“Maine Moments,” an exhibit of oil paintings by Damariscotta-based artist William Curtis, is now showing at Miles Hall Gallery at Miles Memorial Hospital through July 26. Curtis has been painting landscapes of New England for over 50 years and this collection includes many paintings of local scenes.
He was instructed and encouraged by his father, Roger Curtis, a noted Cape Ann artist, and his uncle Howard, a well-known artist and Gloucester High School’s art teacher. Curtis recalls many occasions when he and his two brothers, Alan and David, also accomplished artists, would accompany their father on plein air painting trips around the Gloucester area. These excursions have always remained some of his favorite memories of learning and enjoying art and the great outdoors.
Curtis also spent time painting with and learning from Ken Gore, another noted Cape Ann artist, whom he accompanied on painting trips to New Hampshire in the dead of winter. Believing that everyone has a different approach to painting outdoors, but the basic fundamentals remain the same, Curtis developed his own approach to landscape painting. Working in oils, he enjoys painting on locations outdoors, developing sketches of the subject and often returning several days in a row to capture a fleeting moment.
After moving to Midcoast Maine, Curtis has been exploring and sketching the rugged coastline and wooded interiors. He has found here what he truly considers “Mother nature at her very best," where each season has so much to offer in sheer beauty and challenge to an artist.
Curtis has placed paintings in private collections in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, California, Florida and Virginia. He is a member of the Pemaquid Group of Artists (ME) and the Rockport Art Association (MA) where he was the recipient of the Charles Movalli Memorial Award in 2016. He also received the A.T. Hibbard Memorial Award for Landscape Painting from the North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester, MA.
See the show at the Miles Memorial Hospital campus, 35 Miles Street, Damariscotta.