Monday, December 31, 2012

1-4-13- Subjects in Color at The Sawyer Free Library

On January 4th I will be placing some recent work on display at the Sawyer Free Library gallery in the lobby.  I haven't displayed my work in a public place in sixteen years!  Sixteen years ago, I was 22 years old.  So, what has changed in 16 years?  I've had a couple of career changes, I've carved different paths, I moved 6 times, I experienced some significant relationship shifts, I got my Master's degree in teaching, I got married, I had two children, and in some ways, I like to think I have accomplished a lot, and maybe even grown up a little.  Sometimes taking long breaks from painting, but always feeling the itch, never fully abandoning it- I've continued to work in spurts, and bursts trying to keep the brushes wet and the artist spirt active.  

I created this blog to share my work.  Much of the work on display will be what has been shown here on this blog.  I'm very excited to start the year with a show in the great city of Gloucester.  I'm hoping it is a sign of a creative year to follow.  The works are mostly traditional subjects dominant in landscape,  several still life, and a few figures.   The works on this post are a sampling.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


The following group of paintings were done one weekend this summer when Tadhg took the kids to Darien, CT.  I haven't painted since- but it was a nice little slice in time.  The blog is created to document the work.

two panels- Cox Reservation 
The plan all along has been to do a third panel, and work back into these two, but I'm enjoying the "unfinished" quality.

Somewhere Near Cranes

detail of the right panel- Cox Reservation, Essex, MA

On The River- Marshfield
The paintings above were done on the right side of the road, heading back from the cliff.  It kept threatening rain.  I worked quickly, and then a gust of wind dropped the bottom painting in the sea grass.

Girls Night!
 A sketch of Alexandra on the eve of her 4th birthday
She was watching the Jungle Book II.  

Marsh View at Cox Reservation-
(photo is taken out doors and has some light distortion)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Locker Room- oil on canvas

Happy Home Opener Red Sox Nation!
This is a painting that was born in 1997!  A great master reproduction of a Norman Rockwell original titled, "The Locker Room".  I revisited this painting this winter after years of ignoring it in my parents attic.  I avoided it.  It was a beast.  I was afraid of it.  I looked at Rockwell's extreme photographic detail and knew I couldn't even come close.  To take it on again meant I had to face my inadequacies as an artist.  In doing that I learned I am no Rockwell!  I tried to bring the canvas to a "finished" stage.  A stage that I could live with...The finished stage taught me that there is value in finishing what you start to your very best effort.  I can live with that.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

On the Shore with Merry

A painting of a dear friend and his daughter.  Many people who have viewed the painting think it is Tadhg and Alex.  I wanted it to have a universal feeling of being any father with their daughter sharing a moment in time because it is those moments that are so precious that we want to remember forever.
11 x 14 Oil on Canvas 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day

Orchids- 11 x 14 Oil on Canvas
Some flowers are so beautiful, one wants to remember them forever.  These orchids were sent to Tadhg from Windover in loving memory of his grandma, a beautiful woman, with a radiant smile, who is now peacefully resting with her one true love.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012