Rocky Neck Art Colony

Kathy Staab

oil, watercolor

I fell in love with watercolor as a young girl and have been painting most of my life. In the fall of 1977, I won first place at my high school's art exhibit and was asked to enter a portfolio for consideration of a four year scholarship to Molloy College. To my shock and surprise, I was Molloy's chosen recipient. It was the opportunity of a lifetime to study art and receive a free college education.

A few years later my life took an unexpected turn with the arrival of my daughter Erin. Considering the needs of my new family, I moved to Vero Beach, Florida and stopped painting watercolors for over twenty years. However, during that time my love of painting found another outlet when I started my own business, painting and selling clothing at craft shows up and down the east coast. Eventually tired of the road, I permanently relocated to the Northeast and opened a serious of art and craft stores, where I invited the talented artists I met throughout the country to exhibit their work.

But in 2005, a weekend trip to Massachusetts changed everything, as I immediately fell in love with the untouched and majestic charm of Cape Ann. Moving my life and business to Rockport and Gloucester, I have spent the last five years running my gift shop, Gooseberry Junction on Bearskin Neck. There, I have been blessed with the good fortune of finding time to return to my personal love of painting.

Inspired by the scenic coastlines, rustic buildings, and nature's beauty I am currently rediscovering those unique and translucent possibilities of watercolors along the coast of New England. I currently reside in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Deb Aldrich
Calm Summer Morning, watercolor

Deb Aldrich
Tug N Along, watercolor