Contemporary paintings inspired by the beauty of nature.
My studio in Aston Mills Arts is up and running and I welcome visitors! We will have Open Studio weekends in October and November, or you can reach out to me directly if you’d like to come by. If you’re on Cape Cod, my work in now represented by the Frying Pan Gallery in both their gorgeous Orleans and Wellfleet locations. Stop in, I’d love to see you!
Aston Mills Arts is an historic carpet mill from 1865. It’s once again humming with energy with over 25 artists.
The Frying Pan Gallery in Wellfleet is a seasonal gallery in one of Cape Cod’s last historic oyster shacks, filled with wonderful paintings and the metal sculpture of Steve Swain.
Frying Pan Gallery Orleans is a year round gallery of cape inspired artwork. ”Only at Midnight,” along with some smaller pieces, are on the far right wall.
Diving into Oil and Cold wax
Oil mixed with cold wax, a beeswax and resin mixture, allows for the buildup of many layers, creating an extraordinary richness, visual depth and beautiful transparency. It is in the building up and then scraping back of these layers that a complex history of experience and meaning emerges that I find very satisfying in my work. I find the process to be a metaphor for living, with all of our experiences informing who we are – unique and perfectly imperfect.
Exploring Mixed Media
Working in mixed media provides the opportunity to build a rich history using a fusion of paint, fabric, newspaper and other found papers, as some elements recede into the background while others are built on top. I find mixed media to be wonderfully spontaneous, generating beautiful and complex textures as the paint and collage elements are layered and then sanded or scraped back again and again.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts