I’m an “art work” in progress, still experimenting with different styles and mediums, my favorites are oil, watercolor and colored pencils.
A painting has meaning to me when it can tell story or draw from a special moment in time, however , to appeal to all else, a painting has to present different ways, color, composition , style. They’re both exciting and interesting.
Linda Hamilton Crossland is a self-taught artist who resumed painting two years ago after a long absence. Linda mainly works with acrylic paint. She also works in fluid art, watercolor art, alcohol ink art and capturing nature with photography.
She shares her passion with others on social media.
Tom Christiano is a New England artist specializing in expressionistic pastel paintings and serene watercolor landscapes.
Tom has been studying art for almost his entire life. His images are peaceful and uncluttered. They primarily reflect scenes depicting the natural world and colorful animals…. and they often are imagined images with creative colors and compositions.
He is also the Creator and Managing Editor of the 1,000 + Member “CHELMSFORD ARTS” group on Facebook, And the Creator and Contributing Member of the 15,700 + Member “CHELMSFORD NEWS” group on Facebook. Tom Christiano is also the Producer and Director of the Chelmsford News Cable TV Show, which is available to everyone via his “Tom Christiano” YouTube Channel.
Mr. Christiano studied art at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, MA, and at many other schools and colleges as well, including at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA and at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.
C. Thomas Christiano earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree from Sacred Heart University, and a Master’s Degree (MBA) from the University of New Haven (UNH).
Dave paints in the tradition of the Boston School of landscape painters.
Dave is a lifelong New Englander with roots in Maine and having lived in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Although Dave came from an artistic family, he pursued a career as a financial advisor. Nonetheless he continued to sketch and paint. In 2008 Dave made the decision to transition from a successful career as a financial advisor to a career as a full-time painter.
Dave studied studio painting at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester NH.
Dave studied with Stapleton Kearns and David Curtis in workshops and with Thomas R Dunlay in workshops and privately at the Thomas R Dunlay teaching Studios.
Selected as Artist-In-Residence at the Whistler House Museum of Art in 2015, 2016
Juried artist member of the North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester MA 2016
Accepted into the Copley Society of Art in Boston MA 2017
Juried into the Rockport Art Association 2019
Selected artist for the 2020 and 2021 Cape Ann Plein Air Festival
Exhibited: Massachusetts State House, Boston MA; Bristol Art Museum, Bristol Rhode Island; Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell MA; Andover Historical Society, Andover MA; Guild of Boston Painters, Boston MA; Copley art Society, Boston MA; Brush Gallery, Lowell; Millbrook Gallery, Concord NH and the North Shore Arts in Gloucester MA among others.
Passion: Painting outdoors in all the different times of the year and seasons around New England
Dave’s works are owned by individual collectors as well as institutions, such as the City of Lowell (Lowell City Hall); Enterprise Bank in Lowell MA; Boston Partners Financial Group in Andover MA, Lowell Community Health Center, Lahey Clinic, MKtix Company and Toast Vodka in Fort Lauderdale FL among others
Dave maintains a north light studio at the Western Ave Studios in Lowell MA #512
Nan is an award winning artist who grew up in Groton, Massachusetts. She received a B.A. in Fine Art with a minor in Art History at Framingham State University. She received a Certificate in Pre-press and Computer Graphics at Clark University.
Having grown up on a small farm in New England, many of Nan’s paintings reflect this area’s rural landscape. She has lived in Pepperell, Massachusetts for over 30 years, just three miles from her childhood home, where she often goes to paint “en plein air”.
Nan is a board member of the Chelmsford Art Society. She has studied watercolor painting with Tony Couch, Nancy Russo, and Carlton Plummer; and oil painting with Christopher Volpe.
In addition, Nan designed and painted the “Historic Pepperell” mural in the Lawrence Library in Pepperell, MA; and has served as an art judge for several local exhibits.
Artist Statement “Many of my paintings reflect the relationships between people and the things that surround them. In order to capture these relationships and perceptions, I paint buildings, vehicles and other items, as well as activities, typically without depicting the people themselves.
I am fascinated with the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, briefly described as “transient, incomplete, imperfect beauty”. I find belongings left behind – items once loved and now abandoned, and falling away in varying degrees of gracefulness as they return to earth – to be poetic and expressive.
Vacant houses arouse my curiosity. Pondering the secrets of an old house, such as the events leading up to the abandonment, the identities and personalities of the occupants, the dreams, the builder, and the history of the property, is like solving a mystery. An abandoned house is not empty; its life-force remains. Typically, while I paint, I make up stories about my subject, imagining the answers.
Although many of my paintings are scenes of nature that capture the beauty of New England, the area in which I have always lived, many of my paintings contain man-made items as well. Not only are we humans part of nature, but we can and do live harmoniously with our environment and are part of its presence.
In addition to the influences of the natural world, I am captivated by dichotomies such as interior and exterior, light and dark, reality and dreams, and past and present.
Windows and doors frequently appear as symbolic devices, they pique the imagination of the viewer as they let some people or things in while keeping others out.
I often try to portray the idea that what is not seen may be more important than what is seen. The viewer’s imagination is needed to complete the picture.”
This presentation of the Chelmsford Art Society is supported in part by grants from the Chelmsford and Billerica Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.