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Summer Entourage

Oil on Canvas, 52 x 52 inches

A band of artists and performers roam the dunes of Maine at Popham. I am inspired by my friends and family, who often form a tight knit band of explorers.

Maine's summer days at the beach can have this slow light that seems to fill everything it touches, even the air seems stuffed with sea light.  I paint dancers a lot, often in their off times, not performing but rehearsing, stretching or here my troupe is just walking a paced measured walk dance of the slow type of Maine summer day.

It made me very happy when a young man at a gallery opening called this piece a dance painting because of how the grasses are dancing in the breeze.  I took as much care painting the grass as the people, to make the grass dance with the strolling dancers.  I often paint quiet pieces, not screaming my paint or compositions, so it is satisfying when someone really sees what I was attempting.