‘As She Sees It’
PORTSMOUTH – The colorful paintings of New Hampshire Art Association members Diane Bragdon and Tricia Mansfield will grace the walls of the East Gallery at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery during the month of August.
The theme of the show is landscapes and seascapes.
Bragdon works primarily in watercolor.
“From childhood I have had some type of medium in my hands – turning something into something else,” Bragdon said. “Even with crayons, I was always hard at work designing a new creation. As a young girl in New Hampshire, I was inspired by my grandfather who instilled in me the love of color and the beauty in creating art.”
Bragdon lives and creates art from her home studio in Dover, and in the summer from her lakeside home in Shapleigh, Maine.
“Most of my artwork consists of landscapes and seascapes that have inspired me,” she said. “Watercolor behaves just like nature - fresh and spontaneous.”
Inspired by her grandfather’s work, Bragdon began drawing and painting at a very young age, and had her first private art show when she was in the fifth grade.
She attended classes at the Maine College of Art in Portland. Since then she has sold numerous original artworks, and has had exhibits in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
“The best compliment of my work is when someone tells me that my painting made them smile and remember a special moment of their own,” Bragdon said.
Mansfield of Portsmouth said she has always been a careful observer and curious about the dynamics of nature and the way things work.
“I grew up on Cape Cod where I spent a lot of time enjoying the outdoors,” she said. “Starting in eighth grade and continuing beyond my college years I eagerly participated in natural history and ecology classes.”
Throughout these formative years, it never occurred to Mansfield that she would become an artist, and that these thought patterns and passions would carry over to her painting experience. She works primarily with oil paint and is best known for doing small oil studies and plein-air painting.
Mansfield has a bachelor’s degree in sociology based human relations from Connecticut College and a master’s degree in environmental policy from Tufts University
“I approach art with the same inquisitiveness and curiosity I had when I was out studying nature,” she said. “For example, I am fascinated with the power of perspective and how the way I see things influences the way I understand them.”
“As She Sees It” – paintings by NHAA members Diane Bragdon and Tricia Mansfield
Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, East Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth
When: Aug. 1 to Sept. 2. Opening reception, Friday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.