Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery


GalleryP.O Box 5

2522 Atlantic Hwy

Lincolnville Beach,

Maine 04849



Phone 207-789-5000
Fax   207-789-5102 Cell 207-592.2984






Susan Tobey White

Tobey Tobey
Mussels and Treasures 36x36 Acrylic   Buoys  30x40 Acrylic  


Maine Scenes: Ain’t No Keepah   30x36


Artist Statement
One of my most asked questions is, “Why no faces?” My answer:  I realized it was not necessary.  My dancers are about the motion, the emotion and the colors and patterns of dance.  The added benefit is that by having faceless people it allows the viewer to see themselves in the painting. 
Another question is. Why dance?”  I have learned that my best paintings come from the heart.  NO, I am not a dancer, but give me good music, a large canvas and paint…guaranteed… dancers will appear. I often begin my painting by pouring colors on the canvas, layering them until I begin seeing the forms of the dancers.  Then I will draw to define the images, add color with a brush, perhaps pour again then define with brush, palette knife or fingers.  It is a constant work of balance.

I took a break from the Dance series.  It was harvest season.  The lush vegetables were everywhere.  The first painting I did of my Veggie series was a 4’x5’ of five onions. Then I painted another 4x4 that I titled The Elegant Eggplants.  Since then tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, raspberries, garlic have all been welcome subjects.

I live on the beautiful coast of Maine spending a lot of time painting plein air mostly seeking coastal scenes.

Many wonder about the variety of techniques I use. The answer is simple. I was trained as an art teacher learning to use many tools and processes. I feel that each theme is a new problem to solve and often lends itself to a unique technique.
I often begin with an idea and have learned I must give into the process...and accept my original idea may not be the outcome.

I am constantly struck with how fortunate I am to be a painter.