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‘James O’Neil’, Today’s ‘Andrew Wyeth’, At His Lubec, Maine, Art Studio & Gallery.

by Anura Guruge



Click image to access this post from 7-years ago.



There is an article about him in this magazine,
and you will RECOGNIZE some images (above).


The first time I ever saw a James O’Neil painting was 7-years ago, at an art gallery in Northeast Harbor (Acadia, Maine). I & Devanee (who was into paintings then) stood mesmerized. I (as you can see from the post above) immediately made a connection with Andrew Wyeth — & I even discussed it with the manager of the gallery who concurred. We were no strangers to Wyeth. My wife, who was born & grew up in Cushing, Maine — where Wyeth did most of his iconic work — knew Wyeth. Her aunty, ‘Siri‘, was featured in quite a few of Wyeth’s works. A large reproduction Wyeth has hung in our informal dining room since we moved into our house. So for us to think of him as Wyeth, reincarnated, took some doing. But, he is good. He, in my opinion, is brilliant. Immensely gifted & committed to his craft.

That he is Wyethian is no accident or coincidence. Wyeth was a major influence & James even spent time in Cushing.

7-years ago I was unaware of another American painter, John Noble. But, thanks to “Irving Stone’s” ‘The Passionate Journey’ (1949) that I ploughed through a few months ago, I know more about him than I really wanted to know. I am now struck by similarities between John Noble & James O’Neil in terms of their use light, fascination with the sea & their passionate work ethic. Fortunately, Jame O’Neil isn’t hounded by the demons that John Noble could never shake off. That is a very good thing.

Meeting James O’Neil, in Lubec, right outside his studio cum gallery, was total serendipity. I had not gone looking for him. I didn’t even know he lived in Lubec.

Quoddy Head State Park“, of late, has become one of my favorite places to loiter. When I am at the ‘Bold Coast‘ I make a point of visiting it at least once a day. Hence, why I have been there over 10-times in the last 6-months. Well, I was there just ahead of sunset last Wednesday, March 10, 2021. But, I had also been there at sunset the two previous evenings too. So, there was not that much new in terms of light & photographic options. So, I decided to try & catch some light from a higher elevation. Klondike Mountain, just a few minutes away came to mind. So, I drove up there. But, it was too snowy & icy. So, I decided to explore the area in my car. That is when I saw the sign for his gallery. I went up the road, looked around & came back. I stopped to take some pictures. A gentleman was standing outside cradling a dog. I asked if he was “James O’Neil“. He was. I was elated.

He invited me to come back for a tour at noon the next day. I was not going to let that opportunity pass. We met.

He is a delight. A very kind, gentle, generous man — very humble & self-effacing. He gave me the grand tour. Wow. What a place. What character. What art. What a view. He gave me permission to take pictures BUT I opted not to take any closeups. I didn’t want folks trying to ‘get’ prints off his work. Hence, the pictures you see here. He very kindly gave me an in depth tutorial on ‘egg tempura‘. Wow.

He is a musician too who plays multiple instruments & is a member of a Celtic performing trio called the “O’McCrelli“. They perform all over Maine, coming as far south as Portland. I found them on YouTube. James is on the left, on guitar.


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Eric Hodecker (Meredith,N.H.), Incisively Funny Cartoonist, Brother Of Stephen.

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Stephen Hodecker bronze nude.
>> Stephen Hodecker, Wyethian of late.

>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 1.
>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 2.
>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 3.

>> The Wyethian James O’Neil.

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These are all COPYRIGHT ‘Eric Hodecker’.


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Eric Hodecker’s current Website at ‘GoComics’. Click to access.


Eric Hodecker is Stephen Hodecker’s brother. Given that he lives in Meredith, N.H., as does Stephen, I would have to think that I have met him. I do remember a Christmas party, probably 1998, at a Hodecker household, with a Hodecker wearing a very clever ‘Viagra Erectable-on-Demandred christmas hat. Given his humor and talent that very well could have been Eric.

Not sure how or why he was not on my radar given that I have followed Stephen’s work since 1987.

A few days ago Stephen posted Eric’s ‘deer co-worker’ cartoon, middle (yellowed) one on top, on Facebook. I LOVED it. My time of off-beat but incisive humor.

I befriended Eric. Now I can follow his work better. I need to find more of his work. Very clever. What a family. What talent.


My kind of British humor.
I am sure Eric will get a kick and maybe some inspiration
from this video.

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Stephen Hodecker (Meredith,N.H.) Bronze Nude Sculpture, ‘Girl At A Pond’, c. 1998.

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>> Stephen Hodecker, Wyethian of late.

>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 1.
>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 2.
>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 3.

>> The Wyethian James O’Neil.

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Stephen Hodecker, quite justly, is well known as a painter, his nudes, in Meredith, very publicly displayed.

Stephen, however, is also a very accomplished bronze sculptor — and sculpting in bronze is not easy.

Here is very sensuous nude he sculpted c. 1998. Not sure who the model was.

I was lucky enough to get some pictures of it the other day.


Click here to access the ‘Stephen Hodecker’ Website.


‘Artsy’ A Special New Resource For Art Lovers — With A Great Page On Andrew Wyeth

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As I have mentioned before, and spelled out in some detail here, we have somewhat of a family connection with Andrew Wyeth. Deanna, who grew up in Cushing, Maine, where Wyeth had his Summer Home and did most of his most famous paintings, knew him and her aunt, by marriage, is ‘Siri‘, one of the young ladies, from Maine, painted by Wyeth.

So when Artsy sent me an e-mail about their new Andrew Wyeth page and asked whether I would feature it on this blog I was more than happy to oblige. Check it out. Neat resource. I was impressed and so will YOU. Cheers.


Ian Hamlin, A Gifted Artist From New Zealand.

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>> The Wyethian James O’Neil.
>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 1.

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One of the wonderful things about blogging
is that you get to meet some real great people
from around the world.

As it now happens many of the people I regularly
keep in touch with and collaborate on my various projects
are people I have met, via blogging, over the Web.

Ian Hamlin falls into that category.
He happened to ‘like’ my post about fellow artist Stephen Hodecker.
I clicked on his name and I LIKED, very much, what I saw.
My type of work.
Way outside my budget and we no longer have any wall space left!

So check out Ian’s work.
What a talent.


Use this link to access Ian Hamlin’s Website.

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Stephen Hodecker, The Meredith (N.H.) Artist, ‘Famous’ For His Nudes And Wyethian Of late.

His most famous nude? At Giuseppe’s in Meredith.

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Related posts:
>> The Wyethian James O’Neil.

>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 1.
>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 2.
>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 3.

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I have known Stephen Hodecker since 1998.
[I also used to know his sister who is also a well-known artist.]

I have a bronze of his that he cast in 1999.
Deanna and Devanee have adopted it.
Deanna, especially, has taken a proprietary interest in it. 

These days I typically only see Stephen if we both happen to be at
Giuseppe’s, Meredith [N.H.] at the same.
And this usually happens when we attend the annual
JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza.

So, we did meet Stephen this year
and I got his latest business card …

I had not noticed before or maybe his style has evolved.
He definitely has some Wyethian touches these days.
Maybe most New England artist end up with some influence.
Next time I see him I will have to tell him that
Deanna actually knew Andrew Wyeth.


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Stephen Hodecker at the 21st JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza at Giuseppe’s (Meredith) on Sunday, March 29, 2015. [[See posts on this blog, March 30, 2015.]]


What I (rightly or wrongly) consider to be the most famous Hodecker nude. The setting appeals to me and I am quite partial to the ‘subject’ matter. And that is all we are going to say.