Archelle is a Door County oil painter known for her portraits and still lifes. Her painting style is loose. Her composition is strong. She simplifies shapes while defining form with her richly muted palette.
Her portraits project life – the mood, the heart, the attitude of her subject. Her still lifes feature bold, “brushy” strokes in bright, lush colors, shape and form. Her florals are painted plein-air (out of doors) or from bouquets she has brought into her studio. Other still lifes are of bowls, fruits, and favorite objects
Archelle has a BFA and MFA from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. After living in Michigan and Texas, she settled in Wisconsin. A poster she created for the Wustum Art Museum, while living in Racine and working as an editor at Golden Books, was chosen to tour nationally in the Philip Morris Exhibition of Posters of Small US Museums. After relocating to Door County, she owned and operated her Snowstar Ltd. Stationery stores in Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek. She has been painting for the last dozen years, studying with Master Artists in Wisconsin and Arizona and developing her distinctive style.
Her work has been juried into the Hardy Gallery and the Miller Art Museum, and she has been invited to create work for their special exhibits. At both she has been a winner of numerous awards. From its very first show eight years ago, Buttons has been an exhibiting artist at Door County’s “Door Prize for Portraiture” Show, garnering a Best of Show and a Second Place during that period. Her work is in public collections, including the Miller Art Museum, the Door County Historical Society and the permanent collection of Phillip Morris USA. Additionally, her work has been acquired by private collectors from New York to California.
Archelle has been known as Buttons since “preemie” incubator days when she was red and scraggly. Family visits weren’t to see the new baby, but to see the ‘button-nose,’ which soon became shortened to “Buttons.” She signs her work with her given name, Archelle.
Buttons lives in a log cabin in the Door County woods with her Dutch husband and their rescue dog Winnie.