My plein air paintings convey a sense of a place rather than a specific moment. I return to familiar haunts repeatedly until I am done. They are literally the common ground where artist and viewer meet. Those who have been to the locations recognize the feeling of being there rather than the literal; those who have not been there often feel as if they had. Beginning and ending the painting on location allows me to get to know the place intimately, at different times and weather conditions. I am then able to choose which of my favorite moments to include.
I am greatly impressed with the impact of humans on nature and nature’s ability to renew itself. People often search for timelessness, immortality, a way of leaving a mark. Nature is relentless, achieving immortality through change and continuous rebirth. Many of the subjects of my paintings explore the beauty of the dynamic between human beings’ persistent attempts to shape, control, or fit into their environment and the overpowering force of the natural world.
Above: The Bark of Living Trees, at Cedar Tree Neck in West Tisbury, 24”x30” oil on canvas
Tisbury Waterworks, 24”x30” oil on canvas
Sanctuary, Cedar Tree Neck in West Tisbury, 24”x30” oil on canvas
Left: Land is a Place to Dry Fish, 16”x10” oil on stretched paper
Right: The Calm Before the Fish, 16”x10” oil on stretched paper
Far left: Snow on the Field, 16”x10” oil on stretched paper
Left: Edgartown Light, 8”x6” oil on masonite
Spring Murder, Rogers Farm in West Tisbury, 30”x24” oil on canvas
Winner of first place in professional oil painting, Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair 2001