BLUE HILL, Maine — Lamoine artist, Diana Roper McDowell, will show a collection of watercolor paintings in the Blue Hill Public Libraryâ€™s Britton Gallery from Dec. 2-30. The public is invited to an opening reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Gallery.
The show, entitled Boats and Animals, includes a number of large format watercolor paintings in a style McDowell calls â€śabstract realism.â€ť The colors are bold and vibrant, not the muted colors sometimes associated with watercolors. â€śIâ€™m often mistaken for an oil painter,â€ť says the artist. â€śI use lots of paint to create depth of colorâ€ť. Many of the birds and animals she depicts are from her own yard.
McDowell, who signs her paintings only with â€ťRoperâ€ťâ€”her middle nameâ€”studied at the Norton Gallery & School of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida and at the University of Maine at Orono. Her works have been shown at Redfield Artisans Gallery in Northeast Harbor, and at the Courthouse and Wine Cellar Galleries in Ellsworth. Her work was included in Carl Littleâ€™s book, Paintings of Maine: A New Collection. She considers painting to be â€śthe ability to take liberties with reality to express the feeling of a moment in time.â€ť
McDowell works as the Director of Finance at Friends of Acadia in Bar Harbor, and in her spare time, enjoys hiking, biking and cross country skiing in nearby Acadia National Park. She extends this invitation to the public: â€śAs you check out books to read on those long December nights, check out how one artist sees the world around us. You may not look at an ordinary landscape in the same way again.â€ť The show is open during regular library hours. For more information, call 374-5515.
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