SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Southwest Harbor Public Library will feature the art of John DelMastro during the month of April.
Mr. DelMastro began his artistic exploration as a child growing up in Connecticut. His imagination and a pencil made his creative world seem endless. At Plymouth State University he chose to concentrate on drawing. He feels that most people think of drawing as just a method used for sketching the basic layout for more serious art like painting and sculpture.
John however says “I personally just love the way a pencil feels in my hand.” After graduating he pursued a career in graphics though he found jobs were becoming harder to find in that field and his training quickly became obsolete with the arrival of the computer age. Going for a fresh start, in 1998 he settled on Nantucket Island working as a plasterer. It was there that he found a thriving art community and was juried into the Nantucket Artist Association. He continued to work as a freelance graphic artist.
Through all of this he never lost his love for the pencil and is always looking for ways to make people appreciate drawing as a valid art form. He also returned to digital photography, another love. John feels with digital photography one has complete control over the development process and a photograph can fully express the artist’s vision.
John reflects, “Now making it to 50, married and with a great dog, I have found my home on Mount Desert Island, where, as I have been told multiple times since my arrival, one must wear many hats to make ends meet. I am an artist and a Ranger for Acadia National Park, amongst other side adventures.”
Mr. DelMastro’s show will be on exhibit until April 30. For more information, call the Library at 244-7065.