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Ann Trainor Domingue

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I think a little messy is healthy. Find unmanicured far more interesting. And enjoy the uncommon.

When creating my semi abstract artworks, I begin with design—a holdover from my days in the advertising industry. Little thumbnail drawings begin to untangle the nest of inspirations and begin the process of establishing order. Subject matter and color, medium and size, paint application and story, each contribute something important in this early design process. This convergence of ideas spills out into little designs in black and white, then evolve into small color drafts, created to evaluate the possibilities of larger works.

The foundation is laid but the details are to be determined once the painting process begins. I create art that is grounded in reality while obviously playing with it—reshaping forms and reinterpreting color. Lines sometimes do the heavy lifting, and at other times its color and form that carry the piece to life. I enjoy the painting process itself—scrubbing out complete paintings only to discover half way through that the scrubbing is actually helping to merge elements and improve the work. What a great experience.

My treatment of edges is key to my working style. I love a coarsely defined area that dissolves into another, and even a crisp edge that melts into a softened area. It keeps my eye moving around the piece and not settling on any one area. This variation keeps me going till the fundamental elements feel right. No science. No measuring. No roadmap to a destination. Just a feeling that things have arrived.


 

Bio

Ann (Mason) Trainor Domingue was born in Fall River, Massachusetts and lived many years in Barrington, Rhode Island before settling in New Hampshire. She is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a BA Studio degree in Painting and has pursued a career as an artist working as an art director/designer, illustrator, teacher and painter.Ann is a Copley Fellow of the Copley Society of Art in Boston. In 2014 she was awarded an Artist Residency at the historic Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.

Her work hangs in many private and public collections across the country including the permanent collections of Southern New Hampshire University, Keene State College, Hampshire Plaza Tower, Tenn and Tenn law firm, Catholic Medical Center and Manchester Place in Manchester, NH.

Ann’s work has been juried into many exhibitions including the Copley Society of Art, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art/New Hampshire Art Association Annual Exhibitions, New Hampshire Institute of Art Biennials, as well as New England Watercolor Society and Cape Cod Art Association national and regional exhibitions.

Her award-winning career as an advertising art director and designer has influenced her sense of composition and use of color. Her preferred medium is acrylic primarily for the versatility of surface and drying options.

Valerie Deveraux

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Diana Card

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Diana Card is a completely self-taught artist. She painted in a realistic style until moving to the Maine coast in 1982, when she began painting in the naive style. Diana now considers herself a naive artist in the truest sense.

Her work can be found in private collections in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan.

“My paintings are inspired by people and their relationships, both past and present. I reduce complex themes down to their simplest forms.”  — Diana Card

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Jodi Edwards

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Jodi Edwards was born into a very artistic family in 1959 in Syracuse New York. Throughout her childhood she was given carte blanche for any art supplies she wanted. Creativity was encouraged avalued in her family.

Jodi’s education and background in art is richly diverse. She graduated from the New School for Social Research in New York City in 1984 with a degree in Liberal Arts. (At that time it was attached to Parsons School of Design.) She started modeling for art classes at Parsons to earn money. She worked for many different art schools, (Parsons School of Design, School of Visual Arts, the Art Students League of New York, to name a few) groups, and classes all over New York City. When she was 25, she moved to Southampton, New York, becoming a professional art model. For the next 15 years, she was often requested, enabling her to work for well known and established artists in the Hamptons, some of whom were Norman Bluhm, David Salle, and Larry Rivers. She learned from listening to, and watching renowned artists and teachers which inspired her to start painting in 1985. Within months she was in several art shows, and sold work immediately. She had her first art opening in NYC at Thunderdome Studios in Manhattan, in 1986. She was 26.

While she was waiting tables at a coffeeshop in Southampton, she met Henry Geldzahler the curator of 20th century art for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He came in every day for breakfast. She had her paintings in the basement, hoping he would come down and take a look and one day, sure enough he did. He told her, “These are good.”

Simultaneously, she was developing as a singer songwriter (something she was equally passionate about). In 1990, she serendipitously met Ella Fitzgerald and became her dresser one night at Lincoln Center in New York City. This event was life changing and when Ella said to her “ one day I’ll hear you sing” it was a powerful affirmation and  set her off on a singing career for the next 7 years. She had a steady gig in Sag Harbor, New York for a few years, and started a band. In 1995, having lost her brother to AIDS she moved to New Orleans to pursue a career in music.

