Gilsland Autumn, painted paper collage. The view is looking over the field towards the estuary and Rt. 295 beyond. This collage is on view in the exhibit and available for purchase. Archival digital prints are also available by special order.

Robin Brooks, January 7, 2022

How to visit the exhibit at Maine Audubon in Falmouth

Robin Brooks is exhibiting a selection of nature-inspired artwork at Maine Audubon’s Visitor Center in Falmouth through January of 2022. The location is 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, Maine 04105 Phone: 207.781.2330 The Gilsland Farm Visitor Center and Nature Store are open every day from 10 am to 4 pm.  Please note: masks are required indoors. Robin’s cards and archival digital prints will be on sale at the Nature Store and by special order. 20% of all sales will benefit Maine Audubon

Robin’s artwork expresses empathy for the natural world

The nature-inspired artworks I am showing at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Visitor Center in Falmouth span decades. Yet my themes and imagery speak to a common visual language and empathy for the natural world. The eleven artworks in the exhibit are all inspired by an aspect of nature: plants, trees, fields, and light itself. Each of my compositions has a distinct vantage point–from a long view of fields to a close-up image of apples. My ability to move between different media and processes, from printmaking to pastels, to mixed media collage, enlivens my artwork and allows me a greater breadth and depth of expression.

Apple Tree Autumn, view from the Airline Road, Rt. 9, Washington County Maine, 1990, collection of the artist. This collage is on view in the exhibit and archival digital prints are available by special order. Gilsland Farm Sanctuary is home to an old apple orchard. Many of the old apple trees are gone, but new ones have been planted. You can see some of these beautiful trees through the windows in the Visitor Center.

My relationship with Gilsland Farm Nature Preserve

Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm has been a retreat, a place of rejuvenation, and one of my favorite places to walk and discover nature. Besides being a beloved place, the Falmouth sanctuary, with it’s fields, woods, and estuary views, has been an inspiration for several of my landscape-inspired collage series. These series of mine include “Gilsland Dance” from the 2000’s and the “Autumn” series from the 2010’s.

Gilsland Dance, watercolor monotype with collage. The original collage is not on display in this exhibit, but both the original collage and archival digital prints are available for purchase.

How I work from nature, both outdoors and in the studio

The carefully mowed paths at Gilsland Farm allow me to explore the fields, forested areas, and tidal areas while taking in life in all its forms–plant, insect, bird, and. mammal. On my walks I often take photos. And, when time allows, I bring along my easel and drawing supplies. Later on in the studio, I refer to these images, whether stored in memory, on paper, or in pixels. Seeing art, just like being in nature, can be restorative. I invite you to rest in the colors, textures, and themes of the Maine landscape as I have translated them into these compositions.

Gilsland Autumn, painted paper collage, private collection. This collage is not in the January exhibit but archival digital prints are available for purchase through the artist.

Please visit the exhibit and share your thoughts

If you are local to Maine, I hope you will have a chance to visit the exhibit during the month of January. And please consider leaving a response here on my blog. I love reading about how you connect to my artwork and any thoughts, comments, or responses you have about art and nature. Seeing art can be a dialogue between the work and what you bring to it, and I appreciate your taking the time to write.

As always, my heart-felt thanks for your support of my creative work. Onward to 2022!

Maine Audubon, Installation view 1 (before wall labels), January, 2022, Falmouth, Maine