St. Ives Harbour, Cornwall, England. This is a view from The Warren where my family had a house.
Actually, there is a good story behind this painting (this was my first water color). My then wife and I had spent a good part of the summer of 1978 in England visiting (from USA) family and relatives. We spent some wonderful time staying with my Mother in St. Ives. Back in the USA, it was three days before our first wedding anniversary in November and I was at a total loss as to what to give her. Knowing how much she liked St. Ives, I found a photo and while she was asleep I got up and painted this view during the wee hours of the night! I finished it just in time!!!
Today, SIX years ago, Summerwind and I arrived in Fort Pierce, FL after a 61 day single handed sail from Boston, MA. I sold Summerwind three years ago since there is no sailing around here due to too much shoal water. We shared so much together.
I have no idea where she is now, but do hope the new owner is enjoying her as much as I did.
I would never have believed that I would be here for so long. It took me some three years to adjust and re-invent myself. However, being here has allowed me to develop as a full time artist...now being represented by several prominent galleries. There is much that I still miss in New England: the Seasons, elevation, great sailing and good friends. Perhaps next summer I will be able to spend much more time in New England…maybe find some studio space? Until then, I will enjoy my long walks on the beach, painting in a great studio, an easy lifestyle and exploring so much about what this state has to offer away from its coastlines.
An earlier painting that I was not happy with...so decided to edit with new foreground and other details. Much better!
Once in a while I will add some of my watercolors to my website. See menu bar.
Exploring new directions as far as combining color fields. These are small watercolors…but would like to create much larger paintings with similar interest…I once read that abstract art is music without the lyrics...
It is great to sell my paintings (and my bank account likes that). However, I genuinely feel that a far greater pleasure comes from someone liking my work enough to include it in the their lives/home. I never felt that with furniture I made and sold nor from successful design work...neither of which carried the same emotional input that a painting embodies...
I read this article in the New York Times that reminded me that the beauty of a painting is so much more valuable than its commercial value
Every so often I sit down and paint these small, quick watercolors. I use them for 'Thank You' notes, 'Birthday' greetings. They make my appreciation and greetings more personal. I find that they are often kept and framed!
I have been involved with fine art, photography and 3D design for over 35 years. I am always in the process of learning, experimenting with different ideas/approaches. I want to be able to share some of my experience and also hopefully learn from others. One can never stop improving...