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Artist maureen spinale


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 "I have a passion for painting trees and am drawn to the complexities of tangled branches and fractured light beams through the forest. Trunks twisted, bent and straight, sort of like human beings. They teach us about life; strength, fragilities, endurance, and weathering the storms. 
  Maureen was born in Portsmouth, VA but has lived most of her life in the Boston area. Her  love of drawing and painting began early in childhood. Her father was the creative soul in the family, and she believes that the artist in him was passed on to her. She spent a lot of time in the south , when she was a child, playing in Alabama's woods and creeks. There began her love affair with trees and the woodlands. Growing up was hard in those days, and with the loss of her father, she found refuge in those woods. Today she is a painter of trees.
 
On with life, raising two boys and a career in social work meant art , was a ways off. She had always wanted to be an artist, and following an early retirement, she began studying at North River Arts Society and South Shore Art Center where she fell in love with the pastel medium under the instruction of Donna Rossetti Bailey and Liz Haywood Sullivan. There began the journey.
 
Maureen continues to further her studies, considering herself a lifelong student, by taking workshops given by internationally recognized pastel artists. Ken Elliot, Tom Christopher, Casey Klahn, Ed Chesnovich, Tony Alain, and Kim Lordier to name a few.  These masters, have influenced her style which has evolved from a realistic approach to a more contemporary perspective , flecked with bold colors, strong lines and light . "I am always trying to develop and improve my work. It drives me forward" 
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