Camden Falls Gallery, 5 Public Landing, has mounted “Coastal Colors," a show of paintings by Rockland artist Daniel Corey. A recent finalist in RayMar’s national online art competition and 2009 winner of the prestigious Monhegan Artist’s Residency, Corey is a self-taught painter whose passion for painting and Maine coastal life is evident in his work.

With a style rooted in the aesthetic values of the Russian and French impressionists, Corey takes a traditional, direct painting style and applies it to subject matter that is often overlooked, yet quintessentially Maine. From lobster boats, traps and buoys to old barns and houses, tractors and trucks, Corey’s paintings reveal the everyday beauty that can be found in unexpected places on the coast of Maine.

Corey creates much of his work en plein air. While he typically paints from direct observation, he also enjoys experimenting with color harmonies that are not always observed in nature.

“If your piece is about (something), then let everything in it live or die to support that … To heck with what’s actually there, make your painting,” he said of his approach.

Corey’s “Coastal Colors” show is on exhibit through the end of September. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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