David Sears

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David Sears

Almost twenty years of living on a small Maine island has focused my art on what is close and observable, the fragility of island life and the beauty of a unique bio-community. If you commit to a specific locale, watch it closely and learn the questions to ask, there is much such a place can teach. I am a home-schooled artist whose life and work has evolved over years of observation, experimentation and hard work. I use wood, metal, acrylic paint and watercolors in several styles, techniques and media to record life on the outer edge of Penobscot Bay. My Condon Cove paintings portray individual rocks that may resemble cobblestones found on the eastern edge of my island. Each painting attempts to capture an unbalanced, shifting and chaotic pattern of shape and color and, rather than search for a traditional sense of depth and structure, I hope the observer accepts the entirety of the work and realizes that, as in life, it can be a challenge to establish a point of focus, a concise narrative and a quiet spot for the eye to rest. A series of new work focuses on carved and painted birds and fish in red cedar, metal and acrylic paint. These carvings reflect the various styles employed by Western/European and Native American/Aboriginal artists and cultures to depict their native species.