This weekend (November 5 and 6) is the Bacon Festival in Easton, PA. My Studio and Gallery will be open for the entire weekend, 10 am- 3pm both days. My friend and fellow artist, Maggie Purcell, will have four of her paintings on display (and for sale!) in my studio. Please come and take a look! Meet the artist herself on Saturday! The paintings will be on display until November 21st.
Maggie has written today's blog post: a short description of her path as an artist. Enjoy!
I have been painting and drawing since I was a young child. My mother realized that a "paint by number set" was a good tool to keep me out of mischief for many hours!
As a teenager, my Uncle, Frank Fischer, a northern New Jersey oil painter, noticed my drawing and painting abilities. He fostered my interest in oil painting. My painting style improved under his mentorship as well as my love of art. I credit my Uncle Frank for my foundation as an oil painter and being able to see art in all aspects of life.
I was born and raised in Somerville, NJ and now live in Frenchtown, N.J. I have a BA Degree in Fine Art from Kean University of New Jersey. At age 19 I began my career at Johnson and Johnson. I worked as a Senior Project Manager in Regulatory Compliance at Ethicon and a QA Unit Manager at Cordis before retiring in 2008 after 38 years.
Although my working career was not in the art field I have been an avid painter and student of art for the last 40 years. Most recently, I studied with local oil painters Frank Arcuri, Trisha Vergis, and Robert Beck. My style recently has evolved from illustrative to the “Old Master’s” under my tutelage with Frank Arcuri.
Note from Lauren: I can't resist adding a few more lovely paintings by Maggie. These won't be hanging in my studio this weekend, but you can enjoy them here on my blog!