R. Kirk Moore Biography
R. Kirk Moore was born in 1951 in New Jersey. He attended Catholic grammar school, and high school (St. Joseph’s in Metuchen, NJ) and graduated from the College at Georgetown University in 1973 with a B.A. in theology. During his senior year at Georgetown Mr. Moore studied drawing with Frank Wright at George Washington University, and art history at American University. “I received a wonderful education at the Catholic schools I attended. All the good things, the important things, were there to learn: love, devotion, dedication, discipline, religion and yes, reading, writing, and arithmetic. As I look back on it the one weak point of my Catholic education was the Fine Arts program. There wasn’t one. “In 1970 I hitchhiked across Europe with my friend Steve Pozycki. After six weeks in France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Yugoslavia and Belgium we ended up in Amsterdam. We went to a lot of museums along the way and looked at a lot of art. There was a large exhibition of Van Gogh paintings in Amsterdam. This was before the Van Gogh Museum. It blew me away. I think that’s when I began to think about painting. It took a few years for it to sink in. “By the 1970s Georgetown started their Fine Arts Program. It was pretty basic. I took a wood carving class with Leonard Cave. At the time there was a consortium between the various colleges and universities in Washington (D.C.). I was fortunate enough to stumble upon Frank Wright’s drawing class at George Washington University. The waiting list to get into Frank’s class three years. I think he sensed my eagerness and took pity on my naiveté’. In any event, he squeezed me in. Except for three months a the Leo Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence, that drawing class was the extent of my formal art education. For the rest I looked and experimented. I looked at thousands of paintings in hundreds of museums and galleries. I learned the hard way, but it was a good way for me. However, every once in while a friend would say ‘Why don’t you try this.’ It would help and I’d think, ‘Why didn’t someone tell me this ten years ago?’ Still, I believe the best way to learn to paint is just to paint. Get started and you’ll figure it out. Writers write. Painters paint. You have to be willing to make mistakes and try it over again.” Mr. Moore’s works full time as a painter. His studio is in Belfast, Maine where his lives with his wife and two younger children. He works primarily in oils, acrylics and mixed media. On Living and Working in Maine: “When I graduated from Georgetown in 1973 I went to France and began painting. Four of the friends I lived with moved to Mount Desert Island (three of them still live in Maine). When I got back from France I went to visit them. I continued to do this for twenty-six years. I fell in love with Maine. I lived and painted in Manhattan for seven years, which I also love, and the New Jersey Shore, (at heart I’m a Jersey guy), D.C., Philadelphia and few other places but basically I’m a landscape painter and I paint what is around me. How can you beat Maine? It has everything, mountains, forests, rivers, meadows, wildlife, the sea, harbors, boats, beautiful towns, colorful people, great light. Everywhere you look there’s a painting. “As it happens with many naturally beautiful places the beauty comes at a price. Winters can be hard in Maine. Work isn’t always readily available. Much of what can be had is backbreaking. People need stamina, patience and determination to make it. Of course, these are the same attributes you need as an artist so my respect for the people in Maine is very high. “Maine has also been the locus of some of the more important events in my life. My eldest child took her first steps in Maine. I met my wife at sunset on the top of Cadillac Mountain on Mt. Desert Island. My youngest son was conceived here. Perhaps the most important reason I love working in Maine is the heightened spiritual awareness I experience when I’m here. The images are sharper. Everything is more defined. Perhaps, it’s just the clean air. But, I think it’s something else. Call it beauty. Call it nature. Whatever you wish, but it’s something tangible, and I want to paint it.” On Marine Painting: “Boats are floating sculpture. If you can’t find beauty in boats and water you’re already dead.”
Dianne Horton Biography
Dianne Horton was born with her twin sister in Boston, MA and spent only two years there.
Her family moved to Saco, Maine. Dianne would be influenced greatly by the paintings and graphite drawings surrounding her and visits to her Great Aunt Ethel’s home in O.O.B. Ethel Wight was the first woman member of the Portland, Maine Camera Club and struggled to be included. In those days of the early 1900’s it was not an easy feat for women to join in a man’s world. Ethel Wight was also an accomplished painter and made her living selling photography and paintings at her business in Ocean Park, Maine.
Dianne’s great grandfather E. M. Wight was a graphite portrait artist who also painted oil landscapes.
Dianne was very interested in going to art school but her parents had other ideas. She graduated with BS in Education from the University of Maine in Machias and would teach for 31 years in the Belfast Area School district. During this time she attended many art classes and was influenced by artists Vertene Carter and Susan Tobey White as well as having strong support from her husband and two sons. Dianne paints in watercolor often using pastels, gouache and pen & inks to enhance the work. Sandy Dolan paints in oils on location with her. Dianne was co-owner of The Working Art Gallery for several years and upon retirement from the school district in 2003 she and her husband, Dan decided to turn their energy toward participating in Art Festivals withinMaine.
Dianne’s work may be seen in Belfast at Fireside Suites, Beyond the Sea in Lincolnville Beach, The Resort at French’s Point in Stockton Springs, River Arts member in Damariscotta , Lupine Cottage (tiles) on Route #1 in Belfast, Maine
39 W. Moore’s Shore Lane
Swanville, Maine 04915
Jerri Finch Biography
I paint what is around me. Yet, my biggest interest is in the elements of the painting. Temperature, value, color, light and subject. Those are my choices. Canvas, three tubes of oil, and a brush. Those are my tools. Once my palette is mixed, I work wet on wet; each brushstroke has its own voice, each dab of paint placed against another, its own meaning.
For the past 37 years I have lived and painted in Belfast, Maine. The first half of my life as an artist was filled with multiple-piece corporate commissions and full time sales of my artwork. After decades spent creating intricate and technically demanding airbrushed fabric paintings – large in both size and scope – my second half finds me delving deep into the intimacy of oils and smaller canvases.
In 2015 Jerri opened the Finch Gallery, a seasonal gallery located at 16 Main Street.
Susan Tobey White Biography
SUSAN TOBEY WHITE
Biography and Artist’s Statement
Susan Tobey White defines herself as artist and educator.
As an artist she is best known for her colorful, energetic paintings of dancers which inspire smiles and laughter from the viewer. Scenes of impassioned dancers in crowded dance halls, swinging to their own rhythms summon nostalgic times and practically dance right off the canvas. From professional dancers to dancers at heart Susan’s work is continually praised for the feeling of well being it evokes.
Her love of Maine and the area she lives is evident in her quieter paintings of landscapes, seascapes and paintings of people working and playing.
She welcomes commissions of a variety of themes enjoying the challenges they demand of her, favoring paintings of children playing, adults dancing and beach scenes. In the fall of 2010 a series of giant vegetables and decadent food began as a direct result of illustrating The Homeport Cookbook, by Will Holtham which was released in 2011.
She has designed the 2004 and 2007 North Atlantic Blues Festival Poster and the 2008-2012 Maine Celtic Festival Poster.
In the summer of 2002 after having taught elementary art for 15 years, Susan opened High Street Studio & Gallery in a historic building of downtown Belfast where she had a seasonal gallery and taught painting workshops.
In June of 2017 she opened the Susan Tobey White Studio, 234 Church Street, Belfast where she will continue to teach and will welcome visitors.
In October of 2013 she was one of 18 working artist/ educators from around the country accepted into an intensive workshop taught by Patti Brady director of Golden Artist Colors’ Working Artist Program and author of “Rethinking Acrylics” for certification into Golden’s Artist Educator Program.
Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, in Canada, Europe and Australia and has been in galleries in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maine.