Artist's Statement

A quote from Grant Wood describes a condition from which he and many of us suffer: taking too much for granted. Wood said, "...To my great joy, I discovered that in the very commonplace, in my native surroundings, were decorative adventures and that my only difficulty had been in taking them too much for granted." Woods' words ring with truth. My goal as an artist is to capture the wonder of the often overlooked ordinary, the commonplace beauty around us, those little details that make all the difference in our daily lives. The rough hue of rocks, lush blue woodlands, weathered wood grains, and distant meandering dirt roads never cease to appeal to me. I attempt to share the beauty from which routine blinds us. My work can be purchased on ebay or by contacting me personally.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Petunias 3x5

Petunias have an incredible graceful shape, very "artsy." They present a challenge, not the bloom so much as the foliage. I have had good luck a few times, but sometimes...

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Abbey Side Porch 5x7 85.00

I think I may have been a monk in another life. I have an affinity for monasteries, abbeys, old masonry work, etc. The light is incredible as it reflects on these structures, forming all manner of shadow forms.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Washing at the River 5x7 $80.00 framed

I have always been drawn to old-world scenes, ancient structures, and bucolic landscape. I can't resist rock structures such as this old bridge. Maybe I was a monk in another life.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

New England Scene 16x20 $200.00

Landscapes, I suppose, are my favorite topic to paint. Normally, I am drawn to a scene in which I would like to BE.  This is one of them.

Thursday, July 4, 2013


In 2006, the town of Ashland celebrated its 100th birthday,  the most well-attended city event I can remember. To commemorate this gala affair,  artists within Marble Gate Gallery painted a series of flags, one of which was this one I painted of the county courthouse dome and flag. Helen Pope purchased this painting. She would want me to say that.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Blooming Cup 4x6 framed 50.00

In October I always try to attend the Sarah Carlisle Art Colony on Lake Martin. The week is spent painting, listening to instruction, and networking with those of like mind. This year we worked on values and several studies were done painting ordinary kitchen items: cups, bowls, flatware, fruit, and veggies. Now I'm returning to those studies and applying color. This is one of those studies after color.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Behold, the Eggplant 4x6 $50.00

Eggplant have always appealed to me. The color is so lovely and the texture of the surface is so touchable and, well...exotic? Too bad I have never developed a taste for them. I've tried frying them like green tomatoes. - Ok, but I prefer green tomatoes. I've even gone the eggplant Parmigianino route, but anything is tasty with enough cheese piled on it. I think I'll just admire the eggplant for its aesthetic qualities.