David Sears

David Sears

“I am happiest when my work progresses from the almost realistic to the almost possible …” 

A fascination with the natural world and the creative process has been central in a lifetime of art and adventures. In addition to a career in education, I have been a parent, photographer, documentary filmmaker, woodworker, writer and painter. A full-time artist, I employ wood, metal and paint in a variety of styles, techniques and media to record life on a small island on the outer edge of Penobscot Bay in the Gulf of Maine.

Twenty years of living on Matinicus Island has profoundly influenced my art – focusing it on the fragility of coastal and island environments, the importance of clean water and the need to preserve unspoiled places. If you commit to a locale, observe it for an extended time and learn the questions to ask, there is much a place can teach. For twenty years I have observed, asked questions and painted Matinicus during the warmer months. For many of those years I worked and observed the watershed of the Delaware River in the winter. I continue to work “on island” May through October, but since 2016 have wintered beside the St. George River in Cushing, Maine. My work has assisted numerous 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 communicate their messages, increase awareness of critical needs and raise funds for special projects.