Nederzee Daydream #16 – John LeCours, Artist Choice

Nederzee Daydream #16 by John LeCours

John LeCours joined Maine Art Hill in the fall of 2017.  Known for his  “Turneresque” style, he immediately found success and quite a following.  Keeping with that same style, LeCours submitted six pieces to the 7th Annual Choice Art Show. These were curated down to three, one of which is Nederzee Daydream #16his Artist Choice piece.

“These Nederzee Daydream paintings are like a ‘meditation’.  They are where I meld the old Dutch Seascape traditions with modern painting and modern color concepts,” explains LeCours. “This series of paintings evolve organically and intuitively.”

Nederzee Daydream #16 truly envokes that dreamlike quality LeCours describes.  With misty skies and foggy colors, seafarers and coastal dwellers have seen this scene before and know it well.

“These images flash before my eyes as if I am in a dream state,” shares LeCours.

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John LeCours– Stories and Insights

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To see more from LeCours and the other fourteen artists from the 7th Annual Choice Art Show in-person visit Shows on Maine Art Hill from June 9 to June 28. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at [email protected]. As always you can view the entire show and see the virtual tour by clicking here.7th Annual Choice Art Show.

Descending Sun – Margaret Gerding, Artist Choice

Descending Sun by Margaret Gerding

Margaret Gerding is celebrating summer with Maine Art Hill and the 7th Annual Choice Art show.  A resident of Kennebunkport, she has the inside scoop on all the most beautiful places.  It’s not abnormal to find Margaret perched in her own natural retreat alongside a forgotten trail or secluded waterway.  Not only does she capture our little town, she has become a recorder of all Maine’s beauty. In the case of her Artist’s Choice for 2018, she traveled up the coast just a little bit.

“There is a hill in Damariscotta, Maine that only once you reach the top can you see the salt bay on the other side,” shares Gerding.  “I often feel like the trees found here are sentries keeping watch over both sides of that hill, one visible and one a secret that needs to be guarded.”

The stories Gerding tells through her work capture the peace and serenity found off the beaten path in most of Maine.  Even after graduating from UMass, Dartmouth with a printmaking degree, she still found her passion in paint. She has been painting for thirty-two years. It is in her blood, and now, so is the Maine coast.

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Margaret Gerding – Stories and Insights

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Margaret Gerding – Artist Page

To see more from Margaret Gerding and the other fourteen artists from the 7th Annual Choice Art Show in-person visit Shows on Maine Art Hill from June 9 to June 28. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at [email protected]. As always you can view the entire show and see the virtual tour by clicking here.7th Annual Choice Art Show.

Warm Sand Salty Air – Bethany Harper Williams, Artist Choice

Warm Sand Salty Air by Bethany Harper Williams

Last fall Bethany Harper Williams joined the Maine Art Hill family.  Her work is a perfect fit for our lovely beach community.  She celebrates the summer, the ocean, and the sea with fun and color. This is her first Choice Art Show, and happily shares her reasoning behind her Artist Choice piece, Warm Sand Salty Air.

“I am having fun with the Beach Days series, especially the long horizontal format. It works so well for a long stretch of a sunny beach that feels like it goes on forever,” shares Bethany.

With this series, she is exploring the concept of less is more. Painting figures with simple strokes but still capturing the movement and interaction of the individuals.

“The sand provides an area to have fun with shapes and textures and subtle colors.  I enjoy playing with palettes and patterns in the umbrellas and bathing suits,” says Williams. “It creates a lively composition with the figures. As I paint these beachgoers, I imagine scenarios of how they are interacting and enjoying the moment.”

For both artist and viewer, these works bring back warm memories of summers on the beach with family and friends.

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Bethany Harper Williams – Stories and Insights

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To see more from Bethany Harper Williams and the other fourteen artists from the 7th Annual Choice Art Show in-person visit Shows on Maine Art Hill from June 9 to June 28. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at [email protected]. As always you can view the entire show and see the virtual tour by clicking here.7th Annual Choice Art Show.

