The Emotion Behind the Work – Artist Insights from Janis Sanders

“Whether stated with traditional painting materials and methods in traditional applications, stretched to the edges in abstraction, abstract expressionism or even minimalism, the representation of the artist’s experience is, of course, rendered through the filter of that artist’s being, experiential and instinctual, combined, mixed and balanced,” explains Sanders.

Michele Poirier Mozzone – Artist Insights on Medium

“I often begin with a bright underpainting – usually in acrylic – and build up layers of oil paint while letting the underpainting enhance and peak through,” says Mozzone. “Those early years of working in watercolor taught me to think and plan a few steps ahead, especially regarding color. Cobalt Teal from Gamblin is probably my most-used pigment.”

Ingunn Joergensen – A Little History

The beauty of the Maine landscape, the constantly changing elements, and the ocean are a never-ending source of inspiration for all of Joergensen’s art and design work. “It is the little things that catch my attention, a piece, a fragment, a texture, a thought, a word. Sometimes taking it all in is so much, it is almost overwhelming,” Ingunn shares. “One little shell tells the story of the ocean. A piece of wood tells the story of lived life. Beauty is found in the most unexpected places.”

Michele Poirier Mozzone – Artist Introduction

“Painting and drawing were always something I did – from the time I could hold a crayon. Although I majored in Fine Art in college and have painted for most of my life, I began to focus intensely on my art practice in 2010 after my dad’s sudden passing,” shares Mozzone. “It was a time of creative rebirth and experimentation for me as it became painfully clear that life is uncertain, and if this was what I was meant to do, it was now or never.”

Discovering the Landscape – Insights from Artist Ingunn Joergensen

“I watched how deep indigo turns into a rich turquoise or the brightest of blue fades into a soft purple,” Joergensen says. “I have so many favorite spots right here in my immediate surroundings. Whether it is the woods, rivers, marshes, or by the ocean, it is here.”

Artist Insights from Ingunn Milla Joergensen

INGUNN MILLA JOERGENSEN August 5 – 30 Gallery at the Grand 1 Chase Hill Rd. Kennebunk, Maine 04043 When we asked local artist Ingunn Milla Joergensen about the inspiration behind specific pieces she created for her 2023 Solo Summer Show, she shared insights we wanted to share. On florals… “When I don’t paint, I garden…. Read more »

Why Just Paint? – Artist Insights from Ryan Kohler

“I am still a painter at heart,” explains Kohler. “I spend a lot of time painting the initial colors, making sure my value structure and color design are as good as possible. I respond to a piece of work a great deal while putting paint on canvas. Some paintings want to be more painterly and loose, and others more graphic.”

Two Sides of the Same Story – Artist Insights from Ingunn Milla Joergensen

“I enjoy revisiting this motif. It almost becomes a form of meditation,” explains Joergensen. “I get lost in tones, values, and layers of pigments. Adding color, then washing off and letting the pigments blend together.”