These paintings are from a Marsh Series, new paintings are exhibiting at The Fairfax Gallery, Jacksonville and Grace Gallery, Winter Park. Living near the inter-coastal means I have a short walk to sketch and paint the marsh anytime I want. Its a constant source of inspiration and changes so dramatically from season to season. There is even a drastic change morning and evening!
36″ x 36″ | Oil on Linen | When a painting flows it’s a joy and that feeling is to be enjoyed, as it is usually short lived as the “struggle” phase crepes in. The “struggle” is an essential part of the process, it insures I’m alert, ready to be critical, and with this comes growth in my painting. The painting process is hard to gauge, sometimes a plan comes together and sometimes it takes a bit of working out,
Featured Painting | Low Tide | 36″ x 36″ | Oil Encaustic | Seascape Series See more new paintings from the Landscape/ Seascape Series. Getting to the beach and marsh early morning is the only way to beat the heat. Then back to the cool of the studio. Marsh Wetland | 24″ x 24″ | Oil Encaustic | Landscape Series The afternoon’s bring storm fronts and rain providing a real contrast in light, mood and welcome drop in temps
Guana Morning | 12″ x 12″ | The Worley Faver Gallery, St Augustine When you arrive at a great spot to paint, sometimes deciding what to paint can be a challenge. Edit, edit, edit then squint and choose the view that will interest you and hold your attention. This view was stunning but given the time of year was flat on the value scale so I had fun making some of those color vibrations yet still making the painting
16″x20″ | Oil on canvas | In studio This week I have been painting en plein air at Dutton Island, Florida. It was a great spot for big open marsh scenes it’s a quiet dirt road leading to a boat ramp not busy this time of year. I started on a 16×20 canvas and had to work quick as the nats on steroids (gnats) were killer, I would have liked to spray ’em good but we plein air artists try
8″x10″ | Oil on canvas | In studio Autumn Marsh, plein air study. They say creative breakthroughs are experimental and they don’t come from too much intellectual analysis so with this in mind I chose the thing that was dark and challenging water and mud – now how to make that interesting? The composition of this was charming so this was a quick fire sketch on location. Find Dutton Island by heading North on Mayport Road turn left on Dutton