Sue Charles

Painting of a creek with reflection of trees and falling light
"Eli's Creek, Isle au Haut" 18 x 24, oil, gold, palladium on cradled wood panel

Courtesy of Sue Charles. Used with permission

 

My painting, Eli's Creek is about the ways light flows through a forest, changing tone as it is obscured by branches, and reflects off the ocean and the creek, creating curious shapes which interlock like a puzzle. The feeling of purposeful connection between all natural things is present in the untouched landscape of Isle au Haut; the sense of the forest's slow, lumbering frame of time is palpable.

 
Sue Charles
Sue Charles

Sue Charles paints along the coast of New England, translating the landscape into abstract hierarchical relationships of light and color. She exhibits her work at numerous galleries in Massachusetts and Maine, has won regional and national awards and is in many collections, most notably of Susan and David Rockefeller, Jr.

A native of Scituate, MA, Sue now lives in Newbury, MA and Lamoine, ME. A graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, Sue learned the classic techniques of figure painting but has always loved the landscape. “The natural landscape is fascinating. Everything fits together perfectly, like a puzzle. Trees for instance, don’t grow randomly up and out, but grow only into the available space. The best landscape paintings offer a tantalizing glimpse into this purposeful connection between all natural things, and they stay with you—an image you can recall— like a hummable melody. I aim for that.” Visit her website, www.suecharlesstudio.com

 
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Sue Charles says she was first drawn to apply for the Artist-in-Residence program at Acadia National Park as a way to give something back to the park for its work to conserve a special landscape.

“For a painter, it’s a really beautiful place to paint.”

A resident of Newbury, MA and Lamoine, ME, Charles paints all along the coast of New England, translating the landscape into abstract hierarchical relationships of light and color. As a student years ago, she learned classic techniques of figure painting, but has always loved the landscape.

“It’s like everywhere you look, there’s paintings. And there’s really no end to it. I don’t think you would ever be able to not have an idea of something to paint up here.”

(Video by Will Newton, Friends of Acadia/NPS)

 

Last updated: April 21, 2019

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