Louise Hasselstrom
Louise Hasselstrom

Louise Hasselstrom

Oil Painting

From Louise:
"I am a landscape painter using oils.
I have been involved at the Cheshire Union as a student of Dory Romanowski and now as an artist in
their studio space. When I am not painting, I work as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant for
Thompson Health’s Continuing Care Center. I love my work and the people I care for and work with.
As a child drawing was my favorite pastime, then painting. My parents took me to art lessons on the
North Shore of Boston to develop my skills. It was my dream to pursue a college art education, however
even after preparing an extensive portfolio, I could not walk in the door of the school for my interview. I
had been beaten down by many traumatic events and lost all hope for a future. All I heard was this
person’s voice, “your art is worthless, a waste of time”
I’ve had several sporadic attempts to conquer my fears and paint again. Almost 40 years have gone by
and I can tell you I’m pursuing my big dream. Dory at The Cheshire Union has been the perfect teacher
for me, patient, encouraging and skillful. Today, I rent studio space there and continue to learn from
local artists.
The focus of my painting is usually on the sky. Living with Complex PTSD I’ve learned to look up. Keeping
my eyes on things above and not on my troubles. The Finger Lakes region is magnificent! The sky and
rolling hills are my inspiration. As the Psalmist says,” The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies
display his craftsmanship.” (Psalm 19:1) My goal is to bring the viewer to a peaceful place where he can
find rest. It is a lofty goal but one I will continue to strive towards in my paintings. Hope you agree."