- Published in Features
On the cover this week is featured artist Caroline Loder, an oil painter with a penchant for bold graphics, stalwart compositions and vivid textures. She lives on Chebeague Island in Maine, so it's no surprise that her themes and subjects are often nautical in nature. Below she gives some details on her background, experience and inspiration.
"In 2013, I moved to Chebeague Island with my family and was immediately struck by the varying coastal landscape. I wanted to distill down to its essence the strong shapes and contrasting colors and textures, without sacrificing the realism of the landscape and surrounds. With a simple palette of colors, I aim to achieve a sense of calm and serenity.
I cannot recall a time, going back to my youth, that I wasn’t fascinated with how artists produce their magic and I’ll always remember my introduction to oil painting—plein air painting with Bill Darling. We would set up our easels at dawn on a hillside in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and there I would paint alongside wiser and more talented adult painters. Combined with other art studies, which included figure drawing, sculpture, and watercolor painting, I discovered the broad reach of different art practices.
In 1994, I graduated from Syracuse University, the School of Visual and Performing Arts and appreciate all aspects of fine art. It was here that I developed a love for graphic design and advertising, specifically, how to tell a story. I ventured far, both geographically and creatively, exploring different art mediums and work. Though I have spent many years rendering images in world of design, I have returned to New England and to my artistic roots, using simple tools and basic principles."
To learn more about Caroline or to purchase "Until Next Time" go to http://carolineloder.com/
Maxwell Arthur Erwin is a 25 year old, Portland based illustrator that uses a dip pen, a brush and speedball ink to draw scenes, faces and designs that reflect the high contrast of old black and white movies. Stemming from his appreciation of classic horror and campy humor, Erwin's subject matter tends to deal with the intersection of the humorous and macabre. He is currently enrolled in the illustration department at the Maine College of Art. You view his other quirky monsters here: http://www.
Rachel Gates is a young visual artist and recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine. You can typically find Gates selling her vibrant portraits, animal illustrations and landscapes at the First Art, and the Portland Farmer's Market. She completed the work that's now featured on our cover this week, after being inspired by the Korean illustrator Hajin Bae, and her method of taking photographs of people, drawing the outlines and then coloring it digitally. Gates emulated that style with paint and ink. "I was really moody when I made this piece," reflected Gates. "I remember being so drawn into it and feeling almost relieved when I finished it. Like, I had to get it out of my brain."
You can find more of Rachel's colorful artwork here: http://rgatesillustration.tumblr.com/.