My paintings reflect work done on two coastlines--one in France on the south coast of Brittany, (near Pont-Aven)-- close to grain fields and cliffs; the other in Rhode Island, on Sakonnet Point--near salt marshes and beaches.
The fields and farms, rivers and trees, and the rocky shores of both places are jumping off points for my main preoccupations: color, edge, and structure; a balanced tension; and a distillation of the abstract and eternal from the concrete and specific. The work ranges on a continuum from figurative to abstract, and is done in a variety of media [oils, acrylics, inks] and on a variety of surfaces [canvas,board,paper].
I like to work large, possibly a result of the years I spent [on a detour from 'fine art'] doing ceramic tile painting. That medium sparked an interest in the repeating, reversed, and rotated patterns common in ceramic surface decoration. I painted many tiles for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts catalog and store, and during that time developed an affinity for a square format. I
have studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and at the Decordova Museum School in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
That said, I agree with the perhaps anachronistic
idea that artists should do their work and leave its interpretation
to others. A work of art must succeed visually on its own
merits. For me, this is both the fun and the struggle of