BAR HARBOR — A selection of oil-on-canvas landscape paintings and super-realistic turtle sculptures by Swans Island artist Gary Hoyle is on exhibit through Nov. 14 at the Dorr Museum of Natural History at College of the Atlantic.
The paintings of marshes, woods and shorelines were inspired by the natural beauty of his island home. His paintings have been exhibited in museums and universities around the country, and he has twice been artist in residence at Acadia National Park.
Hoyle began painting landscapes after he and his wife moved to Swans Island in 2006.
Prior to that, his painting had been confined mostly to museum exhibit murals and dioramas, which he filled with meticulously sculpted and fabricated animals and plants.
He was an exhibits artist and curator of natural history at the Maine State Museum in Augusta from 1973 to 2001, when he became a freelance exhibit design consultant. His clients have included the Field Museum in Chicago and the Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis.
Earlier in his career, he led a 100-member team that excavated the only known wooly mammoth bones to be discovered in Maine.