WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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studio palette composition canvas inspiration gallery imagination artist profile Painting a Portrait L I S A R O G E R S writer award-winning painter Jean Wiecha's striking, large-scale landscapes have a focus on the man-made environment. These include a line of misty green lights over EZ pass lanes and armies of transmis- sion towers marching below an Arizona sky. But there's more than one side to this Wellesley artist, whose pieces have been featured in galleries, including Framingham's Danforth Museum, and scooped up by collectors. Besides responding to humans' effect on our environment, Wiecha also ren- ders landscapes and seascapes of the Maine she loves. With a lifelong passion for painting, she kept a studio even when her children were young. But as she moved to full-time work, she gave up the studio, her paintings became smaller, and her time at the easel less fre- quent. A public health research analyst with a Ph.D. in human nutrition and dozens of articles and grants to her credit, she recently felt the need for change. "I woke up one day and realized how much I really love painting," Wiecha said. "And yet, day after day, I wasn't making time for it." She now works part time at the research position, and Wiecha has changed directions in painting, too, moving on from landscapes to the intimate, highly challenging art of portraiture. Joan 166 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 7

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