I began to paint with acrylics on canvas in my first group art lessons at Newburyport Art Association in 2016. Several months later, I followed up with a six week drawing class. I w an enthusiastic beginner and believe that it’s never too late to learn something new and discover a new part of yourself. I hope you enjoy these photos of my paintings and drawings. Several were used as illustrations in local anthologies that include my poetry. My journey into drawing and painting has inspired my poetry and creative writing and vice versa.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Shimmering Plum Island Dawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Newbury, MA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Merging Sea and Sand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Merging Sea, Sky, Sand . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plum Island, Newbury, MA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . York, ME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlevoix, MI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quechee, VT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Burlington on Lake Champlain, VT . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . A Shift of Wave and Wind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Newbury, MA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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To purchase a group of eight note cards with envelopes on card stock featuring four of the above paintings for \$40.00 plus shipping cost of \$5.00, for a total of \$45.00. Please pay via PayPal for payment to my msn email account: pdturco@msn.com. Notecards can be purchased in groups of eight, featuring two cards of each of these four paintings: Sunset on Plum Island Marsh, Mariposa Monarca, Near Dusk at Nubble Light, and Swift River in Autumn.

If you have questions about the art, please send an email to pdturco@msn.com or contact@paulettedemersturco.com.

Thank you for your interest in my art.

I am grateful to Sharmagne LeLand-St. John, editor in chief, and Michael Escoubas, editor, of the monthly online journal Quill and Parchment www.quillandparchment.com for featuring photos of my acrylic paintings in the following issues (the website is open to the public, though editors request those who regularly visit to pay a fee of \$12.50 per year):

12.01.20 Mariposa Monarca with accompanying ekphrastic poem of the same name.

01.01.21 Mariposa Monarca along with poems submitted and accepted to be published below the art, published in the ekphrastic poems section of the issue.

07.01.22 Sunset on Plum Island serves as the ekphrastic prompt for the 08.01.22 issue of Quill and Parchment.

08.01.22 As yet unknown by me, a group (8-12 or so) of some of the above paintings of mine, including Sunset on Plum Island (as the ekphrastic prompt) and Merging Sea, Sky, Sand–together with my triolet “Shimmer,” will be included in the issue, as I am fortunate to have been selected to be the featured artist.