Tomas Curry

As a plein air painter, I immerse myself in landscape to explore the relationships between stillness and flux. What we call a "place" is a paradox - it is not fixed but always changing: the light shifts from moment to moment, water is never still, clouds come and go.

For the past 22 years, I have painted the landscape around my home in Maine, including a small island just offshore that has become the subject of a series of more than 60 paintings, many of which are collected in the book Island, published in 2012. In this series, I paint the interplay of light, island, sky and water as metaphor and meditation on place and time and the dance between what we perceive as eternal and ephemeral.

I am drawn to paint both the raw, wild places and the small villages and harbors on the peninsula where I live - working outdoors where I can be in direct contact with the clear, searing light or the dense fog, the heat of the sun or a frigid wind, the sounds of crickets or distant drone of a fishing boat, the smell of salt. I seek to create a powerful and intimate senseŅand experience - of these places using layers of saturated color and compositions distilled to bold, elemental forms.

In my work I seek to express that we are not mere observers of landscape, but also participants. I want to encourage the viewer to engage with landscape not as a passive backdrop of scenery, place names, or historic events, but as alive, wild, muscular, and ultimately unknowable - layered with history, yes, but also breathing, ever changing and seamless.

Island and Ledges
oil on canvas 16x20"

Road to the Beach
oil on canvas 16x20"

Cloud Bank Island
oil on canvas 16x20"

Beach House
oil on canvas

Babson Island
oil on canvas 12x16"

oil on canvas 12x16"