A group of painters using a variety of mediums depict the stunning landscapes of Martha’s Vineyard. Working en plein air and in studios, inspired and challenged by the always changing light and color, each interprets the natural world in a different way.
Island Landscape Painters
July 29 through
Raised in a family of artists, Lowely’s first employment was at the Metropolitan Museum where she was drawn to the classical traditions of painting. In the past decade after raising her family she has returned to primarily the vibrant medium of pastels.
Working on location keeps Judy Howells emotionally connected to the land and provides opportunities for both close observation and discovery. She looks for intimate painting locations, often vulnerable places at the edge of where man and nature intersect. In the summer she lives on Sengekontackett Pond, one of her favorite locations for plein air painting. “The transformational quality of light truly excites me and the love of nature is my real subject.”
Sharon worked as a graphic designer for over twenty years. After raising three children and leaving her career, she has pursued her love of art with a commitment to oils. Sharon paints en plein air and in her studio. The cedars, beach grasses, marshes, ocean and the constant change of the seasons and the allure and serenity of the landscape are the inspirations for her work.
Linda Thompson has spent her career balancing her artistic work between design and painting. As a professional Industrial Designer, Linda designed over two hundred April Cornell stores in the United States and Canada, worked on the design of restaurants in the original World Trade Center in New York, and was co-owner of a design- build construction company, Aubergine Design, which created high-end home restorations in Montreal. As a painter, Linda is most interested in color and light within the beauty of Vineyard landscapes.
An Islander by birth and now by choice, Marston Clough takes pleasure in the beauty that surrounds us. A microbiologist, then a high school science teacher, he started exploring art as an adult, drawing, then printmaking before turning to oils, now his primary medium. He paints both real and imagined landscapes, outside and in his studio.
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Anna Lowely Finnerty
Sometime in Morning Sunlights
Mill Pond Dawn I
Sharon McCann Daly
Cape Poge Cedars
To The Beach
Eva Cincotta paints ordinary mundane subject matter from an unusual position and transforms and elevates it into a colorful image. The adjustment of color and light on the images take on the qualities of past nostalgia and the comfort of memories from simpler times.
Lizzy Schule paints landscapes, portraits, and nudes, working mainly in oil. Fascinated by dappled light and the challenge of depicting rhythm and movement in a still, two-dimensional format, she completes landscapes on-site. She lives year-round on Martha’s Vineyard where the weather patterns are highly erratic and though she celebrates favorable weather conditions, she equally enjoys painting in what one might consider “bad” weather. “I hope someday that someone might see my work and experience what I felt when I was moved to paint the scene in the first place.”
Always searching for a painting, June Schoppe splits her time exploring the varied sea coasts of the Gulf of Mexico and the shores of Martha’s Vineyard searching for the light, an alluring composition, a story to tell and the iconic images of a place. Equally at home in the studio or en plein air, she uses oils to translate that search into works that speak of time and place, dreams and reminiscence, passing storm and serenity.
Kanta Lipskyis a yoga and chi kung teacher as well as a painter. Her mindfulness training has helped her engage with the natural world as she paints it. “Watching the shadows shift and the colors change is a direct teaching of the transitory nature of all things.” She loves the immediacy of plein air painting, the challenge of the changing light and colors and the close relationship to nature you get while you are in the scene as you paint it.