Carol L. Douglas Studio, 394 Commercial St., presents “God+Man” on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited.

Artist Carol Douglas spends most of her time painting en plein air, and it affects how she sees the world. “The physical environment shows the marks of our existence, our relationship with each other, and ultimately our relationship with God. This visible record is subtle, but once you start to notice it, you realize it’s everywhere,” she said.

The paintings in this show reflect that interrelationship. Included in them are several scenes familiar to Midcoast Maine viewers, including northern lights over Owls Head and the lime tailings at Rockport.

By the Civil War, Midcoast Maine was producing more than a million casks of lime a year. “The evidence is still there in the lime tailings on the Goose River,” said Douglas. “Environmental destruction is a form of sin; the consequences take a long time to heal, and it’s hard to cover up.”

The paintings in this show also represent her own battles with cancer. During the process of developing this work, she had surgery for a second round of cancer. “I had drenched the canvases with Naphthol Red, which is a rich crimson that is an excellent undertone for landscape. I do this regularly for plein air, but the effect of all these large canvases dripping blood was disconcerting,” she said. “I realized there was a connection between my experience and my paintings.”

“I have tried to let the canvas show through in each of these paintings, because they were literally born in blood.”

The artist will give a short presentation on the subject and the process of painting this work during the opening reception.