Fine Art Resumé

Fine Art Resumé

Exhibitions

2016

QVCAH Holiday Art & Craft Sale | Art fair
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
November 11 – 20

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular | Multimedia Production
Artist as part of Passion for Pumpkins, Inc
Roger Williams Park Zoo – Providence, RI
October 6 – November 6

Members’ Exhibit | Group Exhibition
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
June 5 – July 2

2015

Small Works Show | Group Exhibition
Booklovers’ Gourmet – Webster, MA
December 5- 31

QVCAH Holiday Art & Craft Sale | Art fair
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
November 12 – 22

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular | Multimedia Production
Artist as part of Passion for Pumpkins, Inc
Roger Williams Park Zoo – Providence, RI
October 3 – November 1

Members’ Exhibit | Group Exhibition
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
June 19 – July 2

Annual Flower Show | Group Exhibition
Attleboro Arts Museum – Attleboro, MA
March 12 – 15

Rooted | Solo Exhibition
Booklovers’ Gourmet – Webster, MA
January 2 – 30

2014

QVCAH Holiday Art & Craft Sale | Art fair
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
December 11 – 21

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular | Multimedia Production
Artist as part of Passion for Pumpkins, Inc
Roger Williams Park Zoo – Providence, RI
October 2 – November 2

Art Wall | Group Public Art Exhibition
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
August – November

Merge | Group Exhibition
Warwick Museum of Art – Warwick, RI
July 30 – August 29

Members’ Exhibit | Group Exhibition
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
July 10 – 20

Annual Flower Show | Group Exhibition
Attleboro Arts Museum – Attleboro, MA
March 20 – 23

Fun-A-Day Warwick | Group Exhibition
Warwick Public Library – Warwick, RI
March 8 – 9

2013

QVCAH Holiday Art & Craft Sale | Art fair
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
December 10 – 15

Nature’s Gifts | Group Exhibition
Warwick Museum of Art – Warwick, RI
November 23 – December 21

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular | Multimedia Production
Artist as part of Passion for Pumpkins, Inc
Roger Williams Park Zoo – Providence, RI
October 3 – November 3

Art Right Now Exhibit | Group Exhibition
Warwick Museum of Art – Warwick, RI
August 3 – 24

Members’ Exhibit | Group Exhibition
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
July 30 – August 13

MassArt Spring Sale | Art Fair
Massachusetts College of Art and Design – Boston, MA
May 5 – 11

Shades of Green | Group Exhibition
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
April 26 – May 19

Annual Flower Show | Group Exhibition
Attleboro Arts Museum – Attleboro, MA
March 21 – 24

Fun-A-Day Providence | Group Exhibition
West Broadway Neighborhood Association – Providence, RI
February 15 – 16

Art Hearts | Solo Exhibit
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
February 1 – 24

2012

Members’ Exhibition | Group Exhibition
Attleboro Arts Museum – Attleboro, MA
December 8 – February 1

QVCAH Holiday Art & Craft Sale | Art fair
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
December 7 – 16

Holiday Art Sale | Art Fair
Warwick Museum of Art – Warwick, RI
November 23 – December 22

21st Benefit Art Auction | Group Exhibition/Auction
Attleboro Arts Museum – Attleboro, MA
November 3

Remade | Group Exhibition
Green Design Center – Mashpee, MA
October 12 – November 24

Art Right Now Exhibit | Group Exhibition
Warwick Museum of Art – Warwick, RI
August 7 – 31

Members’ Exhibit | Group Exhibit
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
June 29 – July 23

Expo for the Senses | Art Fair
Attleboro Arts Museum – Attleboro, MA
June 23

Come to Mama | Group Exhibit
Knight Campus Art Gallery – Warwick, RI
April 3 – 24

Art Hearts | Solo Exhibit
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
February 3 – 26

2011

QVCAH Holiday Sale | Art fair
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
December 9 – 11

Affordable Art Show | Art Fair
Warwick Museum of Art – Warwick, RI
November 29 – December 23

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day | Charity Exhibition
American Heart Association Event
New England Aquarium – Boston, MA
October 1

The Art Wall | Group Exhibition
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities – Southbridge, MA
August 7 – August 28

The City Art Festival | Art Fair
Biltmore Park – Providence, RI
August 6

The Elements | Group Exhibition
Warwick Museum of Art – Warwick, RI
August 3 – August 31

Art of the Ocean State | Group Exhibition
Wickford Art Association – North Kingstown, RI
July 22 – August 9

Garden City Center Art Festival | Art Fair
Garden City Center – Cranston, RI
June 11

Annual Flower Show | Group Exhibition
Attleboro Arts Museum – Attleboro, MA
March 31 – April 3

The Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show | Charity Exhibition
The American Heart Association Garden
Rhode Island Convention Center – Providence, RI
February 24 – 27

Fun-A-Day Providence | Group Exhibition
West Broadway Neighborhood Association – Providence, RI
February 11 – 12

2010

Members Exhibition | Group Exhibition
Attleboro Arts Museum – Attleboro, MA
December 11 – February 4

Affordable Art Show | Art Fair
Warwick Museum of Art – Warwick, RI
November 26 – December 23

19th Benefit Art Auction | Group Exhibition/Auction
Attleboro Arts Museum – Attleboro, MA
November 6

10x10x10 Exhibition | Group Exhibition
Pawtucket Arts Collaborative
Blackstone Valley Visitor Center – Pawtucket, RI
November 1 – January 7

Sinners, Saints and Censorship: A Quills Art & Poetry Exhibition | Group Exhibition
Durell Theatre – Cambridge, MA
July 29 – August 8

