Alice Kirkpatrick

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am drawn to quiet places that reveal more about the human spirit by their emptiness than those that bustle with human activity. I'm inspired by light, and the power it holds to move us, whether inside our own private spaces, or out in the world.  While I work from photographs of places I visit regularly, what I'm seeking to express is a more universal connection we have with places of spirit--whether from dreams, from places deep in our memories, or those that are part of our daily lives. I work primarily in acrylic, preferring its immediacy and the ability it gives me to work quickly and intuitively.

 

 

While I have lived outside of Maine, I find the landscape, sea, and spirit of this corner of the world ideally suited to me, and to my art work. The opportunities for, and appreciation of both solitude and community are deeply ingrained here, and I am grateful to be a part of it, and it a part of me.

 

 

I earned my BFA in art from Colby College, and have pursued numerous art workshops and courses at Maine College of Art, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and others. I maintain a studio at my home in Pownal.

 

 

Additional Note: Many of my paintings of interiors are of Hiram Blake Camp on Cape Rosier, on Maine's Penobscot Bay. My sister and I have spent a week or two there for the past 14 years, returning each summer for rest and renewal and inspiration. 

Places like Hiram Blake Camp (of which there are few remaining) allow us to pause in our busy lives and reconnect with the land and sea, with others, and with ourselves. I am grateful to my sister for suggesting we take that left hand turn off the windy Cape road on a summer day years ago... 

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