“It’s all about the moments put down on the canvas to capture a portrait of the region,” shares Gerding. “My vision has been to capture these” quiet moments in a way that exhibits their mood, along with the scene and its complex palette.”
At Maine Art Hill, we know the power of dynamic duos. Scheduling two different but truly talented artists together simultaneously was purposeful. “We have observed over the past few years that many of our collectors are enamored with the works of both of these artists,” says owner John Spain.” With that, this is the second time we have paired these two together not only for the enjoyment of our clients but also for the artists themselves.”
Three Maine Art Hill artists arrive for Week Five 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.
“This year, I have spent more time plein air painting. There have been days I have produced multiple paintings and days where I have returned to my studio only to wipe the canvas down,” shares artist Margaret Gerding, “However, every day outside is considered a success.”
“We all love these quiet walks and hold them in our memories. But, it has taken me a while to start the Beach Walk series, never mind paining t the multitude of subtle colors that quietly happen as the water approaches the sand.”
“I am immersed daily in the area of my greatest inspiration. It is a place where nature provides a lifetime of exploration and study. I had the good fortune of vacationing here every summer as a child. I grew up wandering in the marshes, exploring the greenness and the vast skies. It was a puzzle to traverse the waterways, an escape,” says Gerding. “Now, it’s home.”
Gerding is a great fit no matter where we place her in the summer schedule. She is incredibly humble and kind and is well-loved by clients and fellow artists. These are traits second only to her abundance of talent.
When two artists come together to celebrate summer in Maine, the sky is the limit, or in this case, the subject. Summer skies are a stunning part of Augusts in Maine, and no two artists recreate them better than Craig Mooney and Margaret Gerding.
“Goose Rocks Beach holds special lifetime memories for me. It is full of sun, adventure and fun. Now that I live locally I am able to capture this beach in paint anytime. It is a joy,” shares Gerding. “This is one of the first ‘beach’ paintings I have attempted, and it truly tells the story of what the beach means.”
I have always loved the “quiet end” of the beach, where even in the heat of summer you can find open space to rest. The dune divides the ocean from the marsh, and allows for both a sunset and sunrise viewing. The large clouds held such a beautiful blue against the warm sky this evening.