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I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on February 7th, 1983 and grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. My childhood is filled with family and friends and warm memories of summers at the beach. I absorbed my father and mother’s encouragement of art pursuit and took creative after school programs offered in public schools, as well as playing sports and fishing with my father and brother.

When I was 16, I started to paint taking advanced placement art classes in high school and compiled a portfolio to win art scholarships to study at Maryland Institute College of Art in the Fall of 2001. At this time I had my art exhibited for the first time and I also began working as a deckhand with fishing charter boats.

I studied general fine arts with a concentration in painting and a minor in liberal arts. I studied under Marc Karnes, Susan Waters-Eller, and Raoul Middleman and began to draw connections with landscape paintings, illusionism and drawing the narrative in my work. After graduation, I headed back to fishing and furthering my skills as an artist after work or on days off.

If you are in the area, I have been elected to hold a solo exhibition of selected original watercolor, oil and gyotaku fish prints. The show will run to the end of February. I hope you will find time to see my recent work.

English Bulldogs for Silk Anniversary

George“These paintings of our dogs, George and Jeb were a gift to my husband on our 12th (Silk…) anniversary. Gave Steve only a week advance notice and not only did he meet the deadline but the paintings were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, I was totally blown-away and needless to say my husband was ecstatic. I think he captured them so perfectly that you can actually feel their personalities…quite the accomplishment and the perfect gift. Just can’t say enough about the professionalism and quality of the workmanship. Thanks Steve for making my our anniversary so special with something we will treasure for many, many years!”

Joanne had received a large oil painting of her house as a Christmas gift some years ago. She recently contacted me to produce a commissioned painting as a gift for her husband on her 12th wedding anniversary. After talking to Joanne it was clear that the subject matter would be of her two large english bulldogs. After looking at photos she had sent me, we discussed further options of size and media and decided that the best route would be for two separate watercolor paintings of the dogs walking in snow-covered sand dunes, using the same minimal palette. in matching mats and frames  The names of some anniversaries provide guidance for appropriate or traditional gifts for the spouses to give each other in most nations. In English-speaking countries the first, wooden, gift was cut on the day of celebration and then presented to the wife as a finished article before the next two Quarter Days had passed. The tradition may have originated in medieval Germany where, if a married couple lived to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their wedding, the wife was presented by her friends and neighbours with a silver wreath to congratulate them for the good fortune that had prolonged the lives of the couple for so many years. On celebration of the 50th, the wife received a wreath of gold. Over time the number of symbols expanded and the German tradition came to assign gifts that had direct connections with each stage of married life.

Jeb

1 Paper, 2 Cotton, 3 Leather, 4 Linen or Silk, 5 Wood, 6 Iron, 7 Wool or Copper, 8th Bronze, 9th Pottery, 10th Tin or Aluminum, 11th Steel, 12 Silk, 13 Lace, 14 Ivory, 15 Crystal, 20 China, 24 Opal, 25 Silver, 30 Pearl, 35 Coral or Jade, 40 Ruby, 45 Sapphire, 50 Gold, 55 Emerald, 60 Diamond (yellow), 65 Blue Sapphire, 70 Platinum, 75 Diamond or Gold, 80 Oak, 85 Moonstone, and for the 100th wedding anniversary you get the original fountain of youth.

Mothers Rest Park from Boylston Street Bridge, Boston, November 5th, 2013

Mothers Rest Park from Boylston Street Bridge, Boston, November 5th, 2013

Lowell Canal House at Dusk / Lowell Skyline at Sunset

Lowell Mill House

After the first sitting, I hiked an elevator up to hit a quick sunset on the Lowell skyline, with the remaining water from the first painting the canal. Both quick direct studies, yet far more evident on the latter of the works.

Lowell Smokestack Sunset

Apple Orchard Pond

 October is one of the best times of the year to go out and paint in New England: not a lot of wind, not that cold, long, low light, and really reactive colors that change everyday before they are just gone…. My advice is to get outside and walk around. Leave early and take a different route to work that you’ve never encountered and bring along a camera, something to write with, or some drawing materials with a light seat.

 

South Elliot Place, Fort Greene

South Elliot Place, Fort Greene

Recent Abstract Oil Painting

Recent Abstract Oil Painting

“House Plant Shadows”, August 2013, Oil on canvas 36×24″

I often use chance operations in my work, most often in creating compositions for abstractions. For this composition, I placed my canvas on a wall where multiple streetlights would shine on to it at night, casting three contours of shadows from house plants which sit on an upright organ on my studio. As for the color application, I work with the same palette I use on a study from life (that I paint at the same time), and apply the “leftover” color inconsiderate of creating any sort of resemblance to something.

When I paint landscapes, or something from nature, I am taking in the exterior landscape and bringing it to the interior landscape in mind, and the painting is somewhat of a conversation between the two spaces constantly resounding on the viewed work in progress, whereas my abstract work is a non place, or an interior utopian work, focused on the silence of an ideal.

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