WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

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 Capturing Moments L I S A R O G E R S writer a sip of coffee before the morning begins. A woman rubbing her pregnant belly. A prone figure indulging in a nap on a lush carpet. Wellesley artist Lori Mehta captures these quiet, intensely private moments, approaching her subjects like a trusted confidante. There's a timeless, unhurried quality to her work that causes the eye to linger on aspects of each painting: the car- pet's soft texture and design, which moves from realistic to an abstract geometry; the silken drapery of the expectant mother's gown; the bold stripes of the sun stream- ing through window blinds, catching the red coffee cup and the eye's brilliant iris. The intimate settings remind one of Vermeer's domestic still scenes, drenched with light and distinctly modern. "I seek out that light — early morning, late afternoon light," says Mehta. "It's always been a hallmark of my work. You know that golden light at the end of the day? I love it." Mehta brings that dazzle to not only these interior glimpses, but to landscapes, still lifes, and streetscapes, depicting them with bold colors, strong lines, and assured compositions. Yet, for the longest time, Mehta says, she wasn't sure that she had a style. One instructor, the Boston-based Catherine Kehoe, told her: "Don't worry about creating a style. Just paint, and your style will come to you." 168 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8

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