oil on herringbone linen, unframed. 26 x 16.5 inches, 2017
"Gemstone" is about the transformation of darkness into light. The heaviness of the central stone (a massive erratic) transmuted into shimmering light. For me, it's the 'pearl' in the following quote and, as was pointed out to me, the design of the composition (arches on the top and bottom) resemble an oyster opening...
"The oyster transfigures its grain of irritation by re-clothing it in its own emanations. That which threatened wreck becomes the source of its highest value. It refuses the grain of sand as an irritant and acceptance forces a new product born of hidden resources that glorify its drab life with a precious jewel reflecting heavenly tints." - Helen Rhodes Wallce, How To Enter The Silence
oil on arches oil-primed paper, mounted on birch-ply panel, unframed. 9.25 x 16.25 inches, 2017
The smell of the flowers, the breaking clouds, a path through the field. To me this embodies the time of year when everything bursts forth, comes to life, that crisp intense energy of spring. This painting, even in its petite size, feels like a path I can walk.
oil on herringbone linen, unframed. 24 x 38 inches, 2012
That red ribbon, tied to the white pine (my favorite tree) hanging out over the rippling water of lake Whitehall... is a traditional "prayer flag". It was placed their by a Native American who indicated that that spot was a sacred site. For me it's a symbol of perseverance and the ruggedness of this tree's survival... the roots exposed, this tree stands out against the elements, and asserts itself... to me, a form of beauty unto itself.
oil on herringbone linen, unframed. 12 x 16 inches, 2016
Sometimes, beauty is sparked in an instant. For me that's a rare occasion, as I usually work on my paintings for weeks or months. This painting came together in an afternoon. A study done with a gathering group of en plein air artists. Energetic, vibrant.