In 1997, realizing that the lifestyle of being a muscian was one she no longer wanted to pursue, she became an ESL teacher which provided her with the stability in her life she was seeking. She moved to the northshore of Massachusetts in 1998, and has been teaching ESL successfully for 17 years, all the while pursuing various forms of artistic expression.

One of these artistic expressions took the form of rebuilding a house. In 2002, she bought a fire damaged cottage in Hamilton, Massachusetts. She spent the next 5 years gutting the house down to the studs and rebuilding it. She did 75% of the work herself including framing, wiring, plumbing, roofing, and landscaping. It was her work of art, completely consuming her for nearly a decade. Several articles were written about her in newspapers including the Boston Globe.

In 2011 she sold her cottage. She and her husband moved to Southern Maine, where she has the art studio she’s always dreamed of. In 2012 she began to paint again and pursue the artistic expression she has most passionately loved.

In the fall of 2012 she won 3rd prize best in show at Art in the Park in York ,Maine which was juried by Nancy Davison from the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit Maine.

Jodi is a member of the Kittery Art Association and a member of the subgroup the Seacoast Moderns . She had her first solo show at York Hospital October-December 2014 selling 4 paintings. She lives in Maine with her husband and 2 dogs.

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Holly L. Smith

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As a Maine native, Holly has always found inspiration in the ever-changing beauty and moods of her surroundings. Painting is a natural expression of her creative vision, and she strives to show others the meaningful, healing tranquility that the Maine landscape offers through colors, shapes, and compositional relationships. She frequently takes the opportunity to experience her locale by travelling to remote island destinations or simply stepping outside her house. In these natural environments, she absorbs the spectacular views of the coastline with its inlets and rolling hillsides, feels the energy of the vegetation and rocks, and smells the sweet aromas of the fir trees and flowers. Her interpretations of these experiences offer glimpses of Maine’s magnificence, heritage, and romance, giving her paintings a truly authentic quality.

In addition to a lifetime devoted to expressing herself through art, Holly is a retired art educator with over 30 years’ experience teaching art and photography to high school students and adults. Holly’s teaching philosophy is to always encourage and inspire her students to view their environs in new and different ways, and to expand their perceptions of who they are and what they are capable of when it comes to becoming a creative artist.

Holly has a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the University of Southern Maine. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including The First National Bancorp and The Samoset Resort. See her work in person this summer at Mars Hall Gallery in Port Clyde, Maine, Summer Island Studio in Brunswick, Maine, or contact her directly to visit her studio at her home in Rockport, Maine.

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William Hallett

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I am a painter who has lived in coastal Maine for the past twenty-five years, and have been during that time increasingly drawn to the unusual beauties of the northeastern coast of the U.S. Having spent my childhood and adolescence on Mexico City, I was deeply, if unconsciously, drawn to a particular sensitivity to color and unusual color combinations typical of Mexico.

My recent paintings, in a contemporary style using acrylic paint, focus on Maine coastal seascapes and landscapes, particularly waterfronts, piers, boats, and fishing villages. My aim is to intensify the visual experience of atmospheres peculiar to coastal Maine, where sky, land, and water meet.

The paintings are an attempt to create, on perhaps traditional themes, an element of surprise, the experience of unexpected color, perhaps unexpected perspective and atmosphere. Most of my paintings sit patiently in my studio for a long time while I keep looking at them, to see if the sense of surprise persists over time. If it seems to, I know the painting is finished.

My paintings on these themes have sold widely, nationally and internationally (including England, Austria, Russia). A recent corporate sale was to LLBean, a painting they will feature as a cover to the catalog for spring or summer, 2015.

artist Katy Allgeyer

Katy Allgeyer

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Katy Allgeyer was born in New Hampshire and attended art school at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. After college, Katy became a leading fashion designer for Liz Claiborne. Katy’s knitwear design expertise ranged from fine gauge machine knitted head-to-toe dressing to bulky hand knit intarsia sweaters that Women’s Wear Daily likened to “wearable art”. Extensive traveling to Europe and Asia influenced Katy’s global outlook and sparked an interest in exploring themes of “location” in her latest fine art works. Katy often incorporates roadmaps, topographical layouts, and nautical charts into her acrylic paintings to underscore this theme. The artist works in acrylic and diverse media.

