William B. Hoyt shares a rare peek inside his studios for the making of Sunset Sail. This piece is one of many available for his show at Shows on Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk, Maine. The show runs until August 6, 2020. We represent Hoyt year round and his works can always be seen in our galleries. All properties on Maine Art Hill are open every day at 10 am.
Crabbing, all you need is a piece of string and some bait tied at the end. Perhaps a fish head supplied by a nearby fisherman cleaning his catch. After painting Crabbing, I wanted to paint the view down into the water and did Along the Breakwater.
I painted a series of shells and rocks I discovered as I wandered the beaches. Littoral is one of the firsts and an actual scattering of ocean treasure. The definition of littoral is related to or situated on the shore of the sea or a lake. It seemed fitting to name it as such.
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Hoyt is the master of taking small and ordinary and turning them into pieces of beauty. Where others see personal collections of love and laughter, Hoyt sees art and an opportunity to capture those collections permanently on canvas.
This year we began with seventy-eight original works from thirteen artists; six pieces each. Then, as most of you know, this is where the process begins. Between the artist, local designer Louise Hurlbutt from Hurlbutt Designs, and you the voters, the show was curated down to three pieces from each artist. These three were carefully “chosen” to be in the show, and we so appreciate all the help we had making these difficult decisions. The three choices for each artist were just as arduous this year as in the past.
“Round Pond is where Spenny, one of my best friends, kept his boat, Mist,” says Hoyt. “We sailed on her together for twenty-five years.” Twenty-five years of memories build on and around the waters near Round Pond have a way of reflecting in an artists work.
“The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta is always a great day. Its a celebration of wooden boats and Maine history,” explains Hoyt. “In this show, there are two paintings with views from my perch on Raven 24 during the race. It was an amazing day to be out on the water.”
When Hoyt chose The Morning After for his Artist Choice, there was no surprise for those of us who know and love him. This piece encompasses a small moment of happiness and contentment we often overlook. Memories were made at this table.
Hoyt is a lover of all things Maine, especially the sailboats, and often his imagination and attention are caught by the simple things Maine has to offer. “The setting sun bathed us in light when it dropped below the eaves of the porch. The water sparkled and danced with it,” says Hoyt. “I have to pinch myself when a scene like this unfolds before me. It’s practically sensory overload.”