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Artist - Nora West

New Portland Artist Nora West will be the featured artist during December at SugarWood Gallery.

Nora reflects… “THEN and NOW….

There isn’t one particular moment I can remember that sparked my interest in art, but rather several small happenings over time.  As the years have gone by there has been a persistent desire to continue with my art.

In the beginning, I did pen and ink drawings recording old buildings before they disappeared.  I moved on to watercolors and then oils of Maine landscapes, seascapes, farms, mountains, local landmarks, places with a past, landscapes that are diminishing over time.

In 2014 I was chosen as Baxter State Park visiting artist, I’ve have shown at the Emery Center for the Arts at UMF, Carrabassett library, Captain Morrill’s Art center-Harpswell, and the SugarWood Gallery - Farmington.  I have participated in juried shows and paint outs including USM /LA, Taste of Tidewater-Falmouth, Castine Paint Out, Waterville Art Society, Common Street Arts, MECA- Maine College of Arts- Portland, Harlow Gallery- Hallowell, Sotheby’s – Damariscotta, Kelpie Gallery- S. Thomaston and more.  I’m a member of Upcountry Artists and the High Peaks Artisan Guild.

There is nothing more satisfying than a day absorbed in plein air painting, battling the elements and my own resources.   What I love most is when another person looks at my painting and becomes excited.   There’s a certain satisfaction knowing that someone else is relating to the scene or the feeling I have expressed and that we have become connected. 

I’m a Maine artist living the High Peaks area of western Maine in an old farmhouse at the end of a dirt road with my husband Greg and our cat Henry.  I have two grown sons and two grandchildren.   I also enjoy hiking, cross country and alpine skiing, scouting out future paintings and exploring all of Maine.

I owe thanks to all the people past and present that have inspired, taught and encouraged me along the way.  Thank you for viewing my work.   Nora West.”

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