Waldoboro Public Library’s Artist of the month for January and February is local resident Elaine Abel.

Abel started taking watercolor painting classes after selling her business and semi-retiring from a career in construction management.  And although she enjoyed learning the medium, she found that its loose style “was not really in my DNA.” So she gravitated toward a more realistic style of painting and enjoys exploring the flexibility and lushness of oils.

“Recognizing the ordinary — cracking an egg, preparing breakfast, arranging things on a table — all become exciting subjects asking to be painted, especially when the light from outside embraces them,” she said.

She also find inspiration outside, saying that living on the Medomak River nurtures her spirit, thanks to swimming, kayaking, fishing, bird watching and respite.

“Being in Maine is inspiring, surrounded by so many diverse artists, many of whom have been encouraging to me … and for that, I am grateful," she said.

The library is located in the village, at 958 Main St./Route 220. Hours are from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 832-4484.

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