After a foreign
service career, I am enjoying capturing the beauty of the mid-east coast
of the United States, particularly the Chesapeake Bay and its
tributaries, as well as the surrounding rural areas with their simple
structures and wildlife. These are the places to which I returned when I
could to rest for a few weeks between overseas assignments.
In order to take more
time to look at the things I paint to really see and appreciate them, I
took up painting. Slowing down to gaze more completely at the subjects
in order to paint them develops a bond with the subject, the colors, and
the lights. My subjects include landscapes, still lives, flowers, and
the scenes and people I have seen in my many years of travel, both
overseas and in the Unite States. I am particularly drawn to water, as
I'm sure many people are, with its restful and restorative qualities.
Among other places, I
have studied painting at various overseas locations, in classes and
workshops at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, as well as
with an experienced instructor in Arlington, Virginia. In Southern
Maryland, I've studied drawing and painting with various people in
Calvert and Saint Mary's Counties.