Artist Spotlight: Madeline’s Artistic Evolution from Crayons to Canvas

Madeline, a member of the ServiceNet community, has loved drawing since childhood.

“As a kid, we always had paper, crayons, construction paper, and glue around,” Madeline says. It was just a big part of my upbringing, and I really fell in love with it.”

Although she didn’t have much formal educational training in art, Madeline began taking her artwork more seriously in the 90s, crafting her own holiday cards. The overwhelmingly positive response from friends and family spurred her to make card-making a regular practice, alongside exploring other design avenues. Her current artworks use a blend of colored pencils, watercolors, and collage techniques.

To maintain her creative flow, she adopted the habit of keeping a daily sketchbook, using it as both a skill-building exercise and an emotional outlet.

“Sometimes, when words fail me or emotions overwhelm, whether it’s anger or sadness, it’s easier to convey through drawing than writing, at least for me,” Madeline says. “The daily sketching is a means to hone my craft while expressing sentiments that may be challenging to articulate otherwise.”

 Before joining ServiceNet, Madeline dedicated two decades to animal welfare and continues to serve as a wildlife rehabilitator in Massachusetts. Much of her artwork draws inspiration from the many animals that enrich her life.

“Animals have always been integral to both my professional and personal life. Being a wildlife rehabilitator in Massachusetts, wildlife naturally becomes a recurring motif in my art. I find endless inspiration in observing nature and the creatures I encounter.”

Through her Etsy shop, Paprika Card Designs, Madeline shares her creations with the world. 

A reception for the ServiceNet community art show where Madeline’s art is currently on display will be held on May 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Greenfield Public Library. This event is open to the public and all are welcome.

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