BLUE HILL — Few influences have had the impact on American landscape painting as the rugged coast of Maine. From the early 19th century, American painters have been inspired by the granite cliffs, pristine islands and the ever-changing moods of our coastal waters and dramatic shoreline.
Through August, Blue Hill Bay Gallery will present fresh works by four realist painters of the Maine coast. They include Richard Roflow, Mark Haltof, Neal Hughes and William Marvin.
Richard Roflow loves to paint the intimate details of the landscape that he encounters on Deer Isle, as well as the iconic images of Acadia National Park. Roflow is a two-time winner in the National Park Academy of the Arts competition.
Mark Haltof is a contemporary realist painter with 30 years experience and a background that includes training in New York at the Arts Students League and the National Academy, as well as several Paris ateliers. His work is represented in The Portland Museum Art.
Neal Hughes is a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists and has won numerous awards, including the Maritime Gallery Yachting Award and an Award of Excellence at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at the Gallery at Mystic Seaport.
William Marvin feels privileged to be able to capture the ever-changing moods of nature, out in the open, fresh and unspoiled. His paintings, focused on the Maine coast, reveal dynamic compositions and an impressionistic use of color.
Blue Hill Bay Gallery is located on Main Street in Blue Hill. For more information, call 374-5773 or visit www.bluehillbaygallery.com.