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Serene Summer Stream
8” x 16”
Oil on Canvas
$420
Artist's Comments
Sometimes I like to design and paint from imagination. This painting is one of those that was the result of visiting many places and pulling from those memories to imagine an idyllic scene along one of the many streams and fields I have vistited throughout Vermont. You can see the influence of Camel's Hump, although a little different in this depiction, in the background. I tend to gravitate towards places that entice me to sit and enjoy the day, and the view. A big shade tree, a gentle stream, warm breezes, what could be better?
Eagle Lake, Acadia
9” x 12”
Oil on Canvas
$350
Artist's Comments
I have visited Acadia National Park in Maine a number of times. One of my earliest paintings was of that area, and I have a number of future paintings in the "to paint" folder with reference images. The National Park Service also provides a database of royalty free photos that can be used for reference. This painting of Eagle Lake is based on one of those reference photos. I was drawn to sense of depth in this picture and the feeling of layers created by the foreground, the rocks, the lake and trees behind and then the mountain in the background. Autumn being a favorite time of year adds color and interest to this scene. It brings back memories of fishing the wild lakes of Maine with my dad.
Moonset Over Camel's Hump
10” x 16”
Oil on Canvas
$500
Artist's Comments
You will notice I like to use Camel's hump in the background of many paintings. It has an iconic shape and stands out well against the lower hills surrounding it. For this painting, I wanted to capture that early morning fog and mist that often settles around the base of the mountains and in the hollws and valleys. A lot of people forget that when there is a full moon, not only does it rise right around early evening, it sets right around dawn in the West. So what better than a moonset, over Camel's Hump, with the mist and early morning light illuminating the coming day? It's that time of day where the sun has not quite risen over the horizon but the light has infused the sky and lit the landscape with soft light.
Through The Old Stone Wall
10” x 16”
Oil on Canvas
$500
Artist's Comments
Near the gallery where I work there is a dirt road that runs alongside some farmer's fields. The road is lined with trees on both sides, and in the evening the sun streams across the fields, through the trees and onto the road. Mount Mansfield and the surrounding mountains create the backdrop. This place is the basis for more than one painting. Fields like these are almost always surrounded by borders. Usually barbwire fencing, and older stone walls. Breaks in these walls allow tractors and cows, and people to pass through. They are always an invitation although often posted against trespassing. I have always been drawn to just this scene. The autumn colors and shape of the branches led me to this painting, one recent autumn day.
Morning Fog Lifting
10” x 10”
Oil on Canvas
$325
Artist's Comments
It always amazes me how the time of day can affect the landscape. On this particular day I was scouting painting locations along the Lamoille River in Johnson but the fog was thick and obscured the view. As I travelled from place to place, the sun burned through the fog and within 30 minutes it was a bright sunny summer day. This painting captures the tail end of that fog burning off, still lingering over the fields, but blown off the river by the motion of the water. I love the fleeting nature of early mornings and later afternoons and the possibilities they present.
Winter Marsh Study II
10” x 10”
Oil on Canvas
$325
Artist's Comments
This is the second of two small paintings intended to be studies for a larger work. This one focuses in on a smaller section of the stream and surrounding grasses. For more of a description see "Winter Marsh Study I" below.
Winter Marsh Study I
12” x 9”
Oil on Canvas
$350
Artist's Comments
Recently on a snowy morning I made my way to one of my favorite spots. The Underhill Flats, where these marshes beg to be painted. I'd been waiting for a day like this, when the snow was fresh and wet, and the sun had just come out. I have in mind a larger painting that will be quite a challenge so I decided to paint a couple smaller paintings as studies for that larger work. This is the first of those studies. I added the break in the background trees for additional interest, but otherwise this is the view of part of that marsh.
Full Spectrum Autumn
10” x 10”
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
