The Turtle Gallery
Black Water (Salt Granite Spruce series)Blue Hill Meadow (Salt Granite Spruce series)Corea Harbor (Salt Granite Spruce series)Dusk at Sedgwick Knoll (Salt Granite Spruce series)East Machias River (Salt Granite Spruce series)Grand Marsh (Salt Granite Spruce series)Gray Evening Sorrento (Salt Granite Spruce series)Low Tide at Little Moose (Salt Granite Spruce series)Mahar Point at Pembroke (Salt Granite Spruce series)Night at Granite Bluff (Salt Granite Spruce series)Spruce and Granite (Salt Granite Spruce series)Storm Clouds Over Sand Cove (Salt Granite Spruce series)The Cliffs at Little Moose (Salt Granite Spruce series)ChambaGauhati
James Groleau
Groleau was born in Lewiston, Maine in 1960. A self-taught artist usually drawn to dark, psychological themes, Groleau extends his focus in 'Salt Granite Spruce' to encompass the beauty of his native state. Groleau is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and fellowships, including a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2001.

'Salt Granite Spruce' is comprised of eighteen color mezzotints depicting coastal Maine. A variety of techniques were used in the production of this series and are common to each image. Chine collé, a technique that utilizes color paper in a print, offered a consistent underlying tone, unifying the series. In this case a mustard-colored paper, cut to the precise dimensions of the image, was glued to the larger printing paper during the printing process. All images were created through the use of four mezzotint plates, each plate introducing an additional color and dimension. Selected plates were prepared a la poupée, which involves inking one plate with two or more color inks. Each image measures five inches by twelve inches (approximately) and was printed in an edition of fifty. Edition numbers one through seven are reserved for seven portfolios assembled in boxed sets with title page and colophon printed letterpress.