A mainstay in the development of my drawing ability is working from The Figure and the space in which that Figure is found. It is here where I risk experimenting with various media while continuing to probe the integrity of The Figure as I experience it.
A good portrait must have a physical likeness of the subject about which these characteristics of likeness reflect the subject's internal life. Having said that, the portrait must "work" as a good art piece regardless of subject matter.
Within a solar etching workshop I attended, I began working with multiple images of many generations of my family in what emerged as preverbal dialogues between them - now made conscious within my imagination.
This 5 panel panorama series of the Early Seasons of Great Pond follows the Late Seasons series. Here I have also included a Late Summer panel, a nod to acupuncture's 5th season.
My 16 piece series of the Late Seasons of Great Pond where my Maine studio is located was inspired by my being profoundly moved by my experience as an acupuncture patient and coming to be with the many seasons and climates within me.
Where ever I travel I am most at home painting and drawing along the way.
The warmth of the brown color; the freshness of working with ink and the exciting challenge of continuing the drawing process no matter what kind of marks happen, is my most immediate connection with discovery.
My life as an artist is part of an artistic tradition through time. I learn from the masters - one way is to make visual duets with them.
This series sprang out of my recognition that external reality is the contextual container for internal experience. Hence I began using the wooden acrylic box as the vehicle for this concept.
The encaustic collage series furthers the depth of experience that the acrylic box series began by allowing multiple layers using wax from thick impasto to paper thin translucent veils.
From views from my Baltimore studio in the Jones Falls Valley the artworks which have emerged are in part a confirmation and celebration of my sense of being where I am.
My Maine studio provides a home for my point of view of land and sea. Again the works confirm and celebrate my relationship with this beautiful world.
The Photo Collage Series began when I found I could join images, which often had opposite elements, to reflect a transition (with a seam) into one whole image. For instance, in "Ice-Sky Winter BP Maine" the ice becomes sky and the sky becomes ice.
These apple tree pieces painted through the 4 seasons, emerged out of the seasonal paintings of Great Pond. Biddeford Pool Maine is home to very old apple trees, some wildly scraggly, a few immaculately pruned and all planted close to the farm houses which first populated this southern Maine peninsula.