This is a 14 x 40 foot mural I was commissioned through the Percent for Arts Program to paint for the new Capital Judicial Center in Maine's state capital of Augusta. The mural is titled Kennebec and tells of the history and importance of the river to Maine.
No mural of the Kennebec river history could be complete without reference to the trappers who explored the river and hills. I had drawn out the composition and the pose for this main figure in this panel, but I didn't yet have a face I liked for him. While at the courthouse working on the mural, this man, one of the building painters came by. My wife Jen spotted him and said, "what about him?" Perfect! He was a great model, getting right into the drama and quiet action of the scene. Wonderful. Thank you. From that point on many people
The granite industry was very important for this region Maine. Stone cut from Hallowell hills was renowned for its clarity, lightness in color and its relative ease of carving. The cut stone was shipped down river by sail or on the rail road. The towers of the Brooklun bridge were build from Hallowell granite, as was the Faith statue in Plymouth and the New York Surrogate Court Hall of records building. (See more here)
Here is a detail from my Kennebec mural. This region was a bustling river highway back in the days fo sail and this panel portrays the crowded piers in the various towns and cities along the shores. One historian wrote of Gardiner, Maine that some days the waterfront was so full of ships tied up to piers and rafted to each other that you could walk across teh river from deck to deck. My cat, a wannabe wharf cat, made it into this section.
This is a closeup of my mural panel of the Popham Colony explorers from 1607. The built the first ship, the Virginia, and also explored up the Kennebec up to at least the site of the current Fort Western, in Augusta. this is fairly loose paint, details blown out in the brigthness of the moring mist glare. These figures are not big, compared to others onthe wall