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Member Feature- Charlotte Blanchard

My name is Charlotte Blanchard and I live in Hubbardsville. In fact, many of you may remember me from the greenhouse business I ran for many years called Enchanted Gardens. Although I have done several things in my lifetime, art is the one constant and has been my passion since early childhood.

 

For the most part, I am a self-taught artist; however as a child while living in Fort Pierce, Florida, I was greatly influenced by “Beanie” Albert Backus who was a well-known artist and mentor to a now famous group of painters known as the “Florida Highwaymen.” Those Saturday morning drawing classes with Beanie did more than just teach me perspective and composition, he taught me a valuable life lesson as well. It was through Beanie that I learned to paint from the desires and passions deep within me for only then would my art be truly my own. I have followed his sage advice throughout my life and would offer it up to any inspiring artists.

 

I began painting in oil, and for a few short years dabbled in watercolor, but I found I liked gouache much better because it was closer to painting in oil. I finally gave in and went back to my first love, working in oils. It’s only right that I should do so because I love all things old; and working in oils is a time-honored endeavor.

In recent years, my paintings have been greatly influenced by my passionate love for traveling through Europe. I paint what I love–the narrow streets, canals and waterways, charming back alleys and picturesque seaports; hoping that you too will step into my paintings and enjoy the sights and sounds I portray.

I have a website where you can see my entire collection of American and European Art, including a series of Colgate University paintings. On the site you can shop in the store which sells originals, poster prints, canvas prints and greeting cards, read my weekly blogs and leave messages. You can also “like” me on facebook or follow me on Twitter .

I am thrilled and fortunate to have a place like Mad Art Inc. so close by and available to me as a place to display my artwork and to meet fellow artists. I currently have “The Wishful Traveler” gallery on display at the Earlville Opera House through Feb. 19. In the spring, I will be displaying my paintings at the Her Hands Show at Mad Art Inc. from March 28 to June 14.

 

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