2018-07-20 / Community

Cape Elizabeth student painted garden tour art


Devan Newell Devan Newell Devan Newell may be only 15 years old, but he has a talent that’s well beyond his years. The artist’s painting of Cliff Walk and Portland Head Light was chosen by the Fort Williams Park Foundation for the cover of its eighth annual Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour brochure and ticket design held July 14. In the past the foundation used professional graphic designers for that purpose.

The foundation reached out to Cape Elizabeth High School’s art department, which recommended Newell, a freshman at the time.

Newell has lived his entire life in Cape Elizabeth and has attended school there since kindergarten. An artist for as long as he can remember, he often visits local beaches and parks to capture Maine’s pure beauty en plein air. During summer, he studies at Maine College of Art and works as an art intern for a local artist.

“All of my life I have been a creative person and have had a pencil in my hand since day one,” he said. “Living in Cape, I have never taken advantage of Fort Williams’ beautiful landscape. So I hopped on the opportunity to capture its lush landscape and help the park foundation and my community.”

Newell worked closely with the garden tour’s graphic designer, Tracy Burke, on the painting’s design. He painted the work in three pieces, which Burke then assembled.

“Devan was a pleasure to work with,” Burke said. “He took direction well, adding his own artistic details to enhance the composition.”

The Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour is the largest annual fundraiser for the Fort Williams Park Foundation, a non-profit organization that exists to enhance and preserve Fort Williams Park for current users and for generations to come. The Garden Tour has grown into one of the premiere summer events in Maine, and provides a chance to experience the work of the Foundation at the height of the summer blooming season while getting a rare look at private gardens in Cape Elizabeth and South Portland.

Newell plans to pursue a career in graphic design or interior design, but painting will always remain a passion, he said.

“As I grow into an adult, I hope to never lose my creativity – and I won’t,” he said. “So with that being said, I will never stop painting.”

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