Autumn is upon us, and we at Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk, Maine, know visitors are changing their shopping habits as the weather gets cooler, and we all start to snuggle in. We thought, “What better way to connect with you than having our well-loved artists share their own favorites things.” More specifically, their favorite piece of their own art from their Maine Art Hill collection. Click here to learn more from Maine Art Hill Fall Favorite artists from Week Seven. William B. Hoyt, Craig Mooney, Claire Bigbee.
“Visiting it to paint this series taught me some lessons. First, to appreciate where I am. Second, how far I have come. Last, I am in a better place,” says Bigbee. “Without me realizing it, the river, this place, became part of my healing.”
“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.”
“It is a perfect metaphor for me and a decisive moment to hold onto,” says Bigbee. “I am learning that inevitable failures teach persistence and patience.”
For artist Claire Bigbee, this show feels different. Preparing for this was difficult because of the last six months of chaos from a difficult divorce, which cost her working time. But the compression of time and impact of emotions poured into the paintings, giving them a distinct energy that feels raw and explosive. “The Salmon… Read more »
“My approach to painting borderlines on an abstract viewpoint. I aim to achieve something more permanent, or my inner landscape,” explains Bigbee. “The views around me are classic Maine, a lulling sea with long-range tides, wind-swept clouds framed by Maine’s unmovable rocky coastline.”
Two Maine Art Hill artists arrive for Week Eight of Spring Arrivals. Below you will see a thumbnail of each piece. Click to make it larger. Works from these two artists are available online and at the main gallery at 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk. Come by or call 207-967-2803. Links to their artist’s pages, where you can see all their work are at the bottom. Janis Sanders and Claire Bigbee.
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“The community of people I met from all over the world was an unexpected surprise. I left with five paintings and a feeling of solitude, nourishment, and peace,” smiles Bigbee. “I will go back again and again to paint the magic of Star Island and the Shoals. And, of course, watch the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets in a comfy rocking chair.”
“Both Joergensen and Bigbee joined the gallery at the same time. They live locally and share a common love of Maine,” says gallery owner John Spain. “Over time, not only have they grown as artists, they have grown into friends. It is not uncommon for Bigbee and Joergensen to travel to remote locations for an artist retreat. They often share ideas and inspiration as they paint side by side, seeing the same landscape, each painting their vision.”