By Times Staff
Gloucester Daily Times
---- — The Rockport Art Association will be presenting a retrospective show of works by the late John Loughlin, a painter who relishes working in the outdoors surrounded by nature.
The exhibition will open with a free public artist reception this Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Loughlin, a plein painter whose work reflects his love of hunting and fishing, and all the seasonal variations, started painting using watercolors. Over the course of a few years, he gradually transitioned to oil paints.
“Changing one’s whole approach is difficult. Watercolor, after all, is a transparent medium on paper, and oils are opaque and usually used on canvas,” he explained once in a Times interview.
An award-winning artist in both watercolor and oil, Loughlin’s Retrospective will feature works in both mediums, as well as his graphics.
An artist member of the Rockport Art Association since 1972, Loughlin died in 2004.
He was also a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, the Providence Art Club, Allied Artists, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, the Watercolor Society of New York, the Newport Art Museum and the Spring Bull Gallery of Newport. His work is included in many museum collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Naval War College in Newport, RI and numerous corporate collections.
The show runs through Nov. 7.
The Rockport Art Association is at 12 Main St. in Rockport. For more information, call 978-546-6604, or visit www.rockportartassn.org.