A visitor to my last gallery show saw a painting I had done that was already sold. We got to talking anbout it and how it depicted autumn with green, yellow and red trees all in color. So often autumn is depicted in one predominant color. But often, depending on location and the tree species, you can see a full range of colors one on top of another. This lead to this small painting, which was based on that original piece, but re-imagined with different landscape elements and trees.
Drama Overhead
14” x 11”
Oil on Canvas
$480
Artist's Comments
Competing in my photo library with autumn foliage photos, are cloud photos. Although now that I think about it, the clouds take top prize. Ever changing, they offer so many possibilities. Usually they appear in paintins as a backdrop, but sometimes I like to make the sky the star of the show. This painting is one of those. I took a series of photos over several minutes one evening driving through Williston. The drama overhead was almost too much to try to capture in paint, and often I just enjoy the show and move on. But I had fun putting this together with it's layered color and dark foreground.
Small Summer Birch
8” x 5”
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
It's no surprise to anyone that I enjoy painting birch trees. This small birch tree painting was a commission requested when my first small birch study sold at my 2017 Gruppe show before this patron could get there. For this painting I chose a summer scene like one I drive by in Cambridge Vermont each day on my way to work. The slope, trees and background are all like my daily view. I consider myself lucky to have such inspiration every day.
Bend In The River
9” x 12”
Oil on Canvas
$350
Artist's Comments
The Lamoille River offers all kinds of painting possibilities. Many of them in view right from the road. This particular view is right off Pumpkin Harbor Road in Cambridge, less than a mile from town. I've passed it many times, but on this particular day the light was late in the summer sky and the field on the town side of the river had been cut and rolled to dry. I like the lines created by this drying hay, mimicing the bend in the river. I was attracted to the multiple textures from sky and water to fields and trees this painting presented. Often summer scenes have too much green to make a good painting, but the reflected sky, drying hay, and deep shadows created a fuller palette of colors to paint. My summer palette typically has Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Paynes Grey and a red. In this case Terra Rosa. I mix my greens with the blues, and yellows. Sometimes adding a lighter yellow to the palette for this purpose. Overall I really like both this scenes and this painting. I may have to revisit it this winter in deep snow.
Smuggler’s Notch
16” x 40”
Oil on Canvas
$1900
Artist's Comments
Smuggler's Notch is one of the iconic views and drives in my home state of Vermont. The notch used to be a smuggling route for whiskey during the depression, and today is a major tourist attraction. It provides beautiful views from the Stowe side, particularly from the ski area on Mount Mansfield and from the Gondola up the mountain. I painted this once before in acrylics for my niece, who got engaged on the Gondola, with this view. I knew I wanted to paint it again, this time in oils, and without the Gondola. This is that painting. The light playing on the far cliffs adds a nice touch to all the color in the autumn forests.
Almost Home
24” x 36”
Oil on Canvas
$2600
Artist's Comments
This painting is from imagination. I had been painting summer fields and trees and wanted to incorporate some of the places I have been scouting all summer. Single track roads, late summer fields, tall shade trees, stone walls; all of these are things that appeal to me living here. The result is this romanticized painting of what I think a farm may have looked like about a hundred years ago, or perhaps even today in some far off the beaten track corner of Vermont.
Dawn Fields
15" x 30"
Oil on Canvas
$1395
Artist's Comments
Along the Lamoille River, from Jeffersonville to Morrisville, is an old railroad bed converted to a bike and walking trail. Eventually the trail will cross the entire state from Swanton to Saint Johnsbury, the longest rail trail in the US. I've walked and biked along segments of this trail along the Lamoille River and explored painting opportunities with fellow artist Andrew Orr. This painting is inspired by some farm fields along that trail. I imagined this stretch at dawn to create this painting. Looser and more tonal than most of my other work, it allowed me to explore some ideas I've had for a while for some early morning and late day works that are about the moods that light creates.
Farm Pond
12" x24"
Oil on Panel
$900
Artist's Comments

