Biography, About the paintings




Biography
I was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1961. I grew up in Newton and started to paint at Newton North High School(1979).  My studies included a summer (1980) of cast and landscape drawing, with R.H.Ives Gammell in Williamstown, Ma.  I graduated from Bennington College in 1983 majoring in sculpture, my work there not academic, although I used the figure in symbolic terms.  I continued to study Sculpture and earned an M.F.A from SUNY Albany in 1988. After graduate school I continued to make and exhibit sculpture until about 1995 or so. I had jobs in public sculpture fabrication, children’s museum exhibits, sign making, architectural model making, fiberglass casting, etc….. I ended up in Cambridge, NY where I worked in carpentry and specialized in traditional window restoration (I still do).  In 1998 I married Alane Ball we had Emma in 1999 and Hope in 2004.  I started to do landscape drawing, mostly in the Adirondacks in the summer, around 2010.  I could no longer just look at the landscape I lived in: by April, 2012 I finally took to paint




About the paintings:
All paintings are signed on the front and back, numbered and dated; the location is included in the title, if not specified the town is Cambridge, NY or thereabouts.   Most of my paintings are oil on panels I make with cotton canvas glued to Masonite, then “sized” with Hyde glue, sometimes I’ll paint on prepared paper. A painting takes from 1 to 3 hours, and often as much time to prepare, find the spot and compose the scene. I paint what I see, and all my work is done outside. Each one is unique, each one documents that time and that place. I don’t copy my own work or use my imagination. 


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