August's Featured Artist - Alison Bramhall

"Born and raised on the coast of Maine, I grew up sailing the coast with my family and now tour the coast on a more intimate level in my sea kayak.  I am constantly studying charts to find new places to explore.  The first chart I created was to remember an amazing kayaking trip to Ireland.  I have explored Ireland, Alaska and the Rock Islands of Palau via kayak but know nothing beats what is in my own back yard.  I ask “does it get any better than Down East?”

I am constantly entertained by people thinking bright colors are just for kids.  They walk into my booth or my home and smile, they tell me that I must have fun at what I do and I do! They tell me how “happy” my house is and I think…Now why wouldn’t you want to be happy?  So if color makes you smile and color makes you happy, surround yourself with it!  This is my attitude.  Kids are happy people and maybe that is why people think that color is for kids.  I think we can all learn from kids if we can just step back, and forget the “rules!”  Who’s rules are you living by anyway!?  A bucket of paint can be the best therapy I know, take a chance, you might even smile!"