Artist Elizabeth Fraser and the hardworking farmers whose livestock and produce she paints have one thing in common: discipline.
Fraser is a spirited daily painter from Portland. She makes it a point to paint every day, and completes at least one oil painting a day. The artist explains why this discipline is so central to her process: “I started my daily painting project in January of 2006 and it has changed my life as an artist. The exercise in discipline has been extraordinary: my eye is sharper, my sense of color is stronger, compositions jump out at me – I see a painting in everything.”
Fraser’s paintings evoke feelings taken from moments that impress her. She says: “From sunrises over a meadow, to napping pets and farm animals, to trips to the Farmers Market, it is the beauty that surrounds me in my everyday world that is the subject of my work.”
Upon first glance, discipline may not be the word that comes to mind when looking at Fraser’s colorful oil paintings. The use of bold pigments and strong, lively brush strokes is somewhat reminiscent of European expressionists such as Franz Marc. But it is discipline that has allowed Fraser to develop such a confident way of wielding her brush.
The Daily Painting Movement is an international phenomenon. It has received much publicity for making art accessible to everyone. Fraser has received national attention in an article about daily painters in the New York Times and Art Business News and has been featured in the USA Today online Holiday Gift Guide. She has also received local coverage in Port City Life and The Maine Switch.
A large selection of Fraser’s recent work (mostly small oils ranging from $95-$200) will be on exhibit at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery from Friday November 16 through January 2, 2013.
There will be a festive reception, open to the public, on Friday December 7, from 5:30-8pm.
Also, on Black Friday (November 23) the gallery will be open from 9 AM to 3 PM for a special pre-holiday shopping day. Dawnella Sutton, storyteller extraordinaire, will be presenting a puppet show for children at 10 AM.
The MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM – 4 PM, and most Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM (except for Nov. 24 and December 29). More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.
Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide non-profit organization working to keep Maine’s farms farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate art in agriculture, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org.