portland art gallery

PORTLAND MAINE'S PREMIER ART GALLERY DESTINATION

REPRESENTING OVER 55 CONTEMPORARY MAINE ARTISTS

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Living near New England’s wonderfully diverse coast, I strive to create paintings that reflect those stunning colors that pop up quickly, as well as the emotions that they inspire. As a child, my grandmother, also an artist, took me for beach walks where she taught me to experience and notice nature. In my studio, I am able to paint large and expressively with oils while experimenting with the emotional impact of light, color and application of paint.

As a painter, I begin with the horizon, its ever steady line of delineation between the spaces of land, sky, sea. In between are layers and layers of light and color, sprung from my memory but unbound by realism. I use a framework, a few rules around composition or color, but it’s the tension between what I expect and what the painting is telling me that dictates the flow and finish. I work, and wait, until the profound shifting between place and memory stills itself harmoniously on the canvas.

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t draw or paint. I consider myself essentially self-taught but not without the advice and help from various art teachers, mentors, and artist friends. Although I work in acrylics, I use oil techniques. I like to see paint strokes and texture and I love the look of canvas. From this point on, the painting takes on a life of its own and even though I think I know where it’s going, I can be surprised. 

My spirit laughs out loud at the freedom of breaking the rules and drawing outside of the lines. I’m not sure who is in charge – my art or me. The process is alchemical, magical, and joyful. The maverick/rebel is encouraged while the perfectionist is given a time-out. The result is a pure reflection of my heart.


INTERVIEWS WITH OUR NOVEMBER FEATURED ARTISTS

Radio Maine with Dr. Lisa Belisle

Episode 65: Whitney Heavey

Radio Maine with Dr. Lisa Belisle

Episode 50: MJ Benson

Radio Maine with Dr. Lisa Belisle

Episode 46: Steve Rogers

Radio Maine with Dr. Lisa Belisle

Episode 83: Bibby Gignilliat