Cape Porpoise Morning – Ingunn Milla Joergensen, Artist Choice

 Cape Porpoise Morning by Ingunn Milla Joergensen

Ingunn Milla Joergensen joined Maine Art Hill this winter. Being from Kennebunkport, she was thrilled to find representation so close to home.  She is an active member of the Kennebunk communities and loves the idea of working in a place she holds dear.

There is also an added benefit to having an artist who also lives here.  This benefit looks much like Cape Porpoise Morning, Joergensen’s Artist Choice piece for the show this year. To be able to share a piece of the place you call home in your home is truly a special treat.

“There is an entire collection of the emotions this beautiful spot represented here gives me,” shares Ingunn about this work. It is her goal to share these emotions with the viewer. “It’s my go-to when I need to recharge. It’s my place.”

Like many of our local artists, the environment that surrounds them is where their inspiration lies. To be able to step outside their back door and be surrounded by the beauty that is coastal Maine is a gift.

“The most incredible part of this scene, this place, is that it is always glowing,” says Joergensen. ” Even on a blistering cold day or in heavy fog, the illumination that seems to live in the air is present.”

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Ingunn Milla Joergensen – Stories and Insights

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Ingunn Milla Joergensen – Artist Page

To see more from Joergensen and the other fourteen artists from the 7th Annual Choice Art Show in-person visit Shows on Maine Art Hill from June 9 to June 28. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at [email protected]. As always you can view the entire show and see the virtual tour by clicking here.7th Annual Choice Art Show.

Blue Current – Ellen Granter, Artist Choice

Blue Current by Ellen Welsh Granter

Ellen Granter is an iconic Maine Art Hill artist. Many travel each summer in hopes of finding that special piece of her work that completes, enhances, or sometimes, even starts a collection. The Choice Show has always provided this opportunity first thing, every summer.

“I’m so delighted to have been asked to be in the Choice Show again. It is always an honor to be represented alongside the wonderful artists who also participate,” shares Granter, “and with this year’s Maine Art Hill Scholarship fundraising component, it makes it a winning combination in a new way.”

Every year, Ellen delights and surprises us with her new work. With a focus on what lies, or in this case floats, on this side of the horizon, we are treated to colors and subjects the welcome summer to our walls.

“This year, my submissions for this show are an extension of last year’s strand of ideas, boats, sailboats mostly,” shares Granter. “The new compositions, however, are skewed toward a more geometric grid I see when I start painting the sailboats; masts, booms, cross braces, waterlines, horizon lines, and reflections. These form the regular straight-line patterns, but then the organic parts, the color gradients of clouds and water currents add an irregularity which messes up the static pattern.”

Granter loves the colors of Maine harbors, muted blues, grays, and whites, then the pops of neon that come with the mooring buoys and lobster pots. “My Artist’s Choice is this year is Blue Current. It has the simplicity of design added to by the atmosphere of a blue on blue summer’s day, another winning combination,” laughs Granter. “I hope.”

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Ellen Granter – Stories and Insights

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Ellen Granter – Artist Page

To see more from Ellen Granter and the other fourteen artists from the 7th Annual Choice Art Show in-person visit Shows on Maine Art Hill from June 9 to June 28. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at [email protected]. As always you can view the entire show and see the virtual tour by clicking here.7th Annual Choice Art Show.

Samuel’s Wave – Jill Matthews, Artist Choice

Jill Matthews is a new artist here at Maine Art Hill, and this is her first Choice Show with us. Living in Kennebunkport, she takes her inspiration from the places she loves best, the place she calls home.

“I am connected to this wave series more so than any others I have created,” says Matthews.  “Some of my favorite pieces are often those based on the impact a new experience has had on me.”

Samuel’s Wave is a painting of a moment that had such an impact. Matthews is naturally drawn to the coast and has always felt her best when connected to the sea.

“Learning to surf has brought me even closer to a place I thought I already knew.  It is so rare to be lucky enough to experience a well-loved place in a completely different way,” shares Matthews.  “This particular painting brings me back to a day I surfed with my son.  It was a day when I realized the true power of the ocean and how it continues to connect us all.”

Recreating these moments, these memories, on canvas and sharing them is part of the passion and the reason Jill paints.

