
My paintings, drawings, and illustrations are in private collections in the United States, Europe, and South America. I was selected recently to have my first solo show in Massachusetts at the Conant Gallery of Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA (currently exhibited until December 14, 2018). I have been fortunate to exhibit with friends and art colleagues across Texas including Austin, Amarillo, Dallas, Del Rio, Ft. Worth, Georgetown, Houston, Kilgore, Round Rock, and San Antonio.
I currently teach drawing and watercolor at the Fitchburg State University, ALFA program and the Fitchburg and Worcester Art Museums for the Seven Hills Foundation. In June 2019, I will teach plein air watercolor at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden.
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.
My art works are kin to me. I love to connect my inner imaginative world with others’ worlds. I feel that the purity of this connection is the glue that binds humanity together. Art is my way of forming relationships, making connections, and expressing emotions.
When I graduated from Cornell University, my singular goal was to go to NYC and become the Foods Editor of “The Ladies Home Journal”. Eventually, I became the Assistant Editor of of another magazine while studying for a master’s degree in Art Education at Columbia Teacher’s College. Marriage, a move to Nashua, NH, followed by the subsequent births of our two sons led to significant adjustments to my original career goal. I enrolled in the Manchester Institute of Art to study metal jewelry design.
Always seeking new challenges, mine became how to incorporate glass beads in my metal designs. That led to many classes in lamp-work bead making, and eventually I studied the traditional bead weaving techniques from various parts of the world. My newest challenge has been to deconstruct all the learned and traditional rules and forms of flat, stylized beading and develop my own deconstructed style of “free-form, off-loom, needle woven designs.” My goal is to produce work that flows and moves, allows for blank, unfilled spaces and other subtle intricate manipulations to achieve a third dimension. My one-of-a-kind creations are known for my own, now easily recognized style.
I am an artist and designer inspired and driven by nature and wildlife. The animals, birds, insects and special places in New Hampshire feature prominently in my work because it is my own personal habitat, and a large part of who I am. A native of the Granite State, I thrive in the woodlands and meadows, where I hike, study, and meditate. I try to take in each detail of those natural spaces which then fuels my inspiration and is reflected in my work. I studied Fine Art, Antique Process Photography, and Business at the SMFA/Tufts Boston. My work in metal began in the mid 1990s and I continue to work today primarily as a metalsmith, making hand fabricated jewelry using precious metals, copper and bronze. My pieces are typically nature themed and use unique, hand-chosen stones. I am a Juried Member of the Hollis Arts Society in Metals and Acrylic Painting. I am also founder of Wetherbee Creative in Derry, NH, an award winning, full-service design and marketing studio that helps businesses, non-profits and artists promote themselves and become successful.
I am a local Oil Painter from Tyngsborough, MA. I paint landscapes and seascapes inspired primarily from my imagination. My palette includes bold colors and a vivid contrast of light and shadow with the goal of producing an otherwise ordinary subject matter provocative to the eye.
My name is Ethan Woodman and I am new to doing sculptures in metal. Most of my work has a mid-century modern type design as that's the era I am most inspired by. I began doing this type of art after I fell in love with welding. Each piece I make is basically a physical representation of how I get away from the common stresses of life. My hope is that when someone looks at one of my pieces, they exhibit some type of emotion.
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