Paintings by W. Bruce MacDonald are on display in the upstairs community room of the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library (BHML) at 4 Oak Street. The show, sponsored by the Boothbay Region Art Foundation, will run throughout the months of July and August and can be viewed during normal library hours.
Bruce MacDonald, who works in oils and acrylics, is fascinated by light. “I suppose you can say it is close to sun worship,” he says.
Light sets the world ablaze - illuminates subjects which produce shadows while contrast between objects decreases with distance and colors become less saturated. MacDonald tries to capture this in his paintings and photographs. For field studies, he also uses an iPadPro. He prints only one digital original with archival inks.
MacDonald’s grandmother, a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, taught him how to paint when he was a boy. Rockwell Kent and Edward Hopper are two of his favorite painters, and he sees his work as influenced in some small way by theirs.
In 2006 he had an exhibition of paintings at Bowdoin College. His paintings were displayed at the Maine State House under the Arts in the Capitol Program in 2012 sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission. He has also exhibited at the Northlight Gallery in Millinocket. Juried shows include: 2015 and 2016 ArtinME at Boothbay Region Art Foundation (BRAF), and Small Works at River Arts in Damariscotta. A member of the BRAF, Bruce MacDonald’s works are regularly on display there. And numerous works have been sold to private collectors.