This painting is from imagination. I often search far and wide for certain themes and subjects, but sometimes I just want to paint a subject I can't locate, or that is not optimal in real life. At those times I will pull from memory, from imagination, and from different places to create a new scene. This is one such painting. The inspiration is from a real place, but only the overall composition of a high spot with trees on the left, some water in the middle and foreground, and a nice sky. So I created this and used many reference photos to inspire different parts of the painting. I enjoy the freedom of working from imagination. The challenge is not having an actual place to stand and examine colors, texture and light. These imagined pieces often have a more romanticized interpretation of nature and feel more dreamy. They allow for experimentation and in this painting I particularly enjoyed painting the sky and clouds in the right of the painting.

Signs of Spring
16" x 20"
Oil on Canvas
$990
Artist's Comments
Inspired by a field I pass on my way to the Gallery each day, this piece reflects early spring in Vermont. After mud-season but before the full onset of summer, the strong red of scrub brush coming alive, the blush of red and purple still in the tree tops on distant hills, and the light green of new leaves; we awaken from a long cold winter to embrace a new burst of color. The colors change daily, almost hourly, this time of year. I trid to capture a moment that defines the transition between seasons when you know winter has been left behind.
Spring Greens Below Camel's Hump
10" x 16"
Oil
$500
Artist's Comments
Early spring greens below Camel's Hump in Vermont as seen from the Richmond exit of Route 89. Mountains still bare and new leaves on the lower elevations give the scene a nice contrast. The rich spring greens are as vibrant this time of year as any other time. This scene is seen by hundreds of people every day as then travel Route 89. The familiarity of it I find attractive. Seeing it in all seasons and weather led me to choose this time of year to capture it in a painting.
Winter Sky
20" x 16"
Oil on Canvas
$990
Artist's Comments
The color of the winter sky can be dramatic. Setting sunlight creates a combination of hues that show off brilliantly against the cool blues of snow covered hills. With a dark tree line just appearing beyond and over the top of the foreground snow, this piece was begging to be painted. The hard surfaces of the snow, and hard line of the treetops contrast nicely with the ever-changing cloud shapes.


With skies like this you have to capture a fleeting moment. I find myself constantly watching the sky, in all seasons and all kinds of weather, storing away impressions to use when a painting needs the sky to be a prominent character.

Waking to a Winter Dawn
16" x 40" x 1.5"
Oil on Canvas
$1900
Artist's Comments
I am always fascinated by the early morning and late evening light on a winter landscape. I created this piece from imagination, using the chickadees as my focal point and the rising sun and early light to set the mood for this painting. This piece is reminiscent of the first painting I ever hung publicly, done in acrylics. I originally wanted to recreate a piece like that first one in acrylics for my YouTube audience, but ended up painting over the blocked-in painting with oil paints for this peice. It made the blending and diffuse light effects easier to render.
Cilly Hill Barn
18" x 24"
Oil on Canvas
$1340
Artist's Comments
Always on the lookout for a good scene to paint, I recently travelled up a road I once considered building a house on. I had never been this far up Cilly Hill in Underhill before and when I rounded the corner by this farm I was stunned at how beautiful it was. Most impressive were the trees nearer the road in front of the classic barn. I knew immediately I would paint this scene. Equally impressive but not from this vantage point, is the view of Mount Mansfield and surrounding peaks in the background. Which means I will be back to this place, likely several times, looking for the next angle to paint this beautiful spot. But for this painting I wanted the big trees out front to dominate. The faded red of the barn provides a nice foil for all the summer greens.
View From Woodard's Farm
12" x 8"
Oil on Canvas
$320
Artist's Comments
There is a group of painters, mostly former students of Frank Mason, who meet every June for the month in and about Stowe to paint together. This group invites others to joing them on their painting excursions. On this night we were painting from a beautiful location on George Woodard's Farm in Waterbury Vermont. Expansive fields, barns and outbuildings, and this view of Camel's Hump make this location a favorite each year. I chose a vertical orientation for this peice eccentuating the long view through a break in the trees. I also kept Camel's Hump just in view to make it more interesting and keep it from being dead-center. Some paintings are a repository for memories, which influence my reaction to the painting. This is one of those. Every time I look at it I travel back to that place, like I was there yesterday.
Impressionist Birch
16" x 20"
Oil on Canvas
$990
Artist's Comments
In my late teens and early twenties, when I was not painting, I fell in love with Impressionism. Most notably the work of Claude Monet. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston held an exhibit of Monet that included the haystack series and many others. So it was only natural when I began painting thirty years later that I would experiment with Impressionism. I tried to copy a couple of Monet paintings, and liked the loose style and use of color. Every artist develops a style, or different styles over time, based on many influences. By experimenting and trying different things we find out own unique voice.


This painting was about playing with the Impressionistic style of painting. I wanted to see what it was like to appy stokes of color to create a larger picture without trying to paint a specific subject. New to oil paints I was also experimenting with how the paint acted wet-into-wet. I still play with this style on occasion and find it fun and liberating when I find myself stuck or being too picky. I like how the light seems to play on the leaves and under the canopy in this painting.

Honorable Mention
Champlain Valley Fair. 2015
Late Season Corn
16" x 20"
Acrylic on Canvas
$750
Artist's Comments
One of the things I find is that I like to paint familiar places that get overlooked. This scene is just after a turn from the main road between Essex and Richmond, heading towards Williston. The fields run along the Winooski River and late in the season the corn gets a reddish color on the top. This combination of corn, treeline, Camel's Hump in the distance and the first signs of autumn color attracted me to paint this scene. The blue in the shadows and the far mountains offset the orange-red in the foregrond for a nice color contrast.


This remains one of my favorite acrylic paintings.

