Week Six of Spring Arrivals 2024 – Matthews, Bennett, and Bigbee

Jill Matthews, Susan Bennett, and Claire Bigbee

Week Six of Spring Arrivals

April 15 – 21

Three exceptional artists start Week Six of Spring Arrivals on Maine Art Hill. Below is a thumbnail of each piece. Click to make it larger. Works from these three artists are available online and at Shows at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. Come by or call 207-967-2803. Here are links to their artist’s pages, where you can see all their work and read more about them.

APRIL 15 – Jill Matthews

“I have been creating art on some level for as long as I can remember. Life has led me in various directions, but one thing that has always remained a constant is my love for art and my involvement in the creative process. As with anything, art is a process, and my recent work represents how it has evolved. One of the hardest things as an artist is to find a voice in your work. I spent a long time focusing on replicating things I saw rather than truly seeing them through an artistic eye. My work now is based on an initial idea or vision. I will still use some references in the process, but my most successful moments in painting happen when I lose that security and the work comes from within. Adding, editing, allowing color interaction, letting the painting take its direction…that’s when I truly emerge as an artist.”

Sails 20 x 20 in
Cottage on Cove 20×20
Parsons Marsh 30 x 40 in


Click here to see all of Jill Matthews’ available works.

Click here to read more about Jill Matthews.


APRIL 18 -Susan Bennett

“Artistically, I have focused on material that I understand technically. Steel and stainless steel are heavy, solid materials. I have intended to dispel these impressions, giving the metal qualities of motion and weightlessness. This study, somewhat subversive to the traditional treatment of this mean material, transforms it into a sculpture that considers an integrated and intuitive process. Similarly, it is much the same for my reliefs and drawings. The excitement that I have felt in developing a creative avenue for intuitive feelings reminds me of dream discovery. The difference is that the symbols I make in art are tangible expressions of what is important to me at this time and place in my life.”

Spring Blooms  – 16 x 6.5 x 6 in
Spring Buds I – 11 x 4 x 3 in
Spring Buds Together – 12.5 x 4 x 4 in

Click here to see all of Susan Bennet’s available works.

Click here to read more about Susan Bennett.


APRIL 20 – Claire Bigbee

Capturing the beauty and power of the grand scenery of Maine on canvas is my inspiration. As a plein air painter, the infinite beauty of nature has always been my subject since moving to Maine when I was 12.  Being alone with nature and observing the scenery is calming and gives me peace. Painting is a wordless expression when trying to represent what meets my eye when looking at a view.  An invisible presence surrounds me when I am alone in a field observing the landscape. I can feel that presence or spirit voice watching the wind swaying through the marsh grass on a brisk fall day. The salt marsh sparrows swooping and diving in rhythm with the wind. It’s an actual dance and a breathtaking experience to watch. Those magical moments when all the hustle and bustle in life disappears and what’s left is truly remarkable. In those quiet moments, I feel the creator orchestrating all the beauty surrounding me. As a co-creator of that beauty, I try to capture those moments in time and space.  The dancing clouds and forever changing moods of the Maine skies. The fleeting light that streaks across the beach or marshes and pastoral views. Those “wow” moments are when the landscape lights up and says look at me! It’s my first impression, my feelings from a view I aim to capture on canvas and make it timeless.

Chasing Pink Clouds – 12×12, Oil on Canvas $1050
Two is Better Than One – 12×12, Oil on Canvas $1050

Works from these three artists are available online and at Shows at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. Come by or call 207-967-2803.

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