Richard Boyd Art Gallery

Artists’ Statements

Amy Bickford 

Amy Bickford ~ ‘Tall Ships’ ~ Watercolor and Gouache on Paper 20″ x 26″   $700.00

Amy Bickford creates paintings in a traditional style portraying the timeless beauty and essence of Maine. Whether depicting a cityscape, landscape or a familiar coastal scene, her paintings are a response to the experience and everyday life.

When asked about her career as a commercial and fine artist Amy replied, “I graduated from the Maine College of Art (MECA) in 1983. Since graduating, 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 to help me see beyond the physical attributes of the scene and capture my interpretation of the beauty of that place in time. I prefer painting with gouache, but use a variety of mediums, selecting the medium that best helps me interpret the scene. My goal is to create a painting that makes the viewer relate to it on a personal level.”

 

 

 

 

Richard (Rick) Boyd

Richard Boyd - High Fire Porcelain. Cobalt Crystalline Glaze Series. Cone 9 Oxidation.

Richard Boyd – High Fire Porcelain. Cobalt Crystalline Glaze Series. Cone 9 Oxidation. Sold.

In the 1960’s I took a pottery course to fill an elective requirement while attending college. After 40+ years as a potter I am still amazed with the process of transforming balls of clay into works of art. It’s about centering the human body and making a connection with the clay. My energy and the feel of the clay define the shape of the piece. I’m a potter not a sculptor. My work is wheel-thrown and collected for it’s classic lines and unique glazes.

I work with a variety of clay bodies, high fire porcelain to low fire earthenware, each with its own characteristic’s.

Surface decoration is achieved using a variety of techniques. I believe the work should speak for itself, and when used, ornamental decoration should compliment never dominate. Surface color is achieved thru various firing techniques and by using stains and glazes made in the studio on Peaks Island in Portland, Maine. I play at alchemy creating new glaze formulas and modifying existing formulas, using a combination of glazes which I build up in layers, using hand-glazing techniques and a spray gun to achieve the desired effect.

Pottery is a marriage of art and science and I’m glad to share my knowledge of the pottery making process and eager to try new techniques and advances in ceramics. I have learned that success sometimes comes from failure and circumstances beyond my control. After all in the end it is the firing process that retains final control of the piece.

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Caron

Linda Caron ~ Zurich Alley and Steeple~ Watercolor on Paper

Linda Caron ~ ‘Zurich Alley and Steeple’ ~ Watercolor on paper 16″ x 8″   $500.00

A gifted watercolorist and native of Portland, Maine Linda Caron has always been interested in art. “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. Now retired and living in Falmouth, Maine each painting I create reminds me of my journeys abroad.”

 

 

 

 

Pat Chandler

Patricia Chandler ~ "Marsh V" ~ Oil on Panel 24" x 24"

Patricia Chandler ~ ‘Marsh V’ ~ Oil on Panel 24″ x 24″   $650.00

A Maine native, I received my BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of design and 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 later received an MFA in painting and printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. After returning to Maine in 1971, I  became an Adjunct Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Maine from 2005 to 2014.

My career as a fine and commercial artist, and art instructor spans more than five decades. I have lived in several states 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.

Throughout my career as a fine artist, I have always retained an interest in various forms of realism persisting in contemporary 20th and 21st century art. In all of my paintings there is a continuum that began in realism and overtime evolved into more expressionistic, abstracted works. In my paintings realism sometimes asserts itself as a meditative study of sorts.

My creative process and production inevitably refer to my geographic roots. The environment was essential to my development as a young child. Maine’s more remote regions inspired many of my paintings to the same degree that its landscapes informed my early life.

 

 

 

Carrin Culotta

Carrin Culotta ~ ‘The Witness Tree’ ~ Oil on Linen Panel 11″ x 14″   $400.00

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 depict a variety of scenes from landscapes to farmyard settings, created in plein air or in her home studio in Townsend, MA.

When ask 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.”

 

 

 

Kevin Daley

Kevin Daley ~ ‘Farm in Pittsfield’ ~ Oil on Canvas 18″ x 36″   $600.00

An educator and gifted fine artist, Kevin creates paintings on location and in his studio in West Paris, Maine. Whether depicting an old barn or a quiet cove, his traditional style paintings are a visual and poignant portrayal of that place in time.

When ask what inspires you to paint? Kevin replies, “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 best.”

 

 

Randy Eckard

Randy Eckard ~ ‘From Another Time’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 21″ x 15″   $4200.00

A trained commercial and fine artist living in Blue Hill, Maine Randy Eckard’s career as a fine artist working exclusively with watercolors spans more than three decades.

Raised in North Carolina, he studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and the Haywood School of Craft in Clyde, North Carolina.

Known for his use of light and shadow, with the subject of most of his paintings being light and how it defines and shapes the scene before him, Randy’s watercolors capture the timeless beauty and charm of Maine’s architecture and landscapes.

