Dave's priority is navigating the catamaran, but sometimes he'll take out a pad and sketch when he's behind the steering wheel. He plays with geometry and composition, too, often repeating the same design over and over in one illustration. Some of his drawings recall the work of M.C. Escher — abstract, interlocking compositions that seem to have no beginning or end.

The museum show was designed to be an exhibit of artwork but also a teaching experience in which viewers can learn about a subject and how it was interpreted. The works of husband and wife have been alternated so they play off each other. In many cases, the subject matter is similar but their approaches are very different. The message is that there are many ways to appreciate the world all around.

"Christine's paintings are joyful and full of color and movement," said Les Foster, the museum's volunteer art exhibit coordinator. "Color, composition and movement are foremost in her mind when creating a new painting. David has a background in graphics and design. It's obvious … that patterns, repetition and arrangement of space are the elements that make his work so strong. Both artists enjoy the play of sun and shadow, yet both render the same views and subjects so differently."

All works in the exhibit are for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will go to support the museum's programs.

Christine said people often ask her if she misses her paintings after they're sold. She says she doesn't mind because, for her, the enjoyment comes from the experience of taking the trips and creating the work. Besides, she said, she knows she'll create more next time.

"I had fun making them," she said of the works on display. But "the next one I do, I'll like even better."


Museum exhibit

The Annapolis Maritime Museum is open Thursdays to Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m., at 723 Second St. in Annapolis. Admission is free. Information: amaritime.org or 410-295-0104.

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