Wednesday, March 05, 2014


I received an artist-in-residence opportunity at Fire Island National Seashore in early April!  I have a long history with Fire Island- from my first job at the Fire Island Lighthouse to being the place that inspired me to paint landscapes and to join the National Park Service.  I look forward to seeing what I make while a resident there.

Circa 2010 from the top of the Fire Island Lighthouse.

Parallax Views

Here are the five pieces I have in Parallax Views- New Perspectives of an Icon at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park.  The show is up until April 5, 2014.

Friday, February 07, 2014


My grandmother recognized the answer to "opaque watercolors" in a recent crossword. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Since day one the days have grown noticeably longer. It is a refreshing change to have another hour to be outside when the temperature permits. But it is January in the northeast so cold is expected but not unwelcome- I have been creating a series of smaller works looking out the windows.

The days may be lengthening but sunset sneaks up on me still- to stay true to the paintings I started in one light/weather combination I cease work after a noticeable change takes place. The weather changes quickly, but at some point it usually repeats. There are a couple of unfinished works that have not had a second go around, but I have been finding having 2-4 paintings going at any given time to be a productive way of working.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Breathing Room

This is about how much space I need to paint:

But that doesn't mean I don't benefit from a lot of space, a warm building, and Northern exposure light.

The studio walls at Weir Farm are spacious and I am finding it an excellent motivation to fill them with work.

Here are some samples. Each painting is either painted directly from life or by working from sketches and notes on color.

 3 1/2 x 11 1/2"

 4 1/2 x 4 1/2"

 2 1/2 x 3 1/2"

 3 1/2 x 3 1/2"

2 1/2 x 3 1/2"