Summer 2018 Vol. 7

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Opening Note

I am a contemporary oil painter dedicated to the art of traditional oil painting and promoting art education. This newsletter is intended to provide fellow painters, patrons, and friends with a summary of upcoming events, thoughts, and approaches pertaining to my studio and the art of oil painting.


Thank you for taking the time to read - your input, thoughts, and suggestions are always welcome For information please visit my web site at

"Music exists when rhythmic, melodic or harmonic order is deliberately created..."
Roger Scruton

Shows 2018 

RTE 6A at 28  
Orleans, Massachusetts 02653
My paintings will be featured this summer at Trees Place Gallery in a show entitled "The Eye of the Beholder" from August 11th - 24th. I will have about 8 works displayed along with Sergio Ruffo and Kathleen Dunphy.

To find out more, please visit Trees Place.


Workshops 2018

I have one workshop left for 2018:
To get on the waiting list, please contact:

Two day Landscape workshop
Central Park, NYC
July 11th & 12th
Contact Grand Central Atelier:


Instructional DVD - "Painting Niagara"

The instructional DVD "Painting Niagara" is now available. This is my most comprehensive landscape painting video with over 8 hours of training! This film is intended for all levels of artists - from those just starting off, to the seasoned professional.

Join me in studio as I share every step in the making of this massive 8' depiction of Niagara in oil “Niagara, Psalms 84:11”. This ground-breaking film documents the entire painting process from concept to framing with over 2 years of study, planning and constructing. My studio practices are revealed in this behind the scenes look including detailed technical understandings of “layered” painting approaches, as well as the anatomy of the landscape, combined with sensitive and nuanced expression. Lessons include concept drawings, plein air studies, materials and preparation, value and temperature relationships, landscape perspective, glazing, scumbling, final details, and designing and construction a gilded frame from scratch.
To purchase, visit:

On the Easel

"Kaaterskill Falls Dawn -
Proverbs 16:21"
20x30 Oil on Linen, sll 2018 

Almost done! I started this painting 10 years ago. I have painted over it three times. It depicts one of the most famous waterfalls in New York's Catskill Mountains... Katterskill Falls (Hayne's Falls).
Some of my fondest memories are painting in the clove with an amazing group of artists during the Hudson River Fellowship. There is something profoundly inspirational about literally standing in the footsteps of some of the painting greats of the 1800s. I am hoping to return this summer and finish this piece.



Shop Talk

Thoughts on Brushes

I use whatever tool is best for the job... especially when it comes to "mark making" with paint. I try and have a large variety of brush styles, bristle types, and sizes. Here are some thoughts:

  • Thick “impasto” paint = stiff brush

  • Fluid paint = soft brush

  • A sharp angle of brush to surface = a thin smeared mark (think of a squeegee cleaning off a window)

  • A shallow angle of brush to surface = a thicker laying of paint (think of troweling on plaster)

    I should note that I do not limit paint application to just paint brushes. 
    If a pallet knife, rubber “shaper” brush, roller, or even my finger obtain the desired effect... then it is fair game. The only way to get 
    confident in brush handling is to be able to "know" what the mark will look like beforehand. The only way to do this is through mileage. It is just like playing music - you need to practice often to know what sound a key will make before you press it. Paint every day, and enjoy every minute!

Final Thoughts
 Get out and paint - it is good for the soul.
The more you learn - the harder it becomes since you become more critical.
Remember  - drawing pats you on the back... painting is a humbling experience.
90% of the time a painting is in the "awkward looking state", while a drawing looks "good" as you progress.
Thus, keep your mind on the final outcome and press on.
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"The true end of art is not to imitate a fixed material condition, but to represent a living emotion."

George Inness 

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