For the second year in a row, Randy was selected by “STATE 23 MEDIA staff in collaboration with a jury panel of art experts” as one of Maine’s most noteworthy artists for “Maine Home and Design Magazine’s artmaine Annual Guide.” Winning over 190 awards for his paintings in watercolor throughout New England and the Southeast, his work is widely collected and included in numerous private and corporate collections.

When asked about his career as an artist Randy replied, “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 or exploration in black and white. At the urging of a friend I tried adding watercolor to the early stages of my drawings, and I was soon painting more than drawing.

My love of drawing never diminished, and continues with quite detailed drawings in preparation for paintings. Inspirations pour in from the beautiful and dramatic coastline of Downeast Maine, where I have lived for the past twenty-seven 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 alteration 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.”

Eckard said, a recent meeting with a couple from Florida, who subsequently purchased one of my paintings, summed up the essence of my work in one short sentence. “It looks wonderful, so blissfully relaxing and inviting, with a hint of mystery.”

 

 

 

Charles Ellithorpe, DVM

Charles Ellithorpe, DVM ~ "Moose" ~ Bronze Sculpture Limited Edition of 30

Charles Ellithorpe, DVM ~ “Moose” ~ 14″L x 8″H x 7″W Bronze Sculpture Limited Edition of 30   $1800.00

Charles Ellithorpe is an award-winning sculptor and practicing small animal veterinarian living in Brunswick, Maine. After graduating from Texas A&M College of Veterinary medicine in 1981, Charles lived and worked in Washington State and Montana before moving to mid-coast Maine. An award-winning wood carver, Charles began sculpting and producing limited edition bronze sculptures in 1997.

Charles describes himself as a self-taught artist, but gives 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 recreate nature but to show the art of 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.”

Ellithorpe is an avid outdoors man, spending as much time as possible in wild places in 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 (RMEF), he has served as a committee member with the Kitsap Chapter in Washington, the Upper Yellowstone Chapter in Livingston, Montana and the Maine chapter.

Ellithorpe’s art donations have raised more than $10,000.00 for the RMEF to help the foundation’s habitat and wildlife conservation efforts. His sculptures are part of numerous private collections in the United States and Mexico.

 

 

Wyn Foland

Wyn Foland ~ ‘Brisk and Icy’ ~ Mixed Media 2″ x 4″  $145.00

For more than 30 years I have spent time on Peaks Island, ME painting local scenes and being immersed in the island atmosphere. This is time I truly treasure and look forward to each year. I spend my days on Peaks Island painting in watercolors, acrylics, doing pen and ink sketches, working on my travel journal and taking photographs so I may continue to create in my art studio in Georgia during the year.

My present body of work is paintings in miniature. A miniature painting image is 4″ x 6″ or less employing all the principles of larger scale work. I have been painting “little gems” for the past 15 years and compete in national and international shows. Landscapes, flowers and the interaction of people always seem to be my focal point whether it is a miniature or large 30″ x 40″ canvas.

Through the years I have organized school art festivals, juried art shows, started a Co-Op gallery, owned an art gallery in South Carolina, been represented in galleries on the east coast, been a paint representative for Atelier Interactive Paints, member of many art associations, and started a local art group to exhibit in different venues, thus I have been involved in the arts all of my life. I studied art in H.S., College, Museun School, and continue to study with nationally known artists each year and also study abroad with my favorite teachers.

I am a signature member of the South Carolina Watermedia Society and the Georgia Watercolor Society. As a child I wanted to be an artist and continue to fulfill that dream. I love to paint!

 

 

 

Julianne Garvey

Julianne Garvey ~ "Lewiston Mills#2 Night" ~ Watercolor 11" x 14'

Julianne Garvey ~ ‘Lewiston Mills#2 Night’ ~ Watercolor 11″ x 14″   $350.00

A retired small business owner and 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, her first two years, later transferring to and graduating from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

When asked what inspires you to create art Julie replied, “From an early age I have always enjoyed whatever art was being taught at whatever grade level I was in at the time. My high school Art Teacher was encouraging and didn’t teach a formula of how to do something so much as how to look at something before engaging with it. It seems a natural thing for kids to use their imagination, experiment, and be creative and as artists we were encouraged more than others to keep at it, to do more. That’s probably when we lost the fear of criticism, when we experimented to see what would come to life next.

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.”

 

 

 

 

Jane Herbert

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Jane Herbert ~ ‘Late Summer Sunset’ ~ Acrylic on Canvas 18″ x 24″  $900.00

The building of industry and shopping malls on farmland and wild places dominated my experience of the Garden State where I was born. The sense of loss and disconnection I felt while I lived there were eased in the sanctuary of solitude. Creativity became my close and life-long friend.

