I’m inspired by the way light turns an ordinary object into something extraordinary. Living in the fishing village of Stonington, Maine, I can watch the way light flickers on the harbor and creates phenomenal scenes from one second to the next.
I paint mostly with watercolor because it’s a fluid medium that captures gesture and light. I’m interested in painting fleeting moments, so I take many, many photos with my mobile phone during the course of a day. Perhaps one photo in a hundred suggests a painting.
I painted in my spare time as a journalist in Washington, D.C., where I studied at the Art League School at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Va. I also studied with the Art Students League in New York City and Florence, Italy; and at the Deer Isle Artists’ Association.
I learn mostly, though, by studying the watercolors of Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and John Yardley.