WASHINGTON — Artist Cynthia Motian McGuirl’s solo oil painting show, entitled “Family Tree,” is on display through Dec. 31 at Gibbs Library, 40 Old Washington Road. There will be a reception Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. with an artist talk at 2:30 p.m.

“Family Tree” explores themes of place and personality. These oil paintings, created over the last year, started with old family photos of Armenian Genocide survivors and new photos of Maine locations where McGuirl likes to hike. “I think of myself as an expressionistic painter and work in an intuitive way combining real and imagined imagery,” she said.

Artwork by Cynthia Motian McGuirl

The triptych “On the Roof” features portraits of McGuirl’s grandmother, great aunt and their maternal aunt in Cuba in 1929. “They were Armenian refugees recently arrived from central Turkey. After more than 10 years of witnessing and surviving the brutal genocide, they had arrived at a place of relative safety, Cuba, a small island halfway around the world,” McGuirl said. “I tried to capture their variety of emotions at such momentous life changes.”

McGuirl is a lifelong artist. She has been creating in Maine for the last 40 years. McGuirl attended art school, which saved her life, moved to Maine, which saved her soul, and pursued a career as a functional hand weaver. A series of intense dreams about her ancestors led McGuirl to seek a more narrative mode of expression that manifested as printmaking, book arts and oil painting. She teaches book arts and marbling at various locations and at her studio in Thomaston.

Gibbs Library is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m., and Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information on the artist, visit cynthiamotianmcguirl.com.