Paul Sherman and Liliana Thelander are two of the talented artists whose work can be seen at Pemaquid Art Gallery in Bristol this summer. They both use familiar objects and landscapes as jumping-off points for meticulous compositions that are exciting and personal rather than simply photographic.
Sherman has pursued art for most of his life, studying with mentors and developing his own voice, creating a unique style of watercolor. His images are crisp and bold, and range from a crystal doorknob to complex reflections of buoys and boats in water to landscapes, people, and animals.
With a master’s degree in electrical engineering, Sherman has been self-employed in many fields related to building, including shipbuilding, and is a musician as well — he plays electric bass in The Horseshoe Crabs. All these experiences have impacted his art. Sherman uses musical metaphors to describe his work and development as an artist, and sees the body of his work as an “orchestration,” which he performs as a bridge between the perception of the viewer and his own artistic vision. His stunning images are often edged or bordered with black, and value contrast is as important as brilliant color in his compositions.
Sherman’s art may be seen online at homedetective.com. He is represented by Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery.
Thelander is an award-winning realist oil painter who also portrays familiar subject matter, such as birds and other wildlife, landscapes, and still life arrangements with bottles to create harmonious compositions. Her contemporary approach to still life gives the sense that the objects have deep meaning, to be interpreted personally by each viewer. Thelander’s intent is to “go beyond realism, bringing life and vibrancy to everyday objects and snapshots in time.”
Thelander’s background in stained glass has made a lasting impression on this talented artist. Her luminous colors, often juxtaposed against very dark backgrounds or shapes, seem jewel-like and transparent, as she uses a thin glazing technique with oil paints. The quality of her work has been recognized by the many galleries who represent her: Mast Cove Galleries in Kennebunkport, Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery, Landing Gallery in Rockland, and Stable on Front Gallery in Bath. Online she can be seen at lilianathelander.com and on her Facebook page, Liliana Thelander Fine Art.
Visit Pemaquid Art Gallery this season to see the work of the following additional member artists: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Hannah, Jean Harris, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Cindy Spencer, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, Bev Walker, and guest artists Mary Mabry, Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst.
Pemaquid Art Gallery artists all reside within the Lincoln County area. The gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.