About

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

I’m a third-generation artist raised unconventionally in museums and art galleries.

I’m an artist because nature inspires me, especially the colors and textures of skies and landscapes.  I’m obsessed with color, balance, light & shadow… not necessarily in that order.  My art materials include everything from oil paints to fabric to torn paper. I usually select whatever media will express the vision most clearly, but sometimes I’ll deliberately choose a challenge.

As artist, I’m very process-oriented.  Once the work begins, it’s as if I’m immersed  in the creative experience.  At least half of my work is sparked by an inner vision.  Often, the art process is a sparkling, exciting adventure.  The work always starts with a vision, but where it leads me… well, I’m never sure until I see it emerge on the canvas, paper, or board.  There’s always a lot of, “Wow… look at that!” as I work.  The surprises make the creative process a delight.

My work usually mixes reality, mystery, memory and whimsy.  I usually focus on whatever sparked the piece.  If it’s about color, I may dismiss the subject’s details to savor the nuances of color and contrast.  Those are the abstract contemporary works.

My favorite color is blue, from blue greens to lavender blues.  Blues are often underrated.  They’re serene, they can have endless, unexplored depths; they’re often the deceptively juicy element in the work.

However, luminescence is also a key element in my work.  I think it’s why I’m drawn to sunrises and sunsets, as well as glimmers of light and color in foggy landscapes.

For me, art is successful when it shares the emotional connection to the inspiration.  The highest compliment is when someone looks at my work, inhales in surprise and then whispers, “Wow.”

GOALS AND PURPOSES

In October 2011, I’d reached a plateau with my work.  This always happens before a transition in my art.  There’s always a period — days or even years — when I step back from my art.  I usually switch to writing, photography, or cooking, or some other creative expression.

That’s why this site hasn’t been updated for some time, but — if you’ve followed my creative careers in other areas — you’ve seen flourishes as bold and colorful as my paintings.

Here’s what lends continuity to all that I do, and what I aspire to:

  • To illuminate the past for inspiration.
  • To live a life of transcendent elegance and simplicity.
  • To savor the ever-changing magnificence of nature and its connection with spirituality.
  • To share a reverence for the abundant beauty in everyday life.

My means of expression are usually the arts, especially the visual arts.  I’m inspired by nature, but also by music, literature, architecture and history.  When I need time for reflection or to renew my energy, I almost always seek water. That may be a stream, a pond, or — more often — the ocean.  Something about the ocean and salty breezes… they invigorate me and bring me a sense of comfort, no matter what else is going on in my life.

I’m never sure where my adventures will take me, next.

Mostly, I keep returning to the arts and creative expression. That’s what’s authentic for me.  It’s where I lose all sense of time, and revel in the beauty and whimsy of Nature.

GALLERIES

During the 1980s, you may have seen or purchased my quilts, wall hangings, and art dolls at these galleries and shops:

  • Harbor Browsery, York Harbor, Maine
  • Maple Hill Pottery
    in Perkins Cove, Ogunquit & Auburn, Maine
  • Abacus Gallery, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
  • The Friend, Wiscasset, Maine
  • Twas the Night, Northeast Harbor, Maine
  • Jaffrey & Chase, Blue Hill, Maine
  • The Carriage Shop, Sullivan, Maine

In the 1990s and early 2000s, I pursued a fine arts career in my own name, as well as a mixed media career as Aisling D’Art.

In my spare time, I enjoy baking cookies and homemade bread, listening to music, hiking, and genealogy. In general, I’m a very private person.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

I’m a juried member of EBSQ Plus. I’ve also been a member of the York Art Association (ME), Concord Art Association (MA), International Plein Air Painters, and NH Plein Air.


*My mother was fine artist Muriel Joan Bernier (1919 – 2010), from Mass. Art’s Drawing & Painting Class of 1940.

My grandfather was ceramics artist and inventor Napoleon Bernier (1894 – 1959), founder of California Paints, California Stucco, and California Products.

My dad was calligrapher, photographer, and political activist William B. Morey, Jr. (1912 – 1999).

My given name is spelled “Eibhlin” in the Irish tradition, but I often use the simpler spelling, “Eileen.” For my fine art, I use my maiden name of Morey.