Two artists currently on display at the Pemaquid Art Gallery in Bristol’s Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park are Barbara Klein and Liliana Thelander, two oil painters with distinctive realist styles who depict coastal scenes among other subjects.
The artists followed a different path to painting, with Klein having had a passion for painting since childhood and being largely self-taught, and Thelander having begun his artistic career drawing designs for stained glass, which led to the painting and “a whole new world”. of color and observation.
Klein moved from New York to Maine in 1973 and juggled her art around family and a career as a nurse. She has taken classes and workshops locally and has now been painting full time as a gallery member for over 15 years.
Klein is drawn to the structural elements of the coastal landscape – houses, fishing huts, lighthouses, rocky outcrops and trees. His technique is impressionistic but with a strong composition created by distinct contrasts in light and shadow. There is often a sense of soft isolation in his scenes, with individual buildings dramatic in their setting on a secluded hill or by the water’s edge, but painted with soft, blended edges. She is known for her small, jewel-like landscapes with richly colored isolated houses, but recently she has exhibited larger, more abstract paintings.
Klein’s work can frequently be seen at regional exhibitions and at Gifts at 136 in Damariscotta.
Thelander was born and educated in Venezuela, putting her computer skills into banking, which brought her to the United States. In 2006 she moved with her family to Midcoast Maine where she joined the Pemaquid Art Gallery in 2015.
Thelander describes his style as “contemporary realism”, his paintings being generally executed in oils and sometimes in acrylics. His technique is expressed with great clarity, a natural sense of detail and a spectacular use of light and color. His work rewards close inspection but also observation from a distance due to its strong compositional order and striking light effects.
Thelander’s subjects vary widely, from moments of family life, weathered still lifes and close-ups of wild animals and birds, to charming pet portraits and Maine landscapes. There is a clarity, brightness and order to his work that is very appealing. His paintings have been exhibited in many area galleries and at Gifts at 136 in Damariscotta. She is also represented by the Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery. Other works can be seen on lilianathelander.com.
Other 2022 exhibiting members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists are Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, John Butke, Dianne Dolan, Gwendolyn Evans, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst , Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Judy Nixon, Alexandra Perry-Weiss, Belva Ann Prycel, Paul Sherman, Marnie Sinclair, Gary Smith, Kim Skillin Traina, Barbara Vanderbilt, Bob Vaughan, Candace Vlcek, and Sherrie York.