Monday, May 4, 2015

"In a career of sixty years, marked by unwavering integrity and steady growth, Edward Hopper created a series of unforgettable images of modern America. His art was based on the ordinary aspects of the contemporary United States, in city, town, and country, seen with uncompromising truthfulness. No artist has painted a more revealing portrait of twentieth century America. But he was not merely an objective realist. His art was charged with strong personal emotion, with a deep attachment to our familiar everyday world, in all its ugliness, banality, and beauty." - Lloyd Goodrich

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More Excellent news! The Boston Metro also wrote an article about the Regulars of Dunkin Donuts, Here is the Link: Metro Article

I am so incredibly floored by all of these events and the amount of people who have responded to the paintings, it is really amazing.

Salem News has also contacted me about writing an article, I have yet to respond but I will update soon!

I am currently working on two more paintings and my show is in less than a week. I don't believe that I will be able to finish them all for the big finale but I will continue to update the progress on here.

Final Painting #1 of "Tom's" diptych 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Very Exciting news! An article about the Regulars of Dunkin Donuts was recently published on BDC. I am so incredibly excited and grateful for this amazing opportunity to have the work seen and for the amount of people who have been able to relate. I would like to thank anyone who has shared the story, it's been a long road already but this is only the beginning.

I am currently working on two more paintings (the revised versions of Tom's sketches) and they should be done and posted by the end of the week. The show is approaching fast and there is still lots to do!

Also! If you would like to see more of my work here is a link to my personal website: Please feel free to message me about any curiosities or questions in general!

-Amberlynn Narvie

Thursday, March 26, 2015


I can't remember a time when Linda and I had a conversation where she didn't cry. Not necessarily sad tears, but tears of all kinds. You could say that she is emotional or you could say that she just has a deeper connection or understanding of things than most. Her ears are always open and her heart is forever embracing. She is one of the most empathetic and open people that I have yet to meet. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Joanne was once Dotty's right hand man, destined to be partners in crime for all of eternity. Joanne kept Dotty's explosive moods in check by balancing them out with her own soothing personality. Eventually Dotty was banned from Dunkin for slapping a girl. Joanne is now the mediator, or "Jesus," of Dunkin Donuts. She brings everyone together for better and for worse.

Ted "study" revised

"Ted, Finish"

Tom "Study"

Tom comes in around the same time every afternoon and stays even after we shut off the lights. In the beginning I thought it was odd and even a bit frustrating, but after all these years he has become like a piece of furniture; unobtrusive and like he was always meant to be there. I don't know what Tom's life is like outside of Dunkin Donuts, but it seems as though my work is a place for him to escape and to connect with people. His favorite book is about bunny rabbits. 

Ted "Study"
Ted didn't speak much except to ask for a cigarette once in a while, I think he must have been 
hard of hearing because no matter what I said, he always just smiled and laughed the way people do when they have no idea what you're talking about. He told me once that he had been unemployed for over 50 years. I'm not sure if he had a home or not. As of this writing, I haven't seen him for a long time. My girlfriend last saw him shuffling, the way he does with his head drooped and legs close together, around the mall. He's become a phantom. 
I have worked at Dunkin Donuts for several years and have encountered many types of people. People who endure adversity, who bring others together, who work long hours, have aspirations, unique interests and over-all have colorful lives that many people just don't see or know about. My paintings are meant to capture these moments, those golden seconds when the veil that we all wear comes down and our true selves are revealed. It's not always pretty or romanticized, these people are very real and deal with real circumstances. I prefer to depict them as close to the truth as possible. These are The Regulars of Dunkin Donuts.