I 'm also drawn to plein air painting. I grew up in the Hudson Valley, an area with a rich history of landscape painting. The artists of the Hudson River School, the first school of American painting, worked in my backyard. I have since expanded my stomping grounds to include Monhegan Island, a small island off the coast of Maine also prominent in the history of American art. Arists like Edward Hopper, Robert Henri, George Bellows, Rockwell Kent and The Wyeths have painted there. A tiny island of rugged rock with dramatic headlands and crashing surf, it can give you a pretty intense experience of nature.  A recent trip to Arizona opened my eyes to an entirely new palette. For someone who had only painted in the Northeast (and Europe) it was an adjustment to paint landscape where cadmium orange was the predominant color. The vibrancy of the orange rocks is set off by saturated cobalt skies. The starkness of vast empty space is quite impactful. And of course you can find the abandoned rotting cars and trucks that bring me back to where I started. There, I've given you a rough idea of what my paintings are all about. The only thing left to tell you is that I am affiliated with The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut and Gleason Fine Arts, of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Maine, as well as The Lupine Gallery, Monhegan Island, Maine. back