Featured Artist… Eugene Quinn!

Painting by Eugene Quinn
Painting by Eugene Quinn

I love this painting by Eugene Quinn of his studio/gallery in Rockport, MA. Paintings of interiors are a favorite of mine… just look how special this studio space is! Studio and gallery located in one nice area, in a historic seaside cottage with so much charm!

Layla outside the Eugene Quinn Studio Gallery
Layla outside the Eugene Quinn Studio Gallery

Lucky Layla. From the looks of things she is definitely top dog! What a view! Wow… this is one gorgeous place to hang paintings. Speaking of paintings, check out Eugene’s website – fabulous paintings in a dreamy location… what could be better? The studio gallery is closed for the season right now, but I’ll have a little more about the actual studio when it reopens in the spring!

Eugene Quinn - painting in progress - what a view!
Eugene Quinn – painting in progress – what a view!

Eugene’s paintings are a wonderful depiction of an area that he clearly loves. It shows in his paintings. Each and every one is wonderful and has a very happy feeling to it. Eugene is an award winning artist, take a peek for yourself!

Painting by Eugene Quinn
Painting by Eugene Quinn

Read a blip about Eugene from his website:

In the tradition of the tonalists, the luminists, and the artist-travelers of the Victorian Age; Eugene’s work conveys truth and beauty found in the natural world. He paints outdoors in all seasons rendering the feeling of particular places at a particular moment be they grand or simple, in lands far away and on the street where he lives, moved by experiences foreign and familiar.

Eugene earned degrees in Fine Art and Art History at Providence College all the while pursuing his interests in science and architecture. Then after years of part time study at The Art Students League and The New York School of Visual Arts he learned essential technical training from John Phillip Osborne at the Ridgewood Art Institute. Over the years he has won more than fifty awards at juried competitions across the country.

ALL IMAGES VIA EugeneQuinn.com and Eugene Quinn Studio Gallery Facebook page


O n e  Y e a r  A g o:             In search for the perfect wall light!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:         Photo: Tenants Harbor, Maine

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:   A promise is a promise…

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Featured Artist… Kevin Menck!

Highway Moon by Kevin Menck
Highway Moon by Kevin Menck

What a fabulous nocturnal plein air painting! Love the moonlight, the deep blue sky and those lights way off in the distance. Very nice! This painting is available at the Lindsay Goodwin Gallery. Caution: the image on their website is lighter than the real painting. This image came from Kevin’s website, so I would say this is more the real deal. Brilliant composition how everything keeps your eye in the loop… Great painting! I really like Kevin’s work. Check out his website when you get a chance!

Read a blip about Kevin from his website and check out his workshops for 2014:

Kevin Menck was born and raised in Middle Tennessee. After graduating from art school, he worked briefly as a designer and then as a self-employed illustrator for 15 years. “Working as an illustrator helped me develop skills that are fundamental to what I do now, especially drawing. The ability to draw is the foundation to everything.”

In 2002 Kevin met and befriended local painter Jason Saunders. “Jason  was very instrumental in my development as an artist. He introduced me to the basics of landscape painting and also instilled in me the importance of painting from nature. Nature is the best teacher I’ve had.”

Kevin is now committed to painting the landscape “en plein aire.” Being an avid outdoorsman for years, Kevin has a deep love and respect for the outdoors. “I remember sitting in a duck blind or deer stand and trying to figure out how to capture what I was seeing on canvas. To get that atmosphere, to make a cold day look cold and hot days hot. I want the viewer to look at it and know what it actually was to be there.”

Kevin lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee.


O n e  Y e a r  A g o:             Classy bird wallpaper (really!)

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:         A granola recipe for life!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:   A router to rock your world (2011)

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Image via KevinMenck.com

Featured Artist… Bruce Gomez!

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Final Thoughts From Far Away by Bruce Gomez – Image: TellurideGallery.com

Bruce Gomez, artist… Spectacular, right? The composition of this painting is amazing. The colors… perfect in every way! If you haven’t seen work by Bruce Gomez I highly suggest you check him out, he’s got such beautiful subject matter! Bruce is a pastel artist, living in Denver, CO.

