“Louise Bourne’s paintings offer a visceral response to the physical world. They are deeply emotive, felt responses to the artist’s immediate surroundings. Light, atmosphere, elements of the landscape, corners of sunny porches, the interior of the studio- wherever she turns her keen eye and probing brush, we are rewarded with paintings that reflect her deep intelligence and curiosity about the world. Like the paintings of Fairfield Porter, Bourne’s paintings make us care about the most humble and yet most universal of subjects, our everyday lives.” Suzette McAvoy, Director, Center for Maine Contemporary Art.


I hold a BFA from Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art), and an MFA from the University of Michigan. My work is in collections throughout this country and in the UK. I teach at the University of Maine in Orono, Colby College, Maine Maritime Academy, and privately.

I am interested in how color shifts in a given light condition and how those changes move through and structure a painting. Gathering and responding to visual information, to the sensual world, keeps me itching to paint. The dynamic quality of natural light fascinates me. 

We’ve learned that most of what constitutes a person is not so much human molecules, but water and bacteria, not so different from the surrounding air, or from the next person. Similarly, the constitution of a painting is not about separate objects and their locations, but about the pieces of color these things and spaces divide into, and that, simultaneously, unify them. This matrix informs my paintings.

Recently, I have been making multi-panel paintings.  When we experience wide open space, we turn our heads; stop, and turn again.  This is how I think of each panel: a moment of vision, a chance to compose a painting within an overall experience.  Usually the sections are vertical or square, like a cross section of  the traditional landscape horizontal.  I enjoy working large, as I can deal with the proportional intervals between islands and navigational markers.


Resident Fellow, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia
Artist in Resident, Kismet Foundation, Yarmouth, Maine
One Person Show, George Marshall Store Gallery, York, Maine

Please see Galleries/News Page


Celebrating Acadia National Park’s Centennial
The Art of Acadia by Carl Little and David Little includes my work


Artist in Residence, Stephen Pace House, Stonington, Maine
Ocean House Gallery, Cape Elizabeth Maine
Alpers Fine Art, Andover, Massachusetts
Cynthia Winings Gallery (formerly the Leighton Gallery), Blue Hill, Maine
Gallery B, Castine, Maine
George Marshall Store Gallery, York, Maine
Mitchell Nevin Fine Art, Blue Hill, Maine
Thomas Moser Show Room, Freeport, Maine


Alpers Fine Art, Andover, Massachusetts
Cynthia Winings Gallery (formerly the Leighton Gallery), Blue Hill, Maine
Gallery B, Castine, Maine
George Marshall Store Gallery, York, Maine
Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, Maine
Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine
Mitchell Nevin Fine Art, Blue Hill, Maine
Thomas Moser Show Room, Freeport, Maine


Cynthia Winings Gallery (formerly the Leighton Gallery), Blue Hill, Maine
Tarratine Gallery, Castine, Maine
Jonathan Frost Gallery, curated by Nan Mulford, Rockland, Maine
George Marshall Store Gallery, York, Maine
Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Falmouth, Maine


Gallery 61, New York, NY
Elizabeth Moss Galleries, One Person Show, Falmouth
Ten High Street, One Person Show, Camden
George Marshall Store Gallery, York
Blue Hill Library Gallery, curated by Jennifer Mitchell
Handworks Gallery, Blue Hill
Tarratine Gallery, Castine


Gallery 61 Black and White: Extreme Value, New York
Grant to study in Rome
Newton Free Library, One person show, June, Newton
George Marshall Store Gallery, Garden to the Kitchen, York
Ten High Street, Camden
Leighton Gallery, Holly Meade and Friends, Blue Hill
Blue Hill Library Gallery, Home and Away, curated by Jennifer Mitchell
Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, Wet Paint Auction
Tarratine Gallery, Castine
Aarhus Gallery, Furniture Show, Belfast


