Original watercolors by artist Richard Butterfield can be seen at the First National Bank, at 223 Main St. in Damariscotta, for the month of July. Butterfield has been a serious watercolorist for over 30 years and is grateful for the gift of painting. He spends the summer in Jefferson and winters in Williamsburg, Va.
Butterfield’s mother, Dorothy Butterfield, was an accomplished watercolor artist who exhibited in Maine for many years. She was his first teacher. He has studied with Marion Brown and Andrew Stasky.
Butterfield states that he is motivated to paint by a scene or subject that stirs a spirit within him that he wishes to capture and make permanent. He makes use of the blending of hues and the softness of watercolors to communicate his appreciation of nature and the emotions that come to him from his reflections. Butterfield hopes his work sparks a memory or a feeling of joy and reflection of one’s own story. All of his paintings are originals.
Butterfield does not do prints, as he desires each painting to be one of a kind, just as each person is unique. In August, he will be participating in the Art in the Park Art show in South Portland and the Brunswick Art Festival. He enjoys meeting the people who appreciate his work and hearing their stories. Butterfield’s paintings hang in private collections throughout the United States.