"Imagine you love the work of the early 20th century Boston School painter Frank Benson, then imagine that you can visit his farm and studio on North Haven Island Maine. Further imagine that you get to spend the week, staying in the farm house and painting on the grounds and in the great barn studio.
Finally imagine that you study for that week with master painter Tom Dunlay, author of some of the most iconic Boston area paintings in the last half century, who himself was trained by Ives Gammell who was a student of the very same Frank Benson.
North Haven Island, next to its more famous neighbor Vinalhaven Island, is quintessential Maine seacoast in every way - stunningly beautiful, rolling pastures and meadows, rocky spruce lined coasts, traditional New England houses and farms dotting the landscape.
The food was exceptional. Every meal but breakfast was prepared home-style, lovingly and deliciously by our very own cook, including a Wednesday night lobster feast.
The ambience of a group of painters ranging from very experienced professionals to novice was very special. We were comrades in arms, or maybe comrades in brushes, paints, easels and canvases and tremendously supportive of each other. Each of us was taught with care and attention by Tom. We ate, breathed and slept painting. It's in the DNA of the place. We couldn't help but improve no matter what our previous experience.
This is the second year I've been to the workshop, and I look forward to next year as well." If you would like more information about next year's workshop, see this link, or contact Tom at