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Visions of Maine’s North Country

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Here on the doorstep of Maine's great north woods, Moosehead Lake's island studded waters are surrounded by a vast forested wilderness.

Nature was here something savage and awful, though beautiful . . . .  Here was no man’s garden, but the unhanselled globe.  It was not lawn, nor pasture, nor mead, nor woodland, nor lea, nor arable, nor waste land.  It was the fresh and natural surface of the planet Earth, and it was made forever and ever . . . . We walked over it with a certain awe.


from Henry David Thoreau’s visits to

what he called “Ktaadn” and published in

The Maine Woods (posthumously in 1864)

(This painting above, inspired by visits to Maine’s North Country, is not of Mount Kahtadin.)

Osprey Feeding   8x10    Cat. no. 0913   SOLD

Wabaniki Fishing Camp    11x14   Cat. no. 1133   NFS

Pointed Firs of the North Country      Cat. no. 0811  

This restored antique frame is from the period 1850-1870.

Apologia: Like many of the Romantic painters of our 19th-century, not all of my images are topographically accurate. Like them, I depend on sketches, photographs, and on memory. Rather than record a site faithfully, it’s my wish to capture the essence of a place.  I think about what Oscar Wilde believed: “No artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”

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In the North Country  12x12     Cat. no. 1318   SOLD

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Henry David Thoreau explored this region with Indian guides in the mid-1800's. “The question,” he wrote, “is not what you look at but what you see.”

Evening in the North Woods    Cat. no. 0400    SOLD