I paint primarily from the midcoast Maine landscape and its surrounding farms, with occasional diversions into the common still life of the vegetable or a view into everyday life at home. I'm very worried about how we're all going to make our way into a future where climate issues threaten and our children won't have any sense of how the natural world has been our balancing and leveling aesthetic.
What the local farmer brings to a community that sustains us was a focus in the paintings for nearly all of 2012 and remains an enduring involvement. Shining a light on our connection to the land and the people who work it, through painting, is my own way of supporting the sustainable harvesting of our food on a local level. Since working with associated farmers and artists on a project which was designed to bring the neighborhood farms forward and into public view, I have cemented my own commitment to the 'GROW LOCAL' effort.