I make paintings of powerful women, the sea, mysterious encounters, and uncommon places. These works occupy a cerebral, mythic landscape.
Most of the settings of my paintings are places of reflection and contemplation. I grew up along the New England coast, traveled the seas, and have always felt the ocean to be a magical place. I am stirred by the endless sky and the perfect light. The viewpoint is often just outside the picture plane – one more step and you enter the painting.
Birds, especially seabirds, have long been choreographed into my work, sometimes as companions, other times as avatars of change, growth, or escape. The conjunction of women and birds placed in enigmatic landscapes evokes an especially vivid dream. The prototypes for the surreal, shape-shifting striped tents in some of the landscapes that I conjure up actually do exist on the island of Chappaquiddick, Martha’s Vineyard.