Donald A. McClain, 73, of Tenants Harbor, Maine died unexpectedly on July 8, 2012, while playing softball with friends.

Don was born on August 1, 1938, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Arthur Francis McClain and Elizabeth (Taulane) McClain. He studied at The Museum School of Art and the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Printing was a part of Don's family history, and he worked as a foreman at Judson Press in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, for many years. His early paintings were done on the scavenged plywood boxes used to ship aluminum printing plates. Don later worked as a live-in resident caring for three mentally-handicapped gentlemen. This gave him three-and-a-half days a week to work on his paintings . . . an exchange he was more than willing to make. After retiring, Don was able to fulfill his dream of moving to Maine.

He moved to Tenants Harbor in 2001. Soon after arriving, he established the annual "Artists of St. George Art Show" (held at the Odd Fellows Hall in Tenants Harbor) and "Open Studio Tour." As a "painter of nature" Don focused his work on capturing the subtleties found in the play of light through clouds and flora. The changing seasons inspired each new painting. Most of his work was done on large canvases since he felt smaller canvases were too confining. His work strived to encompass the "the timeless joy of life I experience".

Don loved interacting with people. In addition to art, he particularly loved classical music and golf . . . and enjoyed sharing these pleasures with everyone he met.

Don is survived by the mother of his children Georgette (Cavage) Amoroso of Whiting, New Jersey; his son Skye McClain of Portland, Connecticut; his daughter Heather Wills and her husband Reed Wills of Birmingham, Pennsylvania; his daughter Dawn DiJulio and her husband Carmen DiJulio of Downingtown, Pennsylvania; and his grandchildren Ian Wills, Madeline Wills and Paige Wills.

A celebration of Don's life will take place at the Odd Fellows Hall in Tenants Harbor on Friday, July 20, starting at 5 p.m. His art studio, Galerie Taulanne, located right across the street, will be open as well. Consider wearing blue . . . it was Don's favorite color!

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to the Georges Valley High School Students Arts Scholarship Fund (Odd Fellows Lodge 132, P.O. Box 315, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860) or the Humane Society of Knox County (P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841).