Meet the Artists

~ Clarice Shirvell ~

Artist in Residence at The Meetinghouse

I believe I have a unique perspective on life and art from being a Latina American who grew up and attended school in both Connecticut and Argentina. I embrace both cultures, I love Connecticut and I am proud of my heritage, passing along family values and culture onto my children. Being half Bolivian, I learned from my father and my paternal grandparents about herbs and mud as remedies and to respect all nature, as our Aymara-Quechuan ancestors.

My art reflects my experiences and grows as I continue to evolve, now as a mother, reflecting on my own parents and family, I am embracing and finding connection with my values and those of my ancestors. I too love the solitude of the woods, it is my church, I see God in trees. My connection to nature is deep rooted in my heritage.

This Artist in Residence gives me the space and solitude to create, and share my art, being that the Meetinghouse is a spiritual haven has helped my creativity flow.

I want my art to inspire people to stop and see the Light in all of Us, the light that unites any living thing, a tree, people and understand we are all connected. Like a gratitude journal, a painting can show beauty in the everyday, and in doing so, we can change our outlook and pass along a smile.

Award-winning artist, Clarice M Shirvell, long time resident of Ridgefield, CT of Argentine descent, is well known for her accomplishments in both pen and ink drawings, and acrylic paintings inspired by nature. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Marymount College, NY.

Love Locks

Nicole Bricker ~

Artist Statement

My figurative oil paintings take the in between moments of modern life and condenses them into a visual narrative. Referencing common place situations, my work explores the ideas that moments of our lives have bigger impacts on the larger stories of our culture. The intent of True Americana: Sonoma 4th of July is to recreate the nostalgic feelings associated with yearly traditions of American culture. As a society, we all have that desire to celebrate our freedoms that were a hard battle and in communities across the United States, are universal.


Nicole Bricker is a figurative expressionist oil painter living and creating in Redding, Connecticut. Her work touches on the moments of life that are often overlooked as mundane while deeply rooted in individual growth as humans. She has an affinity to people watching and taking in the interpersonal relationships of others while seeing their relationship to the world around them. 

While a student at Perpich Center for the Arts in Minnesota during the mid 90’s, Nicole studied many different visual art forms. Realizing her love of media, Nicole then studied Radio TV Film at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh which translated to several media career choices. Nicole began studying figurative painting at the National Academy of Design after moving to New York in 2014. After an absence from creating visual art, Nicole’s passion for oil painting was rediscovered and her identity as an artist developed by exploring her creative path. In her current work, Nicole focuses on the in between moments of interpersonal relationships and how we as viewers translate them for our own purposes.

True America – Sonoma 4th of July

~Leslie Carone ~

Artist Statement

Nature is my subject matter, whether I am painting a landscape, still life, or floral. I prefer painting from life, but find that my best work is a combination of close observation, emotion, imagination, and visual memory. I work in the studio or en plein air, and take inspiration from the many parks, land preserves, and farms of the Hudson Valley and nearby Connecticut. 


My primary medium is pastel, but I also work in oils, acrylics, and watercolors. My paintings have been shown at the National Arts Club in NYC, the Gallery at Muscoot, Art Walk Ridgefield, Kent Art Association, the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, the Putnam Arts Council, the WPA Gallery at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, and other local venues. I am a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, and the Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters.

Early Spring

Priscilla Prentice ~

Artist Statement

I create evocative environments that capture a mood of a place or time period. I hope to inspire you as a viewer to ask questions. Where is this space? Who resides here? What stories happen here? I use repeating shapes and colors to build the scene and to direct the viewer to experience the surroundings.


Priscilla Prentice was born and currently resides in Connecticut. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, receiving a BFA in illustration. When not painting, she works as a commercial designer and illustrator. Her past experience includes animation and building 3D environments for video games. Ms. Prentice works in a variety of mediums including acrylic, water mixable oil paint, watercolor, and digital. Prentice was awarded 2nd place at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists Annual Juried Show 2012, and was a selected exhibitor, New Haven Paint and Clay Annual Juried Show 2011. 

Greece Seascape

Marcia Simha ~

Marcia Simha studied at The Art Students League of New York and The Cooper Union.

“My aim in painting is to freeze in time those small things that surround us every day and bring joy and beauty into our lives if only we stop, notice and appreciate them. I am especially drawn to children at play; creating sidewalk art, building sandcastles, being lost in a world of their own.”

The Plant Sale

~ Dennis Stevens ~

Born in a tiny town in Iowa, the son of a sheep shearer and housewife, Dennis graduated from Drake University with a major in art, minor in advertising.

Dennis held art director/creative director positions at LOOK Magazine, Lennen and Newell Pacific, Needham Harper and Steers, Doyle Dane Bernbach and Young and Rubicam. He has lived in Iowa, Texas, Alaska, Hawaii, Chicago and New York. Dennis has been honored with many painting, advertising, and illustration awards. He lives and works in Cranbury, CT.

Artist statement

My work is traditional, representational and narrative in nature. Each painting has a story. Some stories are obvious, some are subtle and take time to unearth.
 My hope is that you find your own story in my paintings that will delight you time and time again.

The Dodge


Trish Wend is an award-winning representational artist, working in oils to create still life and landscape paintings. Her work has been described as rich, classic and radiant. She paints directly from life in her studio in Ridgefield, CT. 

She often gravitates toward an old-master style, and employs Chiaroscuro, the journey of light as it emerges from the shadows, and alla prima, painting wet into wet. She is inspired by so many things… cool, atmospheric light cascading onto a shelf, the gesture of an impudent flower, or the glow transmitted by a lemon or a peach.

Trish has studied with Gregg Kreutz at the Art Students League of New York and at the Palette & Chisel Academy in Chicago, IL. Her paintings have been in local juried shows and nationally, with the Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society, and American Artists Professional League, where she is an elected member.

“I try to capture the mood in the scene, whether it’s drama, energy or serenity, and not just paint what I see. I want to leave you my impression of the experience and the joy that comes from looking at colors that glow.”

“Trish’s painting is the centerpiece of my dining room and I get complements on it all the time.  It is like having fresh flowers in my home every day!” – Sarah H. 

Pink Trio

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