in Attleboro, Massachusetts; The Brickstore Museum, Kennebunk, Maine; and the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, College Station, Texas. The Brickstore Museum has acquired one of her paintings for their permanent collection donated by the estate of author Betty Joyce.
Calling herself Painter of the Ocean, Louise has been painting the ocean since 1978 and has been an ocean swimmer in San Francisco. She speaks with reverence and fascination of the sea, saying her artwork is an attempt to transpose life's mystery into something as beautiful - but more tangible.
"I love storms. I like it when the earth moves underneath you and brings you to your knees. The waters represent everything that God is; it is where the conflict between people ends."
The oil paintings and pastels hanging in the gallery are abstract representations of ocean blending into sky, with lush vivid colors shining with colored powders to bring out the light.
Louise started using pastels by chance when she ran out of oils at an outdoor show and someone gave her pastels. Pastels - the word comes from the French pastiche - are pure powdered pigment ground into paste and rolled into the colorful sticks.
Pastels have no liquid binder that may cause the surface to to darken, fade, yellow, crack or blister with time, so that pastels painted in the 16th century look as fresh today as the day they were painted. However, through the use of gold and silver leaf she adds another dimension, creating what she calls "living paintings." The leaf will tarnish - going greenish or brown - in 10, 20 or 30 years, giving the work a living quality within the timelessness of the pastel painting.
"My oils have a very different feel from the pastels. I have been an oil painter for 40 years, yet when I do oils, I have to think. I am very detached from my work when I am using pastels."
(Much of the above
come from an article in the York
*York County Coast Star, Living
Arts Section, March 1999, describes Louise work as "...absolutely
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