Here’s a blip about him from the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art:

Bruce A. Gómez was born in Denver, Colorado in 1957 and was educated at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado at Denver, where he received a degree in Political Science as well as a degree in Romance Languages.  The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art has represented Bruce since 1985.

He has been working in pastels for thirty-nine years, full-time for the past twenty-nine. Entirely self-taught, Bruce works exclusively in that medium on cold-pressed watercolour paper. In addition, he has taught for the last twenty years at the Ah Haa School in Telluride, CO, where he has been one of the school’s highest rated instructors for years. He has also had the opportunity to teach workshops in Sedona, AZ, Moab, UT, London, England, and Cortona, Italy. He is currently a regular instructor at the Abend Gallery of Fine Art in Denver.

Bruce has participated in more shows than he can recall and his work has been featured in The Artist Magazine, Art and Antiques, and in Southwest Art Magazine several times where he was noted as an Artist to Watch Over $5,000.

He has appeared in numerous Pastel Invitational shows as well as Plein Air Invitationals including The Denver Golden Triangle Invitational, and The Sedona Plein Air Festival, in which he won The Collector’s Choice Award, The Artists Choice Award, and received one of five Merit Awards in 2011 and the Merit Awards in 2012.

Bruce has also produced the artwork for numerous festivals and events including The MAAD poster Detroit 1998, The Telluride Jazz Festival, The Telluride Chamber Music Festival, The Sheep Mountain Alliance, and many others. He has contributed his work to numerous fundraisers and benefits including fundraisers for The Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, The Telluride AIDS benefit, The Ah Haa Art Auction, The Alzheimer’s Foundation, KRMA Art Auction, and The American Cancer Society.

His extensive travels range from Aspen and Telluride, New Mexico and Arizona, Wyoming and Montana, up to Banff, and crossing the Pond to Europe; he has painted across London, Amsterdam, Paris, Provence, Florence, and Rome.

Truly gifted! Catch you back here tomorrow!

Port Clyde, ME near Monhegan Boat Line


This shot was taken on the boat headed to Monhegan Island, Maine. So picturesque, isn’t it? It just takes my breath away every single time! This photo reminds me of a painting by Colin Page. He has probably painted this same area many times… have you seen his work? Whew, amazing! I love his JOURNAL… full of great information…

Daniel Kany recently wrote a review of his Greenhut Gallery show in the Maine Sunday Telegram – a must read! Colin also shows his work here locally in Charleston, SC at the Anglin Smith Gallery at 9 Queen Street. Stop by and see what he’s all about!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Charleston Artist… Charles Williams!

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Painting by Charles Williams

Charles Williams is an immensely talented artist. I love how he blends his realistic paintings with a contemporary twist. Pizazz! His paintings are wildly realistic, and I swear you can FEEL the movement from them… especially the Ocean Works… After viewing a few I think that I came close to needing a Dramamine (in a good way!)! How cool to have something still show movement. Very talented!

Check out Robert Lange Studios Fine Art Gallery for more of Charles’ work!

Read a blip about Charles from his website:

Charles Williams is a professional contemporary realist painter from Georgetown, South Carolina and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art. From utilizing oils for the basis of landscapes, each painting captures his reflection of human emotions in response to and in sync with the natural environment. Recent achievements and awards include a Hudson River Landscape Fellowship, featured work in the Artists Magazines 28th Annual Art Competition, honorable mention from Southwest Art Magazines 21 Emerging Under 31 competition, 2012 Winner of the Fine Art Category from Creative Quarterly, 2013 selected artist for 28th Positive Negative juried art exhibition at East Tennessee State University, juror/curated by Michael Ray Charles from PBS Ar21, one of 25 selected artists for 2012 Dave Bown Project in Chicago, juror/curated by Karl Hecksher, owner K5 Editions, New York, Andrea Karnes, curator at Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Mary Kate O’Hare, curator American Art, Newark Museum, 2nd place Bluecanvas Publication international competition “Environments,” and featured cover artist of Composite and Professional Artist Magazine. Williams’ works has been shown in American Art Collector, Empty Magazine, Charleston Magazine, Grand Strand, Studio Visit, Bluecanvas and other national publications. He was recently interviewed and broadcast on ETV/ NPR station, entitled: Nature Through the Eyes of an Artist. His contemporary landscapes have been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in galleries in New York, Vermont, California, Georgia, South Carolina and several other southeastern states.