Expo for the Senses | Art Fair
Attleboro Arts Museum – Attleboro, MA
June 26

Reduce Reuse Recycle Art Show | Group Exhibition
West Side Arts – Providence, RI
May 21 – June 11

Annual Flower Show | Group Exhibition
Attleboro Arts Museum – Attleboro, MA
March 25 – 28

Awards

Jurors Choice Award | Annual Flower Show
Attleboro Arts Museum – Attleboro, MA
Juried by Catherine Little Bert, 2010

Gold Key Award | Scholastic Art Awards
Massachusetts Program – Boston, MA
Presented by the Boston Globe, 1990

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts | Graphic Design program, concentrating in Illustration
Massachusetts College of Art and Design – Boston, MA
Continuing education courses:
Rhode Island School of Design, Community College of Rhode Island, and Worcester Museum of Art

Teaching Experience

Bay Path After School Art Program
Bay Path Regional Technical High School
 | Charlton, MA
Introduction to Drawing – Teen
Introduction to Watercolor – Teen
Drawing with Pastels – Teen

Warwick Museum of Art | Warwick, RI
Introduction to Polymer Clay – Adult
Drop-By-and-Try Pastels – Adult
Summer Art Camp – Children 6-12
February and April AM Art Adventure Camp – Children 6-12

Grumbacher Painting Workshops
Michaels Stores
| Smithfield, RI and Millbury, MA
Introduction to Acrylics, Floral – Adult
Introduction to Acrylics, Landscape – Adult

Recent Posts

Jared’s Art Heart

Jared

Jared – by Lisa Kretchman, watercolor and pastel, 2016

 

It’s winter here in New England, and all I see out my window is snow. Though it’s been a mild winter, a recent storm dropped almost a foot of snow in my area, coating everything, and bringing a pristine beauty to the woods by my home. But while it’s shades of grey and white outside, in my studio I see the brilliant greens and blues of summer. I’m revisiting the Art Hearts series with one last piece of artwork inspired by nature and exploration. This piece is for a boy named Jared.

Jared’s parents did not know he had a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) until he was born. Because of pre-eclamsia, his mother had an emergency c-section, and Jared was transferred to the NICU for observation. Within a few hours the family was told they would have to transfer Jared to Children’s Hospital due to his CHD – Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA). Four days later Jared had open heart surgery. While that entire week his parents faced this surprise diagnosis and prayed for his health, ultimately the surgery was successful and Jared recovered from it well.

Today Jared does not remember his surgery, and he is a bright, active boy. I contacted Jared’s family, and his mother told me that he loves the outdoors – fishing, hunting, camping, skiing, all ways of being out in nature with his Dad. His best friend is his beloved beagle Bentley, and his favorite color is blue.

Thumbnail sketches for Jared's Art Heart

Thumbnail sketches for Jared’s Art Heart

So for Jared, I really loved the idea of the connection he has to living things and nature. It did take me some time to settle on a direction for this piece, and I did some research on symbols to work with, especially centering on the stag. Eventually I thought the greens and blues would work well for this with a landscape incorporating woods and river, for hunting and fishing.

watercolor detail of buck

watercolor detail of buck

The stag is a symbol of the Artemis – Greek Goddess of wild animals and hunting, as well as patron of child delivery and infant survival. But it also represents transformation in Irish culture. So here I let the Celtic sybolism unite the artwork and it’s color pallette with all the greens of the landscape.

Detail of tree of life

Detail of tree of life

I also incorporated a tree of life standing apart from the foggy woods. With branches reaching upward and roots below, it represents the link between heaven and earth. I softened the distant trees with wet watercolor so that the large tree would stand out. Using white gouache I added a little glow around the tree.

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Beagle and clover in the foreground

 

Bentley inspired this little hunter beagle in the foreground, pointing toward our stag. He also serves as a symbol of courage, loyalty, and healing. Next to him I placed a patch of clover, as the shamrocks represent the trinity of earth, sea, and sky (reminding me of how Jared loves all aspects of the outdoors), as well as good fortune.

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Painting with watercolor base for edge

 

Once the inner space in the heart was painted, I added a base layer of watercolor for around the heart. This would be blue, Jared’s favorite color.

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Painting with layers of pastel burst around heart

 

And for the final touches I added more layers of pastel in varying shades of blue to make the heart really glow. I hope with it’s lush landscape and connection to nature that this painting brings joy to Jared and his family, and that they enjoy a future of happiness, healing, and good fortune as are symbolized here.

Jared's completed Art Heart

Jared’s completed Art Heart

This is the eighteenth and final piece in my Art Hearts series, which I am donating to Olivia’s Heart Fund. Please check out the Art Hearts page to read more about the project. If you’d like to purchase a print or greeting card of this or other paintings, they are available through the charity’s store, and all proceeds benefit Olivia’s Heart Fund. If you are so inspired, you can make a donation to the charity by clicking here or on the button below to visit the Olivia’s Heart Fund site. (please note that at the time of posting, the charity’s website is under construction and will be up again as soon as possible)

After eighteen essays and paintings, I have worked my way through all the stories collected by Olivia’s Heart Fund for the Art Hearts project. This is the first day of Congenital Heart Defect awareness week for 2016, and so the perfect time to post the last painting. This series has helped me to better understand how many people in our community are facing Congenital Heart Defects, and the stresses they endure. It is hard to take something so frightening and painful and turn that experience into hope, strength and beauty, but that is what these families do every day. I hope that by reading about their experiences I have created something that honors their journey, and I appreciate the kindness of the participants in this project for letting me do so.
Thank you Pete and Julie of Olivia’s Heart Fund, and volunteers Kelli, Jess, Kim and many others for their help in this project. I will post more information on when and where we will show the artwork in the coming year!
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