"My work reflects a sense of place, the worlds I live in – New York City and the coast of Maine. In these distinct environments, I’m moved by weather, light, and atmosphere, and their effect on forms both natural and manmade.
The poetry and beauty I encounter in the urban landscape, otherwise littered with the debris of humankind, is as transformative as the subtleties and spectacle of nature that surround me in Maine. Studying at Pratt in the late seventies, I "grew up" as an abstract painter but slowly gravitated to landscape, using nature as a vocabulary. A challenge at first, living in the city, but then I began spending time on the water, sometimes working with my husband on his tug in New York harbor. I was astounded to discover how nature intrudes in even the most gritty, inhospitable, industrial landscapes.
The natural beauty in Maine, by comparison, is so awe-inspiring that the challenge here is to find a very personal way to distill and record this experience. In my work, I attempt to present the nuances of nature and thought, to tread that fragile edge between description and invention."
Adele Ursone has a B.F.A. in Painting from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She has had solo exhibitions at the Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle, Maine, at the Grace Institute and the Mary Delahoyd Gallery in New York City, as well as being featured in many group exhibitions.