Statement of Purpose

 I explore the relationship between human emotions and the natural environment. These parallel perspectives are the basis for my landscapes channeled onto canvas. Often, it’s my perception thatI feel compelled to paint a specific landscape. These feelings inspire me to capture honest moments, showing others a glimpse of what’s beneath the surface.

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Featured Artist… Christine Sharp!


Yakima Canyon Spring by Christine Sharp

Christine’s art is different. I like that! The colors are vivid, the content not cluttered with detail. It seems to be the most simplified version of what she’s seeing. The colors and subject matter make for fabulous and interesting paintings! I urge you to check out her other pieces!

Here’s a blip about Christine from her website:

Chicago native, Christine Sharp moved to Seattle in 1978 to complete her Master’s Degree and teach at the University of Washington.

Sharp is a renaissance woman, having reinvented herself several times. “My friends say I am like a curious cat with many lives,” says Sharp. So far she’s thrived as a nurse/family therapist, college teacher/researcher, entrepreneur, documentary writer/producer, CNN news director/investigative reporter and for the past 12 years a respected fine artist.

“While some may see my choices as random and disconnected there are interesting links,” says Sharp. “I started out in the health and healing arts and gradually moved into the literary/visual arts . I’ve never been afraid to learn something new and seek out the best teachers to show me the way!”

Along the way, Sharp’s picked up some of the nation’s top awards for her writing and directing. In 1990 Sharp won the coveted Peabody Award and the Gold Medal in the New York Film Festival for her documentary “BACKHAULING” on unsafe trucking practices that aired on MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour.

After sharing the Peabody stage with luminaries like Ted Koppel, CNN’s Boys from Bagdad, Ken Burns and David Lynch, Sharp was recruited by CNN to pioneer the first Northwest News Desk. She investigated/directed news coverage of all the major stories of the 90’s…from Clinton, Gore, Dylan, Santana, and the Queen…to Harding, Simpson, Lewinsky and Unabomber. Sharp told the world the news of the day through her unique lense.

Then following a brush with death from a misdiagnosed genetic blood clotting disorder, Sharp put down pen and camera and picked up the brush. “I always loved to draw and paint but thought I’d wait until I was in the rocking chair to get serious about art. I’m so glad I started a bit earlier to pursue this path. No one knows how much time they have here!” says Sharp. 

Sharp began her art career tackling WATERCOLORS and studied with some of the best artist/teachers like Eric Weigardt, Charles Reid and Zolton Szabo. Sharp earned her signature status in the NWWS, Northwest Watercolor Society, in 2012.

Sharp began painting in oils in 2010 after studying with renown master Ned Meuller. She enjoys Plein Air painting for inspiration but prefers to paint her carefully designed oils in a larger format in her studio in Kirkland,Washington. Sharp is a juried member of the Oil Painter’s of America. Her work is widely collected by corporations and private collectors.

Sharp has been in numerous national and international art shows and galleries. She writes for Artist Magazine and is the founder of the annual Kirkland Artist Studio Tour.  

Currently Sharp is exclusively represented by LISA HARRIS GALLERY, one of the oldest and most respected gallery in Seattle, Washington located in Pike Street Market. CONTACT/DIRECTIONS

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Featured Artist… Jeremy Mann!

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The White Vanity by Jeremy Mann – Image: Principle Gallery

How amazing is this? The intricacy of this girls top is amazing. Her reflection in the mirror… spectacular! The rough looseness of the wall, vanity and mirror – out of this world! Jeremy isn’t fooling around, this dude can paint!