Barber Farm Fields - Plein Air
12" x 9"
Oil on Canvas
$350
Artist's Comments
The fields at the Barber Farm in Jerico are an annual stop for the Jericho Plein Air event. I have painted there twice and find the fields in July are full of color and opportunity. This is one of the plein air peices I have done as a result of many trips to these fields, during plien air events and at other times. I suspect there will be more paintings with these fields as the subject in my future.
A Farmer's Art
16" x 20"
Oil on Canvas
$990
Artist's Comments
Sometimes the best paintings are a new look at the familiar. Along my drive to the Gallery where I work are many places that on an average day don't make good paintings. This spot, the fields by Boyden Farm in Cambridge Vermont, are pretty typical. On this day however, the farmer had cut some of his hay leeaving this winding pattern of field, corn, and another crop in purple bloom that I have not identified. Driving by I was struck at the abstract nature of the patterns and was enamored of the thought that perhaps this farmer knew he was creating art with his fields. Whether true or not, I enjoyed capturing this expression on canvas.


As an aside, this is the exact same place and view captured in "Spring Floods", painted months later, showing just how different and interesting a single place can be.

Autumn Serenity
16" x 16"
Acrylic on Canvas
$400
Artist's Comments
Waitsfield Vermont is one of my favorite areas to paint and take photos. Mountains and streams, barns, farms and fields, little towns and covered bridges. What's not to like? This painting is from a view right off the main road into Waitsfield. There are many views like this from all over the area, where you just have to find a place to pull over and you can paint practically from the side of the road. In this particular view it was the backlit tree that caught my eye. Capturing that feeling of a hot autumn afternoon was the goal.
The Howard Home
16” x 20”
Oil on Board
SOLD
Artist's Comments
This commissioned painting was my first architectural commission. I found new challenges in redndering the drawing and accurately getting the architectural details correct. The owner of the home built it with his father some years before and I knew he would be intimately familiar with the details. As an artist I also wanted to capture the beauty of this lovely home as well as it's setting in the woods so together with the sponsor of the painting we chose an autumn timeframe. For paintings like this I take a lot of reference photos, and visit the site on multiple occasions, in different light, to find that time of day that best shows off the subject. Since this was a surprise gift I had to do so surreptitiously. In the end everyone was happy with the result and I learned some new things.
Reflections in a Winter Wood
15" x 30" x 1.5"
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
Inspired by the work of Alan Kingwell, this winter wood painting tries to capture dawn as it reflects on a quiet stream. Several spots on my drive to work influence this piece, with their blanket of snow, and tree-lined stream-bed. I've always wanted to paint winter scenes like this, with soft light and cool shadows. I'm especially proud of the birch trees in this peice which I love to paint. Here they are neither understated nor over dramatized. They simply fit into the overall scene. That is the benefit of painting from imagination, you get to choose what to put in, what to leave out, what to enphasize.
Autumn Stream, Waitsfield
14" x 11"
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
Vermont is full of streams and rivers. This particular spot is just below the bridge on Mill Brook Road, crossing Mill Brook. The canopy of trees with light filtering in was the attraction. Painting woods can be complicated and I wanted to try this scene for both that challenge and to work on painting streams and rocks. For this painting I used a smooth panel surface, instead of the usual canvas, so that I could more easily paint the detail. Overall I really like how this came out and feel like it captures the feeling I was after.
Summer Fields, Cambridge
8" x 16"
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
The unfolding levels of fields, usually edged by a stream or drainage ditch with small trees and brush, is a common vista in Vermont. The open fields often remind me of views of Ireland and England. Slowly these fields are dissappearing as it becomes harder and harder to make a living on a farm. The fields grow in, more and more of the landscape turns to forest. Hopefully the character of Vermont will always provide these open areas, which provide great views and make for nice paintings. This painting is from a spot in Cambridge Vermont, off the beaten path. The distant hill pulls your eye through the painting, but its the journey across these fields that attracks me. I'll have to revisit this spot in winter to see how a snow covered landscape will present itself differently.
Early Morning on the Lamoille
8" x 16"
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
Another painting along the Lamoille River, not far from the rail trail in Johnson. When I first found this space I had been scouting along the rail trail all morning in th fog, waiting for the sin to burn through. This spot is nearby and when I first arrived the fog was just lifting, and the sun was low in the sky. The sideways light and mood it created captivated me. I've returned in all times of day and plan several paintings inspired by this one spot, taking hundreds of photos. This is the first painting, from that first day, and remains one of my favorite paintings. I love that the river banks are steep and covered with vegetation. The river rises and falls during the year creating new scenes almost daily. The moiture in the air created a nice depth between the foregound, middle-ground and background, and the light on the trees on the back hill creates a nice visual interest. The star of the show though, is the bright light hitting those fields just across the river.
Autumn River, Johnson Vermont
24” x 36"
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
This spot along the Lamoille River in Johnson is my new favorite spot. This is the second painting, this time early autumn. I changed the background bringing distant hills close in to the river for more interest. The strong light coming in from the left is what makes early morning special in this particular place.
Camel's Hump Study
5" x 8"
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
Camel's Hump is the second highest peak in Vermont. It has an iconic profile and there are many places to view and paint this peak. This study came about as a result of a plein air painting I did from George Woodard's farm in Waterbury. That peice is also show on this page. I wanted to explore painting a larger piece in a horizontal format of this view, but decided to explore the composition first with some small studies. I liked this study the best, and finished it into this small painting.


