Artists’ Biographical Statements
Amy Bickford ~ “Blue Heron” ~ 18″ x 24″ ~ Gouache on Gesso Board
Amy Bickford is a graduate of the Maine College of Art and has lived in Maine since 1979. She has worked as an interior painter, muralist, and most recently, as the administrative support for a mental health agency’s crisis team. Over the years, she has had her hand in many different forms of the arts, painting murals for the Children’s Museum, recreating the artwork on the ceiling of St. John’s Cathedral in Bangor, as well as painting numerous portraits of people and pets. Recent personal and spiritual changes have inspired her to concentrate on what she loves doing most: creating art. Painting primarily with watercolor on paper or acrylic-based gouache on gesso board, her subject matter is a diverse collection of flowers, animals, landscapes and seascapes, each piece evoking an emotion of it’s own.
Richard (Rick) Boyd
Richard Boyd – High Fire Porcelain. Cobalt Crystalline Glaze Series. Cone 9 Oxidation.
Born Harrisburg, PA, USA. A retired Nurse Anesthetist and potter for over 35+ years, Rick took his first pottery course while attending college in Philadelphia, PA. In the 1970’s Rick moved to Portland, ME. to work at Maine Medical Center. In need of studio space, he began looking for a small studio to rent in the Old Port. Rick 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 Rick decided to purchase a home on the Island and in 1976 Rick closed Second Story Pottery. Since 1976, with 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, in the first building on the right. Richard Boyd Art Gallery located on the first floor is an owner operated fine arts gallery representing artists with a connection to the state of Maine, creating original works of visual art in a variety of styles and broad range of 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 exhibited locally, nationally, and is held in numerous private collections. Rick’s pottery has been shown in numerous publications including the Working Waterfront Newspaper, Down East Magazine and The Island Times. 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, Portland Buy Local, Creative Portland and Portland Maine First Friday Art Walk.
Pat Chandler ~ ‘Winter Clearing I’ ~ Mixed Media on Panel 20″ x 24″
A Maine native, Pat received her BFA from Rhode Island School of design. 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 those years. The ocean provided rich new imagery and during that time I continued to paint and 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.”
Pat moved to Portland two years ago where she continues to create art in various forms. Pat is “completely enjoying being a resident of Portland for the past two years.”
Randy Eckard ~ “Pause To Reflect” ~ Watercolor on Paper 12″ x 8″
Randy Eckard is a trained commercial artist and ceramicist living in Blue Hill, Maine. He was raised in North Carolina, and studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and the Haywood School of Craft in Clyde, North Carolina. Randy’s career as a fine artist working exclusively in watercolor began more than three decades ago. Subject matter has always been of paramount importance to Randy. Inspired by his wandering and explorations of the Maine coast, Eckard’s paintings have won over 190 awards in watercolor from art fairs and juried shows throughout New England and the Southeast. His ability to capture the essence of a subject in his paintings is coveted by collectors. Eckard’s paintings are widely collected and held in numerous private and public collections.
Charles Ellithorpe, DVM
Charles Ellithorpe, DVM ~ “Ice Bear” ~ Bronze Sculpture 14″L X 8″H
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.
Wyn Foland ~ “Starboard” ~ Acrylic 4″ x 4″
A graduate of the University of Rhode Island and a gifted impressionistic artist working in a variety of media, Wyn has studied with many nationally known artists during her 30+ year career. Well known for her impressionistic style paintings in miniature Wyn’s work is exhibited nationally and internationally.
Through the years she has juried art shows, started a Co-Op gallery, owned an art gallery in South Carolina, been a paint representative for Atelier Interactive Paints, demonstrating artist at the Georgia Heritage Center For the Arts, started local art groups to exhibit in different venues and been a member of many art associations. Wyn is a member of the South Carolina Watermedia Society and the Georgia Watercolor Society.
Jane Herbert ~ “Head Land” ~ Acrylic on Canvas 20″ x 30″
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 VW 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.”
Jean Noon ~ “Ant” ~ 5″ x 12″ x 7″
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
Felicity Sidwell ~ “October Marsh” ~ Oil on Canvas ~ 16″ x 20″
Felicity’s art journey has been one of constant exploration, study, evolution and growth. She grew up in England and started painting when she came to the United State with her husband in 1971. She 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, now painting almost exclusively in oils as a medium more expressive of her vision. In 2006 Felicity relocated to Brunswick, Maine where she currently lives. Weather permitting she prefers to work outside to capture the colors and light of the landscape.
In 2010, Felicity opened her own gallery, the Sidwell Art Gallery in Phippsburg, ME in a 100 year old cottage perched on the rocks above the fishing harbor of West Point.
After many years of working as a software engineer and publishing entrepreneur, Keith decided to pursue a career as an artist working with glass casting and glassblowing. In the past several years, he has worked with Italian glass masters Davide Salvadroe and Elio Quariso, and Danish glass master Tobias Mohl. He has also studied under a number of prominent American artists at the Corning Museum of Glass Studios in New York, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and Pittsburgh Glass Center in Pennsylvania.
Keith works with his wife and fellow glass artist Cynthia Caldwell, in their Scottsdale, Arizona studio. He describes his work as a contemporary twist on traditional Venetian glassblowing and Japanese metal foil techniques. When not working in his studio in Arizona Keith can be found traveling with his wife Cynthia or at their summer home on Peaks Island, Maine.