This page will be my opportunity to present a selection of work grouped by subject, theme, location, or any other connections that present themselves as I review over forty years of painting.

Trees

When I moved to Maine in 1996, it was definitely not in order to paint trees. I didn’t know what to do with them, and decided to leave them alone. But I’ve discovered that when I make up my mind not to paint a certain thing, inevitably I soon find myself painting it anyway. Luckily there are many excellent examples of great tree painters – Burchfield, Porter, Marin, Dodd, and Thomson, among others – that can give one many clues about how to get a handle on the visual complexities of trees.

 

In the forest, II

Oil on linen

 

Trees, Gilsland Farm
2004
Oil on prepared paper, mounted on panel
20 x 24 inches

 

White pine
2005
Oil on prepared paper, mounted on panel
18 x 14 inches

 

Private collection

Peonies and trees
2008
Oil on prepared paper, mounted on panel
14 x 18 inches

 

Midday, Cathedral Woods
2009
Oil on prepared paper, mounted on panel
14 x 18 inches

 

Light on trees
2009
Oil on prepared paper, mounted on panel

 

Trees, Stones Point
2009
Oil on prepared paper, mounted on panel
18 x 14 inches

 

Twisted trees, Monhegan
2009
Oil on prepared paper, mounted on panel
11 x 14 inches

 

I've painted this spot many times. The light from above is amazing around noon.

Windy day, Great Spruce Head Island
2010
Oil on prepared paper, mounted on panel
18 x 14 inches

 

What a privilege to stay in the summer home of Fairfield Porter for a week of painting. After studying his tree paintings closely, I was able to see a tree or group of trees as a midtone shape to which one added darks and highlights - a very useful way to break down the complexity. Perhaps he painted this group of trees too.

Windy day
2011
Oil on linen
46 x 40 inches

 

Audubon trees, autumn
2010
Oil on prepared paper, mounted on panel
18 x 14 inches

 

Fore River Sanctuary
2013
Oil on prepared paper, mounted on panel

 

Spring at Audubon
2014
Oil on prepared paper, mounted on panel
20 x 16 inches

 

Autumn blaze
2016
Oil on prepared paper, mounted on panel