“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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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.