I tend to paint plein air style, quick and loose, even when
I’m in my studio. This allows me to unearth the mood of
the subject that I am intrigued by. The details are less important.
I work in a limited spread of oil colors that my mother painted
in -- three blues, two reds, a brown, two yellows, and white,
and often a guest color dictated by what is emerging in the
work. I’m intrigued by weather, often making it the focus of
a painting, and I enjoy night scenes. Nantucket lacks dramatic
geological features like mountains and tall forests, but it
possesses a range of subtle features and an endless supply
of big, glorious, ever-changing skies.
I was born in Ayer, MA in 1951 My father taught cryptography
for Army Security after working with the earliest forerunners
of the computer, including Turing’s bombe at Bletchley Park
during WWII. My mother was a librarian and an oil painter who
studied with Emile Albert Gruppé in Rockport as a teen and
with Philip Burnham Hicken on Nantucket in her later years.
The mystical science of deciphering gibberish into plain text somehow has meshed with a penchant for impressionistic
imagery in my own painting, a craft I basically learned from my mother. In the mid-1970s I studied with Phil Hicken as well.
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