Nina Jerome

Maine Painter

Paradox

On the Penobscot River in Veazie, Maine, the steam from the Casco Bay Energy plant creates a mysterious landscape linking the natural and the industrial. Besides the dramatic qualities of light found at the site in winter, the plume of steam interests me for its complex quality of beauty and its contradictory emotional and psychological associations. The subject is a boxy factory sitting in a field of stubby weeds surrounded by power poles and a tangle of lines. There is nothing inherently attractive about this industrial site situated within a natural setting, but at certain times of day it is distinctive and dramatic and has a powerful beauty. The billowing cloud has a mercurial nature, an ability to take on a range of dispositions from familiar to formidable depending on light, perspective, and direction of the wind. I painted this series from 2003 to 2005.

Paradox #11
Paradox #11, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 48 in.
Paradox #13
Paradox #13, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 60 in.
Paradox #2
Paradox #2, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 48 in.
Paradox #7
Paradox #7, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24 in.
Paradox #10
Paradox #10, Oil on Canvas, 16 x 16 in.
Paradox #8
Paradox #8, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 60 in.
Paradox #14
Paradox #14, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24 in.
Paradox #12
Paradox #12, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24 in.
Paradox #19
Paradox #19, Oil on Canvas, 12 x 12 in.
Paradox #21
Paradox #21, Oil on Canvas, 12 x 12 in.
Paradox #6
Paradox #06, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24 in.
Paradox #20
Paradox #20, Oil on Canvas, 12 x 12 in.
Paradox #17
Paradox #17, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24 in.
Paradox #1
Paradox #01, Oil on Paper, 21 x 23 in.