*Owner/Operator of Wicked Illustrations Studio and Gallery
*Recipient of the Uplift 40 Under 40 Creative Genius Award.
Cool Art in a Cool Mill Town
Owner/Operator Wicked Illustrations Studio and Gallery
My art studio is not far from where my grandparents worked, in the once bustling mills of Lewiston, Maine. My mom, used to walk right by the area where my studio now resides, which has lived many different lives such as a liquor store, a day care, and a medical billing office. I am the only painter in my family, but my family, just like Lewiston, is full of people whom possess ingenuity, creativity, and great work ethic. After working for 15 years, most evenings, in the service industry, and completing murals, illustrations and commission work most days, I opened Wicked Illustrations Studio and Gallery. I began offering art classes, art parties, and selling art supplies. The Illustration work, mural work and commissions continued, and since moving my studio to Canal St. in 2013, I’ve also found a passion for Public Art. I’ve enjoyed adding art to and around iconic and important places in my home town such as Simmone’s Hot Dogs, Webb’s Market, The Public Theatre, Mr. Drew and his animals too, Centreville Garage, the old 12 hour club, and Rainbow Bicycle. The art includes creative crosswalks, murals and painted fire hydrants. Most of the work was a labor of love, as an individual or with a group of artists, some were paid for by grants, one was paid for by a private citizen. All of them though, brought together community, and helped beautify the city and create a sense of place. I’m thankful I get to share my passion for art, in my hometown, and not only make a living with it, but a difference.
The Beauty of Maine Series
Marianne North 1830-1890
English Victorian Biologist and Botanical Artist
"No life is so charming as a country one in England, and no flowers are sweeter or more lovely than the primroses, cowslips, bluebells, and violets that grow in abundance all around me here."
Inspiring Female Artists Series
Georgia O'Keeffe 1887-1986
Mother of American Modernism
"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do."
Amerita Sher - Gil 1913-1941
Eminent Hungarian-Indian Painter
Flower Child of Indian Modernism
"I can only paint India. Europe belongs to Picasso, Matisse, Braque. India belongs only to me."
Frida Kahlo 1907-1954
"Painting completed my life."
Tamera de Lempika 1898-1980
Polish painter. Art Deco period.
"I live my life on the margins of society, and the rules of normal society don't apply to those who live on the fringe."
Birch Tree Series
Sister Plautilla Nelli 1524-1588
A self-taught artist and the first known female Renaissance painter of Florence.
Flower Series, selected pieces.
The Maiden, The Mother and the Crone
Self-Portrait Melanie Therrien, Oil, 16x20
Lois Mailou Jones 1905-1998
"The wonderful thing about being an artist is that there is no end to creative expression. Painting is my life; my life is painting."
Pet Portrait Series
Tree of Life Series
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Hilma af Klint 1862-1944 Swedish artist and mystic.
"The pictures were painted directly through me, without any preliminary drawings, and with great force. I had no idea what the paintings were supposed to depict; nevertheles I worked swiftly and surely, without changing a single brush stroke."