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Painting from Direct Observation, Grand Manan, NB, CanadaMy landscape paintings of the Maine Coast are generally compact and straightforward in their approach, neither overly decorative nor elaborate.

My goal is not to portray the land in a picturesque or romanticized manner, but to paint the landscape in a way that rings true for me.I have been painting the Maine landscape for over thirty years and over the course of those years I have developed a deep and abiding reverence for the landscape and see it as one of the most fundamental facts of our being, an essential element that ties us together.

I paint a vision of the simple human experience of Maine’s coastal landscape. I find the intersection of land and water to be particularly evocative of the kind of quiet contemplative state that I endeavor to instill in my work and my subject matter generally eschews the depiction of elements that imply human presence or narrative.

My paintings are based on meditative observation of the beauty of natural world. Yet this meditative reverie is tempered by the subtle disquiet of our contemporary alienation from nature.

Otter Point, Acadia National Point, 12 x 12, oil on linen

The Bangor Daily News on the Gallery Talk at the Wendell Gilley Museum
Robert Pollien at the Wendell Gilley Museum
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by Melinda Rice

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  1. My partner and I just purchased “Late Winter” from the Isleford Dock Gallery. We are very excited about it.

    I was reading your background and found the residency on Monhegan Island very interesting. I am a descendent of the Trefethen family who originally settled on Monhegan, but then moved to Peaks Island off the coast of Portland. I actually have the majority of the paintings by Jessie B. Trefethen who taught art at Oberlin College.

    One of my favorites is the painting of the lobster shed on Monhegan. I display it proudly over the fireplace. I can’t wait to add your work to my collection.

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