Charles Fenner Ball
The classic children’s book, “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” made a big impression on Fenner as a child. As he states, “this fictional character created mysterious and exotic places with his simple drawing tool. His world was brought to life right out of thin air. I’ve always been captivated by how a work of art is something that never previously existed, commanded into being by the artist. There’s often an inherent sense of mystery in paintings, and I try to capture that spirit in my own work. Ideally, I can offer the viewer a sense of escapism and enchantment, some sort of ideal place in nature to be momentarily immersed in – a place of mystery, beauty, and intrigue.” Fenner’s work is represented locally at the Camden Falls Gallery.
Daniel Corey is a traditional painter rooted in the aesthetic values of the Ashcan School and the French Impressionists. Inspired by light quality, color harmony, and abstract shapes, he creates his paintings from direct observation and memory. He enjoys the challenge of painting nontraditional views and subjects, and views that are uniquely Maine.
A native of central Maine, Marsha Donahue holds fine art degrees from Maine College of Art & Design, Portland, and American University in Washington, DC. She recently moved to Belfast from Millinocket, where she owned North Light Gallery for 17 years. Trained in oil painting and printmaking, she self-taught in watercolor following a fire that destroyed her studio, materials, and equipment in 1996. She has returned to oil painting in the last decade and teaches watercolor privately. Her greatest influence has always been Cézanne, following a show she saw at the Phillips Collection in 1969. See her work at Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, and Bayview Gallery, Brunswick, as well as her own website.
Carol L. Douglas
Carol Douglas paints and teaches in Rockport, ME. She has taught plein-air painting in Maine, New Mexico, Florida, and New York, including two watercolor workshops aboard the Rockland Schooner American Eagle. Carol, who studied at the Art Students League of New York, is passionate about wilderness painting. In 2016, she traveled 10,000 miles across Alaska and Canada to paint in the northern backwoods. In 2020, she painted the glaciers of Patagonia. She has painted in Scotland, Australia, and elsewhere.
Cape Elizabeth, ME
Cooper Dragonette is an artist who specializes in landscape painting. Originally from Connecticut, he moved to Maine in the mid 1990’s. Maine instilled in him a deep love for the natural beauty of its coastline. Before becoming a professional artist, he worked for many years with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, and later taught fine arts. Today he paints full-time and instructs plein-air painting workshops. Cooper and his family live in Cape Elizabeth, ME. His work is featured at the Portland Art Gallery in Portland, ME, and Todd Bonita Gallery in Portsmouth, NH.
New Milford, CT, and Monmouth, ME
Diane Dubreuil was raised in Maine. Her interest in plein-air painting began early, when her family camped and she painted the woods and plant life around her. A graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, she worked as a digital artist for more than 25 years. In 2005, she was the resident artist for the Musée de la Grande Vigne in Dinan, Brittany, and returned in 2019 with other resident artists from around the world for the historic designation of the museum. In 2021, Diane was chosen to be Baxter State Park’s Visiting Artist. She is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society and the International Plein Air Painters. She teaches watercolor classes and gives painting demonstrations.
Stephan Giannini is a plein-air painter living in Rockland, ME. He especially enjoys the quiet and mystery of painting at night. He has participated in numerous plein-air events, often winning prizes. He was a cover artist in a 2018 PleinAir Magazine. Stephan also works on historical restorations of large-scale decorations and murals in churches, theaters, and state capitals, and has restored murals in the White House office building. He studied at the Lyme Academy in Connecticut, and the Palette and Chisel and American Academy of Art in Chicago.
Roberta’s childhood interest in drawing continued through her 20-year US Army career. She brings her passion for figure drawing to landscape painting “all in one go,” and sees endless challenge in making decisions and using time wisely before the moment vanishes. Her artwork has appeared in exhibitions in Maine; Washington, DC; Virginia; and Maryland. Roberta has won many awards, including First Place, Bangor Art Association; the Castine Plein Air Festival; the Guerilla Painter Award; and the Wayne Plein Air Festival. In Maine, she is represented by Ingram Art & Antiques, Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Wiscassett, Camden Falls Gallery, Camden.
Monhegan Island, ME
“Painting is my way of moving through this world, responding to and expressing what I see and feel,” Alison says. “It is my interpretation, using color, stroke, and line, to evoke the mood I receive. Whether I am painting a landscape, a person, or a still life, I want to recreate what I am receiving.”
Alison lives on Monhegan Island, Maine. In the summer, she runs a studio and gallery. Off-season, she paints, travels, does portraits, and works on other art-related endeavors. “Monhegan offers endless inspiration,” she says. “I am very fortunate to call this island home.” Represented by Camden Falls Gallery.
The Jill Hoy Gallery in Stonington has been a visual feast of a destination since 1986. In Maine, in addition to her own gallery, she shows at the Portland Art Gallery, Lincolnville Fine Arts, and Cornerstone Gallery, Southwest Harbor. Jill’s work is in the collection of the Portland Museum of Art, Harvard Business School, Fidelity Investments, and hundreds of private collections. Jill says, “Maine has educated my eye to its rhythms and light. I document place and character, held by strong composition and structure, while discerning the subtext color, carried by light. I annotate rhythm and structure into gesture of brush stroke, and allow air and wind to keep breathing through these paintings.”
