Louise Minks

Artist's Statement & Resume

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"I have three passions in my life: art, history and spiritual growth. I find they complement each other well and each affects how I approach the other." Louise Minks has lived and painted in the small rural town of Leverett in Western Massachusetts for twenty-five years. Her colorful expressionistic oils and acrylics often focus on local scenes in the Connecticut River valley or along the Massachusetts seacoast just hours from her home.

The artist describes her "art school" as museums, books, gallery shows, and her fellow artists. Besides working with landscape painters George Cherepov and Charles Movalli, Louise has studied portraiture and developed figurative paintings around a theme. Her M.A. degree in American History has prompted Louise to develop several series of historical paintings that tour to educational and cultural institutions.

Louise's works can be viewed at Sawmill River Arts gallery at the historic 1834 Montague Mill, Montague Center as well as in 12 galleries around the world. She was 2002 Artist in Residence at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and has also been Artist in Residence at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM, as well as at many public and private schools over the past ten years. Louise is a member of the prestigious National Association of Women Artists and the author of The Hudson River School, America's First Landscape Painters. She was commissioned to paint the 2001 replica of the sailing ship, "Friendship", in historic Salem Harbor for the 350th anniversary of Salem, Massachusetts.