Pacific Northwest Paintings

BRIAN MAHIEU
poetry of place ~

The practice of painting in series has been a hallmark of Brian Mahieu's work from the beginning. He likes to return to the same spot over days, seasons and years to understand its essence and changeability.

Whidbey Island

Ebey’s Landing was the natural choice for his first series of paintings on Whidbey Island. The unspoiled landscape, lack of human structures, deep vistas, and gentle collision of land and sea and sky offer endless motifs for painting the ever-changing light and weather conditions.

Nightfall At Ebey’s Landing II
1 August 17, 9:14 pm, 40 X 30 inches, plein air oil on linen
—Available
Nightfall at Ebey’s Landing
21—22 May 17, 9:30 pm 18 X 24 inches, plein air oil on linen
—Available
Distant Fires
2 August 17, 8:13 pm 20 X 16 inches, plein air oil on linen
—Private Collection
Harbor Lights—Winter Solstice
21 December 17, 5:30 pm, 30 X 30 inches, plein air oil on linen with studio glazing
—Private Collection

It is a thrill to paint the iridescent sunsets as otters trundle across the beach and eagles hunt on the warm updrafts, the calls of seagulls in my ears and the scent of firs and spruce and kelp on the wind. Those are inputs that I cannot get in the sterile, environment of a studio.

Hazy Evening
29 Aug 17, 8:32 pm, 9 X 12 inches, plein air oil on linen board
—Private Collection
Soft Morning Light—Ebey’s Landin
16 August 17, 12:33 pm, 40 X 30 inches, plein air oil on linen
—Available
Fiery Sonata—Distant Fires II
5 August 17, 8:16 pm, 20 X 20 inches, plein air oil on linen
—Private Collection
Moonrise—Smoke Effect
5 Sept 17, 8:25 pm, 14 X 11 inches, plein air oil on canvas
—Private Collection
Oystershell Sky—Celadon Sea
24 May 17, 11:20 am 18 X 24 inches, plein air oil on linen
—Private Collection
Moonrise in Prussian Blue
7 Sept 17, 8:30 pm, 11 X 14, plein air oil on canvas
—Private Collection