I believe that most art has a purpose, a philosophy, and a perspective on life that infuses it and is meant to be shared. When someone asks me if I paint just for my own enjoyment, I always say I paint for other people. It’s true.
All artists see the impact on their work during times of personal change or major events in the world around them. I’ve seen the effect of current events on my recent watercolor cut-outs. But always there’s an undercurrent of hope and serenity. And my paintings of our neighboring small town general stores, and the people who work there, express the comforting continuity that’s implicit in our New England character.
As John Constable put it in a letter to a friend: “Painting is but another word for feeling.”
Raised in an artistic family, I like to say that I learned to paint through osmosis. Grandfather Gifford Beal’s American Impressionist work is in the Met; Grandfather Stow Wengenroth’s lithographs are in the MOMA. My mother, Telka Ackley, was a professional watercolorist whose paintings are still collected. And, while absorbing the art all around me, I also studied with Roger Martin, a founding faculty member of Montserrat School of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts.
My early art career began with making mobiles and custom jewelry, but financial reality detoured me to a 32 year career in logistics at General Mills. Eventually, my artist’s heart brought me back to painting – every weekend and vacation until I retired – and I’ve been happily working full time in watercolor and oil ever since.
I’ve exhibited frequently in the Monadnock area and I was a juried fine artist member at Sharon Arts in Peterborough.
Thorne-Sagendorph Biennial – 2015 and 2017
Dublin Community Center, NH – 2016
Harrisville General Store, NH – 2013, 2014, 2016
Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH – 2016 juried group show, and ongoing exhibits for juried members in the fine art gallery prior to their renovation and reinvention.
Hancock Town Library, NH – 2011
Monadnock Art/Friends of the Dublin Art Colony Open Studio Tours – 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017
General Mills, Minneapolis, MN – group exhibit – 2001
297 Windmill Hill Road
Dublin, NH 03444
PO Box 265
Dublin, NH 03444
"Early Spring" 14"x10" watercolor cut-out
"Night" 14"x10" watercolor cut-out. This painting was juried into this year's Thorne-Sagendorph biennial exhibit.
A Line of Distant Hills -- 10"x14" prints
Sarah at Dusk (Harrisville) -- 18"x24" oil on panel
Miriam - Harrisville General Store, oil
"Michelle" 18"x24" oil on panel -- Dublin General Store
"Light" - oil on linen, 24"x36". Historic Harrisville, NH
Made In America - Cape Ann Tool 24"x36" oil on linen
At the Hammer - Cape Ann Tool 22"x28" oil on linen
The Monarch, oil
Harrisville (NH) - 14.5"x11.5" watercolor
The Far Shore - 12"x16" watercolor
"McIntosh" - Watercolor - image size 2 1/2 " X 3 1/2 "
Morning Light - 10"x14" watercolor
Four Bottles -- 12"x16" oil on linen
Four Vases - 11"x14" oil on linen
"Three Bowls" - oil on linen, 18"x24"