About the Artist
It seems I was born to create.
I was a prolific artist during my childhood, experimenting with my grandfather’s various art supplies. Pencil, pen, ink, charcoal, oil, pastel, and colored pencil all had a place at my easel. The easel was supplanted by text books when I studied engineering in the 80’s, and right brain supplanted by left due to the rigor of coursework. After years of focus attending to my career and life’s circumstances, my art has thankfully regained its place in my life. As in my childhood, I can spend many blissful hours in my studio and wonder where the time has gone. It is good to be back.
My medium of choice is watercolor...mostly.
It is the most difficult medium to master in my opinion, as it seems to have a mind of its own. One is never truly in control of its flow. To be a watercolorist is to agree to a partnership with the water, guiding it but never dictating. As in life, you can have certain goals and aspirations, but the journey isn’t always as planned or expected. Watercolor has taught me a lot about relaxing into the journey, rather than being rigidly attached to the outcome.
The natural world and the creatures that inhabit it have always captured my heart.
I am blessed to have been raised and still live in Rhode Island, the Ocean State. I have a short walk to beautiful Narragansett Bay, where I can listen to the meditative cries of the gulls and the lonely call of a nearby foghorn. My childhood was also blessed with annual family excursions to Maine, where we camped in the wilderness, immersed in mountain vistas, mysterious night sounds, and that wonderful balsam scent. The Vacation State is my second home, now, where I can spend endless hours in the forest, contemplating leaves, streams, and salamanders. (I’m a very slow hiker.)
I believe Nature itself is art, and the forest and ocean are where my soul resonates. Man’s mechanized world can be forgotten, leaving nothing but the wild and free to envelop our senses and call to our spirit. When I paint I can lose myself in this. My art reflects my awe and respect for the source, in its simplicity and infinite complexity. I prefer to focus on the simple - for a simple human, it’s a good place to start.