Eventful March, 2018

March Madness doesn’t even begin to describe the true whirlwind of the past few weeks. Purple Porcupine earned a feature on NH Chronicle, WMUR (March 9th)! The incredible experience is overwhelming confirmation of the hard work and passion poured into my artwork. You can see the six minute feature by following the link below.

Ukrainian Immigrant makes Art in New Hampshire

I also added a number of new prints to my shop, and plan to expand it dramatically over the next few months.

And just this past weekend, our successful fundraiser for Live and Let Live Farm Rescue nearly doubled what we made last year!

To add icing on the cake, I also started working on collaborative exhibit: Threatened & Endangered NH Species. My friend and I plan to put on a show late fall, 2018, and now actively working on this project and looking for just the right venue to exhibit.

Interview with an artist: Jay Jackson

I’m always impressed with the work of an artist who uses a media unfamiliar to me. Jay Jackson has mastered the art of airbrushing, and created an impressive portfolio of work that demonstrated clarity and detail. It’s been a pleasure getting to know him, and I welcome you to follow his work by subscribing to his professional Facebook page using the link at the end of this interview.
1. I know most artists say they’ve been drawing and sketching since they were little. Does that reflect your story? When did you become an artist?
Yes that definitely reflects my story. I’ve been drawing since I can remember. My family always pushed me to draw. I think every Christmas I always got something having to do with art. But I think it was in high school when I began considering myself becoming an artist. That’s really where I learned the most about art and had the pleasure to learn from an incredible teacher and a great person, Tonie Canales.
2. What mediums have you experimented with? What is your favorite?
I’ve experimented with pretty much every medium for the most part, but I definitely excel at airbrushing compared to my skills in other mediums. However lately I’ve been mixing in watercolor and colored pencil with my airbrush work. They seen to go well together.jayjackson2
3. I know that you address a variety of subjects when you create. What is your favorite?
I really enjoy doing portraits. There’s something about capturing a “look” an being able to translate it to canvas that gives me a sense of accomplishment more than any other subject.
4. Many artists go through stages when they favor a certain medium or topic. What stage are you in now?
Lately I’ve really been focused on wildlife. I really feel like when you look into the eyes of any living creature you can see something a little deeper than what’s on the surface, so I always try to capture that in my paintings.
jayjackson35. What is the best acknowledgement as an artist have you ever received? Has there been a particular award, show, or a comment that made you feel accomplished?
I actually had a painting hanging in the capital building in Austin, TX when I was in high school and got to meet Laura Bush.  That was pretty exciting.
6. Do you have any exhibits or shows coming up?
I just attended Summerfest in Wilton, but plan to make a showing at as many art shows as I can this year. Nothing is set on the schedule yet, but I’m definitely feeling motivated to keep pushing my art out there.jayjackson1
7. How do you connect with the community of artists?
I use Facebook and really just go by word of mouth. I’m part of the Riverview Mill in Wilton, which is a great little community of artists. A lot of talent there and very supportive people.
8. What advice can you give to anyone considering career path in the arts?
Keep pushing your boundaries and stay focused on what you love to do as an artist. A degree helps too, if you really want to be a career artist.
9. Do you offer classes or workshops?
I have been considering doing classes. I haven’t done any yet, but it’s definitely in the works for the future.
10. How can someone get in touch with your, if they would like to place a commission or visit your studio?
I’m at the Riverview Mill in Wilton, 2nd floor, studio 14. I’m also on Facebook, of course, and my email is hauntedshores@hotmail.com.

Interview with an artist: Aline Lotter

As I sit with Aline Lotter in her studio in Mancherster, one cannot doubt that this is a living space of an artist, with a paints’ pouch in the back of the room, artwork purchased from other talents on the walls, and an unfinished portrait waiting on the easel. Five cats express varying degree of curiosity, watching our conversation unfold.

What was your path to the life of an artist?


Coast Guard Station, oil

From making paper dolls and attending art club as a child, I always enjoyed art. But I didn’t pursue it until much later. I was a housewife, then earned my degree as a lawyer and that was part of my career path, until a few years ago. I took a course at New Hampshire Institute of Art with my granddaughter. She’s very talented, but a little shy. The rest is history.

What subjects inspire you?

I love working on location on landscapes, and often join the outings with the local plein air group. But I also enjoy portraiture and figure painting. We have a group that works with a model and meets regularly just for this reason. For a period of time, I also explored floral arrangements, although, not quite as in depth as I would have liked. Overall, I’d say working outdoors on a figure in a garden setting is one of my favorite things to do, and in general, much prefer working from life, rather than a photograph.

What media do you favor?


John Brown, the Gardener, oil

I paint mostly with oils and draw with charcoal. I briefly experimented with acrylics. Oils remain my favorite.

What was the best acknowledgement of your skill that you’ve ever received?

I was proud to have been accepted to be part of the show at the museum with my lab painting, “Sparkle.” It was part of the exhibit at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center in Dowell, MD. And, of course, I felt quite accomplished when Don Stone juried an exhibit at Rockport Art Association, and accepted my artwork.

Do you offer classes, workshops, or work on commissions?

Most of my commissions are pet portraits, and of course, my artwork is for sale and can be purchased at a number of locations. I don’t teach classes, because I would find it personally a challenge to separate my style from teaching the skill itself.

Do you have any current exhibits or shows coming up?


