Mount Katahdin via Hamlin Ridge Trail, September 2019
I grew up in a small Maine town with a seemingly infinite forest of fir, pine and deciduous trees right in my backyard. I've always had an affinity for the natural characteristics and locations found throughout my home state, particularly those that are largely unseen (what I often call "hidden gems"); the hiking trails on the small mountains in Western Maine, the quirky little towns, the trees we're fortunate to be surrounded by. I like to imagine that landscapes in Maine (both human-made and nature-made) each have their own sense of life, character and personality. The paintings I create are a representation of how I approach and experience these places- with a sense of empathy, curiosity and appreciation. My intention is to document this experience and illustrate the sense of value and fascination I hold towards these landscapes.
As an art educator, I seek to combine my practice and pedagogy by introducing even our youngest artists to topics such as nature, community/sense of place and sustainability.
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Born and raised in Maine, Kaylin Cook is an emerging artist who views and experiences the natural landscape of her home state with a sense of empathy, curiosity and familiarity. Her work reflects her interest in realism and a fascination with the unseen details and "hidden gems" of the Maine landscape she grew up within. Kaylin studied Studio Art, Recreation Leadership and Art Education at the University of Southern Maine. She has shown work at Deertrees Theatre, The Harlow, the Juried Student Exhibition at USM and the 2019 BFA/BA Exhibition at USM.
USM Art Gallery BFA/BA Exhibition, Spring 2019
Patio table painting at Rí Rá Portland, Spring 2019