Gram, my husband's grandmother, asked me to create this painting from a picture given to her by my brother-in-law, Ben. Her family owns a primitive cabin on a lake in Ebeemee, Maine that I had never been to before. I realized while beginning work that I found it difficult to connect with the painting because I had never experienced the place that I was depicting. All of the paintings that I have created are locations of significance to me where I visit often. However, I was very determined to understand this landscape with what information I had.
I had the amazing opportunity to visit Ebeemee while I was on vacation in July of 2011. I took many reference pictures to gain a better understanding of Maine's landscape as it drastically differs from the farm fields of Southern New Jersey! After vacation, I began working with a new found inspiration. From this painting I have come to realize how important it is to fully experience a landscape to gain a better comprehension of the specific characteristics it has to offer.