12 x 9", acrylic on gessoed hardboard
painting #249, 2017
The Olson House, Cushing, Maine
Three years ago, I visited the Olson House located in Cushing Maine. The Hathorn-Olson House was built in the late 1700s by Captain Samuel Hathorn II. It was lived in until 1968 by brother and sister, Alvaro Olson and Christina Olson, both were descendants of Hathorn.
It is in the registry of the US National Historic Landmarks after being made famous by Andrew Wyeth's many paintings and sketches done on site that includes the iconic "Christina's World". It is located in a bucolic and isolated rural area of Maine that boost a partially obstructed view of the Muscongus Bay. It was a totally surreal experience to move within the landscape and to visit the interior. The house has very little furnishings. The kitchen had a few dusty mason jars on the counter. I took one and put it on the sill of the open kitchen window. I could feel the warm backdraft coming from the breeze from the screened front door as I layed the canning jar down. The sun was setting on the opposite side of the house which created a nice contrast from the foreground to the background.
Interior of the Olson House. June 2014.
The House is currently owned by the Farnsworth Art Museum located in beautiful Rockland, Maine which I had visited earlier that morning.
Part of my two-person show with Yvon Gallant entitled ''HARVEST'' at the Fog Forest Gallery from October 12 - November 8, 2017.
Opening reception - Thursday October 12, 6:30- 8:00 pm
Fog Forest Gallery
14 Bridge Street
Sackville, NB, Canada