Pop Up Artist Rachel Altschuler 

Featured Artist, Rachel Altschuler is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, August 14 through Monday, August 20. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.


For as long as I can remember I have been able to find solace in nature. It is and continues to be the biggest inspiration in my life, and my work as an artist. I have always been passionate about animals-especially birds. They have such a unique energy and spirit about them. Every type of bird has its own set of personality traits which I try to bring out in my work by paying special attention to detail in the face, and eyes. I believe the eyes are truly windows to the soul so if I am able to capture them it allows me to connect even further with each subject.

I also try to accentuate the features I see with each piece through the bold use of color, and creation of texture through purposeful brushstrokes. My work is definitely whimsical in nature, which is what I strive for. At the end of the day, I want to create work that spreads joy and makes people happy.

Altschuler will be showing her work at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from August 14 to August 20. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about Rachel Altschuler and her work, follow this link to her website. http://www.rmaad.com

Jill Valliere – New Works at The Works

When surrounded by prospective buyers and local art collectors, Maine artist Jill Valliere loves to share her work, her process, and her studio-self. She entertains her audience with a passion for Maine and her art. The wave of her hands and the excitement in her voice always hold a celebration. She is centered and focused, but all-encompassed in the description of what she loves.

Beyond the Horizon

“I start each piece with a coat of tinted plaster. Yes, plaster,” she laughs.  “Of course a canvas can’t hold this level of weight. Luckily, my husband, an architect by trade, has more than a few skills and hand builds my hollow core panels.”

Once her first layer is dry, she breaks out her favorite tool. The power sander. Plaster and a power sander mean serious business. It is a perfect combination. However, for the smooth surface, she needs to begin her process.

 “Layer by layer, I apply metallic paints and glazes of all colors over the metal leaf of gold, bronze or silver. Over and over I add and take away, revealing the beauty beneath by contrast,” shares Valliere.  “I use a Venetian plaster knife or my trusted sander to break through and carve in, exposing underlayers and creating texture and depth.”

Valliere’s process is unique and unusual, and the finished product is as well. When asked about her work, Valliere always focuses on the celebration of place.

Ancient History High Tide

“My newest works are inspired by a flight into Portland airport, followed up by aerial maps of Maine,” Valliere says. “The waters and coast are depicted in color and metallic that offer an interesting view of Maine. I am a local girl, and I have a local eye. I enjoy capturing the true beauty of where I live, be it abstract or realistic. What I paint is merely an interpretation of what I see.”

Guiding Light Over the Bay

Valliere and her husband live on the central coast of Maine with their two pups.  They also have a small cottage on a lake nearby. These two locations provide her with a variety of perspective on Maine, and it’s beauty.

To see more of her work, visit The Works on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. Open 10 am daily. FMI 207-204-2042 or abby.maineart@gmail.com.


Trip Park – Progress of Late Night Buoys

Click play to see the creation of Late Night Buoys from Trip Park

Late Night Buoys

30 x 40

Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas




Trip Park – Progress of Smuggler’s Cove

Click play to see the creation of Smuggler’s Cove from Trip Park

Smuggler’s Cove

60 x 48

Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas




Trip Park – Progress of Friendly Flies

Click play to see the creation of Friendly Flies from Trip Park

Friendly Flies

36 x 36

Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas