I was born in a small town in New Hampshire where we used to swim in the abandoned granite quarries. We had pigs and chickens and rambling barns. I’d walk home from school along the branchline rails of the Boston & Maine, and read the names and slogans on the box cars that’d roll by, things like “The Nickel Plate Road” and “Santa Fe All The Way”.....
When they put a highway bypass through our barns, my family returned to the house built by my great, great, great grandfather in Vermont, where my Great Aunts lived. Our family made (and still makes) maple syrup there and had (and still have) a hand-cranked cider press which makes amazing cider but can remove a finger if you’re not careful (just ask Uncle Andrew).
My Dad ran a small print shop. There was always a lot of paper and drawing stuff around. I drew a lot. Though I did not appreciate it at the time, in college I was lucky enough to be forced by William Bailey to draw the figure three days a week from 8:00 am till noon, even though what I mostly wanted to do was drink coffee. Afterwards, I got a job designing tour posters for acts like The Clash and REM and The Jerry Garcia Band. I got to design a lot of album covers.
Now I live back in Vermont on the banks of the Connecticut River in an old mill town. There, I like to paint what nature does to what man creates. I tend to use a monochromatic ‘earth palate’ blend of ultramarine blue, viridian and burnt sienna. If I’m feeling sporty, maybe I’ll throw some unbleached titanium, Naples yellow or yellow ochre in there.
My goal is to paint beautifully that which is not traditionally considered beautiful, with aspirations toward a less-grotesque Anselm Keifer in a considerably better mood. It’s my hope that these paintings maybe move you even a little bit as much as the way the real thing moves me.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS
2014 Faculty, Plein Air Convention Monterey, CA, April, 2014
Eyes on the Land Traveling Exhibition (VT)
Commission, Theater Curtain Main Street Arts, Saxtons River, VT
AVA Center for the Arts, Lebanon, NH Make The Dirt Stick, July, 2014
Wayne, PA Plein Air
Easels in Frederick (MD)
Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD
Telluride (CO) Plein Air
Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD winner, Vanishing Landscapes award
Paint the Town, Cranford, NJ winner, “Artists’ Choice” award
Wayne, PA Plein Air First Place award
Faculty, Plein Air Convention Monterey, CA, April, 2013
Vermont Artisan Design, Brattleboro, VT Past Forward - solo show
Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT group show, December 2013
Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ group show, January 2013
2012 PLEIN AIR Magazine Feature September, 2012 Issue
Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD winner, Best New Artist
Paint the Town, Cranford, NJ winner, “People’s Choice” award
Wayne, PA Plein Air winner, “People’s Choice” award
West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT August, 2012 - show w/Susan Abbott
2011 Exhibition at Grafton (VT) Winner, Donald Kissel Award
Plein Air Vermont Quick Draw award, People’s Choice award
OUTDOOR PAINTER Feature article, July 2011
Vermont Artisan Designs, Brattleboro, VT Modern Cows solo show
2010 Exhibition at Grafton (VT) Award of Excellence - winner
ARTSCOPE Magazine Featured artist, December/January issue
2009 Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT Putney Painters & Friends show
West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT Arrivals & Departures (solo show)
Willowell Foundation Champlain’s Lake Rediscovered (traveling exhibition)
Orton Foundation Art of Action ( Award Winner - finalist)
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