My recent paintings are inspired by my wanderings around the mid coast area of Maine. I feel deeply connected to this part of the world. Walking in the woods, on the conservation lands near my home, and along the Damariscotta River, I see paintings everywhere. The large-scale size of the paintings help to create an environment for the viewer to enter. My ideas begin in the natural world but once a work is underway the paint itself on the flat surface takes on a life of its own and the color, line and surface texture evolve as I work.
Host, Dr. Lisa Belisle, connects with artist Jane Dahmen in her Newcastle, Maine home for Episode 4 of Radio Maine. Jane has created a well-established art practice over the course of 50+ years. She was first introduced to Maine as a student at Colby College in Waterville and, after vacationing here for several years, moved to Newcastle full time with her husband, Joe, in 2005. Jane talks about overcoming challenges, including Joe's diagnosis and eventual death due to Alzheimer's disease, by looking inward to find answers. Jane also speaks about her passion for interviewing artists and curators at her popular "Talking Art in Maine" series in Damariscotta, Maine. She's led conversations with artists Alex Katz, Lois Dodd, Katherine Bradford, Eric Hopkins, Michel Droge, and many others, as well as museum luminaries such as Sharon Corwin, Suzette McAvoy and Mark Bessire.