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Anne Vaughan at the Berwick Library

This woman is really amazing.

She is a retired attorney who produces artwork like she has been an art pro all of here life. And, doesn’t stagger or falter at any change in subject.

She is not on Facebook other than to do family things and uses social media sparingly otherwise, and since I am a big fan…I told her I would put her out her in social media land.

Anne at the Berwick Library shows the full range (though honestly, I wish I had helped her hang the show) of her brilliance. Her piece, called “The Refugee” brought tears.

"The Refugee" (c) Anne Vaughan, oil on canvas

“The Refugee” (c) Anne Vaughan, oil on canvas

This show will be up through the end of the month.  Her opening reception is April 21, from 5-7 at the Berwick Library,Berwick, Maine.

Here is her statement:

I have been painting in oils for some years, but my work has increased since

I retired to lovely rural Maine, to be near children, in 2010, with my husband Niles

Schore. Maine has lots of family history for me: I have four wonderful daughters

(all born in Maine) and my four grandchildren, all who live in New England. My

father’s family is from Bowdoinham. My childhood was spent in Texas, but I

spent my high school years in Massachusetts as a farmer’s daughter on a dairy


Before my 2010 retirement, I worked as an attorney for legal services

programs in Pennsylvania, representing my clients in need of services and

supports. My last employment was providing constituent services for Pennsylvania

Congressman Joe Sestak. I loved the work I was able to do in both jobs. I also

served as a docent for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, designing and giving

tours to our visitors throughout our museum for 10 years. This too was a highly

rewarding volunteer occupation.

I have had a life-long love of art and art history and painting, and now in

retirement I have the chance to indulge this love in my own works. I belonged

to two art groups in Pennsylvania, and now I am a member of and have enjoyed

exhibiting with our local Berwick Art Association, Kittery Art Association and

the Seacoast Moderns and the York Art Association, and our own local Blackbird

Studio and Gallery. In addition to participation in these shows I have displayed my

paintings at Ben Franklin, Second Landing, Poppy Seed, Sarah Orne Jewett House,

University of Southern Maine, and in libraries in Rochester, Dover, Somersworth,

North Berwick and Durham.

My art work varies in subject and treatment, from landscapes to still lifes

to abstracts and family portraits and works with a political theme influenced by

my work as an advocate for disadvantaged people as well as reflecting on current

world events. I look forward to the continuing expansion of the art community in

our region and am proud to be a part of it.



Personal Storms, and intro to the Meez

"Personal Storms", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, MM on paper, 2015

“Personal Storms”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, MM on paper, 2015

This is one of the smaller ones of the new “Meez” series to date, but demonstrate how this is partly catharsis to me, as I am sure it is to most AE painters. I think I have been slightly influenced by my friend, Beth Wittenberg, and her books and her series called “Buildings, Beasts and Storms” with some of the recent introspective painting/portraits.

The larger ones include:

"Treadiing Lightly on Hallowed Ground" (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, watercolor/mixed media, 28" x 28" framed, 2015

“Treading Lightly on Hallowed Ground” (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, watercolor/mixed media, 28″ x 28″ framed, 2015

Of course, that friend has also offered that I should have features on these faces, so that conversation will continue, too. I like them as anonymous females that any female can embrace as them. But, mostly, they are me.


Updates and revisions

I got up this morning after lying in bed contemplating how this piece was not finished. After dinner, I changed all that!

"Juno with Robins", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, mixed media, 12" x 12"

“Juno with Robins”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, mixed media, 12″ x 12″

Now. those of you who don’t know what a blizzard “looks” like, have an idea.

I also worked on the two canvases that I have in progress. “Modigliani’s Mistress” is smiling now-sort of. I blocked out more of the ground, and added a second eye to the face, as well.

"Modigliani'a Mistress", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, in progress

“Modigliani’a Mistress”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, in progress (sorry this is slightly out-of-focus)

And, the work that changed the most…

untitled, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, in progress

untitled, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, in progress

These canvases start completely saturated with paint thinner, to enable the wash effects that I work with. This one got its’ third “bath” tonight, got flipped upside down from the last time I worked on it. I added the metallic gold, white, and deepened some of the purple. It important to note here also that the underlying texture is part of my prep process which includes creating that texture with acrylic paint and a palette knife.

I am hoping to have these canvases both finished this week-end, since there is a call for 100 Market Street that I would like to submit something to. If not, not a tragedy!

I did a lot of shoveling this morning, so an early night for me. Enjoy!

Modigliani’s Mistress, stage 2

"Modigliani's Mistress", (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015. Mixed media on canvas. 18" x 24"

“Modigliani’s Mistress”, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015. Mixed media on canvas. 18″ x 24″

This is a tough piece for me since this is really out of my comfort zone. I rarely set out to portray anything unless it is in fairly exacting detail. So, there is a side that wants to obliterate the facial features and make this strictly an abstract. Or, commit to all of the available detail-except in this case, there is none.

There is also a new oil, and I have no idea where this one might go yet.

new untitled oil-very early stage

new untitled oil-very early stage

But, I see a head-and that’s how the one above started. This canvas I treated with a surface, which might make it a greater challenge-or might make it easier to make it “mine”.

So, please feel free to follow the progress of these two works. I will try to make updates as I work on them.

Tonight’s Challenge: The Old Man and the Sea

And, part of the Challenge is to make sure that I post everything everywhere on social media. 🙂

When I was working on getting my printer working the other day, I chose this image to print. It’s a great one to work from for tonight’s challenge.

A self-portrait is the ultimate challenge. A family member comes in at a close 2nd.

The old man is my father.

The Old Man and the Sea, 2014, pastel. in progress

The Old Man and the Sea, 2014, pastel. in progress