Local

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(1983-2000)


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These may look like 'snapshots' and it was my intention that the view would be just that random. However, some of the photo sketches from which these evolved will be loaded to demonstrate the necessity for imagination and the choices made and how the tones and values were developed to deepen the circumstances, in time.


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I was living in a piano factory on Tremont Street in Boston in the mid-1970s and felt the isolation at the end of an elevator shaft was not becoming to an artist, and the free play of abstraction and expression seemed too easy. There were concerns about how I would support myself, as well, and I was finishing up the 13 courses I was taking at Tufts in order to teach - although, a BFA in additional to my diploma from a professional art school - the School of the Museum of Fine Arts - was not really sufficient. It was logical, therefore, that I plant myself somewhere in the world along with some teaching experience, and that was the not very noble motivation for my joining the Peace Corps and choosing to live in what I considered the heart of Africa.

The richness of the two years living high on a hill overlooking one of the deepest lakes on the continent - actually a volcanic cavity - 5,000 feet above sea level surrounded by forest and small villages was a time in which everything counted, my time was limited, and I was conscious each moment of the wonder and richness of the experience interacting with people who would take you by the hand to lead you home after a visit in which whatever they might have for food was given as a form of gratitude for the encounter.

Returning home, I was determined to bring much of that with me to share and I did portraits. But then it was a matter of focusing on where I was and to make the most of my ability to appreciate the moment. Between 1983 and 2000 (generally) the most important work I did - to me - was an act of appreciation for the quick passing by of a moment -- an eternal most temporary and vulnerable . . . . the places, intersections, the activity . . . . a reaching out to what is seen and might well be other than myself - and a realization of my own limitations as an artist.

