Printmaker Kathleen Buchanan will discuss her work following the monthly business meeting of the Midcoast branch of the American Association of University Women Wednesday, March 17 at 1 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Co-sponsored by the library, the meeting is free and open to the public.

Seabirds, seals and landscapes of the Maine coast, are themes that define the work of printmaker Buchanan’s Grey Seal Press. A resident of Thomaston, Buchanan holds a biology degree from Tufts University, but while there she also maintained an ancillary interest in art. In 1999, while she was studying for a degree in wild life biology at the University of Alaska, the two interests merged and she turned to printmaking.

At first glance, biology and printmaking seem to have little common ground, but much of Buchanan’s training as a scientist has served her extremely well as an artist. Both disciplines require skill at observing the environment and seeing what is going on around one, she said.

“I am constantly inspired by the area where I live — the coast of Maine always reinvents itself with ever-changing ocean and sky and seasons, which each have grace and character all their own,” she said.

Music and poetry also influence her work and fill her studio at all times. She said she looks to the work of Rockwell Kent, Sabra Field, Christy Moore and Billy Collins for guidance and energy to keep creating.

“As an artist, I am fascinated by the relationship between the human observer and the natural world. My primary goal is to help the viewer discover a sense of place by fostering intimacy with the landscape and its inhabitants,” she said.

Buchanan’s woodblock prints and collages can be found at the Camden Falls Gallery and The Maine Gathering in Camden; at seasonal art fairs around the state; and on her Web site, greysealpress.com.

The American Association of University Women is a national organization advocating equity and education for girls and women. Its Midcoast Maine branch, which welcomes new members, sponsors annual student scholarships through the Maine Literary Festival project held each November at the Camden Opera House. For more information, visit maineliteraryfestival.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.