The Paintings of Louise Bourne

The painter Louise Bourne is a full-time Mainer, but when she’s in the city catching up on gallery shows and museums, she stays with Tribecans Karl and Nikki at their apartment on Broadway. She’s captured the street life here several times, as part of a continuing series she calls “In Town.” (I’ve included a landscape from Maine, since it’s so lovely, but you can peruse more on her website.)

Karl and Nikki’s dog Uly (short for Ulysses), who sadly died last year, was also a Maine native — adopted from a litter of puppies born to Bourne’s neighbor many years ago. Therefore it’s “Uly’s Park” shown in the painting above.

Bourne lives on the Blue Hill Peninsula of the Maine coast — up near Bar Harbor — and her paintings are responses to the stunning experiences of color and light that take place in those parts. “I work from direct observation both outdoors and in the studio, and from memory, drawings and watercolors. Nature calls our attention like a magnet; I try to make my paintings have a similar pull, not as description, but as visceral experience.”

Bourne is a full time painter and an assistant professor of painting at the University of Maine in Orono, Colby College and Maine Maritime Academy, and shows at several galleries in Maine and the Northeast. She holds a BFA from Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art) and an MFA from the University of Michigan.

Let’s hope she visits again soon.

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  1. Gorgeous paintings.

  2. Lovely. Thanks for sharing these!