painting is my anchor to time and place.
I work in an environment of relentless change where I actively observe and engage with it as I paint. When I see clammers, bent at drawing their livelihoods out of the mud flats, my heart is reassured. Surely this is a scene linked to antiquity and all humankind. The painting, “Clammers on a Summer Evening” is a studio piece, done after several plein air sessions, along Broad Cove in Bremen. I watched a real-life ballet, as clammers brought their small boats through the bends of rising water, in time with the tide and setting sun. I could hear their voices, as they talked about the day and their plans for the evening. As they drove off in pick up trucks, I packed up my supplies and a couple pounds of clams for dinner.
I am a life long painter and, since the turn of the century, a resident of Damariscotta, Maine. I live my dream painting where this continent meets the Atlantic. It is my pleasure to show you my work and I thank you for visiting.
In the protective environment of the studio ideas and images are further developed. The haven of my studio lets me take as much time as needed to expand upon what is noted in my plien aire work.
Painting on location satisfies the travel and adventure bug. Sinking into the marvelous qualities of the particular places I paint gives me a charge of energy. Plien Aire pieces hold that energy.
A sampling of images arising from my interest in many things metaphysical.