ELLSWORTH — Bangor painter Linda Packard is the focus of a solo show that opened Wednesday and runs through Sept. 15 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art.
Known as an en plein-air painter, Packard has produced a new body of abstract work. The paintings bring the sensuous physicality of her visceral landscapes to a new level. The artist, who has a profound interest in the abstract Expressionist movement, is influenced by the late American abstract expressionist Joan Mitchell. For Packard, Mitchell’s paintings reflect the raw emotions of her experiences, often without specific intention.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Smith College, Packard moved to Boston, where she worded as librarian and a printmaker, and studied book arts. She eventually settled in Maine and opened a graphic design firm.
In 2006, Packard returned to pursuing a fine art career. A one-week summer workshop with the late Boston/Stonington painter Jon Imber marked the beginning of her love affair with the expressiveness of oil paint and en plein-air painting. Packard spent five years working with Imber, who she still cites as one of her greatest influences.
Packard was awarded a 2015 Heliker-LaHotan Foundation residency fellowship on Great Cranberry Island and participated in a month-long residency this past fall at Weir Farm in Wilton, Conn. Packard lives in Bangor, where she maintains a year-round studio.
Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court St. in Ellsworth. For more info, call 667-6611 or visit www.courthousegallery.com.