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After the Storm by Jeremy Mann – Image: Principle Gallery

I think it’s so cool when artists are diverse. Jeremy lives in San Francisco and paints many downtown scenes that are out of this world. If you haven’t yet discovered Jeremy, check out his work, it’s pretty darn amazing!

Read a blip about Jeremy from his website:

Jeremy Mann – Biography
Jeremy Mann(b. 1979) graduated from Ohio University with a Cum Laude degree in Fine Art-Painting. Afterward, he ventured out to California where he earned his Master’s Degree with Valedictorian honors at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Since then, Mann has garnered substantial attention in the art world. Praised by critics and collectors alike, his work recently graced the cover of American Art Collector magazine.Executed on medium to large-scale panels, each exciting work demonstrates the artist’s unmistakable style. Working on wood panels provides a strong support, where Mann can utilize a number of techniques: staining the surface, wiping away paint with solvents, and applying broad, gritty marks with an ink brayer. Mann paints with confidence and flair. He addresses complex compositions with a mature eye and his colors are both vivid and atmospheric.

Living in downtown San Francisco, Mann paints his immediate surroundings with intimate, dynamic expression. A number of unique compositions are inspired from the city’s pavement, where reflected street lamps and neon signs glitter in the rain. In each work, Mann imbues the city with drama, mood, and personality..

Ever ambitious, Mann covers a wide range of subjects beyond cityscapes: interior scenes of lone, young women as striking and restless as the city itself; a bold and intriguing self-portrait, masterful still life paintings, and pastoral scenes that recall the landscape of his hometown.

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Artist Elizabeth Pollie captured the beast… perfectly! Study #17.. Charlie!

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Study #17 by Elizabeth Pollie, Image Via Elizabeth Pollie

I almost fell and couldn’t get up. Seriously. When I saw the image come across on my phone, that tiny image on my Blackberry, I truly thought it was the photo of Charlie until I went to the computer and pulled up Facebook. Artist Elizabeth Pollie has been doing a study a day (30 studies/30 days) and they are so exquisite, each and every one is just breathtaking. You wonder how ONE person can have so much talent!? It boggles my mind.

Charlie is “Study #17”. Wow! It is so perfect that words truly escape me. I simply cannot stop looking at it. (STUDY? I say to myself? If I were to paint something that wonderful, I would declare myself a master and call it a day! Hee)

This is the image that was on my blog post entitled You again? Ugh…! from February 23, 2013. Elizabeth commented on that post and said that it looked like a painting… so I quickly emailed her back letting her know she was more than welcome to the image! That evening I saw the painting pop up on Facebook.

Will she just go away?

I. Almost. Fell. Over.  Elizabeth’s painting is so fabulous that it brings tears to my eyes. Wow. Am I weird? Ha ha…

Elizabeth Pollie shows her work locally here in Charleston, SC at the Horton Hayes Gallery. She is a phenomenal artist with more than just talent. This woman can SEE. She is so perceptive that she picked up the very essence of Charlie. You must check out her work, you will be floored. I’m preparing you in advance. There is no higher praise I can give. More than just a great artist, she’s such a nice person, and quite hilarious. She is as eloquent with her words as she is with her paintbrush. Most all of her posts bring a smile to my face. I love that about her!

Here’s a blip about the Elizabeth Pollie Fine Art Gallery  located in Harbor Springs, MI – I can’t wait to get there one day!

Elizabeth Pollie Fine Art is located in Harbor Springs, Michigan. The gallery specializes in representational painting by nationally acclaimed artists. The focus of EPFA is on extremely high quality fine art for the discerning client. We welcome both first time buyers as well as seasoned collectors.

Please visit us in the summer at 231 E. Main Street, Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740.

Read more about Elizabeth on a previous post… or from her website.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Christine Lafuente!

