I started painting when I came across
an article in American Art Review about the Martino family, three
brothers, a wife and two daughters, who painted urban and rural
Philadelphia from early in the 1900's until the present. I was so
taken by their work that I dragged Melanie to a family retrospective
at the Woodmere Museum in Chestnut Hill, a Philadelphia suburb.
A museum guide told me that a lot of their paintings were done in
Manayunk, which lies a few miles north of the city center along
the Schuykill River, and only five miles from the museum. So off
we went, where I took a lot of photos and came back to Maine eager
It's hard to say what catches my interest, because that changes
day-to-day, but I am fascinated by the hand of man on our landscape,
whether it's buildings, bridges, highways, dive bars, warehouses,
abandoned boats or factories. I am compelled by the banal and mundane
look of decaying American infrastructure. Having said that, I live
in Maine, and it’s insidious beauty creeps into my head a
lot. That’s why I have pages for “urban” and “rural”
paintings. Additionally, my “latest work” page includes
5 paintings (so far) in what I call “the hashtag paintings”.
Typically I hop in my car and do a driveabout, taking photos of
things I want to come home and paint. The Covid19 epidemic has put
a halt to that, so I’ve been contacting photographers on Instagram
and asking permission to use some of their work for composition.
So far, all the photographers I’ve asked have graciously consented.
If you are interested in purchasing any of my work, please use the
contact page to send me an inquiry.