quilt-like oil painting measures 29" by 53" and was completed early in 2005 a few months after kristy and i moved from rockland
to portland. i have always enjoyed the process of balancing individual colors in an attempt to make a harmonious composition.
in this case, the minimal use of line gave me the opportunity to do just that.
ram island light
september 2005 i went to work for peter pray as the sternman aboard his boat the lady catherine. every third day we would
haul the gear he had set three miles east of the islands clustered off portland. this painting depicts a lighthouse built
on a rocky shore a quatermile off cushing island, and the plight of lobsterboats in the high seas that frequently occur in
autumn. the original painting measures 15" x 64".
owls head , maine
friend beave woodman was married to his wife christina in the summer of 2000. the preceding fall i worked as the sternman
on his father carls' 34 foot boat the dawn and linda. this painting shows that boat steaming towards owls head harbor between
the lighthouse and monroe island and was a wedding gift for the new bride and groom. the original oil is five feet in width.
2002 beave woodman and his sister dawn commissioned me to create a painting for their father carl's birthday. since i had
previously painted a picture of carls' boat for beave, i thought it would be a good idea to use beaves' boat as the subject
for carls' painting. so i used this image of "the beave" steaming up to haul the first gear of the year, in february, set
in rocky terrain in "the gut", the narrow passage between monroe and sheep islands. like the earlier painting, this one stretches