Richard Boyd Art Gallery

Artists’ Biographical Statements

Amy Bickford

Amy Bickford is a 1983 graduate of the Maine College of Art(MECA) who creates original paintings in her New Gloucester, Maine studio.

“Since graduating from MECA, I’ve held a variety of jobs while continuing to create works of art for individual clients, corporations, and small businesses, including recreating the artworks on the ceiling of St. John’s Cathedral in Bangor, Maine.

The abundant and often random beauty throughout the state of Maine has been a constant source of inspiration for my work. Old brick buildings, birch trees and seascapes spark my interest, but sometimes something as simple as a fence on the beach grass that I’ve strolled by dozens of times will call out to me to paint it.

I create paintings in my studio using drawings and photographs as references. I prefer painting with gouache, but use a variety of mediums, selecting the medium that bests helps me interpret the scene. My goal is create a painting that makes the viewer relate to it n a personal level.”

Image: Amy Bickford ~ ‘Dawn Of the Day’ ~ Gouache on Gesso Board 14″ x 18″  Retail $500.

 

 

 

Richard (Rick) Boyd

Born Harrisburg, PA, USA. A retired Nurse Anesthetist, and potter for more than 40 years, Rick took his first pottery course while attending college in Philadelphia, PA.

In the 1970’s he moved to Portland, ME. to work at Maine Medical Center. In need of studio space, Rick began looking for a small studio to rent in the Old Port. He soon discovered Portland Pottery located on Exchange Street, where he was able to rent a small work space and soon after became an apprentice to owner Larry Adlerstein.

In 1975 Rick and a business partner Stewart Kestenbaum opened Second Story Pottery on Exchange Street. After a day trip to Peaks Island in Portland, ME Rick decided to purchase a home on the Island and soon after closed Second Story Pottery. With a few exceptions, Rick has continuously produced ceramic art and pottery on Peaks Island.

Rick owns and operates Richard Boyd Pottery Studio and Richard Boyd Art Gallery which are located on Peaks Island in Portland, Maine at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street. Richard Boyd Art Gallery located on the first floor is an owner operated fine arts gallery representing a diverse group of artists with a connection to the state of Maine, creating original works of visual art in a variety of styles and mediums. A studio producing hand made original works of art with a focus on ceramic art and pottery is located on the second floor.

Rick has taken a seminar with Warren Mackenzie at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana, courses at Vanderbilt University, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine College of Art, and has served as a mentor and visiting artist at Nicolet College in Wisconsin. His work is held in private and public collections including Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus Ministry, New York, New York.

Current or past member of the American Ceramic Society Potters Council, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Maine Art Commission, Maine Made, the Maine Crafts Association, Buy Local Portland, Maine and Creative Portland, Maine.

Image: Richard Boyd – High Fire Porcelain. Cobalt Crystalline Glaze Series. Cone 9 Oxidation This Charger is Sold.

 

Linda Caron 

Linda Caron, a native of Portland, Maine is a gifted watercolorist with a focus on architectural landscapes. A self-taught artist and retired American Airlines flight attendant her paintings are inspired by her travels to Europe.

When asked to speak about the inspiration behind her work she said, “I’ve always been interested in art. Growing up I enjoyed any and all projects that embraced my creativity.

Regrettably, I didn’t follow the advice of my art teachers and attend art school. Instead, I taught myself how to paint while working a variety of interesting jobs, including bartending part time at Dimillo’s restaurant.

I continued to paint, on and off again, until my first child was born. As my family grew I made a decision to put down my paint brushes and concentrate on raising our girls, but I never gave up my love of painting.

At the age of forty, our girls grown, I started a new career as a flight attendant for American Airlines. My work allowed me to visit interesting places around the globe. On many of those trips I was able to photograph some amazing sites. Today those images, taken on my travels throughout Europe, serve as the inspiration for my paintings.