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These Paintings represent about 2/3 of the work done in the 1980s and 90s - all in private collections today unless noted as available (A): 'Skating Scene' (A), Boston Common early 1990s. Oil on Canvas, approx. 34" x 30" - 'November Day' - Riders with The Hunt by The Old Manse 1983. Oil on Canvas, approx. 30" x 30" - 'At the Farm Stand', an Oil on Canvas, approx. 24" x 26" - 'Chatting' an Oil on Canvas, approx. 30" x 30" - 'Come long', an Oil on Canvas, approx. 30" x 30" - 'The Heritage'(A) sailing along the Maine Coast, 1990s. Oil on Canvas, approx. 30" x 30" - 'Downtown', an Oil on Canvas, approx. 20" x 20" - 'Looking Out' from Snow's Pharmacy in Concord Center, Christmas time early 90s. Oil on Canvas, approx. 40" x 40" - 'On an Errand', an Oil on Canvas, approx. 20" x 20" - 'Bandstand' for Old Home Day on the common in Carlisle, 4th of July early 1990s. Oil on Canvas, approx. 20" x 24" - 'Cookout' at Old Home Day in Carlisle, early 1990s. Oil on Canvas, approx. 18" x 20" - 'Refreshments'(A) at The Gardens in Boston, early 1990s. Oil on Canvas, approx. 18" x 18" - 'Waiting for the Parade' on the 4th of July, Old Home Day in Carlisle, MA early 1990s. Oil on Canvas, approx. 18" x 20" - 'Shopping'(A), an Oil on Canvas, approx. 18" x 18" - 'Walking Along', an Oil on Canvas, approx. 14" x 18" (Do not have the original color photograph of this painting) - 'Riders'(A) at Thanksgiving Time in the 1980s. Oil on Canvas, approx. 14" x 14" - 'After School', an Oil on Canvas, approx. 14" x 18" - 'Practicing' at home. Oil on Canvas, approx. 34" x 40" - 'Downtown', an Oil on Canvas, approx. 40" x 28" - 'What Would you Like?', 4th of July early 1990s. Oil on Canvas, approx. 20" x 16" - 'Sledding'(A) on Nashawtuc Hill. Oil on Canvas, approx. 16" x 20" - 'Along the Fence' a view of Orchard House in Concord, 1990s. Oil on Canvas approx. 18" x 20" - 'Distance' along the shore. Oil on Canvas approx. 24" x 28" - 'Newbury Street' in Boston, 1980s. Oil on Canvas approx. 24" x 28 - 'Cows in the Farmyard'(A) along the Road to Groton, MA in the 1980s. Oil on Canvas approx. 28" x 30" - 'Oldest House', an Oil on Canvas approx. 30" x 34" - 'Snow Plowing' on Walden Street in Winter early 1980s. Oil on Canvas approx. 20" x 20" - 'Ice Skating' at Macone's Pond, 1990s. Oil on Canvas approx. 14" x 14" - 'Morning Walk' along Lexington Road at Heyward Corner, 1990s. Oil on Canvas approx. 40" x 48" -- 'Waiting' by The Toy Shop in Concord (1980s). Oil on Canvas approx. 30" x 30" - 'Cycling Through', an Oil on Canvas approx. 24" x 28" - 'Christmas Shopping' by the Colonial Inn (1990s). Oil on Canvas approx. 18" x 20" - 'Afternoon Walk' along the Historic Mile in Concord, Autumn 1990s. Oil on Canvas approx. 18" 20" - 'Welcome' to the Alcott House in Concord, MA (1980s). Oil on Canvas approx. 24" x 28" - 'Spring Morning'(A) along the Mill Stream (1990s). Oil on Canvas approx. 28" x 30" - 'Morning Riders' by the Old Manse (1980s). Oil on Canvas approx. 14" x 18" - 'Scouts' on the 19th of April, 1984. Oil on Canvas approx. 16" x 18" - 'Swan Boat Ride' in Boston Garden (1980s). Oil on Canvas approx. 18" x 22" - 'At the Beach' in Chatham (1990s). Oil on Canvas approx. 30" x 40" - 'Christmas Trees for Sale' at the Hunnewell Farm in Wellesley, MA (1990s). Oil on Canvas approx. 30" x 40" - 'Winter Walk' along the Historic Mile on Lexington Road in Concord, MA (1984). Oil on Canvas approx. 28" x 36" (Do not have the original color photograph of this painting) - 'Used to be Anderson's Market' in Concord Center (1990s). Oil on Canvas approx. 18" x 20" - 'Pick Up' at Vanderhoof's. (1984) Oil on Canvas approx. 16" x 18" - 'Passing Through' Concord in May (1980s). Oil on Canvas approx. 28" x 40" (Do not have a good color photograph of this painting)- 'On an Errand' on a rainy day (1980s). Oil on Canvas approx. 30" x 30" - 'On an Errand' at Snow's Pharmacy in Concord Center (1980s). Oil on Canvas approx. 30" x 40" - 'At the Farm Stand', an Oil on Canvas approx. 20" x 20" -'Passing By', an Oil on Canvas approx. 20" x 20" - 'Autumn Day' along Liberty Street (1990s). Oil on Canvas approx. 14" x 14" - 'Skating' at Macone's Pond (1990s). Oil on Canvas approx. 30" x 40" - 'Sledding' on Nashawtuc Hill in Concord, 1990s. Oil on Canvas approx. 16" x 18" - 'Riders' by the Old Manse in Concord (1980s). Oil on Canvas approx. 16" x 18" - 'Must Run' on an errand, a rainy November day in Concord Center, Early 1980s. Oil on Canvas approx. 28" x 40" - 'Front Steps' an Oil on Canvas approx. 20" x 18" - 'Running Through' along Main Street near the Wright Tavern (1990s). Oil on Canvas approx. 24" x 30" - 'Fleet Street'(A) in Boston (1980s). Oil on Canvas approx. 28" x 30" - 'Sunday Walk' on Hanover Street in the North End of Boston (1980s). Oil on Canvas approx. 20" x 20" -- 'Chatting' at Picnic in the Park, 4th of July (1990s). Oil on Canvas approx. 20" x 24" -- 'Getting Together', an Oil on Canvas, approx. 30" x 30" - 'Bikes' on Main Street 1990s. Oil on Canvas, approx. 14" x 16" - 'Road Race' on the 4th of July in Lincoln, MA in the early 1990s. Oil on Canvas, approx. 16" x 20" - 'Watching' events at Old Home Day on the 4th of July early 1990s. Oil on Canvas, approx. 16" x 20" - 'Down the Hill' at Nashawtuc, Winter early 1990s. Oil on Canvas approx. 14" x 14" - 'Sledding' down Nashawtuc Hill, Winter early 1990s. Oil on Canvas, approx. 14" x 14" - 'Winter at Macone's Pond' early 1990s, Oil on Canvas, 14" x 14" - 'Hockey Game' at Macone's 1990s. Oil on Canvas, approx. 14" x 16" - 'Riders along Liberty Street' early 1980s. Oil on Canvas, approx. 14" x 16"

(These photographic reproductions of the original paintings are significantly reduced and not of print quality.)




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