I have been making art my whole life, at different times focusing on ceramics, fiber arts, and now painting oil landscapes for the past 16 years. I have lived on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest for over 4 decades and find constant visual inspiration and creative renewal in time spent on our the lakes and mountains. I am largely self-taught as a painter and have studied the work of artists such as the Canadian Group of Seven, Emily Carr, and Maine artists Edward Hopper and Fairfield Porter, as well as many contemporary painters whose work I admire.
My paintings speak to a sense of place and the landscapes I love, and my inspiration comes from the dramatic and constantly changing elements of sky, land, water, and especially the edges where they meet and merge. Time spent in these still wild and beautiful places reinforces the need to ensure robust conservation efforts so they will be here for future generations, and has motivated my longtime volunteer work with the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust in the Mount Washington Valley. In the words of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, “Once protected, these lands will forever enrich the lives of all who live, work, and play [and create art!] here.”
My paintings represent both plein air and studio work from my photographs, experience, and imagination. I hope my artwork will evoke in the viewer a memory of having been in places like these, or a yearning to feel alive in the elements – be it the peace of early morning fog on the lake, or windswept clouds flying over granite peaks or white-capped seas.