A Realist's Look at Maine
Exhibit Location: Stairwell Gallery
Notes: Barbara’s paintings are for sale. Please stop by the reference desk for more information.
About Barb and Her Work
Artist Barb Hamlin of Milo, Maine is displaying watercolor paintings from her adventures in the Maine outdoors. From hiking Black Mountain in Maine Public Reserve Lands near Donnell Pond to wilderness locations like Barren Mountain, the scenery brings you into the painting to experience and remember similar experiences. Stop and watch a bee in the asters, fish in Polliwog Gorge in Nahmakanta, feel the strong current during high water on Wilson Stream. Maybe it’s an overnight adventure on the West Branch and you catch that trophy of a lifetime or stop at the famous AT cabins of White House Landing on Pemadumcook Lake. A rare sighting of a snowy owl is something to remember. And as winter gives way to spring, Peter’s Brook in Blue Hill is also a good hike. All locations of Maine, in any season, are distinct and memorable.
Barb Hamlin is better known for her involvement in sports and as a Physical Education teacher but has always artistically expressed herself. Her first art lessons were three continuing education classes with well known artist Michael Vermette. In 2022, Barb joined Mastrius – an online artist program to learn directly from Master Artists. She was mentored directly by Susan Harrison- Tustain for 3 months, as well as indirectly by other artists during special presentations. Barb has been joining the Enfield Grange painters under the guidance of established artist June Grey since 2012.
When not able to paint Barb enjoys studying art and working on photography, gardening, hiking, fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and other sports. Maine is a beautiful state and she hopes to bring a since of adventure and discovery of the outdoors into her watercolor and acrylic paintings. “When you experience beauty it demands expression. It’s like a volcano that erupts and comes forth from deep inside your own perspective. I spend time honoring my creative impulses then thank God for the opportunities to explore His works.”