“Katahdin from Kidney Pond,” oil on panel. IMAGES BY KEN WOISARD

In rain, wind and snow: Larry Moffet paints Katahdin region in all seasons



BLUE HILL — Since high school, paintings landscapes outdoors in Maine has been a constant in Larry Moffet’s life. The Deer Isle artist, who first ventured to Baxter State Park in 1992, is showing his paintings of the state park’s majestic peaks and wildly beautiful terrain May 2-28 at the Blue Hill Public Library.

Working in a wild environment such as Baxter State Park presents a number of challenges, such as hauling art supplies up rough hiking trails or dealing with unexpected weather — rain, hail and snow. Sometimes it is too windy to paint. Larry says that more than once he has watched his easel blow into a mountain pond.

“The light and weather are constantly changing, going from sunny to cloudy in minutes. Biting insects are often present, requiring elaborate arrangements of clothing to keep them at bay,” Moffet relates. “People visiting the park are often present too, asking questions. These factors force me to work with speed and intent to bring the experience of this wild place to life.”

Moffet moved to Deer Isle to paint in 1972. He worked as a wooden boat carpenter and later as a commercial fisherman. Working outdoors gave him the opportunity to observe the natural world with its ever-changing weather and light. It also gave him the flexibility to make art all year long. His work has been shown in many galleries, private collections and other venues throughout Maine.

“Painting landscapes outside in Maine has been a constant part of my life since high school. My first trip to Baxter State Park was in 1992 when I began exploring this beautiful, complex terrain in paint, including oil, pastels and watercolor.”

The show will be on view in the library’s Britton Gallery and Roland Howard Room, subject to the meeting room schedule. A portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Blue Hill Public Library.

For more information, contact the library at 374-5515.

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