• Fine works in oil & pastel

    Autumn Triad — Oil, 24x24 Window Series In Blue — Oil, 20x20 Window Series in Red — Oil, 20x20 Habitat — Oil, 24x36 Inheritance-II-Oil-22x28

    OPENING SOON: Kendra Bidwell Ferreira & Jeanne Sturim | Themes & Variations

    • APRIL 26 — MAY 15, 2015

    • Artist Reception: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2-4pm
    • Dodge House Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 12-4pm | Saturday & Sunday 2-4pm
  • Artist's Statement


    Growing up in a small town in southeastern Missouri, I had a lot of down time. With the exception of school and chores, there were few planned activities, leaving great spaces of time to dream, think and draw. Drawing became a escape from boredom to a world of possibilities. I eventually attended art school at Washington University School of Fine Arts in St. Louis, and worked in the fashion industry for a short five year career before retiring to marriage and raising a family. Though I managed to be creative while raising a family, it wasn't until later in life that I finally had the time and a studio space to devote to my creative endeavors. My studio is the place where I can become myself and express myself through my work.

    Except for foundation courses in Art School, a year in the Illustration Dept. and Continued Ed. Classes at RISD, my painting has been a personal journey.

    For me, the experience of painting is always the tensions between concept and process. I start each painting with an idea that I work out in sketches to understand the subject through value and composition. I transfer these thoughts to canvas, putting away the sketch and any photo reference I may have started with, and allow that the process to take over. It is the time when the painting demands a certain color, space or line. This happens at different times depending on the painting and during the process my thinking evolves and germinates into what will become the next painting. I often work in series, ie. Window and Tree Series.

    In working with Still Life's, the process is somewhat different in that I always work with set-ups where most of the painting will be about the careful observation of objects and translating them to a two dimensional surface Nevertheless, I begin with the same sketching and thought process before painting on the canvas. I want to say something about the still life and present it in a way to invite the viewer into the painting.

    In the end, I believe painting is about the balance between concept and process, idea and intuition, thought and feeling,

  • Resume


    • Washington University, School of Fine Arts, BFA
    • University of Rhode Island, BA
    • Rhode Island School of Design, Illustration Dept.& Continuing Ed.


    • Art League of Rhode Island, Juried Artist Member
    • Providence Art Club, Artist Member
    • Attleboro Museum, Artist Member
    • Pastel Society of America
    • Connecticut Pastel Society


    • Rhode Island School of Design: Continuing Ed. Instructor
    • Workshops in Pastel, 2007-2013


    • Attleboro Museum Members Show, Dec. 2014-Feb 2015
    • Art League of RI Annual Members Exhibition, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006
    • Providence Art Club Members Show: 2014, 2009, 2008, 2007
    • "Word Play" Works In Oil, Moite Gallery, Providence Art Club, 2011
    • Small Works Exhibition, Art League of Rhode Island, Royal Gallery, Providence, RI, 2009
    • "Her Mark", Ten Woman Exhibition, Bayview Gallery, Brunswick, ME 2009
    • "Painting In Pastel", Dodge Gallery, Providence Art Club, 2007,
    • Solo Exhibit Art League of Rhode Island Group Fall Exhibition 2006, R I Foundation
    • Providence Art Club, 2005, Two Person Exhibit


    • Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Annual Open Exhibition, National Art Club, New York, Dec. 2014, 2010, 2009
    • Renaissance In Pastel, Connecticut Pastel Society, Annual
    • National Exhibition, 2009, 2007
    • Cape Cod Art Association National Exhibition, 2009
    • Pastel Society of America International Exhibition, National Art Club, New York, 2007, 2006
    • Pastel Painters of Maine International Juried Exhibition2006
    • Pastels Only Exhibition: 2005 Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod , 2006
    • Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, 2005


    • Hunter Editions Award of Excellence, Renaissance In Pastel Exhibition,
    • Connecticut Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, 2009
    • First Place in Pastel, Cape Cod Art Association National Exhibition, 2009
    • The Providence Art Club Award, Providence Art Club Members Exhibition:
    • Words, Letters and Text, 2008
    • Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod 2005, Award of Merit


    • Royal Gallery, Providence, RI


    • The Lutheran Heritage Museum, Altenburg, Missouri
    • Providence Art Club, Permanent Collection

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