David Sears

David Sears

Matinicus, a small year-round island community on the edge where Penobscot Bay meets the open ocean, is over two hours by ferry from Rockland. A restored farmhouse and studio on the island’s southern end provides a focused and isolated workspace from April to October. Twenty years of living on this remote island has focused my art on the fragility of island life, the importance of local resources and the challenges of living in an isolated community. I have learned that if you commit to a specific locale, observe it carefully and discover the questions to ask, there is much such a place can teach. I employ wood, metal, acrylic and watercolor paint in several styles, techniques and media to record life on this unique place. For the past three years my focus has been on carving and painting local birds and fish in a manner which acknowledges traditional folk and fine art depictions while permitting the work to grow from the almost realistic to the almost possible.