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Rocks On The Shore  16" x 24" Oil On Panel

Rocks On The Shore

16" x 24"

Oil On Panel

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Whale Rock Fog II 18" x 24" Oil On Panel

Whale Rock Fog II

16" x 24"

Oil On Panel

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Whale Rock Fog I  16" x 24" Oil On Panel

Whale Rock Fog I

16" x 24"

Oil On Panel

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Whale Rock II  16" x 24" Oil On Panel

Whale Rock II

16" x 24"

Oil On Panel

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Wild Flowers  22" x 15" Watercolor On Buff

Wild Flowers

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff

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Turning Red  22" x 15" Watercolor On Buff Paper

Turning Red

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

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Building A Pile  24" x 46"  Oil On Canvas

Building A Pile

24" x 46"

Oil On Canvas

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Apple Branch  15" x 22" Watercolor On Buff Paper

Apple Branch

15" x 22"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

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Lupin  22" x 15" Watercolor On Buff Paper

Lupin

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

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The River  38" x 24" Oil On Canvas

The River

38" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

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Large Rock  22" x 15"  Watercolor On Buff Paper

Large Rock

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

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Trampled Weed 22" x 15" Watercolor On Buff Paper

Trampled Weed

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

 

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Fly Point Rock III  15.5" x 11"  Watercolor On Buff Paper

Fly Point Rock III

15.5" x 11"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

 

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Clear Day  40" x 52"  Oil On Canvas

Clear Day

40" x 52"

Oil On Canvas

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Edge Of The Woods  15" x 11"  Oil On Panel

Edge Of The Woods

15" x 11"

Oil On Panel

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Late Afternoon  15.5" x 11"  Oil On Panel

Late Afternoon

15.5" x 11"

Oil On Panel

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Fly Point Cove  12" x 16"  Oil On Panel

Fly Point Cove

12" x 16"

Oil On Panel

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Apple Tree With Burning Pile  24" x 18"  Oil On Panel

Apple Tree With Burning Pile

24" x 18"

Oil On Panel

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Boat  22" x 15"  Oil On Panel

Boat

22" x 15"

Oil On Panel

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Fly Point Rocks   22" x 15"  Watercolor On Buff Paper

Fly Point Rocks 

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

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Pines In A Field 1  15.5" x 11"  Oil On Board

Pines In A Field 1

15.5" x 11"

Oil On Board    

 

 

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Pines In A Field 2  15.5 x 11  Oil On Board

Pines In A Field 2

15.5 x 11

Oil On Board

 

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Edge Of The Woods  15.5 x 11  Oil On Board

Edge Of The Woods

15.5 x 11

Oil On Board

 

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Late Afternoon  15.5 x 11      Oil On Board

Late Afternoon

15.5 x 11    

Oil On Board

 

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Pines  15.5" x 11"  Oil On Panel

Pines

15.5" x 11"

Oil On Panel

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Pines II  15.5" x 11"  Oil On Panel

Pines II

15.5" x 11"

Oil On Panel

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Pine Trees In A Field  32 x 52  Oil On Linen

Pine Trees In A Field

32 x 52

Oil On Linen

 

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Party’s Canceled  11 x 15.5  Oil On Board

Party’s Canceled

11 x 15.5

Oil On Board

 

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After The Party  15.5 x 11  Oil On Board

After The Party

15.5 x 11

Oil On Board

 

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Storm Is Coming  14" x 11"  Oil On Board

Storm Is Coming

14" x 11"

Oil On Board

 

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Booklin Market Day  15.5" x 11"  Oil On Board

Booklin Market Day

15.5" x 11"

Oil On Board

 

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Rocks On The Shore  16" x 24" Oil On Panel

Rocks On The Shore

16" x 24"

Oil On Panel

Whale Rock Fog II 18" x 24" Oil On Panel

Whale Rock Fog II

16" x 24"

Oil On Panel

Whale Rock Fog I  16" x 24" Oil On Panel

Whale Rock Fog I

16" x 24"

Oil On Panel

Whale Rock II  16" x 24" Oil On Panel

Whale Rock II

16" x 24"

Oil On Panel

Wild Flowers  22" x 15" Watercolor On Buff

Wild Flowers

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff

Turning Red  22" x 15" Watercolor On Buff Paper

Turning Red

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

Building A Pile  24" x 46"  Oil On Canvas

Building A Pile

24" x 46"

Oil On Canvas

Apple Branch  15" x 22" Watercolor On Buff Paper

Apple Branch

15" x 22"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

Lupin  22" x 15" Watercolor On Buff Paper

Lupin

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

The River  38" x 24" Oil On Canvas

The River

38" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Large Rock  22" x 15"  Watercolor On Buff Paper

Large Rock

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

Trampled Weed 22" x 15" Watercolor On Buff Paper

Trampled Weed

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

 

Fly Point Rock III  15.5" x 11"  Watercolor On Buff Paper

Fly Point Rock III

15.5" x 11"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

 

