“My paintings have always been a representation of how I interpret the world,” Matthews explains. “My pieces hint at an exaggeration of simplicity. The process is often a removal of unnecessary elements, leaving strength to what remains.”
For artist, Janis Sanders, each painting is an individual journey, much like a musical score, in which one leads the other in tandem to completion. Some directions are more familiar, others open the doors wide to new latitudes and longitudes. You find both in this show. But where does the inspiration the drive, the desire come from? The Masters? Other creatives?
This summer, Hoyt and Gerding come together for three weeks. They may have separate bodies of work, but they share a place of inspiration and love for an area that holds not only beauty but memories.
“Both artists have strong ties to Maine, either having visited or lived here for years. They capture the true essence of the state,” says gallery owner, John Spain. “Hoyt celebrates the incredible precision of his paintbrush, where Gerding’s strokes are looser and less defined. Yet when the two come together to represent our state, magic happens in full color.”
It is a rare treat to watch an artist paint. Many prefer not to be seen, and to hide in their favorite spots out of sight. Wether it is outside painting plein air or in their studio privacy is important.
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.
“With the topic ‘Close to Home’ I was definitely influenced by events in our world right now,” shares Gerding. “It was a way of recording the beautiful nature around me, as I stayed within a few miles from my home in Kennebunkport. This series is how this landscape is interpreted through my eyes.”
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 go on long walks almost every day. During the winter, it is always interesting to have views that are unavailable once the leaves come out in spring,” says Gerding. “It’s almost like a sweet little secret that winter is willing to share if you are brave enough to venture out in the cold.”
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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