Late Winter 2018 Update

JAZZ VISIONS (16 original watercolors on canvas) is still on display at District on West Street in Pittsfield, Mass. Take a look….it will be coming down soon. Plus…THE FOOD IS GREAT!

Busy planning the 2018 exhibit schedule…there are a lot of things happening…but more on that later once dates have been finalized.

Here are a couple of my most recent commissions…

House Portrait Commissions

House Portrait Commissions

In the meantime….I am always available for commissions of any kind. I have been painting a lot lately and am NOT taking on students at this time. I will again, but not until some major projects have been completed.

Wild Radish Gallery, Clinton, NJ

Exciting news….a selection of my watercolors are now in a gallery in New Jersey:

The Wild Radish Gallery
19-21 Main Street
Clinton, New Jersey

If you are interested in these originals, please contact Martha at The Wild Radish.

Irish Bike at Wall

Bike at Post Office

Dingle Woolen Company

Bowe Street

Country Lane

Back Streets

Hilltown Sunset

Sunset on the Farm

The Language of Flowers

Portsmouth Seacoast

Late 2017 Exhibits

Late Fall/Early Winter Schedule 

October 6 – First Friday Artswalk– I will be part of the “Reunion” exhibit at NUArts Studios, 311 North Street, Pittsfield, 5-8 pm. Come by, visit and see what all the other artists are up to as well.

November 1 – 28  “Winter in the Berkshires”  at Wingate Residences / Gallery at Melbourne Place, 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. Open for public viewing.

Winter exhibit  at District Kitchen and Bar, 40 West Street, Pittsfield – “Jazz Visions” will be on exhibit most of the winter, exact dates to be posted soon.

December 2 & 3 – Alchemy Initiative’s Annual Handmade Holiday Festival at the Stationary Factory in Dalton. I will have a booth and will bring lots of funky things for the holidays.

Exhibit Schedule June – Dec 2017

 2017 Exhibit Schedule

May 27, 28, 29, June 3, 4  – Trinity Gallery,  484 Lime Rock Rd, Lime Rock, Conn. This is a Juried Group Show.  Hours:  Noon – 4pm.  Opening Reception on Friday May 26,  5-7 pm.

June 30 – August 7 — Oil and Water – DO MIX!  Good Purpose Gallery, 40 Main Street, Lee, Mass. Duo exhibit with Karen Jacobs (oils). My watercolors (approximately 20) will include new New England and Berkshire scenes, focusing on the farmlands, barns, seacoast and lighthouses and some incredible skies. Preview of many of my pieces HERE. Visit for hours, directions, etc .  Opening Reception: Friday,  June 30   4:30-6:30 pm.

July 14,  Friday — Demo – Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio, 92 Hawthorne St, Lenox, Mass – I will be painting under a tent on the grounds of this stunning museum…come sit for a while and get a freebe water color lesson and demo. I expect to be there painting from about 10am – 2pm. This is what I painted at last year’s demo.

July 29-30 — Church on the Hill Art Show –  Juried fine art and craft show… I have been exhibiting at this show for years and I think it is one of the nicest held all summer at Lilac Park in Lenox, Mass. Held rain or shine, free admission. Ample parking. Hours: Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm.  I will be offering a mix of framed originals and fine art reproductions, binned prints and cards. A great place to Christmas shop!

August 5,  Saturday — 3rd ANNUAL  Home ART Sale.
Hours: 10am – 3pm. Raindate: Sunday, August 6.  46 Glory Drive, Pittsfield, Mass. There will be plenty of framed and unframed originals and repros and other artsy stuff. Email me if any questions –

August 19-20 — Stockbridge Art Show – Main Street, Stockbridge, Mass (you cannot miss it!) – Juried fine art and craft show sponsored by the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce. This will be my 3rd year exhibiting in this show…it always feels like a homecoming. I love this show! Also a great place to Christmas shop (that’s what I do). Held rain or shine, free admission. Ample parking. Hours: Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm.  I will be offering a mix of framed originals and fine art reproductions, binned prints and cards.

November – Month-long exhibit of “Winter in the Berkshires” at the Wingate Residences at Melbourne Assisted Living,  140 Melbourne Rd, Pittsfield, Mass.  Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 14 at 6pm.

December – Exhibit of JAZZ paintings at District Kitchen & Bar, 40 West Street, Pittsfield. 

PUBLIC Eat+Drink Exhibit

Most of my paintings from the Jazz Vision exhibit plus some Berkshire winter scenes (about 20 paintings in all) have moved to North Adams…see them at PUBLIC Eat+Drink…a very funky restaurant located very close to Mass MoCA, which is just about one of the coolest places in the world. Food is GREAT, ambiance fabulous and staff wonderful…. my paintings feel right at home there. Go see! And tell Jared that I sent you!  Show is up until March 2017.

Here are a few photos. If you want to know more about the individual paintings, click Jazz Visions.






Interested in a House Portrait???

House Portrait Progression

My procedure for Painting a House Portrait

  • Photo Shoot – if property is local, I will walk the property with the home owner and take tons of reference photos. I will take photos close up and distant and even some of the abutting property. I like to encircle the home to get the “feel” of the home and the surroundings, even if I am only painting the front of the home. Sometimes I return to take additional photos if the exposure is not right during the initial photo shoot. I like to see how the shadows fall; they give life to a painting.
  • Things we discuss…
    • Possible perspectives for the painting. And “orientation”…such as a wide “landscape” view, or traditional shape. Often the homeowners know exactly what they want, others are open for ideas;
    • What to leave in, what to leave out, what to add (dogs, trucks, etc.) as well as trees to move, shrubbery to “grow” or trim;
    • Season of the painting, and if the home owner would like gardens in bloom and they are not during the photo shoot, it’s helpful to me to have some photos that were taken earlier. Same if the home owner wants a snowy scene and it’s not winter… client photos help, but I can also use my imagination and do some research as well if that is not possible;
    • Time of day – early evening paintings in winter are stunning, also, during any season the lighting is always more attractive in early morning or afternoon…just not when the sun is high.
  • Drawing – I then study all of the photos and do a drawing based on our discussion and the reference photos. It is often a rough sketch, sometimes more defined. The purpose is to make sure we are on the “same page” … also this is the time when you can change your mind about things…decide to move or remove some trees, make the barn look a little closer etc. Once all decisions have been made, including size of your painting, and you give me the “go-ahead”, I will proceed with the painting.
  • Painting – I scan the final version of the drawing. I then am able to resize it to the painting size and print it on large light-weight paper.  I use this as a template for the painting. Because watercolor paper is delicate, I do my original drawing on drawing paper. I then transfer the image by hand using graphite paper, and I try to transfer only the parts of the drawing that are critical to have correct (placement of windows, doors, driveway etc.).  Other things like the trees and shrubbery, I try to do freehand as much as possible.
  • Techniques I often use: masking fluid to keep the whites white and pristine, salt to create funky textural effects. Products I use: I typically paint on 300 lb Arches watercolor paper, slightly off-white. Because of the weight of the paper, it does not require stretching. I use a variety of professional level tube (mostly) watercolor paints.