Katy’s award winning work has been exhibited in galleries nationwide as well as in group shows at the Cornell Museum in Florida and the Coos Art Museum in Oregon. One of Katy’s paintings was selected for a Purchase Award by the King County Public Art Collection in Seattle, Washington in June 2008. The project’s mission was to purchase landscape artworks for the Harborview Medical Center according to a study that stated landscapes of all kinds (abstract, representational, and strategically placed windows to actual views) have a healing recuperative effect on both patients and staff.

“I was thrilled to learn that my painting was selected not only for its beauty but for its healing properties.” ~ Katy Allgeyer

Following 16 years in Los Angeles, in 2005 Katy moved back to the east coast where she maintains studios in Stonington, Maine and High Point, North Carolina.

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Don Reed

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“I have finally arrived at a place where I can truly express, through my art, my love of landscape, my wonder of form and my fascination with creating the illusion of light. I am constantly amazed with each completed piece and gratified by its effect on the viewer. My work has become a journey that I take with each painting, a journey that does not end when the work is displayed for the first time but continues with each new viewer.”
 
Don Reed was born in 1950 in Bangor, Maine. His early childhood was spent moving from place to place throughout the country until in 1961 when his family moved to southern Maine. While living in South Berwick, Maine, at the age of 12, he attended his first oil painting classes in a little fishing shack in picturesque York Harbor, Maine with a crusty old painter by the name of Edwin Booth who taught painting to kids on Saturday mornings during the summer months.  The laughter of children happily painting and the distinctive smell of linseed oil remains one of Don’s most cherished childhood memories. The lessons were arranged by his stepfather, well-known cartoonist and advertising artist Wilbur Bullock, who was a strong influence on his desire to become an artist.  Don attributes much of his later success to him. 
 
After high school, he briefly attended the Art Institute of Boston and took courses from The Famous Artist School with a goal of becoming a commercial artist like his stepfather.  In the early 1980’s, Don began to experiment with acrylics and developed an interest in science fiction painting which evolved into aviation art by the late eighties. He began exhibiting work at air shows and art shows throughout New England. 
 
In 2001 with the support of his new wife Susan, Don began exhibiting his paintings for the first time since 1990.  Susan and Don began taking his watercolors to art shows throughout New England. 
 
 In 2004 Don took a giant step back to his first art instruction in 1962 by squeezing out some oil paints and reconnecting with the landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes of New England.  In 2005 and 2006 Don traveled to Monhegan  Island , Maine to study with nationally recognized artist, Stan Moeller, painting en plein air at locations around the island.  
 
In 2007 Don made a dramatic change in his approach to painting which took many in the art community by surprise. Some thought his new direction was too radical and sooner or later he would find his way back to traditional painting. But slowly the work began turning heads and gradually he found that what he had discovered was his own distinctive painting technique which set his work apart from the mainstream. From 2007 to 2013 the technique continually evolved until in 2014 he put down the brushes and picked up a palette knife and took a major step toward perfecting the painting style you see today. Don hopes that his approach to painting will continue to grow, evolve, and bring joy to those who view it today and for years to come.
Artist Kenneth M Evans

Kenneth M Evans

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Creativity has been a constant passion throughout my life.  As I have always lived on the coast, I have a strong emotional feeling not only for the beauty of our coastal seas and lands, but I have also developed a deeper understanding of how these sustain us and are necessary to our daily lives.  I find these coastal areas particularly magnificent as I paint in Maine.

Born by the shore in Stamford, CT, it was this proximity to New York both early on and as I practiced law which afforded me the opportunity to study the City’s abundant art world, from abstract to landscape. I have studied with a former professor of painting then at The University of Moscow, and with several of the best Coastal artists of the day. I use later Luminist techniques more often in a studio set piece, in my own form of Contemporary Realism.

My work has been written of and advertised in all the major art magazines from Fine Art Connoisseur to American Art Review, and my work has sold nationally and internationally. I have had one person shows or been featured yearly since 1989 from Newport, RI to Carmel, CA.  Recently I have been given one person exhibitions at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Fall 2012, and the Captain Bangs Hallet House, Summer 2010.  This same year I had a featured piece in the “Masters of the Sea” American Society of Marine Artists exhibit at the Cape Cod Museum of Art.  One of my paintings is the entryway piece for The Cape Cod Maritime Museum and is also published as part of a book called Cape Cod Water Craft from History Press.  I am an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Cape Cod Cultural Center.  I teach painting at the Cape Cod Museum of Art.  I also show at The Art of the Sea Gallery in South Thomaston, Maine and a number of other fine art galleries across the country.