Clear Day  40" x 52"  Oil On Canvas

Clear Day

40" x 52"

Oil On Canvas

Edge Of The Woods  15" x 11"  Oil On Panel

Edge Of The Woods

15" x 11"

Oil On Panel

Late Afternoon  15.5" x 11"  Oil On Panel

Late Afternoon

15.5" x 11"

Oil On Panel

Fly Point Cove  12" x 16"  Oil On Panel

Fly Point Cove

12" x 16"

Oil On Panel

Apple Tree With Burning Pile  24" x 18"  Oil On Panel

Apple Tree With Burning Pile

24" x 18"

Oil On Panel

Boat  22" x 15"  Oil On Panel

Boat

22" x 15"

Oil On Panel

Fly Point Rocks   22" x 15"  Watercolor On Buff Paper

Fly Point Rocks 

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

Pines In A Field 1  15.5" x 11"  Oil On Board

Pines In A Field 1

15.5" x 11"

Oil On Board    

 

 

Pines In A Field 2  15.5 x 11  Oil On Board

Pines In A Field 2

15.5 x 11

Oil On Board

 

Edge Of The Woods  15.5 x 11  Oil On Board

Edge Of The Woods

15.5 x 11

Oil On Board

 

Late Afternoon  15.5 x 11      Oil On Board

Late Afternoon

15.5 x 11    

Oil On Board

 

Pines  15.5" x 11"  Oil On Panel

Pines

15.5" x 11"

Oil On Panel

Pines II  15.5" x 11"  Oil On Panel

Pines II

15.5" x 11"

Oil On Panel

Pine Trees In A Field  32 x 52  Oil On Linen

Pine Trees In A Field

32 x 52

Oil On Linen

 

Party’s Canceled  11 x 15.5  Oil On Board

Party’s Canceled

11 x 15.5

Oil On Board

 

After The Party  15.5 x 11  Oil On Board

After The Party

15.5 x 11

Oil On Board

 

Storm Is Coming  14" x 11"  Oil On Board

Storm Is Coming

14" x 11"

Oil On Board

 

Booklin Market Day  15.5" x 11"  Oil On Board

Booklin Market Day

15.5" x 11"

Oil On Board

 

"My paintings are like portals into worlds familiar and strange; mysterious, intriguing and sublime. Poetic and metaphorical, my work reveals the visual truth of perception, capturing not only the quality of light or the tonal harmonies of a particular scene, but also its mood and the wonder of vision itself."

— Douglas Martenson

Wild Flowers  22" x 15"  Watercolor On Buff

Wild Flowers, 22" x 15", Watercolor On Buff

With my recent work I have returned to some familiar and meaningful locations. I've been taking a closer look at the variety of plant life inhabiting the summer fields of Maine and returning to the rocks along the shore; a location that has endured endless tides and storms, yet continues to hold strong... sometimes moving or changing, but always remaining.

I have felt this way myself recently, especially with all of the turmoil of this past year, and this exploration is a way for me to process and question our time.

When I am in the studio, I think about how the fields or an impending storm might spark a dialogue about the impermanence or resilient nature of things. I ponder how and where the clouds, rocks and tents as metaphor will then take this conversation.

All together, my work evokes a much larger idea, that being the nature of our existence. And above all, the Pennsylvania, New York, and Maine topography serve as the most important foil, allowing me to highlight and express these concerns.

Apple Branch  15" x 22"  Watercolor On Buff Paper

Apple Branch, 15" x 22", Watercolor On Buff Paper

Boat  22" x 15"  Oil On Panel

Boat, 22" x 15", Oil On Panel

Martenson has made his home in Philadelphia since 1978 and is a Graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His studio is a three story row house located in the Dickenson square area of Philadelphia and the house he rents in Maine is an old farm house located on seventeen acres facing Cadillac Mountain.

Martenson has been the recipient of many grants and awards including a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, several Individual Creative Opportunity stipends from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a Pew fellowship on the Arts grant for study at the Vermont studio center in northern Vermont, and a Cresson European Traveling Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academyof the Fine Arts. He has exhibited widely and shows his work regularly in NewYork, Philadelphia and Boston galleries.

Martenson has recently curated two exhibitions for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Landscapes Modern to Contemporary (2019) and The Artist’s Response to Nature:Tonalism, Historical to Contemporary (2016). Martenson was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Professorof of Fine Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Video

Douglas Martenson, Art and Transience

Douglas Martenson's show at Gross McCleaf explores the notion of transience through the landscapes of Maine. The artist speaks about his ideas, techniques, and connections made through art history and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Douglas Martenson, a Feeling for Nature

Douglas Martenson is one of Philadelphia's premiere landscape painters. His recent exhibition at Gross McCleaf Gallery showcases his wonderful talent with a brush and feeling for landscape. Doug handles paint beautifully and his work truly captures the natural world. He also is a much loved professor at both the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania.