March Sun, study - Oil


March Sun, Study,   oil on linen/board,  8" x 12"





This month's featured work is not a new one, but it is related to a work in progress - a large canvas that has been on my easel during each of the past two springs for a brief but intense struggle. You have probably never noticed, but the annual season of golden hills here in upstate New York is so fleeting; the color lasts only a week or two between snow melt and greening of the grass. Blink and the color is gone! This year, I am determined to complete the large version before the world outside my window turns solid green.

Interestingly, as I've continued to work on the larger canvas, I've 'lost' the hawk in the tree!  Yes, that was the original the source of the title and was my 'concept' for the piece, but the pose proved too static for the busy composition. So check back again soon. I am not yet sure how I will resove this one.  As I have realized with other comparably complicated compositions, the bird may be superfluous to the resolution.




Warm March Sun,  oil/linen  28"x40"

work in progress


Scroll down for news, show listings, and other upcoming events.

 NEWS and EVENTS     


 Article About Last October's Trip to Utah in Plein Air Magazine!


 Friends Travel to Paint the Desert, featured in the March 2014 issue of Plein Air Magazine, documents the recent trip I took to southern Utah with a group of a dozen top notch painters (and good friends).  This same group has taken painting trips to special locations for several years now. I joined them in the fall of 2010 in Provincetown, MA, and was glad to travel again to Utah for this second adventure with the group.


Perfect weather and a magnificient landscape helped us all have a super productive 10-day stay in Moab, with daily excursions north to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, and south to the iconic Monument Valley.  Be sure to look for the current issue of Plein Air to read more about our trip!



The group at Monument Valley


Painting along the Colorado River canyon east of Moab (that's me in the middle), with Paul Schulenburg and Ernesto Nemesio, and my painting from that session Evening Sunlight below.


Evening Sunlight,  oil/linen/board, 8x12





Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society


I am proud to announce that I have been promoted to Signature Member status within the American Impressionist Society.  I look forward to continuing to exhibit with this young, but already prestigious organization.


Wellfleet Morning (right) was my contribution to last year's Annual Exhibition of the AIS, held in Charleston, SC at the M Gallery of Fine Art (recently renamed Principle Gallery).


Wellfleet Morning, oil/muslin on board, 11x14


"Spring Shower"  featured on the cover of SANCTUARY


For the second year in a row, I have a painting on the cover of the Spring issue of  Mass Audubon's Sanctuary Magazine. This will actually be the third time my work has graced the cover of Sanctuary, and if any of you are not familiar with this terrific publication, the subscription alone is well-worth the cost of joining Mass Audubon! 


Spring Shower, Hass Hill, oil on linen, 11x16 - Full image

Current issue of Sanctuary.

Spring 2013 issue with "Waiting for Spring" on the cover







Audubon and the Art of Birds


Bell Museum of Natural History

Minneapolis, MI


October 5 2013 to June 8, 2014


I am very proud to have been invited by curator Don Luce to be a part of this historic exhibition, created by the Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis, and highlighting John James Audubon and his continued influence on the art of birds, even now, more than 150 years after his death.  Since just a handful of contemporary painters were invited to participate in the show, I am particularly honored that my oil paintings Reflections of April and Spring Seep, Woodcock (below) were included as representative of the particularly recent sub-genre of  "The Bird in its Environment."


Audubon and the Art of Birds will remain at the Bell Museum into June 2014, and then tour for an additonal year.  Visit the exhibition website to learn more about the tour, and to see the list of venues and schedule of featured events.


Spring Seep, Woodcock,  oil on linen,  14"x 17½"  (2002)




Full-color catalog accompanying the Audubon and the Art of Birds exhibit at The Bell Museum of Natural History.




The Art of Birds


Mark Gruber Gallery

New Paltz, New York


April 5 to May 17, 2014


Opening Reception April 5, 5-7 pm


A group exhibit highlighting birds in an array of art forms, and featuring some really terrific Northeastern artists and friends, including Barry Van Dusen, Cindy House, Sean Murtha, Cole Johnson, Sue Adair and others.   There are rumors that this might be the first of what will be an annual event!   I will be showing a selection of seven oils, including four small studies and two larger canvases.


Fresh Snow Study, Long-eared Owl, o/l/b, 10"x9"


 On Tour With the 2014 Birds in Art Exhibition


Pond Lilies and Gallinule will be traveling with the 2014 Birds in Art tour, sponsored by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau WI. Longtime host of the annual Birds in Art exhibition, the Woodson honored me in 2011 as their 32nd Master Wildlife Artist. 


For more information about this prestigious show and the 2014 tour venues visit the Birds in Art website.




Pond Lilies and Gallinule, oil on linen, 24"x30"







Painting Birds to Save Them:

The Critical Role of Bird Art in the Conservation Movement


Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon

Canton, MA


June 1 - September 14, 2014


I am honored to be included in this new exhibition at the Museum of American Bird Art that traces the the history of the bird conservation movement, as seen through work by some of the most prominent wildlife artists of the past two centuries.  Included in the show will be my recent painting Salt Marsh Sun, which depicts a trio of well-hidden Least Sandpipers at low tide in the marsh at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod.


For more information about the exhibition and the newly re-christened MABA, visit the website.

Salt Marsh Sun, oil/linen,  16x20






2014 National Juried Exhibition


Bennington Center for the Arts

Bennington, Vermont


June 7 - July 27, 2014


I am honored to have been accepted this year into what has become one of the most difficult to get into and most prestigious national group shows.  My favorite painting from last year, Ice on the Creek will be on display again at the Bennington Center for this exhibit  (it was hanging there last fall in the Society of Animal Artist's Annual).   For more information and a schedule of events, see the OPA website.


Ice on the Creek, oil/hemp, 24"x36"






Art of the Animal Kingdom XIX


Bennington Center for the Arts

Bennington, Vermont


June 14 - August 24, 2014


This annual exhibit has become one of the Bennington Center's signature shows, and attracts wildlife artists from across the country.  I will be showing Salt Marsh Plovers, one of a series of recent studies and canvases depicting close-up low tide views of an Atlantic salt marsh with characteristic birds -- in this case, a trio of Black-belled Plovers flying low over the channel.


Salt Marsh Plovers, o/l/b, 12"x18"








Paintings Acquired by the Woodson Museum


In late 2013, two of my paintings were acquired by the Woodson Art Museum.  Both were among the works shown in my Master Wildlife Artist retrospective that accompanied the 2011 Birds in Art.


The Woodson already owns an oil painting of mine, purchased some years ago from Birds in Art, as well as a graphite study for an illustration that was published on the cover of the ornithological journal Auk.  And added now to their amazingly rich permanent collection is River Reflections, Fire and Ice  (below), and a watercolor illustration from my 1994 Golden Field Guide "Eastern Birds," Gnatchatcher, Kinglets and Vireos (right).


Gnatchatcher, Kinglets and Vireo, watercolor, 1991


River Reflections, Fire and Ice,  oil on linen, 24"x 44"










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