Debbie Palmer is showcasing her paintings at the Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) office gallery in downtown Damariscotta until August 14. Her exhibit, “Allagash to Acadia”, depicts scenes that tell a story of outdoor adventure. Bagging a hare, dragging a buck out of the woods, and faithful canine hunting companions are a few of the images that immerse the viewer in a rustic nostalgia for the outdoorsman lifestyle. For example, her painting “Didn’t see a thing all day” shows the droll setting of a hunter dozing in a chair in front of his fireplace, apparently exhausted from a day’s hunt, while a 10-point buck looks in at him through the cabin window. Palmer’s unique approach of painting on boards illustrates how the marriage of the wood and oil brings a feeling of solid, textured dimension.
Palmer is a little known Maine secret. She started painting on furniture as a hobby, but high demand for her intricate landscapes and Victorian-inspired scenes led her to sell her pieces nationwide. Palmer has always preferred painting on wood, as the pattern of the grain inspires her composition and it is a natural and renewable resource. She has won numerous awards and often paints now purely for commission or for charitable auctions. She finds inspiration in her natural surroundings, from coastal Maine to the Allagash Waterway, and her love for her family.
To view the exhibit, visit the Association’s office from 9:30-4:30 weekdays, located at 15 Courtyard Street, above Salt Bay Café in downtown Damariscotta. Palmer will donate 35% of sales to support the PWA mission of conserving the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula.