I used to be a lawyer but I got sick. Thirty+ years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and eventually recognized I was unable to continue practicing law. The silver lining? I began to paint!
I paint to better understand what I see. When I’m painting I lose track of time, of all the difficult issues in today’s world, and concentrate instead on color, shape, light, etc. The more I paint the more details I see which I want to paint This is why I often work in series.
Everywhere I look I see “paintable” possibilities – people, animals, gardens and flowers and places like oceans and rivers and beaches. I love painting the sunsets I’m so lucky to see from my house; the colors and patterns are different every night and usually exquisite.
Watercolor is, for me, the perfect medium as the scenes I find myself drawn to often look like they are actually created in watercolor with layers of bleeding, blending, transparent colors. Such lovely or surprising sights often result from the play (perfect word) of light – brilliant or clouded, direct or angled, transparent or shaded. Light can cause a color to borrow a shade or two from a near-by color or may alter a color entirely. Shadows can be ethereal and otherworldly or dense and direct. Reflections can show up far from where you might expect them, again due to the strength, angle and path of the light.
I hope my paintings encourage people to see the beauty, even humor, in everyday sights.
I belong to the Newton Art Association, the Dedham Art Association and
the Martha's Vineyard Art Association
As a member of the MVAA, my work is shown at the Old Sculpin Gallery, Edgartown, MA