As a painter, I don't really consider myself a historian. I am less concerned about what has happened 10, 15, or 20 years ago as I am with what is happening right now. We live in the present and I want my paintings to be an expression of what I experienced right now. I want to hold on to these moments and portray them in paintings so that in 10 or 15 years these paintings reflect the history of what is going on right now.
What first drew me to Down East was the raw innate beauty of life on display. The towns were built in a way that was function first and aesthetics were an afterthought. What has kept me here is the people. The stories, the interaction, the heart and the perseverance of life in a difficult environment it what intrigues me and keeps me coming back for more.
I allow myself the freedom to paint what excites me visually, without trying to make it into something larger. If something clicks and it grows in my mind, then that place becomes my artistic home for a while.
At the end of the project, the complete works will be made into a book that will document the beauty, as well as, the struggle our Down East communities live through on a daily basis.