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. Over 30 years of changes have been shared with my spouse. This man and our children and friends are some of the biggest surprises of my life. I am humbled by their acceptance and love.

My painting style is born out of my experiences. The bold color 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. The basis for my painting is spiritual. Through painting I connect my personal reality with a larger consciousness. I see archetypes in my subjects and honor those classic themes with a traditional style.

“Art is a self-nurturing practice that opens me to the spiritual love and beauty of life that generates harmony. The paintings are founded on personal experiences and, like echoes, they often touch a familiar chord.” Jane Herbert.

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Noon

Jean Noon ~ ‘Moose’ ~ Wire Sculpture 9″ x 17.5″ x 9″   $440.00

Jean Noon has created art for over three decades. After graduating from Goddard College in Vermont in 1971, with a BA in Art Education and Agriculture, Jean attended the University of Southern Maine where she received a Bachelor of Science in art Education in 1990.

 

“Being a sculptor, photographer, and a farmer establishes a deep connection for me between my observations, existence, labor, nature, and the timeless continuum of positive creative human energy.

In the spirit of Alexander Calder, I draw with wire. I enjoy taking wire lines for walks through space. I celebrate line, sculpture, shadow, humor, transparency, and movement. I am intrigued by negative space within and around structure and the evolution of form through the process of assemblage.

As a sculptor I build structures to contain and communicate ideas. Animal forms and physical gestures inspire most work. The guiet action of winding and weaving of the wire around and around becomes both meditative and structural. Materials assert themselves and a piece often takes on it’s own gestured direction.”

 

 

 

 

Jen Pagnini

Jen Pagnini ~ "Here Gather the Skies" ~ Oil on Wood Panel 12" x 16"

Jen Pagnini ~ ‘Here Gather the Skies’ ~ Oil on Wood Panel 12″ x 16″  $600.00

Jen is a trained commercial artist with a BFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.

Her career as a commercial artist spans twenty years and includes creating graphic designs and illustrations for clients in San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL. Pagnini has painted on and off again for many years. Most recently, she has focused on establishing a consistent studio practice and has participated in group shows hosted by art centers in Chicago.

Jen’s inspiration to paint comes from her 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.

Be it serene or turbulent – from tide-flooded coastlines, to the slow drifting of a cloud, to the quiet presence of a horse – I’m observing and recording the transitory elements of light, color and shape. The visual landscape is constantly changing and creating changes within me. I’m as much a participant as I am a witness. Studio work evokes those meetings. I discover what impressions, making that contact with a location or animal, has left behind on my memory.”

 

 

 

 

Roy Perkinson

Roy Perkinson ~ ‘River Bridge’ ~ Pastel on Paper 24″ x 18″  $2000.00

Roy has a deep fascination for the visible world and how it works. He 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. He also 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.

“How and why do I decide to make a specific painting? There is an instant of recognition that something I’ve observed could and must become a painting. These instants come as unexpected gifts, as if I suddenly found a pearl lying on a beach. I’ve come to realize that what arrests my attention in this way has several ingredients, but the most important is a quality of light that evokes an emotion akin, perhaps, to feelings that can come from poetry. Also, I am drawn to a scene that has an underlying sense of geometry and combination of colors that I judge to contain the possibility of delicious harmonies.

Then comes the process of distilling and refining these elements while trying to use the special properties and personalities of the medium itself, whether oil, pastel or watercolor. In making a painting I want to allow the medium to have its own voice, but I try to imbue the medium with the moods, memories, and visual delights I found in that original instant of recognition.

Some of my work is created on location, but occasionally I revisit certain ideas in the studio, where I may develop a new painting, often in a medium different from a prior version. I love working in oil, with its great range of textural and coloristic possibilities. I enjoy pastel because of its efficiency and directness when working on location, but I also relish the challenge of working in watercolor.

I grew up in Texas so it is not surprising that many of my pictures try to convey a sense of open spaces and often include attention to the sky, with its various moods and atmospherics.”

 

 

HM Saffer, II

HM Saffer ~ 'Daybreak III' ~ Oil on Canvas 16" x 12"

HM Saffer II ~ ‘Daybreak III’ ~ Oil on Canvas 16″ x 12″   $2200.00

“To be in Harmony with oneself, one must be in harmony with nature. To paint a bird, a tree, or a sunset, is no less sacred than a painting of a religious motif. I see a perfection in every living creature. When I stand and look at a sunset, or a newly fallen snow, or the miracle of springtime, my hear wants to burst with joy. I have tried to capture these feelings with my art. Combining western techniques with those from the orient, such as sumi-e and then use Japanese and Chinese colors, I have put my feelings on board, canvas and paper.

