Tessa Greene O'Brien

Boynton St. BnB, 2020

Oil on dyed canvas

14 1/8" x 14 1/8"

Tessa Greene O'Brien

No Entry, Pleasant Point, 2020

Oil on panel

16" x 12"

SOLD

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Custom St., 2021

Oil and acrylic on linen

14" x 12"

SOLD

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Clark St., 2021

Oil and acrylic on linen

14" x 12"

SOLD

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Key St., 2019

Acrylic on panel

14" x 11"

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Green St., 2019

Acrylic on panel

14" x 11"

SOLD

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Quonset Hut, High St., 2021

Acrylic on dyed canvas

20" x 20"

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Sun Porch, Water St., 2021

Acrylic and bleach on dyed canvas

18" x 18"

SOLD

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Golden, Water St., 2021

Acrylic and oil on dyed canvas

20" x 20 1/8"

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Gazebo (Boynton St.), 2020

Oil and bleach on dyed canvas

20" x 16"

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Yellow Ladder, Water St., 2020

Acrylic and bleach on dyed canvas

20" x 16"

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Perch, Adams St., 2021

Acrylic and oil on dyed canvas

23 5/8" x 29 7/8"

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Tendency Towards Daydreaming (Dana St.), 2021

Acrylic and oil on canvas

26 7/8" x 24"

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Carlow Island, 2021

Acrylic and oil on dyed canvas

36 1/8" x 30"

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Doorway, Boynton St., 2021

Acrylic and oil on dyed canvas

35 7/8" x 30"

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Red Roof, 2020

Acrylic on dyed canvas

62" x 42"

SOLD

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Blue Window, 2021

Oil on dyed linen

24" x 24"

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Daisy Field County Rd., 2020

Acrylic on dyed canvas, bleach & resist

20" x 16"

SOLD

Tessa Greene O'Brien

UU Church, Eastport, 2020

Acrylic on dyed canvas, bleach & resist

20" x 16"

SOLD

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Shadow Split, 2020

Acrylic, bleach, resist on dyed canvas

60" x 44"

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Horizon Eater, 2020

Acrylic on dyed canvas

58" x 44"

Tessa Greene O'Brien

Ghost Ship Night Harbor, 2020

Acrylic, bleach, resist on dyed canvas

58" x 42"

Press Release

Tessa Greene O'Brien 

Floating in the Water Looking up at the Sky 

July 2, 2021 - July 31, 2021

"Something clicked within me when I first spent time in Eastport, ME - a tiny in town filled with contrasts. It is a borderland, with little red buoys marking the thin line between the United States and Canada, and a dramatic tide that highlights the push & pull between ocean and land. The line between nature and humans there is thin, and the border between the past and present feels this was as well.

The Eastport series evolved over the course of the last 18 months, with several visits back to the community. The paintings all depict places in or around Eastport, but the subject matter is more about me trying to paint the romance of falling in love with a new place, trying to remember what it looks like when I was away, and trying to record and savor every detail while I was there. The landscape was new to me but it felt familiar, reminding me of  the small coastal community that I grew up. I was attracted to the familiarity of a place that was unburdened by actual memories.

The Eastport paintings are about how it feels to lie on your back floating in the water, looking up at the sky, what sunny fields smell like, and the crisp satisfaction of high noon shadows on shingled houses. They are about grief, joy, & the failures of memory to satisfy desire. I am using paint & textiles to try to describe the way that places layer over one another in memory, with edges blurred. The paintings are overgrown, spilling over, faded, swirling, & scattered, with dappled light & color turning a place into a daydream."

This series was made possible with the generous support of The Tides Institute, the Ellis Beauregard Foundation Travel Grant, and the St. Botolphs Club Emerging Artist Grant, I extend my deepest gratitude to each organization.

- Tessa Green O'Brien

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