Polly Steadman

Polly has been “doing art” for fun as far back as she can remember.  For years she tried to draw and paint what she saw as accurately as possible, resulting in stiff, colorless works.  Over 30 years ago she learned the wet-on-wet technique for painting in oils and has been exploring, discovering, and honing ever since.

The composition is usually unplanned at the outset and takes shape as her brushstrokes - long and strong or short, light and quick - blend blobs of color placed randomly on the canvas, while forms and themes emerge.  Then the artist’s eye guides the flow of the design to the finished work that is a unique convergence of intellect and emotion.

Polly admits, “To be honest, I never appreciated abstract art much.  But when I can, somehow, blend the paint into and over the colors while seas and skies and magic planes emerge, it excites me.  There is a point, after an hour or two, when the oil paint sets itself up to be able to be pulled over the undercolors - and that’s when the excitement begins for me.  That’s when the refinement of composition and color begin - as well as the real fun."

She finds the process itself exciting and liberating – and each time an exploration into the unknown. Painting for her has changed from a pleasing challenge to a passionate adventure.  

Polly says that time spent in her studio becomes a reminder to stay as authentic as she can in her personal life as well as with her art.  She says that her painting process is intuitive and a bit spiritual, sometimes,


Polly grew up in New Hampshire, received her BA in Psychology at Skidmore College in New York, and has lived in Maine for over 40 years.

In addition to her own art, Polly enjoys the artwork of others, organic gardening (and fostering the Monarch butterflies that settle in the milkweed that’s overtaking the plot), snowshoeing, volunteering at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and singing with Homeward Bound Hospice Choir.

 Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things. - Edgar Degas