Photos by Greta Rybus
Photos by Greta Rybus

Maine Coast Sojourn

Painting a Legacy of Land Conservation

“Lives and works on the Maine coast”—that’s a phrase often found in a Mainer’s bio. But in the case of painter Timothy P. Wilson, it’s quite literally true. Timothy is traveling to Maine Coast Heritage Trust preserves up and down the coast, painting in all seasons, in all kinds of weather, and all for a cause: the ongoing effort to conserve the Maine coast and keep it open to all.

Paintings made through the Maine Coast Sojourn will be exhibited by Cove Street Arts in Portland in September 2021, with both the artist and gallery donating a percentage of sales to support the work to conserve the coast. In the meantime, we invite you to follow along on Timothy’s Sojourn on social media—links below!

Meet Timothy P. Wilson

Plein air painter Timothy P. Wilson has immersed himself in MCHT’s conserved coastal landscapes, partnering with us to document these wild spaces.

See Where He’s Been Painting

Up and down the coast, all year long, in all kinds of weather, he sets up his easel and makes art on MCHT preserves, often finishing a day’s work windburned and saltwater soaked.

Watch Timothy’s Journey

Filmmaker Galen Koch has been following along with Timothy’s journey. Watch this beautiful video that highlights his work and this unique partnership with MCHT.


The Event

This collaborative project will be exhibited at Cove Street Arts in Portland this September. We’ll keep you updated on the details of this event—pending pandemic guidelines. Whether we need to meet virtually or in person at the gallery, this work will be for sale and a portion of the proceeds will benefit MCHT and the work to keep the coast Maine. Either way, we’ll have opportunities to connect directly with Timothy, our partners, and of course, to purchase the artwork.

How to Follow Along

   Maine Coast Heritage Trust

    The Artist! – TPW

    The Photographer! Greta Rybus

    The Videographer! Galen Koch

   Cove Street Arts

Sign up below and enter to win a framed photograph of Bog Brook Cove Preserve taken by Timothy. You’ll also receive updates about the Sojourn and more inspiration from the Maine coast delivered to your inbox.

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“What I realized was it was important to me to act as a land steward, I felt needed to promote this experience of conservation; to show that this experience of painting in the landscape is made possible because people are taking care of the land and preserving things. It was really important for me to do something positive.”

— Timothy P. Wilson