Beginnings

May 27th, 2015
Beginnings

Kind of fun to look back at my very first blog post from the dead of winter in 2007… my artist’s philosophy. It was quite a while back that I made this declaration: I am an artist. I always said I would be one when I grew up.   Thinking of the stages through which […]

In the gray of winter we found COLOR!

January 20th, 2014
In the gray of winter we found COLOR!

The world around me is white and gray, but in my classroom at Castleton State College there is COLOR! It was so much fun to guide this group in color exploration, composition and design elements. There were some pretty fantastic results, especially considering that many of the students (first year through senior college students) had […]

Abstraction, Serenity and Color in the Quarries

May 8th, 2013
Abstraction, Serenity and Color in the Quarries

  I recently saw an exhibit by photographer Don Ross that opened a new world to me. What more can you ask of art? Don’s photographs areĀ  powerful, evocative, poetic. Walking a fine and delicate line between abstraction and stark reality, Don shares an elegance and mystery which made ME see differently. Industrial debris usually […]

An Artist’s Exploration of St. John

January 16th, 2013
An Artist's Exploration of St. John

  Just yesterday I flew from warm sunshine on a luminous Caribbean beach to the gray winter skies of New England. . Fortunately it was not too cold so re-entry was not as harsh as it might have been. Today my forest view is muted with softly falling snow. I had group of young artists […]

The Met

November 25th, 2012
The Met

I spent a Saturday at the Metropolitan Museum a few weeks ago. It was a student trip, and I hitched a ride too, along with some of my Intro to Studio students. It is always a refuge to enter those soaring galleries. Such an affirmation. Art speaks over the centuries. Art is valued and honored. […]

The Met

November 25th, 2012

I spent a Saturday at the Metropolitan Museum a few weeks ago. It was a student trip, and I hitched a ride too, along with some of my Intro to Studio students. It is always a refuge to enter those soaring galleries. Such an affirmation. Art speaks over the centuries. Art is valued and honored. […]

Fire and Rain: forces of nature

September 7th, 2011
Fire and Rain: forces of nature

I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain. I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end – James Taylor Yesterday I drove by my old homestead in Carson, New Mexico. There was an iridescent magpie perched on the branch of a dead tree in the middle of a stark, vast landscape. My house burned […]

The National Mall of Curiosities

July 22nd, 2011

The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose…and is a test of the quality of a nation’s civilization. -John Fitzgerald Kennedy I took a day away from my studio in the Torpedo Factory Art Center […]

What is Success? Part One: Success in Teaching in the Arts

April 28th, 2011
blue ribbon

When nothing is sure, everything is possible. ~Margaret Drabble I’ve had my share of wins in my two professions: art and teaching. Artist friends are often disbelieving that I keep on teaching, and put so much time into it. Teaching colleagues don’t understand why I am driven to still do all-nighters to finish work for […]