Aine is a watercolor and acrylic artist from Cotuit who loves experimenting with color and form. She paints in both abstract and realistic styles and is greatly influenced by nature. A walk in woods or on the beach is almost always followed with time in the studio. She also draws inspiration from the people around her and her love for travel. No matter where she is in the world, Aine always carries a small sketchbook and some paints.
As a lifelong artist, Laurel Wilson has used drawing and painting as a means of expressing herself and connecting with others in a quiet but powerful way. Her interests in history, art, and the environment have been documented in watercolor paintings known for their intricate detail, balance, color, unique subjects, and calming moods. She prefers doing landscapes, seascapes, and close-up views of flora and fauna that she finds while hiking, kayaking, or traveling. As a resident of Cape Cod for the past forty-seven years, she has a preference for new takes on many of the area’s favorite sights and delights in finding the less traveled spots and features most have yet to discover. She has chosen to specialize in watercolor as a medium because of its transparency and fluidity, and its ability to capture the light that defines different elements. Layering and glazing allow her to develop saturated but vibrant color and to create mood. The challenge of painting in watercolor is what she loves best.
Educated in art history, painting and design at Mount Holyoke College and Oberlin, Laurel has worked for both the Smithsonian and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as an art conservator and has taught art history at Alfred University. She draws on this background when she paints using the best materials she can and framing the work carefully. She works on Arches cold pressed paper with Winsor Newton artist grade paint and fine brushes. Her knowledge of watercolor technique is extensive. She works inside from her own photos and sketches done onsite when exploring her surroundings. As an award-winning Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Center in Barnstable, a partner in Eastwind Gallery in Orleans, a member of the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, the Cape Cod Cultural Center, the New England Watercolor Society, the Rockport Art Association and Museum, and the art guilds of Yarmouth and Plymouth., She is busy year-round with shows and exhibits both locally and across the country. She has shown at the Festival of Arts in Chatham for forty-two years.
She loves meeting and connecting with people who like her art.