The paintings I complete are evidence of my search for designs, subject matter, and techniques, that form a captivating piece of fine art. As a boy, I was drawn to work of Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and N.C. Wyeth. As a man, knowing their careers began like mine in illustration, encouraged me to pursue painting. Moments in the Atlantic Ocean's life are what I attempt to record.
In 2007, after spending twenty-eight years as a freelance illustrator, I embarked on a painting career. While painting in my new studio space, memories of Freshman Foundation at Rhode Island School of Design, twenty-eight years earlier, resurfaced. During that foundation year an assignment using abstracted square sections from a road map was given. One inch squares were enlarged using the "gridding" method to abstract them.
Many years later, I used a similar strategy for one of the few paintings I completed annually. While working on an 18x24 piainting titled Duxbury Fog in 2004, a one inch square paper mask was used to isolate some complex areas of the composition. I found this approach to be fascinating, and later in 2007 decided to complete my first large scale painting by creating individual six inch square paintings, one at a time. Tidal Remains, the first painting in my "squares" series, is a 60x60 painting. It was created by painting one hundred-forty-four individual square paintings on the same canvas. I liked the result and started the Squares Series.
Painting traditionally half the time, with the remainder devoted to the "squares" paintings helps me to maintain a connection to the past. Each new canvas brings me to the exact place that every painter throughout history has been. That place is a blank, white, two-dimensional surface. It contains the promise of a new learning experience, and an opportunity to complete a piece of art that viewers will be drawn to throughout time.
2013-10 Cavalier Galleries, Nantucket, MA and Greenwich, CT
2012-10 Dean Day Gallery, Houston, TX
2013-12 Sheldon Fine Art, Newport, RI
2013-08 Walsingham Gallery, Newburyport, MA
2012-07 Wynne/Falconer Gallery, Chatham, MA
2013-07 Renjeau Galleries, Natick, MA
2012, 2010-06, 04, 03 Duxbury Art Assoc.
2010-2009 Nantucket Artworks
2009-07 Fountain Street Open Studios (member)
2010 Second Place, Oil & Acrylic Duxbury Art Assoc., Winter Juried Show
2009 Second Place, Oil & Acrylic Duxbury Art Assoc., Winter Juried Show
2007 First Place, Oil & Acrylic Duxbury Art Assoc., Winter Juried Show
2006 Second Place, Oil & Acrylic Duxbury Art Assoc., Winter Juried Show
2004 Third Place, Oil & Acrylic Duxbury Art Assoc., Winter Juried Show
2003 Third Place, Oil & Acrylic Duxbury Art Assoc., Midsummer Juried Show
1994 Honorable Mention, Communication Arts Annual
1988 Merit Award, The Art Director’s Club of Boston
1988 Merit of Distinction, Creative Club of Boston
1983 Merit Award, The Art Director’s Club of Boston
1979 Second Place, Society of Illustrators Annual Scholarship Competition, NY
2009-97 Zullo Gallery,
Boston Museum of Science
Volkswagon of America
Rhode Island School of Design BFA, illustration, 1979