Margaret and Her Nook, oil

I’m on display at Massabessic Audubon Society with two other artists, and have an ongoing display at the Bartlett Inn, and looking forward to the Inspirations exhibit at Pease Library in Plymouth, as well as Alumni exhibit at Cornell University. Lastly, on June 22nd, I also have the opening for the Petals to Paint event coming up at La Belle Winery, in Amherst, NH.

If someone would like to reach out to you to place a commission or inquire about purchasing one of your a pieces, what is the best way to contact you? 

Website: www.paintingsbyaline.com

Interview with an artist: Sharon Allen

I met Sharon through our joint love of outdoor painting, when I discovered her NH Plein Air group for the local artists. Her many talents are well worth sharing, and if you don’t yet, I hope you follow her facebook page, listed at the end of this interview.

What has been your path to becoming an artist?

sharonallenI have drawn and painted for as long as I can remember. My mom worked and I would sit at my Grandmother’s kitchen table and color or paint in one of those old “paint with water” books while she ironed or made dinner. In 3rd grade my teacher gave me an F on an art project because “no 3rd grader could draw that well” (parental intervention with the school resulted). As I got older, I would trace over items in magazines and newspapers to get an understanding of how the line feels, then draw it on whatever paper was available. When teaching, I created many of my own bulletin boards and also did the drawings for floats in our annual town parade. I didn’t become “an artist” until much later. I’d been taking ceramics classes at 2 studios and had household utility items (butter dishes, lamps, teapots, etc) in several gift shops, then both teachers retired at the same time and I needed a new creative outlet. That was around 1998. While in my son’s dentist’s waiting room, I found an ad for adult art classes with what turned out to be one of the best art teachers in existence, and here I am – all because of her instruction and encouragement. I’ve taken many workshops and classes with other artists as well.

What mediums have you experimented with? What is your favorite?

opabarelyatrickle5x7I have worked in acrylics, colored pencil, charcoal, crayons, india ink, oils, pastels, and watercolors. I’ve dabbled in sculpture with a variety of clay types and have tried wood carving and wood block printing. On the craftier side of the arts I also crochet, glass paint, knit, latchhook, needlepoint, sew, and do wood burning, and have also done quilling, quilting, and scherenschnitte.

watercolor1With painting, I love each of the mediums in different ways. When painting en plein air, oil is my go-to medium. I love pastels because they are the easiest for me and work up quickly, but I hate the dust. But when it comes down to it, watercolor is my first love because I love the flow and how you can be simultaneously loose and free and then tight in the same picture.


Do you have a creative routine?

HA! Not really. I don’t actually have a studio, although I’ve designated a small space for that purpose in my home but it’s barely a workable space and I work most frequently at the kitchen table (if it’s clear) which means that I can’t leave projects set up for multiple sessions. That’s one reason that I’m primarily a plein air painter – I get OUT to paint!

Many artists go through stages when they favor a certain medium or topic. What stage are you in now?

wnaturesrapidtransit700pxOil. No wait – watercolor. Ummm … it varies from season to season (watercolor “calls” me in Summer) and from piece to piece. Some scenes just practically beg to be pastel while others say “Pssst – do me in watercolor!”

As to topic, I’m primarily a landscape painter but have also done some portrait, pet portrait, and house portrait work. I’m not a fan of still life, but have done some of those as well. It all depends on what “calls” me at any given moment. For example, I did a still life of water glasses on a dinner table because the play of candle light on the glasses and the colors of the reflections were so intriguing!


What is the best acknowledgement as an artist have you ever received? Has there been a particular award, show, or a comment that made you feel accomplished? 

poldbottlesI have won awards for my acrylics (including a best in show in acrylic), pastels, and watercolors and also for my ceramics way back then. Sometimes being accepted into an important juried show feels as good as winning an award, and definitely having a major gallery email for advice because “we know that you’re the go-to person in that field” feels really good!


Do you have any exhibits or shows coming up? 

I almost always have exhibits or shows coming up! I’ll be at Art & Antiques on the Green in New London in late June, in the “Beyond the Visible” exhibit at Azure Rising Gallery in Wolfeboro in July, at The Fells Artist Weekend in July, at the Sunapee Landing Trading Company Fine Art Exhibition in August, at Stroke of Art at Harborfest in Boothbay Harbor in September, and at the VINS Plein Air Festival in late September. I’m also part of the NHPleinAir Artists group exhibit at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway and plan to enter the upcoming show of the Mt. Washington Valley Art Association. I’m sure I’ve forgotten something!

What advice can you give to anyone considering career path in the arts?

pmaritimesunburst10x8fullLearn the business end of an art career as well – the marketing, the business cards, the networking, the display techniques. Then make sure you have another source of income, supplement your art sales income by teaching if you can, be choosy about where you allow your work to be displayed, don’t give your art away for free, and avoid auctions. Beware of events that try to lure you with “great exposure.”

Do you offer classes or workshops?

I do not currently offer classes or workshops as I don’t have a space to teach. I did private classes at students’ homes for awhile, but transporting all the supplies necessary is too cumbersome and there are often interruptions so I don’t do that anymore.


How can someone get in touch with your, if they would like to place a commission or visit your studio?

I don’t have a studio to visit, but patrons are welcome to spend the day on plein air outings! To commission a painting it’s always best to contact me by email at inquiry@sharonallen.us. I prefer to work on location and from my own photos, but I will also work from a client’s own photos to create a painting for them.

My Facebook Page is: https://www.facebook.com/SharonE.AllenFineArt/

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