I have lived summers in the little fishing village of Five Islands, Maine since 1969. My family grew up loving the coast as I do, exploring islands, and appreciating the history. The Isles of Shoals, being a part of both Maine and New Hampshire, have long intrigued me.
My interest perked more when I learned that the famous American Impressionist, Childe Hassam, was a frequent visitor and part of Celia Thaxter’s legendary salon of artists, writers, and musicians. I've had opportunities to paint on Appledore Island only a few times. When I sat on various rocks painting that rugged island terrain, I fancied that Hassam may have chosen that very same spot. I think of those watercolors as my homage to Childe Hassam.
It's all about composition and harmony of color. If it's a landscape, I also like to capture the atmosphere of the day. My artwork is visually stimulated, so it is delightful to always be keenly aware of my surroundings and even more delightful to think, "Oh, there's a potential painting!"
A lot of things inspire me. Often, patterns of sunshine and shadows catch my eye. It is fun to zero in to concoct an interesting composition of a part of a whole. This applies mostly to studio paintings. I also experience enormous pleasure in plein air painting. Despite the extreme urgency of trying to finish the work before the light changes, the feeling of connection with the scene is almost magical. Sometimes it feels as though I am under the spell of a Muse.