I really didn’t embrace art again until four years ago when I picked up a paint brush and tried something new, to me, watercolor and gouache. I got off to a rough start, but things began to take shape once the concept of watercolor verses oil became clear to me.

I’m especially inspired by the beauty and grandeur of European architecture. Art is seemingly everywhere among their quaint streets and alley ways. Each painting I create reminds me of my journeys.

Now retired and living in Falmouth, ME I plan to paint with greater regularity and establish a consistent studio practice, filling my portfolio with paintings in watercolor.”

Linda’s paintings have been included in many art fairs throughout the years and featured in several local publications.

Image: Linda Caron ~ ‘Zurich Alley and Steeple’ ~ Original Watercolor on paper 16″ x 8″  Retail $500.

 

Pat Chandler

A Maine native, Patricia Chandler received her BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.  After several years working in the commercial field creating illustrations, Pat moved to Minnesota, where she renewed her interest in printmaking and painting at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, moving back to Maine in 1971; later becoming an Adjunct Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Maine from 2005 to 2014.

When asked about her art education and the inspiration behind her work Pat said, “I worked as an illustrator briefly, in Boston and Minneapolis. While living in St. Paul, I studied etching at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and resolutely turned back to fine art. I have lived in several cities but always come back to Maine, where I plan to remain. No matter where I was living, Maine’s natural landscape was at the core of my visual imagination, especially the wilder central and northern regions.

Portraiture sustained the family while I raised three children, living on the edge of the water in East Blue Hill. The ocean provided rich new imagery and during that time I continued to paint, do printmaking and to exhibit in the mid coast region. The comradeship of numerous artists in the area sustained me during a difficult but richly creative period.

My imagery, though based on landscape, evolved from realism into expressionism and abstraction. Part of that transition was due to more experimental attitudes toward tools and materials. Most of my more recent work is a combination of those styles; however, there remains a love of realism. Throughout my 50 year career as a commercial and fine artist, I have retained an interest in various forms of realism persisting in contemporary 20th and 21st century art.

Having lived in Portland, ME for the past few years, my work includes realistic images of Portland that have a very personal flavor. Portland has its own color, its history and warmth, which irresistibly gets expressed in realism. Previous work was done while living on the coast for close to twenty years, and then in the western woods for 14 years. It is all landscape of one variety or another, including the Portland paintings. The variety of Maine’s natural beauty is sufficient for many lifetimes of an artist.”

Image: Patricia Chandler ~ ‘Beech Leaves in Winter’ ~ Oil and Cold Wax Medium on Panel 24″ x 20″ Retail $600.

 

 

 

Carrin Culotta

A Biomedical Engineer in the medical imaging field by training, Carrin has created visual art on and off again for many years. Her current portfolio of paintings created en plein air or in her home studio in Townsend, MA depict a variety of scenes from landscapes to farmyard settings.

When asked what inspires you to create visual art? Carrin replied, “having grown up in New England I acquired an appreciation for its unique beauty and seasons. My adventurous spirit and love for untamed natural settings inspires me to paint on location in and around northern New England.

I use art to channel my creative focus on natural subjects and to evoke the emotion I feel while experiencing it. Art Allows me to immerse myself in the beauty of nature and the mystery of a moment in time. This gives me great satisfaction and is what I enjoy most in my life.”

Image: Carrin Culotta ~ ‘Forest Secrets’ ~ Oil on Linen Panel 11″ x 14″ Retail $400.

 

 

Kevin Daley

Living in West Paris Maine, I am often drawn to subjects that evoke either a sense of peace or a sense of loneliness or isolation. Maine, particularly, offers an abundance of landscapes and buildings that catch my attention.

I love the process of discovering a subject that interests me and then digging in to see what exactly will happen. Will the creation of this painting be smooth, or will this new work generate unforeseen problems and become a learning experience? What emotions do I have about the subject as I spend hours studying it or working with it? Can I communicate some of these emotions to the viewer?

