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? 


Two colors make porcupine…

Purple Porcupine

Recently discovered Jane Davenport’s mermaid markers (watersoluble inks!), and I can’t. get. enough. I purchased three sets from Michael’s (one in store and two online), because they are prone to running out of them. I think I should have enough to last me a little while. They certainly won’t go to waste… 


Watercolor, Acrylics, Mixed Media and Outdoor Sessions! Take your pick, and sign up now. Only four students per class. All classes are held at a private studio in Bedford, NH. All materials are provided.

To sign up, call 978-828-0091, or e-mail:


Art Weekly – Adult Class (15 y.o. and up): Mondays at 5:30-7:00pm.  Cost: $30.00 per class,  or $108.00 for four sessions prepaid.  Class size is limited to four students.

Art Weekly – Kids Class (10-14 y.o.): Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm. Age: 10 and up. Cost: $30.00 per class,  or $108.00 for four sessions prepaid.  Class size is limited to four students.

wp-image-89915134jpg.jpegArt Weekly – Little Ones (5-9 y.o.): Tuesdays: 4:15-5:15pm; Wednesday at 9:30-10:30am; Thursdays: 4:30-5:30. Cost: $25.00 per class, or $80.00 for four sessions prepaid. Class is limited to four students.

Art Journaling for Homeschoolers: Language Arts and Visual Art come together in Art Journaling class. We explore different ways of expressing ourselves on paper, be it reflecting on a reading passage, taking notes as a learning experience, or writing down our own thoughts.  Creativity has many forms, and students discover how to combine words and color to create a beautiful record of their knowledge and ideas. Age: 10 and up. Cost: $120.00 for four sessions. Class sessions are limited to four students.img_20160827_143358.jpg

Private Lessons: If the schedule above doesn’t work for you, but you still would like to take classes, contact me to set up private lesson! $35.00 per class, or $130.00 for four sessions prepaid.

Outdoor Sessions: Tuesday and Sunday mornings we’ll be holding outdoor painting sessions in scenic location! If you would like to join us painting the waves at Wallis Sands, sketching the streets of Portsmouth, or setting up our easels in a farm field, let me know. Have a place in mind? Contact me to set up your sessions. Outdoor lessons are limited to five students per class. All materials are provided. Age: 10 and up. Cost: $40.00 per session, or $145.00 for four sessions prepaid.img_20160723_113743.jpg