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RepresentationMast Cove Galleries
Kennebunkport, ME - 207-967-3453Williams Fine Art Dealers
Wenham, MA - 978-380-4526Recent Blog PostsYou Can't Get There From HerePosted on 3/21/2019 8:38:41 PMJamie Wyeth painting "Inferno"Posted on 3/19/2019 10:17:14 AMA New Name For My BlogPosted on 3/14/2019 2:49:38 PMPosting Photos on InstagramPosted on 3/12/2019 6:00:09 PMSpring is ComingPosted on 3/11/2019 9:32:45 AMSlideshow TestPosted on 3/5/2019 9:18:25 AMFavorite Painting - Nor'easterPosted on 3/4/2019 8:13:48 PMTrees of LifePosted on 3/3/2019 7:58:39 PMExpressing Emotion in LandscapePosted on 2/21/2019 5:05:33 AMCabin FeverPosted on 3/6/2019 2:47:44 PMBiography
I decided to forgo a traditional bio. Instead, here's where my work comes from along with a few thoughts on painting...
I'm self taught, been drawing and painting since childhood. I don't really think of myself as a "landscape" painter, per se, though I do enjoy it. However, due to an inherited condition that limits the time I can spend on my feet, I don't do much plein-air (on location) painting. For me it's not much of an option. I can do some but I have to be careful. Doctors warned me early on, "sedentary employment or nothing." So how do I work?
I'm largely a studio painter. I often paint local subjects (within walking distance), using either photographs or sketches for reference. Rather than being a slave to photography I try to interpret my photos, adding from memory or leaving things out as I go. I'm not driven by beautiful landscapes or grand vistas. While I might enjoy it, that kind of subject matter doesn't really interest me for painting. I need more and feel my best work comes from the places I know well and have a strong connection to. So I don't really feel limited by not getting around as other artists do. In fact, I see it as an advantage. How?
My condition slowed me down and forced me to look more closely at things. It caused me to become keenly aware of the light at a certain time of day or season; to understand the decay and dignity of a tree. It's given me a greater appreciation and perspective. It helped me develop my memory skills. I think it's also why I prefer grittier scenes to "pretty" ones. With many of the scenes and subjects I paint there's an intimacy I can't really explain, but feel is directly tied to my background. [...]Read the rest of this bio on the
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