For all of you readers who love beauty, I have a very special artist to share with you today.
Alice Spencer grew up and lives today in Stonington, Maine. She attributes her interest in art to the encouragement of an artist neighbor when Alice was about eight years old. Alice sold her first piece about forty five years ago, when she placed it on a crate outside her mother's home. She paints and creates prolifically, and her shop, which is based out of a building on her and her husband's property, is filled with her beautiful work. I always admire Alice's paintings for their sweetness and sincerity.
Alice has never been trained in art, yet her artistic voice is strong and eloquent. She explains that her inspiration comes from God. Her art is about the ocean community she lives in, and she often chooses to focus on lobstering, which is her husband's profession. Alice had four children, three of whom are living today. Speaking with Alice, it is clear that a deep love for her family and for God are driving forces.
Alice works on a variety of surfaces, including many nontraditional ones such as shells, wood, glass, tools, and clothing items. She incorporates pebbles, sand, and wood chips into many of her paintings. This is a shell which my mom bought to add to her collection of Alice's work at our home.
Alice is a self-identified folk artist who paints, as her business card describes, "scenes from around the Penobscot Bay area."
This is one of my mom's favorite pieces.
I bought this little piece, which is painted on a matchbox. I love the peaceful strength of Alice's work.
Here is Alice, talking with my mom as they sit outside. What a sweet, lovely woman!
I would encourage you strongly to check out Alice Spencer's work. Her business is called "Alice's Unique Folk Art," and is located at 102 N. Stonington Road, Stonington, ME, 04681. She can be reached at (207) 367-2642; leave a message including your name and number. She can also be reached at tamiberyl(at)hotmail(dot)com, and (508) 847-8511. If you live or vacation in Maine, she isn't far from the Bar Harbor area.
With deepest respect for Alice and all who share a love for beauty,
P.S. I would like to thank Alice for sharing her art, her world, and herself with my mom and I so that I could, in turn, share them with you. I'd also like to thank my mom, who spoke with Alice and asked all the right questions as I went around and took pictures.