Four Artists, Four Distinct Styles

“Four Artists, Four Distinct Styles” exhibit of work by Gay Freeborn of Brownfield, Doug Houle of Augusta, Diane Noble of Biddeford and Kim Traina of Edgecomb will be on at the Dogfish Cafe on Free Street in Portland from April 30 to July 2.

GAY FREEBORN’s oil paintings convey an intimate understanding of animals and the human/animal bond connection. “I convey the motion, shape and love for the animal with loosely applied sweeping brushstrokes or pallet knife. Using glazing mediums, wax, chalk dust and thick over painting to sculpt subjects on the canvas, I bring them to life in an unconventional form.”

DOUGLAS HOULE paints dramatic images, in oils, of ordinary New England buildings, using light and color. “I recreate parts of towns and portray a surreal life of quiet and sereninty. I paint to create intimate relationships with historical structures, maintaining a certain measure of realism. I want you to live in every one of the rooms, within each window, and behind every possible door.” 

DIANE NOBLE’s acrylic landscape paintings focus on wide open spaces, fields with rivers beyond, coves, marshes, tidal pools and long beaches, boats, roads that go on forever. “There is something enlightening about staring at a blank canvas with an image in my head and the excitement about what will develop as I work and complete it.  It’s a joy of finding out what’s inside me.”

KIM SKILLIN TRAINA’s pastel paintings capture a feeling, a quality of light, a sense of spirituality and the essence of a moment in time found in nature. “Art, like life, is a work in progress, each piece I create is a study for the next, building intuition and opening to trust. My hope is to ignite a spark, stimulate a response, and convey my passion for this beautiful place I call home.”

Meet the four artists at Dogfish Cafe during Portland's First Friday Artwalks on May 5 and June 2.

“In the Moment” Pastel Art Exhibit by Kim Traina

“In the Moment” a Pastel Art Exhibit by Kim Traina will be at the University of New England Biddeford Campus Center from May 1 to June 2, 2017. Kim received her BA in Photography and Visual Design from Southeastern MA University and is the owner of Jumpstart Creative graphic design business in mid-coast Maine.


in 2011 she started painting in soft pastels, loving he intense colors, layering and feel of the medium. Kim says, “Art, like life, is a work in progress, each piece I create is a study for the next, building intuition and trust.”
An Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, May 4 from 5:30-7pm.

Kimberly Skillin Traina: SUMMER SHOWS in MAINE

May 1 - 31 "in the Moment" Solo show

University of New England Biddeford Campus: 11 Hills Beach Road
Opening Reception: May 4, 5-7pm


April 30 - July 2 "Four Artists, Four Distinct Styles" - Group show with Gay Freeborn, Doug Houle and Diane Noble
Dogfish Cafe  128 Free Street, Portland

May 10 - June 30 Archipelago/Island Institure Store & Gallery
386 Main Street, Rockland

July 24 - September 11 Group show with Susan Pecora and Doug Houle

Damariscotta River Grille. 155 Main Street, Damariscotta
Opening Reception: July 26, 4 - 5:30pm

September 15  Evening solo show & reception - 4- 7 pm

The Lincoln Home,   22 River Road, Newcastle