Emma C. Berry is a beautiful little fishing sloop at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. She is one of the oldest surviving commercial vessels in America, and the last known surviving American well smack.
When experiencing a Hoyt painting the details are incredible. It takes time to absorb all that has gone into the creation of these fantastic works of art. As much as we try to duplicate in digital, seeing them in person is best.
Then the door to the fish market opened. The man came out with a tub of fish guts or something, and suddenly the air was filled with seagulls. The seagull explosion just caught my eye. There were so many birds. I needed to come back and let the pictures create themselves.
Artists have been traveling to coastal Maine for decades, each trying to capture the beauty of the land and waters bordering it. William B. Hoyt is an artist who not only knows and loves this area, but works and plays here frequently. Each of his canvases have an almost photographic quality. This attention to detail forces the viewer to lean in closer to experience every facet that forms the whole and becomes classic Maine.
Hoyt is a wanderer and an adventurer. He has more stories to tell than most, and he remembers in details as vibrant as his canvases. It is rare to find him without a camera around his neck snapping these moments that just cannot be forgotten. An artist sees the world through different eyes, and Hoyt has trouble not stopping to capture each scene he may someday commit to paint. “Images are everywhere,” says Hoyt with a grin. As an outsider, it is difficult not to wonder if his need to stop and snap ever gets in the way. However, Hoyt laughs when asked about it. “It never gets in the way,” he says perplexed. “It is the way.”
As everyone in Maine begins to celebrate the coming of spring, here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, we are already looking toward the coming summer. Which means…The Summer Show Schedule! We have planned four single artist shows and one group show. All will contain new and unique pieces from many of our amazing artists.
When William was asked to create a personal reflection of ‘his Maine’ for Maine. As they see it., of course there was a memory to walk with him through the process. “On the Waterfront” began in a story from the small town of Stonington, Maine.
William B. Hoyt captures the heart of the sea and the sail like no other. The water moves along his brush strokes and carries you off. Even for a land lover the lure of the ocean is hard to resist when visiting with William’s work.