"I have three passions in my life: art, history and spiritual growth. I find they complement each other well and each affects how I approach the other." Louise
Minks has lived and painted in the small rural town of Leverett
in Western Massachusetts for twenty-five years. Her colorful expressionistic
oils and acrylics often focus on local scenes in the Connecticut
River valley or along the Massachusetts seacoast just hours from
her home. Framed prints of Louise's paintings of Massachusetts are available at Massachusetts Bay Trading Co. Twenty of her paintings of Massachusetts scenes and several from around the country have been combined into a wonderful screensaver. She has created a line of office and home accessories including tile clocks, tool holder and cherry box that feature her works.
artist describes her "art school" as museums, books,
gallery shows, and her fellow artists. Besides working with landscape
painters George Cherepov and Charles Movalli, Louise has studied
portraiture and developed figurative paintings around a theme.
Her M. A. degree in American History has prompted Louise to develop
several series of historical paintings that tour to educational
and cultural institutions.
works can be viewed at her Millworks Studio at the historic 1834
Montague Mill, Montague Center as well as in 12 galleries around
the world. She was Artist in Residence at the
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and has also been Artist
in Residence at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM, as well
as at many public and private schools over the past ten years.
Louise is a member of the prestigious National Association of
Women Artists and the author of The Hudson River School, America's
First Landscape Painters. She was commissioned to paint the
2001 replica of the sailing ship, Friendship", in historic
Salem Harbor for the 350th anniversary of Salem, Massachusetts.