WATERTOWN — The Watertown Art League will host an in-person demonstration by award-winning pastel artist Jane Penfield at 7 p.m. Monday, October 11, in Fellowship Hall, First Congregational Church, 40 DeForest St. Ms. Penfield is drawn to nature, as well as to the human influence on it. She is especially attracted to elements that evoke light, drama and emotion.
Her work is an impression of light and life as she has experienced it through walking, travel and direct observation.
Ms. Penfield holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford.
She was first inspired by the beautiful New England landscape of the Pioneer Valley, a place that nourished her intellectually and creatively, helped form her values and started her on her artistic path.
She worked as a choral director and administrator of nonprofit arts organizations, in addition to being a visual artist.
Ms. Penfield currently serves as president of the Connecticut Pastel Society and is past president of Arts Center East.
Focusing primarily on pastel and oil painting, she said, “Like meeting a long-lost relative, I recognize the same elements familiar to me in music: composition, form, tonality, harmony, counterpoint, rhythm, and dynamics. Good habits of study and practice are essential.
Painting, like conducting a choir, involves starting from scratch, observing, identifying problems, fixing them, and always trying to make it better, in order to create and present something beautiful in the end.”
The event is free and open to the public.
Masks are mandatory and seats will be distanced.
Applications will be available for anyone wishing to join the league and/or participate in the members fall art show and sale late in October.