Pop-Up with Michael Goodwin

Featured Artist, Michael Goodwin is the guest artist for Pop-Up beginning Tuesday, July 16 to July 22. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

Meet the Artist and Reception on Thursday, July 18th from 4-6

July 16 to July 22

“I was born in beautiful, rural northeastern Maine in the 1950s. The nature around me became the greatest distraction from an otherwise boring, isolated childhood. Since my grandfather, a self-taught artist painted landscapes, I did too.

I graduated from Maine College of Art in 1977 with a BFA. My inspiration is nature, primarily Northern, Southern and Coastal Maine, Woodstock New Brunswick.”

“My parents approved a few of my past times – I was a confirmed sissy according to them – but at least painting pictures was neither masculine nor a feminine occupation and they approved. They bought me my first set of oil paints when I was 12 years old and my life was transformed.

Although in art school I majored in sculpture, I never stopped painting, returning specifically to the landscape at age 40. I’ve never looked back.”

For more info about Goodwin and his work check out the following links to his social media.



Also, check out this fabulous interview with Tupelo Quarterly

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The Skies are Full of Light – Artist Julie Houck

Classically trained in San Francisco and France, Julie Houck studied light on form and ‘Old Masters painting. In this, she brings her unique style to Maine Art HIll.

“The essence of light and classical training is seen in my work. In the more contemporary pieces, White Cloud and When the Rain Stopped, the Sun Came Out, transparent layers are used to create luminosity,” says Houck.”My canvases are double oil primed linen, which also gives luminosity to the surface.”

Landscapes and seascapes are a primary theme in Houck’s work. The ever-changing sky of northern New England allows a variety of color, depth, and emotion to be present in this new body of work.

“I am drawn to coastal wetlands and the ever-changing patterns of clouds as they dance across the sky,” says Houck. “The unpredictable and ethereal nature of the sky, juxtaposed with the calmness and serenity of the marshlands provide an infinite source of inspiration.”

Squall Line

In work, such as Squall Line,  and Around the Bend, the sky explodes, yet the clearing clouds offer up a shaft of light piercing the darkness. It is a little Zen garden, and the marsh below remains calm and peaceful.

The Temptest

The Tempest and Breaking Free, remind me that life is full of challenges,” explains Houck.  “In contrast, The Colors of Morning calls up the quiet place within that brings me home and reminds that even the most turbulent times will pass.”

Breaking Free

Many of Houck paintings are in oil, but a few are encaustic or a blend of both.  Encaustic was initially developed by the ancient Greeks to seal cracks in the hulls of their sailing ships. Often pigment was added to create colored paintings on the hulls serving a dual purpose.

“Encaustic is pigmented beeswax. I use artist grade pigments mixed into beeswax. The wax is then melted and applied with a stiff brush,” shares Houck. “Each layer has to be fused by flashing with a heat source. The wax can be manipulated by heat guns, small torches, and irons, but after it is archival. It will not melt, and is impervious to water.”

Come and see both styles of Houck’s work at Shows on Maine Art Hill at 10 Chase Hill in Kennebunk. As part of a trio of local female artists, this show will run until  July 18. The Show Gallery is open every day at 10 am. FMI call 207-967-0049 or visit us at www.maine-art.com to see the show its entirety.

Click here to view our complete collection of Jullie Houck’s work.

Click here to read more stories and insights from Julie Houck

Pop-Up with Stephen Young

Featured Artist, Stephen Young is the guest artist for Pop-Up beginning Tuesday, June 25  to July 1 AND July 9 – July 15. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

June 25 to July 1 and July 9 to July 15


Stephen Young is a third generation Nantucketer and a member of the Young’s Bicycle Shop family. He attended Cushing Academy and studied Architecture at Dean College. His art career started by painting rocks and selling them on the sidewalks of Nantucket as a child. From there he continued over the years from furniture design to house and interior design. For the last few years,  he has been living in Maine and selling his paintings in stores from Maine to Cape Cod to New Jersey. 

His studio, once private, is now open to the public and also now includes a gallery space.  

“Someone once told me ‘Don’t be afraid of color.’ These are words I live by to this day,” says Young.  “So don’t you be afraid of color, either. Let me show you how color can bring your walls to life.”



What’s with the name? ACK-ME- ARTS. ACK is the Nantucket call sign for the Nantucket Airport. As in JFK, LAX. My roots are from Nantucket “ACK” and my current life is in Maine “ME” so together they make up my business name “ACK – ME – ARTS”. 

For more info about Young and his work, follow this link to his website.



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“Morning Light” A 30-Day Challenge for Margaret Gerding

The 30-day “Morning Light” challenge is a showcase of how Margaret Gerding’s artistic process works. Each painting is done quickly, within an hour, plein-air, on an 8×8 panel.

