Louise Sackett holds multiple art degrees earned while residing in Massachusetts and California, but does not remember a time when she was not an artist. Her earliest memories of art lessons were at her grandmother’s knee. She worked as an art director and was responsible for digital training of Navy flight crew for over 25 years. Since 2008 Louise dedicated her time to plein air and developing her skills with pastels and oils. “Working in plein air means that I do not dictate what I will find that day. I may not have studio control over lighting, transience of subject (yes they moved the darned boat), even of what the weather does. What little control a plein air painter has is found in the mind, the command of composition, the colors used and not used, the emphasis placed and the facility with materials. But mostly the empathy of understanding, the feeling conveyed. It is my aim to share place and time with those who look at my work, to share the wonder of the commonplace as I find it."
She has shown, and won awards in shows in New Mexico and California, winning the PAPNM Socorro paintout, 2014 and the Ralph Love Plein Air Competition in 2015. Louise will teach a plein air workshop as part of the CLAY line-up - stay tuned for more details!