On the cover this week is featured artist Caroline Loder, an oil painter with a penchant for bold graphics, stalwart compositions and vivid textures. She lives on Chebeague Island in Maine, so it's no surprise that her themes and subjects are often nautical in nature. Below she gives some details on her background, experience and inspiration.
"In 2013, I moved to Chebeague Island with my family and was immediately struck by the varying coastal landscape. I wanted to distill down to its essence the strong shapes and contrasting colors and textures, without sacrificing the realism of the landscape and surrounds. With a simple palette of colors, I aim to achieve a sense of calm and serenity.
I cannot recall a time, going back to my youth, that I wasn’t fascinated with how artists produce their magic and I’ll always remember my introduction to oil painting—plein air painting with Bill Darling. We would set up our easels at dawn on a hillside in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and there I would paint alongside wiser and more talented adult painters. Combined with other art studies, which included figure drawing, sculpture, and watercolor painting, I discovered the broad reach of different art practices.
In 1994, I graduated from Syracuse University, the School of Visual and Performing Arts and appreciate all aspects of fine art. It was here that I developed a love for graphic design and advertising, specifically, how to tell a story. I ventured far, both geographically and creatively, exploring different art mediums and work. Though I have spent many years rendering images in world of design, I have returned to New England and to my artistic roots, using simple tools and basic principles."
To learn more about Caroline or to purchase "Until Next Time" go to http://carolineloder.com/