My most successful paintings are those that seem to “paint themselves” from the moment I begin them. These are particularly joyful occasions when I feel both totally relaxed and completely focused. The final products of these nearly mystical experiences are always paintings that I value greatly. I have found, over time, these are also the works that other people seem to like the best.”

 

Image: Kevin Daley ~ ‘Island House’ ~ Oil on Panel 24″ x 24″ Retail $450.

 

 

 

Randy Eckard

Raised in North Carolina, Randy Eckard studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and the Haywood School of Craft in Clyde, North Carolina. A trained commercial and fine artist living in Blue Hill, Maine Randy’s career as a fine artist working exclusively with watercolors spans more than three decades.

“I am closing in on forty years of working with watercolors. For several years I was fascinated by the versatility and wonder of drawing with pencil, and pen and ink. An HB pencil, a kneaded eraser, and a sheet of bristol board, opened up a world of exploration in black and white. At the urging of a friend i tried adding watercolor to the early stages of my drawings, and was soon painting more than drawing. My love of drawing never diminished, and continues with quite detailed drawings in preparation for painting.

Inspirations pour in from the beautiful and dramatic coastline of Downeast Maine, where I have lived for the past twenty-five years. The drawings, watercolors, and tempera paintings of Andrew Wyeth, have guided and fostered my sensibilities for most of my years as a painter. Reading about the techniques of drybrush and glazing, brought to the forefront by Wyeth, revealed a method of working with watercolor where my love of drawing could be paired with my new-found love of watercolor.

As a young boy, growing up in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, I began noticing and responding to the warm glow and cool, contrasting shadows of late afternoons. Those early observations of light would become the focus of my paintings. Light reveals the character, color, and texture of objects, whether man-made or natural, and the alternation of lighted and shadowed planes produce powerful repeated patterns and are an important element of design.

Early on I realized how quiet observation would most always reveal the life of a subject, and I learned to pay attention to sparks of inspiration, often arriving unexpectedly during my solitary wanderings along the backroads of coastal Maine.”

Image: Randy Eckard ~ ‘Century Later’ ~ Original Watercolor 20.5″ x 14″ Retail $3800.

 

 

Charles Ellithorpe, DVM

Dr. Charles Ellithorpe is an award-winning sculptor and wood-carver and is also a practicing small animal veterinarian in Brunswick, Maine. After graduating from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991, he lived in Washington and Montana before moving to mid-coast Maine where he enjoys a small “farm” with his family.

Charles describes himself as a self-taught artist, but gives much credit to his formal training in animal anatomy and his years as a veterinary surgeon. His sculptures show his dedication to realism and detail, yet he says his goal is “not to re-create nature but to show the art in God’s creations. I enjoy creating art in memory of all the wilderness experiences I have had, including being charged by an unhappy grizzly in Alaska and a nose-to-nose stare down with a rutting bull moose in British Columbia.” Charles has been sculpting and producing limited edition bronze sculptures since 1997 and was an award-winning wood carver prior to that.

Charles is an avid outdoorsman, spending as much time as possible in the many wild places of North America. He was an active volunteer veterinarian with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and has been involved with hundreds of hours of hands-on elk management and relocation projects. A life member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, he has served as a committee member of the Kitsap Chapter in Washington, the Upper Yellowstone chapter in Livingston, Montana and the Maine chapter. Dr. Ellithorpe’s art donations have raised more than $10,000 for the RMEF to help the foundation’s habitat and wildlife conservation efforts. Charles’ sculptures are pert of numerous private collections in the United States and Mexico.

Image: ‘Setter’ a Limited Edition Bronze Sculpture by Charles Ellithorpe, DVM Retail $3200.

 

 

Laura Freeman

Maine artist Laura Freeman began her life in the Territory of Hawaii and was raised in Seattle and Berkeley.  She earned an MFA in sculpture at The American University in Washington, DC, and continued her studies around the globe.  She has shared her love of art by teaching and exhibiting throughout the US, for over 35 years.

