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January 2021

Meet the Whistler House Museum of Art's January Artist of the Month:
 
Lisa Kovvuri
 
 
Lisa Kovvuri is a contemporary realist painter working in the genre of portraiture. Born in Oakland, CA and raised on Cape Cod, MA, she received a BFA in printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1991. When her interest later turned to oil painting, she attended various workshops including an intensive painting course at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA. She eventually went on to study the methods of the Boston School for four and a half years, as taught at Ingbretson Studios, under the tutelage of ARC Master Mary Minifie.
 
In recent years Lisa has developed an approach to painting which lets her create the subtle qualities of form and surface for which she is becoming known. Using a process of direct, opaque layers of paint carried through to a refined finish with sensitively considered detail, she can delve beneath the
appearances of her subjects, and explore and express the substance of an inner emotional world which we all share.
 
Lisa’s 2017 solo exhibition, The Portrait Experience was held at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, MA. She was a resident studio artist at the museum from 2014 to 2019 where she also taught drawing, painting, and printmaking classes in the museum’s Youth Summer Art Program.
 
Her work has been featured in American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Artscope Magazines, the Portrait Society of America’s quarterly journal,
The Art of the Portrait, and has been exhibited nationwide in major juried exhibitions including Oil Painters of America, The National Oil and Acrylic
Painters Society, Salon International, and The Salmagundi Club, NY.
 
Recent honors she received in 2020 include Finalist in The Art Renewal Center 15th Annual Salon, Select 50 in The Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition, and 10th Place in The Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition. She was a Portrait Society of America Members only Competition Finalist in 2019, and in the same year received The Whistler Award in The Whistler House Museum of Art Juried Members Exhibition, and The Ridgewood Art Institute Award in the Salmagundi Club NY Open Exhibition.
 
Working full time in her Southern New Hampshire studio, Lisa currently shows and sells her work through invitational, group, and juried exhibitions locally and nationally, and on commission.
 
The WHMA is excited to share with you a collection of Lisa's work. If you are interested in purchasing any of these paintings, contact the Whistler House Museum of Art at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call
(978) 807-6699.
 
Summer's Autumn
Oil on Wood
16" x 20"
$4,000
 
Akhila in Blue
Oil on Linen
28" x 20"
$5,600
 
Elements
Oil on Aluminum
24" x 20"
$6,400
 
Leaving Shadows
Oil on Wood
18" x 18"
$4,200
 
Cloak of Misgiving
Charcoal on Paper
16" x 19"
$1,500
 
At the Window
Oil on Linen
12" x 9"
$1,200
 
Paul in Winter
Oil on Panel
12" x 9"
$1,200
 
Richard
Oil on Panel
9" x 6"
$650
 
Commission a Portrait for You or a Loved one!
 
In addition to the paintings for sale, Lisa also accepts portrait commissions! Below are two examples of her previous work.
 
If you are interested in commissioning a portrait,
Click here to view the custom pricing guide.
 
 
 

October 2021

Meet the Whistler House Museum of Art's October Artist of the Month:
 
Wendy James
 
 
 
Originating from her urban photographs, Wendy’s oil paintings depict mundane in-between moments with figures and scenes that are not typically regarded as beautiful. The compositions often incorporate contrasting colors, saturated hues, and unusual viewpoints. Wendy’s paintings encourage the viewer to rethink and enjoy our common, everyday spaces.
 
Wendy’s black and white photomontages depict surreal environments. The unrecognizable figures encourage the viewer to momentarily become the person in the photos as they enter a dream-like experience. She uses Photoshop to juxtapose unlikely combinations. Her intent is to fool the eye for a brief moment into believing the scene as plausible.
 
Earning a BA in Art Education, Wendy began her 37-year teaching career at Essex High School in Vermont where she taught photography and ceramics. After her children left the nest, Wendy started exhibiting her photography and ceramics in shows and galleries. Drawn to explore color, Wendy began oil painting at age 50. Experience with Photoshop made altering her photos quick and exciting while creating vibrant colors and simplified shapes. She began using her laptop’s altered photos as “sketches” alongside her easel while painting.
 
Upon retirement, Wendy and John Brickels, her sculptor husband, moved to Lowell to be closer to their grandsons in Groton. They presently reside at Western Avenue Lofts. They also share Studio 207 at Western Avenue. In addition to the Whistler House, Wendy is a member of Lowell’s Western Avenue’s Loading Dock Gallery and the Brush Gallery. Wendy also creates ceramic sculptures and pottery.
 
The WHMA is excited to share with you a collection of Wendy's work. If you are interested in purchasing any of these works of art, contact the Whistler House Museum of Art at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call
(978) 807-6699. 
 
 
"Garage Lot"
18" x 24"
$900
"Got Green"
24" x 18"
$900
 
"High Line"
24" x 18"
$900
 
"Mill Meadow"
24" x 18"
$900
 
"Red and Yellow"
24" x 36"
$1200
 
"Alley Track"
18" x 24"
$900
 
"Suit Window"
24" x 18"
$900
 
"Three"
18" x 24"
$900
 
"Tux Window"
18" x 24"
$900
 
"Two Bag Morning"
18" x 24"
$900
 
"Underpass"
18" x 24"
$900
 
"Western Ave Train"
18" x 24"
$900
 
"Western Rail"
24" x 18"
$900  
 
Wendy James' Photomontage Collection
 
"High Notes"
"Out to Dry"
 
"Side Street"
 
"Duck Canal"
 
"Drawing in the Trees"
 
 
"Water Windows"
 
"Giant Steps"
 
"Contemplative"