More about the artist:
Whether on site or in the studio, the artist divides her time between California, Naples, Florida and Martha's Vineyard. She is an award-winning artist and board member of the Martha's Vineyard Art Association, co-chairing the program committee which develops events to link the MVAA to the greater island art community. She is also an associate artist member and frequent exhibitor of the Old Lyme Art Association in Connecticut and the Naples Art Association in Florida. Her work is in private collections across the country and Australia. Born and raised in Springfield, MA, the daughter of a self-taught commercial artist, the artist is married to her husband of 48 years. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren.
After graduating from Elms College in Western Massachusetts with a degree in Fine Art and Secondary Education, June Schoppe moved with her husband Irv to the California Central Coast and focused on painting abstract oils, an exploration begun in college. Back in New England, she taught fine art at the high school level and later designed and co-founded the Wilbraham Children's Museum, a hands-on learning and art workspace.
After a number of years employing the richness of watercolor, she returned to painting oils, both in the studio and on site. "Painting in the open air charges the senses with an onslaught of visual and atmospheric elements that at once excite, calm and challenge one to interpret the scene. Being witness to the magnificent beauty and abundance of life surrounding you is nothing short of a spiritual experience." She is honored to be a member of AireMV, a collaborative group of Martha's Vineyard Plein Air painters who work together and hold an annual exhibit at the Old Sculpin Gallery.