Freeman finds inspiration in the natural world, and within that, she primarily explores the human form.  Its movement, its existence in time, its presence, its clearly exposed forms.  She prefers that her works provoke the viewer to consider questions rather than be given answers; Why these forms? What is this one telling me? What is my response to this pose? This face? This empty space?  She gives away no clues by leaving her works untitled.

Just as she leaves the viewer to wonder, she approaches her works with wonder.  She says, “I rarely bring an idea of a figure to the work, but seek in the raw material the spirit of the figure.  While working I balance on the precarious edge of leaving untouched what I see before me, and my desire to change it, to ‘correct’ the position, musculature, or surface.”

A member of The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS) Laura’s sculptures are exhibited nationally and held in numerous private collections.

Image: Image: Laura Freeman ~ ‘Presence D’ ~ Limited Edition Bronze Sculpture #1 of 5.  15″H x 9″W x 8″D Retail $4500.

 

 

Wyn Foland

A graduate of the University of Rhode Island and a gifted impressionistic artist working in a variety of media, Wyn Foland has studied with many nationally known artists during her 30+ year career. She is well known for her impressionistic style paintings in miniature, which by definition are 4″ x 6″ and employ all the principles of larger scale works.

“I create paintings in my studio, but  also love creating plein air paintings immersing myself in the natural beauty that surrounds me.

Through the years, I have juried art shows, started a Co-Op gallery, owned an art gallery in South Carolina, been a paint representative and Chroma teacher for Atelier Interactive Paints, and demonstrating artist at the Georgia Heritage Center For the Arts. When I’m not traveling, filling my sketchbook with drawings, I can be found working in my studio or sailing with my husband.”

Wyn is a Signature Member of the South Carolina Watermedia Society and the Georgia Watercolor Society.

Image: Wyn Foland ~ ‘Brisk and Icy’ ~ Mixed Media on Paper  2″ x 4″  Retail $145.

 

 

 

Julianne Garvey

A multi-talented artist working with a variety of mediums, Julie moved to Maine in 1980, most recently moving to Ann Arbor, MI. She studied art at the University of Georgia, later transferring to, and graduating with a BFA from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. A retired small business entrepreneur, Julie has created visual art on and off again for more than four decades. Her paintings cover a range of genres from landscapes to figurative works, in a variety of mediums including watercolor and oil.

When asked what inspires you to create visual art? Julie replied, “I’m not sure if any artist knows why we create art, beyond the simple fact that we do. I’m inspired by many different things, light and shadow fascinate me, but the shapes, movement and energy of forms in the scene are what hold my attention.

I paint what I want to reflect on, what I could sit with and look at over and over again. The initial impression gives way to more subtle relationships within the piece. Painting can be meditation, and so can the art of viewing a painting. I do know that I love creating art and just wouldn’t feel complete if I were not to do so.”

Image: Julianne Garvey ~ ‘Lewiston Mills No.2 Night’ ~ Original Watercolor on Paper 11″ x 14″  Retail $350.

 

 

Jane Herbert

Jane grew up in New Jersey and in her words, “the alternative beat of the sixties appealed to me and I went along for the ride with my art supplies to chronicle the adventures. I managed a year of art school in the seventies (Montserrat School of Visual Art) but yielded to the siren call of driving and painting across Europe in a micro Bus.

My painting style is born out of my experiences. The bold colors of the sixties have mellowed and blended with the background, along with the sometimes humorous, sometimes dark pen and inks left along the road. The sketchbooks, the commercial art jobs I was fortunate to have, and especially the doodling and dreaming of challenging times, are part of the palette of my life.

