I am drawn to the sea, I am at home and safe there; it influences my work greatly. Narragansett is an incredible community with many spots for reflection. Like the ocean, I encourage the viewer to engage with the work, similar to a daydream.
Painting in the non-objective is a very guttural practice. Moods, emotions, and current climates aid or deter my daily practice. In 1984 I saw Guernica by Pablo Picasso when it was in NYC. I always knew I would paint a contemporary version. 2020 developed such an emotional response that I created a series with these thoughts in mind. I am hoping to feature the work this summer.
I championed a community-based program in South Kingstown at the Neighborhood Guild for adults and teens. I encouraged most of the students to enter shows there. It is a special place. I had the first view of my own painting in a gallery as a member of SCAA.
The best thing I can say to my students and aspiring artists is that there is no magic pill. If you want to be a good artist, you must do the work and do it often. The celebrated cellist Pablo Casals was asked why he continued to practice at age 90; he replied, “Because I think I’m making progress.” Also, ignore criticism and avoid thinking about the outcome. Just show up and paint. Most of all, try and pay it forward whenever you can.