Now planted in Maine, artist places out guide of paintings from her travels

A portray from Sweden in “The Touring Artist.”

Missy Dunaway took a leap of religion on leap day five many years ago when she drove up to Maine from New York City, checked herself into a hotel in Portland and began a new existence.

An itinerant artist who had utilised New York as a foundation, Dunaway was hunting for a position to settle for a whilst and it’s possible place down some roots. She experienced carried out her study, and just after contemplating relocating to Kansas Town, Baltimore, Providence, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis – towns with solid reputations for supporting artists – she chose Portland.

She arrived Feb. 29, 2016, being aware of no 1. “I resolved I would give it a check out for a 12 months,” she reported.

Missy Dunaway has traveled all her daily life but has settled in Maine. Image courtesy of G Editions

That calendar year has turned into five, and counting. She is now married and dwelling in Cape Elizabeth, and though she continue to travels for her artwork, she is no for a longer period itinerant. Maine is her household.

“I am listed here to remain,” she said. “I made the conclusion following traveling for numerous decades at a time and living in Turkey and traveling by way of artist residency programs to locations like Morocco, France and Iceland, and keeping in just about every destination for months at a time. Soon after a number of yrs of doing that, I began craving a home once more. Right after doing work tiny in sketchbooks, I required to start off portray massive all over again.”

Cape Elizabeth artist Missy Dunaway has printed a travelogue of her artwork-related journeys, “The Touring Artist: A Visible Journal.”

She exhibits her artwork at Portland Art Gallery, where she also works, and lately posted a pictorial travelogue, “A Touring Artist: A Visible Journey.” It involves watercolors and small parts of prose from her travels. She will signal copies of her book June 26 at Portland Art Gallery, 154 Center St.

The daughter of Navy captain, Dunaway moved often developing up and studied abroad in Italy in large university. She examined portray and product and visible tradition at Carnegie Mellon College and, in 2013, obtained a Fulbright Study Fellowship to review textiles in Turkey. Her yr in Turkey opened her earth to new colours and new horizons.

“It was a lovely working experience. I discovered I am improved at learning languages than I assumed, and that was the most exciting matter off the bat that came out of it. Acquiring the self confidence of figuring out that where ever you go, you can make good friends – that you can find out and adapt – is very effective,” she said. “Living in Turkey gave me the confidence to move to Maine. It confirmed me you can discover a local community wherever you are and establish your house.”

She painted her travels and recorded her inner thoughts in a visible diary. For some time, she referred to it as a sketchbook. She stopped calling it a sketchbook when she commenced viewing her artbook as a total do the job of art, which grew to become “The Traveling Artist.”

Only recently has she expanded the sizing her paintings, and those are what she is exhibiting at Portland Art Gallery.

She incorporated 80 paintings in her travelogue – from Turkey, Morocco, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and England. She has traveled to Vietnam considering the fact that completing the e-book and experienced planned to go Kenya in 2020 ahead of the pandemic altered those programs. Her leap of faith rewarded, she stayed household in Maine and painted as a substitute.

A painting from Morocco in “The Traveling Artist.”

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