After moving to Maine in 2000, I found the natural beauty of the coast speaking to me on a deeply personal level as I explored the wilderness of the tidal islands where the rocks meet the vastness of the ocean and the sky goes on forever. A serene co-mingling of the awe and groundedness I now feel is a result of those explorations and the foundation of my recent work.

My intimate relationship with the reassuring majesty of nature not only inspires but also heals. For me, art is a tool of alchemy healing through expressive action which can, at its best, resonate with the interpretive participation of the witness. My personal focus as a painter is on a positive, energizing spirit as it manifests in our world today.”

Image: Jane Herbert ~ ‘Side Light’ ~ Acrylic on Canvas 24″ x 36″ Retail $2500.

 

 

 

Karen Chutsky Naud

Multi talented Maine artist Karen Chutsky Naud said, “As an Artist born, I created with paper scissors and glue to the max. Murals on my parent’s bedroom walls. At 9 I moved on to formal training in Charcoal, Watercolor and Pastel.

In my 20’s I focused on creating dynamic silkscreened textiles designs, punchy graphics as well as showing my watercolor paintings in galleries.

Then I migrated to Los Angeles and spent a decade delving into animation, film storyboarding and period set design. I also wrote book reviews for online book review sites and a movie review column for a local newspaper in California.”

Moving back to Maine in 2018 Karen says, “Now chalk pastel is my favorite medium because it is quick and energetic, shows off an artist’s strong drawing hand and the lovely palette of colors are all laid out before you to pick and choose, to sketch- smear and rub with your fingers rather than a brush.

I’m always amazed at how just a few strokes can create so much life on a piece of paper.

The best perk of being an artist – having the mindset of being creative with life as well as art.

It all feels like a big adventure, a movie in the making.”

Image: Karen Chutsky Naud ~ ‘Sipping Geese Reflections’ ~ Chalk Pastels on Paper 16″ x 20″ Matted. Retail $800.

 

 

 

Jean Noon

Born Cambridge, MA. USA. After graduating from Goddard College in Vermont in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education and Agriculture Jean attended the University of Southern Maine where she received a Bachelor of Science in Art Education in 1990.  While at the University of Southern Maine Noon also studied sculpture and ceramics.

“In the spirit of Alexander Calder, I draw with wire. I enjoy taking wire lines for walks through space. I celebrate line, structure, shadow, humor, transparency and movement. I alternate between large, small, minimal, and complex forms. I am intrigued by the negative space within and around structure and the evolution of the forms through the process of assemblage.

My interest in and appreciation of traditional and nontraditional basket weaving enhances the work. As a farmer I build and maintain the wire fences to contain my sheep, llama, and horses. My sculpture is an extension of that fencing and the wire becomes the structure to contain and communicate ideas.” — Jean Noon

Image: Jean Noon ~ ‘Moose’ ~ Wire Sculpture 9″ x 17.5″ x 9″  Retail $440.

 

 

Jen Pagnini

A trained commercial and fine artist with a BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. Jen’s career as a commercial artist spans twenty years and includes creating graphic designs and illustrations for clients in San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL.

“My inspiration to paint comes from my desire to connect to the untamed spirit of animals and nature. There’s an immediate intimacy that’s born out of trying to catch an image as its fleeting. The vibrancy I find inherent to capturing a subject en plein air, drives me to work and study on location. My paintings are encapsulations – records of the temporary, elusive environments that wilderness can create externally and internally.”

Image: Jen Pagnini ~ ‘Field, No. 5’ ~ Plein Air Oil on Panel 11″ x 14″  Retail $300.

 

 

 

Roy Perkinson

Roy Perkinson is a life-long painter. One of his fondest memories is when he was only eight or nine years old, when his dad (also an artist) brought him along to paint watercolors while perched on a levee overlooking Trinity River in Dallas.

With his deep fascination for the visible world and how it works, Roy studied physics at MIT, art in a private art school and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and art history at Boston University. Subsequently he trained in paper conservation under F. W. Dolloff at the Museum of Fine Arts, eventually becoming the head of the Museum’s Virginia Herrick Deknatel paper Conservation Laboratory. Throughout these years he continued to pursue his love of painting, and has been in many group and solo exhibitions.

