Local painter Charles W. Reyburn offers 74 'Portraits From Home'
Artist Charles W. Reyburn, here with a painting last week at the Provenance Center in New London, is the featured artist in a one-man show at the gallery.
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New London - For painter Charles W. Reyburn, home is forsythia, rhododendrons and beech trees.
It is the Greek revival architecture of New London
and Mystic, snowstorms descending on Fort Trumbull and fog rolling up the Thames River.
, who grew up in New London
and lives in Waterford, is showing 74 paintings of familiar local scenes in his
one-man show "Portraits From Home" at the Provenance Center on State Street
The exhibit runs through Jan. 11
"All these images connect you back to your home," said Nadesha Mijoba, director of the art gallery, who has been talking to Reyburn for two years about showing his work.
has a beautiful way of showing that."
chose the 74 paintings for the show from a series of 200, which Reyburn
has been working on since 2010 when he
started posting his
pictures on Facebook
was amazed at how many he
had accumulated and the comments he
"I'm happy with the these paintings," he
works out in the open, packing his
paints in his
car and stopping along the side of the road or setting up his
easel in a field.
In winter he
wears ice-fishing pants that he
bought while in college and stuffs hand warmers in his
"I like to paint what I'm looking at; what's in front of me," said the 59-year-old graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design
He worked for 17 years at Electric Boat as a carpenter and designer before retiring in 2006.
last one-man show was in 1977 at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum
"The whole thing for me in painting, is to work from nature," he
said, pointing out some slight streaks on a painting he
did at Fort Trumbull where snowflakes fell on the canvas.
Other paintings include iconic fixtures in the local landscape - New London Light on Pequot Avenue, the gardens at Harkness Memorial State Park, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center mansion in Waterford and the paths through Bluff Point.
One deviation from the natural landscape theme in the show is a painting of a nude, which Reyburn
said is another aspect of nature.
takes classes at New London Art League
to hone his
skill at painting human figures.
"Painting is a good thing, a positive thing," he