I've been a lifelong doodler, sketcher, and now mostly a seasonal painter. I'm unschooled with the exception of taking a few private lessons several decades ago when I took a leave of absence from my real job as an airline pilot and took a few watercolor lessons from a local artist and friend, Emily James. Since retiring from the airlines and moving to Maine in 2016 I started taking adult ed watercolor classes in the fall and winter after a 20 yr hiatus from doing any painting.
Other than occasional pen and ink I've been painting with watercolors. Recently (2020) after taking an egg tempera workshop given by a local and very accomplished artist, Phil Schirmer, I've been exploring that ancient medium. Click here to see ET paintings.
I don't normally paint during boating season but I saw a photo on FB, Arista Holden's Seal Bay Fog ,that just called for a painting.
My first virtual homework assignment painted during the Covid 19 pandemic. Paint a body showing perspective. This is me and JC after running the Avenue of Giants marathon, what fun!
Another virtual homework, paint a doorway. This is pen and ink watercolor of our neighbor's front door.
More homework, portrait with some dimension, like me showing what I think of portraits. Click on it for a reverse color look.
This is what I see every morning after letting them out before breakfast.
ON HOLD-This lot is a mile from our house. It was taken from a photo I shot while running right after a snow storm.
The storm clouds are sliding off to the east and sun is trying to make an appearance casting a silvery glow to the scene.
SOLD-This was my submission for the Blue Hill Public Library's 2018 Paint the Peninsula fund raiser. It was the first painting that I have sold. It was a silent auction and had a small bidding war with the final price of $300 of which the library received 75%.
SOLD-Front Row Seats - view in front of our house. 2019 Paint the Peninsula - Blue Hill Public Library Silent Auction
People complain about the long winters in Maine. I don't mind them as they provide the opportunity to paint and great subject matter. I'm sort of fond of red buildings. This is the boat shed at the end of our road.
This was one of my first attempts back in 1996. I called it "Double Duh." I painted a lot that year but then put the brushes down for 20yrs.
My first email address was Marineart@.....and I painted a lot of, marine art.
Susan, my wife, really likes whales.
SOLD-This painting is taken from John Gardner's The Dory Book. It is a copy of a Sam Manning illustration of a Swampscott Dory. It sold at the Wilson Museum's Collecting Castine silent auction in 2018.
I built this Doug Hylan Beach Pea in 2018. It was nice opening up the boat shed in the morning and seeing the sun lighting her hull.