“I was born in Mahwah, New Jersey and graduated from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, where I studied Commercial Art . My first job was in the art department of an ad agency at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City (really!) I continued my pursuit of art at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, Massachusetts. While raising a family, I ran a small pottery business, taught ceramics and co-founded the Sherborn Arts Center, 18 miles west of Boston. We moved to Falmouth Maine after 15 years in Amherst, New Hampshire and have now made Maine our permanent residence.”
I work out of two studios, depending on the season. Pictured here is my Tenants Harbor studio, below my “city” studio in Portland, Maine. I continue to study art at Maine College of Art, Haystack Mountain School in Deer Isle, Me. and at various workshops throughout the country given by professional artists. There is always something more to learn and explore. I have found that being exposed to different media…wood, fiber, wax, oils..keeps the work alive and interesting. And is alot of fun! I teach encaustic painting in Tenants Harbor and at 26 Split Cove Studios in So.Thomaston. I travel to Tucson, Sante Fe and Kingston, NY whenever possible to advance my art with nationally known artists. And I’ve been fortunate enough to travel abroad to such places as Poland, France, Italy, the Czech Republic..always gaining inspiration.
I am a member of the International Encaustic Artists, a national organization of artists which originated in Tucson. I am also a member of MASSWAX, the New England affiliate of IEA. I have been a docent at the Portland Museum of Art and a Special Events volunteer at the prestigious Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.
In 2014 I was honored to exhibit at the National Association of Women Artists in NYC. I have had work in shows at The Center for Contemporary Art in Rockport, Maine, and in Portland at MECA (Maine College of Art), to name a few.”
“Nature and landscape are my theme and the sources of inspiration I draw from. My paintings and monotypes both reflect an expressive approach to painting. The initial brush mark initiates the creative process and paves the way for artistic expression and a flow of energy. Broad strokes, paint smears, gestural marks describe a visual language that enables me to translate “in the moment” and evoke an emotional and immediate response to my concept. Monotype allows me to apply my painting, color and design experience while exploring new methods of creative problem solving. In my monotypes, the viewer explores through a visual journey, layers of transparent and textural effects while the underlying theme is unfolded. Striking a balance between intuitiveness and an intellectual response to the printmaking process is of itself a work in progress. I continue to be courted by the monotype process and look forward to each printmaking session as a new experience with elements of surprise.”
Paula DeSimone, artist, author, and educator is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Ms. DeSimone has over 30 years of experience in arts education and has taught at such prestigious institutions as RISD – Continuing Education, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Attleboro Arts Museum, and the DeCordova Museum. She is a current member of the Cambridge Art Association as well as the Monotype Guild of New England. Ms. DeSimone has authored numerous instructional texts available worldwide. Her work is held in distinguished hospital and corporate collections, including Children’s Hospital – Boston, Newton Wellesley Hospital and U-Mass Memorial, as well as private collections internationally. She is represented by L’Attitude Gallery, Newbury St., Boson, MA, L’Attitude Website.
International Juried Exhibitions:
Boston Printmakers 2015 North American Biennial 11/8 – 12/12
Lesley University, Lunder Art Center
1801 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA “Metamorphosis I” (below)
4th Biennial Footprint International Exhibition 2014
National Juried Exhibitions:
13th National Prized Show 2014, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
What Goes Around 2013, Attleboro Museum, Attleboro MA
MGNE 3rd National Juried Monotype & Monoprint Exhibition 2013, Wenham, MA
10th Annual Blanche Ames National Art Exhibit: Ames Mansion, Easton MA
EXPO 31 National Juried Competition 2012: B.J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington NY
Craft USA, National Triennial 2008: Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan CT
8 Visions Elements of Nature 2007: Attleboro Museum, Attleboro MA
Penelope Moodey offers an eclectic selection of impressionistic and abstract paintings. Using vibrant colors relating to her subject, Penelope extracts the element of “energy” from the figurative and natural world to provide a new perspective for the viewer. Her work is mainly in acrylic which provides a medium for spontaneous application and layering.
The importance of expression through painting has been a part of Penelope Moodey’s life since the 1960’s when she began work for a masters degree in Studio Art at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Having graduated from Brown University in 1958 with a BA in English Literature, she made the transition and received her MA in 1978 continuing studies throughout the years. The Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cincinnati Art Academy were important parts of that continuing study. After several years of work in silver and pottery, Penny returned to painting, choosing acrylic as the medium she prefers. The speedy drying and easy layering of that medium suit her spontaneous approach and imaginative subject matter. Moodey’s work is held privately and has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Suraci Gallery in Scranton, at the Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta, Maine, at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine in 2003, 2005 and 2008 and at the Pemaquid Watershed Association, Damariscotta, Maine. Her paintings have also been included in juried shows at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine, the Boothbay Region Art Foundation, the Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine and River Arts in Damariscotta, Maine, as well as in numerous Members’ Shows. Her work can be seen from May until October each year at the Stable Gallery, 26 Water Street, Damariscotta, Maine and Redfield Artisans Gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine.