Day 3 Day 7

“This subject matter reflects the time of the day I often paint. I love the quiet early morning, the sound of the birds awakening, the light setting the scene, the stillness in the air,” says Gerding. “I like the solitude. When the world is still, I am closest to nature and the soft light of morning.”

Day 6 Day 4

When an artist sets out on one of these challenges, it is hard not to have expectations.  The morning sun easily creates a picture in the mind of how this grid would eventually look.

“I didn’t expect so many overcast days, but I have learned to love the diffused colors and atmosphere that goes along with it,” says Gerding about the surprise at the end of a cloudy month. 

Day 2 Day 5

No matter the color, looking at the collection as a whole gives excellent insight into how Gerding works. These small pieces are often just the beginning of something more.

“The quick studies capture a moment in time and are used to produce future large studio created paintings,” explains Gerding. “It’s important for me to work directly observing nature—the struggles along with the successes. Dividing my time between plein-air and studio painting has allowed me a balance between study and refinement.”

For the 2019 Summer Show, Gerding has arranged these 8 x 8 s in a beautiful grid. Each sells for $850, with special pricing for multiples. 

Gerding’s work will be featured at Shows on Maine Art Hill through July 18, alongside Ingunn Joergensen and Julie Houck.  Shows is open every day from 10 – 5.  FMI call 207-967-0048 or to see the entire show online click the link below.

Gerding, Houck, and Joergensen- A Summer Show

To read more about Margaret Gerding follow this link – Stories and Insights from Margaret Gerding

To see our entire collection of work from Gerding follow this link – Margaret Gerding – Artist Page

Pop-Up with markpizzaArt

Featured Artist, Mark Pizza is the guest artist for Pop-Up beginning Tuesday, July 2 to July 8. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

July 2 to July 8

The inspiration for markpizzaArt’s photography is based on ‘moments in time’ which are interpreted with the use of color, texture, shapes, light, and motion. Each piece reflects an influential moment or feeling that has occurred during Mark’s life.  After realizing that no one in his family could take a decent photograph while on vacation, Mark’s interest in photography started and his pursuit to tell stories through his images became a passion.

Growing up in New England, Mark has always been drawn to the power of nature and the ocean and after moving to the metro NYC area, this lifestyle has influenced what Mark’s works have developed into today.  Creating a visual that can capture energy in that one moment is what his pieces communicate. His images are produced using various traditional and digital photography processes which are then printed on materials such as metal, acrylic, canvas, watercolor paper, and fabrics.

Mark was born in Clinton, Massachusetts and studied at Rochester Institute of Technology where he received a BFA in photography and digital imaging.  After college, he traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico for an apprenticeship at a photography studio.  Mark eventually ended up in New York City managing the production operations side of creative departments giving him an opportunity to be on the top of digital imagery, design, and photography industry.


Mark’s work has been shown throughout the East Coast from Montclair, New Jersey to Kennebunk, Maine.  His work is featured in business and private collections in California, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Rhode Island.  Mark also shares his experiences and creative processes through classes and consultations.

“My body of work is the story of my life”  – Mark Pizza

For more info about markpizzaArt check out the following links: 




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Local Women, Local Art, Local Love – Summer Show

“When you put three beautiful, gifted and local female artists together for one show there is bound to be magic,” says John Spain, owner of Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk.

Celebrating the allure and charm of southern Maine, the talented trio of Margaret Gerding, Julie Houck, and Ingunn Joergensen are taking over Shows on Maine Art Hill at 10 Chase Hill Road.  Doors open June 29 at 10 am. There is also an Artist Reception to follow that evening from 5-7.

After years of just visiting, Artist Margaret Gerding is thrilled to have her studio in Kennebunkport permanently. She divides her time between plein-air and studio painting, which has allowed a balance between study and refinement. The freedom of grabbing brushes when the moment and the light strike let her oils come alive in the salt air.

“I love the quiet early morning with the sound of the birds awakening, the light setting the scene, the stillness in the air. There is a solitude being in the marsh. It is the time when I feel most in tune with nature and who I am,” says Gerding. “It’s important for me to work directly observing nature, the struggles along with the successes.”

Finding time outside is also vital to artist Ingunn Milla Joergensen, another Kennebunkport resident. Likewise, Joergensen works in oils but focuses more on old structures and the landscapes she finds them in. She captures a different side of Maine, and its allure inviting Mother Nature to fill her canvases in unexpected ways.

“It is the little things that catch my attention, a piece, a fragment, a texture, a thought, a word. Sometimes taking it all in is so much, it is almost overwhelming,” Joergensen shares. “One little shell tells the story of the ocean. A piece of wood tells the story of lived life. Beauty is found in the most unexpected places.”

