Maine. Maine is my birthplace and home. It is also my spiritual center.
Inspiration. The acceptance of change is instrumental to my work. I always paint in the field, where nothing is constant. Weather, light, and color are always in flux.
Medium. I was introduced to oil paints in my first painting class at Colby College. I would later discover that these paints were perfectly suited to field painting, where fluidity and flexibility are essential.
Artist Hero. Growing up in Cape Elizabeth, it was hard to avoid the spirit of Winslow Homer, who painted on nearby Black Point in Scarborough. He taught me that it is a worthy and romantic endeavor to celebrate natural beauty through painting.
Studio. I maintain a studio on the second floor of an old building in Waterville, but I paint almost entirely outdoors. I have an old frame-pack that I use to carry a foldable easel into often-remote painting locations. I return to a single location for five separate sessions, creating a series of paintings exploring a range of conditions.
Where in Maine.I have lived in Waterville for over twenty years. From my home in central Maine, I’m quickly at Belgrade Lakes and the mountains to the west. Eastward, I’m close to the Camden Hills and Penobscot Bay. And to the north, there is Baxter State Park and Katahdin. To the south, are my childhood home of Cape Elizabeth, and Richmond Island, a recurring subject in my paintings.
Fun Fact. For seven years, I worked as a preparator for the Colby College Museum of Art, handling artwork and installing exhibitions. This greatly influenced my craft, and continues to remind me that I play a part in a grand tradition.
Study. While in high school, I was taught by Celeste Roberge. Celeste impressed upon me that art is a serious calling worthy of post-secondary study. I attended Colby College, where I majored in studio art with a concentration in oil painting. During my junior year, I studied abroad in Ireland at The Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork City.