Mimi Gregoire Carpenter has always been fascinated by the seashells and other objects she has collected along the beach at Pemaquid– a collection that has been growing since childhood. Her studio is filled with seaweeds, pebbles, urchins, crabs, mussels, and other skeletons of the seashore. She prefers to work within the more intimate scope of these small objects, in contrast to the broad perspective of most seascapes, and therefore refers to her detailed opaque watercolors as “anti-seascape/landscapes.” Her graceful, realistic paintings reveal the beauty in the broken, scarred and imperfect objects that the sea leaves behind.
Mimi Carpenter was born and raised in Maine and holds a degree in Art from the University of Southern Maine. She lives with her husband Jaime, and her daughter Tessa, in the inland town of Oakland, but still the sea is in her blood.