The beauty of the Maine landscape, the constantly changing elements, and the ocean are a never-ending source of inspiration for all of Joergensen’s art and design work. “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,” Ingunn 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.”
“I watched how deep indigo turns into a rich turquoise or the brightest of blue fades into a soft purple,” Joergensen says. “I have so many favorite spots right here in my immediate surroundings. Whether it is the woods, rivers, marshes, or by the ocean, it is here.”
INGUNN MILLA JOERGENSEN August 5 – 30 Gallery at the Grand 1 Chase Hill Rd. Kennebunk, Maine 04043 When we asked local artist Ingunn Milla Joergensen about the inspiration behind specific pieces she created for her 2023 Solo Summer Show, she shared insights we wanted to share. On florals… “When I don’t paint, I garden…. Read more »
“I enjoy revisiting this motif. It almost becomes a form of meditation,” explains Joergensen. “I get lost in tones, values, and layers of pigments. Adding color, then washing off and letting the pigments blend together.”
“I have walked the empty beaches from sunrise to sunset in my life in Kennebunkport as well as during my time wandering elsewhere,” Joergensen says. “I hope my viewers can relate to what happens when and where I paint. My paintings offer a little sun bleached in an otherwise busy world.”
Three Maine Art Hill artists arrive for Week Four of Spring Arrivals. Below you will see a thumbnail of each piece. Click to make it larger. Works from these three 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.
“Another returning theme is the nest. They are fascinating constructions on their own, so strong and fragile,” explains Joergensen, “Still, they also awake a feeling of being safe and surrounded. We all need that.”
All you need to do is walk through the doors of 10 Chase Hill Road to feel everything Joergensen describes. The walls whisper soft words of comfort and calm.
“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.”
“I find that I simplify more and more. There are so much clutter and noise surrounding us – by paring down to the bare essentials, I can breathe,” shares Ingunn Milla Joergensen.