Tidemark Gallery, 902 Main St./Route 220, will open “Ronald G. Hovey, Romantic Painter” Wednesday, Sept. 11, and hold a public reception Saturday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Hovey’s landscapes and seascapes will remain on display through Oct. 5.

Hovey moved to Maine in 1975 to continue a painting career that had begun during the Great Depression when he was just 5 years old. The interim years were filled with earning a living as a commercial artist and raising a family, while building his reputation as a fine artist. His travels, mostly on or near the Atlantic, took him to meet and study with some of the most outstanding landscape painters of mid-century America and England.

From Frederick Waugh’s “Paintings of the Sea” memorial exhibition in New York in 1943 and Hovey’s visit to the Cape Cod Studio of Edward Hopper to a recent work titled “After Sandy,” this artist has always felt a powerful attraction to the sea, developing a particularly deep understanding of the effect of light on water.

“The ocean is vast, with awesome energy, providing opportunities to come full face with one’s spirituality,” he said.

Being on a self-imposed hiatus from the marketplace has left room for the spirit and the space of silence. Over the years, there have been credits and awards, but Hovey has come to prefer the love of nature over accolades. His son, Ronald, Jr., now deceased, was an artist. His daughter, Bonnie, resides in Westbrook and works as a nurse. He lives in Waldoboro with his companion canine, Faith, and is guided by the words of the 13th century Persian poet, Rumi: “Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment.”

Tidemark Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit tidemarkgallery.com.

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