April 4, 2013
Hi all…First Friday tomorrow with a whole new batch of small paintings available from travels to Vermont and Hilton Head Island, SC. Also in the Exhibit Hall of Marketview Arts the show ” Visions of the Susquehanna Revisited” is opening. This exhibit has moved from the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage home on the river while it is being renovated. I have the piece ” Tucquan Club View” as part of the permanent collection thanks to Bob and Donna Pullo. The Tuquan Club is a private Club just above Otter Creek at the south end of York County. The whole area is lovely to visit with Otter Creek, islands and Indian Steps Museum.
Hope to see you downtown!
March 21, 2013
Happy Spring everyone! The website has been changing. In the “Special Projects” portfolio you can view a Winnie the Pooh mural that was painted last summer and fall in a spring house on the Appell estate here in York. As you can see from the photos it was in sorry shape before it was revamped and painted. At 4′ x 7″ by 12′ high plus the sloped ceiling it was quite a challenge. It had to work when being viewed from the doorway and from inside. In addition to Pooh and all his friends the owner’s beloved dog was painted into the mural as well as architectural elements of the estate. It was a joy to go each day and work in such beautiful surroundings!
Also in “Special Projects” are photos of the Gemanic style panels installed in the kitchen of Kristin and Dan Pike. Each panel is a blend paintings found on family heirlooms and favorite styles found in research by the Pikes. The Taproom doors were left to my imagination but needed to fit a manly room of antlers and beer. A totally different note was struck in the Prospect Hill Mausoleum project. My goal was to take a dark oppressive space and give it a feeling of light. Janie Reeves of Design 2 Finish worked with me to fulfill that goal. We painted the second story columns in faux marble to match the marble throughout the first floor to unify the structure. I then painted clouds and sky on the walls with some colors of the stained glass windows below. The windows are beautiful and the focal point of the room. The gold motif on the bottom is taken from the iron work in the crypts. We had a quiet audience to our work and one joker of a ghost who took my pencil and then returned it at the end when I found it under the taped down floor covering! It is always fun to have projects that challenge my creativity.
Up next is finishing the Bono piece and then on to a golf course! Yup… a new way to view the landscape…from a golfer’s perspective. Stay tuned!
March 15, 2013
Finally the site is getting updated! I have been working in acrylic lately which is great fun. Lots of images posted in “recent”. I have also been working on a large commission of the Susquehanna River from Highpoint. The sweeping view includes the windmills, Lauxmont and a dramatic sky indicative of the climate changes upon us. Thanks to Dick Bono for pushing me along in this endeavor. Pictures should be posted in a few weeks. It is a 36″ x 60″ painting with LOTS of detail! So it takes time…
I have been painting regularly with Earl Lehman in preparation for our shows together. We took a trip to Hilton Head Island, SC and were guests of my parents for a week of photographing, painting and beach walking. Besides lots of fresh paintings and ideas we came home with shark teeth and some magnificent horseshoe crab shells.
Just a few days ago we took a trip north on the Susquehanna. When you are used to a mile wide river it is quite a surprise to see it meandering and narrower. The Marie Antoinette Overlook is beautiful!! I have paintings planned in my head already. Large ones! Now…back to work.
January 9, 2013
Wow! Time for me to get moving on this new site. I fell way behind while working on a large project featuring Winnie the Pooh and all his friends. During the months of working on that I managed a painting expedition to Vermont with an artist/classmate from Kutztown days, Earl Lehman. We ventured to Jeffersonville, VT and the Smuggs resort for a week of painting the beautiful mountains. Many thanks to Aletta Denison Genova for opening her fabulous condo to us. We barely had to venture out to find inspiration. When we did we found a wealth of creativity in the area from the Vermont Studios in Johnson to Bryan’s Gallery and more in Jeffersonville. We hiked Mt Mansfield and went to my old haunts, Bingham Falls and the Gorge on the Brewster River. It was magical in many ways. The outcome is a lovely relationship with a fellow artist, many paintings and two shows in the works for us this year.
Marketview Arts on Philadelphia St. across from Central Market in York has opened. I have a small studio and am there First Fridays of every month and most saturdays. It is a working and display/sales studio. Come on in. I am doing small acrylics, large b&w paintings and collage in that space. Tuesday,Thursday and Saturday during market hours the Pennsylvania Arts Experience Gallery is open giving easy access to the art studios on the lower level.
Coming in 2014 a new book by E. Ashley Rooney, Artists Homes and Studios. I will be one of the featured artists along with few other artists in the York area.
Now on to getting images on the site. Words are easy to update!