Visual Artists with Studios at MSA
Maine Arts Commission Profile
For Leslie Anderson, painting is an analogy for life: a balance of risk and control; knowing when to push farther; knowing when to stop. She started painting several years ago to relieve the stress of her high-tech career, never dreaming it would change her life. In 2002, Leslie and her husband, Dan, left their lives in high tech and bought a farm in Sedgwick, Maine, on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Leslie wanted to paint; Dan wanted to be a flower farmer. Nineteen years later, they are still happily doing both!
Since then Leslie has had numerous solo shows, and sent many, many paintings to new homes in corporate and private collections around the world. In summer, she paints the landscape of the Blue Hill Peninsula, interpreting special places in oils and watercolors. In winter, she construct still lifes (which she considers little indoor landscapes) out of whatever catches her eye at the market. Whether out-of-doors or in my studio, her concerns are the same: juxtaposing light and dark, invoking pattern and repetition, and layering sumptuous, harmonious color.
Roberta March was born and raised in Brazil. She started to pursue her artist education later in life and she is now a second year MFA student. Her first degree was in business administration and she received a masters in marketing, followed by a career in human resources in banking.
In London attended Hampstead School of Art for a foundation diploma in Fine Arts. After she relocated to Houston she studied four years at The Glassell studio school of art.
She moved to Portland, Maine in 2019 to be her new home indefinitely. She became an American citizen the same day she started her MFA program at Maine College of Art where she is a candidate to graduate in May 2021.
Kels Haley is a textile designer working from her Portland, Maine studio. A lifelong artist who has experimented in a variety of mediums, Kels graduated from Maine College of Art’s textile program and began her career working as a fabric buyer and workroom manager. In establishing Kels Haley Textiles, Kels is following in the footsteps of her creative grandmothers, both of whom inspired her work and opened her eyes to the wonderful world of colorful textiles.
Instagram (Maggie): @maggiemuth
Instagram (stichHIVE): @stitchHIVE_portlandme
Maggie Muth has enjoyed being a studio artist at MSA since 2013. She is a community artist, stitcher, painter, and sometime puppeteer. Her community work includes #stitchHIVE – a free and open itinerant stitching space for all. She has conducted stitching workshops at the Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D), Maine Fiber Arts, Portland Public Schools, the American Visionary Art Museum, Mayo Street Arts, as well as overseas. Maggie has a BFA in Painting (with a minor in drawing) from MECA, and a two year certificate in Stitched Textiles from the Opus School of Textile Arts in the UK. In past careers, Maggie worked as an ASL interpreter and nuclear power consultant, but not at the same time!