Richard House for Printers Row Journal

7/24/14 — PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Richard House, author of novel "The Kills," poses for a portrait in his studio at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., on July 24, 2014. House is spending six weeks at the artist colony as he works on his latest project. (Kelvin Ma)

7/24/14 — PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Richard House, author of novel “The Kills,” poses for a portrait in his studio at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., on July 24, 2014. House is spending six weeks at the artist colony as he works on his latest project. (Kelvin Ma)

There’s something special about being able to retreat into the woods to escape from the hustle of every day life. That’s the concept behind the artist colony — it’s a place where artists of myriad disciplines can gather and work in relative isolation while enjoying the support and collaboration of their peers.

When a friend of mine, an editor at the Chicago Tribune’s book review, Printers Row Journal, tossed a an author portrait assignment my way and told me the guy was working out of an artist colony in New Hampshire, I was psyched. That’s where I met Richard House, a British thriller writer who was staying in a small cabin at the foot of Mount Monadnock in the MacDowell Colony. It was such a cool place to just hike around while making some portraits. I can see why so many artists apply to stay there.

7/24/14 — PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Richard House, author of novel "The Kills," poses for a portrait in his studio at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., on July 24, 2014. House is spending six weeks at the artist colony as he works on his latest project. (Kelvin Ma) 7/24/14 — PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Richard House, author of novel "The Kills," poses for a portrait outside his studio at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., on July 24, 2014. House is spending six weeks at the artist colony as he works on his latest project. (Kelvin Ma)

7/24/14 — PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Richard House, author of novel "The Kills," poses for a portrait outside his studio at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., on July 24, 2014. House is spending six weeks at the artist colony as he works on his latest project. (Kelvin Ma)

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