Once again, one of our artists has found inspiration in Acadia National Park. The only National Park in Maine, Acadia boasts beautiful ocean views, cliffs that tower over rocky coasts and even their own Sand Beach. Yet, for Liz Hoag, it is the freshwater of the park that lures her in. At 436 acres, Eagle Lake is the largest fresh water lake in Acadia National Park. Whether traveling the carriage roads or exploring the trails that encircle it, it is nearly impossible not to let the magic of this place slip into your soul.
During a visit over New Years, Hoag was cross county skiing here with friends and family. View from the Trail was inspired from a photograph taken on the shores of Eagle Lake during this trek. It is her Artist’s Choice piece for the Choice Art Show here at Maine Art Shows.
“I chose this painting because I believe it is far and away the best painting of the group. Period,” says Liz about her unwavering Artist’s Choice decision. “The two-dimensional balance worked out perfectly. The afternoon yellow light works flawlessly to create depth and quiet. The overall color combination gives the exact feel I wanted of a cool, but not cold, quiet winter afternoon.”
Hoag was not the only one that made this choice. A very happy customer, just hours after the show opened, chose it as well. Not to worry. If you love View from the Trail or have an soft spot for Eagle Lake, there are a few more pieces from Liz Hoag that you need to see.
Eagle Lake Reflection is Hoag’s Editor’s Choice piece, and another that features this national treasure. “Considering each piece in the context of a larger, related body of work brings an extra layer of meaning to the work,” says Susan Grisanti, the editor of Maine Home + Design, “but one piece usually rises to the top pretty quickly for me.” Grisanti has been the eye behind the Editor’s Choice since the show’s conception five years ago.
We also have a large collection of Hoag’s work at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. in Kennebunk. It is here you will find Eagle Lake Revisited, a small acrylic with a view through the branches to the lake in the distance. The rest of Hoag’s collection may not have the name “Eagle Lake” in their titles, yet it is a strong possibility that several others came to be due to this remarkable place.
For anyone that loves the woods, or has a spot on the lake, this collection of work from Liz Hoag is sure to awaken your own memories. For this artist, it is all about what her work brings to the viewer, what they feel, what they see. “I personally do not think of the ‘story’ or ‘narrative’ of my paintings,” says Hoag. “That being said, these paintings truly reflect the feel of the moment that I was in this beautiful place.”
The Choice Art Show will continue at Maine Art Shows at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk though June 30. We are open everyday from 11am – 5pm. Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. is also open every day from 10am until at least 6pm, with later hours starting today for the summer.
As always, all of our artists and their work can be seen online at www.maine-art.com. Some specific links to check out:
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