The last of the three artists in this show is Julie Houck. A newcomer to Maine Art Hill, but not to the Maine art scene. Living in North Yarmouth, Houck has been painting full time since 1995. A contemporary landscape painter working in oils and encaustics, she rounds out this show perfectly.

“I am drawn to coastal wetlands and the ever-changing patterns of clouds as they dance across the sky,” says Houck. “The unpredictable and ethereal nature of the sky, juxtaposed with the calmness and serenity of the marshlands provide an infinite source of inspiration.”

This show opens on Saturday, June 29 at 10 am. The public is invited to come and meet these three amazing women on Saturday, June 29 at our Artist Reception from 5-7 pm. Art, music, and yummy bites from the chef at Tides Beach Club. The show itself runs until July 18, and the gallery is open every day from 10 am – 5 pm. FMI call 207-967-0049 or visit www.maine-art.com.


Pop-Up with Christina Thwaites

Featured Artist, Christina Thwaites is the guest artist for Pop-Up beginning Tuesday, June 18 to Monday, June 24. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

June 18 to June 24

Christina Thwaites (1980) is a British painter, based in Orono, Maine, (USA). In 2004 she graduated from The University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK) with an MA in French Literature & History of Art. Whilst living in Paris she attended the Ecole du Louvre and worked as an assistant to watercolorist Patrick Fouilhoux. Her painting skills developed in Italy where she attended La Porta Blu Art School in Rome. During 2010, she worked for some months in Amsterdam at Kanal 10 Guest studio and also in Walasiho, a remote village in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

In 2011 Christina was invited to Palestine to run art workshops and exhibit with Al-Mahatta Gallery during a residency period at Al Fara refugee camp. In 2011 Christina moved back to Italy and helped set up and run 33officinacreativa, an international artist in residency program in the medieval hill-top village of Toffia. Whilst living near Rome, Christina exhibited with private commercial galleries as well as showing work in public establishments including at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and the MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome). In 2013 she moved to Canberra, Australia and was offered studio space at Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA.) She continued to exhibit in Europe with two solo shows in London and Rome, as well as a joint show with British Pop artist Peter Blake.

In Australia, she established herself with relative ease and had three solo shows in three different states. She moved to Maine in 2015 where she teaches and paints from her basement studio – when she is not chasing around after her two small children!

“My paintings address the familiar. Banal in subject matter, yet relevant. My work reflects the context and geographical location of where I reside at the time and, having moved and traveled a lot, my practice as an artist has been a means of grounding myself so as to feel part of and confident within each new setting.”

“I very much like old black and white photographs, and often work from them – usually sourced in library or museum collections. They provide a starting point for each work and before painting, I do multiple drawings from the photographs in order to ‘get inside’ the image and start my ‘conversation’ with it.”

“I am interested in the process and the transformation of the image from a documentary style photograph to a painting which recalls only elements of that original source. I want to present something clear and recognizable, yet without explaining or reasoning too much, in the hope that the viewer can also give meaning and emotional reflection. “

“The vibrant colors and shapes observed along the coast in Maine are spectacular and exciting and have provided the stimulus for this new body of work. “

To see more of her work visit her website


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It Figures – Jill Matthews on Figurative Works

Artist Jill Matthews is trying something new, and the response has been incredible. 

Figurative work is a dimension of art that often draws a strong reaction from its viewers. Either they love it, or they don’t.  Matthews has moved into a form of figurative work that doesn’t remove the people from their surroundings. She keeps her work natural and candid, and it allows a connection art lovers long for.

“My children are always with me, and they are big into the ocean and surfing. We are often at the beach, usually with the dogs,” shares Matthews. “I spend a lot of time exposed to these scenes and being in these elements. In a way, it is a record of my life.”

Matthews claims she “dabbles a bit in figurative work.” The result of these dabbling not only brings surfers and beachgoers to life but also a more serious kind of swimmer.

“My boys joined the swim team this year. Therefore I spent a lot of time poolside.  I want to keep digging into this theme and examine it more,” says Matthews. “ There is so much fascinating stuff at swim meets. I quickly became interested in capturing these moments.”

The intensity of competitive swimming or competitive anything is different. It is more extreme, more powerful.  When you add youth into the equation, the energy is palpable.

“A child who is about to race and is anxiously standing, waiting, has a certain body language displaying their emotion,” explains Matthews. “It is contagious.” 

Jill Matthews Solo Show is presently at The Gallery at Maine Art Hill on 14 Western Avenue.  She has taken over the entire first floor, and it spectacular. This show runs until June 25. Remember we do represent Jill year round and always have an extensive collection of her work in our galleries.

