In graphite drawings, oil, watercolor and egg tempera paintings of finite detail and delicacy, Whalley depicts landscapes and figures, as well as arrangements of discarded objects that he collects while exploring the coastline near his home in Damariscotta, Maine.
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His studio shelves are stacked with the subjects of his paintings: rusted locks and hand-tools, crab claws, antique books and other vintage objects. In a 2008 interview with Joshua Bodwell, Whalley explained his connection with these items: “I love worn things, things that have just been saturated with a story.”
 John Whalley as quoted in Joshua Bodwell’s “The Humanity of Detritus.” Maine Home and Design. July 2008.
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