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Jill Matthews – Stories and Insights

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Jill Matthews – Artist Page

To see more from Matthews and the other fourteen artists from the 7th Annual Choice Art Show in-person visit Shows on Maine Art Hill from June 9 to June 28. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at [email protected]. As always you can view the entire show and see the virtual tour by clicking here.7th Annual Choice Art Show.

Opinions Exchanged – Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Artist Choice

Opinions Exchanged by Jeffrey Fitzgerald

Jeffery Fitzgerald does a lot of paintings in the winter. With that, very few of his paintings are of the winter. His love affair with the canvas, color, and brushstroke suggesting warmer vignettes and so with this, he welcomes the spring and Opinions Exchanged his Artist Choice piece for 2018.

“This painting is of sand, branches, rocks and tiny new spring life proposed by brushstroke. It activates and energizes the canvas, but at the same time holds it together,” says Fitzgerald. “I use texture to conjure objects and then paint over texture to suggest an underneath.”

Though considered abstract, Jeffrey Fitzgerald’s work is often representational.  His life near the coast influences his work. The tumultuous play of water and earth and life bring a celebration of nature.

The naming of his paintings often leads the viewer down the road to understanding.  “Opinions Exchanged is about catching pieces of conversations that are similar but offer lots of voices. This one, a warm spring day and its blessings,” explains Fitzgerald.

  

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Jeffrey Fitzgerald – Stories and Insights

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Jeffrey Fitzgerald – Artist Page

To see more from Fitzgerald and the other fourteen artists from the 7th Annual Choice Art Show in-person visit Shows on Maine Art Hill from June 9 to June 28. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at [email protected]. As always you can view the entire show and see the virtual tour by clicking here.7th Annual Choice Art Show.

Moonrise at Bass Creek  –  Alex Dunwoodie, Artist Choice

When asked about Moonrise at Bass Creek, the first word to come from artist Alex Dunwoodie was “home”.

Moonrise at Bass Creek by Alex Dunwoodie

“This place is comfortingly familiar. It is where I stop when a walk takes me past. I know I will always be rewarded,” shares Dunwoodie.

For her, the beauty this spot brings to each visit is not only a delight but a surprise. “There are always questions. What has grown in with the season? What is the light doing at a particular time of day? Will I see the muskrat or the red-wing blackbirds? A crane? Perhaps a family of them?” Dunwoodie asks knowing the answers to her questions are limitless. “I could paint this one view countless times, and it changes continuously.”

As one of Dunwoodie’s favorite places, this spot holds as much beauty on an overcast day as on a sunny one. “On this particular day, the yellow yarrow flowers were glowing in the evening light, floating above the early summer green. This tree, once just a figure in the landscape, has become a friend. Every time I walk by, I have to stop at this spot, I have to take a deep breath, and then I have to just wait and see.”  For the artist, this place is so familiar and on this particular evening, so peaceful. “It simply makes me happy.”

Alex Dunwoodie has provided Maine Art Hill with six pieces for the 7th Annual Choice Art Show. Each very different from each other. Each equally spectacular.

“I chose these six paintings for the show after spending the winter trying new approaches, taking a break from closely-cropped small still-life and water studies to work on larger surfaces and subjects. The result is partly the consequences of moving to a new workspace. My work was bound to reflect a transition,” Alex explains.  “I wanted to work on a variety of subjects, sizes, application of paint; I was free to try new things.”

Stones at Biddeford Pool by Alex DunwoodieOvercast, Cape Elizabeth by Alex DunwoodieKeepers by Alex Dunwoodie

From weathered buoys hit by bright, late-day sun in Keepers, which is loosely painted, to the quiet and subdued, more tightly rendered, Overcast, Cape Elizabeth, this change is seen and felt. “Stones at Biddeford Pool was painted with numerous application techniques, from stippling to finger painting. Lots of fingerpainting,” laughs Dunwoodie. “The common denominator in all the work remains the same as in the past: quiet contemplation.”

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Alex Dunwoodie – Stories and Insights

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Alex Dunwoodie – Artist Page

To see more from Alex Dunwoodie and the other fourteen artists from the 7th Annual Choice Art Show in-person visit Shows on Maine Art Hill from June 9 to June 28. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 10 am – 5 pm. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at [email protected]. As always you can view the entire show and see the virtual tour by clicking here. 7th Annual Choice Art Show.