Ryan Kohler and his wife live in Skowhegan, ME, along with numerous pets. He paints everyday in his home studio with Australian Shepherds at his heels. Ryan received a BA in Art from the University of Maine at Augusta in 2011, concentration in drawing. Representational painting is still the root of what Ryan strives to achieve. Recently, mixed media and collage have become a significant element in his work. Bits of colored paper, maps, album covers, posters, and found materials are collaged to the surface of his paintings, adding an extra physical presence to his work and enriching the viewing experience. Represented by Camden Falls Gallery.
Jonathan says of his work, “Each painting is a puzzle to piece together…a playful, yet serious endeavor, a celebration of our surroundings. We see many things every day with heightened digital clarity, yet original artwork always conveys a sense of mystery and magic for us all. Painting is an unwritten way to connect our hearts and minds through depictions of shared experience.” Jonathan graduated from Connecticut College in 1993 with a Cum Laude Distinction in Fine Art. His works include the harbors, beaches, vessels, and architecture of New England’s coastal environment. Recent Awards: 2021 Cape Ann Plein Air; First Place Award, 2021 Perkins Cove Paint Out, Ogunquit, ME; Second Place Award, 2021 American Impressionists Society President’s Choice Award, Omaha, NE. Represented by Camden Falls Gallery.
South Portland, ME, and Corea, ME
Nathaniel Meyer is a painter out of South Portland, ME and Corea, ME. A recipient of the 2015 Monhegan Artists’ Residency, he exhibits his work nationally and internationally. Nathaniel is represented by Page Gallery in Camden, ME and Moss Gallery in Falmouth, ME. In 2018, his work was exhibited and added to the permanent collection of the Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum of Art in Aomori, Japan. Nathaniel received degrees from Boston University School of Fine Arts and Lesley University College of Art and Design. He teaches drawing and painting at the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College.
Colin Page, raised in Baltimore, studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Whether working on location or in the studio, Colin strives to capture the atmosphere and light of a scene. Colin currently lives in Maine, where he focuses on painting the landscape, and scenes that show his life as a father of two young girls. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions and group shows nationally and abroad.
Spruce Head, ME
Björn Runquist is a Swedish-born artist who grew up in New York and France. He is essentially self-taught, but has painted since childhood when he started private lessons with Swedish artist Nils Strom. He has work in the permanent collection of the Farnsworth Museum and has exhibited widely in galleries on the East Coast. He is in many private and corporate collections and has been featured several times in Maine Home & Design magazine. He is now a Maine resident, represented by Landing Gallery in Rockland.
Matthew Russ’s Waterville studio serves as a staging area for his painting excursions throughout Maine. Matthew is devoted to the plein-air practice. “Painting in the field is a means of engaging directly with the landscape. While these sessions are personally enlightening, it’s always my goal to share my discoveries. I invite viewers to join me in celebrating the wonder of our natural surroundings.” He champions public access to land, often painting in state parks and protected areas. In 2020, he journeyed with his easel to 20 coastal Maine islands to raise awareness and funds for the Maine Island Trail Association.
A graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art, Janet began her career illustrating for the Crown Publishing Group and Macmillan Publishers in New York. Over the past two decades, she has earned numerous awards as a landscape painter. She lives on the north shore of Massachusetts, and is an artist member of the North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA, and the Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport, MA. Her work is represented by the DeLouise Studio 53 in Rockport, MA and Roux & Cyr International Fine Art in Portland, ME, and is in collections of both US and European art buyers.
George Van Hook
George Van Hook, born and raised in Abington, PA, began painting at a young age. George thinks of his paintings as a visual response to the selected environment, whether it is a landscape, figure, or still life. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure,” he says. The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces–what emerges on the canvas reflects both the beauty of the world and the artist’s innermost response. George has achieved national recognition, winning numerous plein-air competitions and awards for his oils and watercolors.
Indian Island, ME
Michael E. Vermette received his BFA at the Maine College of Art in 1980. He recently retired from K-12 Maine Indian Art Education after 35 years. Michael focuses on landscapes and figurative subjects to fuse humanity and nature in a modern Impasto style using palette knives, paint-loaded brushes in various formats, ranging from oils to watercolors to pastels. He uses traditional methods of the masters to modulate his colors to be brighter, richer and more translucent, drawing attention to understated detail, subtle movement, purity of light, and uniqueness of the atmosphere. He is represented at the Gleason Fine Art Gallery in Boothbay Harbor, the Frame and Art Gallery in Falmouth, and the Lupine Gallery on Monhegan Island.
Peter Yesis paints in a soft, realistic style. He says, “My goal is to draw the viewer’s attention to the underlying beauty that I see. While I may set the mood and begin to tell a story, the painting should hold the viewer’s attention so they discover and feel something of their own.” A member of Plein Air Painters of Maine, Peter has been juried into national plein-air shows. He is represented by Roux & Cyr International Fine ArtGallery, Portland, ME, and Camden Falls Gallery, Camden, ME; True Grit Gallery, Middleborough, MA; and Visions of Vermont Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT.