1994 Kettle Cove

February, Kettle Cove, oil on board

February 1994 at Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Painted just a few months before we sold the house, quit our jobs and moved, with baby, to MDI, where I began to learn carpentry, plumbing and more by attempting to build a small house. NEVER DO THIS. just sayin’.

Current Work, Robert Pollien

WHITEOUT at Dowling Walsh, Rockland, Maine





Winter, Little Long Pond, 2015, 24 x 36, oil on panel


Featuring works by Jamie Wyeth, Bo Bartlett, David Vickery, Cig Harvey, Shawn Fields, Marilyn Turtz, Susan Van Campen, Jonathan Laurence, Sarah McRae Morton,            Robert Pollien, Scott Kelley, Greta Van Campen, Colin Page, Jacob Bond Hessler, Andrew Wyeth, and introducing Sebastian Blanck. 



Jamie Wyeth, Saltwater Ice, Oil on board, 36″ x 30″ 

1991 Spring Point, South Portland, Maine

Spring Point, South Portland, Maine from the winter of 1991. I remember freezing my fingers off on this 8 x 10. It took an inordinate amount of time:

Spring Point, oil on linen, 1991

34 degrees Fahrenheit


34 degrees Fahrenheit and breezy on Otter Point, Acadia;
Long underwear, flannel-lined jeans, regular tee, heavy weight thermal shirt, polar fleece shirt, windblock hoodie, wool hunting coat… and a cup of black coffee.

Robert Pollien, Landscape Painter, Bar Harbor Maine

Painting from Direct Observation, Grand Manan, NB, Canada

Painting from Direct Observation, Grand Manan, NB, Canada

During the 1980’s I taught art in the Portland area and often visited Acadia to take advantage of the public access to the coastline that forms the backbone of my work. Acadia National Park protects more than 47,000 acres, in stark contrast to the patchwork of private and municipal holdings along the coast in the rest of New England. After a few visits I proposed an Artist in Residence program to Acadia National Park management, and in October of 1994 I was Acadia National Park’s first Artist in Residence. The following year my family relocated to Town Hill in Bar Harbor. As a landscape painter, the issue of public access to the coastline was central to my decision to leave South Portland to live near the Park.

My work is done largely from direct observation and I have spent countless hours studying, painting and drawing on Mount Desert Island. My favorite sites include Great Head, the Otter Point area and both Hunter’s and Little Hunter’s Beaches, however this summer found me working off the island. For the month of July, I was an artist in residence at the Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson. It was an opportunity to explore a very different Maine landscape, and one that has been likewise opened for artists and others to experience freely.

I paint both in the studio and outside from direct observation, year-round. In winter I break out the finger-less gloves, warm boots and occasionally, a chemical heat pack tucked into the palm of my glove. The calm beauty of the island in the winter speaks to mer, though the variable weather and winter’s short day length can make winter work challenging. There’s much to be said for having Sand Beach all to yourself on a calm, cold February morning.

My work is currently on display at the Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland and the Artemis Gallery in Northeast Harbor, Maine. I teach painting and drawing at ArtwavesMDI, a a member supported, community arts center in Bar Harbor. For more information on my art classes, visit http://artwavesmdi.com