Artist, painter of well loved places, traveler, loves a good story, gardener, nature lover, coastal wanderer in places salty & sandy.
The works of the American Impressionists have had a great influence on my work, particularly those of New England and California. Figurative works by William Merritt Chase and Childe Hassam as well as landscapes by William Wendt and Granville Redmond have fueled my imagination. Formal study at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT;. The Art League School in Alexandria, VA; and Watts Atelier in Encinitas, CA gave me a classical foundation. Further study with colorists Leif Nilsson, and Camille Przewodek, both students of renowned teacher Henry Hensche, have enabled me to pursue this ever-intriguing fascination of the effect of light.
As a visual artist/plein air painter, I tell a story in paint. I record my surroundings and the 'energy of the day', taking a multi-sensory experience and placing it on a two-dimensional space. Each painting transfers that energy - that sense of place - to the viewer as an individual...and indeed, brings that energy and sense of place to the new environment where it is displayed. Evoking an emotional response to a 'sense of place' is a great thrill for me, that connection with my viewer is priceless. What's YOUR story? I'd love to tell it!
What is to love about a painting? ........One that is compositionally strong - that draws the viewer in from across the room....rewarding them with a new interest up close..... and the imagining of themselves in that place. It's an exciting - heart -fluttering affair....and a grounded relationship with a sense of beauty and calm. A painting that resonates with the viewer is one that nourishes their soul.
Professional affiliations include:
Lyme Art Association
Mystic Museum of Art
CT Plein Air Painters Society
2014: The Day (regional newspaper) featured story on Daybreak section, Sept. 9th, 2014; Barn Island: A YEAR IN COLOR
2014: "Homing Instincts" novel by Karen Guzman, cover art (published November 2014)
2008: Colour, Obsession, Joy and Torment! The Daily Painter Art Gallery by Micah Condon. ISBN:1440474060
My paintings are in private collections across the United States, as well as Canada, Ireland, UK, Germany, South Korea, Australia, and Dubai. My most recent corporate collector is Bank of Hampton Roads (Virginia).