- Henry David Thoreau
My work as a visual artist has mostly expressed itself in my relationship to Nature and the land on which I live. Witnessing the land in all its seasons and its many moods supplies much of the inspiration for my paintings and photographs.
It's important for my landscapes to express not only my emotional connection to the land but to hopefully instill in others the peace and serenity that I experience in Nature–and now more than ever–the urgent necessity for active stewardship of our land and water.
While my photographs are almost exclusively made on or within just a few miles of my homestead, my paintings are more often composites of scenes I've observed, or in many cases, landscapes I would like to simply wander into.
My work often depicts quiet, intimate scenes rather than large sweeping vistas: a worn path leading to a distant horizon or a bit of water reflecting at the edge of an overgrown field. I mostly employ a muted palette characterized by warm hues of brown, soft greens, gauzy yellows and muted grays, and this, combined with familiar rural scenes, invites the viewer to participate in the completion of the narrative.
In landscape photographs, desaturated colors and atmospheric effects are also similarly employed. Influenced by photography's early Pictorialist movement, I strive toward painterly photographs that, like my paintings, emphasize mood and emotion over details.
In addition to landscape photography, I have begun to explore documentary photography as a way to address current issues in which I'm particularly interested. In the future, most of these issues will involve landscapes in crisis and the people who inhabit them.
My first project, Close to Home, has been a celebration of the landscapes and people of Central New York. Now in it's third year, I've begun to add more images, especially portraits, and will be making photographs for the project throughout the summer and fall.
My current project, Living in Limbo: Portraits from the Border, will be exhibited throughout 2022. Please see "Current Exhibitions" for details.
Thank you so much for your interest and support!
It is always an honor to learn that someone has connected in a personal way with my work.
Please contact me via email and I will be happy to provide additional contact information and a payment (PayPal/Credit Card) link. I'm also happy to provide additional photos of any painting in which you may be interested.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your painting or photograph, you will have fourteen (14) days to return it for a full refund. Thank you for your support!
I'm very pleased to announce that my landscape paintings are available at the Hamilton Center for the Arts in Hamilton, NY. Hamilton is home to Colgate University and is a great little upstate town with lots of arts and culture, nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. If you are located in the central NY area, please stop by and help support our local artists.