Painting on Monhegan Island, 2017
Painting on Peaks Island, 2016
Finn Teach was born in Bar Harbor in 1985 and spent his adolescence painting on Mount Desert Island, surrounded by Acadia National Park. He attended Colby College and graduated in 2007 with degrees in Sociology and Art, with a concentration in oil painting. Upon graduation from Colby, he received the Charles Hovey Pepper Prize in Art for meritorious work in painting. Finn’s work has appeared in the Colby College Museum of art, and throughout Maine in numerous art shows and galleries. His subjects are inspired by the coastal, rural, and urban landscape, and by everyday objects. Finn has produced a large body of work, including landscapes, still-lifes, figures, seascapes and cityscapes. Finn currently lives in Gardiner, Maine.
In my work I aspire above all to let paint be paint. When applied with intention and care, the brush strokes, texture, tone and color of the paint will do the work of creating a sense of light and space. For me, subject matter is a vehicle for interesting arrangements of light and color. The success of a painting is in its ability to entertain the eye each time it is viewed. The majority of my paintings (landscapes, cityscapes, and still-lifes) are painted en plein air. I find the infinite tones and colors of nature awaken the imagination, and provide a platform from which to launch a successful painting experience.