Working Waterfront: Ernie DeRaps had no formal training for capturing, in paint, images of Maine’s lighthouses. But by relying on his own photographs and memories from years of living and working at lighthouses, he was able to create paintings faithful to all 65 of the state’s maritime guardians.
DeRaps, 85, had a powerful motivation for completing the series of paintings. He hopes to use the funds from their sale to pay for republishing the book he and his wife of 62 years, Polly, wrote about their lighthouse experiences.
“It costs about $8,000 to reprint it,” he said. “That’s a lot of money for a retiree to come up with.”
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