Louise Herman grew up in the seaside resort town of Long Beach, New York. During her childhood, the town boardwalk overlooked confetti colored beach blankets and umbrellas. Carnival rides, arcades, mini-golf, and concession stands dotted the scene.
Louise fondly recalls her elementary art teacher Dorothy Modica, and her high school art teacher Paul Feinman for supporting her love of all aspects of art. In high school College English and Creative Writing classes, Mr. Howard Harrison encouraged and mentored his students to explore the humanities, which have become Louise’s lifelong interest and passion.
Always enjoying drawing and painting, Louise decided to study at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Art Education program to enjoy academics along with a wide variety of studio classes. Continuing at Queens College, she earned a Master of Science Degree in Art Education. During this time, many respected artists were her teachers, including Leland Bell, Alex Katz, Robert Natkin, Barse Miller, John Ferren, and Lennart Anderson.
Louise taught art in secondary school, however when her husband was drafted during the Vietnam war, she moved to Nuremberg, Germany. This experience gave her the opportunity to travel to France, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria as well as throughout Germany, visiting many of the great works of art she had recently studied in college textbooks.
Returning home, she raised two children and continued to teach and study. As a professor of Visual Arts at Five Towns College, a school offering degrees in jazz, she renewed her interest in music, taking harmony classes. She had played clarinet and piano earlier, and put those interests aside for studies in fine art, but continues to pursue her love of music and writing.
Louise studied at The Art Student’s League in New York with Peter Homitzky and Richard Pionk, and also for five years with John Frederick Murray, who taught the Frank Reilly method of traditional realism that flourished at The League. For a time, Louise lived in the City, where her paintings were exhibited and sold at the Arleen G. Becker Gallery; her art found homes as near as New York and as far as Nigeria. Two of her paintings were exhibited at the National Arts Club at this time.
Now living in the Palm Beaches, Louise still maintains her contacts with New York. Exhibiting for over 30 years, classically trained in the realist tradition, her style is recognizable through a soft technique that welcomes the viewer to experience compositions that depict objects in natural settings. While often showing a fondness for nostalgia and mementos, her work reflects today’s light. In experiencing Louise’s art, with its unique focus and singular vision, the viewer completes the artist’s experience: the synthesis of intellect with emotion. Subconscious associations blend pleasantly with a reality that just is.