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14 Rolling Thunder Drive
Indian Island Maine 04468
Michael E. Vermette NEWS Signature Member
Michael E. Vermette graduated from Maine College of Art, receiving his B.F.A Painting degree in 1980. He received his Certification in K-12 Art Education in 1986 through the University of Maine at Orono. A full-time artist and part-time teacher, Michael has been painting in watercolor for over forty years and has won numerous awards for his work, including the Marilyn Sabin Award, The Lauran Coleman Award and the Beverly Award at the 12th,13th and 14th Biennial North American Open Shows of the New England Watercolor Society, where he has been awarded signature membership. Most recently, Michael is the 2018 first place winner of the Castine Plein Air Festival, and was the Festival winner in 2015, in Castine, Maine.
Michael leads several plein air painting workshops in Maine and New Hampshire in watercolor throughout the year. He is a Monhegan Artists' Residency Fellow and a 2011 Baxter State Park Artist-in-Residence. He was also an Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park twice in 1999 and 2006. His watercolors are in private collections throughout the country and internationally. In Maine, his works have been shown in numerous galleries shows and he is currently represented by the Frame and Art Gallery in Yarmouth, The Lupine Gallery on Monhegan Island, the North Light Gallery in Millinocket, and the Gleason Fine Art Gallery where he recently has a major show of his Katahdin Lake watercolors in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Short Bio: Michael E. Vermette
Michael is intrigued with the timelessness of change in the subjects of his landscape and seascape paintings. Michael considers himself a modern Impasto oil painter utilizing various different size palette knives and sometimes loaded brushes to achieve his thick expressive strokes of paint. With a love for color and traditional impasto methods, he is interested in the play of light on the painting's surface used to evoke a nostalgic memory or emotional feeling of marks and shapes that move the subject forward to the viewer. He believes thickly textured paint can carry a strong physical statement about a subject due to its grand presence and character. To Michael, the thick painterly strokes in an Impasto oil painting can capture the very soul of the painter and the very essence of the subject.
Carl Little writes in Volume 30 of The Island Journal,” Michael Vermette, who emulates the vision of one of Monhegan island’s great painters of the past, James Fitzgerald (1899-1971), adds impasto oomph to iconic views”