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On exhibit at the Chelmsford Library August 2010:
Paul Wilson has been a life long Massachusetts resident though he’s traveled extensively in North America and Europe. He has no formal training but photography has been both a vacation and avocation in many generations of his family. He has studied both film and digital photography extensively and uses both mediums as often as possible. Paul holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He currently lives in Chelmsford Massachusetts with his wife Basia and daughter Keely and works as a software engineer at Gomez in Lexington, MA.
John Pepe grew up in Wilmington, Massachusetts. From a young age he took an interest in drawing and painting. John has a degree in art with a concentration in Photography from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He also has a degree in Computer science from Suffolk University in Boston. For the past five years John has worked as a software Engineer with Gomez, Compuware in Lexington Ma. John and his wife Dawn currently live in Pepperell, MA with their three children.
John showed me some photos he had taken. One
was of a bee resting on flower petals. It was very “O’Keefe-ish.”
It was a great subject to paint. And so I did.
One of my best friends once told me to paint my own thoughts, not just the photos. “But,” I told him. “I am painting my thoughts.” When I painted the bumble bee on the flowers, I thought of “Karma”; when I painted Paul’s photo of his daughter, I thought of “the inner child.” It is the karma that brings us all together for one reason or another. I do think this exhibit was meant to be. There is an inner child within each of us. She is peeking out, eager to come out and explore.
Abstract paintings are not easy for ordinary people to comprehend, but realism seems to lack creativity. I used to paint landscapes that were purely visually appealing, but gradually over the years I started to use materials such as sand mixed with color to create a grassy feeling. I dip sewing threads in color and hang them from trees to create willows gliding through the wind. Different materials create fantastic effects that oil alone cannot convey. I now paint a series of paintings on the same topic or on the same scene. I have four paintings of the cranberry bogs of Carlisle, Massachusetts-each in a different season. I also have a series of paintings about Karma.
Two years ago when I first exhibited at the Chelmsford Library, I said that when I first came to United States I never imagined that I would do oil painting. Two years ago, I never thought I would put fabric, laces, foams and furs on my paintings. That is the fun part about painting; it will surprise you more than you can imagine.
In recent years I have concentrated most of my artistic energies on woodcarving and sculpture. I have chosen one of my most recent works for display in the library display case. I completed this wood spirit carving last November. It was carved from part of an ash tree that was brought down in an ice storm the previous year.
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