About

Alison C. Dibble, Bio

always wanted to be a cowgirl

Biography

I paint outdoors year-round. Often some crows will arrive, wanting to be in the picture.

I have been drawing and painting since I was a small child. As a teenager, I studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Art School (summer session), and then attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY (B.A. in English Literature, Art Minor). I went on to a career in conservation biology and botany, while still drawing and painting, and worked as a pollination ecologist and forest ecologist.

Since 2008, I have taken classes and workshops with excellent teachers (Louise Bourne, Frank Sullivan, Donald Demers, Jerry Rose, Amy Hosa, Marsha Donahue, Olena Babak; thank you to my teachers!). I have mounted six solo exhibitions, been juried into group shows, and participated in art society exhibitions, galleries, coops, and art fairs. My emphasis is on painting and drawing in an ever-expanding creative realm. I study this every day even though my attention might be diverted to real-world practicalities.

I like to paint in remote places. Under the open sky, I focus in on my self-assigned challenge of the day, grateful that once again I can explore what the paint will do in my hands.

I also amuse myself by writing fiction (pen name “A. D. Morel”). Alison’s creative writing blog for insomniacs and aspiring writers is at Writer Manna.

Alison's studio in Maine USA is not open to visitors during the covid19 pandemic, but you may call 2 0 7 3 5 9  4 6 5 9 (leave message) or email dibblepaintings @ gmail dot com. Please be patient: I may be off in the wilds where there is no cell service but I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Gone virtual . . . Alison Dibble Fine Art, https://adibblepaintings.com, with many new updates, I hope you'll check back often.

Bangor Art Society Open Juried Show, Carl Little, Juror. June 1-14, 2020, Eastern Maine Development Corp., Harlow St., Bangor, Maine. With more than 75 other artists, Alison displayed two paintings. These can be seen on the Bangor Art Society web pages, www.thebangorartsociety.com

Blue Hill Library, Black Lives Matter cooperative art event, June 22, open air at Parker Point Rd., Blue Hill, Maine. Cooperative paintings can be seen outdoors at the library all summer. Alison painted portraits of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and other people whose lives were lost in recent months.

North Light Gallery, Millinocket, Maine, paintings of Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and North Maine Woods. Owned and operated by fine artist and teacher Marsha Donahue.

Alison Dibble Fine Art Studio, Brooklin, Maine, USA

Tamworth Wet Paint Festival, 2nd annual Plein Air Invitational, Tamworth, New Hampshire — May 7-12, 2018, 6-day paint out with exhibitions and receptions in the evenings. New paintings, on the spot. The artists were excited! The public was invited.

Roux and Cyr International Fine Art Gallery, 48 Free St., Portland, Maine — April 6-30, 2018, “Capturing the Light”, group show juried by Peter Yesis, opening reception Friday April 6 from 5-8 pm.

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, special exhibition, Moore Auditorium, Winter Harbor, Maine — June 12-30, 2018, “Native Bees of Maine”, solo show.

Bangor Art Society events, spring show juried by Carl Little, opening reception May 1, 2018. Bangor Public Library, Bangor, Maine; show available through the month of May.

Blue Hill Library, Blue Hill, Maine — Paint the Peninsula, plein air painting and wet paint auction, mid-July, and Peninsula Painters, exhibit and sale to benefit the library, Sept

Lighthouse Arts Center, 86 Main St., Bucksport, ME, open year-round, featuring more than 20 Alison Dibble paintings

North Light Gallery, Millinocket, Maine, end-of-summer exhibit (Sept), operated by fine artist and teacher Marsha Donahue.

Saltwater Artists Gallery, South Bristol, ME, Dibble had more than 20 pieces in the gallery, 202 New Harbor Rd. Open 7 days 10-5 pm Tel. 677-2490

Bangor Art Society, Tarratine Club, Bangor, Maine — Gala Exhibit and “Come as your favorite artist” (March)

Maine State Capitol Building, Augusta, Maine — group show, Maine painters of the Bangor Art Society, curated by Julie Horn (June-Sept)

Blue Hill Library, Blue Hill, Maine — Paint the Peninsula (July), and Peninsula Painters (Sept)

Bangor Art Society Open Juried Show, month of May 2019, Dibble had two pieces accepted in the Painting Division.

Cynthia Pettengill, Fine Art Gallery, Wayne, Maine. July 27-Aug 8 2019. Solo exhibition: "Heart of Maine: Color and Imagination"

Lighthouse Art Center, 86 Main St., Bucksport, ME, Dibble had about 20 pieces in the gallery

Blue Hill Library, Paint the Peninsula, Plein air painting and wet paint auction — third Saturday in July. Auction at 4 pm, 5 Parker Point Rd, Blue Hill, ME 04614 (207) 374-5515.

Cynthia Winings Gallery, 24 Parker Point Rd., Blue Hill, ME (Tel. 917 204-4001), Acadia Centennial Exhibition: “The View From Here”; Aug 28 – Oct 9 RECEPTION Aug 28 4-7 pm

Blue Hill Library, Paint the Peninsula, Plein air painting and wet paint auction — third Saturday in July. Auction at 4 pm, 5 Parker Point Rd, Blue Hill, ME 04614 (207) 374-5515.

Deer Isle Artists Association, 15 Main St., Deer Isle, ME, Dibble participates in four shows this year, Open 7 days 10-6 pm

Saltwater Artists Gallery, South Bristol, ME, Dibble had more than 20 pieces in the gallery

Lighthouse Art Center, 86 Main St., Bucksport, ME, opened September 9, 2016

Blue Hill Library, Blue Hill, Maine, Paint the Peninsula, Plein air painting and wet paint auction July 18, 2015.

Bangor Public Library, Harlow St., Bangor, ME. “The Splendor of Bees” — Solo exhibit. Alison Dibble’s paintings and photos of native wild bees and honey bees at the Stairwell Gallery, Bangor Public Library, Bangor, Maine, March 1-29 2014 End-of-show illustrated talk Mar 29 at 10:00 am.

Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, Boothbay, Maine. “Pollinators, Evolving Miracles” — Alison Dibble’s paintings paired with Amy Campbell’s photos in “Flower Foraging: Bees of Maine” — pictures of native wild bees and honey bees, May 8, 2014, with illustrated talk by Alison Dibble, on exhibit through first week in July.

Statement

I paint to satisfy my curiosity about the world. I know when I start the painting that, whatever the topic, I will soon have a much deeper appreciation for the inherent essence and subtleties of that subject.

For example, if I’m working on my series of “Horses at Home in Maine”, and I start out with my observations and sketches of the horses that live in a certain pasture, then after a while I will have some indication about which horse is the boss, which is at the lower end of the pecking order, and which horses have a close friendship that excludes the others.

2012, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, in PRIVATE COLLECTION  
Plein air, on Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor, Maine
Lover's Leap by Alison C. Dibble

The structure of their society becomes revealed as I paint. Of if I’m working on a painting of a boat, then soon I will have a lot more knowledge about that boat, and will have told myself a story about its travels and adventures, the people who use it, the storms it has endured.

Painting is my chance to interpret the world into the language of the paint. Can I convey my delight in this world, despite all its troubles? Certainly, I will have more peace by the time I am finished. Anxiety and frustration fall away as I construct an illusion of three dimensions on the canvas.