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After The Party, 15.5 x 11

After The Party

15.5 x 11

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Apple Tree With Burning Pile, 24" x 18"

Apple Tree With Burning Pile

24" x 18"

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Boat, 22" x 15"

Boat

22" x 15"

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Brooklin Market , 15" x 11"

Brooklin Market 

15" x 11"

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Building A Pile, 24" x 46"

Building A Pile

24" x 46"

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Covered Boat, 22" x 15"

Covered Boat

22" x 15"

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Edge Of The Woods (SOLD), 15.5 x 11

Edge Of The Woods (SOLD)

15.5 x 11

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Enduring, 38" x 24"

Enduring

38" x 24"

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Fires, 30" x 44"

Fires

30" x 44"

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Flye Point Cove (SOLD), 12" x 16"

Flye Point Cove (SOLD)

12" x 16"

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Flye Point Rock III (SOLD), 15" x 11"

Flye Point Rock III (SOLD)

15" x 11"

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Flye Point Rocks (SOLD), 22" x 15"

Flye Point Rocks (SOLD)

22" x 15"

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From The Outside, 36" x 24"

From The Outside

36" x 24"

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Front Window, 16" x 12"

Front Window

16" x 12"

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Last Light, 24" x 28"

Last Light

24" x 28"

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Late Afternoon, 15.5 x 11    

Late Afternoon

15.5 x 11    

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Lupin, 22" x 15"

Lupin

22" x 15"

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Near And Far, 16" x 24"

Near And Far

16" x 24"

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Outside, 38" x 24"

Outside

38" x 24"

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Path (SOLD), 30" x 44"

Path (SOLD)

30" x 44"

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Pines II, 14" x 11"

Pines II

14" x 11"

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Pines In A Field, 32" x 52"

Pines In A Field

32" x 52"

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Pines In A Field 1 (SOLD), 15.5" x 11"

Pines In A Field 1 (SOLD)

15.5" x 11"

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Pines In A Field 2 (SOLD), 15.5 x 11

Pines In A Field 2 (SOLD)

15.5 x 11

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Rock Morning I, 16" x 24"

Rock Morning I

16" x 24"

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Rocks On The Shore, 16" x 24"

Rocks On The Shore

16" x 24"

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Storm Is Coming (SOLD), 14" x 11"

Storm Is Coming (SOLD)

14" x 11"

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Storm Is Coming II (SOLD), 15" x 11"

Storm Is Coming II (SOLD)

15" x 11"

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Storm Rocks (SOLD), 15" x 11"

Storm Rocks (SOLD)

15" x 11"

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Triangle Light, 15" x 11"

Triangle Light

15" x 11"

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Triangle Shadow (SOLD), 22" x 15"

Triangle Shadow (SOLD)

22" x 15"

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Two Triangles, 50" x 40"

Two Triangles

50" x 40"

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Turning Red, 22" x 15"

Turning Red

22" x 15"

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Two Fires, 15" x 22"

Two Fires

15" x 22"

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Whale Rock , 16" x 30"

Whale Rock 

16" x 30"

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Whale Rock Fog II, 16" x 24"

Whale Rock Fog II

16" x 24"

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White House (SOLD), 11" x 15"

White House (SOLD)

11" x 15"

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Wildflowers (SOLD), 22" x 15"

Wildflowers (SOLD)

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

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Winter Morning, 16" x 30"

Winter Morning

16" x 30"

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After The Party, 15.5 x 11

After The Party

15.5 x 11

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Apple Tree With Burning Pile, 24" x 18"

Apple Tree With Burning Pile

24" x 18"

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Boat, 22" x 15"

Boat

22" x 15"

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Brooklin Market , 15" x 11"

Brooklin Market 

15" x 11"

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Building A Pile, 24" x 46"

Building A Pile

24" x 46"

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Covered Boat, 22" x 15"

Covered Boat

22" x 15"

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Edge Of The Woods (SOLD), 15.5 x 11

Edge Of The Woods (SOLD)

15.5 x 11

Oil On Board

 

Enduring, 38" x 24"

Enduring

38" x 24"

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Fires, 30" x 44"

Fires

30" x 44"

Oil On Linen

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Flye Point Cove (SOLD), 12" x 16"

Flye Point Cove (SOLD)

12" x 16"

Oil On Panel

Flye Point Rock III (SOLD), 15" x 11"

Flye Point Rock III (SOLD)

15" x 11"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

 

Flye Point Rocks (SOLD), 22" x 15"

Flye Point Rocks (SOLD)

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

From The Outside, 36" x 24"

From The Outside

36" x 24"

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Front Window, 16" x 12"

Front Window

16" x 12"

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Last Light, 24" x 28"

Last Light

24" x 28"

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Late Afternoon, 15.5 x 11    

Late Afternoon

15.5 x 11    

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Lupin, 22" x 15"

Lupin

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

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Near And Far, 16" x 24"

Near And Far

16" x 24"

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Outside, 38" x 24"

Outside

38" x 24"

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Path (SOLD), 30" x 44"

Path (SOLD)

30" x 44"

Oil On Linen

 

Pines II, 14" x 11"

Pines II

14" x 11"

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Pines In A Field, 32" x 52"

Pines In A Field

32" x 52"

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Pines In A Field 1 (SOLD), 15.5" x 11"

Pines In A Field 1 (SOLD)

15.5" x 11"

Oil On Board  

 

 

Pines In A Field 2 (SOLD), 15.5 x 11

Pines In A Field 2 (SOLD)

15.5 x 11

Oil On Board

 

Rock Morning I, 16" x 24"

Rock Morning I

16" x 24"

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Rocks On The Shore, 16" x 24"

Rocks On The Shore

16" x 24"

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Storm Is Coming (SOLD), 14" x 11"

Storm Is Coming (SOLD)

14" x 11"

Oil On Board

 

Storm Is Coming II (SOLD), 15" x 11"

Storm Is Coming II (SOLD)

15" x 11"

Oil On Board

Storm Rocks (SOLD), 15" x 11"

Storm Rocks (SOLD)

15" x 11"

Oil On Board

Triangle Light, 15" x 11"

Triangle Light

15" x 11"

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Triangle Shadow (SOLD), 22" x 15"

Triangle Shadow (SOLD)

22" x 15"

Oil On Board

Two Triangles, 50" x 40"

Two Triangles

50" x 40"

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Turning Red, 22" x 15"

Turning Red

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

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Two Fires, 15" x 22"

Two Fires

15" x 22"

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Whale Rock , 16" x 30"

Whale Rock 

16" x 30"

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Whale Rock Fog II, 16" x 24"

Whale Rock Fog II

16" x 24"

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White House (SOLD), 11" x 15"

White House (SOLD)

11" x 15"

Oil On Board

Wildflowers (SOLD), 22" x 15"

Wildflowers (SOLD)

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

Winter Morning, 16" x 30"

Winter Morning

16" x 30"

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"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.