Welcome to Birchtree Studio, an art studio based in historic Exeter, NH. I illustrate mostly natural history subjects but also provide a variety of other art services. Take a look around these pages. Enjoy the visit.

My home page will feature a different watercolor sketch each month. This is a way for me to show what I do in my sketch book, although sometimes the sketch might be on a sheet of watercolor paper, or it might be produced from a photograph. It’s unpredictable. I never know what kind of art might come through me. One thing is predictable: I will always be producing art.

I hope you will become as excited as I am to find out each month what shows up on this page.

Sandy McDermott

From my sketchbook...

Quiet Winter Day

This painting is based on a salt marsh along route 1A in Rowley, MA. The barn isn't there; that was my artistic choice to give more interest to the landscape. I drive by this marsh on occasion and always feel like getting out of my car and romping around. But one day it was snowing. The heavy falling snow and the white-covered ground prompted me to finally stop. I pulled over and got out of my car but, of course, I wasn't really going to try and romp around on the marsh. Instead I took pictures. The cold air, the sound of snow hitting my jacket, the gray sky.

It was a quiet winter day.