Maine is Famous for its Artists

17 Mar 2017 Karina S. Henkel

And I decided to become one of them! (Well - just kidding)

Maine is just such a beautiful state. I think living so close to the ocean makes a huge difference for me. The light, the sky at sundown, the clouds and colors, the birds and the beaches: all that has a very special atmosphere that was captured by uncountable painters from all around the world. Famous painters like Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Winslow Homer resided here and tried to capture Maine’s special atmosphere.

There is this island here in Maine, called Monhegan Island, where there was a colony of internationally known American painters almost one hundred years ago, living and painting all year round. And they became famous. The colony still exists. But I don’t think that there are any famous painters hanging out nowadays. But people still go there to get the inspiration they need to develop their craft.

And I want to do the same. I will probably never be able to call myself an artist, but it feels nice to try to do  what all these famous painters attempted: to put on canvas what living in Maine feels like. For me it means a lot of sky and the most beautiful sunsets you can think of, many birds, squirrels,  beaches, and the ocean. In summer, I will probably be one of the weird people at the beach, propping up my easel, and painting something that might look very bad to other people. But for me this is capturing the way I feel and see here: a relaxed way of living and feeling closer to nature than I ever have before.