How High is the Sky?

I am very excited and honored to report that my work is featured in the December 2018 issue of Pastel Journal!!

Pastel Journal, December 2018

The 10 page article, “As Above, So Below,” focuses on a series of paintings I have been working for the past few years—aerial images of the earth based on the view from the window of a passenger plane. In this series I have been exploring the way the world from this perspective is familiar but startlingly different. When seen from the air at night, whole cities flatten into patterns of light. At dawn, we see the sun rising over the curve of the earth illuminating the landscape below. We fly over mountains and valleys scored with the marks of glaciers, and rivers poisoned by centuries of industrial pollution and human habitation.

I find working on these pieces is kind of magical. A few strokes are enough to suggest the vast landscape below. I like keeping my marks a bit ambiguous as it leaves room for the viewer to imagine for themselves what they are seeing.

I am attracted to both what is revealed in these images, and that which remains hidden. My goal is to offer the viewer an invitation to explore the space between what we know and imagine.

A big thank you to the editors at Pastel Journal for featuring my work!! To purchase a discounted copy of the December issue of Pastel Journal  click here.

Please leave me your comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this recent work.

Exhibitions and Openings

The painting on the opening spread of the article, “Late Night Departure” received the Pastel Society of America Award in October at Renaissance in Pastel, the Connecticut Pastel Society’s annual national juried show. “ElectriCity”, another painting from this series, was also awarded a prize at Pastel Society of Cape Cod’s national juried show For Pastels Only in June.

Opening this weekend! If you’re in the Boston area, five of my aerial “mini’s” are currently showing at Francesca Anderson Fine Art in Lexington as part of her 34th Annual Miniatures Show, November 14-January 12th. You are invited to the opening and holiday party December 1, 3-5pm. 56 Adams St., Lexington, MA. The show is filled with unique and beautiful works perfect for giving.

New Beginnings

The end of the summer marked a big transition for me, moving from our home of 28 years near Boston MA to our new home in North Adams, MA, about as far west and north as you can go and still be in Massachusetts. This fall has been a time of change and new beginnings.

Our new home is in a centuries old mill that was converted to artist Iive-work space in 2006. We share the building with visual artists, musicians and writers. In the stairwells, the railings and steps are worn and polished by the passing of generations of textile workers. Layers of paint still clinging to the old brick seem to echo the dappled pattern of the fall leaves outside our windows.

Our loft is beautiful, but still a work in progress. There is still much to be done to balance its two purposes:  to be a home, and a working studio. But this gentle space, filled with light, promises to be a snug and nurturing sanctuary full of possibilities. I will post more photos after we get settled in.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season. I hope your days and nights are bright with discoveries and new opportunities.

Opening at Milton Public Library, July 21, 2011

It was an interesting process installing my work at the library the past few days. As the show went up during hours the library is open, many people stopped and commented on the work on their way through the gallery. It was great to get such immediate feedback.

Most of the work is done in very soft pastels on a sanded paper. The sanded surface allows for colors to be layered over one another, creating a sense of space and atmosphere. Working with pastel is like working with pure pigment. The surface is touched as little as possible, except in areas like the sky, which is usually blended.

Most people seem surprised to hear that the work is done in pastel, as they seem more like paintings.

Over the past year since I began working with pastels I have gotten more skilled at using their special quality to the best advantage. Layering the pastel pigments has allowed me to explore light and color, and how they change over distance. I am particularly intrigued right now with water, how it reflects the sky, but also is transparent, with the objects below and above the surface combining in an ever changing mosaic. I am also very inspired by the light in these warm summer months, especially in the morning and the evening, when the sun is low in the sky.

I’ve just begun to explore this beautiful medium. I look forward to learning more and seeing more with each new piece. Thank you to Jeanne Rosier Smith, who so generously shares her insight and deep knowledge of the medium.

In addition to pastels, the show includes 8 photographs printed on an aluminum substrate. The aluminum substrate creates a luminous surface that beautifully displays the detail and color of the images. I am showing  five prints from a hydrangea series, and three tide pool images shot on Vancouver Island.

I hope you will be able to make it to the opening, or if not, to stop by the show while it is up through the end of August. I will be showing 21 pastels and 8 metal prints that represent my work over the past year.