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An artist is an observer of life.  His art is a reflection of
what he has seen, what he has learned, and who he is.

    Below are some of my recent paintings.  Birds and mammals continue to be the main focus of my art,
 as they have been since I began painting in 1990.  And I continue to be fascinated by the effects of
light on color and design.                                                                                                            
                     Over the past ten years I've tried to convey a sense of motion through the use of brush-strokes.            
      If you observe any wild animal, you'll notice they spend much of their lives in motion: flying, walking,
 running, swimming, jumping.  Brush-strokes convey this action.                                                    
           Using the richness of paint pigments and thoughtful control of "values" and "edges" it is my goal
                                      to bring my subjects to life on the canvas.                                                                                                                          

    I hope you enjoy your visit to this online gallery.  While you're here take a few minutes to visit some
other sections.                                                                                                                          

FRAMING                                                  
> Numerous samples of my framed paintings

ARTIST'S HISTORY                                
> History & evolution of my art since 1990  
> How I create a painting                          
> The use of photography                        
> List of exhibitions                                  
> Publications                                          

ADVENTURES IN NATURE                  
> My experiencs & excursions outdoors    
> More than 40 trips                                
> 100+ photos                                        

EARLY ARTWORK 1990-1996          
> Images & history of this period            

EARLY ARTWORK 1997 - 2001          
> Images & history of this period            










TO FOLLOW THE CARIBOU

Size:  18.5 X 35.5
Medium:  Oil on Belgian Linen

Exhibition Schedule:  2009 The Art of Conservation
The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ

Artists's Comment: "During October 2008 I traveled with a group of fellow artists to the far interior of Labrador - 250 miles from the nearest road. 
Our goal was to observe the surrounding landscapes and the wildlife that lived there.  In my painting "To Follow the Caribou" I was interested in the
      abstract shapes of the trees along the top of this embankment.  Much of the land in Labrador's far north is open, covered only in low brush with cushions
of lichen, but there are also scattered patches of evergreens adding to the diversity of the landscape.                                                                              


 


                                           





EGRET FAMILY

Size: 31.5 X 60
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2007


 


 


 





GREAT EGRET

Size: 10 X 10
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2009

Artist's Comment:  "Brushstrokes.  The small size of this painting allows the viewer to
   see clearly how brushstrokes are used.  They actually become elements of the design here,
each one slightly different yet connected by placement and color choice.
                       


 


 





PUFFIN

Size: 7 X 11
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2009

Artist's Comment"Machias Seal Island off the Atlantic coast of Maine has observation blinds
  where you can sit and watch these birds close-up, including listening to their webbed feet walking
on the roof above.  You get there by what looks like a lobster-boat out of Jonesport or Cutler."    


 


 





LEAST TERN

Size: 12 X 20
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date 2006    Private Collection
Exhibited: 2007 Bennington Center for the Arts  "Art of the Animal Kingdom," Bennington, Vermont

Artist's Comment"During the breeding season a colony of Least Terns is roped off by the
  Trustees of the Reservations on Cranes Beach just a 15 minute drive from where I live.              
 Weighing just one ounce, these small terns migrate from the northern coast of South America  
to lay their eggs in a slight depression scraped in the sand."
  
                                              


 


 





MOURNING DOVES

Size: 15 X 16
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2006    Private Collection

Exhibited:  2006 Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhbition & national museums tour


 


 








ASPEN CHICKADEE

Size: 12 X 19
Medium: Oil on Belgium Linen
Date: 2005


 


 





RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD

Size: 6.75 X 11.25
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2007

Exhibited:  2007 Society of Animal Artists' Annual Exhibition at the Wildlife Experience Museum in Parker, Colorado

Artist's Comment"How fast do a hummingbird's wings beat?  The answer is more than 20 times per second.  
           Multiplied by one minute that number soars to 1200.  In one hour a hummingbird may beat its wings a staggering         
72,000 times.  Their rate of energy consumption is legendary.  In this painting a male Rufous Hummingbird has   
 been perching on a limb, resting briefly in the sunshine - before dashing off to refuel on calorie-rich nectar.
          





BLUE JAY ON SNOWY LIMB

Size: 8 X 12
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2004      Private Collection


 


 





SUN GLOWS ON THE LAND

Size: 25 X 48
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2008

Exhibition:  2008 "The Art of Conservation" at The Hiram Blauvelt Museum in Oradell, NJ


  Awarded the Medal of Excellence
First Annual "Art of Conservation Exhibition"


Artist's Comment"
A landscape in which the setting sun illuminates clouds surrounding
  a distant mountain.  In the foreground a flock of ravens fly into the scene." 
                              


 


 








ROYAL ALBATROSS APPROACHING LA…

Size: 46 X 52
Medium: Oil on Belgium Linen
Date: 2006

Exhibited: 2006 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's "Birds in Art Exhibition" & national museums tour

Artist's Comments"
For me the gift of flight is what makes birds so fascinating, and the Royal Albatross is a phenomenal
creature to watch as it cruises the air currents above the vast ocean waters.  I observed these albatross in New Zealand         
where a nesting colony lures them briefly back to earth from  their 11,000 mile wanderings upon 9 foot wingspans across      
 the southern seas."
                                                                                                                                                                                 





 





YELLOWTHROAT & IRIS

Size: 9.5 X 10.5
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2004     Private Collection


 


 





GOLDFINCH FLYING

Size: 11 X 11
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2003

Permanent Collection of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin


 


 





NUTHATCH

Size: 9 X 10
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2004    Private Collection

Exhibited:  2004 Oil Painters of of America Annual Exhibition at the Howard/Mandville Gallery in Kirkland, Washington


 


 





RUDDY TURNSTONES

Size: 12 X 20
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2007
Exhibited: 2008 Society of Animal Artists' Annual Exhibition

Exhibited: 2007 Birds of America Exhibition, Lexington, MA
       Awarded the Director's Choice Award

Artist's Comments"Turnstones are named for their habit of turning over stones and
      other debris along the ocean's shoreline as they search for food.  They've been clocked        
        at 25 - 35 mph, and fly far north to the Arctic to nest and raise their young.  I happened        
    to be standing on a beach at Fort De Soto State Park in Florida when I saw these three     
           individuals fly past."    
                                                                                                                      


 


 





SOUTHWESTERN DOVE

Size: 9 X 12
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2003     Private Collection


 


 





CARDINAL & FOLIAGE

Size: 13 X 17
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2004    Private Collection

Exhibited:  2004 Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition & national museums tour


 


 





FOREST FLIGHT

This is a detail from a 12 X 20 painting 
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date : 2004     Private Collection
E
xhibited:  "American Birds: A Flight through Time" at the Wildlife Experience Museum in Parker, Colorado


 


 





TITMOUSE

Size: 7 X 11.5
Medium: Oil Belgian Linen
Date: 2003

Exhibited:  "Art of the Animal Kingdom" at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont


 


 





NUTHATCH FLYING

Size: 12 X 9
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date:  2008     Private Collection


 


 





AMERICAN GOLDFINCH

Size: 6 X 8
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2005    Private Collection


 


 





CLIFF SWALLOWS

This is a detail from a 9 X 12 painting
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2004    Private Collection

Exhibited:  2004 "American Art in Miniature" at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma


 


 





GOLDFINCH & HOLLYHOCKS

This is a detail from a 20 X 12 painting.
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2004


 


 





CHICKADEE BLACK-CAP

Size: 5 X 8
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Date: 2006 
Permanent Collection of the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont


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