Spring 2017

My contribution to the Maine Arts Journal Spring 2017 edition

Light in the Dark: Art as a Sane Voice in an Insane World

Selected and edited definitions of “light” from Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 2ndedition.

luminous energy, electromagnetic radiation to which the organs of sight react
kindle; ignite
to come into existence or being
the aspect in which a thing appears or is regarded
something that affords illumination
to brighten with animation or joy
to clarify
the state of being visible
a gleam or sparkle in the eyes
spiritual awareness; enlightenment
to accept or understand
to be discovered or revealed, to begin


Winter 2017

“Art, broadly speaking, is that which invites
us into contemplation…In that moment of
contemplation, art intensifies the presence
of the world. We see it more vividly and more deeply…
art is not about the expression
of talent or the making of pretty things.
It is about the preservation and containment of the soul.
It is about arresting life and making it available for contemplation.” 

– Thomas Moore

(detail, untitled acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24)

Autumn 2016



Kafka to Klopstock

If we were on the right road, having to leave it would mean endless despair. But we are on a road that only leads to a second one and then to a third one and so forth, and the real highway will not be sighted for a long time- perhaps never- and we drift in doubt, but also in inconceivably beautiful diversity; so the accomplishment of hopes remains an always expected miracle, but in compensation, the miracle remains forever possible

April 22, 2016

Untitled, acrylic on paper, 20 x 20

From Karl Paulnack, “If there is a future wave of wellness on this planet, of harmony, of peace, of an end to war, of mutual understanding, of equality, fairness, I don’t expect it will come from a government, a military force or a corporation, I no longer even expect it to come from the religions of the world, which together seem to have brought us as much war as they have peace. It there is a future of peace for humankind, if there is an understanding of how these invisible internal things should fit together, I expect it will come from the artists, because that’s what we do…the artists are the ones who might be able to help us with our internal invisible lives.”

April 2016

This from Thomas Berry_ The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated from this community is to become destitute in all that makes us human. To damage this community is to diminish our own existence.

Leap Day 2016

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“The receptivity of the artist must never be confused with passivity. Receptivity is the artist’s holding him or herself alive and open to hear what being may speak. Such receptivity requires a nimbleness, a fine honed sensitivity in order to let one’s self be the vehicle of whatever vision may emerge…It is necessary for the birthing process to begin to move in its own organic time. It is necessary that the artist have this sense of timing, that he or she respect these periods of receptivity as part of the mystery of creativity and creation.”
Rollo May

January 2, 2016


TO THE NEW YEAR, by W.S. Merwin
With what stillness at last
you appear in the valley
your first sunlight reaching down
to touch the tips of a few
high leaves that do not stir
as though they had not noticed
and did not know you at all
then the voice of a dove calls
from far away in itself
to the hush of the morning
so this is the sound of you
here and now whether or not
anyone hears it this is
where we have come with our age
our knowledge such as it is
and our hopes such as they are
invisible before us
untouched and still possible

see more) December 2015

Please join the 10 x 8 group for their 16th annual art show and sale,

Saturday, December 12th, Emlen Hall, The Bay School.

10 (10 x 8 inch) pieces each by 8 artists. Same one-day special price for each.

Only on Saturday December 12th, 2015

Preview, 9:30 am

Sale, 10:00am -2:00pm

Live music and refreshments.


2015 members, Blue Hill peninsula painters Louise Bourne, Annie Poole, and Cynthia Winings work in oils, as well as Eastport resident Rebecca McCall. Also from the peninsula are Heidi Daub, painting in acrylics, Buzz Masters, mixed media, Melissa Greene, ceramics, and Goody-B. Wiseman, small bronzes.

