The benefits of adding nature-based artwork to the office environment.

Biophilia (love of nature) is the idea of interacting with nature no matter the actual environment-including an office interior. For artists and designers, this can be incorporating works of art that focus on nature into the work environment. One of my favorite natural subjects to focus on in my own artwork are birch trees. The morning light streaming through the skin like bark of the birch tree in this example allows for an inspiring welcome to those entering the work space.

For the state of New Hampshire, I was commissioned to create six paintings of the state tree, the white birch, as it transitions through the times of day and seasons of the year. This installation reflects the people who use the building to acquire their earned licenses as they too are transitioning through stages of their own lives.

Transitions (2014). Six 90 x 40 inch paintings of the state tree, the white birch. Commissioned by the State of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Council on the Arts
Birch tree, in-situ. Available on my giclee page.
Office interior lobby . Blank wall for copy space, lots of light, sunlight scene. Black leather sofa. gray floor tiles. daylight scene. designer copy space background

A visit to this Private Collector’s Beach Themed Living Room

My commissioned painting installed in a private collector’s home.

Once a piece leaves my studio, I rarely get to see it in its forever space, in this case the living room of a private collector. I love the way the collector worked the decor around the painting-from the periwinkle blue walls to the throw pillows and glass ornaments. The grand piano with nautical art completes the feel of a home by the sea-and the love these collectors have for the ocean.

Contact me if you would like to discuss a commissioned painting for your private space. Or, visit my original art gallery for a painting that might work for your favorite space.

Using over-beaten abaca to my seascape painting of the Cape Ann coastline.

The finished painting. Cape Ann Shoreline, 2020. Mixed media painting.

Last summer I received a call from the U.S. State Department Art in Embassies program director.The U.S. Ambassador to Belgrade would like to have an exhibition of American seascape artists for the embassy residence for the year 2021. The Art in Embassy staff shared my website with the Ambassador. He read my blog posts about the painting Cape Ann Shoreline and requested it for the exhibit.


I cannot tell you how honored I am to be included in an exhibit that celebratesAmerican seascape artists to diplomats, foreign officials and visitors to the embassy from all corners of the world.

Me in front of my painting Cape Ann Shoreline, (2020). 40 x 40 x 4 inches. Mixed media (abaca and cotton pulp, pigment, acrylic paint, mounted on Gator Board).

How does the Cult of Bacchus Fresco compare with Autumn, River Road proposal?

This stage like portion of the mural from the Cult of Bacchus fresco shows a young satyr being offered a bowl of wine by Silenus, companion to Bacchus, while behind him, another satyr holds up a frightening mask which the drinking satyr sees, along with his reflection in the bowl. The layers of human activity- Silenus looks “off stage” at someone in another scene of the mural, the young satyr looking into the bowl sees his reflection along with the mask, neither of which we the viewing audience can see, and the satyr behind him looking at us, is a precursor for Baroque painting many centuries later in which layers of depth are alluded to through the flat 2D surface.

 

Similarly, my proposed composition for Autumn, River Road, which will be installed on the landing of the new town hall, allows the viewing audience to step into the composition and examine its many layers from within.  Walk down the road, rest at one of the fences or sit on the rock wall for a spell and enjoy the view.  I am even thinking of adding my self-portrait to the painting, which will really follow along with the composition of the Bacchus fresco.

Cult of Bacchus fresco, c. 101 BCE. Villa of the Mysteries, Pompeii, Italy.

Autumn, River Road painting proposal for Topsfield Town Hall. To be installed, October, 2018.

Making the final edits to a commissioned wall relief.

This wall relief was commissioned for a private residence in Florida. The palette and composition is meant to emulate the seacoast of the south eastern United States. I am making the final edits to the work while the patron takes the video.

Marblehead Harbor painting, installed, private residence.

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Painting 40 x 26 inches. Mixed media handmade paper.  Private collection.

Commission for a Classic New England Home

My latest commission installed Wednesday into a private home in Gloucester, MA. I love this home-it has the charm and weathered feel of a New England home so close to the ocean. And I love the homeowner, Diane Stringer, one of my oldest and most loyal patrons.IMG_4323 IMG_4326 IMG_4327

2010 Spring Sculptures





New wall relief sculptures for Spring 2010.

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Latest Creations from my studio



My latest work is a wall relief based on the symmetry of Ancient Greek art. The Ancient Greeks created intriguing compositions by balancing and counterbalancing shapes, colors and figures throughout their pottery. These designs told a story, and the viewer was welcome to “read” it according to their ability to interpret Greek mythology. This four panel work balancing color and shape on either end with the middle panels both playing off the end panels and acting as a resting area for the eye. In this way, the concept of Ancient Greek art is being imitated, even though the subject is considered “abstract” or “color field.”