“For decades, I look out from shore to rocky haven, with content I have climbed upon and also foraged for periwinkles, starfish and precious stones,” says Jeffrey Fitzgerald one of thirteen artists in the 8th Annual Choice Art Show.
Only us, Maine is a painting about a specific rock formation and cove that for Fitzgerald is home. Each time he returns to this piece of work, he travels a different course, from the color that suggests objects to two hues that are so compatible that together they evoke emotion.
Fitzgerald, a part owner in Oarweed a restaurant in Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, spends a great deal of his day looking over the cove that houses large rocks and crashing waves. “This garden has brought me wonder, security and sustenance,” says Fitzgerald. “For decades, while working at the Oarweed, I have been blessed and charged by this giant. The worked hours at the restaurant aren’t averse, the actions and interactions there feed a painterly battery.”
Unassumingly, of course, Fitzgerald knows he has robbed from this grotto to create this piece of work. “I play to and off the surf, I use the tide and the sun. They round out my memory and being,” says Fitzgerald. “Only Us, Maine is about color and brushstroke on raw linen, it is illustration and expression. The act of painting, for me, is intentional at times, even strategic, but at others, it just happens or is a lucky break.”
Fitzgerald’s work often borders on the abstract. However, when the story of time and place, or even title are given, images surface and a landscape can be seen.
For Fitzgerald, this composition of brushstroke and pigment is an altar or bouquet. “I paint a totem of what my eye and senses catch, often for us, sometimes, for just me. At slack tide, this painting is building and construction as a panoply of ‘my Maine.’”
Jeffrey Fitzgerald has three works at Shows on Maine Art Hill for the 8th Annual Choice Art Show. The Choice Show can be seen every day from 10 am to 5 pm at the 10 Chase Hill Road address, as well as online at The 8th Annual Choice Art Show.
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