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All paintings on this website are original paintings. The painting subjects are varied as can be seen on the THEMES GALLERY page.  Prints of the paintings displayed and many others can be seen and obtained by clicking on the SHOP button in the navigation line above.  Current exhibition information is available on the EXHIBITED PAINTINGS page.

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Pourville Beach 2022

Pourville-sur-mer, France was a favorite setting for Claude Monet. He painted a series of paintings in the 1880’s that included “Sunset in Pourville” featuring a setting sun as two women strolled along the beach.
I think of Monet as an inspiration, but I do not attempt to imitate him. At times however, I do find it to be fun and challenging to paint a picture using a setting that is a known favorite of a master like Monet. Thankfully, modern-day technology makes it easy to search for and find current-day images of locations like the Pourville beach.
My painting “Pourville Beach 2022” is based on photographs dated 2020 – 2021. Instead of copying one of Monet’s several Pourville paintings, my painting has a man fishing at the water’s edge, a sailboat in the horizon, and fluffy-clouded sky. I hope my painting does justice to the beauty recognized by Monet in the 1880’s and that still exists in the year 2022.
Here’s a link for current information about Pourville-sur-mer France -

Eagle's View

For a long time, I’ve had the idea of doing a painting from a view that focused on tops of trees rather than the typical ground level sight line. However, I struggled to find a scene that I thought to be of interest. I did attempt a painting of various colored treetops, but the result equated to what appeared to be paint spillage of several colors that didn’t play well together.
Recently, I happened upon photographs of the Haghartsin Monastery in Tavush Province, Armenia. Some of the photographs were of a view above the monastery located in the mountainous, forested setting in northern Amenia. The photographs were of various viewpoints and seasonal views.
I used the reference photos to paint “Eagles View” as an early fall scene where the forest and foliage were in process of transition from summer greens to fall shades of reds.
If you would like to learn more about the Haghartsin Monastry, here’s a link that may be of interest to you and also provide a hint as to why I titled the painting "Eagles View"

The Water Garden

This painting is based on photographs of the water garden created by Claude Monet starting in 1893. Over time, Monet shaped and enlarged the water garden. It has been said that “Never before had a painter so shaped his subjects in nature before painting them. And so, he created his works twice.” Several of Monet’s paintings are his impressions of the water garden as it grew and changed for more than 20 years. Monet’s water garden is located in Giverny, France. It is a small village located less than 50 miles northwest of Paris, but thanks to Monet, it a global landmark for tourists.
Claude Monet is renowned for being the father of Impressionist painting. His bright, outdoor landscapes and soft, tender portraits are showcased in museums all over the world. One of the most fascinating methods Monet adopted was painting the same outdoor scene throughout the year to capture the changing of the light and the transition of seasons.
However, toward the end of his life, Monet’s cheerful palate of pastels became muddled and muted. The reason? Unfortunately, Monet’s vision deteriorated as a result of cataracts. After the removal of his cataracts, Monet lamented in a letter that he had progressively lost the ability to distinguish between colors. Monet’s letter gives a vivid description of one of the most common symptoms of cataracts: colors appearing muted or faded. For the average person, the fading or yellowing of colors could be frustrating or saddening, but for Monet, color was his livelihood.
I don’t pretend to be qualified even to be a brush cleaner for masters such as Monet, but nevertheless, current day photographs of Monet’s water garden inspired me to produce my version of the water garden.

Maryland, America In Miniature

The painting below is my impression of what the state of Maryland would look like in the form of a garden of wildflowers. The flower of Maryland is the “Black-eyed Susan”, a wild flower found across Maryland and associated with the Preakness, the second crown of horse racing’s triple crown.
Maryland, a tiny state within the U.S., has long been referred to as “America in miniature” because of its many offerings. Western Maryland offers mountain ranges, waterfalls, rivers, and lakes. Eastern Maryland offers the Atlantic Ocean, several islands including the Assateaque Island, home of the Assateaque ponies, and Smith Island among others. Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay is known world-wide for its seafood, and offers great opportunities for recreational water activities such as boating, swimming, and more.
A wide variety of business and lifestyles can be found in Maryland. Baltimore, the largest city in Maryland is home to world renown Johns Hopkins. Additionally, The University of Maryland, and many other well known medical, scientific, and business establishments offer employment opportunities and services within Maryland and beyond. The historic city of Annapolis is Maryland’s capital, and home to the U.S Naval Academy and a branch of St. John's College, home of the Mitchell-gallery. Urban, suburban, and farming businesses offer residential and employment opportunities in Maryland.
Entertainment of every kind can be found throughout Maryland. Professional sports such as the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, The Baltimore Blast, along with college sports, and others as well. Additionally, theatres, art galleries, as well as leisure walks or bike ride trails and more are all available in Maryland.
All of the above and more, are why Maryland is known as “America in miniature”.
This painting was painted for entry in to the “What’s Up? Media 15th exhibit "Into the Garden”. It was accepted along with another titled “Spring Is Coming”. Please click on “EXHIBITED PAINTINGS” to see “Spring is Coming” and exhibit details.