Friday, February 10, 2017

White Ibis


Hello everybody.

Listening to Pat Metheny right now playing solo on an acoustic guitar, "And I love her" by the Beatles. Want some quiet? Want some ease and beauty and loveliness to start your day? Have a listen on Youtube.

Even if I do not have my headphones on I often hear melodies that are reverent and quiet when I come upon scenes in nature. This Ibis was going about it's business without regard for me. That's how I like it. I simply get to observe and often make art about the beauty like this that I discover on my coastal journey.

I dig the creamy white contrast against the gray blue of the water streaming out at the end of the high to low tide transition. The small snails give this photograph a counterpoint of detail and then there is the red around the eye and the pink legs for just a touch of color. The Ibis has such an interesting shape, don't you think?

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Bubba Duval In The Shallows Of The Flats


Hi everybody.

This is an area on the way out to Amelia Island in Florida. It was early in the morning and I saw this young man in his skiff heading back home. I just love that old boat marked by years of adventures and journeys navigating the waters to find the treasures that nature gives so freely.

There is something wonderful and intimate in a  relationship between the salt marsh, the ocean in an old well worn, hardy skiff. The waterways are wide open, uncrowded and lift my spirits completely when I'm out on the flats. Bubba was heading home from dawn patrol with some flounder, shrimp, crab and oysters. Happiness!

In addition to the grace and connection I feel to old and functional art like this boat I am drawn to the color shifts on the water from faster moving water to slow and the reflections of light along with the color of what's in the water and what's beneath it.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

A Very Fine Feathered Friend

Hello everybody. This is my portrait of a local Great White Egret, one of many done and I expect many more to come as I find eternal and magical grace in their form and flight.

The word "egret" comes from the French word "aigrette" that means both "silver heron" and "brush", referring to the long super fine feathers that flow down an egret's back during the breeding season as they are shown here..

They were endangered at one point in the United States because over hunting them for their plumes for adornment on hats.

There seems to be a healthy population where I live in Florida. I am grateful for that.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017



Hi everybody.

And yes, I really dig the search (and the writing) by Liz Gilbert in her book, Eat, Pray, Love.
"Attraversiamo" is a word I learned from her.

One of my favorite daydreams is that I could cross over the salt marsh as gracefully as one of the many species of wading birds from herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills and wood storks to cranes and hawks that I frequently enjoy seeing there.

I love the spilt in the channels that run through the tundra of the spaces that have been left undeveloped. It's like a haven of redfish, shrimp and mullet spun into a maze of cordgrass and fishing birds.

This double painting is called a diptych for you who are not familiar with the term the art world gives it. They were small panels 11" x 14" each oil on canvas done in a very gestural painterly style, one I use when I want to give an overall feeling of the energy of nature in my brushwork.

This one is sold (even though it's two paintings it is considered one work). If you are looking to add to your art collection of coastal or wildlife art please visit me at you can also connect with me on LinkedIn you can make a comment below or contact me at please feel free I enjoy hearing from you!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Nature's Design


Hi everybody. These are a brace of Striped Bass I caught on Long Island Sound. They were just posing for me for a second and then I let them go.

This was a soft, beautiful moment. It was near dusk. I had the moon rising on my left shoulder and the sun descending on my right. I cast near the riff of the eddy near the reeds on the opposite bank of the little sand bar and BAM! These guys like to hit that fly hard and then run. I always do a slow easy retrieve as to not injure them. I was using a Gray Ghost in case you were wondering

Are they not just the most handsome in their appearance? I remember reading a biography about Christian Dior. Part of his process in his designs was to take a vacation or a working sabbatical and just spend time in nature often with sketchbook in hand. Do you think he would have found a new kind of silvery shimmer here? Perhaps he would discover a new kind of pinstripe, herringbone pattern?

Nature fascinates me. It is the design and it is in the engineering and the connectedness. I love this planet!

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Land Of The Loggerhead

Hi everybody. Welcome.

This is my watercolor study of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle.

We get our fair share of them on our shores as they come annually to nest here. They are exceptionally beautiful creatures in and out of the water. When I studied them I was surprised to find their are only 7 species of Sea Turtles on the planet. Most of them are classified as endangered. They are a fundamental link in the health of our marine ecosystem.

I hope you are fortunate and get to see one in the wild. Thank you for looking at my art today. is where you may see more of my Fine Art Coastal Journey. If you are in a related business like interior design or publishing reach out to me at I really enjoy meeting new people.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Tender Moment In Larchmont Manor.


Hi everybody.

My painting is titled "A Tender Moment In Larchmont Manor" it is oil on canvas 26" x 32" The Manor was a comforting refuge for me when I lived in New York.

This is an isolated cove called Horseshoe Harbor in NY. Founded in 1888 The Horseshoe Harbor Yacht Club is still a place where you can find great camaraderie in sailing and the salt life in a relaxed community. This is one of the wooden launches that served as tenders of a pair that ferry members out to their moored boats.

Larchmont Manor is tucked into  Long Island Sound and offered beautiful views in all four seasons. Even in the deepest winter chill with ice glazing the generous allotment of rock and the gazebos covered in snow there was a special and breathtaking beauty to experience on a visit there.

Overseen and generously maintained by the elected trustees of property owners of Map 610 my hat goes off to you for your keeping this wonderful treasure intact and available for the public to enjoy.

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