Featured Artist: Charles Fenner Ball!

Diamonds On the Bay by Charles Fenner Ball 24×48″ Oil

This is a fabulous painting, isn’t it? Today’s featured artist has a brilliant way to pull you into a scene with the natural beauty of the area. Trees, clouds, light… my favorites!

Charles Fenner Ball is today’s featured artist. Fenner is a Maine artist who has such a way with his paintings. As a lover of the state of Maine and all of its beauty, I appreciate his paintings, they make me feel as if I’m sitting right there with the sun hitting my face looking out over the water and at the puffy clouds. The sun through the clouds and THESE TREES, wow! I ran across Fenner’s work on Capeland Trust website when they were featuring paintings submitted for their fundraiser.

See more of Fenner’s work via these links and read a bit about him via his bio below:

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❝I was born in Los Angeles in 1968, relocating to the east coast in my first year.  My parents opted to come along, which was probably a good thing in retrospect.

Though I’ve lived in numerous places, I’ve been connected to Maine for over thirty years now.  I “made it official” a few years ago when I bought a house in Bangor.  Black flies notwithstanding, I really enjoy painting in Maine and find new inspirations everyday.  

Throughout my life, I’ve been engaged in visual arts of one kind or another – from drawing to design to photography.  But when I discovered oil painting, I realized I had found my medium.  What other art form is so luxurious, versatile, and expressive? 

I would characterize my paintings as having a representational style, a dose of impressionism, with a slightly contemporary edge.  Not necessarily by design, but because that’s just how they seem to come out – a product of my personality, I suppose, in some semi-mysterious way. 

I have no fancy metaphysical philosophies with which to describe my artwork, no poetic and flowery words.  I’m reluctant to talk about my paintings at all, as I hope that they speak for themselves.  The beauty of the land, and trains, are two things that really move me – so this comprises the majority of my subject matter. 

My father was the late Don Ball, Jr., a renowned railroad photographer and author of numerous best-selling books on trains.  Throughout my childhood, I was immersed in both railroads and art of all kinds (I was blessed).  These days, my love of trains persists, and I enjoy painting and photographing current railroads throughout the US.  In addition, much of my railroad reference materials are selected from my dad’s extensive work. 

My birth in the west and subsequent relocation to the east set the stage for a continuing east/west crisis of geography.  In particular, I love both the Southwest and New England – especially for the richness they offer me as an oil painter.  Much of my time is spent devising a way to eliminate the Midwest, thus making the traveling distance between the two regions that much shorter.  (No success with that as of yet.)

My home/studio is in Bangor, Maine.  Visitors are welcome anytime!❞   

✍️ Until next time…


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