I work out of my studio at Leverett Crafts & Arts in my town of Leverett and show my work locally at Sawmill River Arts at The Montague Mill (BookMill). I paint mostly on site in New England and in the Southwest when I teach at Ghost Ranch where Georgia O’Keefe lived and painted.
My only formal art education was in the 6th grade when my mother hired an art teacher to teach some of the neighborhood kids around our ping pong table in the basement – no art classes in our grade school. I loved it, and I still remember everything that teacher said!
I didn’t take art in high school or college, but as an adult, I worked with several professional painters and excellent painting buddies. I learned a great deal from all of them.
Through the years, I have tackled portraits, historical interpretive paintings, bookbinding and printmaking. I have been an outdoor “plein air” landscape painter for over forty years, passionate about painting “fast and loose” – a wild woman just loving fresh air, dramatic light, the excitement of attacking the canvas with brush and paint. I was never a “detail” painter, always much more slap dash. Color and drama still grab me first, and I try to grab them!
Upon Reflection: African American Portraits
This collection of ten near-life size paintings of African Americans was created by Louise Minks at Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield, MA, while artist-in-residence in 1994. There are five figures from the past: Lucy Terry Prince, 1740s; Sojourner Truth, 1840s; Frederick Douglass, 1840s; Ida B. Wells, 1870s; Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, 1960s. and five local men and women from the present with valuable stories to share.
The First American Revolution: The Pueblo Revolt of 1680
As artist-in-residence for two months in 1997 at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico, Louise Minks created ten large paintings interpreting the only successful Native American resistance to the European invasion and control of North American territory. The paintings are modeled on the historic hide paintings typical of the 16th century in New Mexico.
A series of paintings of people and animals of Kenya, it was developed after travel to that country in 1990, including the handmade book, African Album.
This series of paintings highlights tropical rainforest plant life, based on travel in Costa Rica and Guatemala in 1995.
Harpers Ferry, the Civil War and the Massachusetts Connection
As artist-in-residence for a month in 2002 at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Louise Minks developed a series of paintings and silkscreen art works about the African American history of Harpers Ferry and links with Massachusetts locations like Springfield and figures including John Brown and Frederick Douglass.
The Great River
Limited Edition handmade book of 50 original silkscreen prints and text by Louise Minks, 1993.