Number of painters: 177
Last update: Sunday Apr 30, 2017
I came to painting relatively late. Twenty years of three-dimensional work and perhaps the arrival of midlife left me longing for a change of subject, medium, interpretive style----- all of it. Though I attended RISD in the late sixties and early seventies, as a painter I am essentially self-taught. I began with pastel and then moved on to oil, did a lot of reading and scrutinized the masters of still life. Most of my heroes are not still life painters per se. Martin Johnson Heade and Johannes Vermeer top my list, but I am drawn to and influenced by the Spanish painters Cotan and Zurbaran, the American John Peto and the French master of fruit and flowers Henri Fantin-Latour. Contemporary inspiration comes from the likes of Claudio Bravo and Stone Roberts.
My technique is painstaking and incremental in nature. I work only from life, no photographs, and most often with natural light. The most successful paintings are more about light than the items described. My goal is a simple one but not easily attained. I hope, through careful arrangement and the closest and truest observation I can manage, to produce for the viewer an emotional response to the common objects that surround us all.
In addition to still life, I've begun painting interiors with figures. The larger examples are arranged and observed but the small interiors are invented pieces that combine the humor evident in my former three-dimensional work with the careful technique of my paintings.