Showing locally, regionally, and nationally in group and solo exhibits, several members own and manage retail galleries, and studio galleries. For more information call 374-5417 or


The first 10 x 8 show was 16 years ago at Frankie’s restaurant on High Street in Ellsworth, Maine where Cadillac Sports now resides. Set amidst a thriving lunch spot, on a Saturday in early December, the show drew the attention of both art lovers and the casual lunch crowd. When Frankie’s closed, the venue moved to the wine cellar/art gallery at John Edwards Natural Foods on Main Street. Once people found their way downstairs, they were treated to 8 artist’s work of 10, 10 x 8 inch pieces hung on their own white boards. This presentation has remained the same from the beginning, with an overall cohesion effect, but individualistic diversity amongst the pieces. The last 10 years the group has exhibited in Emlen Hall at the Bay School, spacious and inviting. The one-day show and sale (little more than 4 hours) has become a much anticipated and well-received community event, including live music and refreshments. In the 16 years the group has been presenting the “once a year, one day shows”, the membership has gradually changed with regard to artist’s commitments. The 2015 group has one new member, one founding member, and the rest sharing from 3 to 12 years together. The mediums used over the years have included painting, sculpture, collage, photography, printmaking, ceramics, weaving and felting, with representational, abstract, and conceptual styles. The members are dedicated to their craft, exhibiting their work in solo and group shows throughout the country, and collected internationally. The one-day only show and sale allows local community and collectors a unique opportunity to view and purchase affordable small works, and was initially inspired by the Portland Maine 10 x 10 show. All the artists create a new series for the show, and many of them only work the 10 x 8 format for this particular exhibit. Part of the exchange at the Bay School is presenting for the children the day before the sale. The children rotate in groups to view each artist’s work, and are able to hear the artist’s process, and ask questions. For the children to engage directly with the artists is a gift that goes both ways and is a rewarding tradition.

November 2015

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Thank you for your interest in my artist catalog, a 24 page soft cover booklet, featuring 20 paintings, 8 poems, and guest essays, produced in conjunction with the solo exhibit,
Heidi Daub, Pieces Of Prayer, held earlier this year at University of Maine Machias, Powers Hall Gallery.
Pieces Of Prayer takes its title from an ongoing painting series of the same name
which was inspired by poems and songs written in relation to my daughter’s study of our
indigenous roots, the elements of the earth and the environment that sustains us.
The first paintings in this series started by writing excerpts from these songs and
poems directly on vellum.  As the phrases were written over and over, the words
became form, paint and charcoal were added and the images that emerged felt
at once ancient and contemporary. Now moving deeper into this theme, in this
pivotal time of environmental urgency, the paint is coming forth as marks of my
reverence, my openness to the essence of what makes us human; our kinetic
energy and physiological make-up that aligns us with all living things.

To purchase a catalog look in the header and click at Artist Catalog.
This page will take you to a pay pal link where you can directly purchase.
Or contact me at

Thank you so much for your support.



October 2015

Thank you UMaine Machias for hosting my show this past Aug. and Sept.  Thank you Bernie Vinzanni for your patience and clarity installing the exhibit.

Thank you to all the visitors, students, friends who came to support and take in the poetry and paintings.  It was a true pleasure to share “Pieces Of Prayer” with you.
It is my understanding that an exhibition of John Marin’s pieces from the UMaine Machias collection will follow my exhibit in Powers Hall. I am honored to have graced the walls before this master!

In other news, words and images will be the focus of “Messages”, an exhibition at the Blue Hill Public Library from October 2nd to 31st , including several poems and paintings of mine from the Machias show, and works by Avy Claire of Blue Hill and Susan Webster of Deer Isle. We all incorporate language as visual artists, and have been discussing how the cultural power of language informs our creative processes. This exhibit allows us to have that conversation through the art work itself.

Avy Claire says about her work: “What text can conjure in my mind is personal, expansive, and fleeting. Embedding text into an image makes it visible beyond myself and forms a bridge that spans the two with another layer of meaning.”

According to Heidi Daub, “Writing partners with my visual work in various ways, through journaling, poetry, and as an incorporated element within a work. Often in conjunction with painting, the act of writing—like drawing itself–opens up avenues of centering, understanding and discovery.”

Susan Webster explains, “It’s the relationship between text and image that inspires me. Whether I incorporate words directly into a piece or not, the mysterious connection between image and text–however unlikely– creates a new union of layered meaning that often surprises me and moves the work forward.”

The exhibit runs October 2- Oct. 31 and is available for viewing during Library hours with the part of the exhibit in the Howard Room subject to the meeting room schedule. The public is invited to a reception to meet the artists on Friday, October 9th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.