"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 to paint.
It's hard to say what catches my interest, because that changes
day-to-day. I am fascinated in the hand of man on the landscape,
whether it's buildings, bridges, highways or factories. I also am
curious about light, and, since I started painting, I see a lot
more going on with light that I ever did before."