Marnie Sinclair, from Damariscotta, ME, is a process artist who works in many different mediums. Sculpture is her preferred choice and she is currently working in copper trying to solve the many variables of kinetic sculpture. She recently moved from Martha’s Vineyard, MA where she was a videographer who created many videos about water issues on the island. She is an environmental activist who’s art work often reflects her concerns about climate change and how we are living in a non-sustainable way that impacts all life on the planet. Her three dimensional and two dimensional work has been shown extensively in the Boston area, as well as on the Vineyard.
Her bronze animal sculptures can also be seen at the Ducktrap Bay Trading Co. on Main st. in Camden, and she has recently joined the Pemaquid Group of Artists as a guest for the year, showing her oil paintings. That gallery is across from the Pemaquid lighthouse in Lighthouse Park, in Bristol, Maine. Marnie is also a member of The Bristol Road Galleries, a 4-gallery consortium of artists who are close neighbors.
She recently opened her own gallery, The Sinclair Gallery, at 172 Bristol road in Damariscotta.
“The connection created by Randall’s work, of something made by human hands, is an antidote to a culture that values replication over real.” – Randall Collector
Randall’s work is part of private and corporate collections and in Universities and galleries worldwide and continues to exhibit worldwide. (Sinclair University, Edinbororo University, Portland Museum of Art, The Painting Center in New York City, America Haus in Cologne and Camberwell College of Art in London).
Randall earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California College of The Arts and a Master of Fine Art degree from Savannah College of Art and Design. Randall’s started her professional career as an Artist by teaching painting (Georgetown University, Colby College).
Her perspective on light, color and emotion was influenced equally by the energy of 80s-era punk rock shows and outdoor coastal adventures as she grew up in Washington D.C. and northern California. Eventually, Randall found Maine where she renovated an 1800s farmhouse. It was in that historic setting that Deborah fell madly in love with the Maine coast, and has made it her passionate practice ever since. Now living in Kennebunkport, Randall works full time as a professional Artist creating original works of art for art lovers.
Deborah Randal Fine Art, her gallery/studio, is located in the Lower Village in Kennebunk, Maine.
With the eyes of an artist, the words of a poet, and the mind of a scientist, Eric Hopkins has engaged numerous people through his art and with his thoughts about life on this Big Blue Planet. He captures the dynamic forces and rhythms of nature in watercolors, oils, blown glass, mixed media, and photography. His vision focuses on the Big Picture of the natural world, geological and geographical forms, and the exchange of energy between Earth, Water, and Sky. From this intimate study of nature, Eric has developed a keen awareness of light, form, color, and pattern, which is reflected in all of his work.
“I was lucky enough to spend my early days on North Haven,” says Eric, “where my worldview consisted of roaming the woods, fields, shorelines and exploring the edges where land, water, and sky meet. I was drawn to shapes, spaces, patterns, and the rhythms of nature. I was and still am fascinated by the incredible variety of life forms and forces on this Planet.”
Eric is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Pilchuck Glass School. He has exhibited at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Waterfall Arts Center, University of Maine Museum of Art, and a number of galleries nationally.
Eric’s paintings and glass are held in many private and public collections, including the Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Bates College Museum of Art, University of Southern Maine, Corning Museum of Glass, Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, and the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies: Bahamas, Mali, Pakistan, Philippines, and the West Indies. He is also represented in the corporate collections of Central Maine Power, L.L. Bean, Johnson Wax, Sanyo Securities, TD Bank, and Idexx Laboratories.
Sometimes these stories need just paint and other times mixed media. The stories I tell are bold, kinetic, and colorful. My work has an almost musical quality to it where the rhythms of the colors move and swirl like notes played from a guitar. My work, like me, is always evolving and shifting. My greatest joy is watching someone stop to ponder a piece I’ve created. It is in those moments that I feel connected to the emotions we as humans all share.
Born in Fairfield County, Connecticut, my family relocated us to Maine in my early teens, and I attended Waynflete School. After graduation I was accepted to Semester at Sea where I circumnavigated the globe, visited nine countries, and discovered my passion for art. I visited local artists in Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan, and collected sculptures, woodcarvings, paintings, and masks. During these stopovers I made it a point to talk to the artists to understand their perspectives and motivations for creating their work. I studied their techniques. These experiences gave me the confidence and inspiration to use mixed media in my work.
But art would have to wait a few years. Following Semester at Sea and graduating college, I moved to California to pursue a career as an actor. I studied at the famous Groundlings School and appeared in films, commercials, and print ads. I even had the distinct honor to work alongside Robin Williams on the film “Flubber.”
Yet Maine remained in my heart, and its rocky shores and incredible creative energy kept calling to me. So I moved back home where I’ve settled in with my wife, Karen, and twin daughters, Eva and Kendra. Here I have kindled my desire to create art that is inspired by the color and movement of the ever-changing Maine land and seascape.
I see, hear, taste, or experience things every day that spark the genesis of my paintings.
I jot things down as I see or experience them. Sometimes it’s just color combinations or juxtapositions, other times it’s whole compositions, and sometimes it’s just shapes. Often times it is all of these things.
My inspirations are everywhere: the way that the rain and snow splash back onto my windshield while driving; the repeating sound of a foghorn; or the taste of the salty ocean on my lips; it can be the sound of my boys’ laughter or their little footsteps on the stairs; or it can be as simple as how beautiful their blackberry ice cream cones look against the green summer grass.
My work is all about these little or ‘regular’ moments of life. I try to encapsulate the fleeting nature of these little moments–how they feel, how they look, how they sound or how they taste. Hopefully there is a sense of honesty and familiarity in my work that resonates with its viewers. Life is such a gift and I want to record it all.
Inspirations: Julie finds her inspiration in the wonder of daily life. An optimist by nature, she sees the light and shapes that arise out the simple scenes around her. Much of what Julie found beautiful growing up in Maine continues to inspire her to bring that beauty to life on canvas and board.
University of Maine
State University of New York
Julie was born and raised in Waterville, Maine as part of a French Canadian family. There she spent her early years along with her brother and three sisters experiencing this Northern New England community. For 30 years she lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, while spending her summers at her home along the coast of Maine – where she has now retired from her music and nursing careers and devotes full time to painting.
Julie began her artistic career as a musician and singer. She performed for many years with an a cappella group called The “Moonbeams”, performing in locations throughout New England . As a part of her musical career, Julie wrote and arranged “jingles” and was the recipient of a national award for her arrangement of the “Daily Dough” commercial for the Maine MegaBucks.
In 2000, Julie began spending her summers in Belfast. There she shared a studio with her sister, a professional artist. Julie began painting the landscapes, barns and wildlife that experienced daily along Mid Coast Maine. Since that time she has had successful shows in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida.
Megan Carty… an artist with a mission to bring JOY to your walls! I grew up in the city of Westbrook; just outside of beautiful (and inspirational!) coastal Portland, Maine. I’m a Maine girl through-and-through as I’ve traced my mother’s lineage from the current generation to early-colonial settlement in the Vassalboro and China, Maine area. I had a whimsical childhood where art had a place in my own everyday life. After I earned my B.F.A. degree from Syracuse University’s School of Art and Design I spent many years doing graphic design work for a wide assortment of retail clients; but was left feeling unfulfilled and without purpose. Inspired by my life-long dream to be a full-time painter, I’m thrilled to now be focused on my purpose to uplift others through my fine art work. My colorful paintings and prints reside with collectors all over the United States and the United Kingdom. My bubbly personality and passion for my home state of Maine shows through in my colorful floral, coastal, and abstract paintings as I try to spread joy one painting at a time. When I’m not creating, I spend all my time raising my three tiny children with my husband Chris in the countryside. To purchase a painting you see here or to view more, please visit my online home at www.megancartyart.com. To commission your own painting in my style please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be honored to help!
My paintings evolve from a process of addition and elimination. I begin each piece by layering marine resin on wood panels. The surfaces are ground
and reworked until I see a series of shapes emerging. My paintings reflect my fascination with the Maine coastline and the forces that create it. The rocks,
weather beaten and scarred, tell a story. Once satisfied with the composition and textures, I rub oil paints into the surfaces to add further depth and complexity.
“Marc van der Leeden’s paintings are seen as impressionistic expression rather than strict representation of architectural and landscape subjects. Utilizing a very limited palette with graphite outlines and simplicity of design, he creates watercolors that are clearly his own. His work has been shown nationally in solo shows in New York City and Vermont as well as internationally in Europe. He was featured in Watercolor magazine in Fall 2000 as well as the book entitled “How did you paint that? 100 ways to paint landscapes Vol. 1.”