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Boats in Manset by Christine Lafuente{Image}

Most of you know what I’m going to say… LOVE those pops of orange. Lawdy! That beautiful orange next to that rich gorgeous blue… oooowie! Makes for a nice piece! The palette is nice, the composition is serene and happy… kind of like you’re on the back of one of those boats with an iced tea in your hand soaking up the sun after a long winter… ok, maybe I have a wild imagination, but it’s a feel good painting for sure!

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Blue Cartons & Jelly Jar by Christine Lafuente{Image}

It’s not always easy to paint everyday subjects so that they’re interesting… THIS is interesting to me… perhaps its my fondness for jars, especially with cool lids… (you can use them for SO many things!). Again, that pop of a bright color wakes this painting up leaving the rest of it nice and serene. Very nice.

Here’s a short blip about Christine from her website:

Christine Lafuente is a widely exhibited Painter and Pratt Institute Instructor. She received a Bachelors of Art in English from Bryn Mawr College (1991), a Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia (1995) and a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from Brooklyn College (2004).

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Featured Artist… Paula Frizbe!

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“At the Lake House” by Paula Frizbe

Paula has such a great style. I especially like this painting, called “At the Lake House” – what a dream, eh? Oh, the color of the water, the lake house, and that TREE with it’s quirky whimsical branches. This is a wonderful painting!

Paula has many more, be sure to stop by her website if you get a chance! I see that Paula is a member of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast. They also have a great Facebook page if you’re interested!

Here’s a blip about Paula from the Leiper’s Creek Gallery, located in Franklin, TN:

Paula Frizbe has been a professional oil painter for over a decade. Her career in the arts spans almost 30 years. Her professional career has afforded her painting opportunities throughout the United States and in many foreign countries. She is a signature member of The Cumberland Society of Painters, Alla Prima International and Plein-Air Painter’s of the Southeast. Her work is owned by numerous private and corporate collectors. She is currently represented by several galleries in five states in the south and southeast.
“To me, the whole idea of painting is to respond to and then convey to others my view of the world around me. I find no pleasure in reinventing the world, nor seek a self-fulfilling inward gaze. My joy comes from the pure thrill of adventure. 
The world is infinitely complex. The continual hunt for and then surprise finding of her mysteries is my sole motivation.” 
Paula Frizbe — Artist statement

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Featured Artist… Aaron Schuerr!

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The Road To Nowhere by Aaron Schuerr

Image: BetsySwartzFineArt.com

I feel as if I’m on this road, walking up this winding hill… I have my lunch in a backpack and a nice cold water, oh and maybe a Baby Ruth, you know, for safety’s sake… *ugh* let me get back on track here… I guess what I’m trying to say is… I feel as if I’m in this painting…          

I. AM. THERE.  It’s too cool when an artist can make you FEEL something… and this artist definitely makes me feel as if I am there…

The earth is amazing, the colors in the road… fabulous, the beautiful green, the mountains in the distance and THOSE TREES… those nice wild trees… makes this one spectacular painting. This painting is by Aaron Schuerr. Here’s a blip about Aaron from the Betsy Swartz Fine Art Gallery in Bozeman, Montana:

Aaron Schuerr began his art studies at the Art Institute of Chicago and then moved on to art college in Scotland. It was here, somewhat accidentally, that he was introduced to plein aire painting while out painting on the beach with a friend. As he describes “I packed up all my postmodern cleverness and became a landscape painter.” After graduation, he returned to Montana where he married his Rocky Mountain sweetheart. “In many ways, the school of nature was my best training”, says Aaron. These days he can be found loading up his field kit and heading to the Paradise Valley to paint. Working in both oil and pastel, he brings a quiet intimacy and sensitive rendering of light to the varied landscapes of the Rocky Mountain West. “I’m not just trying to paint a pretty picture; I’m trying to tell you what it was like to be there.”  Aaron’s paintings can be found in private collections in America and Scotland. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a founding member of the Montana Painters Alliance, and a dedicated plein-air painter.

Check out Aaron’s website for more paintings! Also check out his blog, he’s got a sense of humor and his blog is a good read!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Marc Dalessio!

