Emily Quigley is a watercolor artist and stationery designer based in Wellesley, MA.
A lifelong artist, Emily is self-taught in watercolor, which has become her medium of choice. The irony of the least forgiving and most difficult to control type of paint being the favorite of a recovering type-A perfectionist is not lost on her.
Aside from her commissioned work of pet portraits, architectural pieces, and custom wedding stationery, Emily draws inspiration from New England life. Her fondest memories are of summers spent on Cape Cod, and she aims to share that warm, comfortable, relaxed lifestyle feeling through her artwork.
"Having recently relocated with my family to Cape Cod, I am excited and energized at the potential opportunity of continuing my career Artist and educator on the cape. I was born and raised in western Massachusetts but Cape Cod truly served as the backdrop for my younger years. Some of my greatest memories were formed on the shores of these beautiful beaches and I am excited to return here as a family of four.
Working primarily with watercolor and scratchboard and occasionally with egg tempera I attempt to document my surroundings and perhaps provide unique insight to the viewer that may have been overlooked or obscured. After receiving a BFA from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford my work attempted to satirize pop culture and society’s need to amplify celebrities. After relocating to the greater Washington DC area my work took on a darker feel that peered into the political quagmire that is all encompassing in that region. During this time, I was publishing political cartoons and experimenting with an artistic process that could be tied to the rise of the “street art movement”. Now having moved again and this time to the beautiful shores of Cape Cod my work had taken on a completely different look and feel. I now find myself inspired to recreate the sense of serenity and calm that outer cape provides. More importantly I want to explore the visual duality and the stark contrast that summer and off season present to visitors and residents."
Irene Lynch’s artwork reflects her lifetime spent soaking in the unmatched beauty, charm, and inspiration of home, Cape Cod. In her final year at University of Massachusetts of Amherst, she found herself gravitating toward familiar landscapes when creating paintings. Inspired by the art and techniques she has observed on her many travels worldwide, Irene has developed her own style that captures the essence of her home.
The portability of her watercolor and ink pen have allowed Irene to continue her creative studies and grow her portfolio throughout her travels; but her favorite place to paint is while relaxing in the summer sun on her favorite Cape Cod beaches.
Irene combines a painterly application of watercolor which she details with pen to create a more illustrative approach to Cape Cod landscapes. Her paintings welcome viewers to enter her scenes and relive their favorite narratives attached to the subject. Irene’s paintings have been given a greater depth through the many stories and moments that resonate with viewers. Irene paints from her heart to reach yours.
Irene was featured in Cape Cod Life’s 2018 edition of Emerging Artists.
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 and the guilds of Yarmouth, Falmouth 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.
Sara Paulson is an artist from Southeastern Massachusetts. She has been expressing herself through art since the early days of creating macaroni masterpieces. Sara's work ranges from watercolor pieces to acrylic works. She paints on any canvas-like material, including sneakers and jean jackets. Her inspiration is drawn from nature and architecture. Sara loves playing with the contrast of soft, delicate form and bold, precise lines. She is always trying something new, learning and evolving as an artist.