This spring, artist Claire Bigbee traveled to mid-coast Maine and brought back a great deal of inspiration from the beautiful coasts of Camden, Rockport, and Monhegan Island.
“The Maine landscape inspires me as an artist. It has a wealth of inspiration to draw from. There is an inherent attraction within nature, which is what I aim to achieve in my work,” shares Bigbee. “The challenge in using landscape as my subject matter forces me to simplify what I see into forms, shapes, value of patterns, and texture. The brushwork expresses my emotional response to the view and how it makes me feel emotionally.”
Playing with scale and color intensifies what Bigbee sees.
“I paint what I want to see, not all the little details in nature, which can distract you and interfere with expression,” says Bigbee. “I am not necessarily ignoring traditional training but choose to break the rules and let the development of the painting lead me in one direction or another.”
The ability to simplify means eliminating the unnecessary so the necessary can speak. ~ Hans Hoffman
This show is a must-see for locals and out-of-town visitors from September 2 to 27. Every day from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Gallery at the Grand at 1 Chase Hill Rd in Kennebunk. If you can’t visit the gallery, see the show virtually at www.maine-art.com/shows. FMI 207-967-2803.