Friday, August 26, 2016

Next Workshop: October 21-23

Discussing photo reference

I’d like to thank all who attended my summer workshop. It was a fun week and I enjoyed spending time with everyone. My next workshop is October 21-23, 2016. More information on my website... I hope you can join me.

Monday, July 25, 2016

New DVD-Ccoming This Fall

Due to popular demand of my first painting DVD "River Bend", I just finished shooting my new video, "Winter Tangle". My friend Christopher Libertino aided me in filming. It will be going into post-production soon -- look for it this Fall. Lots of information -- it is sure to be an informative video.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Artnot Art Museum 75th Regional


My painting Extinguished is on display at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY. It has been included in the 75th Regional Exhibition. Here is my statement about this painting...

My work focuses on the narrative landscape. Trees serve as the subject matter and inspiration for many of my paintings. From the saplings to the scarred, I explore symbols of humanity: life and death, growth and change, rebirth and sustainability. I find a human connection—a universal scenario.  Extinguished is one of a pair of paintings that makes up the body of work PassageGenesis is the painting of birth, where you have a small sapling growing in the shadows and coming into the light. Extinguished is the end of life as symbolized by the last light of the day hitting the top of the tree. Now that this tree is dying, lichen is flourishing, vines and creatures occupy the physical space of the tree, it sustains life… nature’s cycle. 

If you're in the area, stop in. The show will be there all summer. Barbara has a piece too, The Standoff.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Work In Progress: Pre-Dawn, 60x84

A few more passes needed.

The entire surface of the canvas has now been touched. 
A solid  block in. Now the real painting starts. 
It's like building a house. lot happens very fast and the real work slows drown.

Closeup center left. This is typical block in that I enjoy. Lots to do

Third pass

Second pass

First pass

Friday, February 5, 2016

Planning for Light

Scouting a location

This is a location that I have painted many times. Watching the weather, I knew that there was a snowstorm coming and that the morning after would be crystal clear. The sun would rise in a cloudless sky which will yield some wonderful color and opportunities for a wide color palette. 


I knew the sun would rise at 7:18 AM which meant that I would have to be in place by 6:45.  Since I would be at the location before any sunlight, I know it will be cold. Dressing warm enables me to be comfortable and makes it easy to wait for the light. 

Getting to a location early, I can be in place with my camera, setup and be ready to go. I also clear the ground where I am standing so that my feet will not be cold. I look for composition with a dynamic array of shapes. Now I just need to wait for the light. In the photograph above, there is the slightest hint of warm light hitting the main tree trunk in the foreground. It is the warm light of the sky, just before sunrise.

Sunlight peaking through

The sun is rising and poking it's way through the tree line directly behind me causing a spotlight effect on the distant hills and some of the trees in my subject. I'm really liking the golden light in the distant hillside through all of the branches. The light changes very fast and within a matter of minutes we will be in full sunlight.

Full Sunlight

The light is now everywhere bouncing and reflecting with a strong play of very warm light against the cool shadows. An interesting observation, the more sunlight, the flatter (graphic) the picture. Everything being lit equal brings all the sun struck branches to the forefront. In the previous picture, there is much more depth because of the layering of light. 

The sequence from predawn to full sunlight was less than 10 minutes. You can see you need to know where you're going to be when the sun comes up. You haven't got time to search for your location. An old photography adage, you get more by waiting then you do by moving.

Now all I have to do is make the paintings. I'm planning two 60x84 inch canvases, pre-dawn and full light.  I don't paint exactly what I photograph, it's always about what I feel and what I want the viewer to experience. The photography is the inspiration, the painting is the art.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

In My Glory

Went out this morning after the snow and was rewarded with a magnificent array of color. I will be posting more about how to wait for light.

Friday, November 13, 2015

24x24x24 Opening

Good to see new friends

and old friends as well.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the opening for my show 24x24x24 at the Travis Gallery in New Hope, PA. The show runs from November 7th through November 29th. All of the paintings are on my website at