Hoyt is the master of taking small and ordinary and turning them into pieces of beauty. Where others see personal collections of love and laughter, Hoyt sees art and an opportunity to capture those collections permanently on canvas.
“I am drawn to the water – it’s what inspires and energizes me – the colors, the sound, the smells, the calm, and the movement. It overwhelms my senses and gives me energy. When I’m painting water, I find that same energy,” says Artist Bethany Harper Williams, one of thirteen artists in the 8th Annual Choice Art Show on Maine Art Hill.
“I want my sculptures to hold space, to produce the feeling of connection with the mythical and the mystical within and to create bridges to new possibilities,” shares Elizabeth Ostrander Roberts, the only sculptor of the thirteen artists in the 8th Annual Choice Art Show on Maine Art Hill.
Artist Liz Hoag chose Feeling the Sun for her Artist Choice piece for the 8th Annual Choice Art Show. “The simplification, abstraction, and color choices come together to give it an open but also warm and comforting feeling of place,” says Hoag.
“Each one of the paintings is my favorite of this bunch. Each for its own different reasons,” says Janis Sanders one of the thirteen featured artists in the 8th Annual Choice Art Show at Maine Art Hill. “I aimed for a broad spectrum of method, and the result was this new body of work.
“Distant Dune was inspired by the time after, what the old-timers refer to as, a proper winter. The winter of 2019 was definitely a ‘proper winter’,” says Bluett. “I painted this piece looking forward and the ability to return to soulful dunes, fescue grass and long walks along the beaches and varied shorelines.”
“I painted this piece to acknowledge how hard we are on ourselves. Maybe we are all similar in that way,” says Hamilton. “It was a hard one to pick, but an important piece for me!”
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.
“I love being close to the water’s surface. I love the bright white of noon sun on boats. My eye moves over the water, not stopping on any one area for very long,” explains Dunwoodie. “I want to spend time in that place and take in the details, remember them and take them with me.”
“This is the favorite of my new paintings for the Choice Show. All of my brushstrokes and mark making in this painting really pull at me. It just flew out of me intuitively,” says John LeCours one of thirteen artists in the 8th Annual Choice Art Show.