“Street in Korcula” by Marc Dalessio – Image: Ann Long

First, I want to mention the obvious. The look of my site has changed a wee bit. I think I have made it cleaner and easier to read. You aren’t on the wrong site, it’s me… I’ve just changed things a bit, let me know how you like (or don’t like) what you see! Personally, I love the orange vs. the red… but that’s me! My goal was to make it clear so you can see all that’s going on! Ok, enough admin stuff… on to the post!

Marc Dalessio is quite the artist AND quite the traveler. His website is so interesting, he shows his paintings, gives tips, talks about upcoming workshops (Swiss Alps!), check it out! He’s got lots of cool tips (i.e. what he does with his brushes when done painting). Definitely interesting whether you’re an artist or not! I was reading about where he lives between Florence, Italy (oh!!) and Zagreb, Croatia and travels quite a bit of the time to places all over the world, then I saw he was having a show at the Ann Long Fine Art Gallery (Charleston, SC) for the month of November 2012! So… if you’re in the area, you know where to go to see his work in person! From Ann Long Fine Art:

What’s so fascinating is that for each group of paintings you can see a clear difference in the color palette. For example, Italy the colors were much warmer. Marc has a clean painting style, I don’t know how to explain it… like his brush never gets dirty or mixed with a color he doesn’t want it to get mixed with. Hmmm, must be nice, ha ha…

Here’s a blip about Marc from the Ann Long Fine Art Gallery:

Marc Dalessio, born in 1972 in Los Angeles, California, is a naturalistic painter who at a young age has established himself as one of the foremost plein-air painters working today. 

Marc’s artistic training began at the University of California at Santa Cruz where he majored in biology and fine art. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1992, he moved to Florence, Italy and trained as a portraitist for four years under Charles Cecil at his atelier. Charles H. Cecil Studios is a school of fine art that offers a thorough training in the traditional techniques of naturalistic drawing and painting. Upon completion of his first year, Marc was awarded a full scholarship, and after finishing the full course, he became an advanced painting instructor at the school. 

Articles Featuring Marc Dalessio
American Artist, 12/09 (pdf)

Currently the landscape painting instructor at the Florence Academy of Art, Marc keeps a studio in Florence, Italy but travels for much of the year. Recent painting expeditions have included Greece and Albania, Morocco, Rajasthan, Sicily, Kenya, and the Caribbean. His works are in private collections worldwide.

Did you check out the article that was in American Artist? Very good! – Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Alfred Peter Frank Sandford!

“Lighthouse Keeper’s House, Monhegan” by Alfred Peter Frank Sandford

You see a lot of artists paint the lighthouse on Monhegan. It’s picturesque to say the least. Alfred’s twist was so different. That loose style, bright colors and great composition really bring this painting to life! If you’re in the Wiscasset, Maine area stop in Wiscasset Bay Gallery, say hello and take a peek at some fabulous art!

Another of Monhegan… this is unbelievable… truly a masterpiece!

“Base of Whitehead, Monhegan” by Alfred Peter Frank Sandford

Here’s a blip about Alfred from the Wiscasset Bay Gallery website:

Born in London, England in 1928, Sandford studied at Enfield Technical College and began work as a draftsman. Sandford left England in the early 1950s to live in Toronto, Canada, and eventually settled in Flushing, New York in 1958 with his family. Sandford turned his attention from design and drafting work to painting in the 1960s, studying art at The New School and the Art Students League in New York City.

Sandford painted throughout New England, capturing the landscape around him through his bright and energetic acrylic paintings. He was particularly taken with Monhegan Island, and spent over thirty years painting the dramatic island landscape. Although Sandford never exhibited his art during his lifetime, his paintings are now beginning to gain recognition, and a number of his works of Monhegan Island can be found in the collection of the Monhegan Island Museum.

Wow, I’m a bit sad that he never exhibited his work while he was alive. I truly hope he knew how talented he was! This is a great artist to collect, and how wonderful is it that a number of his works will be at home at the Monhegan Island Museum!?

