Muskratchatter and Muskrat Studio
A little tale about the origin of the names and a very brief history of the studio. I also include in this sidebar a short description of our products and my bio as a creative person.
I am a visual artist who works in several media including photography.
I worked as a systems engineer before I retired. My office was in our village social center. My company allowed some of us to work off site most of the time. My tiny office was jam packed with a desk, computers and other hardware, several file cabinets and a large bookshelf. One corner contained a sculptor's stand and an easel. My work was demanding and I could only dream of being an artist. Art was my hobby at that time.
One day from my office window I spotted a muskrat happily swimming in the pond. That was it! That little rodent lead me to name my office corner, Muskrat Studio.
My studio has grown since then. I now have some decent space. Muskrat Studio occupies the mezzanine in my house. I even have a dedicated small art storage room.
My Creative Background
I studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and at the University of Massachusetts. I had the opportunity to study with Chuck Close, William Flynn, Mela Lyman, Ralph Helmick and Abby Zonies. Work exists in several private collections.
I write haiku, micropoetry and short poems. Currently selections are published on my Twitter feed, and on my blog.
- Barbara Pease