Maine has been my home for almost forty years. I came here from Connecticut to be art director of WoodenBoat magazine and stayed, unable to leave the beauty of the people and place. Eventually, I turned to free-lance graphic design, and finally to painting, my primary passion. I love just about everything about Maine. The natural, raw beauty grounds me, feeds my soul, and provides endless inspiration for my work.
I have always loved the Whitman quote, “I contain multitudes”. I think this is true of most people and things — of Maine weather, for sure — and it’s true of the art I make. I move along the continuum from abstract to representational without a concern for consistency yet I enjoy working in series, focusing on what moves me — what shows up on the canvas is often a surprise. Ten years ago, for example, simultaneous to building our own home, I was inspired to focus on nests, more as symbol than as object. Having been more drawn to landscapes, this was a departure.
This past winter a flock of local bird portraits has come forth, birds seeming to symbolize brilliance and a certain irrefutable order as well as just sheer magnificence. Painting them has provided an unexpected tonic.
My work is a way of finding peace and meaning in a chaotic world, and a way to celebrate the natural beauty that nourishes me.