Chaffee’s February Artist of the Month

Chaffee’s February Artist of the Month

“Art is a response to life,” Mary Crowley said the first time I met her several years ago. A former art teacher for over 30 years, she believes art is our true first language, beginning with the attempts we make when we’re very young –…

Chaffee’s January Artist of the Month

Chaffee’s January Artist of the Month

“The first 15 minutes is us getting comfortable,” he said. “If they’re not comfortable they’re not going to have a good portrait. I don’t like having my picture taken so I get it. But once you find that rhythm and get comfortable it just flows.”

His preference is always to shoot outside with natural light and Vermont’s beautiful backgrounds, and he knows the tricks around that, too.

“We didn’t have any sun so I needed to make it,” he said showing one photo as an example. “This has an orange gel so it looks like the sun’s coming through and setting in the background. Creating light that looks natural is really the job.”

“I don’t like to over-Photoshop my images. I want the people to look natural. I don’t want my photos to look fake. But if the groom has a blemish he wants gone that’s fine, it’s a couple clicks and it’s gone,” he said.

I do a lot of senior portraits and family portraits but most of it is probably weddings. That’s what I enjoy.

Chaffee’s Artist of the Month

Chaffee’s Artist of the Month

“Sometimes ideas pop into my head fully formed,” Jen Rondinone says. “That image will be there and I just have to bring it to life. The creation of it can be a very long process but the actual concept is very quick.” Her work is…

Chaffee’s Artist of the Month

Chaffee’s Artist of the Month

Artist Ann McFarren The first thing you see when you walk in Ann McFarren’s living room is a giant, stunning painting of an idyllic Vermont winter scene. Every inch is covered in snow, but it radiates warmth. “I’m an oil painter first and foremost,” she…