Paintings in Oil: A Group Exhibition of Visual Art Opens April 2 at Richard Boyd Art Gallery

Patricia Chandler ~ "Marsh V" Oil on Panel 24" x 24"
Patricia Chandler ~ "Marsh V" Oil on Panel 24" x 24"
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PORTLAND, Maine - Feb. 18, 2018 - PRLog -- Join us on Monday, April 2 at Richard Boyd Art Gallery for the opening of an annual group exhibition of original oil paintings created en plein air and in studio settings with a reception to follow on the 7th.

The exhibit is comprised of a selection of works from a variety of genres by artists' Patricia Chandler - landscapes, abstracts, and still life; Julianne Garvey - landscapes; Jen Pagnini - plein air landscapes, abstracts, and still life; Austin Stilphen - landscapes; and Felicity Sidwell - plein air landscapes. Although, each artist has their own style and approach to using the medium they are joined by a passion - painting with oils.

You're invited to meet artists Patricia Chandler and Austin Stilphen at a reception at Richard Boyd Art Gallery on Saturday, April 7 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. when they will be available to discuss their work

Paintings in Oil is on view free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through April 29, 2018.

About the Artists

Patricia Chandler's
career as a trained commercial and fine artist spans more than five decades. She received her BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

Her portfolio of paintings in oil includes work in a variety of styles from several genres including still life, and landscapes. When asked about her creative process and style Pat replied, "My creative process and production inevitably refer to my geographic roots. Maine's more remote regions inspired many of my later paintings to the same degree that its landscapes informed my early life. In all of my paintings there is a continuum that began in realism and over time evolved into more expressionistic works."

Julianne Garvey studied art at the University of Georgia, later transferring to, and graduating with a BFA from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. A retired small business entrepreneur, Julie has created visual art on and off again for more than four decades.

When asked what inspires you to create visual art? Julie replied. "I'm not sure if any artist knows why we create art, beyond the simple fact that we do. I'm inspired by many different things, light and shadow fascinate me, but shapes, movement and the energy of forms in the scene are what hold my attention. I paint what I want to reflect on, what I could sit with and look at over and over again. The initial impression gives way to more subtle relationships within the piece. Of course living in Maine, being surrounded by the constant beauty that abounds here, is my never-ending inspiration. I do know that I love creating art and just wouldn't feel complete if I were not to do so."

Jen Pagnini is a trained commercial artist with a BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. Her career as a commercial artist spans twenty years and includes creating graphic designs and illustrations for clients in San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL.

Jen's inspiration to paint comes from her desire to connect to the untamed spirit of animals and nature. "There's an immediate intimacy that's born out of trying to catch an image fleeting. The vibrancy I find inherent to capturing a subject en plein air, drives me to work and study on location. My paintings are encapsulations - records of the temporary, elusive environments that wilderness can create externally and internally."

Austin Stilphen's representational landscape paintings depict his interpretation of rural landscapes untouched by modernization. He has the same vision as many landscape artists before him, to reawaken our love of nature.

When asked about the inspiration for his paintings Austin said, "I take trips throughout Maine to see and document Maine's beautiful landscapes. My process includes going on hiking trips in the mountains and sketching the surrounding lands which I use as a reference to create my paintings. The works in this exhibit reflect my interpretation of natural areas in Maine."

Felicity Sidwell's artistic journey has been one of constant exploration, study, evolution and growth. Originally working in the 1960's, in medical microbiology and hematology in the UK, she started painting when she moved from England to Connecticut with her husband in 1971. Felicity lived and painted on the coast of Maine for many years, recently moving to Gettysburg, PA.

A long standing member of the Plein Air Painters of Maine Felicity says, "Painting out on location, en plein air, is for me the best way to capture the fleeting colors produced by light, specific to that time and place, and my emotional response. Painting for me is a two way process, a non-verbal communication between me and the future viewers of my work."

About the Gallery

Richard Boyd Art Gallery is located on Peaks Island in Portland, Maine at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street. The gallery exhibits original works of visual art created by a diverse group of established and emerging artists with a connection to the state of Maine.

For more information about the exhibit or reception contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097 via email at or visit the gallery website at . Like the gallery on Facebook at .

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