Summer Show at Shaw Contemporary Jewelry Gallery

I first met Sam Shaw in 2016, our first year in Maine, when walking into his space in mid-winter. North East Harbor might as well have been a ghost town, but there was Sam in his “uniform”- bright orange shirt and striped pants ( at least that is what I remember). He welcomed us whole heartedly and since I have found this is what the people of Maine do. Sam is a maker through and through and his “safety third” approach to life something I live within my studio. Nothing is too sacred and nothing impossible! No Fear!!!

Flash forward to this past Fall and Sam contacted me to show this summer with him and I could not be more thrilled! Come to the opening if you can! Thursday July 25, 5 - 7:00pm • Main Street, North East Harbor, ME.

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Rugosa Rose and Summer in Maine

Nothing is as intoxicating as the briny sea breeze engulfing one with the sweet smell of beach rose in full bloom! Since calling Maine home these coastal and unfortunately invasive plants have drawn my attention for their ability to thrive in the rocky, sandy, salt sprayed periphery of Maine. Originally an ornamental brought from Asia they spread rapidly through sea dispersed seedings up and down our Maine coast, in fact from Novia Scotia to Florida!

Looking back at the Camden Hills from Isleboro in June means Pink and white roses are in full bloom.

Looking back at the Camden Hills from Isleboro in June means Pink and white roses are in full bloom.

As an Artist I see them as magical and beautiful additions to our coast. I have yet to find out if they are a problem for other species of plants or animals but for now they inhabit my new work in a William Morris inspired manner. I did read recently that they are actually helpful in control of beach erosion, create safe animal habitat along the coast, and that their rose hips, which remain all winter, are a great source of winter food for coastal animals.

For now I will enjoy the summer blooms and use these beauties for inspiration-

“Beach Roses at Sandy Point” 36”x36” Mixed Media on Wood Panel.

“Beach Roses at Sandy Point” 36”x36” Mixed Media on Wood Panel.

Detail from a new work, “Stripers and Beach Roses” 36” x 18” Mixed Media on Wood Panel

Detail from a new work, “Stripers and Beach Roses” 36” x 18” Mixed Media on Wood Panel

Studio Monday - Preparing for the "Season"

Summer in Maine is short is what everyone told me when I moved to here in 2016. I totally get it now. . .

Growing up in Western New York State brought long seemingly endless winters, but I was young then. A short summer that also is “The Season” for gallery Artists, here in Maine, makes for a long year not unlike being a farmer I believe- hoping first that the crops will grow and produce fruits of one’s labor, but also be purchased by hungry patrons enabling one to do it again the next year.

Photographing and preparing to deliver work for a July Solo Exhibit in NE Harbor, Maine.

Photographing and preparing to deliver work for a July Solo Exhibit in NE Harbor, Maine.

The winter allowed for much work to happen and now with June here the work gets signed, wired, edges painted out, and prepared for delivery in hope that this crop will be the bumper crop and allow for next years work to begin once again. With that said I have already been offered two solo shows for 2020 and need not only monies to survive but to purchase new paint, wood panels, and other materials to prepare next years “crop”.

Happy farming. . . . I mean making. . . . . .



The Alewives are Running!

Spent the day in Brooksville, Maine where the incredile Bagaduce River works its way 12 slow miles emptying into the Penobscot Bay near Castine. This day in May we were especially fortunate to view the diadromous Alewives making their way upstream to spawn. The river was alive and so full of life- You felt as if you could walk on the water atop the backs of the tens of thousands of fish working their way upstream in bits and spurts, resting, and then again fits and spurts, and then again. Amazing!

Recently I had begun some new paintings with Alwives and the rushing spring waters of Maine as the focal point and this was a treat to see this first hand. I think my new work captured the feeling I had imagined and this has all helped me complete the paintings for this summer’s exhibitions. I am always working in that space between the imagined and the experienced, but together magical things can happen- That is what I am always searching for in my work.

Water on my Mind

The world outside my studio is my inspiration, my source of joy- Sunlight bouncing off the mirrored surface of the Penobscot Bay always captures my gaze. Winter in Maine has a particular feel and look that is toally different than what we will see in a few months, maybe even tomorrow. I love the reflections of the sky and earth that transport my mind to other places, other times.

Studio Saturday - Birds and Lures

STUDIO SATURDAY- I am a morning maker. Green tea, coffee, and silence greet me every day. While in graduate school I found this out about myself and my process for making as I had to get out the door early to open a coffee shop in Baton Rouge or go teach morning print classes at LSU. Two or three hours in the early AM gave me time to unload, to paint, to create before the “other” hours of the day happened to me. Another two or three hours in later afternoon and then maybe into the evening if the heat and cocktails would allow.

Now I hit my pillow early and rise even earlier to embrace the most quiet part of my day. It works and beautiful things emerge from this practice.

The upstairs “winter” studio fills quickly with materials, coffee, and small works-  Sometimes large ones too.

The upstairs “winter” studio fills quickly with materials, coffee, and small works- Sometimes large ones too.