In 2006 he retired and now spends all his time painting, exploring the possibilities of oil, pastel and watercolor.

Image: Roy Perkinson ~ ‘Interior Landscape’ ~ Oil on Canvas 18″ x 24″  Retail $1650.

 

 

 

HM Saffer, II

Born in Philadelphia, PA in 1942, H.M. Saffer launched his career by exhibiting his art at a public show at the tender age of six.

Upon graduation from Temple University in 1965, he traveled to Paris, France to enroll in graduate economics courses. While in Paris he performed with many notable French stars including Hugues Autray, Jacques Brel and many other. He was later hired by Barclay Records as a producer and had several hit records in 1968 and 1969. During this period HM also owned two restaurants in Paris, and later one in Spain.

Saffer returned to the United States in 1971 and continued on with his music career at Warner Brothers Productions. While at Warner he painted a forty foot mural in their Madison Avenue, NY headquarters and exhibited his works in the firms lobby. He later established HMS Two Music Ltd. and spent his time writing and producing music for films, commercials, recordings, and Broadway productions. HM’s work in the commercial field includes creations for Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Ford Motor Company, and Michelob among others.

Through this period he continued to paint. In 1981 he began to study the art of Japanese brush painting, Sumi-e. HM traveled to Japan in 1983 to study with Japanese masters and was represented by Galerie Musee and the Artbridge Gallery in Japan, and in Hong Kong by Alisen Gallery and the Kaai Fung Hin Gallery as a resident artist where he enjoyed many successful solo exhibits.

HM reentered the United States in 1994 and took residence in Upstate New York. His style of painting shifted from works on paper to oils. HM is a pointillist artist with a focus on landscapes. His paintings are a combination of Western techniques with those from the Orient, such as sumi-e, and the use of Japanese and Chinese colors creating a unique path towards the visual expression of his personal and emotional views.

HM has instructed at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire Community College, and Columbia-Greene Community College. He currently has gallery representation around the globe.

Image: HM Saffer II ~ ‘Effervescent Waters II’ ~ Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″ Retail $3500.

 

 

Bob Santandrea

A retired patent attorney and research scientist by training, my paintings are a means of self-expression, and for many years a welcome departure from my day job.

After moving to Corning, NY  I had the opportunity to paint with Thomas S. Buechner for a few years and became more interested in landscapes, re-discovering my love of pastels. I’m drawn to the colors and spontaneity that the medium allows. weather permitting I prefer to work en plein air to capture the natural colors and light of my surroundings.

I lay down an under painting in watercolor which adds a degree of luminosity to the work. The different effects provided by the softness and brilliance of pastel colors mixed with other media allow me to take a more impressionistic approach to the subject. My paintings are gestures in the sense that I am trying to capture the sense or mood; the light and colors, peace, silence, and mystery of a particular place.

I have taken workshops with master pastel artists, such as Richard McKinley, Albert Handell, and Robert Carsten. Most recently I moved to Sante Fe, New Mexico were I continue to paint en plein air. I am a member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), the Plein Air painters of New Mexico, and the Pastel Artists of New Mexico.

Image: Bob Santandrea ~ ‘Fall Pond’ ~ Plein Air Pastel on Paper 12″ x 16″ Retail  $340.

 

Felicity Sidwell

Felicity Sidwell’s art journey has been one of constant exploration, study, evolution and growth. She grew up in England and worked in medical microbiology and hematology in the UK.

Felicity started painting when she moved from England to Connecticut with her husband in 1971. In 2006 she relocated to Brunswick, Maine.

In 2010, she opened her own gallery, in Phippsburg, ME  where she lived and painted for many years, recently moving to Gettysburg, PA where she continues to paint.

