Louise Pellegrino

It all began with my dolls when I was a child. Unsatisfied with their faces, I broke out my crayons and transformed them into something far more likeable. And for birthday and Christmas presents, a new paint-by-numbers set was always my first choice. 

Following high school, I initially wanted to continue my education at Vesper George, an art school in Boston. But that was not to be. Instead, my parents urged me to study business, which led to a career as a bond underwriter for two insurance companies.

Never losing the desire to paint, I studied with a local oil painter, Marblehead-based artist Ken Hurwitz. Oil proved to be a difficult medium to pursue at home, thanks largely to the lingering odors of linseed and varnish. 

In the 90’s, I learned of an amazing artist, Louise Anderson, who offered classes in a difficult medium that would change my life—watercolor! I was hooked. Around that time, a friend who also has a passion for watercolor showed me an advertisement featuring local artist Jane Booras. I was both stunned and inspired by her wonderful work. This was a turning point in my desire and commitment to improve my watercolor skills. 

About five of us aspiring artists met at Jane’s home each week to paint, critique each other’s work, and develop our culinary skills by preparing creative lunches. It was a marvelous experience that Jane so kindly hosted.

Always seeking to improve our watercolor skills, we learned of another highly respected and prolific artist, Pauline Bacon, who offered classes at the Lynnfield Senior Center. Pauline was another great inspiration. I’ll always remember her jokingly saying, “I have a fresh eye and a fresh mouth.” She told it like it was and had a way with words.

When Pauline passed, she did not leave us stranded. We were placed in the capable, talented hands of Bill Deveney. Bill is an exceptional artist, and his keen ability to teach and manage a class of sometimes very distracted women is beyond reproach.

Today, I am a member of the Lynnfield Art Guild. Our group regularly displays its artwork at spring and fall art shows, and I enjoy painting weekly at the Lynnfield Senior Center with Bill’s class. Many of my paintings are inspired by travels through Italy and Greece with my husband Paul.

Our art shows enable us to display our work to the public twice a year and sell paintings to local art lovers. I have been fortunate to sell a few through the years and have many watercolor paintings available for sale. You can reach me via email at [email protected], or by phone at 617-799-9098.