Adventure #14: Near Carrabassett Valley


Valley near Carrabassett, Maine; 18″ x 20″

Still wet and requiring months to finish, my first oil painting recalls the farms in a valley in Quebec near Carrabasset, Maine. The challenge, beyond simply applying unruly paint to canvas, was how to represent the evening falling across the forests and fields while also inserting something of a human presence. This presence shapes the valley, whispering between the conflict of colors, conflicts that are echoed in an old poem that still pulls at me from its corners:

Crossing the Kush

We see ourselves sitting alone,

or walking in a valley washed wet with stone,

watching the grainy lights flare across the city;

it is late; we are tired and leaning close.

Between our hands–

fallen like jobs,

one resting near the other–

little of the rusted railing is visible,

but it’s enough

still enough        to

make mountains.


About piferm

I am an associate professor at Husson University.
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