Pemaquid artist Julie Babb will showcase her paintings at the Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) office gallery in downtown Damariscotta from March 2 to April 10. The Association invites the public to a reception for Babb from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6.
Babb was born in New York City but grew up in Mexico City, Mexico, surrounded year-round by birds, animals, and flowers. Drawing and painting were always present in her childhood home, as her parents and sister were artists. She moved to Maine in 1962, met and married her husband Bruce that same year, and they then moved to Rochester, NY, where they lived for 30 years. While in Rochester, she took various courses focusing on classical drawing, color theory and portraiture. After moving back to Maine in 1992, Babb decided to make art a full-time career.
Babb is best known for her award-winning paintings and drawings of birds. Babb painted her first bird just over 20 years ago when a friend commissioned her to paint a red-tailed hawk. Her friend liked the result so much that she commissioned another bird painting of goldfinches. It was then that Babb discovered gouache, as she had been searching for a medium that would give her control over sharp detail, and became hooked on painting birds, animals and natural subjects. “My ultimate purpose is to portray nature’s exquisite beauty as God’s creation, one that continuously opens my eyes and my soul. I am in awe of it all and hope to convey that sense of wonder to viewers of my work,” Babb said.
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. Babb will donate 35% of sales to support the PWA mission of conserving the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula.