Alison Rector, an artist known for her paintings of interiors. Her oil paintings are representational, luminescent and quietly calm. She depicts unconventional beauty in overlooked places.
In 2017, she has been inspired by Maine’s public libraries in particular the Carnegie libraries. In particular, she has been drawn to the twenty Carnegie libraries anchoring many Maine villages and towns. By the early twentieth century, a Carnegie library was often the most imposing structure in hundreds of small American communities. Since 2014, she has created more than 40 oil paintings of these shared spaces dedicated to learning and reflection. With adept use of color and composition, Rector invites the viewer to linger in rooms designed for quiet reflection, public places where the community values thought.
Rector, a Maine painter and printmaker, lives in Monroe and South Portland. She is a graduate of Brown University where her degree included coursework at the Rhode Island School of Design. "The Value of Thought", an exhibit of 18 Rector paintings, is exhibited at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in autumn 2017.