Photograph of Jacob Aguiar in a blue & white checked shirt and tan hatJacob Aguiar is an internationally recognized pastel artist living with his wife and dog in Scarborough, Maine, where he paints the nearby marshes and rocky coast.  Jacob views painting as a way to offer respite from our chaotic world, both for him and the viewers of his paintings.

He has won several international awards including 3rd place overall in the 2017 Annual Plein Air Salon, and 1st place in the 2017 UART Pastel Paper Online Exhibition, and has been featured in a number of publications, including Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine, and the Pastel Journal.  He currently splits his time as an integrative naturopathic physician and professional artist.  A traveler at heart, he enjoys visiting new areas and teaching workshops throughout the country and internationally.  You can find more of his work at or by visiting one of his galleries.

“An avid traveler, I enjoy deepening my experience of place by painting on location or taking reference photos to paint from when back in my studio.  These three pieces are from three distinct areas of the country:  Old Town Albuquerque, NM; Aspen, Colorado; and Scarborough, Maine.  This diversity of place and variety in the landscape offers constant inspiration and motivation to more closely represent in pigment what I feel while out in nature.

Jacob Aguiar about his work in The Brinton 101