As a contemporary realist painter, I paint a variety of subjects that inspire me and have potential for a shared experience with viewers. Regardless of the subject, I believe that the true measure of a painting’s value is whether the viewer has an immediate and intuitive connection on some level when they see it. That’s the challenge! This is the path I chose many years ago and I am mindful of how difficult and elusive that can be, yet I love to paint and work every day to achieve that goal.
In the last few years my work has centered around still life painting, however I am also inspired by my surroundings and paint the natural beauty of the New England coastline where I live. In addition, I spend a considerable amount of time on figurative painting and portraits. The one constant in all my work is the exploration of light and how it affects form and creates atmosphere. My paintings are inspired by what I see and how I feel about the world around me. They are also fueled by imagination, experience and continuous development. I paint objects or scenes that fit my narratives and have the potential to go beyond the obvious and inspire viewers to see more than an accurate depiction of the subjects. I enjoy the challenge of examining my subjects more closely through the process of painting and discovering new ways to express my ideas. My desire to push technical craftsmanship along with emotion and implied narrative is what excites and drives me as a painter. My intention for every painting is to seize the viewer’s attention and hold them long enough to think or feel some connection that gives them pleasure.
Ellen Duarte has been creating a Christmas card almost every year since taking up botanical illustration more than a decade ago, when she began her studies at Wellesley College Botanic Garden. She earned her Certificate of Botanical Illustration in 2015. Ellen grew up in Maine and raised her family on Cape Cod. She currently resides in Centerville and is still frequently visiting Maine. She and her husband enjoy three grown children and many grandchildren.
Robert received his Bachelor of Professional Arts degree from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. For 22 years he was an Art Director at J Walter Thompson and at Kenyon and Eckhardt Ad agencies in New York. He is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society and the Penn. Watercolor Society.
Received her BFA in Printmaking from Southeastern Mass University and her MFA in painting from UMASS Dartmouth. Her work is represented by Cove Gallery in Wellfleet and Chapman Art Gallery in Cotuit. She is an award winning artist, her artwork has been included in juried regional, national and international shows.
Mellissa Morris is currently the artist in residence for the town of Barnstable, she lives and works in a creative Art Space open to the public year-round. Mellissa has shown her work throughout Cape Cod and new England. Mellissa has been teaching Abstract Painting and drawing courses for over ten years. She holds a master’s degree in fine arts Painting, and is a certified practitioner in Hatha Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation, and energy Reiki Healing. Born and raised on Cape Cod Mass, Mellissa is the eldest daughter of seven children, Mother of her only daughter Lilly and her two cats, Nido and Leo. If Mellissa isn’t at her studio making and creating copious amounts of work, you can find her at her owned and operated restaurant The Little Sandwich Shop in Hyannis. More about Mellissa and her work can be found at Mellissamorris.com
Artist Statement: I think that this world and my human experience is a phenomenal and magical happening. There are so many unexplainable truths regarding cycles, the spirit, the endless universe, and our humble human existence. In my work I record and research my memories and my imagination to become closer to the interconnectivity of this massive system of life. With paint I transform emotions into color, experiences into shapes, and imagination and spirit into material.
Julie graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston as an art major in 1967. She taught in the Waltham Public Schools. Since retiring, she is painting full time and teaching. She is a master artist member of Cape Cod Art Center, Vice President of New England Watercolor Society, member of South Shore Art Center and the Nauset Painters.
Odin Kaeselau Smith is a native Cape Codder who resides in Harwich, MA. She is a professional artist and instructor, as well as a mother of 5 sons, who uses her “spare” moments to capture time, light and emotion through her artwork.
John Tunney is a full-time photographer. He is a frequent exhibitor in New England art shows and festivals, and his award-winning work has been featured in a solo exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography and in galleries and other venues His book, The Four Seasons of Cape Cod, was published in 2016. His photographs have appeared in Cape Cod Life, Cape Codder, Fodor’s and other publications. A Master Artist of Cape Cod Art Center, John shares his knowledge of fine-art photography in classes, workshops and seminars for beginning and experienced photographers.
Betty Wiley is an award-winning free-lance photographer and instructor who resides on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, she has lived in the northeast for over 35 years. She leads photography workshops and teaches post-processing classes on the South Shore and Cape Cod. Her classes and workshops have received many accolades from her students and she is well known for her skill in the darkroom. Betty is also a frequent speaker to camera clubs and meet-up groups. Her images frequently appear in a various publications including Cape Cod magazine, Chatham magazine and South Shore Living. While she specializes in nature and landscape photography, she also operates a small portrait studio in her home.
Mary Wojciechowski, a retired visual arts teacher, received her BFA degree from the University of Connecticut. She is a signature member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, a juried artist in the Cape Cod Art Center and is a member of the Attleboro Arts Museum, the Monotype Guild of New England and Collective Marks Artists. Mary’s work has often been accepted into juried exhibitions, local, regional and national and has received awards. She is currently represented by Gallery 31, Orleans, MA and True Grit Art Gallery, Middleborough, MA.