PARIS — Sandra Pealer found the great thing about Maine throughout a visit to Monhegan Island in 2001. The landscapes and lighting have been the proper backdrops for her watercolors. Pealer and her husband quickly moved to the Oxford Hills space in 2009 and have become immersed with the Western Maine Arts Group.
An artist for greater than 30 years, Pealer has received Finest in Present awards at a number of exhibitions in West Virginia, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine. Final month, two of her work, “Frosty Morning” and “Moonlit Lake,” have been chosen for submission at Aqueous 2021, the West Virginia Watercolor Society’s Nationwide Juried Exhibition. One among her work was awarded Finest in Present in that exhibition in 2016.
Her work are featured in non-public and public collections all through the US and Canada.
How did you get began as a painter? I’ve all the time created artwork, it appears. My mom was an artist, and my household inspired me to pursue artwork. Whereas in school I produced portraits for classmates and acquired began with oil paints. Later, when our youngsters have been born, I switched to watercolors as a means of protecting these infants secure from the oils. I had all the time been intrigued by watercolors, so at the moment watercolors turned my predominant medium.
What’s it in regards to the medium of watercolor that appeals to you? Watercolor appeals to me by the best way it captures the sunshine and in addition by its fluidity. Additionally, it’s simply transported and may be cleaned up rapidly, so it has a sensible facet which appealed to me.
Who’re your largest influences? My largest influences now are painters like Dean Mitchell and Mary Whyte, each painters of fascinating portraits and dynamic design. Prior to now, I used to be closely influenced by e-book illustrators, N.C. Wyeth primarily. I additionally was impacted by a childhood image e-book which was my mom’s and which got here from the Thirties! It was a big e-book referred to as “A Baby’s Backyard of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevenson and it was fantastically illustrated by Juanita C. Bennett. It was stuffed with pleasant giant work in watercolor, which triggered my creativeness. The quilt was an unforgettable portray of a small boy in a white brimmed hat sitting within the sand surrounded by blue waters, a toy sailboat which he had launched and a sand bucket and shovel at his facet. I beloved that e-book as a result of it confirmed me the chances of speaking with watercolors.
How do you select your topics to your work? I select my portray topics by having an emotional response to a selected scene or by how the sunshine illuminates an atypical object, reworking it. I’m drawn to work of individuals, but in addition love to color landscapes, significantly of water and gardens. Timber all the time command my consideration in any panorama, so I most frequently give them a main function and infrequently select a selected scene due to a dramatic tree.
Monhegan Island is thought for its group of artists. What was that have like to go to the island and paint? Portray time on Monhegan Island is all the time a particular deal with. I really like that my entire day may be spent portray. No chores apart from cooking meals! My husband and I acquire books on the artwork of Monhegan Island and we particularly love to go to the Lupine Gallery once we are there on the island.
Do you could have a gallery? The place can folks see your work? I’m represented by Birds of a Feather Gallery in Rangeley and I present my work usually at River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta. My work can be seen at watercolor society competitions and I can be displaying on the McLaughlin Gardens Present Retailer Gallery in South Paris for the month of August.
What recommendation would you give to an aspiring younger artist? To an aspiring younger artist I might say paint what you’re keen on and your viewers will come. Be a “maker” and carry on working and producing. Additionally, discover good artwork societies to affix and to get encouragement from.
What do you love to do in your free time? When I’m not portray, you’ll find me within the vegetable or flower backyard! If it’s winter, you’ll discover me stitching, significantly quilts. Anytime of yr I may be discovered studying good novels or engaged on family tree.