“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.
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,” Igunn 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.”
Together through tears, laughter, wine, and paint, these three talented local artists have helped heal and keep each other firmly rooted. We are so thrilled they are willing to share paintings they created from their journey.
“All my work in this year’s show is of landscapes. Wide and open ones. They vary from dawn to dusk, rivers, marsh, and ocean,” explains artist Ingunn Milla Joergensen. “I spend a lot of time in these various places. It is where I can breathe, reflect, and find peace. This last year these aspects are more important than ever, to recharge and find beauty in nature. “
I work in layers, adding paint, scraping off, often mixing the colors directly on the canvas. Being extremely tactile, I often paint with my bare hands. 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.
“That is why Mother of Pearl is my favorite painting,” she says. “To me, it is rhythm, simplicity, calmness, and poetry. I love the soothing colors and subtle reflections.”
Natalie Lane, Director of Galleries and General Manager of Maine Art Hill, says, “The early August opening of the Matthews, Sanders, and Joergensen show, is one I have been looking forward to all summer. The contrasting landscapes and seascapes compositions and color palettes range from bold to ethereal. They take us all on a journey of the senses through New England, and it’s seacoast with all its incarnations.”
“When my great grandmother Milla married in early the 1900s, she received from her parents’ garden this beautiful peony plant,” explains Joergensen. “It was passed down through the generations and finally given to me.”
If artist Ingunn Milla Joergensen had a signature piece, it would be her barns. They represent the past, the future, the quiet and calm, the strong and stable. Each one viewed is seen with new eyes that hold a history unique to the viewer.