“I want to capture the essence of my inspirations in smaller works. Can the vast skies and landscapes be felt in miniature? I have proven they can,” Mooney says. “There will be a few more surprises, though. I have departed from past shows with the inclusion of a variety of new subjects – seals, waterfowl, and different wildlife of coastal Maine. It is going to be fun.”
“I don’t think I will ever grow tired of these structures,” says Joergensen. “It’s the idea of protecting the crop, the herd, the lively hood, and in that the future of those who rely on it. To me, that is love in its purest form.”
“I am drawn to coastal wetlands and the ever-changing patterns of clouds as they dance across the sky,” says Houck. “The unpredictable and ethereal nature of the sky, juxtaposed with the calmness and serenity of the marshlands provide an infinite source of inspiration.”
“The quick studies capture a moment in time and are used to produce future large studio created paintings,” explains Gerding. “It’s important for me to work directly observing nature—the struggles along with the successes. Dividing my time between plein-air and studio painting has allowed me a balance between study and refinement.”
Celebrating the allure and charm of southern Maine, the talented trio of Margaret Gerding, Julie Houck, and Ingunn Joergensen are taking over Shows on Maine Art Hill at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. Doors open June 29 at 10 am. There is also an Artist Reception to follow that evening from 5-7.
“My boys joined the swim team this year. Therefore I spent a lot of time poolside. I want to keep digging into this theme and examine it more,” says Matthews. “ There is so much fascinating stuff at swim meets. I quickly became interested in capturing these moments.”
“I have always loved the simplicity of the medium,” says Zahares as he laughs. “Someone needs to remind me of that when I am going out to do plein air, trucking around with my easel, pastel box, board and paper, all covered in pastel.”
“I highlight parts, such as buoys or abstracted boat shapes, that for me offer the reason for painting in the first place, the colors, patterns, and atmospheres,” shares Granter, “especially Maine colors, Maine patterns, and Maine atmospheres. Whether in high summer season or in the quieter offseason, they keep bringing me back.”
rovincetown is a special place that, for centuries, has captured the attention of many famous artists, poets, and writers. “For me, the quiet solitude in Provincetown offseason is a perfect getaway to catch-up and do hopefully do some painting,” says Bigbee. “The incredible light and colorful surroundings are captured perfectly in this Season of Solitude, as well as others sparked from this same visit.”
The depth of the pieces Roberts creates, sometimes fifteen or more layers of wax, allows her to occasionally embed bits of ancient ephemera like ship-captains letters or bits of mica, birch bark or other treasures one might find along the coast.