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[Biography] [Gallery]

Lived: - present
Type: Silhouettes

82 Westview Road
Damariscotta ME 0454
USA

(866) 212-7288
artful-1@roadrunner.com
http://www.ArtfulHeirlooms.com

Amber
Amber

Ruth Monsell of Damariscotta, Maine has been involved with art her whole life, even while working in other fields. Over the years she has been an artist-in-residence at dozens of schools, and worked live at art shows in four states. She has taught portraiture, painting and silhouette cutting in schools, art centers and privately.

Her work as a silhouettist has been featured on a major TV network and in several Maine newspapers. She has cut silhouettes at diverse venues throughout New England including historical societies and museums.

Autumn Stroll
Autumn Stroll
Churchill and Big Ben
Churchill and Big Ben

Also a portrait artist, Monsell began cutting silhouettes in 1979. She was creating quick charcoal and pastel portraits in Huntington, New York, mostly from live 30 to 45 minute sittings, but in the midst of considerable competition, she realized she had seen no artist cutting silhouettes in many years.

After teaching herself to cut profiles by practicing on her husband and children, she found an overwhelming response to her freehand cuttings, and has since enjoyed helping keep alive a centuries-old art form.

Lighthouse and Moose
Lighthouse and Moose
Wedding Couple Silhouette
Wedding Couple Silhouette

In the last few years she has been invited to work at weddings, corporate events and, aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships. In January, 2009, 144 of her cuttings were part of a New York gallery show called Shapes From Maine.

Monsell is the only professional silhouette artist in her state. She creates well over a thousand profiles a year, about half from life, the rest through her website, Artful Heirlooms.com.

Boy with Sailor Collar
Boy with Sailor Collar
Silhouette of a Young Lady
Silhouette of a Young Lady

In the past four years she has steadily been adding decorative silhouettes of people, historical figures, and animals to her offerings. She has created several designs for business logos, as well as two life sized profiles for a major movie.

 

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