John Heliker (1909-2000), who had a home on Cranberry Island, Maine with his partner, painter Robert Lahotan, became one of the highly individual voices – like John Marin and Marsden Hartley – to translate the northern motif of Maine into pictorial form. Interested in the larger community of the arts, he numbered among his friends Philip Guston, John Cage, and Merce Cunningham. He taught painting at Columbia University and had a retrospective at The Whitney Museum of American Art in 1968. Heliker moved from a kind of architectural and fractal abstraction in the 1940s and 1950s to developing an organic approach to painting from life by the 1970s. Heliker’s work is included in many important public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Walker Art Center, the Philadelphia Museum, and the Whitney Museum.