"Being an artist is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make
the whole trip that way. Apologies to E.L. Doctorow
for making changes to his quote.
Weather is a major component in
all my work I love storms with the dramatic light and excitement
or foreboding. But fog is my favorite. I think of it as the
poetic form of weather. I appreciate its eeriness, the mood
it creates, how it erases then slowly reveals. As a landscape
painter with a passion for weather fog offers much inspiration.
I live in a rural area and have
a garden of my own. It has been easy to witness the effects
of weather first hand and I marvel at how farmers deal with
the stress of it all. I panic when my little garden gets hit
with a late season frost. Likewise, when I lived along the
coast it was also easy to witness the increasing effects of
storms and tides.
There is no shortage of climate
deniers but one only needs to talk to farmers or have a little
garden of ones own to talk to anyone who lives and works on
the sea to be enlightened. We are having more frequent epic
storms, the 100 or 500 year event comes much more often. In
the grand scheme of things the changes I have witnessed in
my life have been fascinating and noticeable.
I have exhibited widely over the
US and in Canada, been a grateful recipient of grants from
the Martha Boschen Porter Fund, Massachusetts Cultural Council,
Rochester Arts Council, and New York State Council on the
Arts, enjoyed artist-in-residencies at the American Academy
in Rome, Pouch Cove, Newfoundland and in the Dune Shacks at
the Cape Cod National Seashore.