affinity of nature and imagination.
Painting landscapes, especially scenes from the saltwater farm in Maine where I have
spent every summer since childhood, allows me to explore these complex relationships.
The great expanses of hay fields, noble stands of pines and ever-changing skies of
sun and storm have become the foundation of this exploration. Rather than a literal
translation of the natural world I inhabit, I strive to capture the emotion that these
scenes evoke. The landscape is a classic composition from which I can play and invent.
It allows me to hang my paint, my marks, my color on it, creating something new in the
My first memories are of deep, saturated colors. Family lore says that my mother
encouraged me to crawl by placing a glass bowl of M&Ms in front of me. You might
argue that I was enticed by chocolate, but I know it was the colors that compelled me.
Later, there was nothing more exciting than a pristine box of crayons. I colored with
intent and energy, pressing hard to get the most opacity and to release their in waxy
scent. Though I was urged to use the crayons more gently, I wanted the intensity of
feeling that strong color provided. It gave me joy and satisfied a deep need within me. It
The work continues to reflect my complicated and ardent relationship with color and
space. It also reveals the ongoing dialog that I have with the Maine landscape and
the beauty of Maine’s cool deliberate light.. Through a process that requires as much
looking as it does layering paint, I work towards revealing my own connection to place.
My intent is to transform the iconic into the newly discovered, transporting the viewer to
a place that is at once familiar and foreign, a place that asks questions and demands
answers, a place of infinite possibility."
- Anne Ireland