Handscapes Gallery was a Fine Arts and Crafts Gallery on the waterfront in Beaufort, NC. Featuring jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, metal, textiles, paintings, prints, and photography, we proudly represented the work of about 250 artists.


All things have their season, however, and after 31 years I made the decision to close the Gallery. It was a true joy to be able to make a living surrounded by the best artists, customers, and employees imaginable. I am deeply grateful.


For as long as I can remember I have wanted to learn how to paint. Now I am exploring that avenue, and I plan to use this site for musings on art and life as I travel this new path. 


As a beginner in this field, I really love this quote from Ira Glass. Every artist, no matter the medium, should read and re-read this.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” - IRA GLASS

Alison Pratt Vernon

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