Sunday, September 23, 2012

Light of a Summer's Day, oil on panel, 16 x 24

Summer has come to a close in Vermont...and what a summer it has been! This painting was one of the pieces I completed earlier this summer and was part of a show at the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, VT. It is probably one of my favorite all time painting locations on the Mettawee River just at North Granville, NY. I thought it would be a good piece for the show as many times when I am down there sketching there are folks doing some fishing. At times, there are even some cattle that are in the makes for a beautiful scene no matter the season. Now that the leaves are changing, I am going to have to make it over there to see the variation of color. I think I have just created tomorrow's assignment. Light of a Summer's Day Oil on panel 16 x 24 sold

Monday, March 12, 2012

Raging Rapids, oil on panel, 16 x 24

This painting was both challenging and exciting create. I really enjoyed the contrast between light and dark tones in the water not to mention painting the rocks and the trees. The challenge was in trying to replicated the intensity of light on the scene which I felt when I saw this area in early autumn last year. Additionally, I wanted the viewer to almost feel the spray of the rushing water over the rocks. It took several weeks to complete and I think the time was worth my effort. In fact, I am finding that the more time I take on each painting, I not only enjoy the process but feel that I am completing paintings which more complete in their overall impact. The key is in balancing the spontaneity of the beginning, the labor of the process and the excitement of heading towards the finish.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Peaceful Autumn, oil on canvas 16 x 24

A recently completed painting of the warm autumn days. We have been lucky with beautiful weather for the last several weeks....I am sure however, snow is on the way. This painting is another piece in a more realistic style and I am quite happy with the result.
Peaceful Autumn
oil on panel
16 x 24
available through the Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Summer Morning at the Quarry Pond, oil on canvas 20 x 24

Earlier this summer I was asked to have an exhibit of my work at the Slate Valley Museum in Granville, NY. ( It was an honor to be asked to have a selection of paintings for an event which was scheduled in early October. I began working on several paintings with a strong focus of the area, including some paintings of the old slate quarries which dot the hillsides in this particular region of Vermont. To some these expanses of rocks are just that, piles and piles of rocks and scrap leftover from a time when slate was a very common material in the building industry. I look at these piles of rocks and see interesting colors, light patterns and in the case of this painting, some amazing reflections in the quarry ponds. When I was asked to participate, I had no idea that I would find so much material from which to work. I am always amazed that the best paintings are often found within a few moments from home. The museum sustained some significant damage from hurricane Irene, but they were repaired and ready to go by the opening in October. The opening event held a very celebratory atmosphere and I am very proud to have been a part. Recently, I submitted this painting for the 128th Annual Member's Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club NYC. This painting was awarded the Arthur T. Hill Memorial Award for a landscape by an artist under the age of 45.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Gentle Arrival of Autumn

It seems this will be a year where we slowly ease into the autumn season. Hopefully it will last for a good while this year! The area and this pond was a recent discovery after a morning of pancakes and maple syrup at our favorite local sugar house. Not sure which I enjoyed more, the pancakes of finding this beautiful location.
The Gentle Arrival of Autumn
oil on panel
16 x 24

Monday, September 5, 2011

Summer Afternoon, Sudbury, VT, 18 x 24

I find this somewhat of a challenging post. With the destruction of so much of Vermont, after hurricane or tropical storm, Irene, I would think my time would be better spent trying to help those in need as opposed to posting a photo of a painting online. I think however, in the midst of the chaos of the floods here in Vermont, it is important to focus on the brighter days, the future and those moments which, in the challenges of tragedy, remind one that all shall be well and truly, time heels all wounds.
So I present this posting of a painting which I recently completed. When I see the piles of debris around the state and read of the heartbreak so many have faced after the floods, it is the scenes such as the one depicted in this painting which bring to me a sense of calm and peace, the thought; all shall be well, in time.
Maybe through viewing this painting you will be somehow lifted and hopefully reminded, all shall be well.

We are fine, the studio is fine and thankfully we sustained no damage to our home or property. Thank you for reading this post and for your keen interest in my work.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Calm Evening, oil on canvas 11 x 14

There is something that seems very fitting when thinking about the beach and summer. While we are in full summer mode in Vermont, and while I love the beauty of the verdant hillsides, I still very much enjoy a summer trip to the ocean. Happy Summer!
Calm Evening
oil on canvas, 11 x 14