Gallery 61, Winter Warmth, New York
George Marshall Store Gallery, Pleased to Meet You, York
Blue Hill Library Gallery, Inside Outside,
curated by Marion Dillon Morris and Alice Dillon
Elizabeth Moss Gallery, solo show, Falmouth
Heliker LaHotan Foundation, Artist in Residence
Tarrantine Gallery, Castine
Blue Hill Wine Shop, Blue Hill


Owen Art Gallery, Artist in Residence Exhibit, Gould Academy, Bethel
Broome Street Gallery, Shades of Italy, New York
Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Falmouth
Courthouse Gallery, Fairfield Porter and The Art of Great Spruce Head Island, Ellsworth
Courthouse Gallery, Maine Artists and the Figure, Ellsworth
Blue Hill Library Gallery, Night and Day, Curated by Jennifer Mitchell


Moss Gallery, Northeast Harbor
Courthouse Gallery, Ellsworth
Blue Hill Library Gallery, Waterline, Curated by Jennifer Mitchell
Galeyrie Fine Art, Falmouth, Maine
Artist in Residence, Fall Semester, Gould Academy, Bethel, Maine


Smith Killian Fine Art, The Kitchen Show, Charleston
Anne Irwin Fine Art, Invitational Show, Atlanta
Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill
Galeyrie Fine Art, Falmouth
Moss Gallery, Northeast Harbor
Flanagan Fine Art, Strong Elements, Portland
Elan Fine Art,
Contours, Invitational,Rockport


Smith Killian Fine Art, The Maine Show, Charleston
Paintings of Maine, a New Collection, by Carl Little, Down East Books
Courthouse Gallery, show curated by Carl Little, Ellsworth
Galeyrie Fine Art, Figurative Show, Falmouth
Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill
gWatson Gallery, Stonington
Four Winds Gallery, Bristol, RI


Public and Private Collections throughout the United States and London


1992 MFA, University of Michigan School of Art, Ann Arbor
1988 BFA, Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art)

Selected Group Shows

1985-2007 Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine
2003-2007 gWatson Gallery, Stonington, Maine
2005-2007 Galeyrie, Falmouth, Maine
2005 Blaine House, Governors Residence, Augusta, Maine
2005 Surviving Winter in Maine juried by Bruce Brown,
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
2003-2005 Elan Fine Art, Rockland, Maine
1989-2005 McGrath Dunham Gallery, Castine, Maine
1999-2000 Davidson and Daughters, Portland, Maine
1997 Wendell Gilley Museum, Southwest harbor, Maine
1996 Aitken Bicentennial Exhibition, St. John, New Brunswick
1995 Makers 95 juried show, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
1994 The Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME
1993 Annual Invitational Exhibition, Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan

Awards, Honors

2015 Stephen Pace House Artists Residency, Stonington, Maine
2011 Travel to Rome, under a faculty grant from the Maine Maritime Academy
2005 Good Idea Grant, Maine Arts Commission, Augusta, Maine
2004 Colby College Board of Trustees, Gift Purchase, Waterville, Maine
2004 Full Scholarship, Artists on Great Spruce Head Island Residency
2001 Presenter,16th Annual Womens Studies Conference, Colby College
1994 Maine Community Foundation Grant for Annunciation Collaboration
1990-1992 Fellowship, University of Michigan School of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1992 Grant for Study in Italy, Rackham School of Graduate Studies
1991 Scholar, Center for the Education of Woman, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1991 Redstone Award, University of Michigan School of Art


2017, January, Colby College, Waterville, Maine
2012 – 2017 University of Maine at Orono
1999 – 2017 Adjunct Faculty, Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine
1988 – 2017 Private Workshops in painting and drawing
2003 – 2011 Visiting Artist, Gould Academy, Bethel, Maine
1997 – 2010 Painting and Art, The Bay School, Blue Hill, Maine
1992 – 1999 Adjunct Faculty, University of Maine, Augusta
1990 – 1993 Instructor and Visiting Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor