Salt Pond, 24" x 24", oil on canvas
I paint things I love to see. It's as simple as that.
The sky above my studio at the beach never ceases to intrigue. Year round it performs a perpetual drama.My paintings are traditionally crafted layered oils on canvas. I begin with a blank white surface on which I apply a multi-colored ground. I often use shades of orange which is the compliment of blue and causes the next layers to really sing.
Next I mix paint; one of my favorite tasks. Working with exquisite Old Holland and Windson Newton paints is like squeezing jewels from tubes. The pallette is predominantly shades of blue hues. I first establish the light source and flavor the clouds with yellows, pinks and violets appropriate to the time of day, season and weather.
Where does my inspiration come from? From daily beach walks and the treasures that I find there. From gazing at the heavens over salt ponds and seagrass. From the bright moon over the wiggly trees behind my studio. From laughing gulls, egrets and eagles.
My greatest influence has been the work of Michangelo. I have twice traveled to Italy where I was fortunate to see hte Sistine Chapel both before and after cleaning restoration.
I welcome commission projects to suit a particular environment of location.
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