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After The Party  15.5 x 11  Oil On Board

After The Party

15.5 x 11

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

Apple Tree With Burning Pile

24" x 18"

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Boat  22" x 15"  Oil On Panel

Boat

22" x 15"

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Brooklin Market 15" x 11"  Oil On Board

Brooklin Market 

15" x 11"

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Building A Pile  24" x 46"  Oil On Canvas

Building A Pile

24" x 46"

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Covered Boat  22" x 15"  Oil On Board

Covered Boat

22" x 15"

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Edge Of The Woods  15.5 x 11  Oil On Board

Edge Of The Woods (SOLD)

15.5 x 11

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Enduring  38" x 24"  Oil On Linen

Enduring

38" x 24"

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Fires  30" x 44"  Oil On Linen

Fires

30" x 44"

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Flye Point Cove  12" x 16"  Oil On Panel

Flye Point Cove (SOLD)

12" x 16"

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Flye Point Rock III  15" x 11"  Watercolor On Buff Paper

Flye Point Rock III (SOLD)

15" x 11"

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

Flye Point Rocks (SOLD)

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

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From The Outside  36" x 24"  Oil On Linen

From The Outside

36" x 24"

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Front Window  16" x 12"  Oil On Board

Front Window

16" x 12"

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Last Light  24" x 28"  Oil On Linen

Last Light

24" x 28"

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Late Afternoon  15.5 x 11      Oil On Board

Late Afternoon

15.5 x 11    

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Lupin  22" x 15" Watercolor On Buff Paper

Lupin

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

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Near And Far  16" x 24"  Oil On Board

Near And Far

16" x 24"

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Outside  38" x 24"  Oil On Linen

Outside

38" x 24"

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Path  30" x 44"  Oil On Linen

Path

30" x 44"

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Pines II  15.5" x 11"  Oil On Panel

Pines II

14" x 11"

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Pine Trees In A Field  32 x 52  Oil On Linen

Pines In A Field

32" x 52"

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

Pines In A Field 1 (SOLD)

15.5" x 11"

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Pines In A Field 2  15.5 x 11  Oil On Board

Pines In A Field 2 (SOLD)

15.5 x 11

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Rock Morning I  16" x 24"  Oil On Board

Rock Morning I

16" x 24"

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

Rocks On The Shore

16" x 24"

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Storm Is Coming  14" x 11"  Oil On Board

Storm Is Coming

14" x 11"

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Storm Is Coming II  15" x 11"  Oil On Board

Storm Is Coming II (SOLD)

15" x 11"

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Storm Rocks  15" x 11"  Oil On Board

Storm Rocks (SOLD)

15" x 11"

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Triangle Light  15" x 11"  Oil On Board

Triangle Light

15" x 11"

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Triangle Shadow  22" x 15"  Oil On Board

Triangle Shadow (SOLD)

22" x 15"

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Two Triangles  40" x 50"  Oil On Linen

Two Triangles

50" x 40"

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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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Two Fires  15" x 22"  Oil On Board

Two Fires

15" x 22"

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Whale Rock II  16" x 30" Oil On Panel

Whale Rock 

16" x 30"

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

Whale Rock Fog II

16" x 24"

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White House  11" x 15"  Oil On Board

White House

11" x 15"

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Wild Flowers  22" x 15" Watercolor On Buff

Wildflowers (SOLD)

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

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Winter Morning  16" x 30"  Oil On Board

Winter Morning

16" x 30"

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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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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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Brooklin Market 15" x 11"  Oil On Board

Brooklin Market 

15" x 11"

Oil On Board

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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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Covered Boat  22" x 15"  Oil On Board

Covered Boat

22" x 15"

Oil On Board

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Edge Of The Woods  15.5 x 11  Oil On Board

Edge Of The Woods (SOLD)

15.5 x 11

Oil On Board

 

Enduring  38" x 24"  Oil On Linen

Enduring

38" x 24"

Oil On Linen

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Fires  30" x 44"  Oil On Linen

Fires

30" x 44"

Oil On Linen

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Flye Point Cove  12" x 16"  Oil On Panel

Flye Point Cove (SOLD)

12" x 16"

Oil On Panel

Flye Point Rock III  15" x 11"  Watercolor On Buff Paper

Flye Point Rock III (SOLD)

15" x 11"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

 

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

Flye Point Rocks (SOLD)

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

From The Outside  36" x 24"  Oil On Linen

From The Outside

36" x 24"

Oil On Linen

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Front Window  16" x 12"  Oil On Board

Front Window

16" x 12"

Oil On Board

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Last Light  24" x 28"  Oil On Linen

Last Light

24" x 28"

Oil On Linen

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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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Lupin  22" x 15" Watercolor On Buff Paper

Lupin

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

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Near And Far  16" x 24"  Oil On Board

Near And Far

16" x 24"

Oil On Board

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Outside  38" x 24"  Oil On Linen

Outside

38" x 24"

Oil On Linen

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Path  30" x 44"  Oil On Linen

Path

30" x 44"

Oil On Linen

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Pines II  15.5" x 11"  Oil On Panel

Pines II

14" x 11"

Oil On Panel

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Pine Trees In A Field  32 x 52  Oil On Linen

Pines In A Field

32" x 52"

Oil On Linen

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

Pines In A Field 1 (SOLD)

15.5" x 11"

Oil On Board  

 

 

Pines In A Field 2  15.5 x 11  Oil On Board

Pines In A Field 2 (SOLD)

15.5 x 11

Oil On Board

 

Rock Morning I  16" x 24"  Oil On Board

Rock Morning I

16" x 24"

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

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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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Storm Is Coming II  15" x 11"  Oil On Board

Storm Is Coming II (SOLD)

15" x 11"

Oil On Board

Storm Rocks  15" x 11"  Oil On Board

Storm Rocks (SOLD)

15" x 11"

Oil On Board

Triangle Light  15" x 11"  Oil On Board

Triangle Light

15" x 11"

Oil On Board

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Triangle Shadow  22" x 15"  Oil On Board

Triangle Shadow (SOLD)

22" x 15"

Oil On Board

Two Triangles  40" x 50"  Oil On Linen

Two Triangles

50" x 40"

Oil On Linen

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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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Two Fires  15" x 22"  Oil On Board

Two Fires

15" x 22"

Oil On Board

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Whale Rock II  16" x 30" Oil On Panel

Whale Rock 

16" x 30"

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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White House  11" x 15"  Oil On Board

White House

11" x 15"

Oil On Board

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Wild Flowers  22" x 15" Watercolor On Buff

Wildflowers (SOLD)

22" x 15"

Watercolor On Buff Paper

Winter Morning  16" x 30"  Oil On Board

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.