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good morning america- dorothy chaffee- color oil painting on canvas. two lobstermen on a boat handling lobster traps on rough ocean waves. One lobsterman is wearing bright orange and the other bright yellow. The yellow sun can be seen on the horizon. the ocean is painted in deep, rich shades of blue with white foam.

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Artist: Dorothy Chaffee, Needham

Description: 36” x 36” oil painting, a Joel Wood photograph that inspired me. With love and talent, I copied his figures, and put them in my composition. I also wish to thank Bill Boynton for technical information on the lobster boat.

Artist Statement: I planned a short trip to Monhegan Island in Maine to learn from Don Stone, a famous artist. I fell in love with the island, the surf, and the magnificent cliffs. I visited the island briefly for years. Painting the ocean allowed me the liberty to paint big with not too much detail, which is extremely difficult. I never told myself I cannot do it; it may take a little longer, a few tears. My peripheral vision now is doing very poorly, at 93.5 years old I live each day in gratitude for what I have, and can do. The MA Commission for the Blind has been a very helpful organization and I am grateful to them for the support they provided. I have started to paint in water color; I seem to be quite successful. The lack of precision allows more freedom. Some time you end up with “MUD PIE” but you keep trying.

About the Artist: I have been legally blind for 50 years. I’m 93 years old. After my six children were self sufficient I wanted to express myself in the beauty of art. I signed up with the “Famous Artist Club” via mail; the books they sent covered everything I needed to learn painting. I was told that I had talent.

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