This exhibition is evidence of Alison’s intense curiosity about the natural world. She spends hours seeking tiny plants and animals out on the shore or in the woods, and observes some under the microscope. She uses paint to express her deep affection for these little components of biological diversity, and to share a largely unnoticed part of our world. See more at https://adibblepaintings.com
Alison C. Dibble, Ph.D., of Brooklin ran a consulting firm (Stewards LLC) and was employed on the faculty of the University of Maine in Orono where she taught and researched forest ecology and native bees. She retired in 2020 to pursue her interests in painting, fiction writing and songwriting.
Her earliest art instruction was with her mother, Barbara S. Coan, who studied at the Art Students League in New York, and had a loose bold style. When she was a teenager Alison attended the Boston Museum of Fine Art School summer program, and was accepted into their full time 4-year program, but chose instead to pursue a B.S. in English Literature with an Art minor. She started a family, then with her husband Keith’s gracious help, went to graduate school at the University of Maine and earned an M.S. in Botany and a Ph.D. in Plant Science.
Alison has been painting in oils since about 2008, when she took classes with Louise Bourne (Sedgwick). Since then she has had instruction from other fine Maine artists including Marsha Donahue (Millinocket), Frank Sullivan (Littleton), Jerry Rose (Sedgwick), and Olena Babak (Hartland). She benefited from 2-day workshops taught by Donald Demers (Boothbay), and by Tom Curry (Brooklin). Alison likes to surprise herself every time she picks up the brush, and paints a wide range of subjects. She gets particular pleasure from painting landscapes outdoors year round, sometimes on snow shoes.
“Mosses are tiny plants. One of my favorites of all mosses is Bug-on-a-stick. It might be fairly rare, or not well understood. But I have found it at the shore of Salt Pond, and at the Blue Hill Country Club golf course, and over in Sedgewick too. The leaves have diappeared by the time the moss is big enough to notice (only about 1 inch tall!), with its single stalk and capsule. Here, I was shining a flashlight through it to reveal the enchanting translucent quality of the capsules. Best time to watch for this: autumn!”