Knowing When to Loosen Up – Artist Insights from Craig Mooney

Artist Craig Mooney takes the time to share a bit of insight into a few of his new pieces for his summer show, SKY at Shows on Maine Art Hill.

“When I was thinking about this new body of work, two things stood out initially. First, I was painting newer versions of much older, more abstracted pieces,” explains Mooney. “Second, sometime after at least a decade of my work tightening up, I’m loosening up again. Corse brush strokes, less definition, a build-up of surfaces. It feels fresh again.  


“At the same time, I am still following the tightened feel with other work. Specifically, those that relate to archetypical coastal themes. I find some definition is needed for these,” shares Mooney. “Many were inspired by 18th and 19th-century British landscape painters. Embracing the classic motifs, such as the lone dory or the romantic handling of light, are reminiscent of past artists.”


The two pieces above are from Mooney’s 2021 Summer Show. Below are more details regarding the show itself.

This show runs from Saturday, August 14, to Thursday, September 2. Shows on Maine Art Hill opens at 10 AM every day. Don’t forget the Artist Reception from 5 PM to 7 PM opening day at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. Both Margaret Gerding and Craig Mooney will be in attendance. FMI call 207-967-0049 or visit

To see the show in its entirety, including the 360-degree virtual tour, click here.

Preview opens Wednesday, July 21. Virtual Tour is available on the evening of Friday, August 13.

To see our complete collection of Mooney’s works, click below

Craig Mooney – Artist Page

To read more about his process, inspiration, and background, click below.

Craig Mooney – Insights and Stories