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Images: WiscassetBayGallery.com

Featured Artist… Robert Norieka!

“Lobster Buoys” by Robert Norieka – Image: Sylvan Gallery

I love Robert Norieka’s style… loose and dramatic. His colors… intense… in a very good way. I LOVE the color of that little shed and how the buoys really stand out and make a statement. What really makes this painting stand out is how a good part of it is in the shade and the rest in the sun. The part in the sun is so colorful. This is such a fantastic painting done by an artist who can paint watercolor, acrylic and oil (i’m sure there’s more he does, but that’s what we saw the other day at the Sylvan Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine).

If you’re in the Wiscasset area, I urge you to pop in Sylvan Gallery and take a peek! Then run down to TREATS for some… TREATS!  Hee hee…

Here’s a blip about Robert from the Sylvan Gallery (Wiscasset, Maine) website:

Robert is a graduate of Paier School of Art and has been a professional artist for thirty-five years. His passion for art is matched by a natural talent to paint a wide variety of subjects, highlighted by expressive coastal scenes, intimate woodland pictorials and seasonal treks through the countryside. He has been inspired by the many pleasurable memories of his boyhood; which was spent joyfully fishing, and catching turtles and frogs.

A prominent national award winning artist and illustrator, Robert’s paintings hang in both corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. His painting Catfish and Turtles is in the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art. He is represented in numerous galleries and teaches and lectures throughout New England. He has illustrated magazine editorials and seven books. He is an elected member of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, the Salmagundi Club, the Lyme Art Association, the Connecticut Watercolor Society, the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts and he is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society.

So far in 2012 Robert Noreika has already won two significant awards including the Robert Sanstrom Prize – $5,000 and GOLD MEDAL, at the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, and the Second Prize Award at the National Open Show of the New England Watercolor Society. Awards in 2011 include a first award in the New England Watercolor Society’s regional show at the Attleboro Museum as well as awards at the Salmagundi Show in NYC and from the New Haven Paint and Clay Club.

Noreika is a featured artist in 100 Artists of New England published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. in 2010.

And through October 29, 2012…

A New Exhibition at Sylvan Gallery 
“Bold Impressions”
The Paintings of Robert Noreika
September 28th – October 29th

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Featured Artist… Colin Page!

“Underneath” by Colin Page – Image: DowlingWalsh.com

I’ve featured Colin a few times over the past few years. His work is outstanding, and now… some of his paintings have a new twist. Edgy. I am really liking his new work, I love this painting, how you see “underneath”… its wonderful how he can mix a  traditional painting with some abstractness to come up with something totally unique, that works so well! If you haven’t checked out Colin’s website in the past, I highly encourage you to do so. Colin is an amazing person. He gave a workshop in Charleston, SC this past spring that was a huge hit, everyone loved him, and thought he was a fabulous teacher! Oh! I don’t want to forget to mention his JOURNAL. Full of great information, it’s a “must read” if you love art!

Colin’s show opens at the Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine TODAY! The opening reception is from 5-8PM, so if you’re in the area, give his work a peek! You will be thrilled that you did. The Dowling Walsh Gallery is a nice place to hang out and check out some of the best art around. Colin’s show starts today, August 3rd through August 26, 2012. I hope every painting has a red dot!

Look at this piece… (to me) it’s reminiscent of a painting done by Charles Movalli entitled, THE PATRIOT, oh how we loved that painting… if memory serves me correctly it was the stern of a sailboat, and an American flag, those two things I remember… it was big and it was at Bayview Gallery in Camden, ME many years ago. I’ll never forget that piece!

“Angelique” is one classy painting, with the dark hull, the dark water with pops of the sky and the pop of the flag… whoa!

“Angelique” by Colin Page – Image: DowlingWalsh.com

If you’re lucky enough to make it to the show, let me know how you liked it! It’s going to be fabulous! Read more about Colin on the Dowling Walsh website (fabulous website!), so much to read! Catch you back here tomorrow!