About Your Instructor
Chuck Paine’s Artist Bio
“I seek out those images that make life on the coast of Maine different from the cities that most of our visitors are forced to call home. If it’s old and crumbling and reminiscent of a way of life that is slipping away, I will try to capture it before it is gone.
I have no wish to be thought of as a “modern” artist. My goal is to paint in the “old ways.” It takes many years of repetition and study to learn to move a pen or brush swiftly and with confidence that the resulting mark will please the eye. And it takes many weeks to apply paint in the manner of the old masters, beginning with a “grisaille” and building multiple layers of “fat over lean” until the desired result is achieved. I choose to do this not because it is easy, but because it is hard—and so rare today as to have practically vanished”.
It pains me to observe the commercialism that has crept into the art milieu in the 21st century. Art should be about the artist’s struggle to transfer to canvas or paper a vision that exists in his mind’s eye, and to improve that vision in stages by continual hard work so that at the end of his days he might be called a “master”. If one of his works is good enough, someone will understand its value and wish to own it. If not, it should be scraped down or burnt, and many of my unsuccessful works have suffered this fate at my hand.
I refuse to offer “Giclee prints” or other means of broadening or cheapening “the market” for my works. Everything you see in a gallery or on my website is an original work that has come directly from my hand. Yes, an original is more expensive than something sprayed from a machine, but any “print”, even if translated into French to make it sound more respectable, will eventually render itself worthless, and I want no part of this.
I recognize that my large oils are beyond the financial reach of some would-be collectors. For this reason I offer my popular hand-drawn originals in pen and ink or pencil. These works are inexpensively framed and reasonably priced and thus an excellent investment for persons who would like to own an original work of art by a highly respected emerging artist. If history is any guide, these above all of my works will be worth a multiple of their initial cost by the time I go to my ultimate reward.
I feel strongly that if one has achieved a measure of success as an artist, one is obliged to pass it on. For this reason I offer frequent and inexpensive art lessons to aspiring artists in midcoast Maine.
Most important, I hope my works will have brightened your day. That, more than any other reason, is why I draw and paint.