I primarily like to paint landscapes depicting houses or scenes that may hark back to a bygone era in Maine or Virginia. I like to find subjects that have contrasting light and shadow that may or may not tell a story. I sometimes work in plein air, but much of my work is completed in studio. I also draw, attending local life drawing groups here in Northern Virginia.
I started painting watercolors in 1970 while a student of Dewitt and Pat Hardy both accomplished masters of the medium. I lived with them for a year, drawing, painting and making prints when I wasn’t flipping burgers or finding other ways to make a few dollars. I had my first show in Springvale, Maine where I sold one painting for $40 to my father. Not long after, I went to work for the York County Coast Star and began a long career in journalism and various forms of communications.
Besides the Hardys, my influences include Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, and Winslow Homer. Artists whom I’ve known also have had a profound influence on how I see the world around me. They include Edward Betts, J. Phillip Richards, and Neil Welliver who taught me drawing in college. In retirement, I studied drawing at George Mason University and our local community college. I continue to study watercolor at different venues in Northern Virginia and draw figures from life as often as I can.
A few of my recent works are in private collections, but I have not had a gallery opening since that ill-fated one in 1971. Occasionally I show at local exhibits for retirees, but maybe someday soon I’ll try for something bigger.