"The Maine landscape
has a certain primordial quality that has intrigued me since
I first came here nearly thirty years ago, and it continues to
do so to this day. Whether walking through a wooded area or standing
along its untouched coastal regions, I am keenly aware of its
unrestrained elemental forces. The quality of light, the vivid
blues and greens, the immensity of its natural space speak to
me and I in turn attempt to communicate the impressions of my
experience. I become captivated by the atmospheric condition
of the day, or other times, I want to paint what the human condition
has affected on the landscape.
"Most of my
painting is done in oils because I love the visceral quality
of the medium: squeezing paint from the tube, thinning it to
create thin glazes and then applying it layer upon layer to the
canvas. Recently I have been experimenting with egg tempera and
find that both mediums lend themselves to the rich application
of color, which is important to my painting.
"I paint in
the studio most often, and find this has worked best for me.
Oil paints by their nature are cumbersome and not very mobile;
so usually I will travel around areas of interest with my digital
camera, photographing scenes that impress me in some way, whether
by shadows being cast at a certain time of day, or by the vibrancy
of the colors in the landscape. Sometimes it's just a feeling
I get, when looking at a scene, that compels me to paint it.
As a painter I am interested in the texture that can be created
by various methods of applying paint to a surface, and how color
and light can appear to change the surface being worked on. There
is a point of departure in a painting where both painter and
viewer can move from the surface of the painting and enter into
the work. Here, nuances of light and color will sometimes evoke
a thought or mood that allows one's imagination to explore the
painting. Each viewer leaves the work with a different impression
of the world the artist created.
and education in art began at an early age. At about nine years
old, I set up my first "studio" in our basement and
made pastel drawings from pictures of Audubon birds and portraits
from pictures of models in magazines. I attended the Boston Museum
of Fine Art program for children on Saturday Mornings and spent
many hours wandering through the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
As a young adult I took adult education classes in painting,
pottery and sculpture and had an opportunity to take evening
classes offered at the Museum School. A short time after moving
to Maine, I enrolled at the University of Maine and earned a
B.S. in Education and a B.A. in Studio Art. I now work from my
studio in Bangor, ME."
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"One of Those Days"
"White House, Blue Hill"