For the month of August, Haynes Galleries on Main Street/Route 1 has dedicated an entire gallery to the work of New England realist Cindy House, whose precise pastel landscapes are an ode to nature in its untouched state.

A Rhode Island native, House spent much of her childhood accompanying her mother, a natural history teacher and photographer, on forays through the woods, fields and shores near their home in Bristol. House went on to study wildlife biology at the University of Maine, which informed her early career as an illustrator of bird guides and her current landscape work. Many pastels in the Haynes Galleries collection portray Maine subjects.

“Knowing the flora and fauna of the subject I’m depicting is very important to me,” said House. “To capture a moment in time means knowing which plants are in bloom and where they are to be found. For this reason, I paint the landscape I know and understand best.”

House’s work is included in museum and corporate collections across the Northeast. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Society of Animal Artists. Her honors include awards from The Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 Competition, the Guild of Boston Artists and Francesca Anderson Fine Art in Lexington, Mass.

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main St. and is open from June through September. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call 354-0605, email or visit

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