Portage — recent work by Mary Brooking



Mary Brooking, an emerging artist from Westbrook, Maine, will be exhibiting recent work in a solo show entitled Portage, at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine. The show opens with a wine and hors-doeuvres reception on  Friday, September 5 from 5-8 pm, and continues through September 28. A significant portion of the show consists of paintings on unstretched canvas which, Brooking explains, can be rolled up and carried easily.
“As a landscape artist, I enjoy working on fairly large canvases at times,” says Brooking, “but transporting them can be very challenging. People tend to move from place to place fairly frequently nowadays, and I realized that a painting that could be easily packed and taken along would provide a sense of continuity as one home is exchanged for another – it’s like bringing your window with you.”

No stranger to change herself, Brooking counts painting as her third career to date, which she pursues concurrently with graphic design and “being a mom” to sons Milo and James. “Acrylic is a medium well-suited to my lifestyle,” she quips. “I need to move fast, and I go on pure intuition at least half the time. I definitely don’t have time to wait for oil to dry!”

Brooking has exhibited previously in Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Gorham, Windham, Casco and Norway, Maine. Notecards featuring her work may be purchased through her website,, which donates 10% of sales to Heifer International.