 

Artist Robin McCarthy

Robin McCarthy

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“My purpose in painting, printmaking or collage, is to make order out of chaos. I want to simplify an image as clearly and directly as I can, getting at the essence of that image by using color and shape. I make art that’s important to me, that I want to explore and see. I respond strongly to what I’m working on; there must be an image, thought or feeling worth manifesting, elucidating or unveiling. My work is complete when nothing can be added to it or subtracted from it.

The process of making art is magical and spiritual and totally absorbing to me. I’m grateful for all of it, even the struggles and challenges, because it all helps me to understand and express myself more clearly.”

 

Tim Beavis

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Tim Beavis was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1944. He attended The Museum School in Boston, Mass in the mid 60’s. He lives and paints in Kittery Point, Maine. He is best known for his landscape series. Presently he’s exploring more abstract concepts.

Artist Milena Banks

Milena Banks

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In her years living in China, Japan and the UK, Serbian-born Milena Banks, now living in Maine, has always been observing, remembering and leaving a little of her heart behind. Much of her life has been spent trying to recreate images of the past, of forgotten places to which she can never return. She has written an acclaimed novel, Riding the Tiger, where she captures all the nuances of colonial life in the 30’s. Her art, too, is nostalgic, full of color and vivid scenes which express a sense of longing.  Milena has studied under Enzo Russo, master artist, himself a protege of Giorgio de Chirico.  She has had a solo show at the Greenwich Art Gallery and has exhibited in many juried shows (winning the Delamar award for portrait painting). Her art is in several private collections.
URL: paintingsbymilena.com
Artist Pamela duLong Williams

Pamela duLong Williams

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Pamela duLong Williams attended the Art Students League, NYC, Boston Museum School of Fine Art, and graduated from Vesper George School of Art, Boston, MA. She has taught painting in oil at Silvermine School of Art, New Canaan, CT, UNH, Durham, NH,  Coolidge Art Center, Portsmouth, NH, Heartwood College of Art, Kennebunk, ME, Rowayton Art Center, Rowayton, CT as well as numerous workshops in this country and abroad since 1976.  Her works have exhibitied in competitions and collections such as the National Academy, NYC, Allied Artists, NYC, Creditianstalt, NYC, The Louis Williams Cone Collection, The State House Collection of Boston,  Artist’s Magazine,  American Artist Magazine,  Coastal Living Magazine as well as numerous galleries in this country and abroad. She is currently an active member of Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CT, The Copley Society, Boston, MA. and the Portrait Society of America.

Artist Basil Gorrill

Basil Gorrill

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My paintings are a combination of many reactive processes, yielding this latest body of work. The mediums used are oil, graphite, clay, epoxy, glazes and inks layered to create unique pieces.

Artist Caroline Loder

Caroline Loder

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In 2013, I moved to Chebeague Island with my family and was immediately struck by the varying coastal landscape. I wanted to distill down to its essence the strong shapes and contrasting colors and textures, without sacrificing the realism of the landscape and surrounds. With a simple palette of colors, I aim to achieve a sense of calm and serenity.

I cannot recall a time, going back to my youth, that I wasn’t fascinated with how artists produce their magic and I’ll always remember my introduction to oil painting—plein air painting with Bill Darling. We would set up our easels at dawn on a hillside in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and there I would paint alongside wiser and more talented adult painters. Combined with other art studies, which included figure drawing, sculpture, and watercolor painting, I discovered the broad reach of different art practices.

In 1994, I graduated from Syracuse University, the School of Visual and Performing Arts and appreciate all aspects of fine art. It was here that I developed a love for graphic design and advertising, specifically, how to tell a story. I ventured far, both geographically and creatively, exploring different art mediums and work. Though I have spent many years rendering images in world of design, I have returned to New England and to my artistic roots, using simple tools and basic principles. All the while I hear the words of the man I credit for teaching me how to “see”, artist Larry Golden: “Before you start a painting, start with a good drawing”. It’s these same words from my first art instructor that I share with my own art students on Chebeague Island.