24 x 30
Both of these paintings were painted on location in Rockland, Maine for an event called “Paint the Town.” It is a fundraiser for the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland. Local artists paint during the day and then submit their “wet” paintings for live auction that day. It is a fun and exciting event. It is also a great way to meet local talent, purchase affordable art and support the museum. For this particular summer, I didn’t paint at all until mid-August. This was unusual for me to go for such a long time without creating anything. What I didn’t realize is that I needed the break and time to re-establish my connection with my creative self and the creative spirit. “Heading Out” was the piece that I donated to the auction. There are such beautiful places in Maine to look at and visit. However, I set my easel up near the working dock. This is the area where fish and lobster are unloaded and put onto trucks. It is loud, smells of fish and diesel. I really saw the beauty there. I painted a tribute to the fishermen that bring us our food. It was so helpful to have the connection to the working men and the creative force.
The pink painting, “Working Pier” was selected for a juried show in Houston for the Hunting Art Prize. My work was selected, along with 130 others out of a pool of 1500 entries. I was honored that I was selected. This was the first time that my work had been included in a juried show of this size.