Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper are two of my favorite painters. Their work never fails to inspire me and guide me in my painting. In the months leading up to my spring break this year, that inspiration became almost a burden as I could not paint without thinking of their work. In order to alleviate this and give myself a much needed break, I explored a location at which both Homer and Hopper made many of their most important works: Portland, Maine.
I spent four nights in Portland and was lucky enough to experience the impact of a large snowstorm. The storm, named Winter Storm Quinn, allowed me to witness and feel the classic impact of nature on the coast of Maine. I spent a day exploring the area and finding the best spots to paint as the storm approached. The next day I hunkered inside, going outside occasionally to find places I could paint as the snow came down. I walked through the storm to a local coffee shop that prided itself on its ability to stay open during storms, serving hardworking snowplow drivers and stir-crazy locals. This is where I painted During the Storm: A Neighborhood Street. Later that day, I went back outside to paint on the side of a river bank underneath brush and branches to protect me from the heavy snow. It is from this makeshift shelter that I painted During the Storm: Portland Docks.
In the end, the storm dropped over a foot of snow on the city. The Spring Break Snow Storm series’ paintings serve as observations of how a place like Portland can not only handle but also embrace snow. The next morning the roads were mostly clear, the sun was shining, and it stopped snowing after nearly 48 hours. I was able to go back and visited the locations that Homer and Hopper had explored decades ago one last time before leaving. In the beaty of the aftermath, with the fresh snow sparkling in the midday sun, the After the Storm paintings are testaments to Maine’s resilient beauty. I plan to return to Maine in the coming months and many times in the future as well.
Before The Storm: Two Lights, 4″ x 2.5″ , oil on panel, $130
Before the Storm: Portland Headlight, 2″ x 5″, oil on panel, Sold
Before the Storm: Portland Headlight Breaker, 6″ x 9″, Gouache on rag paper, $150
During the Storm: Portland in the Snow, 3″ x 5″, oil on panel, $120
During the Storm: A Neighborhood Street, 3.5″ x 5″, Oil on canvas mounted on board, $175
During the Storm: Ports of Portland, 4″ x 3″, Oil on canvas mounted on board, $120
After the Storm: Bug Light Park, 5″ x 6″, Gouache on rag paper, $60
After the Storm: Snow Piles, 4.5″ x 2.5″ , Oil on canvas mounted on panel, $110
Weatherbeaten (Winslow Homer Study), 5″ x 8″, gouache on rag paper $90
After the Storm: Portland Headlight, 4″ x 4″, Oil on canvas mounted on board, $180