Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take you to complete a piece?

This depends on subject, size, material, and inspiration.  Some paintings paint themselves; an inspiration may fuel a creative frenzy.  Others require a deep discernment to reveal what the painting needs to say.

What do you say when people comment, “I wish that I could paint, but, I don’t have any talent?”

There is a quote, “Art is 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration.”  If it is important to the person, they will make art.  With practice, they will learn the skills. With consistent work, they make a place for the muse to appear and inspire them.

Who or what influences you?

Painters who I admire: Monet, Manet, Matisse, Turner, Picasso, Mary Cassatt, Joan Mitchell, Sam Feinstein, Neil Welliver, Wayne Thibault, David Hockney, Wolf Kahn.

Nature plays a prominent role in my work, whether it be plein air painting or my studio, still life, the human body.  Each subject says, “How can you portray me in a new way so that viewers will have a new experience?”  Capturing the way that light hits my subject is very important to me.

What is your painting process?

Painting is like preparing a garden. It needs the basics of good soil, the proper nutrients, and water. As painters, we our basics are our tools: composition, color, values.  Then we apply this to the subject(s) that we choose.  Composition is the soil, giving a painting a spine, not much different from we humans.  If our bodies are misaligned, it is obvious.  The same happens with a painting; if the basic composition is not well handled, it alters the viewer’s response.  Proper nutrients and water are color and values.

Why do you paint landscape?

Spending time in the landscape allows us to fully present to ourselves and what surrounds us.  When we slow down and intensely observe nature, we see the shapes, the patterns, and how the effect of light emphasizes its beauty. My intent is to help people see nature in a new way.

My series that I painted for my exhibit at the Cape Cod Museum of Art was titled, “Altar-ing Nature.”  The curator encouraged me to explore my topic in a new manner.  I constructed two large triptychs and a large diptych, each group of images in different sized panels.  The typical painting format changed and the viewers did experience the painting of nature in a new way.

Do you listen to music when you paint?  What kind?

Not all of the time.  There is a time for quiet as well as music and like most people, this will depend on my mood.  I might listen to classical, jazz, world music, or folk.

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