David Sears

David Sears

A fascination with the natural world and the creative process has been central to a lifetime of art and adventures as an educator, photographer, documentary filmmaker, sculptor, woodworker, writer and painter. 

For the past few years I have used wood, metal, paint and even porcupine quills to record life associated with the Gulf of Maine. Though varied in style, design and materials, my carved and painted birds and fish comment on the ways humans depict, interact with and disrupt the natural world while exploring and expanding on Western / European, Indigenous / Aboriginal and Outsider / Folk Art depictions of native animals.  

 Twenty years of being part of a small island community has profoundly influenced my art, focusing it on what is close and observable – the fragility of coastal and island environments, the importance of clean water, the need to preserve unspoiled places and protect all living things. For years I observed, asked questions and painted Matinicus Island – the outermost island in Penobscot Bay in midcoast Maine during the warmer months and the watershed of the Delaware River in the winter. I continue to work in HighWater Studio May through October, but since 2016 have spent winters beside the St. George River in Cushing, ME.  My work has supported environmental and educational groups including the Island Institute, OceansWide, the Matinicus Island School, the Tinicum Conservancy, Friends of the Upper Delaware River, the Georges River Land Trust and the Maine Seacoast Mission.