McCurdy Studio & Gallery – Seascapes by PEM


PEMBorn in Boston, MA. in 1935, Philip E. McCurdy (signing as “PEM“) is a graduate of Harvard University, with degrees and honors in both Biology and Science Teaching. He worked as a schoolteacher and Headmaster for 30 years, then as a corporate trainer, an educational consultant in Nigeria, England, and Israel, and as a foundation Vice-President. Phil retired from consulting and moved with his wife, Marla, to Ogunquit, Maine in 1999 to begin significant painting.

“My approach to full-color acrylic composition is significantly informed by earlier black and white, pen and ink scientific illustrating work. Now, representing the anatomy and structure of things fascinates me: rocks, waves, pools, clouds, beach sand, as well as objects on and around them: spray, foam, littoral debris, and wrack lines.

“I find myself as attracted to painting rocks as to painting waves – not at all what I thought when I first came to arts-rich Ogunquit in 1954. In another twenty years, major bits of our ever-beautiful local Maine seacoast – particularly Ogunquit’s Marginal Way — should be well delineated in my canvasses.

“When viewers say, ‘Oh, we know just where that is,’ or ‘I could climb right out on those rocks,’ I am pleased. And when the Ogunquit columnist, writes in the Coast Star, ‘McCurdy’s paintings capture the finite details so familiar to residents. When viewing his works one truly feels they are physically present at the seascape locations!’ I’m delighted.”

Text and images Copyright © 2011 Philip E. McCurdy. All rights reserved. 

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