Sidwell attended Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, and the Wooster School in Connecticut. Her artistic journey has gone from oils to many years as a watercolorist, back to painting almost exclusively in oils as a medium more expressive of her vision.

“Painting out on location. en plein air, is for me the best way to capture the fleeting colors produced by light, specific to that time and place, and my emotional response. The study of changing light, with weather and seasons, and its effects on the mood of a landscape has become a lifelong passion.

Painting for me is a two way process, non verbal communication between me and the future viewers of my work. I try to express with paint on canvas not only the beauty of the landscape before my eyes, but the atmosphere, the feeling of being there, to share with the viewer a sense of place.”

Image: Felicity Sidwell ~ ‘October Marsh’ ~ Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″  Retail $575.

 

 

 

Wilson Stewart

Wilson Stewart is a visual artist and Licensed Land Surveyor living on Peaks Island in Portland, Maine. Influenced by his grandmother, a gifted sketch artist, Wilson has drawn on and off again since childhood.

Mainly self-taught, Wilson began painting later in life. His paintings depict a range of scenes across multiple genres, including cityscapes and portraits, and reflect his interpretation of nature and daily life. Working with a variety of mediums his portfolio includes realistic traditional style paintings of people and places, and expressionistic semi-abstract paintings full of vibrant colors and rich tones.

When asked to speak about his career as a fine artist he replied, “My maternal grandmother was quite a sketch artist when she was younger and I guess that rubbed off on me. When I was much younger, and she used to take me on trips, she would give me her old unused sketch books and field paints and watched as I drew. With much patience, and only a little guidance she allowed me to draw and paint what I saw, as I saw it.

While in forestry school at the University of Maine at Orono, my academic schedule allowed for one pure elective course. I chose basic drawing. I remember thinking at the time that I wished I had gone to school for a fine arts degree instead. Life, as it usually does, got a hold of my free time after getting married and while raising two wonderful sons. No regrets! I count that time among the best moments of my life and banked all those experiences in journal sketches, for future artworks.

After my wife’s passing in March of 2018, I moved to the island, permanently, where I have set up my new studio to continue painting and printmaking. I still paint what I see, as I see it. During the summer months, with Portland, ME and Peaks Island, ME as my inspiration, if I’m not sitting on a beach, I am sketching… actually I am usually doing both. In my new studio, I have narrowed my artistic interests to painting with acrylics and monotype printmaking, focusing on landscape and figurative subject matter.”

Image: Wilson Stewart ~ ‘Across Whitehead Passage’ ~ Acrylic on Canvas Panel 11″ x 14″ Retail $375.

 

 

Susan Tan

Raised in Cleveland, Ohio Susan studied painting and graphics at Miami University Oxford, Ohio before transferring to Ohio State University where she earned a degree in Art Education in 1975, earning a Master’s Degree in Art Education in 2004. A retired art teacher, she recently relocated from Columbus, Ohio to Portland, Maine. A juried member of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society Susan’s paintings are exhibited at art galleries in Ohio, and Maine.

When asked to discuss her career as an artist and her creative process Susan replied, “Like many artists, I’ve been drawing and painting since I was quite young. My love affair with watercolors began as a flirtatious creative past-time. Eventually, I took classes, which became my emotional and psychological hiatus from the stress of teaching.

I see my work as visual poetry, a symbiotic synthesis between the physical subject and the spirit it conveys in space and time. I love the technical problem solving that doing watercolors continually presents, as well as the interconnections between the subject and emotional expression conveyed. My process is like stir-fried cooking; a lot of prep work with a balance between flow and control, but never overcooking. It’s edgy, but suits my personality.

Like teaching, life presents lots of opportunities to learn from, process and interpret, and then share. Boiling it all down, painting watercolors is no longer a flirtatious past-time but a genuine love affair.”

Image: Susan Tan ~ ‘Audubon Field’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 14″ x 11″ Retail $300.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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