Work by local artist James Carpenter will be featured Saturday, May 18, through end of July at the Country Inn, Route 1. The public is invited to an opening reception Saturday, May 25, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Carpenter is a self-taught photographer who has always enjoyed capturing the beauty that surrounds him and is always looking for new subject matter to photograph and share with friends and family. He moved to Maine in the year 2000 with his family from Long Island, N.Y., and currently works at a local building supply in Camden and in the house paint department of EBS.

Carpenter’s art is mixed media, a combination of designs created from house paint colorants and photography that are then processed to create abstract imagery. Each design is unique unto itself, for the medium that he uses changes so rapidly that only a photograph can capture it.

This art came about quite unexpected, he said. It came to him, for he has had no formal training in the world of art. But he knows beauty when he observes it and it just happened one morning, while purging the paint machines, he noticed that the colorant was forming beautiful designs. On that particular day, he just was lucky enough to have his camera handy to take the photographs. He found that by working the colorants, he could create beautiful designs; and by using various techniques, create designs he was looking for. He takes the designs and work them in a photo editing program to create what he calls Paint Can Art.

“Jim thinks of this as a totally unexpected journey in life, which he is enjoying to the fullest,” said the Country Inn’s Kathy Hendrick.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or