A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Rhode Island School of Design, Nina Jerome has been painting landscape in Maine since she moved to the state in 1975. Jeromes paintings have been selected for fourteen public art projects through the Maine Arts Commission Percent for Art Program, among them six large-scale triptychs installed at courtroom entries in the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. An art educator since 1972, Jerome has recently retired from teaching drawing and painting at the University of Maine. Summers spent in Addison Maine have influenced her painting and have led her to explore other locations - a week at the Porter estate on Great Spruce Head Island in 2015, and a month as a guest of the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation on Great Cranberry Island in 2016.
Jerome paints to capture moments when land and light interact, initially by painting underlying color on canvas, then, marking the surface with gestural strokes. In painting landscape Jerome searches for a sense of place, her subject alternating between natural landscapes and more densely populated urban spaces. Within each she looks for elements of light and structure that define the unique personality of that place. While the point of view of her landscape may be from the kayak or from the ground, selected recent work has focused on the land as seen from above. She works in painting series that examine visual variations of one place.