2015–2016 Paintings

CjL

Artist Statement

For many years my creativity took flight in visual communications, so it was only natural that when I returned to my first love, painting, I would bring with me a love for bold graphics and stalwart compositions. I’m inspired to dwell on subjects that are slightly out of reach and offer a bit of drama, in light and movement. By the time I’ve set my brush to canvas, I’ve carefully considered what I want to paint, yet I’m grateful that oil paint is a flexible medium, that it bends when I change my mind and forgives me when I have to step away. In a fast-paced world, I prefer slow, considered art and sometimes recall the old adage, “whatever is worth doing is worth doing well”. It’s the texture of objects, a cloud or a buoy, that captures my initial interest and holds my attention until the final brush stroke. It’s my goal that the initial impact of my work is one of discovery, curiosity, and revelation. When you look closer, I hope you are taken with the study of texture and an optimistic view that gives new understanding and appreciation.

Offshore

One Mile Out

From the top of Roy Hill Road you can see offshore for miles. Looking out you can spot Bangs Island, Stave and Stockman Island. If you’re really paying attention and the weather gods are favoring you, Ministerial and Eagle Island will be in your view. The island in this painting is not Bangs or Ministerial, it’s any island offshore that you cannot readily get to.

oil on canvas  ::  30″ x 40″  ::  $2600

Bell Buoy 12

Bell Buoy No.12

Little needs to be said for the bell buoy, a marine icon, which prefers to speak for itself. Bell Buoy No.12 marks the channel between Catfish Rock and Portland Head Light, in Cape Elizabeth.

oil on canvas  ::  30″ x 40″  ::  $3200

SOLD

RamLedgeLight II

Ram Island Ledge Light II

For hundreds of years lighthouses have helped seafarers find their way. The smaller, lesser-told story is that lighthouses are also saving the lives of birds, who take refuge here during nesting season. Come to any Maine lighthouse and you’ll find a hearty population of puffins and gulls who are between ocean crossings or tending to their chicks. There is so much life in these dangerous and rocky terrains—a perfect harbor for protected birds.

oil on canvas  ::  24″ x 48″  ::  $3200

BeetleCats

The Beetle Cats

 I love expressing myself through my art, but I also greatly enjoy bringing someone else’s vision to life. This painting is a commission of Beetle Cat boats waiting patiently for their turn for restoration. The boatbuilding & restoration school is in Newport, RI.

SOLD

RamIslandLedgeLight 12x24

Ram Island Ledge Light

This is perhaps the most stalwart of all lighthouses in Maine and so it should be, it marks the presence of dangerous ledges in Portland Harbor. It is frequently submerged and continues to ease the mind of mariners who traverse this course in thick weather. Close your eyes and you can hear the low, sonorous bell. You’re almost home.

SOLD

PortlandTugs

Portland Tugs

It’s nearly impossible to miss the Fournier Tugboats when you come into Portland harbor. These are the heart and soul of any working waterfront. It’s probably for their small size and their Herculean efforts on the water that they are universally admired. No one can begrudge a tugboat for resting. This is the first in a series.

 oil on canvas  ::  30″ x 40″  ::  $2600

The Old Mariners

The Old Mariners

The ocean breeze has taken a startling turn towards crisp. I share a certain fondness for other boaters who don’t mind wearing their winter parkas for another go-about before the snow flies. These schooner masts, like their captains, are stalwart and resistant to change and weather as they hold onto these last days. I love how their rigging holds up the sky.  10/2015

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Coming Into Portland

Coming Into Portland

If you’ve ever visited Portland, Maine or have been fortunate enough to live here, life has tossed you a cracker. You’ve been luckier still if you’ve arrived by boat, rounding Cape Elizabeth and Cushing Island. Maybe you glanced over at Ram Island Ledge Light and wondered “I wonder how close I can get”. This buoy marks a sometimes challenging stretch of water, which makes a Portland entry even more wonderful. 11/2015

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FortGorges

Fort Gorges

I credit Fort Gorges for my first introduction to Maine as an adult. Following a lead about the image engraved on a bracelet made by a Maine artist, I drove north to Portland and ferried across the bay to Peaks Island. My first inspection of Fort Gorges was from the windy deck of the Casco Bay Lines boat and I was hooked. On that day I called my NH landlord and packed my belongings. Just a few months later I made Portland my home. Thank you, Fort Gorges. 9/2015

The Gatekeepers, oil on canvas, 30" x 48"

The Gatekeepers

Maine islanders are a highly resourceful, rugged, frugal, and friendly-yet-salty people who wrest their living from the land and sea. It just makes sense to me that islanders have their own special set of watchful eyes and pardon those who cross the halfway mark. 4/2015

 SOLD

MV Islander, oil on canvas, 30" x 48"

MV Islander

This painting is of personal significance for nearly all islanders. Our beloved boat transports ourselves, friends, family, food and sofas—nearly everything! In short, it’s our lifeline. In this painting I try to distill down to it’s essence, strong shapes and contrasting colors and textures, without sacrificing the realism and the spirit of the moment. 5/2015

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Before The Start, oil on canvas, 30" x 24"

Before The Start

When Autumn comes we pack our bags, dress in winter attire and motor across the inlets and harbors to find college sailing races underway. The mornings are brisk and the competition is high—the markings of a great fall morning.    2/2015

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Chandler'sFogSM

Chandler’s Fog

A thick fog is not a friend to mariners underway, but on the island I love the way that it exposes the boats as it peels away at the shore. It’s a good practice to paint in great detail and then wash over the effort with paint.   11/2014

No. 18, oil on canvas, 36" x 48"

Buoy No. 18

This buoy painting was chosen with careful thought. Buoys mark channels for safe passage, they light the way in times of darkness, and they mark the entrance to a safe harbor. In familiar waters, the buoy is a welcome home. As stalwart as the buoy is, it requires tending. May your life be full, your course true, and your destination everything you dreamed it would be.

SOLD

The Boathouse, oil on canvas

The Boathouse

This is one of Chebeague Island’s most beloved spots, a place we informally call “The Hook”. The most dramatic skies can be cast against the backdrop of the boathouse and it changes throughout the day. 1/2015  

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FromTheDockSM

Looking South

This view, from the Chebeague Island Boat Yard, never grows tiresome. Wait five minutes and the colors shift. Return before dinner and it’s remarkably transformed. I enjoy the strong shapes of the coastal edge as it creeps into the sea. 11/2014

SOLD 

RedDinghySM

Red Dinghy

The coast of Maine in the morning distilled down to it’s essence; strong shapes and contrasting colors and textures. 9/2014

 SOLD

Little Snow Island, oil on canvas, 18" x 24"

Little Snow Island

At summer’s end we load up our Boston Whaler with camping supplies and sundries and we motor off to Quahog Bay for a long weekend. Savannah and Margot run about the small island together, always stopping to take notice when a new boat comes into the bay. 9/2014

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Comments

2 Comments
  1. Love your new works and particularly that we get to enjoy your older paintings too, every time we sit down to a meal. Looking forward to seeing your updates here…

  2. You are very talented! Love to see your great work.

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