At the Farmstand
The produce at the farm stands on the North Fork of Long Island is legendary for its freshness and variety. I began doing oil paintings of vegetables and fruits as they became available at my local farm stands. It is an ongoing series.
One of my favorite ways of making art is to draw and paint out-of-doors. I’ve painted landscapes in many countries – Italy, Mexico, England, Ireland, and throughout the United States. These paintings were painted on the North Fork of Long Island, New York.
In the Pail
I drew and painted the series, IN THE PAIL, in a boat. My friends were fishing for small blue fish. I had intended to use the lovely view of the bay as a subject for painting while the others fished. But as soon as the first-caught fish was dropped in the pail, my interest shifted. I drew them in ink and water color during their last moments of life. It was my way to dignify the fish and my connection with them.
The Animal Kingdom
Animals make great models.
Several years ago I did a series of drawings of my Wheaton Terrier, Willie. I framed one of those drawings and hung it on the wall in my kitchen. Willy passed away a few years ago, but I remember that sweet dog every time I see that drawing.
I found a fledgling bird on my steps one morning. I did a couple of drawings then left it alone. When I came back it was gone.
The hens in this gallery were very upset because the local fox had eaten two of their friends the night before. I tried to capture their frenetic energy.
I was staying at a wonderful little hotel in Oaxaca, Mexico and got to know the resident parrots. They seemed to enjoy posing – or maybe they just liked the attention and the sound of my voice. One of those drawings is in this gallery.