The Wyeth name is a familiar one on the midcoast of Maine. Andrew and Betsy met here, their children grew up loving the midcoast and its islands and Betsy and her sons continue to be a presence in the area.
Following in the tradition of his grandfather N.C. Wyeth and his father Andrew, Jamie Wyeth is an accomplished painter who spends much of his time on one of the family’s private islands and draws subject matter from the bounty of Maine.
The island’s lighthouse now is deactivated, but until 1937, it was a working one
with a bell tower that sounded warnings to ships when the fog was thick. Now, both are part of the island’s charm and have been subject for a painting or several.
Iris at Sea, Jamie Wyeth
I can’t believe my photo is almost identical to the painting!
Dr. Syn, Andrew Wyeth
Dr. Syn is sitting inside the bell tower which Betsy created to be reminiscent of Lord Nelson, a hero of Andrew’s.
The island is a visual delight with each detail a natural fit, however, I suspect nothing,
from the lobster buoys hanging in the trees
to the anchor resting on the grass
to the painted rocks laying casually on the wall, is an accident.
Everything, even the stacked piles of wood, is eye catching and looks like subject for another painting.
Sometimes what might have no special meaning to you or me catches the artist’s eye and becomes part of something that has permanence.
Wreck of the Polias, Jamie Wyeth
Walking down the shell path to the dock to head back to Rockport Harbor, my head is spinning with the delight of a beautiful Maine afternoon. Thank you, Jamie, for letting us share your special place in the sun.
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