Welcome to my little corner of the Internet! I am a visual artist, creating since the tender age of two. I work in a variety of mediums, including oil painting, graphic design, photography, watercolors, and textile arts. The theme which links all these mediums together is my love of history and art, particularly that of the 18th century.

I live in Henniker, NH with my husband and two toy poodles. We have two amazing grown children and a wonderful little granddaughter!

Below, you’ll find a listing of my most significant projects and endeavors.

Quilting & Fiber Arts

I have over 15 years of sewing experience, with a special emphasis on quilting and dress making. In the summer of 2001, I opened a tiny 900 square foot quilting shop, which bloomed with colorful fabrics and a growing crop of customers.

                                                                                Quilt Shop Interior

 

                                                                              Quilt Shop Interior

Sadly, the shop was lost to a fire, and I chose not to re-open, due to many other factors.

I continued to sew for a while, making clothing for our children, family and friends. Since developing a keen interest in 18th century history, I have begun to turn my sewing skills toward period costuming.

Oil & Watercolor Painting

My love affair with painting began when I was a little girl, winning various school contests, and citywide competitions. During grade school, I took art lessons at the Whistler House in Lowell, MA. This was the home of artist James McNeil Whistler. In college I studied art history and studio art. My art education took a serious turn when I studied under the guidance of master painter Numael Pulido, at his studio in Hancock, NH. There I learned about the techniques of classical painting.

 

                                 Reproduction oil painting of a 19th century woman named Charlotte

Over the years, I have painted many custom portraits, murals, and 18th century inspired artwork. Currently I am exploring the world of miniature watercolor portraits, which were so prevalent during the 16th through the early 19th centuries.

My artwork can be found in the U.S. and Canada, in both public and private collections, and has recently been featured in national magazines such as Early American Life and Early Homes.

In 2008 I was selected for the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts.

Photography

From 2009 to 2014 I owned a boutique portrait studio, photographing babies, families, events, landscapes and high school seniors. My work has been featured in NH Home Magazine, earned a runner up status for the Professional Photographers of America Cover Competition, and been exhibited by the NH Art Association.

                                                                              Bridge in Venice, Italy

 

                                                                            Bridge in Venice, Italy

Of late, I have turned my lens toward history and travel, documenting my foray into period costuming and exploration of distant places.

So what does all this mean?

Basically, it means that I have an insatiable desire to create. For me, creating art is akin to breathing, and without my various mediums, I would not know how to navigate the vastness of life, its obstacles, and…its miracles. Through art, I express my thoughts and emotions. I am blessed to have this creative drive, and my wish is to inspire you to find out how creativity can touch your life!

Moving forward in my artistic journey, I’ll be combining my creativity with history, in an attempt to interpret and understand what has gone before. The skill and knowledge of those artisans who have come before us should be revered and studied, for they have left us a beautiful and inspirational legacy.

Thank you!

Kelly