I'm a full-time oil painter living in the North Bay. Can be painting vineyards in Napa within 30 minutes of leaving my home or paint within walking distance of where I live on Mare Island. Impressionist Plein Air painting is my passion.
A collector recently sent me a photo of one of my six paintings sold at the Cherokee Club in Atlanta, Georgia. It reminded me of how art finds ways to hang in homes, businesses, and even private clubs, thereby being enjoyed by families, employees and patrons. Knowing my art will be hanging on the ways of this club for generations to come makes me proud to contribute in my manner to the beatification of our world.
I spent the morning picking up trash at Lands End in San Francisco as part of California Coastal Cleanup Day.
This is an annual event where volunteers gather to help keep our public
places beautiful. It made me grateful to live in Northern California,
but also sad for how discourteous some people are with the debris they
leave behind. As a plein air painter, I feel fortunate to capture so
many scenes that change over the years due to environmental conditions
or population growth. I take the responsibility seriously as an outdoor
painter to help the environment. It is critical to set an example and
clean up all trash accumulated during a paint out when done. What habits
have you acquired in your plein air work to assure you retain the
pristine conditions you paint?
Andrew Wyeth is a famous American artist of the 20th century. One of his most famous paintings is called Christina's World. Mr. Wyeth had a summer home in
Cushing, Maine. When in town, he often visited the Olson family and
sketched and painted many of the family members and their property.
Christina Olsen suffered from polio. While visiting the historical home
from the 1700's during my recent paint trip to Maine, I captured this
scene (Christina's Window, 14 x 11) of the chairs Christina would sit at as she viewed the world
through the kitchen window.