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Artist Statement

"My paintings reflect the relationships between people and the things that surround them, seeking to capture the conflicts created between how we want others to see us and what they really see. In order to capture these relationships and perceptions, I paint buildings, vehicles and all sorts of items, as well as activities, typically without depicting the people themselves.

One frequent tool I use to portray perceptions is to paint things left behind. The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, briefly described as "transient, incomplete and imperfect beauty", is a recurrent theme in my artwork. It embraces the beauty of decay in items once loved and now abandoned, such as my images of rusty tools and buildings falling away in various degrees of gracefulness.

The beauty and mysteries of the natural world strongly influence my art, as well as dichotomies such as interior and exterior, physical and mental, light and dark, reality and dreams, and past and present. Windows and doors frequently appear as symbolic devices, letting some people or things in while keeping others out. It is important to me to capture the idea that what is not seen may be more important than what is seen.

In painting perceptions, I also explore the interaction of imagination, asking: do we believe the stories depicted or do we choose to make up our own? In this way, my paintings are intended to invite the viewer in for interpretation."

Artist Biography

Nan grew up on a small farm in Groton, Massachusetts. She has always loved art, especially painting. She was constantly drawing pictures at school, and would even draw on the backs of her school papers - which was usually frowned-on by her teachers!

When she graduated from Groton High School, Nan won a scholarship for Excellence in Art, which she applied to her college education at Framingham State College in Framingham, Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude, receiving a Bachelor of Art degree in Fine Art, with a minor in Art History.

Front StoopHer commissioned artwork has included murals, house portraits, hand-lettered signs, product sketches, and decorative painting requests. Nan has painted numerous miniature acrylic paintings in a variety of styles, some as small as a postage stamp. She has exhibited her paintings at miniature art shows in Toronto, Ontario; and Rockford, Illinois. Some of her miniature paintings have been made into greeting cards.

In addition, Nan has worked at home applying specialty finishes to mirror frames. These included chinoiserie, stenciling, antiquing, gold- and silver-leafing; and the following faux finishes: marbleizing, pickling, tortoiseshell, wrought iron and malachite.

Nan has worked at a variety of jobs, including Publications Specialist at a large environmental consulting company. There, she became familiar with the world of printing and publishing, and learned skills that included computer graphics, page layout and word processing. She attended Clark University where she earned a Certificate in Pre-press and Computer Graphics.

At work and as a freelance computer graphics specialist, Nan's projects have included designing logos, business cards, stationery, brochures, catalogs and direct mail pieces; creating and publishing resumes, certificates, labels, invitations and cards; and designing, editing and publishing newsletters.

Front Stoop Eventually, Nan became Manager of the Publications Department, and under her direction, the company became an industry leader in electronic publishing. After 14 years, she left the company to pursue a career as a full-time artist, allowing her to indulge in her passion for painting.

Having grown up on a farm in New England, many of Nan's paintings reflect this region and the disappearing rural landscape of her childhood. Nan states, "The farm in Groton, where I grew up, continues to be inspirational - I find endless ideas for my artwork when I am there". Nan lives in Pepperell, Massachusetts, just three miles from her childhood home.

Awards

First Place. Painting. Chelmsford Art Society, 4th of July Festival. Chelmsford, MA

Third Place. Painting. Chelmsford Art Society, 4th of July Festival. Chelmsford, MA

Third Place. Painting. Chelmsford Art Society, 4th of July Festival. Chelmsford, MA

Honorable Mention. Painting. Westford Regional Art Exhibit, Westford, MA

Third Place. Painting. Chelmsford Art Society, 4th of July Festival. Chelmsford, MA

Most Popular Vote. Painting. Hudson Rotary Club Art Exhibit, Hudson, NH

First Place. Painting. Chelmsford Art Society, 4th of July Festival. Chelmsford, MA

Second Place. Painting. Chelmsford Art Society, 4th of July Festival. Chelmsford, MA

First Place. Painting. Westford Regional Art Exhibit, Westford, MA

Second Place. Painting. Chelmsford Art Society, 4th of July Festival. Chelmsford, MA

Honorable Mention. Painting. Westford Regional Art Exhibit, Westford, MA

Most Popular Vote. Ken's American Cafe, Littleton, MA

First Place. Painting. Westford Regional Art Exhibit, Westford, MA

Honorable Mention and purchase of two paintings. Graham Headache Center, Migraine Art Exhibit, Jamaica Plain, MA

First Place. Painting. Groton Bicentennial Art Exhibit. Groton, MA

Scholarship. Excellence in Art, Groton High School. Groton, MA

Nan Quintin with 'Swamplands', CAS July 2013

Art Exhibits

- Art on Main, Westford, MA (Featured Guest Artist)

- Beaver Brook, Annual Fall Art Show, Hollis, NH

- Chelmsford Art Society, 4th of July Festival, Chelmsford, MA

- Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Chelmsford, MA

- Chelmsford Public Library, Chelmsford, MA

- Chelmsford Town Offices, Chelmsford, MA (solo exhibit)

- Del Bello Gallery, Miniature Art Exhibit, Toronto, ON

- Design at 639 Gallery, Fitchburg, MA

- Epsom Public Library, Epsom, NH (solo exhibit)

- Fitchburg Art Museum, Annual Regional Exhibit, Fitchburg, MA

- Floral Arts Gallery, Westford, MA (ongoing exhibits, and solo exhibit)

- Frame Depot, Milford, NH (rotating exhibits, and solo exhibit)

- Gallery 10, Miniature Art Exhibit, Rockford, IL

- Gallery 529, Littleton, MA (rotating exhibits)

- Gallery One, Nashua, NH

- Graham Headache Center, Migraine Art Exhibit, Jamaica Plain, MA

- Greeley Park Art Festival, Nashua, NH

- Grotonfest, Groton, MA

- Groton Public Library, Faces Exhibit, Groton, MA

- Hollis Fine Art Festival, Hollis, NH

- Hudson Rotary Club Art Exhibit, Hudson, NH

- Ken's American Cafe, Littleton, MA

- Lawrence Library, Pepperell, MA (solo exhibit)

- Monadnock Area Artists Association, Exhibition, Jaffrey, NH

- Open Studio, Groton, MA (solo exhibit)

- Picture Yourself!, Chelmsford, MA (featured artist)

- Parish Center for the Arts, Westford Regional Art Exhibit, Westford, MA

- Septemberfest, Groton, MA

- Summer Place, Chelmsford, MA (two solo exhibits)

- Weston Nurseries, Chelmsford, MA (solo exhibit)