I took creative license and add or expanded some of the fields in the distance to create a better visual feel. But by and large this is the beautiful view of Camel's Hump from this location. Now I need to add the larger painting to my list of projects to get to!

Barns And Belties
16" x 20"
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
This farm in Waitsfield Vermont has fascinated me for the last couple of years. I have painted the front of it, and taken dozens of photos in all seasons. For this particular view I was driving a road about a half-mile away when I realized it provided me with a view of the back of these same barns. Using a telephoto lens I took shots with the "Beltie" cows (Belted Galloway cattle) just as the back of the barn. Often called "Oreo Cows" for their black ends and white middle, they add a nice graphic touch. This became my painting. For me it represents the history of Vermont dairy farming with its decaying barns still in functioning and providing views like this one.
The Road Home
16" x 20"
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
"The Road Home". Sometimes a place just feels right. While this is not literally the road to my home, when I discovered this spot along a dirt road in late summer one day it felt nostalgic to me. I would love to have this be my drive home at the end of each day, and so I adopted it with the title. For this painting the goal was to capture that feeling of heavy summer air late in the afternoon and moving through the shadows to the sunlit fields with a view to the barn beyond.
Autumn Marsh
16" x 20"
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
Another painting in a series of paintings inspired by my drive along route 15 between Essex and Jeffersonville Vermont. This particular spot had me stopping several times over the course of a few weeks waiting for the right light conditions. I enjoyed how the light reflected off the calm water on this particular day, and the play of autumn colors both in the marsh grasses and brush, and the distant hills.
A Blaze of Color
9" x12"
Oil on Panel
SOLD
Artist's Comments

Another of a series of paintings inspired along my drive between Essex and Jeffersonville Vermont. This spot in Essex is just off the road and in this particular Autumn the trees at the top of the knoll were so bright and vibrant they almost defied belief. I stopped several days in a row waiting for "peak" color. In painting it I found myself wanting to tone down the color as it was so brilliant it looked almost un-natural. The hint of river, and far mountains added a bit of cool color to help keep the peice more in balance. In the end I was happy with the painting. However I still struggle with some of the overwhelming color we can experience here in Vermont. The leaves glow at times. Some things can't be captured in paint, and on those days its best to just enjoy.

Gruppe Aspens, plein air
16" x 8"
Oil on Panel
SOLD
Artist's Comments

In 2017, for the Annual Jericho Plein Air event, I chose to paint a group of aspens just behind the Gruppe Gallery, sponsors of this event. I had scoped these trees out a couple weeks before and knew I wanted to paint them. The hard part was deciding which angle to choose.


I love the clean bark and size of these particular aspens, and wanted that to be the main feature of this peice. I knew the morning light made these trees jump out from the background. I also wanted to be sure to choose a subject I know I could complete in the limited time of the day's event. Choosing a size that was manageable, I painted in a vertical orientation allowed me to emphasize the majestic nature of this group of trees. The background was pretty bland so I broke up the row of trees in the background just a little to add some visual interest.

Early Spring Farm
16" x 20"
Oil on Panel
$900
Artist's Comments

Driving back and forth to my mentor's gallery all winter and spring, I would pass this spot. The farm sits on the side of a hill and catches the morning light. An iconic red barn with a single silo and hills behind. What draws me to the view though is the low-land fields which flood in spring and then are planted every summer. They create a nice shape that wraps around the farm itself. After stopping several times to consider how I wanted to paint this I settled on this view that accentuates that feeling of the farm nestled in between hill and fields.


