Michael Torlen has been painting on Monhegan for the past twenty-four summers. He works outdoors, at the water’s edge, observing closely and capturing quickly, in watercolor, both the details and the moods of the rocks, sea, and sky. Close to twenty of these plein-air watercolors will be on view, several of the painted this past summer.
Torlen is professor emeritus of the School of Art and Design, Purchase College, State University of New York. He has shown widely and has work in the collections of several museums, including the Housatonic Museum, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Springfield Art Museum.
Critic Carl Little wrote: “With his brilliant Monhegan seascapes, Torlen takes his place in the distinguished line of painters who have rendered the island’s shoreline. . . .”