At only 23, Nell Pierce has already developed an impressive list of artistic accomplishments. With a strong focus on social issues and art therapy, Nell spent one year before college and a good deal of her college career developing programs near her school and in Central and South America to work with underprivileged children, families, and prison inmates to express themselves through artistic processes. Last year, Nell sold every painting at her first independent show “Waves of Healing,” which included pieces based on her mothers photography and raised money for the National Foundation for Cancer Research in support of her father’s battle with Lymphoma.
Nell’s style is defined by her confident brush strokes and bold use of color. Her work features subjects that are reminiscent of her home in Maine – boats askew next to a dock, red berries on a cold winter day, and other small moments inspired by life in Maine. Nell perfectly captures the picturesque scenes from Maine’s most beautiful seasons in a way that is strikingly unique, yet subtle. Her painting studio consists of a tiny attic space in her home, complete with slanted ceilings, bright sunlight, and a ladder-accessible only entryway. But it’s outside of her home that sits nestled in the woods where Nell really loves to paint. Dragging her mother’s old heavy wooden easel out into the driveway beneath towering trees full of vibrant fall color, Nell’s makeshift “studio” feels like the perfect place for inspiration directly from her subject – Maine.
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