Thursday, January 7, 2016

Assateague Island Wild Horses

The horses of Assateague Island were inspiring to watch and paint. During my visit, I was able to photograph and paint in different atmospheric and light conditions.

"Assateague Treasure"

"Beach Run"

"Paint in Moonlight"

Please contact me about the availability of these paintings.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Photographing Wild Horses, Visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Equis Art Gallery

Near the end of my Artist in residence at Assateague Island, I was joined by Meredith Hudes-Lowder from Equus ferus Wild Horse Photography. We photographed the horses at Assateague and Chincoteague Island.

After photographing the horses, we traveled to New York to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was exciting to see paintings by artists that I have studied. Rembrandt, Van Gogh,  Cezanne, Sargent, Manet, Vermeer, Zorn and many others.

We also traveled to Red Hook to visit Equis Art Gallery who represents my work. 

This was an incredible end to an awesome opportunity and trip!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Home from my Assateague Island Artist in Residence

My Artist in Residence at Assateague Island National Seashore was amazing. I spend two weeks painting and photographing the horses and the island. During that time I gave two workshops on Painting Wild Horses from Life and one presentation to a middle school art class.

The ocean was wonderful and I never tired of watching the sunlight on the waves. I was also treated to the beauty of changing leaves.

Painting an area that is so different from the desert was an excellent opportunity to see and learn. The mist and atmosphere were full of soft edges and diffused light.

I want to thank the Assateague Island Alliance for sponsoring my residency and the staff at the Assateague Island National Seashore. Every one was very kind and helpful. I look forward to returning!  

Many thanks to Rachael Parcella for the excellent online and print articles about my A.I.R.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Artist in Residence at Assateague Island

My bags are packed, my boxes shipped last week and I am ready for my trip to Assateague Island. My two week Residency is sponsored by Assateague Island Alliance, the group that supports the Assateague Island National Seashore with conservation and fundraising efforts. During my stay, I will be teaching two Introductory Workshops on Painting Wild Horses from Life.

While I am there, I will be joined by Equus ferus Wild Horse Photography. This will be a wonderful opportunity to get photos of the fall light, changing leaves and the winter coats.

I look forward to updating with photos and paintings during my stay. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Plein Air Painting - Wild Horses

Over the past several years, I have developed my painting gear that is specific to the specialty of painting wild horses from life. Considering that I will be walking an unknown distance, I want my gear as light as I can make it, and not take anything into the field that might cause extra curiosity or be a concern for the horses. (Plastic grocery bags that I typically use for trash is one of the items I leave home when I paint horses.) My gear is compact and sets up quickly. I also have my palette set and ready to go, which eliminates the need for carrying tubes of paint.

1. Carbon fiber tripod. (I have the same mounts attached to my camera and easel)
2. Brushes, (Rosemary and Co. are my favorite brushes), palette knife, small chip brush from the hardware store and a paint scraper.
3. Strada Easel
4. Sun block, spf gloves, pen, pencil, small sketch book, and extra SD card.
5. Panels and panel carrier. (PanelPak).
6. Odorless mineral spirits, a small mesh bag for trash, a water bottle carrier to hold my OMS, napkins folded in half in a mesh bag, plastic putty scraper to clean my palette. (I don't carry a roll of paper towels when painting wild horses).
7. Storm Jacket for my camera, (in the event of rain or dust storm), View Finder, extra tripod mount, lens cleaner, extra camera battery, and business cards.
8. Canon 70D with a 100-400mm lens.
9. Camelbak backpack that will hold up to 100 oz of water. (I have one that can hold an 12x16 panel).
(The only thing not pictured is a 13 gallon trash bag for picking up trash on the way back to the car).

My goal is to be as unobtrusive as I can while I paint. I want to watch the horses interacting with each other rather than focusing on me.

Painting at Sand Wash Basin, CO 2015

Please let me know if you have any questions. Happy painting!