The acrylic landscapes and seascapes of Union artist Kathleen Thornton are on exhibit at the Damariscotta River Grill through the end of October.

Thornton’s art is inspired by the natural beauty of Midcoast Maine as well as by time spent at sea as a marine researcher. She credits her beginnings in art to growing up in a creative family. She learned to paint with oils at a young age by observing her mother, aunts and uncles who were artists in their own right.

“My Mom, especially, taught me how to see the world with an artist’s eye, to see beauty in the everyday,” she said.

Although Thornton enjoys working with oil, she switched to acrylic several years ago due to space limitations and has grown to love the spontaneity and luminescence of the medium.  She said her family has lived in Maine for many generations and that having roots in Maine is the underlying bedrock that supports her landscapes and enriches her experience as an artist.

“In addition, there is a perspective you gain from living with the cycle of the seasons here,” she said.

Thornton’s current landscapes depict autumn in Maine. Many of her seascapes offer the unusual perspective of being offshore, looking in. Along with Thornton, George Wardwell and Ed Botkin also are exhibiting.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to