Blissful Awakenings – Claire Bigbee, Artist Choice

“The painting Blissful Awakenings most expresses my intent to capture something I feel in nature.”

Blissful Awakenings by Claire Bigbee

Claire Bigbee,  a new artist with Maine Art Hill, is enjoying being part of her first Choice Art Show.  A Maine resident, nature has always been a draw for Bigbee, and like all of us that call Maine home, it is about more than just the view.

“It is something behind the view that drives me to return to nature,” claims Bigbee. “The river and marsh have always struck me.” When Bigbee was young and first moved to Maine, she knew if she could paint just ten percent of what she felt when near the marshes, she would be honored. “There is something in the wind, like a warm breath. It moves through the tall marsh grasses, and the birds swoon in flocks not missing a beat. The sky is so vast and pregnant clouds shadow the marsh and river.  It is breathtaking and mysterious, and leave me wordless.” For Bigbee, everything is interconnected and part of one force, a genuine feeling of oneness.

Bigbee feels similar to George Inness, a prominent American landscape painter when he expresses thoughts on the real visible realm and the invisible realm, a material realm, and a spiritual realm. “There is a vibration behind the material world, and we become more human when we touch it,” says Bigbee.  “It is like peering behind the veil of reality to find some deeper truth. I use paint and canvas to try to depict this and capture that presence.”

A painting, for Claire, is an expression of those moments when struck by a view. It is her attempt to keep that white heat moment of excitement.  The middle tones in this painting have a darkness, the colors are muted, but there is a harmonious glowing quality, like a thin veil over everything.

“When I am painting the visible world around me the invisible unexpectedly comes to me. That is my desire, my need, to capture both worlds.”

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Claire Bigbee – Stories and Insights

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Claire Bigbee – Artist Page

To see more from Claire Bigbee and the other fourteen artists from the 7th Annual Choice Art Show in-person visit Shows on Maine Art Hill from June 9 to June 28. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at [email protected]. As always you can view the entire show and see the virtual tour by clicking here. 7th Annual Choice Art Show.

“The paramount difficulty with the artist is to bring his intellect to submit to the fact that there is such a thing as the indefinable—that which hides itself that we may feel after it . . . But God is always hidden, and beauty depends The paramount difficulty with the artist is to bring his intellect to submit to the fact that there is such a thing as the indefinable—that which hides itself that we may feel after it . . . But God is always hidden, and beauty depends upon the unseen.” George Inness

 

Another Crossing – Craig Mooney, Artist Choice

Another Crossing by Craig Mooney

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot

Craig Mooney has been a part of Maine Art for over ten years. Over the course of this time, many have fallen in love with his dreamy skies and landscapes that pull us into a world full of memories and wishes.  Yet recently, we have realized some of his best work lies beyond his horizons and in his figurative pieces.

Last year’s theme for his show was “escape”.  Each painting giving the viewer the ability to step outside of daily life, even if for only a minute or two, and escape into the world he created on canvas. This year, Mooney gives us a very similar gift with his Artist Choice, Another Crossing.

“The quote from TS Eliot truly sums up this piece,” says Mooney. “It is a painting about adventure, wanderlust, and longing. Yet there is a sense of openness and nostalgia. It is what I wanted to capture in this work.”

The image itself is a woman, possibly on a ferry crossing a channel. Yet, it is up to the viewer to decide on her destination. Is she leaving it all behind? Or is she coming home?

“The original idea actually came from a photograph given to me by a friend,” tells Mooney. “In the original image, the figure was on a train. I realized, however, whether it be a train or a plane or a boat, it matters not what is on the other side of the window. It is the emotion conveyed through the traveler that is most important.”

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Craig Mooney – Stories and Insights

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Craig Mooney – Artist Page

To see more from Mooney and the other fourteen artists from the 7th Annual Choice Art Show in-person visit Shows on Maine Art Hill from June 9 to June 28. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at [email protected]. As always you can view the entire show and see the virtual tour by clicking here.7th Annual Choice Art Show.