11 Birchwood Drive
Huntington, MA 01050
A Member of the Hilltown Artisan's Guild
Alma LaFrance, a painter of landscape using oils and watercolor, received her early art training at Westfield State College (1956-1960) with Professor Arno Maris. Most recently she has studied with Master plein air painters Albert Handell and Anita West, and tonalist painter Dennis Sheehan of Manchester NH.
LaFrance has had several successful one and two person shows and also has participated in many group shows with the Hilltown Plein Air Painters and the Hilltown Artisan's Guild. Her watercolors have been juried into the Springfield Art League's Invitational at the Old First Church, and the Northeast Juried Exhibition 2004 at the Springfield Museum of Fine Art. LaFrance has had her oils juried into the Bennington Center for the Arts Small Works show 2007 & 2008, as well as into the 2008 Academic Artists Annual Exhibition.
Artist Statement: "My work consists primarily of working directly from nature, exploring the landscape in the company of a dedicated group of friends. As artists for centuries have found, working out of doors encourages a more impressionistic rather than considered rendering of the subject. The over-all light and air changes rapidly and this affects the shape, tone and color of the subject. Efficiency is the key, and urgency the driving force. The prevailing question is "How can I use the materials at hand to best capture the moment, light and mood this landscape?"