Monday, January 28, 2013


I really love painting snow!  I didn't realize how much I loved it until last winter when we didn't have much snow. We got two feet early this year so I've been going out to paint as often as possible. I'm in the thick of a pile of studio work, finishing large paintings I started on location this summer, so sometimes I can only grab a few hours to get outdoors. 
One afternoon I drove to nearby Bauneg Beg Mountain for this quick sketch of the trail head. 

This particular afternoon, as snow was beginning to fall, I painted the salt water and ice trails in the marshes along Harbor Road in Wells. 

Last weekend I traveled up to North Conway, NH. On the side of Cranmore Mountain I found one small section of a rushing mountain stream still free of ice.

I painted really fast to capture the last rays of sunlight as a huge cloud bank swept in over the mountains from the west. The weather is often really dramatic in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

I liked the scene at Bauneg Beg so much that a few days after I did the small sketch, I headed back over and painted a larger version of the same scene in different light.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

In the State House

The new year started off with a bang ! I installed an exhibit of my paintings in the office of the Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives in Augusta.

The Sergeant-at-Arms was assisted by two pages.  They easily managed to have all the paintings moved from my car into the building and put up in an hour. 

Mark Eves, the Speaker of the House, visited my studio a few weeks ago. 

 He loved my paintings and invited me to show them in his office.

 It's a spacious room in a grand old building.

 Everyone was excited to see the paintings.

A curious legislator stopped by to say hello. He lives in one of my favorite painting spots on the seacoast - Friendship, Maine! I even know the exact location of his farm. It's a small world!