All nine of Maine Art Hill’s galleries are open every day at 10 am. We have plenty of parking. Come and visit soon. 

Wade Zahares – A Little History

“As a kid, I opted out of playing football and other neighborhood sports to go draw pictures sitting on my bedroom floor. There was just something special about it,” says local artist Wade Zahares. “On Saturdays, I watched the 60’s cartoons. I loved the backgrounds and tried to create my version. My work today still has some of the same qualities.”

Wade Zahares is being featured in Pop-Up! at Studios on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. His show opens June 11 and runs until June 17 through LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival.

It was high school art class where Zahares had his actual start, and he gives teacher, Jan Merrill much credit for pointing him in the right direction. After high school, he spent two years at the University of Maine at Orono, then transferred to Maryland Institute, College of Art. In 1983 he received his BFA, with gratitude filled thank you to the teacher of illustration, Susan Waters Eller. 

“While in college I started using pastels, after advice from an instructor. It was a good way to start working color into my charcoal drawings,” shares Zahares. “I never worried about style as I figured it would come naturally. Luckily it did.”

Being more concerned about his subject matter, Zahares focused on light, color, and composition. His ideas stem from previous pieces, and his compositions evolve and repeat.

“I have always loved the simplicity of the medium,” says Zahares as he laughs. “Someone needs to remind me of that when I am going out to do plein air, trucking around with my easel, pastel box, board and paper, all covered in pastel.”

Zahares started plein air right out of school, and soon, people started noticing and buying. This lead to attention from Corporate Art dealers whose interest leaned toward his studio work.

“I put my plein air on the back burner, and it wasn’t until the mid-2000’s that my teaching career brought it back. It is something I will never let go again. It gives me a break from my tedious studio work,” says Zahares. “I am back painting on the streets in the local area. Being outside refreshes my memory of life’s details.”

Zahares also has eight children’s book, which he illustrated. In the ’90s, he became acquainted with Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges and her husband, the late Philemon Sturges. They both represented Children’s Book Illustrators and loved his work. 

“It took several years to sign my first contract, but I have been working with Studio Goodwin Sturges ever since,” says Zahares. “My children’s books have  always presented a great challenge in communicating my ideas to others, stretching my composition to the limit and back, forcing ideas,  drawing challenges  and learning to focus and time management.” 

Zahares is crossing his fingers for a new children’s book soon, but can’t disclose information yet. It will be his ninth. He also offers school visits and lectures about his art and his books. 

“Life is all about finding your passion and purpose,” says Zahares. “I was lucky and found mine early in life.”

Wade Zahares will be at Studios on Maine Art Hill as the featured artist in Pop-Up! during Launch, A Maritime Festival. While there he will have original works, prints, including the LAUNCH poster, as well as his children books. He takes over the studio at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk on Tuesday, June 11. His private show runs through June 17, but his prints are always available at Fine Art Prints, also at Studios on Maine Art Hill. 

Array – Ellen Welch Granter, Artist Choice

“Maine colors, Maine patterns, and Maine atmospheres—whether in high summer season or in the quieter offseason, they keep bringing me back,” says Ellen Welch Granter, one of thirteen artists in the 8th Annual Choice Show at Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk.

Granter has been with Maine Art Hill for years and has become “classic” amongst our clients and visitors, especially during the Choice Art Show. Her rendering of New England waters and coastlines make her work the perfect, especially her Artist Choice, Array.

Array is a pared down interpretation of the view looking up the river as it passes through Kennebunkport near the beach,” shares Granter. “There were lots of other things to paint in the view – land, docks, houses, and sailboats for example, but I liked the pattern of these whites in the river’s current.”

The muted blues and pops of color express peace and tranquility found while taking in the beautiful views from land. She filters out the surroundings, which she claims she is not detail-oriented enough to tackle.

“I highlight parts, such as buoys or abstracted boat shapes, that for me offer the reason for painting in the first place, the colors, patterns, and atmospheres,” shares Granter, “especially Maine colors, Maine patterns, and Maine atmospheres. Whether in high summer season or in the quieter offseason, they keep bringing me back.”

Granter offered a variety of subjects this time around for the Choice Show. Her style and color signify its a “Granter,” but it’s lovely to have so many classic coastal themes to choose from.

“As long as they keep making blue paint,” laughs Granter,  “I’ll be alright!”

Granter has three works at Shows on Maine Art Hill for the 8th Annual Choice Art Show.  The Choice Show can be seen every day from 10 am to 5 pm at the 10 Chase Hill Road address, as well as online at The 8th Annual Choice Art Show.

To learn more about this artist follow the links below

Ellen Welch Granter’s Artist Insights and Stories

Ellen Welch Granter’s Complete Collection at Maine Art Hill