A lot of people ask where the trees that I paint are from? Or, which beach is that seascape painting from? Or, are all the images that you paint imaginary? The answer is….I paint both real and imaginary subject matter.
My painting process begins outside where I take photographs to use back in the studio as references for my paintings. I am constantly shooting all year round so that I have a large pool of photographs to work from. So, to answer the “real or imaginary” question – I do work directly from my photographs of trees and seascapes, but I don’t strive to replicate the photo exactly. Instead, I’m more interested in taking the tree out of context. It is the tree itself that I’m interested in versus the actual landscape that it stands in. Same goes for my interpretation of the sea – I like to focus on a close-up abstract part of the ocean versus the whole location of the seascape. Because I place the subject matter out of its context and into a background that is abstract and loose with many layers of transparent paint, it gives my paintings a surreal quality – and a sense that it could be anywhere you wonder it to be.
Oak tree on Martha’s Vineyard, MA
“Expression of Time,” oil & gold leaf on panel, 24″x48″ (currently installed in an exhibition at the Newport Art Museum)
Tree in Newport, RI
“Defiance,” oil & gold leaf on panel, 24″x24″
Shoreline at Acadia National Park – Bar Harbor, ME
“Ebb & Flow,” oil & gold leaf on panel, 24″x48″-sold
Open ocean off coastal Rhode Island
“Fog on the Horizon no.7,” oil & silver leaf on panel, 40″x60″-sold