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Reservoir at sundown

That fleeting moment when the sky is on fire…

Inspired by the glorious, moody sunsets over a nearby reservoir.

I am finishing this 16 by 20 encaustic painting with oils and wax over a watercolor base for an upcoming show at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, New York opening on April 21, 2023.

The Evolution of Autumn Reservoir

Reservoir in Autumn is on view at the Cooperstown Art Association in Cooperstown, New York, as part of my solo show, Radiant Edges through October 28.

Here is a glimpse at the evolution of this encaustic painting starting with the watercolor base followed by layers of encaustics, India inks, and oils. A special thank you to Marie and Steve Dungan for loaning me this painting which is part of their private collection.

Out of Darkness

Encaustic, India ink, and oils with beeswax over watercolor on birch panel

Out of Darkness

That moment when the light of the rising sun, filtered by the forest, pierces darkness, painting the winter landscape in blue and gold.

Inspired by a fleeting moment I glimpsed last week through my bedroom window.

The Light Slips away

India inks and oils over encaustic over watercolor.

The edges of day, last brilliant glimmers of light as the sun slips down below the Northern Catskill Mountains. I’m drawn, again and again, to this theme of ephemeral, temporal beauty and wonder as the light whispers at dusk and dawn. Working with these layers of translucent media allows much depth, atmosphere, and light.

Recently on display at The Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, New York, this 8 x 8 painting has found a new home.

A Changing Landscape

These are a few of my paintings that will be on display at the Carrie Haddad Gallery on Warren Street in Hudson, New York, in A Changing Landscape, November 24, 2021 – January 16, 2022. Opening reception is Saturday, November 27 from 5 to 7 pm. Hope to see you!

Painting Weeping Crab

Weeping Crab is in the permanent collection of WAH, the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in New York City.
Here’s the story of my inspiration and how I created this encaustic, oil, beeswax, and watercolor painting.

Painting The Edge of Day

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Along the Hudson

I sometimes take an Amtrak train from Hudson to NYC and always try to find a window seat facing west. For two hours, the rapidly passing views of river, sky, and a thin slice of land that forms the seam between the two fill me with awe at being a temporal creature drifting along the edge between heaven and earth.

Those tensions and connections between earth and sky informed the progress of this painting which consists of a base layer of watercolor followed by layers of encaustics, oils with beeswax, and India inks, built up, scraped back, and built up again – cycles of creation and destruction, growth and decay, repeating themselves again and again, eternally.

Before the darkness

The edge of night, tense with the inevitability of change, yet ripe with possibility… Oils with beeswax over layer upon layer of encaustic, over watercolor.