In my earliest recollections I have always wanted to paint. I saw myself as a painter foremost to anything else. This sounds so cliché. I have read other artists statements and many say the same thing. As I reached a landmark birthday in 2005, I realized my aspirations are still the same as they were when I was young. My painting has lead me into many directions, and journeys, and it has enriched my life.
The challenge I find in my own landscape painting is learning to see and interpret my own feelings and profound appreciation for nature. I constantly struggle to transcend the material and go beyond the painted surface image.
It is important that my landscapes in oils and watercolors convey a sense of place. Nature is my influence but then it becomes something more. I don‘t want my work to capture the exactness of nature or my brush marks to be predictable. I have been told for years that I have an unnatural landscape palette. Color is important to me, but I also am intrigued by the absence of color as in my nocturnal moonscapes. I want to embrace a mood for the piece, and challenge the viewer to look deeper. In the process of painting on location or in my studio I strive for the balance of when to intervene and when to leave well enough alone.
I have kicked around the idea of having a web site for about five years. I consider myself technologically challenged. Computers do not enhance my life on any level! What brought this web site to fruition was an instructorship honor grant I received from The Williston Northampton School until the year 2007. I decided then with this money opportunity I would try and find a designer who would be open to my ideas, be patient with my uneasiness with the computer language, and create a web site that was simple yet sophisticated. I found the perfect match with www.redbarnimaging.com
What does come natural to me is painting. It centers me. I have a gift to share with others visually through exhibiting and teaching. My art has taken me far and wide. Over the last 25 years I have had so many fortunate experiences that have led me to places to paint and teach.
All of these special locations in many parts of Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean have made a major impact on my own landscape painting. Every open sea is different. I never tire of the drama of sunsets or moonlit nights. It demands my attention wherever I am. The sky plays a dramatic role in my work and reflects the features of the landscape.
Every day I am thankful for having adventures around the world, With the assistance of ( www.ilchiostro.com ) I have taught workshops in Tuscany, Italy, Burgundy, France, and in the US Virgin Islands. I have met many fascinating people of all ages, including artists who have enhanced my life and work with their personal stories.
I invite you to observe my watercolors and oils with their open vistas, storm swept skies, full mysterious moons, and contemplative moods. It is my hope that you will experience the world I envision through the fusion of paint and experience.
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