Discovering Mooney – Artist Insights

As the summer of 2022 gets underway, we are thrilled to showcase Craig Mooney and this amazing collection of work.  As always, his skies and landscapes are brilliant and beautiful.

“I’m trying to work both sides of the room for this series of work. Some of the work is more detailed than I typically do, and some are more abstract,” explains Mooney. “What ties them together is the need for the painting to have some drama and mystery.”

Mother Nature has supplied Mooney with a great deal of drama and mystery in her New England skies. Mooney has captured this light with his new colors bringing depth and excitement to his newest work.   

“I’ve been experimenting with more color. I am not a creative colorist. I’m a bit more tonal and reserved when it comes to coloring. I prefer a little more of the contrast between light and dark, which is about the value, not the hue,” says Mooney. “So, in a way, it’s more impressionistic for me.”

Each of Mooney’s works for this show is compelling. Each contains something compelling about the structure of the composition. The play on light is essential in these pieces, as well. No matter the color at the end of Mooney’s brush, he applies it with confidence and a sweeping stroke.

“As far as the brushwork is concerned, it’s very immediate. I don’t take too much time to process what I am painting. It is almost automatic. I find another gear to go in, and the paint is immediately applied to the canvas in a stream of consciousness. I don’t have a chance to refine and shape it until the next time I look at that painting,” shares Mooney. “Sometimes it is a slow process, but many times it’s incredibly quick.”

Mooney’s 2022 Solo Show Mooney runs through Thursday, July 14. The Gallery at the Grand on Maine Art Hill is at 1 Chase Hill Road and is open from 10 AM to 5 PM daily. FMI visit or call  207-967-2803.

Click here to see the 2022 show virtually.

To read more about Craig’s process and past – Craig Mooney – Artist Insights

To see Craig’s entire collection – Craig Mooney – Artist Page.