At a recent outdoor art show that I participated in, someone approached my booth, pointed to one of my paintings and said “I know that place…is that a house in Maine?” When I told them that it was actually a painting from my neighborhood in Pennsylvania, they seemed perplexed, almost certain that they were familiar with that home and its location. Someone else stopped by and said of another painting, “That painting feels like New England.” It was actually from the Jersey Shore, but it resonated with someone, and that is the goal behind my work as an artist. It’s not about where the painting originates so much as how people feel and react when they view it.
It’s no secret that I love painting architecture in the landscape, especially when sunlight and shadows allow me to create more dramatic effects. It’s a common theme in much of my work, and what I enjoy the most, are the connections that people make to the work. Be it old homes or buildings, inspired locally or from my travels abroad, there is something for everyone to relate to. For some, it makes them think about a place they visit often and for others, it reminds them of home, wherever that may be. An individual that purchased a painting at the show said that they feel like they could “walk right in” to my paintings and feel at home.
I have enjoyed the connections I’ve made this summer with all the new people who have taken an interest in my work, and with so many places yet to discover and nurture my muse, I’m doubtful that I will ever get bored with this subject matter.
"The Colors of a Summer Day."
A summer afternoon on the Island of Burano, Italy. Quiet, lazy, and full of natural sunlight shining down on pastel colored homes. The doorway curtain folded back makes for a warm entryway.