Welcome to my Art Life!

I continually say, "I love what I do and do what I love." When I am not visiting with customers at Sawmill River Arts or painting at my studio in a historic 19th century box shop, I am off to my favorite painting locations, usually in New England and not far from home.

Sometimes I'm lucky enough to bunk with friends so I can paint in Kenya or travel with a daughter in Guatemala, returning to work on special series about Africa or the rainforest. Other painters join me to paint in the Southwest or Vermont or the southern hills of New York state. In the winter, I'm likely to explore new painting ideas or old favorites like junk cars and trucks.

"Between the lines" of my life are writing times with my husband Ben, fun times with family, marketing my paintings on ceramic tiles and public presentations on many of my favorite art and historical themes.

So come along! Wander through this site and join me in my rich and ever changing art life. Don't miss viewing my life's work under my Portfolio.

Don't miss out! Keep up to date by viewing my BLOG. Here you can see my latest work and my personal comments about painting trips and new experiences.

Louise Minks

Wilder Nightigale Gallery Sawmill River Art Gallery

Taos, New Mexico

Montague Center, Massachusetts

"I have painted plein air in acrylics and oils in New England for many years and was introduced to northern New Mexico when I was awarded an artist residency at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos in 1997 and 1998. I have always loved color and strong expression, so painting in New Mexico is a joy. Following the Wurlitzer experience, for a number of years, I taught at Taos Institute of Arts. Now I teach and paint at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM.

Additional artist residencies include Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield, MA. From these residency experiences and from international travel, I have developed touring exhibitions of paintings and/or silkscreen art work with special themes: the Pueblo Revolt of 1680; African American portraits; the Underground Railroad; the African American history of Harpers Ferry; African Album; art work about Kenya."

Sawmill River Arts Gallery Hours
MON. 11 AM - 3 PM
WED. 11 AM - 3PM
THU. 12 PM - 6 PM
FRI. 12 PM - 6 PM
SAT. 12 PM - 6 PM
SUN. 12 PM - 6 PM

Annual Workshops - click here

Join me on Martha's Vineyard, in Vermont, my Pioneer Valley, or Abiquiu, New Mexico! or right at home in my studio!