Walking into high end galleries can be intimidating, but when I’ve four days to see all of the art and birds and childhood landmarks, I put on my big boy pants and push through the door.
I’ve had good luck. It’s the off-season and gallery owners greet me and leave me to look.
It was a bit of a relief to push open Keith’s door and see hime behind his desk dressed like a working artist. Behind him were the tools of his trade: ink, brushes, presses and a large work table.
Keith’s work is about scale. They are big. Really big. They fill walls. They’re bold, too. But….they are subtle, too. As he explained his techniques we examined a large (and bold) woodcut of a turtle nosing — rising to expose just the tip of its nose to breath duck quickly to safety — I began to notice how the turtle’s back legs and shells disappeared in the murky water behind it. The clean lines of the water, in the foreground, convey a sense of motion — a quick rise and a dunk.
Keith has had great luck with his gallery. It’s located on U.S. Route 1 in the heart of Wiscassett. Route 1 through the village is a notorious bottleneck giving art patrons plenty of time to windowshop on their way to points east.
Like I often happens when I spend time with printmakers, the talk turns to equipment, technique, ink and paper. His etchings are printed exclusively on Twinrocker Paper which is produced in Brookston, Indiana. Founders Howie and Kathy Clark are good friends and it’s always a thrill to see fine work on their paper. Keith explained, “Twinrocker Paper is not the only the best paper in the U.S., but the best paper in the world for etchings.”
If you find yourself in Maine and want to meet a great guy and artist give Keith a visit.
R. Keith Rendall
R. K. Rendall Fine Art
63 Main Street