During my senior year, I was delighted and honored to be selected to show some of my work at the Fogler Library at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. I chose works I had completed for my classes during my final year at the University.
Two of the paintings, Coastal Interactions, were developments on a theme of familiar places. For most of my life, even in different places, the coast was a familiar element. The two paintings reflect the different ways location can impact how we relate to similar situations. Water Power demonstrates the involved interaction we are likely to have in a warmer climate, while Sunburn illustrates the contemplative approach we tend to prefer in the colder, more rugged setting of the north.
The two Mists of Depression pieces are using the landscape to illustrate a frame of mind. Both are intentionally ambiguous as to whether the sailboat is escaping or entering the mist: the viewer gets to decide according to mood and moment and chosen level of interaction. Is the viewer a bystander watching the sailor weave in and out of the mist? Or does the viewer identify with the sailor?
The four drawings are from a nature drawing class-- three are plein air works (yes, the seagull posed!) and the owl was drawn from a museum display.