When I moved to back to New England and settled in Maine in 2001 I rediscovered my fascination with lighthouses.
I have painted some Southern Maine’s more recognizable lighthouses, like Portland Head Light and Cape Neddick Light, but think this one may be my favorte
Ram Island Light is not as picturesque as Southern Maine’s more famous lighthouses, but it has all the qualities of a romantic New England Lighthouse for me. It’s off shore, on a barren rock island, and protects ships from a dangerous ledge at the entrance to a major bay.
Instead of doing a straightforward landscape with a lighthouse, I wanted to give the sense of the lighthouse as a symbol of protection and safety. THis is why I placed Ram Island Light in the middle of a fictional, almost surrealistic storm.
Portland, Maine singer and entertainer, Viva, sat for our Sunday Morning portrait group. This was my first foray back into doing life portraits in full color. I was originally doing them in black and white because we only have 2 and a half hours with our model and color adds a lot of time. I’m happy with the way this one came out though and look forward to using color in the future.
Even though I work in watercolor pencils, I can still learn a lot by studying the oil paintings of the masters. This piece is a watercolor copy of Jacques-Louis David’s portrait of Suzanne Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau from 1804.
This portrait of Saint Cecilia was painted for an upcoming collaborative show about the stories behind classic songs named for women.
Paul Simon wrote this song over a period of time, first coming up with rhythm, then the guitar part and melody finally the lyrics, which aren’t about anything or anyone in particular but rather a “little piece of magical fluff.”
He did not write the song about anyone specific, but was aware at the time that Cecilia was the Patron Saint of Music. The painting is loosely based upon her iconography.
This painting is for a show I’m participating in. The theme is the real women who inspired classic rock songs. This piece is about the woman who inspired the Tom Jones’ hit, Delilah. The original inspiration of the writer was a girl he had a summer fling with when he was 15 years old. At the end of the summer on her way back home she told him she had a boyfriend and their relationship was over. That was the moment I wanted to capture.