Artist Ann Mohnkern

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My Inspiration
I've spent most of my life on and around the ocean, and particularly enjoy the patterns of water and light, and how they're affected by wind and tide. My goal is to fully understand and then express a sense of what's below the surface of things, and what's reflected off the surface from above, while not losing the integrity of a particular image taken as a whole. I search for moments that stir both a sense of familiarity and awe. Sometimes I find this in the power of the sea; other times in the stillness of a summer day.
Early on, our family spent summers cruising the coast of Maine. Then about 25 years ago, we had a dream opportunity to buy a small island in Casco Bay. This has become the center of our lives where we share the hard work, challenging adventures, harrowing weather and gorgeous summer days with family and friends. It has been our total joy. My art reflects much of this, and the narratives describing various paintings tell you the story behind each. My hope is that you come to see my love, awe and wonder in my art from the Maine coast.
My Journey 
I grew up in southern Massachusetts in a small coastal town and married my high school sweetheart. We moved to Maine in 1972 and raised our two sons here. After my graduation from the University of Maine School of Law, we built our home beside the salt marshes of the Cousins River in Yarmouth. I began painting in mid-life, attending various classes at the Maine College of Art in the evenings after work, and retired after 26 years of practicing law to give full attention to my art practice. Along the way, I was fortunate to study with several extraordinary [...]

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