I chose spring to paint this because I like the dark of the earth prior to the fields being plowed, still showing the stubble of last year's corn. The puddles that remain from a recent heavy rain reflect the blue of the sky and help eccentuate the early spring greens in the trees. At least, that's what I thought when I chose to paint it.


Too many of these farms disappear every year from the Vermont landscape. Painting them is fun, and the hope is enough people treasure these types of views to want to continue to support the local farmers who keep working these lands generation after generation.

Streaming Autumn Light
16" x 20"
Oil on Panel
SOLD
Artist's Comments
Bryce Hill in Cambridge Vermont has inspired more paintings than any place nearby, with the possible exception of Lower Pleasant Valley Road which sits just below Bryce Hill. After taking dozens of photos, in all seasons, and all conditions I finally settled on a late evening autumn photo as my main inspiration for this painting. Failing to find the perfect composition I combined a photo of the light hitting the hillsides, with one of a big maple tree along the road to arrive at this painting. I worked over the winter with Andrew Orr to improve my paintings and this painting demonstrates a lot of what I learned in that process.
Artists Choice Award
Northern Vermont Artists Association, Annual Juried Show. 2016
First Snow on Mansfield
8" x 16"
Oil on Panel
SOLD
Artist's Comments
Every year, in Autumn, I look forward to that first snow that typically only sticks in the higher elevations. Mount Mansfield is the highest peak in Vermont, and along my route to my gallery job. On a good year, that first snow happens while there is still color in the lower hills and fields. If you are lucky, cold weather fallows that first snow so it stays on the mountain for a few days. This year was perfect. Snow on the mountain followed by cold clear weather. I had to paint this painting, which may serve as a study for a future, larger variant of this view. I love the cold hard edges on the mountain contrasted by the warmer colors in the lower half. The low light creates some nice shadows in the foreground.
Autumn Dreams
24" x 48"
Acrylic on Canvas
NFS
Artist's Comments
My childhood and teen years were filled with romping in the woods, fishing, hiking and spending time outdoors. This painting, from imagination, was inspired by those memories and the memories of going to Maine with my dad. The woods, water, and foliage are the best things about the outdoors and I was seeking a peaceful painting of a place you could go to and relax, letting all the cares of the world slip away.


This painting was painted for my dad who passed away in November of 2015. May he rest in peace in the shade by the water at a place of his choosing.

Spring Floods
8" x 16"
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
Late winter and early spring in Vermont means floods. The farmer's count on the floods to bring new soil and nutrients to their fields. Sometimes these floods are dangerous and descturctive, and sometimes they are beautiful. This painting is of the fields by Boyden Farm in Cambridge Vermont. It was a moody day with fog and subdued hues, and I found myself wanting to try to capture that feeling while showing a time of year that many just wait to get through.
Mountaintop Sunset
9" x 12"
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
Sometimes the best thing you can do is let go of expectations. I sometimes do small studies to practice different aspects of my painting. For this piece, I started off just practicing a sunset sky. When it came out pretty well, I decided to go ahead and finish with the foreground. Since my expectations were low, I felt more freedom to just go with how it was working out. This is from a couple of my own photos taken in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.
Edge of a Birch Wood
20" x 16"
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
This piece is the larger painting done from the study "Birch Woods Study". I am thrilled to have found this series of birch trees near my home that are on the edge of a field and spaced to allow lots of light to filter through. This allows for several angles, creating different paintings with interesting light/shadow patterns. For this painting I changed the scrub growth at the base of the trees to wild rose to add a touch of color.
Birch Woods Study
8" x 5"
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
It's no secret that I like birch trees. They often appear in my paintings both as subjects and in support of a largerimage. Finding interesting birch trees to paint is often on my mind as I travel around. One day I noticed some birch trees near the Winooski River right near my home! This got me excited to paint another birch tree painting, but first I wanted to explore different views and compositions. This study was the one I chose for the larger "Edge Of A Birch Wood" painting. I liked the study so much I finished it as a small painting, which is what this is. Small, but very much a nice painting, I am finding for the first time I enjoy the freedom and simplicity of painting small instead of having to think about all the extra elements to consider in a larger work.
Wee Three Chickadee
9" x 12"
Acrylic on Panel
SOLD
Artist's Comments
All winter where my "office" is there is a window that lets me watch the chickadees all day long. I hang a suet feeder in the bush by the window and watch these little guys. On really cold days they sometimes just sit and puff up their feathers to try and stay warm. I have photos of chickadees that look like fluffy tennis balls! So it shouldn't be a surprise that I have painted these birds again and again. They delight me. I painted a pair of paintings that are very similar, and used that opportunity to also film my process of painting these birds using acrylics.


You can watch the youtube video of my painting process here. There is a preview, and then the actual painting videos in three parts. Chickadee Painting Series

Three's A Crowd
9" x 12"
Acrylic on Panel
SOLD
Artist's Comments
This is the second of a pair of paintings of winter chickadees. You can find the description in the painting directly above.


You can watch the youtube video of my painting process here. There is a preview, and then the actual painting videos in three parts. Chickadee Painting Series

Barber Farm Study
9" x 12"
Oil on Panel
SOLD
Artist's Comments
In 2015 I painted the fields of Barber Farm for the first time. Typically for a pleinair event like this I like to go the week before and scout out the spot and take photos. Preferably I like to do a study the week before so I am familar with the subject on the day of the event. For this event I did this study the week prior to the event. The painting I did that day came out well, although I chose a slightly different composition, and it sold. However I liked this study a lot, and may even prefer it to the painting I did the day of the event. Its a fun painting on a overcast day but the colors in the fields really give it some pop.
Water Study
9" x 12"
Oil on Panel
NFS
Artist's Comments
Late in 2015 I began working with an amazing artist and teacher, Andrew Orr. This painting was one of the pieces we worked on together, so it will remain in my private collection. However it marks a turning point in my artist career as it shows the change in direction to a more realistic style. Andrew's ability to teach me how to paint trees and water will always be an influence in my painting going forward. It demonstrates a more patient approach. One that I now follow more closely with my studio work.
Apple Blossoms & Chickadees
40" x 16"
Acrylic on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments

Another all-time favorite. This painting was designed and painted as my first-ever entry to a juried gallery show. The Bryan Memorial Gallery had a call-to-artists for a show titled "Romancing The Garden". I was not yet working at the gallery, and so I immediately thought of apple blossoms as my main theme. This was also one of my first chickadee paintings, with only the winter birch with chickadees having preceded it. I carefully assessed where to place the three chickadees to create a pleasing composition and move the eye around the painting. From there I then planned how my branches had to be placed to support the overall composition, and finally the blossoms.

The background is built up in layers to give it depth and a feeling of backlit soft light. The whole painting tries to evoke spring in a soft woods filled with apple trees.

Painted on a gallery-wrapped canvas I then built a floater frame that allows the viewer to still see the painted egdes of the canvas. Both the black frame and the painting evoke an oriental feel for the end result.

Old Guard
16" x 20"
Acrylic on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
On the main drive to Jeffersonville from my home in Essex there is a series of beaver ponds that run along Route 15. Many of these ponds have these beautiful old dead trees that stand like sentinels protecting the ponds. I have stopped to admire this view many times, and started taking photos in all seasons. The painting you see here is derived from these photos. One of them had smooth water with beautiful reflections, but the time of year was wrong. Another had the spring greens I was looking for just as the leaves came out. Together I was able to use these references, and my own memory, to create this painting.
First Place, Acrylics
Northern Vermont Artists Association, Annual Juried Show. 2015
First Place, Acrylics
Champlain Valley Fair. 2015
Bluebirds & Blossoms
15" x 30"
Acrylic on Canvas
NFS
Artist's Comments
Commissioned to paint this for a family member, I was delighted to have the opportunity to paint two of my favorite subjects; trees and birds. Having just completed a chickadee and apple blossoms painting I chose to go with dogwoods and bluebirds. I like the subtle colors of this piece, and in particular the way the light comes though on the background. Using acrylics I layered colors on the background several times until it felt like there was some depth and atmosphere. The colors mimc the colors in the bluebirds only subtler.
Winter Squall
12" x 24"
Acrylic on Canvas
$310
Artist's Comments

I tend to paint the seasons. In winter I paint winter, in summer summer, etc. Instead of trying to escape the long, cold winter I seek out inspiration. In this case, the nearby Indian Brook Reservoir provided all the inspiration I needed. Just as a winter storm was ending I took my camera over and walked around the lake, finding numerous views. As the sun started to work through the clouds, just prior to sunset, the landscape became moody. The fresh snow making edges soft and light diffuse. I replaced the pine trees that were on a little peninsula with my favorite birch trees. A fallen tree on the frozen lake gave me just what I needed to lead the eye back onto the canvas from that side.

Snow Barn
16" x 40"
Acrylic on Canvas
$675
Artist's Comments

Sometimes you just have to wait for a painting to appear. After scouting several locations in Waitsfield for a winter subject, I found a side dirt-road that lead out behind a series of barns. The fields in back and trees along the road provided a pleasing landscape leading to the barns near the horizon. So I stood, on a cloudy day, for about an hour waiting and hoping for the sun to come out before dark. I was rewarded as the clouds dissipated in the cold night air and I was able to take dozens of reference photos. The setting sun cast long streaming shadows across the snowy fields. I've returned to this location in summer, but the view with the deep snow continues to be the most rewarding.

Sap Run
40" x 30"
Acrylic on Canvas
$1200
Artist's Comments

One of the iconic images of Vermont is the spring Sap Run. While the snow is still deep in the woods but the air reaches above freezing during the day, the sap runs and is collected and boiled for Maple Syrup. I wanted to paint a piece that celebrated this ritual without it being too cliche. Having friends with a cabin in the woods who tap their trees for syrup each year, I was able to take a bunch of reference photos for this piece. While not closely based on those photos, the feeling and atmosphere, and some of the details, draw from spending a day collecting sap and taking photos. I like this painting also for the feeling of scale you get from the back hills and mountains. And while nowadays many maple syrup operations are large-scale with tubs criss-crossing the landscape collecting the sap, you can still find small family-run sugarbushes where the sap is collected in buckets by hand.


You can watch the youtube video of my painting process here. Painting Sap Run

Winter Birch & Chickadees
16" x 40"
Acrylic on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments
This is the painting that started my path towards being a professional artist. It is the first piece I ever displayed in public, and the first piece I ever sold. Lucky enough to have an opportunity to create some art for a Inn in Waitsfield Vermont, I was given specific instructions to paint within certain parameters to fit the decor of this rustic Inn. Muted colors where the primary criteria. The painting was inspired, in part, by the work of Tim Gagnon and his misty forest series. I conceived of the piece as a winter forest painting and originally thought I would put a red male cardinal as the focal point. The chickadees were a response to the birds outside my window and they turned out to be the perfect choice. To this day this is the most watched video I have on youtube, even though that video is in time-lapse without any commentary.


You can watch the youtube video of my painting process here. This is a time-lapse video, and the first video of me painting that I ever produced. Winter Birch Forest

First Snow on Bragg Hill Barn
15" x 30"
Acrylic on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments

Back to Waitsfield for this painting, the barn on Bragg Hill is an iconic landmark. First time I saw it I fell in love with the scene. I returned a few times and once on the morning of the first snow of the season. In the background is the Mad River Glen ski area. I chose to leave out a rather unsightly blue house to the back right of the barn, and since this home was a more recent addition the painting has a more nostalgic feel to it. I enjoyed working on the tree to the right and getting that feeling of just a little light snow clinging to the bark and branches.


You can watch the youtube video of my approach to this painting process here. Approach to Painting Sap Run

You can watch the youtube video of my painting this piece here. Demonstration of Painting Sap Run

Apple Blossoms II
24" x 12"
Acrylic on Canvas
SOLD
Artist's Comments

Escaping winter I thought I would share with you another of several smaller apple blossoms and chickadee paintings I have done. I never seem to tire of them. This one was a smaller version of the first big one I did and was quickly bought by a friend. I have painted these as gifts on a small scale and been commissioned for others. The combination of these sweet little birds and one of the more colorful harbingers of spring - apple blossoms - makes for a wonderful subject.

Pot of Spring
14" x 11"
Acrylic on Canvas
$170
Artist's Comments

Keeping with the spring theme, I did this little still life based on the tulips in a pot in an English garden. I wanted to keep the painting of the flowers loose and airy. The texture on the clay pot came out well and led me to want to paint more pottery in the future.

This painting is framed in a rustic grey barn-wood frame.

Nested Clay Pots
8" x 8"
Acrylic on Canvas
$100
Artist's Comments

Another painting inspired by photos taken on a trip to England. There was this pile of clay pots sitting in a heap near some gardens that I found fascinating. The overlapping shapes and dissappearing edges created a pleasing rythm. Creating the feel of the ceramic texture of the pots was a lot of fun, and required layers of acrylic paint, scumbled on and glazed in some places. I didn't know at the time what I would do with the photos I took. Then, in response to a still life gallery show call-to-artist, I stumbled across these photos. Knowing I needed a way to break up all the orange tones, I decided a nest of blue robin's eggs were just the ticket. From there the title took on new meaning.

This painting is framed in a dark brown, smooth wooden frame.