After almost thirty years I still love painting on location or en plein air. Plein air painting gives me a way to get inside the landscape with all its sights and smells, light and action. I set up my gear, put on some rockin' music, send the critic back to the studio and try to get out of my own way. My goal is always to enjoy the process and produce a direct, honest, lively and colorful account of the scene and my response to it. Through color, lively brush strokes and a rich paint quality I hope my viewers see and feel what I felt that day.
Commissions - offered for single works, event hire, and entertainment.
With all due respect to master plein air painter Joaquin Sorolla, I offer these small 6x6 watercolor sketches or notes (apuntes). All were painted en plein air - most on my balcony overlooking the beach, ocean and spectacular Florida clouds. They were done quickly as I try to learn about Florida light and play with watercolor.
This series of fifty original paintings, 'View from the Tenth Floor' is now offered at Beach Park Cafe and Boca Raton Plaza Hotel and Suites in Boca and at Sienna Blue in Deerfield Beach. I've framed them in white archival mats and plastic/plexi display frames for easy travel. Fifty more mats are waiting for what comes next...
Sometimes it's good to be free to play with color and shape for their own sake. I'm working two series of what I guess you'd call geometric abstracts.
Shapes Against the Sky: This series of large oil paintings is inspired by a group of shapes I have on a table against the window that faces sky and ocean. As the light changes the colors and appearance of the shapes change as well. When I see an interaction or composition that looks interesting I take a photo, crop the image and then challenge myself to paint what moved me. Of course the painting becomes its own entity and then I just try to follow where it leads...
Shapes From the Sky: This series of small watercolor paintings is based on sketches I made while flying cross country. A few years ago I was living a bicoastal life flying frequently from New York to San Francisco and back again. When I gave up my aisle seat for a window seat I became fascinated by the geometry of farms and crops and rivers and cities. I'm especially fond of the land between Chicago and San Francisco ... these paintings are based on those sketches and just another reason to have fun with paint and shape.