Deer Isle, Winter 2013-14, oil on canvas, 36" x 64"
Vaino Kola is a painter living in Deer Isle. Born and raised in Finland, he received a B.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art, and an M.F.A. from Yale University. After 26 years of teaching art at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, he retired to Deer Isle to pursue painting full-time.
Kola’s paintings, often monumental in scale, appear almost photo-realistic from a distance, but closer inspection reveals deeply textured, almost pointillist brushwork. While his subjects are often drawn from local rocky beaches, snow-covered trees or volcanic landscapes in Iceland, some of the paintings work equally well as abstractions.
While painting is Kola’s foremost medium, he is also a talented printmaker and pastel artist. His paintings hang in over forty museum and corporate collections in the United States and Europe.