art and ideas created in Maine
Welcome to Lone Pine Projects
My parents were craftspeople. Growing up I was always surrounded by artists, craftsmen, and the tools to make anything I wanted and was always encouraged to try new things. To this day I still explore new ideas and I’m not discouraged if I try an idea and it fails. It’s the process of invention and it’s what keeps me going.
Over 25 years ago my husband and I opened a gallery on Congress Street in Portland, Maine which sold antique decorative and fine art and offered custom picture framing and gilded object conservation services. After 17 years, the skyrocketing costs of maintaining a storefront far outweighed the benefits so we closed the doors and started operating by appointment for our framing and conservation services.
The freedom I gained from no longer having to be present in a gallery during set hours has allowed me to regain the creative momentum I lost while focusing on a retail operation. I’m creating more and exhibiting more. I started Lone Pine Projects in an effort to distinguish my personal creative endeavors from the frame making/conservation business.
I work in a variety of media and often incorporate the skills of my craft into the art I create. I work primarily with gold leaf and medieval iconography techniques as well as digital and film photography, pinhole, plastic cameras and alternative printing and processes.
Ever since my high school German teacher introduced me to Goethe, I have been living by a tenet I have taken from one of his quotes I altered. “How do you know where you are in the world if you don’t know who and what has been there before you.” This tenet works with my passion for history; I have been researching the history of decorative arts in Maine for over 25 years. My blog posts here offer small glimpses into this part of my creative pursuits. I use my other WordPress weblog for posting about picture framing: gildedfarmer.wordpress.com
2015 is going to be a very exciting year for me. I am having an exhibit of my Solargraph project at the Maine Museum of Photographic Art January-May. This project will be traveling to towns along the Kennebec River. In April I will be leading an outing for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. Follow my blog posts to stay apprised of all the events happening this year!
You can see the custom made picture frame designs I make through the partnership with my husband here at this website –> Artifacts