Phoebe Porteous

 

The landscapes of coastal Maine, from rugged to serene, are of paramount importance to Porteous’s work. The inspiration she derives from the coast compels her “to take a risk in my work.” To gather subjects for her paintings, Porteous wanders along the coast, making sketches and taking photographs for reference. “When I’m in the studio, I spend a lot of time fiddling around,” she says. “I take out the sketches, sort through the pictures, convinced I’ll find something I’ve missed, sketch again, and finally mix some paint.” Porteous’s palette “goes back to taking a risk.” “On a good day, I can push the colors into a direct and believable painting.” Her bold color choices lend her art depth and reality, balancing representation with imagination.

 

View from the Castle offers a bird’s-eye view of the harbor in South Freeport from a stone tower that is the sole remainder of Casco Castle, a resort that burned down in 1914. The aerial perspective is one that Porteous relishes. She recalls taking flight with her father in the seaplane they used to have when she was growing up: “There was so much noise and jostling before actually lifting off that I was always amazed at how things settled into place once airborne.” Porteous evokes that same feeling of tranquility in View from the Castle. Deep sapphire blue water dominates the piece. The cool hue is punctuated by reds and greens, which add warmth and dimension. A strip of sky at the top of the painting corresponds to a strip of foliage at the bottom, framing the composition. Two trees in the foreground lend balance and a note of symmetry, their tops pointing toward an island in the middle of the harbor. The result is a painting executed with great technical skill, but that also resonates on an emotional level.

 

 

Thompson, J. (2015, July 1). The Canvas VIVID LANDSCAPES. Retrieved August 25, 2015, from http://www.mainehomedesign.com/the-canvas/2547-vivid-landscapes.html

 

Exhibitions

2009 

 

Double Take: South Freeport, Two Views of One Landscape by Phoebe Porteous and Julie Freund, Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Oct. 22 through Nov. 29

 

Maine College of Art Juried Live Auction

 

2008 

 

Elizabeth Moss Galleries Holiday Show

 

Maine College of Art Juried Live Auction

 

Maine Audubon Society : The Boarstone Mountain Painters

 

2007

 

Maine Audubon Society Juried Live Auction

 

Maine College of Art Juried Live Auction

 

Portland Symphony ShowHouse

 

Waynflete School: Then and Now, An Exhibition of Past and Present Artwork by Waynflete Alumni

 

2006

 

Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, Maine: Maine Women Artists

 

2005

 

Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, Maine: Second Annual Women’s Art Show

 

Fog Art Gallery, Vinalhaven, Maine: Seven Women Painting

 

Maine Audubon Society Juried Live Auction

 

Maine College of Art Juried Live Auction

 

Portland Symphony ShowHouse

 

2004

 

Falmouth Memorial Library, Falmouth, Maine: Seven Women Painting

 

Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, Maine: Through Women’s Eyes, Scenes of Maine Winter

 

Maine Audubon Society Juried Live Auction

 

Maine College of Art Juried Live Auction

 

2003

 

Portland Symphony ShowHouse

 

Collections and Publications

 

Maine Home and Design, The Art Issue, April 2010

 

The artist’s work is included in a number of private and public collections. Her work is currently shown at Elizabeth Moss

 

Gallery, Falmouth, Maine, and Maine Cottage Furniture, Yarmouth, Maine.

 

Education

 

Wheelock College, B.S., 1973

 

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