I realize that this present era, the majority of our planet has lost it’s ability to appreciate nature. By constantly consuming vast amounts of energy, artificial and chemical foods, and by purchasing and repurchasing “labor saving” devices which in turn breakdown and create more garbage, and by destroying our environment in the name of progress, we have alienated ourselves from achieving any sort of inner harmony. There are, however, small groups of people who believe as I do, that we are inescapably linked with nature, and by destroying her, we destroy ourselves.

I know that my experiences with nature in over forty different countries, has given me a wide perspective of the world. I feel that my art can bring these feelings of love and harmony of nature. Each painting captures a moment in time. Each painting can be viewed in different perspectives. They are one feeling, they are many feelings. Not all of us have been fortunate enough to be able to experience nature in our everyday life. In our own ways we seek to bring her into our habitat by the use of plants, flowers, natural furnishings, and materials, and in our art.

By understanding and appreciating where we all came from, helps us move forward in our lives.

This is the first step towards inner harmony.”

 

 

 

 

Bob Santandrea

Bob Santandrea ~ "Fall Pond" ~ Pastel on Paper 13" x 16"

Bob Santandrea ~ ‘Fall Pond’ ~ Plein Air Pastel on Paper 13″ x 16″  $340.00

A research scientist and attorney by training, I have been drawing, painting, and sculpting on and off for about the last 28 years. I have lived in a variety of places, most recently moving to New Mexico from Corning, New York.

The different experiences, tastes, and cultures have influenced my work over the years. My “education” has included participating in workshops, working informally with experienced artists/teachers, informal life drawing and plein air groups, classes offered by community art centers and self-teaching. I have enjoyed pursuing art simply as a means of self-expression and for the joy it gives me. It’s a welcome change from my day job!

For many years, the human figure and portraiture were my primary interests. During that time, I worked mostly in charcoal. 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 and still life, as well as the use of color. In addition, I have taken workshops with master pastel artists such as Richard McKinley, Robert Carsten, and Margaret Dyer to learn new approaches and techniques.

I re-discovered pastels about four years ago and fell in love with them. I’m drawn to the bright colors and the spontaneity that the medium allows. I now primarily work in pastels and use the different effects provided by the softness and brilliant colors of different types of pastels, different surfaces, and combining pastels with other media.

Within the last year, I have experimented by adding an under painting of watercolor or oil to my pastel paintings, and have found that this has provided my work with a degree of luminosity and allowed me to take a more impressionistic approach to my subject. My landscapes are representative of my emotional connection to the landscape. Since the spring, I have spent more time painting on location outdoors. It’s a challenge to try to capture a scene as conditions change. Through my earlier interest in figure drawing, I learned the art of gesture drawing: working quickly to identify and capture the essence or mood of the subject and the attitude and stance of the model. My landscapes are also “gestures” in the sense that I am trying to capture the sense or mood ( the light and colors, peace, silence, mystery) of a particular place.

 

 

 

Felicity Sidwell

Felicity Sidwell ~ "October Marsh" ~ Oil on Canvas ~ 16" x 20"

Felicity Sidwell ~ ‘October Marsh’ ~ Oil on Canvas ~ 16″ x 20″   $800.00

I am fascinated by changing light and our perception of moods of sea, sky and the land around us. Color is reflected light, light and color nuances are constantly changing with the time of day, weather and changing seasons.

The muted colors of a humid day, the energy of the brightness of sky over water on a clear, windy day giving sharp contrasts to the rocky shoreline, the peaceful golden light of fall grasses in the salt marsh, and the shapes and colors of the frozen bay in winter. Light is different every day. My goal is to convey through Plein Air and studio work, the relationship of light and color to what we perceive and feel about a scene.

 

 

 

 

 

Wilson W. Stewart

Wilson Stewart ~ ‘Bucko In Dry-Dock’ ~ Acrylic on Canvas Panel 11″ x 14″  $275.00

I am a self-taught artist living in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, where I have been working as a Licensed Land Surveyor for more than 30 years. 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 quidance she allowed me to draw and paint what I saw, as I saw it.

Fast forward to the eighties…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 had wished I had gone to school for a fine arts degree instead.

Fast forward to the nineties…I taught myself how to paint with watercolors and painted quite allot. Life, as it usually does, got a hold of my free time while raising two wonderful sons. No regrets! I count that time among the best moments of my life and banked all those experiences in journals, for future artworks.

Fast forward to the 21st century…I am painting again. It’s just my wife and I now. I have developed a real love for sketching. I enjoy the challenges of painting plein air and having only 15 minutes to a half hour to memorialize what I see on paper. 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.

More recently, I have been drawn to painting with acrylics and to mono-type printmaking. Both are water base mediums and they have felt like a natural transition for me. I have fallen in love with mixing my colors directly on the canvas or plate, as well as the textures of the finished product. It is very much a mirror to the emotion of life.

 

 

Susan Tan

Susan Tan ~’Sweet Country Time’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 11″ x 14″  $300.00

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.”

 

 

 

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