Kaitlyn Metcalf

Acrylic painting of a lobster boat with yellow lobster traps stacked in the stern. The image is painted on a topographic map of the Schoodic peninsula and the surrounding ocean.
"Lady Lexy", acrylic on topo map on panel, 16 X 20 inches, 2009

Courtesy of Kaitlyn Metcalf. Used with permission.


For paintings created within the Starboard Series, I begin my work by seeking out texts and photographs of maritime vessels endemic to Down East Maine. I choose ships based not only on historical importance but also local relevance or the current social impact of their presence. My research enables me to link the vessel’s route to a nautical chart or map, thus visually connecting the vessel with its traveled waters. My paintings are making visible the romance between people and the ocean through the extension of the watercraft and are the accounts of strong men and women who were successfully courted and seduced by the sea

– Kaitlyn Metcalf

Photograph of artist Kaitlyn Metcalf

Kaitlyn Metcalf was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised on crawfish, po-boys, Bloody Marys, Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras. She was fortunate enough to simultaneously attend Mount Carmel Academy and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, followed by receiving her BFA from Maine College of Art in Portland. After graduating with Honors in Painting and Art History, this southern belle ventured even further north to settle in Downeast Maine where she established her painting studio, Moss Keep Studio.

Kaitlyn has created numerous bodies of work inspired by life on the Maine coast, near Acadia National Park, and the maritime culture that surrounds her. She finds this particular area of Maine rich in raw beauty and inspiration.
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Last updated: January 14, 2020

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