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Watercolors of Acadia

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"Breakers Otter Cliffs"

Watercolors of Acadia

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012


"Saved to future generations as it has been to us, in the wild primeval beauty of the nature it exhibits, of ancient rocks and still more ancient sea, with infinite detail of life and landscape interest between, the spirit and mind of man will surely find in it in the years and centuries to come an inspiration and a means of growth as essential to them ever and anon as are fresh air and sunshine to the body." - George B. Dorr, first superintendent of Acadia National Park as quoted from the National Park Service website

I fell in love with Acadia National Park the first time I visited in 1990. Since then, I have been a frequent visitor to the island, and I take advantage of any opportunity to escape and watercolor sketch on location. The park's dramatic cliffs and rocky coasts have been an inspiration to me ever since. I love to set up my easel near the ocean's edge and try to capture the mood and action of the sea. For me, the sea captivates, and I can easily watch the crashing waves for hours at a time.

Acadia National Park, located on Mount Desert Island, Maine, has been a vacation destination since the 1800s. The Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and other prominent families built their summer cottages along what is known as "millionaire's row" in Bar Harbor, the island's most well known town.

The park totals around 47,000 acres of land which encompasses a spectacular ocean shoreline, as well as lakes and forests. Acadia has miles of trails for walking and hiking. In the past, John D. Rockefeller was instrumental in the design and construction of a network of horse carriage paths that wind through the park. Today, those paths are mainly used for recreational bicycling. The park's natural beauty attracted many famous artists including Frederick Church, Fitz Hugh Lane, John Singer Sargent and Thomas Cole, who all came to paint Acadia's evocative scenes.

I have been working on a series of watercolors of Acadia National Park. These large, full-sheet sized 22" x 28" paintings are based on my plein air sketches. You can view many of the paintings in my gallery. As you peruse the pictures, you'll see rocks, fog, and all sorts of moody weather, as well as my interpretations of some of the more familiar views within the park.

Many of the finished pieces have been well received. Several have been accepted into national juried shows sponsored by the American Watercolor Society and the New Jersey Water Color Society, among others. Paintings have also appeared in the Hudson Valley Annual Exhibitions and the Adirondack's National shows.

Three reproductions of my paintings were purchased by the newly renovated Bar Harbor Swim Club in 2010 and were installed in various rooms of the historic building. When President Barack Obama and his family visited the island in July, 2010, my paintings were moved to the Bar Harbor Regency Hotel and installed in the president's suite where they remain today.

You can view watercolors on the gallery page of my website. New paintings will be featured on the site in upcoming newsletters.