ROCKLAND — A solo exhibit of 38 new paintings by Sarah Faragher, entitled “Portraits of Place,” is on view now through June 26 at Landing Gallery, 409 Main St.

Faragher is a 1990 honor graduate of Colby College. Her work was included in “Art of Acadia” by David and Carl Little (Down East Books). She was an artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park and the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, Conn., and has been invited to participate numerous times in Art Week on Great Spruce Head Island.

“As I look back over 20 years of working with the landscape to create paintings together, I see that I’ve come to regard each place as individual, belonging to itself. Timeless. This group of paintings encompasses my ongoing interests as a painter and human being: recognizing the sentience of the land and all things of nature, describing contrasts of shadow and radiance and the continuum between them, and experiencing the endless cycle of life and the seasons, as a totality,” Faragher said. “Year after year I returned to certain places to look more deeply: Bear Island, Great Spruce Head Island, Port Clyde, Cape Split, Steuben, Stonington, Brooklin, Mount Desert Island, Schoodic, Monson, Moosehead Lake, the view from my own studio at home in Stockton Springs, and so many other beloved locales. As I made images of the islands, ledges, fields, barrens, lakes, and woods, they became portraits of what I saw and knew to be true, and also self-portraits, as I believe all painting can be.”

Faragher said she is looking at a new landscape now, since the unexpected death of her husband, Ryan, last summer. “He is fundamental to who I am. His loss is incalculable, and indescribable. I don’t know what directions my paintings will now take, or paths they will lead me to, but I am steadily painting how I feel,” she said. “I remain committed to painting and to keeping my heart open. Our human species has made images portraying life for so many thousands of years, and I’m grateful to be within that tradition, representing the natural world as I live each day of my life and create these autobiographical portraits of place.”

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