These new paintings are watercolor and gouache on aqua boards which are paper-textured clay on masonite, cradled with 2.5 inch wide wood backing. The surface is permanent and textured like thick, hot press watercolor paper but can hang like an unframed canvas. Coated with an acrylic varnish, the surface is tough and durable. These are 24"h x 36"w x 2.5"h.
The first "Common Birds" painting are a series of largish acrylic paintings on canvas. They range from 24" x 24" to 36" x 48." They can certainly hang on their own but were meant to be seen in clusters and groupings, just we observe birds in the wild. They've traveled all over New England for various one-person shows in art galleries, art centers, assisted-living facilities and even in a corporate science center and I was especially pleased to have the Egret's View set travel to the Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY last year for the Creature Conserve invitational exhibit there.
News and Events
Free "watery" acrylic workshop on Saturday, May 15 from noon to 4:00 during South Coast Spring Arts!
This is a walk-in workshop, you don't need to be there for the entire four hours. You can come and paint for a half-hour or stay the entire time. You will walk away with a finishing painting you did using watery acrylic paints with sponges and sticks as alternative painting tools!
I'll be set up in the hallway outside
Studio #211 Hatch Street Studios, 88 Hatch Street, New Bedford, MA 01245
We'll still be social distancing sitting around a table so please wear a mask!
Also, Studio #211 will be open to visitors during the workshop. I have a new studio mate, Amy Lund of ACL Handweavers. She has beautiful hand-woven items for sale and an amazing collection of large and small traditional looms! I'll be offering matted and framed prints from paintings in my Earth Stretched Thin and Common Birds series, in addition to several my Lasting Leaf ceramic wall pieces!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and check out SouthCoast Spring Arts.
During this year of social distancing, I've been enjoying painting in the Berkshires
and getting inspiration every day from driving to the top of Mt. Greylock. Climbing higher, the various lookouts offer ever-changing view of the clouds and distant mountains of Massachusetts, New
York State and Vermont. I'm always struck by how fragile the landscape looks; as if it is pockets of air covered with a thin veneer of glass that catches the most subtle changes in light and
reflects back endless color combinations.
These views inspired my new acrylic painting series, Earth Waves. Herman Melville looked out his Berkshire window and saw the rolling, rounded old New England mountains and they inspired his classic novel Moby Dick, as he thought they looked like the backs of whales breaching the surface of the ocean.
Of course, underneath the mountain surface is the hardest of rocks, granite, but after a summer with news of fires, floods and other ravages of climate change, the surface earth seems increasingly delicate. And, of course, the surface of the earth that contains all of life is only 3 to 46 miles deep!
My large-scale ceramic mirrors are now available year-round at Gotta Have It! in Fairhaven, MA!