June Artist of the Month
Fifty years ago I
painted four oils during an evening adult education course in West Roxbury.
Three of those paintings are still hanging in my daughters’ homes. I started
painting again in my seventies when my granddaughter challenged me to find my
My love of all things fairy, fantasy and exotic people and
places inspired me to start making fairy houses, scenes and paintings. Warwick
Goble, Arthur Rackham, Ida Outhwaite and Edmund Dulac are illustrators whose
work has inspired me greatly. I have also written poetry and hope one day to
illustrate one of my
Over the last nine years I have tried many mediums and love
them all but oil painting is my favorite. John William Waterhouse, Alphonse
Mucha, Maxfield Parrish, Renoir, Titian, Rembrandt, and Childe Hassam (not
necessarily in that order) are a few of my favorite artists.
I was honored to be chosen for a number of awards in the
annual Art in the Park Exhibitions in Norwood. Other venues where I have
exhibited were the Walpole and Foxboro Libraries and most recently, the Westwood Library.
I became a member of the Dedham Art Association at the invitation
of Nan Richmond a few years ago. The opportunities offered by the Dedham Art
Association are many and I am learning all the time. The art demos and classes
offered are very inspirational. Being surrounded by lovely, generous and
talented artists has encouraged me to try new techniques and challenges me to
become a better artist.
On the light side, I have been teaching what I call
“gimmick” painting to members of the Dedham Council on Aging and the Norfolk
Library and have been invited by the Norfolk and Islington Branch Library to
teach again. The gimmicks include using sponges, credit cards, and Q-tips, just
to mention a few, as well as reverse glass painting. These classes are a lot of
fun and I enjoy them as much as those attending.
Much gratitude is owed to Barbara McAuliffe, my Boston
School mentor, who has taught me so much and is still encouraging me on what I
perceive as my “art journey.” I am blessed to know so many wonderful artists
and hope to keep improving and creating new art in the future.
“Muirgen The Mermaid Saint” oil painting
by Fran Feloni