Choosing a Studio That Helps You Do Your Best Work

Having a dedicated, private area to create is essential to a working artist. Call it a studio, call it a workshop, call it an atelier – the point is you have room to think, to try, to bring the idea that’s been percolating inside your mind forth into the world. In the privacy of a studio, an artist can push themselves, challenge themselves, face tough questions and find their truth – but not all studios are created equal.

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Painter William Duffy on Art You’ll Never Find in a Gallery

We were able to connect with renowned maritime painter William Duffy just as he was completing a large commission. “There’s a spot in Nantucket that I’ve been painting for 25, maybe 30 years,” he explained. “It’s been very important to me. The nuances of color that nature can conjure up – there’s nothing like it. I could go to the exact same spot, but at different times – morning, noon, midnight under a full moon – and come away with a different painting every time.”

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The Painter’s Studio: The Impact of Dedicated, Private Workspace on Creativity

To quote Joseph Campbell, the famous American scholar and creativity expert, “To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.”

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A Life of Beauty: Painter Lesley Koenig

At only six years old, Lesley Koenig knew she was going to be an artist. A positive day spent with her watercolors led to an eventual design scholarship; Koenig studied at Parson’s, and earned several awards during her subsequent design and illustration career. A move to Southwestern Connecticut saw Koenig return to her painting. Her focus is a spontaneous process of abstract expressionism. Koenig also includes abstracted realism of land and sea as subject matter; as she is deeply touched by the extraordinary beauty of the CT gold coast. What we love about Lesley’s work is the fearlessness of it. There’s an energy and luminosity of her work that commands the attention; the eye is drawn and the intellect driven to inquiry. Pictured are two diptychs and a triptych being installed at Rockwell Art and Framing, Ridgefield.  Her solo reception is August 11 and the exhibition will run through mid-September.

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The Organic Line of Nature: Artist Susan Newbold

Susan Newbold is an artist, painter and printmaker who captures the beauty of the natural world with a knowing eye. She began this stage of her creative career after working in the interior design and architectural field.  Susan trained at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston before completing her MFA at the Vermont College. Today, the Atlantic Ocean stands as her most constant inspiration; Newbold makes her home not far from the shore and much of her work features an Eastern marine palette.

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Capturing the World’s Beauty: Photographer Kvon Behpour

Kvon Behpour is an award winning commercial photographer. Over the course of a 20+ year career, he has worked with record labels, top brands, and many of Connecticut’s finest advertising agencies. Kvon emigrated to the US from Iran as a young man, becoming a citizen in 1990. He has been able to return to Iran for three extended photo expeditions, including one journey to help the victims of the devastating 2003 Bam earthquake.

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