Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine
|91 Main Street, Thomaston, ME 04861|
|Aug 13, 2014|
|10:00 AM - 4:00 PM|
Plein-air artist Roger Dale Brown brings his signature style to Haynes Galleries in a midsummer show showcasing larger and smaller works in “Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine.” Painted from life, Roger’s landscapes of midcoast Maine will be on view from July 31 thru August 30 at 91 Main Street in Thomaston. A reception to celebrate the opening will take place from 5 to 7:30 pm, July 31. The event is free and open to the public.
Brown, who calls Tennessee home, has traveled to Maine several times in the last few years to paint the state’s famous coastlines. Many of the new pieces in the exhibition were begun or inspired by his visit in 2013. He finds himself mesmerized by the charm, history, and natural beauty of Maine. “It has an old soul,” says Brown. “Artists are naturally drawn to it. It’s more spiritual.”
That spiritual, artistic quality is essential to Brown’s style and general approach to painting. He paints the places that speak to him, the ones that conjure some emotion. And he does so by painting from life amongst the elements that inspire him whenever possible.
To capture the beauty Brown sees in Maine, he employs a delicate mix of Impressionism and Realism. Each scene calls for a different technique. Brushstrokes can range from loose to tight, and color can be built up through thin layers to thick impasto— whatever is needed to conjure the feeling Brown himself felt that day. The result is work that feels real, like you’re there standing amongst the sand, sea and and rocks. You can almost smell the saltwater and feel the warmth of the sun.
“Maine is an artist’s dream,” says Gary R. Haynes, gallery founder and long-time friend of Brown’s. “Artists have come here for generations, but Roger’s looking at it from a new angle. He’s aware of the history of place, but he doesn’t let that distract from his vision. He wants to share the essence of the place in a fresh way and he does that beautifully.”
Transporting viewers to the moment he painted the beauty of nature before him is a skill Brown has acquired through years of painting en plein air. Committed to his craft, he never stops pushing himself. Brown is always looking to grow as an artist.
“Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine” is a chance to savor the beauty that is Maine. It’s a chance to revisit an iconic terrain from a new perspective. And it’s a chance feel the emotion and experience the artistry of one of today’s top landscape artists.
Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston, Maine. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit www.haynesgalleries.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org