I had Duncan Martin as a painting teacher at Creative Arts Camp in 2010, and then stayed unexpectedly with his mother in 2013 in Maine. All last spring I was wishing I could see the show at Principia College in Illinois where he is a professor of art, since the topic was right up my alley. He painted 58 paintings in 58 months in 58 National Parks. Doesn’t that sound like wonderful fun? I was so sad not to get to see what he painted, and then our recent surprise trip to Maine coincided with this article I saw that said his show would be mounted in Acadia in celebration of the park’s 100th Anniversary. Yay! I got to see these works, and I was so delighted.
Duncan painted most of these small in plein air, but some he did larger back in the studio. I’ve been many of these places, and know exactly where he was. I love his expressive brushwork, don’t you?