"Anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the vision. The world is not interested in mere pictures. People look for this expression of beauty. The painter will never achieve this by merely painting pictures...he must show people more than they already see and he must show them with so much human sympathy and understanding that they will recognize it as if they themselves had seen the beauty and the glory. This is where the artist comes in."
W. Charles Hawthorne
American Impressionist Society
The International Society of Acrylic Painters
National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society
National Society of Painters in Casein/Acrylic
Plein Air Painters of Maine
Ridgewood Art Institute
Spending five months of the year in mid-coast Maine, I seek out pristine places to paint and explore, revelling in Maine's beautiful light ... finding endless subjects on its islands, land preserves and coastal fishing villages. Blessed with both a summer and winter studio, I use my time away from Maine to create larger work taking inspiration from my summer adventures.
My painting journey first began at the Ridgewood Art Institute where I studied the painting principles of Frank Vincent DuMond, noted American Impressionist painter and teacher.
This beginning in oil was extended to other mediums (including pastel and acrylic) as I was fortunate enough to study with some of the best comtemporary landscape painters including Kenn Backhaus, John Budicin, James Coe, William Hook, Susan Ogilive, Colin Page, Bob Rohm, Phil Starke, and George Strickland, among other painters, whose work I admire.
I consider a painting a success if I've captured on canvas the emotion I felt when chancing upon the scene, and the work in turn, gives you a small measure of the 'beauty and the glory.' The work is in private collections in the US and Europe, having been exhibited in corporate and museum settings as well as galleries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maine.
For twenty years I enjoyed participating in the juried art show circuit primarily on the east coast, receiving forty awards including "Best in Show" and "First" in my chosen medium. I paint in acrylic, oil and pastel and am happy to share some of the sold works in the different mediums upon request... they represent landscapes, still lifes, and florals. Delighted to create a work just for you on commission as well.
As we enter a new decade, I am excited to continue the journey and seek out new and challenging places to paint.... catch my new work as it appears on the site.
midge coleman fine art
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