Working in the studio
I am a representational artist, and probably paint more landscapes than any other subject. I am particularly drawn to what I call inhabited urban landscapes, with buildings and people caught in a moment of action or reflection. I do not like to paint from someone else’s photos. My paintings almost always capture a place or event that I have experienced and a feeling I want to preserve.
Many of my paintings are not landscapes. One of my best paintings was of my wife studying a painting on the wall at an artist’s reception. I love the grace and athleticism of dance and have painted a series of paintings of ballet dancers in dance class
I was a librarian for thirty-six years, but in my heart I have always been an author and an artist. When I retired in 2002, I began to devote full time to painting, taking classes and lessons from Jane Filer, Steven Silverleaf, Lorrie Callahan, Erick Davis, and most recently, Stacye Leanza at the Arts Center in Carrboro, and Chad Hughes at the Durham Arts Council. I have been active in organizing shows for artists at the Jump’n Java Café, Students of Jane Filer, Arts Center Open Studio artists, Carrboro Public Library, and the Art and Soul Studios.
My goal as an artist is to create lasting works that might grace the life of those who own or view them, and be valued long after I am around. One of my greatest pleasures is to see a painting I sold on the walls of a happy art lover. My friend, Carole Stevens tells me that she is so proud of “Deer Reflections” that she installed special lighting to show it off. Thank you, Carole!
I work at my home in Chapel Hill. I open my house for people to come see my art during the first two weekends of November (Nov. 6,7, 13, and 14), as part of the Orange County Artists Open Studio Tour. I would be happy to invite interested people at other times by appointment.