About

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My recent work has concentrated on themes inspired by the Adirondack mountains. I use paths of light and water to bring order out of what at first seems a chaotic landscape. As in Wallace Steven’s poem, Anecdote to a Jar, these elements, joined by figures, become focal points around which the painted landscape coalesces. Places resonate. As I sit and draw, order becomes clearer. To paraphrase the Scottish painter Joan Eardley, the more I see, the more there is to paint.  

I have always painted. As a very young person, I studied with Ed Connolly and later, Richard Grosvenor, both in Newport, Rhode Island. I attended the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a bachelor of fine arts in 1974. In 1972 I attended Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland. In 2002 I completed a master of liberal arts degree in archeology from Harvard University. My archeological fieldwork was in Honduras and Mexico, where I found many visual parallels to the landscape of my early childhood in southern California. The landscapes of New York, Rhode Island, Scotland, and Massachusetts are where I find constant inspiration and renewal.

Plein-air painting and drawing form the base of oil paintings finished in the studio. 

I have been designing children's books since 1977, and am presently art director at Charlesbridge Publishing, in Massachusetts. I have been Art Director of Children's Trade Books at Houghton Mifflin, Creative Director at Little, Brown and Company, as well as running my own graphic design business, Ars Agassiz. I taught many years at the Radcliffe Publishing Program, have frequently been a member of the Rhode Island School of Design's Illustration Department Thesis Review committee. I have given workshops on children's book illustration at the University of Southern Maine, Maine College of Art, and at SCBWI conferences around the world. I am a member of the Society of Printers in Boston. I have been fortunate in my publishing career to have worked with many extremely talented artists all of whom have taught me so much. 

 

Adirondack Artists Guild 20th Annual Juried Show
The reception and announcement of award winners for the 20th Annual Juried Show will be Friday March 23, from 5 - 7pm.
The Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery is located at 52 Main Street, in historic Saranac Lake, New York - the "arts destination" of the
Adirondacks. 518 891-2615. Hours: Tues - Sat 10 - 5,  Sun 11 - 3.

Hidden Order: Adirondack Paintings

October 2, 2017, through November 3, 2017

Solo show at the Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center
20 Sacramento Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts